UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
September 18th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 41
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
Food Basket
Go Team UUCH!
Coffee Orders
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
From Your Minister
Friday Potluck!
Express Yourself
Service Auction
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Broadmor Property Workday!
This Saturday, Sept. 20th, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Our new building address is
3921 Broadmor Rd. NW Huntsville AL 35810
Tasks for all skill levels! Let's do this!
giving heart
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.

pink awareness ribbon
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?

To register, go to the race site online and sign up to join team "Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville." Cost is $30. Hurry--registration is limited to the first 7000 people! 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!
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 21st, 2014

"The Spiritual Practice of Leadership"

The Reverend Alice Syltie,  

Denise Gyauch, Denise Hunter-Gilbert, and Angel Hundley   


This summer your new UUCH Board President and Vice-President, Denise Hunter-Gilbert and Angel Hundley, attended two leadership trainings: a weekend President's' Convocation in Birmingham, and the week-long Southern Unitarian Universalist Leadership Experience at The Mountain in North Carolina. Join us this Sunday as Denise and Angel share their experiences and reflect on what they learned about themselves, our church, and the spiritual practice of leadership.


Our worship service will also include a ceremony to commission this year's Board and Council members.  

This Sunday in RE

Peace Room

Chalice Children: "A Tour of the Inside of the Church"
Justice Room

Signs of Our UU Faith: "We Lead"
Searchers Room

Toolbox of Faith: "Questioning: Magnifying Glass"
Over-Achievers Room

A Place of Wholeness: "A Journey of Faith"


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  


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).  
From Your Minister


Memories are being made now! Last Sunday you heard stories of gratitude for the people whose hands-on efforts made our current building the special place it is. Soon we will also be telling stories about the people making history right now, preparing our Broadmor property for our upcoming move. If you haven't been over there in awhile, you will be amazed at the transformation.  


The major renovation work is almost finished. Brad Korb has done an extraordinary job of managing the renovation project, and now he is coordinating the final details of making the space ready. Brad and the Renovation Committee need our help!  It will take all of us to add the finishing touches that will make the space truly our own. Make memories and be part of the history. Let the Renovation Committee know how much we appreciate their work. Sign up on Sunday for one of the many remaining tasks, or show up for the Saturday workdays. The more help we have, the sooner we will be able to call the Broadmor property our new church home.  


In Love and Hope, 

Rev. Alice

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. 

"Articulating Your Faith" Continues!


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 the second in 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. Continuing Sunday evenings, Sept. 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. 

Coming November 8th: 
Annual UUCH Service Auction!


Save the date! The UUCH Service Auction, a time-honored fundraiser, will take place on Saturday, November 8th! Items to be auctioned will include a variety of special dinners and events, as well as unique handmade articles, specialty foods, and other tangible items. Some are perennial favorites, while others making their debut may be the start of a cherished tradition!


gavel The fun begins at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction featuring better items than ever before. Don't get too relaxed while you sip your favorite beverage and partake of the scrumptious buffet--you'll want to keep one eye on the bid sheets to make sure you are not outbid! The live auction follows, with its focus on the most popular items. As in years past, it promises to deliver fast-paced fun!


To make this auction work, we need your help--certainly as an attendee and bidder, but also as a donor. In the past, people have donated gourmet dinners, backyard picnics, wine-tasting parties, card parties, music lessons, garden design, computer repair, and a long list of other unique services. Items such as handmade foods, clothing, pottery, jewelry, and other goods also make excellent contributions. Donation forms will soon be available, so start brainstorming now! Be creative! What can you do or make that you'd like to share with your UUCH family?


So remember to mark your calendar for Saturday, November 8th. Childcare will be provided. While the kids enjoy themselves in the RE area, you'll enjoy the festivities in the sanctuary and fellowship hall.


Yes, you read that right--we expect to be in the Broadmor building by then, and so are planning to hold the service auction in our new facilities. We look forward to seeing you there!

Broadmor Briefing


Our new Broadmor facility is looking good! This past week the new vinyl composite floor tiles were installed in the RE Wing and they look great! (See the attached picture.) This week, that same floor is being finished to protect the new flooring tiles. The contractor efforts with Lee Builder and the Hutchens Company are nearly complete and initial inspections are being held this week.



At the same time, the volunteer efforts continue with a number of small tasks in work throughout the building. We had 14 people show up and contribute their time and efforts on Saturday, September 13th! 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 of their convenience. We will be working at Broadmor every Saturday and select weekdays in September and October until we move in. This week we are focusing on efforts needed to prepare for floor refinishing in the fellowship hall, kitchen and office areas.


Additional information about upcoming tasks will be available at the workday this Saturday, September 20th, 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 giving some of your time and effort towards completing these tasks!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Sept. 14th, candles were shared with: 


Millicent Simmons: "I attended a family reunion with 240 of my closest family relatives. We met in Utah in three different venues, enacting and telling stories about those who have passed on. We met for three days and it was a wonderful celebration."


Dan Nielson: "Dan's dad Lenny had biopsies this week at UAB of some brain and lung tumors. They won't find out the biopsy results until tomorrow. Please keep Dan, his dad, and his family in your thoughts and prayers."


Kathy Fisher: "Please send positive energy and heartfelt prayers to my granddaughter who has been hospitalized since last Sunday with depression."


Bette Goodman: "Please hold my friend and coworker Laura in your hearts as she fights breast cancer."


Jon Fox: "My mother, 65, is going to be in surgery Thursday to remove her parathyroid. She is very anxious about going under general anesthesia."


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.