UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 17th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 32
In This Issue
We Can Reach 100+!
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Broadmor Briefing
Transition Team News
Broadmor Work Day!
Social Justice News
"New UU" in August
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

We CAN Reach 100+!

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.


From the HAP website:

"HAP's primary goal is to help clients have a better life. This does not always mean paying their bill will be the answer. We endeavor to meet many needs whether they are emotional, financial, or spiritual. All of our clients are interviewed in person and as much time as is needed to 'peel back the onion' and get to the core of that person's particular problem is taken. We may need to refer this person for financial counseling, marital counseling, drug/alcohol addiction, or medical assistance. We are a major referral source for services available within Madison County. All persons interviewed are encouraged to find a church family regardless of their denomination preference."


To read more about the Huntsville Assistance Program, please visit their website.

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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Upcoming Services

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014
"Simple Gifts--A Mid-Summer Service"

Worship Leader: Angel Hundley
Special Music: Steven Lewallen   
The children, the children
Know the summer the best-
As they play at their games
And fairy tales weave
Out of earth's simple bounties
And their own honest zest.
     -John Vlahos

John Vlahos was a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut who used his talents as a scriptwriter for television and film (in the 1940's, 50's and 60's) to craft dramatic and unique services.  In 2006 (after his passing), his wife published Blessing Ways: Rites for the Yearly Round, a series of services he wrote that were first performed beginning in 1964. This Sunday we will be adapting "Simple Gifts--A Mid-Summer Service" from that collection.

Join us as we reflect on that spirit of summer that children know best and celebrate the joy that comes from simple gifts. 
This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


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


"Theatre Games" with LaDawn Edwards and her able assistant, Nick Wilbourn.

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 Fabulous Friday Potluck
Sponsored by Interweave

chalice w/rainbow flame Interweave is an Outreach Group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) peoples and their friends and allies. We sponsor this "Potluck and Game Night" on the 3rd Friday of each month to ensure a "safe zone" for the LGBTQ, but EVERYONE that supports the LGBTQ community IS WELCOME.


This Month's Potluck/Game night will be held Friday, July 18th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church. Contact Denise Runnels for more information.
stained glass chalice From the Transition Team


It is a busy July for many of us with summer activities and travel.  Your church leadership, however, is still very involved in preparing our church for our exciting move to Broadmor.


The Council will be meeting this week to prepare ways for making our new building reflect our identity as Unitarian Universalists, and they will be discussing celebrations to commemorate the exciting stages of our journey together.  A temporary banner will soon be displayed at the Broadmor property announcing that this will be the "Future home of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville."


In collaboration with church programs and leadership, rooms are being allocated for staff offices, Children, Youth, and Adult Religious education activities, Choir, and meeting spaces. The Worship Committee has been meeting with the Renovation Committee to design pew replacement in the sanctuary in a way that makes us a welcoming, accessible church.  These are just a few of the ongoing preparations being made by the many active committees in the church.


As you probably noted in last week's newsletter, we have set a tentative moving date for September 14th.  There are, however, many things involved in a major renovation like ours. We will remain flexible and keep you informed about dates as it gets closer.


As always, please, let us know if you have questions or concerns as we approach this important step in building a beloved community together.  We can be reached at transition_team@uuch.org .

Come One, Come All!
Broadmor Property Work Day July 26th! 


Great progress is being made in the renovation of our new church home, but there are many final touches left to do within the coming weeks before we move. Come join your church friends, and make some new ones, as we work together to get the Broadmor property ready.  We will be gathering on Saturday, July 26th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  There will be many jobs for every skill and ability level, inside and outside, including painting, weeding, hanging lights, moving limbs, attaching swings on the playground ...and more.Broadmorworkday


Many hands make light, and fun, work.



Please bring these items if you have them:

Paint Brushes and rollers

Screw drivers

Hand drills

Chain saws

Hand saws


Work Gloves


Food and refreshments will be provided. Families are encouraged to participate with their children and youth for any amount of time, so our young ones too can begin to connect with our new home. Children will be under their families' supervision for volunteer activities. Childcare for young children will be provided all morning as needed.


The address is 3921 Broadmor Rd. NW. 

For further information, contact Brad Korb at bradkorb@mindspring.com. See you there!

justice scales Social Justice News


Save the Date:  

Habitat for Humanity Workday!  

Saturday morning, August 9th!  

More info to come.  

Please call Tonia Betts (256.882-9891) with questions.

Come Help Build Something Great in Our Community!


HAP Food Pantry Update

After receiving the UUCH June food pantry donations at HAP last week, Gayla Kidd, HAP's director, thanked us repeatedly for our continued support.  She said requests for food boxes continue to be high, and the pantry is running low.  So please keep up the great work--your donations are greatly appreciated!

New UU Class Starts August 10th


rainbow chalice What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the UU Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, this three-part series explores important themes in UU congregational life, such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition.


Everyone is welcome! So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of August 10th, 17th, and 24th for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15. Pam Korb and Nick Wilbourn will facilitate the discussion. Contact Pam Korb (bradkorb@mindspring.com) for further info. If you need childcare during these classes, please contact Pam at least a week before the event.

Broadmor Briefing


Our general contractor, Lee Builders, has continued with the demolishing phase in the sanctuary bathrooms in preparation for remodeling those bathrooms to make them fully accessible. The Hutchens Company has finished the installation of the new HVAC systems for the sanctuary, foyer, and kitchen and has called for the city inspector to approve their work. 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 work day will be Saturday, June 26th, so mark your calendars to come out and work on both interior and exterior areas of our new facility! See the related article in this newsletter. 


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, July 13th, candles were lit for: 


Nancy Finley: "Becky Ellingwood is in New Hampshire with her mother, who has been put in Hospice care."


Scott & Jessica Zelaya: "We are so grateful for all the support we've had from all of you these last few years as we've battled infertility. We are very happy to announce that we are expecting in February!"


Ken & Lydia Hines: "Ken's shoulder surgery, his brother's knee replacement, and our sister-in-law's pacemaker all are doing well. Aging can be a challenge!"


Clara Welch: "A Joy: I have a binding sales agreement to sell my house this month, and will be moving to Atlanta area in 2-4 weeks."


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!

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The Unitarian Universalist Church,

2222 Governor's Dr. Huntsville, AL 35801

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President: Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

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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.

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