UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
September 11th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 40
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
Food Basket
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
What do YOU say?
Friday Potluck!
Happy New Church Year!
Run, UUs, Run!
Broadmor Briefing
Board Report
Care List
Broadmor Property Workday!
This Saturday, Sept. 13th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Please read the "Broadmor Briefing" article for more details.
Let's Do This!
In August, we collected 126 items for the HAP pantry.  Thank you so much!  Our donations are greatly appreciated by the workers at HAP!
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We Can Do It!

The food & hygiene items you bring to fill the basket at the church are donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Our goal is 100 items per month--and for the past few months, we've been exceeding our goal! 

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!

UUA Moves
The Unitarian Universalist Assoc. has moved from their long-time address on Beacon Street. The new address is
24 Farnsworth St.
Boston MA

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UUCH Chalice
Sunday, September 14th, 2014

"What Promise Awaits Us?"

The Reverend Alice Syltie  

and John Czachurski 


This month, we are invited to ponder the question, "what does it mean to be a people of promise?" We have made many promises to one another over the last few years. Our future will reflect the strength of our commitment to honor those promises.  As we stand on the threshold of a new adventure, what tugs at your heart? Some of you have spent many years in our building on Monte Sano Mountain.  As the day of the move draws closer, you may be wondering, "what is the promise that awaits us?" The answers among us may be as diverse as our community. Rev. Alice and long-time member and ministerial candidate John Czachurski will share their thoughts on the many possibilities.

This Sunday in RE
We welcome children and youth the fall program! Children, youth, and leaders will meet in their RE rooms to begin their new lessons and creative activities together. See the article below in this newsletter for more detailed information.
Peace Room:  

Chalice Children--"Welcome to Chalice Children"
Justice Room:  

Signs of Our UU Faith--"Signs, Symbols, and Rituals"
Searchers Room:  

Toolbox of Faith--"Faith: Toolbox and Ruler"
Over-Achievers Room:  

A Place of Wholeness--"Beginning Together" 


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).  

Adult Religious Education--This Week!


Before you "Articulate your Faith"--Explore and Deepen It

A common assumption about Unitarian Universalists is that they "can believe whatever they want" or that they "don't really believe in anything."  Is that true?  A description of our rich and complex tradition, and our place in it, deserves judicious expression not just cavalier phrases.  We honor ourselves, our community at UUCH, and the daring foremothers and fathers of UU when we carefully articulate our faith.  But this articulation requires deep and ongoing exploration.  Fortunately, in the process of learning how to articulate our faith in different settings, we are actually deepening our visions, values, and commitments.  We grow as humans.


Please join Adult RE this Sunday as we gather for a three-part series which provides resources to guide us in our "Articulation of Faith."  Through a series of easy and engaging exercises and personal reflection, this course can equip us to communicate about Unitarian Universalism and help us find our specific place in it.


Great for BOTH newcomers and long-time UUs.
Sundays, Sept. 14th, 21st, & 28th at 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Meet for coffee or tea at 6:15 p.m.; discussion starts promptly at 6:30. Nancy Finley and Denise Runnels will facilitate the discussion. Contact Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) for further info.  No registration is required for this class, but if you think you'll be attending, please call or email Nancy Finley--we'd like to know how many to expect. 

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, September 19th, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., here at the church.  Contact Denise Runnels for more information. 

A New Year in Children and Youth Religious Education--
Families Please Register! 


books-apple-sm.jpg Welcome back to the fall program of children and youth religious education at UUCH! Children, youth, and leaders will meet in their RE rooms beginning this Sunday, September 14th. As usual, children and youth will begin the service upstairs with our full multi-generational congregation and will go downstairs to their classes after the Story for Sharing. The worship service will include a ceremony of dedication for our RE leaders. After church the RE Committee will host an RE Open House and Ice Cream Social. Our program has grown so much, we will mingle upstairs and down. All are invited. Come on out to start the new year with old friends and new!RENewYear


If you haven't done so already, please register children and youth for this year's program. Registration helps us plan for facilities, leadership, and safety needs. It also lets us be in touch with your family with special announcements and RE information. All participants in the RE program (ages infant to 18) should register each year even if you've registered before. Paper registration is available at the church, or you can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WS8LDNP


Our RE age-based groups for this year are: Nursery (for ages infant to 3, and staffed by experienced childcare providers); Peace (ages 4/Pre-K to grade 1); Justice (grades 2-4); Searchers (grades 5-6); and Over-Achievers (grades 7-12). There are many children and youth transitioning rooms this year, which is VERY exciting! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Religious Education, Erin Reid.


This year's theme is "Represent! Articulating Our UU Faith" The curriculum offerings give children and youth, at age-appropriate levels, the opportunity to explore and deepen their Unitarian Universalist faith and learn how to articulate their own faith convictions and questions, as well as develop tools for practicing their faith in their daily lives and in the wider world. Sessions will focus on core UU principles, encourage a sense of belonging in community, and offer creative activities that help translate values into action.


