UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville AL 35810  
December 11th, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 53
In This Issue
Fill the Baskets
Plastic, Please!
April Annual Assembly
Fair Trade Sales
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
AHA Christmas Party!
Solstice Service
Time for the Pageant!
Chili Cook Off!
Board Report
Care List

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.

Drowning in
Plastic Bags?
The Knit Wits and the Social Justice Committee need your clean, dry,
plastic shopping bags to crochet plastic ground blankets for the homeless. It takes 700 bags to make one blanket, so BRING 'EM ON! Please place them in the box under the staircase in the foyer. Thank you!


April 17-19th, 2015:

Save the Date for Annual Assemblies!


The 2015 joint Annual Assemblies will be held in Orlando (FLD), Montgomery (MSD), Greensboro (SED), and New Orleans (SWUUC). They will feature an important vote which will help define our future relationships, a joint keynote address from the Reverend Jeanne Pupke, programming, fellowship, singing, and fun!
Fair Trade is Good for Everyone!

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.

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

"Sleep in Heavenly Peace"

The Reverend Alice Syltie, John Czachurski,
and Worship Team members   


Throughout this year people around the world have reflected on events 100 years ago that sparked the beginning of World War I--"The Great War." This month marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most unexpected and unique events in that war--The Christmas Truce, which John McCutcheon memorialized in his song, "Christmas in the Trenches." This Sunday we commemorate that event and the hope for peace that illumines our hearts and actions even in times of war. Join us for a dramatic presentation adapted and presented by Worship Team members from a service created by the Reverend Greg Ward. 


Also, this Sunday has been designated as "Black Lives Matter" Sunday. In solidarity with African American denominations, all are encouraged to dress in black for the service.    

This Sunday in RE
We will be rehearsing the Christmas pageant!  

All participants should plan to attend. We'll have a great time!  If you haven't picked a part yet, we still have roles available! Just contact Erin Reid at 256-694-6786 or eereid@hotmail.com. 

More information is in the article below.   

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 Saturday! You're Invited to the Alabama Hispanic Association's Christmas Party!   


On December 13th, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA) will have its annual Christmas party in our Fellowship Hall. UUCH members and friends are encouraged to attend the party, it's a great opportunity to get to know the AHA and their work!  


AHA is expecting up to 250 families, and UUCH is helping to provide traditional "holiday" food for the party. If you are willing and able, please click on this link and let us know what you can bring:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ea9a62aa3fd0-alabama. (If you have trouble with the sign-up sheet, please contact Audrey Fox (audrey.fox@gmail.com, 256-417-6197) for assistance.)


The AHA will be at the church setting up at 9:00 a.m., so food can be dropped off anytime between 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. this Saturday morning, December 13th.  


 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.
Winter Candlelight Service

Friday, December 19th, 2014


Music for centering at 6:45 p.m.;  

Service begins at 7:00 p.m.   

Take refuge from the commercialism of the season and enter a space of peace and wonder. Let music and poetry, a chorus of voices, and the wisdom of the ages nurture your spirit as we approach the Winter Solstice.

Christmas Pageant Parts Still Available!

The Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 21st, 2014. Children who participate in the pageant should:REXP

  • be at least 4 years old (we have parts for adults too!)
  • be able to attend a short rehearsal during RE on Sunday, December 14th
  • be able to arrive at church early (9:45 a.m.) on the day of the pageant (Dec. 21st) for a quick run-through
  • be able to supply simple costume items (e.g., bath robes, etc.--no sewing or elaborate costuming required)

If you'd like to be part of this exciting production, please come to RE This Sunday, December 14th, when we will be practicing for the pageant. Parents should plan to come to the RE area and confirm children's participation following the service. You may also contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or eereid@hotmail.com. THERE ARE PARTS FOR EVERYONE!

Chili Cook-off is COMING! 


singing chili Hear ye! Hear ye! Mark your calendars for the spiciest event of the season! The date has been set for this year's Chili Cook-off and Open-Mike night: this annual tradition of tantalizing tastebuds will begin at 5:00 p.m.on Saturday, January 24th! Start tweaking those recipes!

If you would like to help behind the scenes, contact Audrey Fox (audrey.fox@gmail.com, or 256.417.5197).
Board Report for December 4th, 2014 


The Board of Trustees met on Thursday, December 4th. The majority of our time was spent discussing:

  • The phenomenal success of the Service Auction.
  • Continuing details related to the move to Broadmor.
  • The possibility of revitalizing inactive committees.
  • How to find our Congregational Voice in district and UUA events.
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Dec. 7th, candles were lit for: 


Bobby Hall, A Candle of Joy: "I had a surprise luncheon a couple of weeks ago, and was awarded Teacher of the Year at Virginia College."


Susan Coddington, A Candle of Sorrow: "My dad, Benny Esslinger, is having surgery on Tuesday to remove a large mass in his colon. The doctor believes that the mass is malignant. Please send healing thoughts."


Brad and Pam Korb, A Candle of Sorrow: "The cancer in Pam's father, Robert Parmer, continues to grow, and his pain is constant now. Hospice comes regularly, and family continues to visit knowing that his time is short. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated."


Gary and Barbara Hitt: "Please light the Candle of Joy for the celebration of our anniversary on November 25th. Even though we spent the morning at the orthopedic surgeon's office, we still feel blessed with 47 years of marital bliss!"


Rev. Alice Syltie: "Please light a Candle of Sorrow for my mother, Ivy Mesecher, who was Nana to Janet, Federico, Alessio and Arienne Vignaroli. Ivy was a member of this congregation and together we were four generations of Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville here, until for Ivy it became physically too difficult.  We will miss how she made us feel loved and special, and her sense of humor, all of which she continued to express, until her very last days. We plan to have a memorial service in January. We are very grateful for all the food, cards and expressions of sympathy and care."


If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.com . Barbara 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, January 20th, 2015 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 


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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.