UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
June 5th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 26
In This Issue
Food Basket
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Clean-up This Saturday!
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Please Feed the Basket!
bags of food

The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping?  Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).


HAP is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need.  HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance.  HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/ mortgage and utility bills.


Please help us fill the basket this month! 

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 8th, 2014

"Let's Just Jump In: Unitarian Universalist Growth, Healing, and Adventure"   

Duncan E. Teague         


As a people of faith, we are facing the most potent cultural challenges to our movement since we united a little over fifty years ago.  My frightening proposal is to grab all our talents, our experiences, and our history, and go for it as we never have before.


Duncan E. Teague is a newly credentialed Unitarian Universalist minister, gratefully anticipating his ordination in the fall. Teague was a former HIV/AIDS researcher, educator, and prevention advocate.  He is a member of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation of Atlanta, and serves on the UUA's Appointments Committee.  Teague feels his first call is to plant a new UU community in the south part of the city of Atlanta where none exist today.  A graduate of Emory University's Candler School of Theology in 2011, Teague completed his Clinical Pastoral Education Internship that year as a chaplain at Emory Hospital Midtown.  His UU ministerial internship the following year was with the Tennessee Valley UU Church of Knoxville, TN under the mentorship of Rev. Chris Buice. Teague is married ten years to David Thurman, his twenty year companion. They live in the North Dekalb County area of Atlanta where Thurman is an adjunct professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. 

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: "Oobleck" led by George Fletcher, with Erin Reid assisting.  


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).  


Company is Coming! Let's Clean House!

Church-Wide Clean-up Day,  

This Saturday--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!!


Child Care will be provided, and, as always, Hospitality Committee will have energy-building snacks!  

Please join us as we continue along this road to our new church home.

Broadmor Briefing


ModChalice We've had some great volunteer efforts over the past week with RE Wing painting, flooring prep, and foyer activities. A number of people have contributed to these efforts: LaDawn Edwards, Abby Ellingwood, Nancy Finley, George Fletcher, Will Garrison, Chris & Kelly Hastings, Gary Hitt, Denise Hunter-Gilbert, Brad, Pam & Sarah Korb, Sally Locklear, Tom Meier, Denise Runnels, Paul Weiland, and Howard & Gail Williams. Many thanks to you all for the hours of effort you contributed to the Broadmor facility!


Our roofing contractor, Finishing Solutions, is done installing the new roof and gutters. A final inspection has been scheduled for this week with the roofing manufacturer to verify completion of the work and to provide the warranty.


Our sanctuary HVAC installer, Hutchens, has installed the four new HVAC units on the roof and is working this week to install the internal ducting.  


A crane lifts one of the new HVAC units over the roof! 


The Renovation Committee continues to work 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, June 1st, candles were lit for: 


Kathy Fisher: "My youngest grandchild celebrated his seventh birthday last week, and I got to be there. His mother is expecting a baby due on New Year's Day. I got to be with all my children and grandchildren last week and go to the Indy 500!"


Cheryl Barr: "Joy at being home with my husband. Thank you for the support at my time of loss and for support for the journey to come."


Jo Broussard: "Chuck Long's watercolors and oils are on exhibit at the main library. Chuck is one of our members and we appreciate his art."


Amanda Schuber: "A joy for the grand opening tomorrow of a new farmers market at Habitat for Humanity building on Pratt Avenue. This has been a huge project for the habitat staff and we are very hopeful for success."


Derek Marlowe: "Sorrow for an alleged hate crime committed in Huntsville against two gay men leaving an alternative night at a local bar/club.


Cheri Smith: "My brother has been given six months to live. He is on the transplant list. My stepdaughter is in the hospital with pneumonia."


Jason and Christy Aycock: "Today is our 12th year anniversary. We are true best friends."


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,

2222 Governor's Dr. Huntsville, AL 35801

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

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Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


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

Minister's Phone: 256.539-9607, email: revaluu@aol.com.

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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.

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256. 534-0508.