UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
October 9th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 44
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
Food Basket
Service Auction!
Support our Teams!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
News from PFLAG
Halloween Party!
Social Justice News
SoulCollage Opportunity
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Broadmor Property Workday!
This Saturday,
Oct. 11th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Our new building address is
3921 Broadmor Rd. NW Huntsville AL 35810
Tasks for all skill levels! Counting down the days! 
Reach 100!

In September, we collected 135 items for the HAP pantry. Great job--that's 4 months in a row we've met our goal!  


The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be 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.


To read more about the Huntsville Assistance Program, please visit their website.

Don't Forget!
UUCH Service Auction will be held November 15th!
Be thinking of what you'd like to bid on--and what you can donate!

UUs are Moving for Change!

Even if you can't participate in these events, please consider sponsoring your UU friends who are! 


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. See Anna Bertone for details.

pink awareness ribbon  

11th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run

Saturday, Oct. 18th

to benefit breast cancer awareness. This is an all-ages 5K run/walk through downtown Huntsville. Register online, and sign up to join team "Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville." Please contact Becky Ellingwood if you have questions.

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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Sunday, October 12th, 2014

"Articulating Our Faith"

Adult Religious Education Group  


Moments when we are called upon to describe Unitarian Universalism can be opportunities to deepen our spiritual paths and to illuminate this living faith tradition to others. Yet most of us struggle at times to articulate its complex nature in a way that does it justice. Members of the recent Adult Religious Education class on "Articulation of Faith" share some of their ideas about Unitarian Universalism, their place in it, and the purpose of articulating this religious movement that has changed the lives of so many. At this important time in our church history, join them in exploring the questions, "So what is this thing called Unitarian Universalism?" and "I'm a UU, what do I believe?"

This Sunday in RE


Children and youth will join together in all ages to collaborate on an art project that will be part of the new RE area at Broadmor.  

We will also spend time remembering our sweet memories of the Governors church and imagine what we hope for our new church home. 


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).  

News from PFLAG-Huntsville

(Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)


rainbow flag October is an important month for the LGBTQ community and its allies. During this time of year, we observe not only National LGBT History Month but also National Coming Out Day on October 11th and Spirit Day on October 16th. Spirit Day, which has been observed annually since 2010, is an initiative that encourages everyone to wear purple in a stand against bullying and to show support for LGBTQ youth.


Here at PFLAG-Huntsville, we are commemorating Spirit Day by supporting Free2Be as a community partner during the  5th Annual LGBTQ Youth Suicide & Bullying Awareness Candlelight Vigil. Join us at 6:00 pm on October 16th in Big Spring Park as we stand together with Free2Be and our local community to raise awareness for youth suicide prevention--and don't forget to wear purple!

Let's Get Ready, Let's Get Set, Let's Go Camping!!... or at least have some fun around a campfire ...


The campsite is ready and the date has been set. Our Third Annual Camp & Cook Out, sponsored by Interweave, is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th. There will be chatting, and singing, and cooking, and eating, and for some of us, sleeping! 


Like last year, we will have independently communal foil dinners--that is, the community (that's you) brings vegetables and other ingredients to share but then you make your own individual foil packet of food for the coals. Dinners go on the coals starting at 5pm so please bring your veggies up by then if possible. The veggie signup sheet is on the coffee bar at the back of the sanctuary.


We will try to get the same site as last year, Monte Sano State Park Primitive Tent Camp Site #20, but we will not know for sure until we camp. The gate code is also a last minute tid-bit; you can either get it from the park store (if they are open when you come), try to call Denise on her cell phone, or walk in and find us to get the code.


Everyone is invited. If you plan to stay the night let Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com; 256.509.4002) know. Denise R. is also the person to go to if you have any questions. More details on what to bring and to expect can also be found back with the signup sheet on the coffee bar.

UUCH All-Church, All-Ages

Halloween Farewell Party! Friday, Oct. 24!


child-ghost-costume.jpg Ghosts & Goblins, Creatures & Critters, Kids & Adults--come one, come all to our all-church Halloween Party! Friday, Oct. 24th, 6:30-9:30 p.m. This will be our last Halloween Party in the Governors Drive church before our BIG MOVE to Broadmor! Let's make it a Farewell blast!