We are delighted to be using Tapestry of Faith curricula offered by the UUA. The Peace group will be using Chalice Children by Kate Tweedie Covey, which uses creative activities, rhymes, and finger-plays to help children make connections to UU values. The Justice Group will be using Signs of Our UU Faith by Jessica York. Children learn many traits or values that most UUs love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journey, and public witness, and explore how they may live these values in their lives. The Searchers will be using Toolbox of Faith by Kate Tweedie Covey, which invites participants to reflect on qualities such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. The Over-Achievers will use A Place of Wholeness by Beth Dana and Jesse Jaeger as a platform for their Coming of Age program, in which they are encouraged to look inward for a clearer understanding of their personal faith and how they may express that faith outward into the world.


We will be continuing our special way of welcoming children, youth, and families to church this year. In the foyer as families enter, the RE Committee will host each week an RE Welcome Area. Visitors will be greeted and given information about the program and the activities for the day. Returning children and youth will come here to check in, pick up their name tags, and also get a big, warm welcome to church. We want to encourage this ritual of a special welcome for children and youth, and we encourage families to stop at the table on your way in.


Welcome back, and welcome for the first time!  We are so pleased for your presence in the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program.

Please contact DRE Erin Reid with any questions at eereid@hotmail.com
Run UUs, Run!


Run UUs, Run!  For the 5th year, UUCH is forming a team to enter the 11th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run to benefit breast cancer awareness. This is an all ages 5K run/walk that takes place on Saturday October 18th. This year the men & women's events are combined, with the race starting at 8:00 a.m.  The race winds through downtown Huntsville, starting and ending at Huntsville Middle School. On a beautiful Fall day, what more could you want than exercising with friends while raising money to find a cure for an illness that has touched so many in our church community?

Last year's victorious team! 
To register, go to www.lizhurleyribbonrun.org and sign up to join team "Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville." Cost is $30. Registration is limited to the first 7000 people. Last year they closed registration early after they met their capacity goal, so sign up now. Look for further team announcements like where to meet on race day for our annual team photo.  Please contact Becky Ellingwood (beckyel22@gmail.com) if you have questions. Start stretching and hydrating now!
Broadmor Briefing


Our new Broadmor facility is taking shape! Work continues on the north hall bathroom renovation, RE Wing window replacement, HVAC installation, and supply water line installation. The majority of the work is complete in those areas with the finishing details in work now. Installation and painting of the windows are now complete (they look great!), so installation of the vinyl composite floor tiles in the RE Wing began on Monday of this week and is the last big project in the RE Wing. Broadmor


RE Hallway Looking Good! 

At the same time, the volunteer efforts continue with a number of small tasks in work throughout the building. The Renovation Committee has developed a list of the remaining tasks that can be accomplished individually with no particular skills required. We will be sending out that list to everyone and would like people to volunteer to complete one or more tasks at the time and day of their convenience. We will be working at the new church at 3921 Broadmor every Saturday and select weekdays during the week in September and October until we move in. Additional information about the tasks and how to sign up will be available at the work day this Saturday, September 13th, starting at 9:00 a.m, and going until 1:00 or 2:00 p.m.  A signup list will also be available after the church service this Sunday. We need everyone's help to get our new church home ready to move in so we hope you will consider give some of your time and effort towards completing these tasks!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Board Report for August 26th, 2014  


gavel The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday, August 26th. The meeting started with a presentation by Randy Legg of Church Mutual Insurance, our new carrier. Our paid staff was extended a special invitation to attend to hear his presentation and ask questions. The Board and guests in attendance were pleased to learn that we will have more coverage at a better rate.


After the presentation, the Board discussed and approved a request for rental of the new Fellowship Hall and discussed our approach to establishing a policy for emergency and security responses. We then spent the remainder of the meeting on issues related to our transition to Broadmor, including creating a task force to update our website prior to putting up our "Future Home of" sign (which includes our web address), adopting the new UUA logo, and requirements for a mock-up of a potential permanent sign. We praised the work of the various teams working on our new property--the Renovations, Transition, and Aesthetics Committees--and the work of many chairs and members of standing committees as they work on changes needed for our new worship space and facilities.

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Sept. 7th, candles were lit for: 


Ilene Sparks: "I am sad that my brother Fred who has traveled all over the world is no longer able to travel. He was not able to attend the Stewart family reunion this year, though he did send T-shirts for each of us."


Megan and Steven Lewallen: "We are celebrating our two year anniversary today!"


Becky Rice: "Both a joy and a sorrow. After weeks of not knowing when it would happen, my significant other received his orders to report to Hill Air Force Base in Utah on the 22nd of this month! I'm excited for this new chapter in our lives even though I'm sad to be leaving our friends and family. The next few months will be very different since he'll be there and I won't be joining him until the start of next year." 


If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.comBarbara 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, September 23rd, 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.