UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 3rd, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 30
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday
Green Potluck
Coffee Orders
UUA's New Address
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Newcomers Social
Meal-Pack Success!
Broadmor Briefing
We Share the Plate
Care List

This Sunday,  

July 6th, 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 filling the Food Basket!

Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.

All donations are welcome and appreciated!

Here are some ideas for supplies that HAP needs: Macaroni and cheese; Pasta and Sauce; Dry beans and rice; Boxes of cereal; Bars of soap; Canned meat; Peanut butter!

Thanks in advance!


This Sunday's Potluck: Bring Your Own Plate

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. 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. You may also want to remember to bring a bag for transporting home your dirty items!

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.

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Your Social Justice Committee still has Equal Exchange Fair Trade chocolate for sale in the back of the sanctuary each Sunday. Better Stock Up!

With Fair Trade products, everyone wins!
Unitarian Universalist Association Moves The Main Office!

The UUA has moved from their long-time address on Beacon Street. The new address is
24 Farnsworth St.
Boston MA

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

"Be Still and Know"

Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister    


Religious traditions around the world and throughout history have consistently recommended silence and solitude. In the middle of our summer recreations and following the noisy revelries of July 4th, join us in a contemplative pause to consider the place of stillness in spiritual growth and a life well lived.

This Sunday We Share the Plate with Habitat for Humanity. For more about Habitat, please see the article below
This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


3 - 2 - 1 ... Blast Off! Our Children and Youth Summer Religious Education Program continues its flight 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, 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 continues!

Hey, We have Choices!  

Computer Programming with Dan Nielsen! And/or bring your favorite games for Game Day with your friends! George Fletcher and Jessica Zelaya are assisting. Audrey Fox 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).  

UUCH Newcomers Social on July 12th!
Save the Date!


stained glass chalice If you have visited UUCH several times recently, or have become a member within the past year or so, we hope you will make plans to attend the Newcomers Social to be held on Saturday, July 12th at 6:00 p.m.  This will be a casual evening of fellowship and fun complete with food, drinks and childcare, and will be held at the home of Brad, Pam and Sarah Korb. Also attending will be members of the church Board and others in leadership positions.  We look forward to this social opportunity to get to know you better, and to help you get to know us better too.


More details and invitations will be provided closer to the July 12th date.  Please save the date so we can celebrate you--our new UUCH friends and members! 


Pam Korb

2013-14 Membership Chair

Social Justice & RE Join Forces for Good


giving heart Thanks to all the kids and youth who packed up meal pack and hygiene supplies for the homeless this past Sunday.  We put together 120 meal packs and a bazillion or so hygiene packs.  Each meal pack contained about 900 calories.  This was made possible through the church budget and fair trade chocolate and coffee sales.  Thank you! 

Broadmor Briefing


Volunteer efforts continue in the RE Wing, sanctuary and foyer areas. Many thanks to Denise Hunter-Gilbert and Pam Korb for their efforts towards sprucing up our new facility!


We signed the contract with Lee Builders for renovation of the sanctuary bathrooms, installation of new supply water plumbing, and replacement of windows in the RE Wing, as well as the continued efforts needed to obtain a building permit from the city. Also, the Hutchens Company is nearing completion of the new HVAC systems for the sanctuary, foyer, and kitchen. We'll soon have air conditioning in those areas!


As we get closer to completing contractor activities at Broadmor, we will need lots of volunteer help to add the finishing touches to our new facility. Stay tuned for ways you can help!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

This Sunday We Share the Plate* with Habitat for Humanity

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Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian Ministry, founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. 


Habitat has more than 1,500 local affiliates in the United States and more than 70 national organizations around the world. Together, they have helped to build or repair more than 800,000 houses and serve more than 4 million people worldwide. STPHABITAT


Habitat for Humanity houses are simple, decent, and affordable to low-income families. Whenever possible, we build energy-efficient, sustainable housing. In the U.S., Habitat for Humanity offers no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans to its beneficiary families. On a global scale, Habitat's traditional model is not always possible. Our international housing finance programs consist of innovative housing finance practices and/or partnerships with microfinance organizations.


Headquarters for Huntsville/Madison County's local Habitat group are at 400 Pratt Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35801.  To learn more about this local group and what they contribute to our area, please go to: www.habitatmadisonco.org


*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (July, August, and September), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with Habitat for Humanity.  


(Thanks to your generous donations last quarter, we were able to send Share the Plate contributions of $593.89 to the "100 Gardens for Haiti" project!)  

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, June 29th, candles were lit for: 


"A candle of joy for Anna and Peter Bertone who welcomed their new baby daughter Vivienne Celeste Bertone, born on June 24th."  (The whole family was at church on Sunday, with 5-day-old Vivienne securely snuggled up in a soft carrier on her Mommy.)


Kathy Fisher: "Thoughts and prayers are welcomed for my daughter-in-law whose mother died suddenly a year ago today. Love you, Dorothy."


"A candle of joy from Barbara Hitt for my sweet husband Gary who will turn one year better-than-ever on July 1st!"


"A candle of concern for Cheri Smith who was in the hospital this week. She is home with family now. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers."


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 14-15 Board Members


President:  Denise Hunter-Gilbert

Vice-President: Angel Hundley 

Secretary: Bobby Hall           

Treasurer: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Becky Ellingwood, John Fox, & 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 Denise Hunter-Gilbert, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before. You may leave a copy of your request in her Mailbox at the church office, or contact her at UUCHBoardPresident@uuch.org.

Notice: Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Overlook is a publication of

The Unitarian Universalist Church,

2222 Governor's Dr. Huntsville, AL 35801

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President: Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


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Admin. Office Hours: Monday 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; Thursday 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.   


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

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

Web: www.uuch.org 


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.