UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
July 31st, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 34
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday
Green Potluck
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
SJ/Habitat Workday
"New UU" in August
Broadmor Briefing
We Share the Plate
Care List

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This Sunday, August 3rd, is a Sharing Sunday!

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, August 3rd, 2014
"Who Are These Unitarian Universalists?"

John Czachurski, Student Minister  

As we proclaim our new property the "Future Home of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville," we openly proclaim our name in our new neighborhood.  If many of our future neighbors on Broadmor Road have never lived next door to a Unitarian Universalist Church, they may wonder, "Who are these Unitarian Universalists?"  What might we tell them?  This Sunday we consider portions of our history and tradition that may help us respond to this question.

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!


LEGO! With Jennifer Garlen, David Sparks, and Cate Sparks. Heather Kyemba 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).  

Social Justice Presents:

Habitat for Humanity Work Day

Saturday, August 9th

9:00 a.m. -- Noon


Come Build Something Great in Our Community!


Please join other UUCHers to hammer, paint, saw, or whatever else needs to be done.


Important: In order to assign us to a work site, Habitat needs to know how many folks are coming.  Please contact Tonia at (256) 882-9891 or Kevin at kevin.m.betts@leidos.com to let us know you will attend.  We need to know by Friday, August 1st.  Thank you!


Also Important: Due to the nature of the work available at current sites, volunteers must be 17 or older.


One Last Important: You don't need to bring tools, but bringing work gloves would be "handy" if you have them.

Hope to See You There!

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

We made great progress during the volunteer workday this past Saturday! Nearly 30 youth and adults came out to perform tasks both inside and outside the facility to help get it ready for us to move in. As you know, our new facility is much larger than our current facility and lots of hands make for easy work. Many thanks go out to the people who worked on Saturday and a special thanks to Tim Miller and Howard Williams for coming back on Monday to complete the tasks they had started on Saturday. We will have another workday in mid-August, so stay tuned for further opportunities to put some "sweat equity" into our new facility!


In our contractor efforts, the city has performed their initial inspection of the new sanctuary, foyer, and kitchen HVAC systems and has given our contractor, The Hutchens Company, the go-ahead to complete their work. Lee Builders and their subcontractors are making great progress in the north hallway bathroom renovation and supply water/plumbing installation. Both plumbing and sheet rock installation are complete in the bathrooms, and tile is being installed this week. In another area, Carpet Crafters is installing the sanctuary, foyer, and balcony carpet this week. Our new facility is a busy place and visible improvements are happening each day!


--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. HabforHum


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 lends 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 micro-finance 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.    

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, July 27th, candles were lit for: 


Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy: "Joy that our Addie is turning four on Monday and is starting pre-K a week later. Amanda also has a joy that the Habitat for Humanity farmers market has been such a success that we got approval to extend through mid-September."


Barbara Hitt and the Care Committee: "Pam Siegler's cancer surgery went very well, and she is grateful for all the support she has received from her UUCH family."


Kathy Fisher: "I'm so proud of the New Orleans UU church for responding by singing when the sanctity of their worship service was invaded by a group of haters. I was able to share the story with many people on Facebook, people who had heard only about the hate group."


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.