UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville AL 35810  
December 23rd, 2014
Vol. 14 Issue 55
In This Issue
Helping Hands
Plastic, Please!
Fair Trade Sales
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Move in January!
Chili Cook Off!
Care List
The Church of the Helping Hands.

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.

Got 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! 
Fair Trade is Good for Everyone!

Your Social Justice Committee is once again selling Fair Trade chocolate varieties from Equal Exchange, including Cocoa powder!  

EE Choc Bar

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, and our congregation's purchase of Equal Exchange products supports the UUSC!

Equal Exchange Logo  

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Sunday, December 28th, 2014

"And I think to myself...."  

Readings and Reflections on Wonder

Denise Gyauch (Intern Minister)  

and Nick Wilbourn


"Wonderful" is a well-used word during this season of the year, but what about the ordinary and not-so-wonderful parts of our lives? Join us during this time between the old year and the new in thinking about the role of wonder in living a faithful life.

This Sunday in RE
GAME DAY! Enjoy special times with friends over the holiday with your favorite table games. Bring games from home, and enjoy our church classics.

Older youth are invited to participate in the Social Justice Committee's project of preparing and weaving mats from plastic shopping bags for homeless outreach.
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).  
Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings--Starting Jan. 3rd!

UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. We are starting another series of Awareness Through MovementŪ classes. Those who came to the first series found it very enjoyable, relaxing, and useful. The class focuses on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.

Everyone is welcome! This verbally guided Awareness Through MovementŪ class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements. Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.

These classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., beginning January 3rd, 2015. For further information, contact Denise Runnels at denise.r.runnels@gmail.com. If you need childcare for this event, please contact Denise at least a week before the event.
The Cook-off is Coming! 


The 2015 UUCH Annual Chili Cook-off will be held on January 24th. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and judging begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 each for those 13 and older; Kids 3-12 are $3 each, with a family cap of $15. Admittance is free for contestants. Advance ticket purchase is not necessary.

Chili cooks, please pre-register by contacting
Audrey Fox (audrey.fox@gmail.com, or 256.417.5197).

Entertainment is being organized by Susan Coddington.

Chili fixings, crackers, and little kid food will be provided. We are looking for volunteers to provide side dishes (cornbread, salads, rolls) and desserts. Please contact Audrey Fox or sign up via this website: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ea9a62aa3fd0-2015.

Who will win the coveted Red Ladle???
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Dec. 21st, candles were lit for: 


 Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate, a Candle of Joy:  "We visited Mona Smith at Redstone Village, room 4325, last night. She is mending and doing well. Her comment about how happy she was with the church's outpouring of love with cards and visits and phone calls made us so proud to be a part of this community."
Paulette Bernstein, a Candle of Sorrow: "My daughter's half-sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is waiting further test results to determine treatment options. She's a single mom with a three-year-old daughter."
Meredith Lorge, a Candle of Sorrow: "My Mom's Mom, and great-aunts sister, passed away this past Sunday. It was a privilege to be able to have her in my life for all of these years."
Deedee Moore: "A Candle of Sorrow for Nancy Pendegraph, who is mourning the loss of her guide dog, Charlie. He was a good dog and will be missed by many."
From the Care Committee:
"A Candle of Welcome for soon-to-be new member Cay Lambert, a UU who recently moved here from Texas. Cay has not been able to attend church yet because of health problems, but she is looking forward to joining us soon, and she wants to wish everyone greetings and good cheer for the holidays.
"It is wonderful to see Kathy Heath back with us as she recovers from her recent back surgery.
"We delivered food to Kathy Fisher who is recovering from rotator cuff surgery. Kathy says she is grateful for our support and very sorry to be missing the holiday music.
"Rev. Alice has been to visit church member Dan Nisen, and said that although Dan is now bedridden, he was glad to talk and visit with her.
"Becky Ellingwood has been moved from the hospital into HealthSouth for rehab. She is already up and doing some walking!

"Federico Vignaroli became a United States citizen this week. His young son, Alessio, told his Dad that now he was just like them!"   

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 27th, 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 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.