UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
February 19th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 08
In This Issue
Food Basket, Please.
giving heart

Bringing in food and hygiene items for our Food Basket really does make a difference. Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) makes good use of our donations. 


In addition your Social Justice Committee and Religious Education Department are also collecting supplies to create meal/hygiene packs for our Homeless Outreach program. See the article below.
Adult RE Presents: Awareness Through Movement 
Everyone is welcome!
Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain. 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 in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., continuing until further notice.
*Please note: There will be no ATM class on Saturday, February 28th--Sally is going out of town for training that weekend.

For information, contact Denise Runnels If you need childcare for this event, please contact Denise at least a week before the event.

Serotonin Delivery System

Yep, chocolate contains serotonin, a natural mood enhancer! 

Social Justice can hook you up with some fine Fair Trade Chocolate!  

Look for it after church on Sundays, on the coffee table in the Fellowship Hall.

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

"The Path to Ministry"

The Reverend Alice Syltie  

and Denise Gyauch 


Have you ever wondered what it takes to become a Unitarian Universalist minister? Requirements for ordination vary within religious movements or denominations. Unitarian Universalists have always prided themselves in a tradition of the learned ministry and our historical connection to Harvard Divinity School. For our intern minister, Denise Gyauch, UUCH has been an important part of one aspect of that path to ministry.  


As we approach the conclusion of Denise's eighteen-month internship with us, it occurred to me that to fully celebrate the culmination of this major accomplishment, you might be interested in knowing more about the context within which it fits. Together, we will attempt to paint a picture for you of the educational components and places of accountability along the path to UU ministry.  

This Sunday in RE

Peace Room
Chalice Children: "A Special Jigsaw Puzzle"

Justice Room
Signs of Our UU Faith: "Stewardship Is a Sign"

Searchers Room
Toolbox of Faith: "Humor: Sandpaper"

Over-Achievers Room
A Place of Wholeness: "Freedom"


  For more information, contact Erin Reid, our Director of Religious Education (DRE) (256.694.6786 or eereid@hotmail.com).   
From Your Minister


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery and the signing of the Voting Rights Act. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put out the call to faith leaders across the country to join him in Selma, Unitarian Universalist clergy were among those who came. A commemorative march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge is held every year on the Sunday closest to March 7th, known as Bloody Sunday.

This year Unitarian Universalists from far and near are convening in Birmingham for the Marching in the Arc of Justice Conference and to travel to Selma to witness against the eroding of civil rights and escalating injustice in our country. Many who are not attending the conference, which filled up quickly, are traveling to Selma to participate in the walk across the bridge.  There is information on the UUA website and through the Living Legacy Project, at uulivinglegacy.org

I copied the following from the Facebook event page

50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery March Re-enactment :


Don your Standing on the Side of Love  attire, bring your Black Lives Matter and other signs of solidarity and march with us across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to remember those on whose shoulders we stand and recommit to the civil rights movement of today. We'll be announcing a meet up location early next week.  


I will be attending the conference and the march. For those of you unable to be in Selma on March 8th, you'll be pleased to know that we are following the suggestion of the UUA, and our Worship committee will be holding a Selma Sunday worship service.  


While you are looking at the websites for Selma Sunday, you might also want to check out the Standing on the Side of Love Facebook page.  If you scroll down a few days, you will find a picture of some UUCH folks celebrating Wedding Week at Big Spring Park.  


If you have questions about the Selma event, feel free to e-mail or call me. 


In Love and Hope, 

Rev. Alice

Social Justice Projects Need Your Help!


Meal-Pack Supplies Collection--Now! 

On Sunday March 22, the children and youth in RE will prepare meal packs for the homeless. In advance of this date, we are requesting donations of canned fruit, cracker packs, pudding cups, juice boxes, canned meat (pull-tops, e.g. Vienna sausage), granola bars, and travel-sized hygiene products. Items can be placed in the foyer or the south wing entrance hallway collection baskets. Thank you so much!mealpacks

  justice scales

Sunday, March 1st After Potluck

 We need your helping hands!

UU's are joining a city-wide effort that involves recycling plastic bags into sleeping mats for the Homeless. 

There is a job for everyone--flattening, cutting, looping, crocheting. Please bring plastic shopping bags if you have them. If you have questions or if you would like childcare, please call Tonia at (256) 882-9891.

Bring Us Your Junque! 


The church is sponsoring its annual yard sale on Saturday, April 25th, with a rain date being the following Saturday. Start emptying your drawers, garages, attics, and closets! Please make sure that clothes smell fresh as daisies and that donated items are not torn or broken. On the other hand, keep in mind that one person's junk is another's treasure! Contact Bonnie Herold (bherold51@gmail.com) with questions.
Mini-Microwave Dave Concert 


Here's a Service Auction opportunity, just in case you missed it back in November. Microwave Dave is providing a solo concert on March 20th at Alice's and Betsy's house, and we have a few openings left for guests. We'll be providing hors d'oeuvres and drinks and good company. The bid was $75 per guest. If you are interested in attending, please contact Alice Dilbeck at 256-656-7419 or at betsyandalice@betsyandalice.com.

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, February 15th, candles were lit for:


Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy: "We were honored to have our UUCH family surround us as we were married by Rev. Syltie on Monday. Thank you so much to Denise, Alice, Nancy, and Rev. Syltie for making it such a special moment we will never forget. Love Wins!


"We also have a great joy that our daughter Samantha turned 16!"


Nancy Finley: "So happy for all weddings that took place during wedding week--especially Amanda and Wanda! Marriage Equality has truly come to Huntsville."


Denise Runnels: "Joy to celebrate Amanda and Wanda's wedding as they joined with so many others in legal wedlock this past week!"

We are happy to welcome our newest UU into the world: Rowan Mateo Zelaya was born Monday, February 9th! Rowan and his parents, Jessica and Scott Zelaya, are doing very well. We look forward to greeting him in person!


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: Millicent Simmons, 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, February 24th, 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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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.

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