UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 24th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 33
In This Issue
We Can Reach 100+!
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Broadmor Work Day!
Social Justice News
"New UU" in August
Broadmor Briefing
Care List

bags of food 

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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Sunday, July 27th, 2014
"The Joy of Yes"

Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister  
To one degree or another, we all live within systems that rely on boundaries articulated by sometimes forceful, sometimes subtle, "nos." While it often feels safest to say "no" to unusual requests, new ideas, and challenges and "no" can sometimes be a very useful and necessary response, I have been finding of late that encountering the world from a distinctly Unitarian Universalist perspective offers unique opportunities to experience and observe the joy that can inhabit a good "yes." 
This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


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


Learn about "Birds" with Barbara & Gary Hitt. Denise Hunter-Gilbert is 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).  

This Saturday! 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 this 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.


Water is currently NOT available at our Broadmor facility, but a Port-A-Potty WILL be available. 


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!

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, continues work on renovating the bathrooms near the sanctuary and has begun running new supply water lines. 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 20th, candles were lit for: 


Nancy Finley: "Becky Ellingwood's mother, Alice, passed away in New Hampshire with Becky by her side. She was a wonderful mother, mother-in-law to Nancy, and Grammie to Abby."


Kathy Fisher: "I am so happy that my daughter's children are here this morning!"


Barbara Hitt and the Care Committee: "Please light a candle for our choir director, Pam Siegler, who will be having surgery on Thursday to treat a recurrence of cancer. Please go to the Caring Bridge website for updates and ways we can help and support Pam. You can also leave messages of care for Pam on the Caring Bridge Guestbook."


NOTE:  caringbridge.org is the site, then enter "pamsiegler" in the Visit Someone box. Please call Barbara at 256-881-2531 or send an email, bghitt1@comcast.net, if you have any questions.


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, August 26th, 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.