UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
August 7th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 35
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
"New UU" in August
Join the Choir!
Broadmor Briefing
Care List


Our Food Basket Collections  

Congratulations! We beat 100 again--July's Basket total was 128 items!! 

The food & hygiene items you bring to fill the basket at the church are 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.

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!

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, August 10th, 2014
"Beyond The Box: Pushing Against the Constraints of Cultural and Personal Bias"

Amanda Schuber  

We are hard-wired to notice and distinguish what sets things and people apart from each other.  Classification and identity are central to how we operate as human begins, but what are the cultural, social, and political implications of our innate desire to "define" what makes something or someone "other"?  This Sunday we dive deeper into how our personal understanding of self impacts our interactions with our diverse world and how our calling as Unitarian Universalists pushes us to respond to an ever-changing world. 

This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


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



Choices! "Creating Care Cards" with Barbara Hitt and Kathy Heath! (Barbara would like to remind children and their parents, "If you have checked any birds on your check list from last week, bring it with you!")

Also "Making 'God's Eyes,'" a craft with Denise Gyauch & Becky Ellingwood. Erin Reid 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).  

New UU Class! This Sunday, 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.

UUCH Choir rehearsals will resume on Wednesday, August 13th, 7:15-9:00 pm in the church sanctuary. Returning members and brand new voices: come experience the joy of singing in beloved community. You don't need to have any experience, or you can be a long time musician. All are welcome!  We are especially in need of men this season. Youth 14 and up can join too! 


If you're interested, come out to the first rehearsal. Or you may contact Pam Siegler, choir director, at pamsiegler@gmail.com. 
Broadmor Briefing

Our new facility continues to be a busy place. The carpet was installed last week in the sanctuary, foyer, and balcony, and the pews will be installed this week. Tile was installed in the north hall bathrooms, and the new main supply water line was run throughout the facility last week. In addition, the window replacement in the RE Wing classrooms will begin late this week or early next week. Lots of progress is being made!


Another volunteer workday is being planned for mid to late August. Stay tuned for details on how you can get involved!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, August 3rd, candles were lit for: 


Lynsie Lamitie: "My parents have been married for 35 years today!!!"


Serenity "Lexi" Lyon: "Today is my fifth birthday."  UUCH wishes you a Happy Birthday, Lexi!


LaDawn Edwards: "Due to the success of the Annual Budget Drive, our President Denise Hunter-Gilbert and VP Angel Hundley are participating in UU leadership training at The Mountain in North Carolina."


John Czachurski: "I would like to light a candle for the passing of Margot Adler.  Although many of us may have known her as an NPR reporter, she was also an amazing resource for Unitarian Universalists--among other things she has been an adjunct professor at seminary.  Our Faith was blessed with her presence."


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.