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The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
August 14th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 36
In This Issue
Food Basket
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Join the Choir!
Friday Potluck
"New UU" Now
Broadmor Workday
Social Justice News
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).


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 is 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.

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 17th, 2014
"Religious Lives of Our Diverse Neighbors"

Lynsie Lamitie and the Reverend Alice Syltie

The Religious Worlds Institute is a project of The Interfaith Center of New York and Union Theological Seminary, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lynsie Lamitie was one of 25 teachers from across the United States selected to participate in an exploration of the diverse religions lived and practiced in New York City. Participants studied the constitutionality of teaching various religions, experienced lived religion in context with the people of various faiths, and encountered the sacred in public places. The larger hope of the Institute is for students to be prepared to participate in the civic life of a pluralistic society.  Lynsie will share stories and reflections from her experience at the Institute. 

This Sunday in RE: Summer Blast!


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



This week we're making art for the new church! Join Quinn Hunter-Gilbert, Sage Betts, and Sarah Korb to work on a Sculpture for the new church, and/or help Theresa Miller make a "Melted Crayon" Fabric Art piece.  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).  

UUCH Choir rehearsals resumed last Wednesday, but it's not too late to join! We'll be meeting for rehearsal each Wednesday from 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 up for rehearsal next Wednesday. Or you may contact Pam Siegler, choir director, at pamsiegler@gmail.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 this Friday, August 15th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church.  Contact Denise Runnels for more information.

"New UU" Class Continues  
This Sunday, August 17th

rainbow chalice It's not too late to participate!

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! You don't have to have attended the first one in order to gain from the second & third classes. So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of August 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. Childcare is provided for this class series. Contact Pam Korb (bradkorb@mindspring.com) for further info.  

Come One, Come All!
Broadmor Property Workday
August 23rd!  

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, August 23rd 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, ceiling tile replacement, tree trimming, playground cleanup ...and more.BWD


Many hands make light, and fun, work.


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!

Social Justice News

justice scales Our next Social Justice meeting will be Sunday, August 24th at 9:30 a.m. We'll have bagels! If you need childcare, please let Tonia know at (256) 882-9891.  Everyone is welcome!

Thanks to those who came out last Saturday to work with Habitat for Humanity!

In this picture, the Landscape Crew, from left: A non-UU helper, Gail Williams, Patsy Warvi (with WMB), Tonia Betts, Barbara & Gary Hitt, and Bobby Hall!
Not pictured, the Demolition Crew: Kevin Betts, Nancy Finley, Howard Williams and Brad Korb!

Broadmor Briefing


Our new facility continues to be a busy place: pew installation is occurring in the sanctuary; work in the north hall bathrooms continues to progress with painting, fixture installation, and countertop installation; replacement of the RE Wing windows has begun and they look great!



Our next volunteer workday is planned for August 23rd, so mark your calendar to come out and lend a hand! See the related article above.


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, August 10th, candles were lit for: 


Kathy Fisher: "I am thrilled to tell you my sister and brother-in-law bought a house in town and will be moving here within the month. This will be the first time I've ever had family in town. Also I just found out this morning that David Stone's sister and brother-in-law live on the same street!"


Becky Ellingwood: "Thanks to all of you who shared expressions of concern during the recent passing of my mother. You are all a very supportive community."


Pam Siegler: "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the care of this community during my cancer treatment and recovery. Your gifts of food and love were like the Care Shawl that wrapped me with a sense of peace."


Angel Hundley and Denise Hunter-Gilbert: "We thank our church community for sending us to SUULE at the mountain this past week. We learned and felt so much and look forward to sharing it with all of you."


Tonia Betts: "Thank you to the great group who turned out yesterday for the Habitat for Humanity work day. We laid sod, removed floors and cabinets, and had a great time. And thank you to Amanda Schuber for setting up the day for us."  


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.