UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
May 29th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 25
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday
"Green" Potluck
Awareness Through Movement
Coffee Orders
Like us!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Summer RE and YOU
Clean-up Day Scheduled
We Share the Plate
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

This Sunday, June 1st, is a Sharing Sunday!

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On the first Sunday of each month, we

Share the Plate during the offering,

Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck and

Share our Bounty by bringing Food Items for the Food Basket!


Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food items for the food basket this Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. The basket is in the sanctuary, near the coffee counter at the back. Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!


Food items are welcome at any time, but we're making a special effort to bring items on the first Sunday of each month; we will share food with the larger community as we share with our Church friends and families.

This Sunday's Potluck:  

Bring Your Own


In a move to a more environmentally sustainable world, our Social Justice committee has suggested that we Bring Our Own non-disposable plates, cups, etc. to our monthly Sunday Potlucks. You may also want to remember to bring a bag for transporting home your dirty items! We'll continue to provide disposables for those who need them.

(In addition to being "green," bringing your own plates also saves the church money to help fulfill other goals!)
Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings


Everyone is welcome! This verbally guided Awareness Through Movement® class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.


This Adult RE class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.  


Classes are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., and will run through June 7th.  

For further information, contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu.  If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
Coffee Orders for the Summer Months

Fair Trade coffee will be available during the summer months by order only. If you would like to purchase Kaffeeklatsch coffee to benefit the Social Justice program, place your order on Sunday, and the coffee will be available the next Sunday. Please write your order on the notebook at the back of the sanctuary, specifying regular or decaf and indicating whether you want your coffee in whole bean or ground for drip, French Press, or espresso. Please see Kathy Heath or Tonia Betts if you have any questions.

EE Choc Bar
Your Social Justice Committee still has Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate for sale in the back of the sanctuary each Sunday, but summer is coming--soon it will be too hot to ship. Better Stock Up!

With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

"Keep Your Eyes on the Prize--

The Soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement"   

Ken Sizemore       


Folk singer and guitarist Ken Sizemore returns to share with us many of the songs that were sung at Civil Rights Rallies, Protests, Marches, and Concerts all over the U.S. during those historical years of the 50s and 60s. These were the songs that gave courage and strength to those involved in the struggle for equal rights, and helped create a sense of unity and hope.


This Sunday we Share the Plate with the UUSC's "100 Gardens" project. For more information on this program, see the article below.   

This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


3 - 2 - 1 ... Blast Off! Our Children and Youth Summer Religious Education Program launches this Sunday!


Each week, a different church member or friend will pilot a fun adventure with children and youth with an experienced crew of helpers. Look forward to visiting other worlds like Theatre Games, Lego, Collage Making, Oobleck, and more! And make a voyage into our own future with crafts and art projects that will become part of the RE area in our new church home on Planet Broadmor! The journey begins now!

ON DECK THIS WEEK: Denise Hunter-Gilbert and Ashley Kellow will lead Paper Marbling with assistance from Tonia Betts. Lisa White will be Sunday Supervisor.


Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual. For more information, contact Erin Reid, our Director of Religious Education (DRE) (256.694.6786 or eereid@hotmail.com).  

Summer RE: We Want YOU!


In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education Program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a class session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper, and we'll be sure to have a regular RE teacher there as support. Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!


We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skills, or learning area of yours. Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga,  science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!!  We can benefit from your expertise, and you'll benefit too. This year, activities will include special craft projects to carry into the RE space in our new church! 


Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers, or to attend the regular worship service upstairs. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So, don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts.    


There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!


We have a poster standing in the church lobby where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at eereid@hotmail.com. What's a joy to you can be a joy to others. Come on down with the children to play!


Company is Coming! Let's Clean House!

Church-Wide Clean-up Day, June 7th

9:00 a.m. until Noon, at our current church home on Governors Drive!


Our realtor is hosting an Open House at the church at 2:00 p.m. on June 8th. In anticipation of this important event, we must have a church clean-up day!


You all have seen the TV shows where the seller hurries to stage and de-clutter her house in order to get the best offer? That's Us! And with your help, de-cluttering and cleaning is what we will do on June 7th!   There will be small jobs, large jobs, sorting, and much throwing away!


Our idea is to go ahead and move the "stuff" we won't need for awhile (for example, Christmas and Halloween decorations) to our new church, so if you have a truck, van, or a large Prius, please show up! If you have concerns about anything you treasure being inadvertently thrown out, please think ahead and make arrangements to save it, or show up for clean-up day on June 7th to save it!!


As always, Hospitality Committee will have energy-building snacks! Please join us as we continue along this road to our new church home.

We Share the Plate* with "100 Gardens"

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This quarter, we are sharing our plate with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in support of their "100 Gardens for Haitian Families" project.


The UUSC is encouraging congregations, families, individuals, youth groups, community groups, and others to build food gardens in our communities, and to sponsor urban food gardens in Haiti. The UUCH Social Justice Committee has decided to support this project and to make it the recipient of this quarter's Share the Plate. 


onehundredgardensFor each $250 donated, one family in Haiti will receive training and materials for their gardens. The goal of this program is to help 100 Haitian families grow their own food and achieve food sovereignty and sustainability. Once families don't have to buy all their food, they are better able to cover other basic expenses, like school fees for their children. Food sustainability can be at the heart of lifelong sustainability for thriving families and communities in Haiti--and you can help make it happen!


More information on this project can be obtained from the web site below:



*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (April, May, and June), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with the "100 Gardens" project.

Broadmor Briefing



Great progress was made last week on the roof and in the RE Wing. Our roofer completed the initial layout of the roofing insulation and membrane, and is working on the details (edges, corners, transitions, penetrations, etc.) this week. In addition, several volunteer crews led by Nancy Finley have made great progress towards finishing the painting in the RE Wing.


The Renovation Committee is working with our architect and prospective general contractor to finalize the contract for the sanctuary bathroom renovation, new supply water installation, and RE Wing and Fellowship Hall window replacement.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, May 25th, candles were lit for: 


Carey Snowden: "I am happy to have my Mom and Dad visiting with me today."


Tim and Theresa Miller: "Our daughter Alli expects/hopes to give birth to the twins (a boy and a girl) next weekend. We will possibly be in North Carolina to be with her and her family.


Denise Gyauch: "In gratitude for all those who serve and have served in the military, and also for the families who share their sacrifices, we light a candle of concern and continued support."


If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.com. Barbara Hitt is Chair of the Care Committee, and may be reached at home, (256) 881.2531; on her cell, (256) 348.5845; or by email at bghitt1@comcast.net.

UUCH 13-14 Board Members
President: Kevin Betts     

Vice-President:  Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Secretary: Bobby Hall           

Treasurer: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Nancy Finley, Kathy Heath, & Laurel Bollinger  

Do you have an Agenda Item for the Board?  
The Board respectfully requests that all agenda items for the meeting be submitted to Board President Kevin Betts, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before. You may leave a copy of your request in his Mailbox at the church office, or contact him at UUCHBoardPresident@uuch.org.

Notice: Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on
Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Thanks for your cooperation!

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The Unitarian Universalist Church,

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Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org.

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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon;  

Children's Religious Education held concurrently.   

Nursery available for age 3 years and under.

For further info on any event, call the church office:
256. 534-0508.