UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville AL 35810  
January 8th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 02
In This Issue
Helping Hands
PFLAG Welcomes All
Fair Trade Sales
Upcoming Services
This Sunday in RE
Chili King? or Queen?
Move Your Body
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.



(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. January 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. 

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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Upcoming Services

UUCH Chalice
Sunday, January 11th, 2015

"A Life of Integrity"

The Reverend Alice Syltie   


The theme for January is integrity. I don't know about you, but for me, thinking about New Year's resolutions calls to mind questions about integrity. What questions are you living with about living a life of integrity in the new year? Our annual Fire Communion Ceremony is a chance to think about what to let go of and what to carry forward in the New Year.  

This Sunday in RE
Peace Room 
Chalice Children: "Chalice Flannel Board"
Justice Room
Signs of Our UU Faith: "Looking for Signs of Community" 
Searchers Room

Toolbox of Faith: "Courage and Conviction: Saddlebags"
Over-Achievers Room
A Place of Wholeness: "Reason"   

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). 
The Cook-off is Coming!
Who will win the coveted Red Ladle? 

The 2015 UUCH Annual Chili Cook-off
will be held Saturday, 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 the Chili Entrants!  
Advance ticket purchase is not necessary.

Chili cooks, please pre-register by contacting
Audrey Fox:
audrey.fox@gmail.com, or 256.417.6197).
singing chili
Entertainment is being organized by Susan Coddington, so if you'd like to sing, dance, tell jokes, or otherwise entertain, please email susan.coddington@rteamworks.com.

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.

Awareness Through Movement
--Every Saturday Morning!

UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. We have started another series of Awareness Through Movement® classes. 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 Movement® class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements. Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and is 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 are being held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., continuing until further notice. For 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.
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, Jan 4th, candles were lit for:   


Gail Williams: "A Candle of Sorrow in memory of Jan Sulcer, my friend, a friend of many."


Will Garrison: "My Mom fell and broke her knee getting Christmas decorations from the attic. Surgery went fine, and she is expected to make a full recovery. She is just grumpy about having to stay off her feet for three months."


Becky Rice, A Candle of Joy: "I leave tomorrow for Utah; this time actually moving and no longer just visiting. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I drive across the country. I also want to thank everyone at this church who helped me get to where I am today."


Fran Alexander, A Candle of Joy: "Daughter Michele Korray got engaged on Christmas day!"


The Betts Family, A Candle of Joy: "Wren celebrated her first birthday this week, and happy 50th birthday to Denise Hunter-Gilbert today!"


Pam Siegler: "Yea for Deedee (Moore)! This is the one-year anniversary of her heart episode when she had a stent put in."


Michael Scarborough, A Candle of Joy: "David Stone marked another birthday yesterday. To avoid revealing his age explicitly, let's just say that David has now logged one year for each trombone!"


Kelly Archer: "A huge thank you to Barbara and Gary Hitt for assisting me in my transportation for recent surgery! Very grateful!"


Rev. Alice: "We heard from a former member, Bradley Carpenter, who had moved to the Pacific Northwest to find employment. Sadly, he was diagnosed with leukemia last spring. He would like to hear from old friends here. Please call or email the church office to get Bradley's current email address."


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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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 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.