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The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 10th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 31
In This Issue
We Can Reach 200!
Coffee Orders
UUA's New Address
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Save the Date!
Broadmor Briefing
Board Report
Care List
bags of food
In June, we collected 202 items for the HAP food pantry, well exceeding our monthly goal.  Great job--thanks everyone!  The bar has been raised; can we top 200 again 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.

Equal Exchange Logo
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 13th, 2014

"Building Home"

UUCH Member Amanda Schuber     


As we continue to think about the move to our new church home, we will examine the impact of community engagement as a call of our faith.  Come learn about the amazing anti-oppression history of Habitat for Humanity and its connection to our new church building.


Although new to our congregation, Amanda Schuber has been a UU for two decades and has served in various capacities both in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tuscaloosa, AL, and for two years at UUA headquarters in Boston as the Administrator of the Office of Congregational Fundraising.  She has also served as a board member for Interweave Continental and EqUUal Access.  She focused on Oppression Studies while studying at the University of Alabama. Amanda is a life-long advocate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights and has spent many years leading workshops on accessibility and diversity.  She is currently the Family Services Coordinator with Habitat for Humanity of Madison County. In her "spare" time she travels the country working with UU congregations as a Beyond Categorical Thinking Facilitator, helping congregations examine biases in the ministerial search process.

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!

"Art History Craft Activity/Collages"
Led by Morissa Raymond & Ilene Sparks
, with help from Tonia Betts. Sunday supervisor is George Fletcher.

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).  

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It's Official! We're Moving!


The UUCH Board,

in conjunction with the Transition Team,

is happy to announce

September 14th, 2014

as our move-in date to the new Broadmor facility!

(*Barring unforeseen circumstances!) 


Broadmor Briefing


Our general contractor, Lee Builders, has begun demolishing the remaining items in the sanctuary bathrooms in preparation for remodeling those bathrooms to make them fully accessible. They have also ordered the materials for the bathrooms and window replacements. The Hutchens Company is finishing 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. Our next property workday will be Saturday, July 26th, so mark your calendars to come out and work on both interior and exterior areas of our new church home!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

UUCH Board Report--June 2014 Meeting


gavel The Board met for its June meeting, regularly scheduled for the 24th, on June 30th due to travel work and vacation conflicts for board members. The next regularly scheduled Board meeting is July 22nd.


The Board discussed upcoming professional development activities for the Minister, DRE, Choir Director, and the incoming Board President and Vice President. The Board also discussed Renovation/Transition issues and, having consulted both the Transition Team and the DRE, set a target date for the move to the new building in the early fall. The need for more focused work on the website and on UUCH branding to facilitate the growth needed to sustain the new building was also discussed. Finally, the Board approved UUCH continuing to participate in the UUA Retirement plan, which means maintaining our current policies.


Respectfully submitted,

Laurel Bollinger, Trustee-at-Large

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, July 6th, candles were lit for: 


Bonnie and Steve Herold: "We'd like to announce the engagement of our daughter, Rachel, to her wonderful young man, Robbie Davis."


Laurel Bollinger: "We celebrated Matthew's 14th birthday yesterday."


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.