UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
March 12th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 11
In This Issue
Food Basket Works Because of You
On Sunday March 22, the children and youth in RE will prepare meal packs for the homeless.We are taking 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.

Additionally, we are collecting, as always, non-perishable food and hygiene items to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.Thank you so much for your continued support!
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.

For information, contact Denise Runnels If you need childcare for this event, please contact Denise at least a week before the event.
Kid Tested,
Bunny Approved
Eggs & Bunnies

Just in time for Spring, Social Justice has re-stocked their stores with a fresh variety of Equal Exchange chocolates--including Easter candy! 

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

New Website for "Standing On the Side of Love"
Great images from Selma are currently being featured. Check it out by clicking here!

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Sunday, March 15th, 2015

"A Good Good-Bye"

The Reverend Alice Syltie and

Denise Gyauch, Intern Minister   


Eighteen months ago, we welcomed Denise Gyauch as our Intern Minister. I became an Internship Supervisor and UUCH took on the role of a teaching congregation. Together we created a space for Denise to learn and grow in her identity as a Unitarian Universalist minister. I'm pretty sure we all agree it has been a mutually beneficial relationship. We are now coming to the end of the internship, and Denise will be moving forward with her own plans for ministry. A good good-bye will bring closure to what has been and invite the best possible transition to the future. Please come this Sunday to celebrate the time we have shared.  

  This Sunday in RE

Peace Room
Chalice Children: "Babies"

Justice Room
Signs of Our UU Faith:  

"Witness for Justice: Public Signs of Our UU Values "

Searchers Room
Toolbox of Faith: "Atonement: Level"

Over-Achievers Room
A Place of Wholeness: "Our Covenental Faith"


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

What UUCH Means To Me

by Jon Fox,  

as presented during the worship service March 8th, 2015


Good morning, my name is Jon Fox and I am leading the Annual Budget Drive this year with the help of my co-chair Jason Aycock and the Finance committee.

Today we are officially kicking off the Annual Budget Drive or ABD for short. The ABD pledge contributions are the largest share of the yearly church budget. (If this is your first time here, don't worry--this is one of the few times we talk about money-stuff.)

For the 2015 ABD we will have Cottage Meetings hosted by church members in their homes. You will enjoy food and fellowship in a small group social setting and discuss church and stewardship matters. Several cottage meetings will be designated as "child-friendly" so your children will be welcome to come too.


Cottage meetings are not about a hard sell and we aren't going to promise you spot in heaven if only you will give more. Why do we ask people to go to Cottage Meetings?

  1. It is important to pin down our church income for the coming year as soon as possible so we can develop a budget to be voted on at our congregational meeting.
  2. This is chance to hear from our church family about what you want.
  3. It is a chance for us to take a pause in our busy schedules and talk about why the church is important to us and have a nice social gathering. Money talk isn't fun, so let's have a party!

Last night [March 7th] the hosts for those cottage meetings got together here at the church for their own cottage meeting. Those 12 families pledged more than 56 thousand dollars. We are now 29% of the way to matching last year's ABD total.


Now, since I am asking you to be a pledging member or friend of this congregation, let me briefly share why I am a pledging member of this congregation.


It is because I look around this sacred space and I am so proud of all work this congregation is doing and because I love our community. Every week on Sunday there are thoughtful and moving sermons with outstanding music. We care and nurture our young people with an outstanding children's religious education program from which my three sons have benefited greatly. We care for each other. When members and friends need our help--we act. And outside these walls we are reaching out to confront injustice and to help our neighbors in need . . . and sometimes we gather to celebrate the victory of love over prejudice. We came down from the mountain and we made a home in the center of Huntsville. We are here and I am very proud of us.


When considering my family budget, this church is a higher priority than my cable TV bill or my cell phone bill, and I pledge accordingly. We have a better product and better customer service! I hope your pledge will reflect your values and your love for this church. Thank you!

