UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
October 23rd, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 46
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
Food Basket
Support our Teams!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Halloween Party!
Social Justice News
SoulCollage Opportunity
Bobby's 30th First!
Service Auction Details
Go Team UUCH!
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Broadmor Property Workday!
This Saturday,
Oct. 25th, 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! 
EE Choc Bar
Fair Trade Chocolate
is Back!!

The weather has cooled off, so your Social Justice Committee is once again selling Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange. Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Caramel, Fruit & Nut, and Coffee Bean Bars!! Proceeds are used for social justice projects, and our congregation's purchase of Equal Exchange products supports UUSC.


We also have Fair Trade, Organic, "Kaffeeklatsch" coffee for sale! These items will be available at the back of the sanctuary after Sunday services.

Equal Exchange Logo

Remember, Fair Trade products help ensure that:

1) Unjust labor practices, such as child slavery, are not used.

2) Farmers and workers are paid fair wages and have a voice in the organization to which they sell their products.

3) Environmental sustainability is held as an important goal.

Plus, proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects!

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).

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


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 consider sponsoring your UU friends. 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 26th, 2014

"You Are the New Day"

Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, the Reverend Alice Syltie,
and Pam Siegler, Choir Director 


The weeks before our move to the new church building offer us a time to cherish sweet memories, look toward future possibilities, and come to ever deeper understandings of our identity as Unitarian Universalists. We of all ages are embarking on an adventure together. This service explores and honors our church mission and ministry as seen through the eyes of our youngest members.

This Sunday in RE

Peace Room

Chalice Children: "All Around Us"
Justice Room

Signs of Our UU Faith: "Signs of Caring"
Searchers Room

Toolbox of Faith: "Expression: Paintbrush"
Over-Achievers Room

"Special Community Day"


In addition to their regular RE sessions, children and youth will celebrate this last day of regular RE sessions in the current church and participate in making ready for their rooms for the move with a special activity. On Sunday, Nov. 2nd, all ages are invited to the multi-generational farewell service in the main sanctuary.


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).  
This Friday, Oct. 24th!
UUCH All-Church, All-Ages

Halloween Farewell Party!  


dancing skeleton
Last Dance at Governors Drive! 

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!


jackolanterns If you want to help decorate, come up to the church at 2:00p.m. this Friday afternoon. Even if you didn't sign up for it, please feel free to bring Halloween snacks and/or a spooooky cake for the cakewalk, And after-party-clean-up helpers are always welcome! 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.

Moving At Last!

We've waited a long time for this, and now it's here! We all need to pitch in to make this move happen as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Please try to find at least one day during moving week to volunteer--and more if you can manage it. In the moving timeline below, highlighted days are when we'll need the most help. Thanks!  

Moving Timeline:


*Now: The Council and Committee Chairs are organizing their teams to begin the pre-packing process.

Everyone bring sturdy, empty, close-able boxes up to Governor's Drive!  


Friday, October 24th:

Our last Halloween party at Governors.  


*Saturday, November 1st: All-church packing day. Pack everything except things we will need for our final service.


*Sunday, November 2nd: Last service at Governors. It will be an intergenerational service for all of us to say goodbye to our location that has served us well. Sunday afternoon, after the service, we will pack anything left to pack and have a pizza party.


Tuesday, November 4th, 8:15a.m.: Professional movers will move the boxes and heavy furniture.  


Thursday, November 6th, 9:00a.m.: AB Stephens moves our piano. 

Weekdays from Nov. 4th to Nov. 7th:
Come to the new building at 3921 Broadmor to start the un-packing!

Saturday, November 8th:

All-church unpacking and "spruce-up" day.


Sunday, November 9th: First Service at Broadmor, Building Blessing and Potluck Celebration! We Did It!

Don't Forget--Next Monday, Oct. 27th: 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! 

Bobby's 30th Annual Nov. 1st Party!

After a busy day of packing at Governors or painting at Broadmor, come sit a spell, grab a bite to eat, and play your favorite games at Bobby's 30TH Annual First Saturday in November Party! The event will held at the Governors location from 4:00 to 10:00 PM. More information will be forthcoming, or you can contact Bobby Hall at bobbyuuhall@aol.com.

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:

Team UUCH Does It Again!

UUs were on the move again at the 11th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon 5K Run/Walk to benefit Breast Cancer Research.
Thanks to Team UUCH--composed of Denise Runnels, Pam Siegler, Denise and Quinn Hunter-Gilbert, Tim and Theresa Miller, Jefflyn Weed, Bailey Carswell, Anna and Carina Bertone, Nancy Finley, Becky and Abby Ellingwood, and Team Betts--Tonia, Kevin, Sage, Autumn, Rose, and Wren.  
See you next year!
Broadmor Briefing


After more than a year, the renovation time at Broadmor is almost over! We only have one more workday--this Saturday, October 25th--to finish getting our new facility ready.


November 1st we'll be packing at the Governor's facility and November 8th we'll be unpacking and setting up at the Broadmor facility!


Thanks to the volunteers who are showing up on Saturday workdays and other days during the week, the facility at Broadmor is really taking shape. Fifteen volunteers showed up last Saturday, and several others are coming throughout the week to help in any way they can. This is a real community effort!


Please join us this Saturday for a final push. 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 and cleaning to be done. The Renovation Committee has an evolving list of tasks that can be done individually or in a group.


Additional information about available tasks will be at the work day this Saturday, October 25th, starting at 9:00 a.m. and going until 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. We hope you will consider giving some of your time and effort towards getting our new facility ready!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair 

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Oct. 19th, candles were shared with: 


Kathy Fisher: "My sister and brother-in-law have moved into their new home in Huntsville, our Ohio sister came to help, and we've had nonstop moving parties all week!"


Pam Siegler:  "Kevin Betts came in eighth in the Liz Hurley run Saturday. Sage, Quinn, and Abby also ran...Yeah!!"


Barbara and Gary Hitt: "Please light a candle for Barbara's nephew who is facing severe medical problems."


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
Tuesday, November 25th, 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.