The Halloween Party is an all-ages party, for children and adults alike, sponsored by the Children and Youth RE Program. We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, and "best costume" contests. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. Fun for everyone!


Watch for sign-ups for bringing Halloween snacks, making spooooky cakes for the cakewalk, and helping with set-up and clean-up. For more information contact DRE Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com
Social Justice News

justice scales Our next Social Justice Committee meeting is Sunday, October 26th at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome! We'll have bagels. Please let Tonia know if you need child care: (256) 882-9891.


In September, we collected 135 items for the HAP pantry. Great job--that's 4 months in a row we've met our food basket goal!

Adult RE is Getting Creative  

with SoulCollage®

Tumbled in a rich living collage, images constantly speak to us: in dreams, through art, and in our interpretation of the everyday world. Join us for an evening of imagery and inspiration as you start building your own personal deck of evocative 5 x 8 cards.


Move from your linear language-based left brain into your creative image-based right brain... even if you have never done art or would not describe yourself as creative! Simply place and glue images you choose from hundreds available.


Jean DeVenney, a trained SoulCollage® facilitator from Portland, OR, led a workshop for Eliot Institute: UU Intergenerational Camp this summer. Now she is bringing her cache of images, cards, and tools for this creative workshop that will help us make the most of our UU source that is personal experience. We will meet Monday evening, October 27th, at 6:00 p.m. and create until 8:30 p.m.


Ask Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) if you have any questions and if you need child care let Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) know at least one week in advance.

Broadmor Briefing


The newly polished floors in the fellowship hall and offices are shiny and bright, new ceiling tiles have started going up in the fellowship hall, and the lights are all working in the religious education wing. Now that much of the major contract work has been finished, we are busy with the many final touches needed to make our building ready for our move, which is in just a few weeks. Thanks to the volunteers who are showing up on Saturday workdays, the facility at Broadmor is really beginning to take shape. Fifteen volunteers showed up last Saturday, and others are coming throughout the week to help in any way they can. Some people are sending food for workers even when they can't stay; others help by taking care of the children or supporting in anyway they can. This is a real community effort.

Trying out our new, clean refrigerators at Broadmor! 


Please join us. There is much to be done, and jobs for all skill levels. There is lots of painting to do, weeds to be pulled, bulletin boards to be hung, light bulbs to change, furniture to move, exit lights and ceiling tiles to be installed. The Renovation Committee has an evolving list of tasks that can be done individually or in a group. We will be working at Broadmor every Saturday and select weekdays in October until we move.


Additional information about upcoming tasks will be available at the work day this Saturday, October 11th, starting at 9:30 am and going until 1 or 2 pm. 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!


--Nancy Finley, Renovations Co-chair 

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Oct. 5th, candles were shared with: 


Michael Scarborough: "My brother Philip is receiving hospice care and is not expected to live much longer."


Cheri Smith: "My joy is that my daughter Vicky is getting better, but I still have concerns for Molly. Monday and Tuesday are their birthdays."


Millicent Simmons: "I was in Salt Lake City last weekend for the wedding of my oldest daughter, Anne. The ceremony was lovely, given by an interfaith minister. There were hundreds of her friends there. It was good to have all of my children and their spouses together."


Michelle Clark: "Candle of hope that this Fall Break will bring respite from the stresses and worries of each of us, and enter everyone into a new season of peace and love."


Jack and Echo Long: "We just returned from a weeklong trip to Williamsburg, Virginia to visit Echo's daughter, Cinnamon. Trip and visit were great; driving was terrible. Next time we fly!"


Barbara Hitt, on behalf of all: "Mona Smith fell and broke her hip last week. She is in Crestwood hospital recovering from surgery. Please send positive and healing thoughts to her."


Rose Deverzley, on behalf of all: "In loving memory of all the beloveds who have been part of this church over the years, but who are no longer with us. Kathy Fisher and I counted at least 20 members and friends who we have lost over the last 15 to 20 years. May they always live in our hearts. Blessed be."


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.

Next UUCH Board Meeting will be on
Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the new building, 3921 Broadmor.
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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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.

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