We Are Here, and Reaching Out!
2015 UUCH Annual Budget Drive


The 2015 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) began Sunday, March 8th. Numerous cottage meetings will be held in the next two weekends. The ABD slogan "We Are Here, and Reaching Out" recognizes our shared accomplishment of moving our church to Broadmor Road and making it home. It also reflects our mission statement to "let people know 'We are here' and that we welcome diversity."
Here's what you'll need to know to be ready for this important part of the church calendar:

What is the Annual Budget Drive (ABD) and who participates?
The ABD is held to obtain pledge commitments for the upcoming church year. All members and friends will be asked to make an annual pledge commitment that will take effect on July 1st at the beginning of the new church year. The ABD commitments fund our operations and allow us to plan our 2015-16 church budget.

Why is the ABD held in March if the new church year starts in July?
Pledge commitment forms are needed in March each year to enable us to plan our new budget and have it approved by the congregation at our annual meeting in May, well in advance of July 1st.

How will the 2015 ABD be conducted?
We will offer a number of Cottage Meetings in member homes where our church and stewardship-related matters will be discussed in small groups. You will receive your pledge commitment form at the meeting and be asked to complete and return it (confidentially) that day.

What is a Cottage Meeting?
Cottage meetings are hosted by church members in their homes where you will enjoy food and fellowship in a small group social setting. Several cottage meetings will be designated as "child-friendly" so your children will be welcome to come too.

How can I sign myself (and my family) up for a cottage meeting?

It is not too late to sign up for a cottage meeting! Check your calendar for your availability to attend a lunch or dinner meeting on March 13-15th or March 20-22nd. Then please contact Pam Korb at bradkorb@mindsping.com to reserve your spot for a lunch or dinner meeting.

Look for more information about the 2015 ABD in upcoming newsletters, Sunday bulletins, emails, and announcements!

--Jon Fox, 2015 ABD Chair
Social Justice News


justice scales Our next Social Justice Committee meeting will be Sunday, March 22nd at 9:30 a.m. We will meet in the RE wing to set up for the homeless meal pack assembly. Everyone is welcome, and we'll have bagels. Please let Tonia know if you need child care at (256) 882-9891.

Wanted: New or Gently Worn Shoes

Have shoes cluttering your closet that you never wear? Sneakers, pumps, cowboy boots, you name it, the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) can use them.

Donated shoes will be sent to developing nations for sale by microbusinesses. These businesses provide income for families in need. In addition, HAP is paid for shoes it collects. A win-win "sit-shoe-ation"!

We will collect shoes until May 1st. You can place them in the food collection areas in the foyer or south wing hallway. Questions? You can call Tonia at (256) 882-9891.
Easter Egg Hunt @ Alice & Betsy's!
Sunday Afternoon, April 5th!


You and your family are invited to spend Easter Sunday afternoon with your fellow UUs in a day of relaxation and fun while welcoming the beginning of spring. (Rain or shine!)


What: Easter Egg Hunt

Who: Everyone is invited!

When: Sunday, April 5th, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home, in the Monrovia area.

Suggestions for what to bring:

Yourself and family--Eggs for the hunt (plastic filled and "real")--Baskets for gathering eggs--Goodies to share for munching--Lawn chairs and musical instruments.


We'll have badminton, croquet, activities for all ages, and "sitting-on-the-porch-talking-as-we-watch-others-expend-a-lot-of-energy." What could be more fun?!


Children are advised to wear or bring play clothes to fully enjoy the outdoor activities.


Directions to Alice Dilbeck's and Betsy Applegate's home are in the fellowship hall by the coffee, or you can call (256-534-0508) or email Deedee at the church office (uuch@uuch.org) for a copy.


We're Egg-cited! We'll be HOPPY to see you!  

UU Yard Sale: Now Accepting Your Stuff


The church is sponsoring its annual yard sale on Saturday, April 25th, and we need your junque!

