UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
October 16th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 45
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
Food Basket
Support our Teams!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Bring Boxes!
Potluck cancelled, but...
Halloween Party!
Social Justice News
SoulCollage Opportunity
Service Auction Details
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Broadmor Property Workday!
This Saturday,
Oct. 18th, 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!

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.

UUs are Moving for Change!

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

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.



Miles for Midwives Walk Postponed until November 8th!

The 6th Annual Miles for Midwives walk got rained out, so they've changed the date AND the venue. It's still 9:30-11:30 a.m. but now it's going to be indoors at the UAH Shelby Center--nice and dry! 

Please see Anna Bertone for details.

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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Upcoming Services

UUCH Chalice
Sunday, October 19th, 2014

"Portraits in Social Justice"

Kiya Heartwood  

and the Reverend Alice Syltie  


What makes an activist? When should we choose to stand up for what we believe in? Singer songwriter, Kiya Heartwood, brings us Portraits in Social Justice--Songs and Stories of Mother Jones, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Verdran Smailovic, and the Kung Doc Workers. Includes songs such as "Dishpan Brigade," "Family Man," "Adagio," and "Carolina." 


Kiya Heartwood is an award winning internationally touring singer songwriter. The UK's Broadway Baby describes Kiya Heartwood (Stealin Horses, Wishing Chair) as "an award-winning American singer-songwriter who writes smart, funny and poignant songs about the famous and not-so-famous legends of America." Dirty Linen writes that Kiya's music "serves up a lively batch of original songs that follow on to two of the oldest traditions of folk music: storytelling and political broadside." Her latest recording is a live acoustic CD, The Living Tree.

Kiya makes her happy home in Austin, TX with her wife, the Reverend Meg Barnhouse. www.kiyaheartwood.com.
This Sunday in RE

Peace Room

Chalice Children: "Making Chalice Pendants"
Justice Room

Signs of Our UU Faith: "We Revere Life"
Searchers Room

Toolbox of Faith: "Reflection: Mirror"
Over-Achievers Room

A Place of Wholeness: "Hope" 


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).  
Please Remember!

Start gathering and bringing sturdy, empty boxes up to the church on Governors Dr., in preparation for "the big move."
No Interweave Potluck This Month!

chalice w/rainbow flame Our Interweave Potluck and Game night, usually held on the 3rd Friday, will not happen this month. Instead, we're all invited to the Campfire event on October 18th!

Third Annual Camp & Cook Out

This Saturday! 


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. 


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.  

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.

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.

Announcing the


Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, Nov. 15th!


gavel The UUCH Service is a November tradition and this year it will be our first special activity in the new facility on Broadmor Rd. It will be a Bountiful Bash on Broadmor, where you can bid to take home some of the traditional auction items, or maybe some exciting new offering this year. Come and enjoy a fun and exciting evening with your fellow UUs.


And, of course, to have items to auction that night, we need donations from our members and friends. Can you host a specialty event? Do you have a skill or hobby you can share with a class or perform for a few hours for a friend in need? Samples from previous years, in these categories, include Mardi Gras dinner, Geocaching class, and hours of yardwork. Dinners, parties, picnics, and other social events make great donations. Other kinds of services, handmade artwork, clothing, jewelry, and food also make excellent donations.


You have three ways to donate:

Broadmor Briefing


The new ceiling in the fellowship hall, the new kitchen storage cabinet, and the new paint in the offices look great! And our new temporary sign is up! 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 and other days during the week, the facility at Broadmor is really beginning to take shape. Fifteen volunteers worked 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 any way they can. This is a real community effort.

Some of our folks putting up the temporary banner at Broadmor!

Please join us. There are still many tasks to be done, and jobs for all skill levels. There is painting to do, weeds to be pulled, bulletin boards to be hung, light bulbs to change, furniture to move, exit signs to be installed, and cleaning to be done. The Renovation Committee has an evolving list of tasks that can be done individually or in a group. We will be working at 3921 Broadmor every Saturday and select weekdays in October until we move.


Additional information about upcoming tasks will be available at the workday this Saturday, October 18th, starting at 9:30 a.m. and going until 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. 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, Oct. 12th, candles were shared with: 

Barbara Hitt and the Care Committee: "Please light a candle of sorrow for Michael Scarborough whose brother Philip died this week."


Nick Wilbourn: "My partner Ryan was recently laid off from the software engineering job. Please keep him in your thoughts as he looks for a new job. Being home alone all day is making him stir crazy."


"A candle of joy sending love light and gratitude to all involved in creating and participating in the Articulation of Faith class."


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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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.