UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville AL 35810  
November 13th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 49
In This Issue
Rest Up for the Service Auction!
Basket in the Foyer
Temporary Phone Number
PFLAG Welcomes All
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Service Auction This Saturday!
Donations for AHA
Care List
This Saturday,
Nov. 15th!

Take a day to relax before you come to the Service Auction at 6:00 p.m.!

We CAN  

Reach 100!

canned goods

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.

Temporary phone number!
Our old phone number (256.534.0508) is going to be moved to the new building within the next week or so. You may leave messages on the number above, or call the temporary office number (256.801.9315)  between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to reach Deedee Moore, our Administrative Assistant.
EE Choc Bar
Hot Chocolate on a Cold Day!

Your Social Justice Committee is once again selling Fair Trade chocolate varieties from Equal Exchange, including Cocoa powder! 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 in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday services.


(Parents and Friends of Lesbians & Gays)
Welcomes Everyone
rainbow flag
Your Interweave group supports the work of PFLAG in the Huntsville community. All PFLAG meetings are free and confidential. November events include a chapter meeting, a lunch out, and a Social at Newk's restaurant. Follow PFLAG on Facebook

to stay up-to-date with upcoming events as well as news stories that affect the LGBTQ community in Huntsville and beyond. If you have questions or would like more information, please email pflag.huntsville or call 256-698-0786. 

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Upcoming Services

UUCH Chalice
Sunday, November 16th, 2014

"Grace: A Moment in the Making"

Amanda Schuber
and the Reverend Alice Syltie  


The term "grace" has both secular and religious meanings, carrying memory and baggage with each.  From the dinner table to the restorative justice movement, the idea of "grace" is pervasive in our culture. This Sunday we will examine the varied experiences of "grace," and how our understanding of it opens us up to giving and receiving unexpected gifts. 


Sunday, November 23rd, we celebrate our Multi-Generational Bread Communion.

This Sunday in RE
Our first Sunday RE was a wonderful and joyful time in our new church home, and we're looking forward to another Sunday of great sessions before we transition into the holiday season.
Peace Room

Chalice Children: "Thanksgiving"
Justice Room

Signs of Our UU Faith: "Memorial Rituals"
Searchers Room

Toolbox of Faith: "Power: Hammer"
Over-Achievers Room

A Place of Wholeness: "Reason" 


A very important note on safety at the new church:

Remember that your first stop on Sunday morning is to check-in at the RE Welcome Area in the foyer and pick up a nametag. The grounds are large, and we ask as always that children be in parents' or guardians' supervision at all times, especially on the playground.  


If you haven't already, please register your children and youth online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WS8LDNP and check out our family agreements commitment. Thank you! 


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).  

Service Auction This Saturday Evening!


Our annual Service Auction--The Bountiful Bash at Broadmor--will be held this Saturday evening. When the doors open at 6:00 PM, the silent auction begins, the buffet tables are open, and the beverages begin flowing. You'll find lots of interesting items for sale. You can bid on a variety of dinners, parties, and services. You might be able to snag a bargain on a unique hand crafted item or a useful household article, but you'll have to check back often on those bid sheets to make sure you still have the highest bid! The live auction follows with an intrepid new high-energy auctioneer who will keep laughing and bidding throughout the evening.


Highlights from our Catalog
  • Award Winning Chili Dinner   
  • Autographed Books of Poetry by Anne Rutledge
  • Beginner Violin Lessons
  • Handmade Ceramic Items
  • Computer and Home Network Tech Support (PC & Mac)
  • Dinner and Multi-Media Tour of Thailand
  • Math or Science tutoring
  • Indian Dinner
  • Piano Lessons
  • Sermon on Your Choice of Topics
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Toro Lawnmower--"like new" condition
  • Yardwork
  • and many more!
If you still haven't donated, you have until Friday at noon to submit your item. (Contact Todd Hunter-Gilbert at 571.247.6540 or penguin@swcp.com). We can always use more items! Childcare will be provided, so you don't even need to get a sitter. Come on out for a fun evening and you'll come away with some great purchases.


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.
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Nov. 9th, candles were shared with: 


Mona Smith sent a message from rehab: "I am with you in spirit and wish I could be there in person. Thanks for your kindnesses and thoughts. I know I have a real church family!"


Derrik Landman: "A candle of joy for my safe return from vacation and the start of a new job!"


Melissa and Kip Shepherd: "Our long-standing relationship with this wonderful church sometimes bears visible fruit. Our son Duncan, who was raised in the RE program, forgot his absentee ballot and drove from Montevallo home to vote on Tuesday. Though it didn't seem to make a difference in the results, it made a warm spot in our hearts--thank you all for contributing to raising a responsible citizen."


Candles were lit for Kathy Heath and Barbara Hitt who were both recovering from surgery, but were able to be with us on Sunday for the first service and celebration of our wonderful new building.


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, November 20th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Overlook is a publication of

The Unitarian Universalist Church,

3921 Broadmor Rd. Huntsville, AL 35810

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President: Denise Hunter-Gilbert 

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at


Admin. Office Hours: 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri.

For Wednesday access, please call in advance. 

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.