You may now begin bringing your items to the church during the Admin.'s office hours, i.e.10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. (Better call first, just in case: 256.534.0508.) Storage is in the north wing of the building, so park in the north parking lot for your convenience, and ring the doorbell so Deedee can open the door for you.

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.
Are You Ready to Become a Member?


rainbow chalice If you've been attending UUCH long enough to know that this church community feels like your spiritual home, you may be ready to take the next step and become a member. We will recognize new members during a Sunday service next month as they "sign the book" and officially join our church.

If you are ready to become a member or would like to find out more about the process, please contact Pam Korb (membership chair) at bradkorb@mindspring.com.

Rights and Responsibilities of Membership
Because we are a democratic community, members are collectively vested with responsibility for the congregation. Members may vote at all congregational meetings, be elected to the governing Board, be appointed as committee chairs, and participate in all activities of the congregation. 


Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to each other. These responsibilities are best fulfilled by: 

  • Attending worship regularly. Weekly worship cements the bonds of community, and keeps our attention directed to our highest values, while nurturing our spirits.
  • Voting at congregational meetings. Responsible participation includes imagining the needs of the entire congregation, rather than focusing only on one's own needs or desires. Consider how issues affect all members of the congregation, as well as potential members and others in the world outside the congregation.
  • Making financial contributions. Not only does this provide for the support of the congregation, but it also serves as a spiritual discipline.
  • Contributing time and talent. Congregations succeed because their members find ways to give of themselves, whether through singing, financial management, educating children, sharing their passion for social justice, organizing, cooking, greeting, maintaining the building and grounds--the list of tasks goes on and on. Finding ways to give back that nurture your own soul helps support your personal growth along with the growth of our congregation.
  • Growing and developing spiritually. Working deliberately at your own spiritual development is a gift to yourself, to the congregation, and to the larger world. 
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, March 8th, candles were lit for:


Bobby Hall, a Candle of Joy: "After 3 weeks in rehab, my crazy father is using a wheelchair as a walker. One more week at Valley View, then...we don't know..."
Haley Clark, a Candle of Joy: "I lost my first tooth!" (Haley also drew a self-portrait on the back of her form!)
Michelle Clark, a Candle of Joy: "I am celebrating my birthday with the people who have been the best addition to our lives this year. Thank you." (Michelle is Haley's Mom.)
Michelle Clark, a Candle of Concern: "My sister's cervical cancer has returned. Prayers for an effective treatment and peace about the likely consequences."
Kathy Heath, a Candle of Joy: "Thank you to George Fletcher, Steve Herold, Brad Korb, Jason Aycock and others who cleared the fallen tree and ice, so that our entries were safe this morning."
Amanda Schuber, a Candle of Sorrow: "Monday marks the 5th anniversary of the suicide of my best friend, Chris Trace. I only wish he could have known how much better it could get."
Barbara Hitt, a Candle of Joy: "My amazing Mom turns 97 on Friday. She still braves the frigid Wyoming weather to walk the dog around the block, and she enjoys her book club, called SOLAS--Smart Old Ladies Approaching Senility."
Bailey Carswell, a Candle of Hope and Joy: "My grandfather was admitted to the ICU on Wed., Feb. 25th for a systemic infection which developed into septicemia, a blood infection. He is already battling throat cancer. Miraculously, on Monday, he was moved to a regular hospital room. He has chosen to go to a nursing home temporarily for rehabilitation until he can continue cancer treatment again."
Kathy Fisher, a Candle of Joy: "My son had a disc in his neck replaced a month ago, and his neurosurgeon released him to do normal activities and light weight-lifting. His damaged nerves are already regenerating! His appointment was the same day last week as my appointment with my orthopedic surgeon who released me to finish the rehab of my shoulder without his oversight, (but plenty of cautions.) Glory be!"    

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.

Because of travel needs during spring break, the next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
Tuesday, March 31st, 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 


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 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.