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The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
March 19th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 12
In This Issue
Food Basket Works Because of You
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We CAN Reach 100!

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).

(Currently we are also collecting Shoes! Please see the article below for details.)  

 

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.

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.
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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"
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Great images from Selma are currently being featured. Check it out by clicking here!

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Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
 
 

"Marching in the Arc of Justice"

The Reverend Alice Syltie     

 

March 5th through 8th, hundreds of Unitarian Universalists gathered in Birmingham and Selma to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and the march from Selma to Montgomery, which helped push forward the 1965 Voting Rights Act. "The Living Legacy Project," which sponsored the "Marching in the Arc of Justice" Conference, brought together veterans of the Civil Rights Era from within and without the Unitarian Universalist Association as well as founding members of newer civil rights initiatives such as the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Through worship, workshops, speeches, music, and a trip to Selma to walk across the bridge on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we were inspired to look at ways to engage in the ongoing fight against oppression and inequality in our country today. I will share the highlights of the weekend, as well as reflections on opportunities to engage our Unitarian Universalist values in current struggles.   

Last Sunday we began to say our good-byes to our intern minister Denise Gyauch. Hopefully many of you will be present in Nashville on May 23rd when UUCH participates with her home congregation, First UU Nashville, in a joint ordination service. Denise will be with us again this Sunday, if you did not get a chance to speak with her last week. 

  This Sunday in RE
 

Creative Service Sunday! Children and youth will join the Social Justice Committee in assembling meal packs 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).   
We Are Here, and Reaching Out!
2015 UUCH Annual Budget Drive
--Off to a Great Start!

 

The 2015 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) began Sunday, March 8th.  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."

Numerous Cottage Meetings were held last weekend (Friday, March 13th to Sunday, March 15th). More Cottage Meetings are scheduled for this coming weekend (Friday, March 20th to Sunday, March 22nd). After that first round of Cottage Meetings, pledge commitments for over $104,000 have been received from a total of 36 donor families. For comparison, last year's ABD total was $194,470 from 89 donors. We are well on our way to a successful ABD this year!

 

We need the full participation of all members and friends to match last year's total and fund the church at our current level. The ABD funds account for more than 90% of our operating budget. Pledge commitment forms will be mailed this week to those who were not able to attend a Cottage Meeting. We ask that all completed pledge commitment forms be returned to the church office by Sunday, March 29th.

 

Thanks to those who have already made pledge commitments and to those who will soon make pledges for the church year that will begin on July 1st. To "Reach Out" and achieve our goals, every pledge matters!

 

BIG pledges. SMALL pledges. MEDIUM pledges. All pledges are important and appreciated as we "Reach Out" to each other, to our new neighborhood, to Huntsville, and to the wider world.

 
--Jon Fox and Jason Aycock, 2015 ABD C0-chairs

What UUCH Means To Me

by Nick Wilbourn,  

as presented during the worship service Mar. 15th, 2015

 

Like many people here at UUCH, one of the responsibilities of membership that I take to heart is giving to the church not only with my time but also with my wallet. If I had to distill all of the reasons that I give into a single word, it would be community. To give you a bit of context, I was raised Southern Baptist, and though I realized when I was a teenager that I no longer believed the same things my parents did, I still loved the community that their church provided me. Fast forward a decade or so, after I'd been out of church for a few years, coming into my own as an atheist but missing the sense of community that I had been brought up with, I asked my good friend Morgan Justice to let me pick her brain about this church that she attended up on Governors Drive. After she patiently answered my litany of questions about the minister, the theology, the worship services, and the people, I decided to give it a try.

The first day I visited with Morgan, I was greeted by several people, and though I politely declined the invitation, I was even invited to lunch by Morgan's friend Denise, who I now count as a dear friend of my own. This sense of immediate welcoming was the theme of my first six months at UUCH. Every time I expressed interest in doing something, I was given an opportunity to jump right in, and that really meant something to me. I immediately attended a New UU class so that I could learn more about what it was that I was getting myself into. By the time I joined UUCH three months later, I had had the opportunity to work at the church book sale, do a social justice project to winterize the houses of some homebound community members, and help decorate for the church Halloween party--despite my admission that my decorating skills are abysmal at best.

What I realized the more I got involved with UUCH is that this is exactly the kind of warm, welcoming, and authentic community I had been missing. As a bonus, unlike the Southern Baptists I had to grown to love as a child, these UUs actually see the world through the same kind of open-minded lens that I do, and I found that many of the people here share my commitment to rational thinking, social justice, and embracing difference in the world around us. I have been at UUCH for a couple of years now, and I can't imagine ever finding a more nurturing community that accepts me for who I am, and that allows me to utilize my strengths to work for the community in ways that are meaningful to me. In a nutshell, this is why I support UUCH with a monthly pledge, and I hope that if this church means half as much to you as it does to me, that you'll consider doing the same.
Social Justice This Sunday

 

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.shoes

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.
Are You Ready to Become a Member?

 

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 on April 5th during the Sunday service 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.

rainbow chalice 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. 
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, 2-5:00 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.
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Care List  

 

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

 

Lynne Abbott, a Candle of Joy: "Because I was able to go to Selma and march in the Jubilee Celebration and share in the love, celebration, demonstrations and concerns, excitement and joy."

 

Barbara Hitt, a Candle of Sorrow: "For the loss of my friend, Jo McDonald, who passed away last week following a short illness. Jo was very active with Lifelong Learning at UAH. She and I shared many interests, and we were usually the only women at the somewhat geeky Computer and Digital Camera Group meetings. I will miss her."

 

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.

Notice:
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
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

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.