UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
September 25th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 42
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
Food Basket
Go Team UUCH!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Express Yourself
Grief & Healing
Miles for Midwives
Service Auction
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Broadmor Property Workday!
This Saturday, Sept. 27th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Our new building address is
3921 Broadmor Rd. NW Huntsville AL 35810
Tasks for all skill levels! We're So Close! 
  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!

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 28th, 2014

"New Terrain, Same Promise"

The Reverend Alice Syltie   


It was heartening to hear Denise Hunter-Gilbert and Angel Hundley express the pride they felt in our congregation, attending Leadership Training with Unitarian Universalists from around our region. Our efforts toward building intentional community are definitely paying dividends. The community we build is the framework for the promises we make to one another. Another type of framework is the actual building, or the physical location of a building, within which promises are made. Often the physicality of architecture or location informs our identity. How will our new surroundings continue to reflect the overarching principles and values of our congregation? What will be the same, even though it all looks very different? This Sunday's worship will also include a special musical contribution by our UUCH Choir, with Pam Siegler directing. 

This Sunday in RE

Peace Room

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

Signs of Our UU Faith: "Our Faith is a Journey"
Searchers Room

Toolbox of Faith: "Integrity: Compass"
Over-Achievers Room

A Place of Wholeness: "Roots & Wings" 


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).  
"Articulating Your Faith"
3rd Session is this Sunday!


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 third 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 this Sunday evening, Sept. 28th, from 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. 

A Message from the Care Committee:
"Life After Loss: A Journey to Healing"


2 hearts Brookdale Place Jones Farm, First United Methodist Church, Hospice Family Care and Laughlin Funeral Service are pleased to announce a new six week grief support group "Life after Loss: A Journey to Healing"! The group will meet on Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm, September 25th to October 30th, in the third floor chapel of Brookdale Place Jones Farm, 2815 Carl T. Jones Dr. SE. It is open to the entire Huntsville community at no charge. The facilitator will be the Reverend Carl Malm of The Center for Loss, Grief and Change. Reservations are requested but not required. Light refreshments will be served. For more information or to make a reservation, please phone Jana Seikel at Brookdale Place, 256 881-6111 or Rev. Malm at 256 883-6539.

Miles for Midwives Walk October 11th


Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Miles for Midwives walk on October 11th! 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Big Spring Park in downtown Huntsville. This event serves to raise funds for the Alabama Birth Coalition, and to spread awareness of our need for access to the Midwifery Model of Care in all birth settings. Join us! 

UUs and many others at last year's M4M Walk! 
Coming November 15th: 
Annual UUCH Service Auction!


Save the date! The UUCH Service Auction, a time-honored fundraiser, will take place on Saturday, November 15th! (Not on the 8th, as previously advertised.) 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 15th. 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


As our move-in date draws nearer, volunteer efforts have ramped up at our Broadmor facility! This past week the new floors in the RE wing were finished. We also held preliminary inspections of the work that our contractors, Lee Builders and The Hutchens Company, have been working to complete. Those contractor efforts should be done in the next two weeks.


At the same time, the volunteer efforts continued with a number of small tasks in work throughout the building. We had volunteers at Broadmor every day last week and more than 20 people contributed their time and efforts on Saturday, September 20th! The Renovation Committee maintains an evolving list of the remaining tasks that can be accomplished individually with no particular skills required. We will be working at Broadmor every Saturday and select weekdays in September and October until we move in. This week we are preparing for floor refinishing in the fellowship hall, kitchen and office areas by moving some furniture and continuing cleaning and other projects.

New swings on the playground! 

Additional information about upcoming tasks will be available at the workday this Saturday, September 27th, starting at 9:30 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.  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. 21st, candles were shared with: 


Dan Nielsen: "My dad went into the hospital last night. According to my sister, he had lost the use of his hand, and he has pneumonia due to constricted airways. She said there do not seem to be viable treatment options for what seems to be late stage cancer."


Gail Williams: "This candle is in memory of my Dad, Fred, who died three years ago today, and my great nephew, Stuart, who passed two years ago yesterday."


LaDawn Edwards: "I feel very blessed to participate in cleaning the new church. It has given me the chance to deepen connections with other members. For example, while scrubbing bricks with Barbara Hitt, we learned that we both have sisters who live in the same very small town in Wyoming!"


Kathy Fisher: "I'm happy to tell you my granddaughter was on her way home from the hospital last Sunday about the same time we were lighting a candle for her. All is going very well."


Ilene Sparks: "Tomorrow I will be 93 years old." UUCH wishes you a very happy birthday, Ilene!


Jon Fox: "My sister is hospitalized with an infection. She takes an immunosuppressive therapy, so this is very worrisome. "


Laurie Keller: "Come to the coffee area after the service and meet my sister, Heidi, visiting from Portland, Oregon.


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, October 28th, 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.