UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville  
October 30th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 47
In This Issue
Broadmor Work Days
DST Ends
Food Basket
Support our Teams!
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
The Big Move
Bobby's 30th First
Service Auction Details
Donations for AHA
Broadmor Briefing
Care List
Moving Day at Governors Drive!
This Saturday,
Nov. 1st, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Almost everything in the building must be boxed up, taped up, and labeled. Many hands make quick work--we need your help!

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m. Set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!
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.

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Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

"Magic Stones"

The Reverend Alice Syltie  


The famous artist, Michelangelo, said that "every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it." He was also known to say that the statues he carved were trapped inside the blocks of stone, and that it was his job to free them by cutting away the stone around them. Every rock we hold has something within it that only we can see, that only we have the potential to discover and present to the world.  


As we celebrate our last Sunday in our beautiful and rocky home on the side of Monte Sano Mountain, we will contemplate the hidden beauty of gifts that each of us has the power to unleash. This will be a multi-generational service inviting participation by all ages in the first part of a ritual to honor the momentous event of spiritually leaving one church home to take up residence in another. Your entire Worship Committee has helped to plan this special worship service.   

This Sunday in RE

Children and youth will participate in the multi-generational farewell worship service in the sanctuary. The service will be active and appropriate for all ages, as well as shorter in length than our regular services. This is a wonderful time for our whole congregation to be together to celebrate this transition to a new church building. There will be no RE classes downstairs.


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

The long awaited moving week is now upon us. I know that many of you have been working for months to get us to this point. I know, also, that you same people will be working hard the next couple of weeks to get us moved and settled in our new place. So, this note is for all of us who have not had as great of an opportunity to be a part of this historical event. The time line in the article below will show you where and when you can show up to make difference.  


Note that the times for helping on Saturday are from 9:30 to 12:30, although, we won't kick you out if there is more to do in the afternoon. Lunch will be served to give you the strength and energy you need to persevere. Child care has also been arranged. The Transition Committee hopes it has removed all obstacles to your participation. This is an occasion when simply showing up and following directions will get you mega brownie points!  


In Love & Hope,

Rev. Alice 

Moving At Last! HELP!

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:


*Saturday, November 1st, 9:30a.m.-12:30pm: 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!

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:

Brwn Paper Pkg Help Brighten Christmas  

for Local Teenagers!

Make a Donation for Gifts to be Given through the Alabama Hispanic Association  

On the Sundays of November 16th and 23rd, the Social Justice Committee will collect money to buy gifts for teenagers in need. UUCH is partnering with the Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA) to bring Christmas cheer to some of the poorest in our community. Youth from our RE program will shop for the gifts.


On December 6th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the AHA will have its annual Christmas party at our new church home on Broadmor Road. Our gifts for the teenagers along with other gifts for the younger children will be distributed then. UUCH members and friends are encouraged to attend the party--it will be a great opportunity to get to know the AHA and their work!! 


What is the Alabama Hispanic Association?

The AHA reaches out to help meet needs in Madison County's Hispanic community through education and support. AHA made its home in the Highlands United Methodist Church building, which is now our new UUCH facility at Broadmor! We are happy to continue partnering with the AHA as we move into our new church home.
Broadmor Briefing


After more than a year, the renovation activities at our Broadmor facility are winding down! We have some final contractor work being done this week and then we'll be ready to move in.


We had our last pre-move work day at Broadmor this past Saturday with more than 20 youth and adults participating. On Saturday, November 1st we'll be packing at the Governors facility and November 8th we'll be unpacking and setting up at our new Broadmor facility!


The Renovation Committee is VERY thankful for the many, many volunteers who have spent many hours working at our Broadmor facility over the past year. We couldn't have accomplished all that we have without your blood, sweat, and yes, a few tears. THANK YOU!


--Brad Korb, Renovations Chair 

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Oct. 26th, candles were shared with: 


Kathy Fisher: "Working on feeling compassion for the woman who crashed into my car while it was parked in my sister,s driveway yesterday."


LaDawn Edwards: "I feel blessed to be one of the UU group going to see the Dalai Lama in Birmingham today. Namaste."


Bonnie and Steve Herold: "We are delighted to announce that our daughter Rachel Harold was married to Robbie Davis on October 18th. They are living in Greenville, South Carolina."


Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy: "Our daughter Samantha was accepted into the University of Alabama Early College program. We are so proud."


Lydia Goodman: "Larry celebrates his 81st birthday on October 29th."


Kathy Heath is recovering from back surgery and is grateful to the church for care and support.


Mona Smith continues to heal from her broken femur and will remain at Redstone rehab facility until December.


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.