UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
April 23rd, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 17
In This Issue
Got Shoes?


We're up to 85 pairs so far, with another week to go! 

Look through the bottom of your closets--does your family have shoes that are not being worn? Old or new, bag them up and bring them to church!  

Donated shoes will be given to the Huntsville Assistance Program, which will in turn send them to developing nations for sale by micro-businesses. These businesses provide income for families in need.  


We will collect shoes until May 1st. You may leave them in the food collection areas in the foyer or fellowship hall. Questions? Please call Tonia at (256) 882-9891.

We CAN Do It!

247 items in March--way to go, UUs! 

Please continue to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.

All donations are welcome and appreciated!


Here are some ideas for supplies that HAP needs: macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal,

bars of soap, canned meat, peanut butter!

Thanks in advance!

Wednesday Night Childcare!

Childcare is now being offered at our Wednesday evening church programs: choir, chalice circle, and Adult RE programs.  

If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Erin Reid, at eereid@hotmail.com or 256-694-6786.

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 now being held in the Adult RE/Library Room, 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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Sunday, April 26th, 2015

"Songs of Hope for a Better World"

Ken Sizemore, with worship leaders John Czachurski and the Reverend Alice Syltie    

Folk singer Ken Sizemore will present a musical service entitled "Songs of Hope for a Better World." Though much of the news we hear from around the world and here at home is bad, we UUs know that it is important to keep on trying to make things a little better each day, in our communities and on our planet. Ken will perform songs that embody hopefulness and optimism, and give us some tangible sounds and lyrics to encourage us to keep on fighting the good fight. Drawing on the classic folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, as well as including some gems from the popular music of those same decades, Ken plans to leave us feeling more hopeful than ever as we move further into 2015 and beyond.  


As a teaser, here are just a few of the songs that you can expect to hear this Sunday morning:


"Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream" (Ken says this is the best "peace" song he has ever heard).

"What A Wonderful World"

"The Times They Are A-Changin'"


"Feelin' Groovy"

"Let There Be Peace On Earth"


And lots more as time permits! Don't miss it!

This Sunday in RE

Children and youth will participate in our first ever Children's Chapel, a worship service specially created for them and led by Rev. Alice Syltie, DRE Erin Reid, and Choir Director Pam Siegler. This energetic service will include many creative elements, music, drama, and lots of fun. It will take place during regular RE time in the "Hall of Justice" in the RE area after the children leave the sanctuary.

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).   

UU Yard Sale, This Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th! Rain or Shine! Help!


Want to help? We may still be pricing on Friday, but we'll also be selling because it promises to be a pretty day! Please help if you are able! Show up Friday morning anytime between 7:00 a.m. and noon!    

Sales Crew Wanted! And please, please, please, sign up for shifts at the sale on Saturday morning: 6:30-8:30, 8:30-10:30, or 10:30-12:30. The first shift will involve setting up, of course; the last will involve tearing down. If you didn't get a chance to reach the sign-up poster just contact Bonnie Herold at 256-289-1374, or contact her at bherold51@gmail.com.


We Can Do It! Tell your friends and co-workers about the sale! Post it on your Facebook page!  Let's all work together to make this another successful yard sale. And don't forget to come SHOP at the sale! Lots of Cool Stuff! Friday and Saturday, April 24th and 25th!


Thanks so much!

Bonnie Herold, Yard Sale Chair 

Social Justice Meets This Sunday  


justice scales The Social Justice Committee will meet this Sunday, April 26th at 9:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. We will be discussing "Where do we go from here?" now that we are settled in at Broadmor. All voices and ears would be greatly appreciated! We will have bagels, and if you need childcare, please let Tonia know at (256) 882-9891.

"UU Parenting" Begins this Sunday Afternoon: April 26th & May 3rd 


chalice w/rainbow flame Join Adult RE as we discuss how we can use Unitarian Universalist principles in our caregiving of children. Following the curriculum, "Parents/Grandparents as Spiritual Guides," we recognize there are many definitions and interpretations of the word "spiritual." Authors Bobbie and Chris Nelson encourage us, in the company of other seekers, to honor, enrich, and enhance our own spiritual growth. As our spiritual life grows and expands, it challenges and nurtures us. Our task is to open ourselves to what is happening and share it with our children. Based on the belief that children's religious education should not be restricted to Sunday school, this program brings spiritual growth into the home, where the communion and rituals of family life can support the "dynamic process of faith development."

Everyone is welcome--parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, friends--all those who care for the spiritual growth of children. Sundays April 26th and May 3rd at 12:15 p.m., in the Adult RE Room. Rev. Alice Syltie and Janet Vignaroli will facilitate. Childcare and pizza will be provided for the children while the adults are meeting.

If you believe that you might attend, please contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu so we can make preparations. Hope to see you there! 

Exploring SoulCollage® with Adult RE! 

Don't really understand what SoulCollage® is all about? Well, it is similar to Unitarian Universalism in that it is "about" many things to many people. For some, it is an easy way for the less artistically talented to create something very personal and beautiful, to enjoy some small part of the feeling talented artists feel when they create. Some simply enjoy the intimate community in which we create our cards. Still others just find the process "plain ole fun." Overall it is a way of creatively expressing components of ourselves, a visual reminder that each of us comprises complexity!

Join us Monday, May 4th in the Fellowship Hall, as we continue to explore Seena B. Frost's SoulCollage® process, beginning (or continuing) to build our deck of cards. We will begin at 6:30 p.m. and go until 8:30 p.m. If you would like to come and need child care please let Denise Runnels know at least a week in advance. 

Habitat for Humanity Work Day


UUCH will have a volunteer day with Habitat on Saturday, May 9th from 8:00 a.m. until noon(ish). No special skills required (other than being 18 years old!) More details will be available later. Please let Tonia Betts know if you plan to attend at (256) 882-9891. Hope to see you there!

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, April 19th, candles were lit for:


Sarah Kinley, two candles of sorrow: "Baby Oliver passed on Tuesday the 13th after a week in a coma from drowning the week before."

"For Mary Ann Stokes, my friend and neighbor who passed out suddenly Wednesday while talking with me. She died that night. I'm told it was a massive stroke."

And a candle of joy: "Joy for my sister Melissa who has a birthday today."


Ben and Laura Lighter, Mason, Matthew and Maleah Hunt, a candle of joy: "Today we remember Kaye Dea Barrows, our beloved late daughter/sister/aunt. She would have been 27 today. Though we grieve, we grieve with joy."


Ilene Sparks, a candle of thanks: "Special thanks to all my UU family who expressed their condolences and hugs on the loss of my precious companion for 10 years. Special thanks to Sage Betts, Erin Reid, Pam Siegler, Barbara Hitt and Kathy Heath. 'Kutie Kat' gave me solace through two life-threatening sicknesses. She gave me more happiness contentment, joy, devotion and love than I had experienced in my 93 years."


Todd Hunter-Gilbert, a candle of sorrow: "Sorrow. For Christians in Africa and the Middle East being killed for refusing to convert to Islam."


Bonnie and Steve Herold, a candle of joy: "We are very excited to tell you that our daughter Rachel is expecting. Rachel and her husband Robbie were married last October and live in Greenville, South Carolina. This will be our first grandchild."


Bonnie Herold, a candle of joy: "This week Steve celebrated his 30 year service anniversary with Intergraph Corp. Thanks for being such a wonderful provider, Steve!"


From Barbara Hitt and Care Committee:

"Please light a candle of sorrow for UUCH member Chuck Long who passed away on April 14th following a heart attack. Please keep Chuck's wife, Mary Lou, and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Rev. Syltie will officiate at the memorial service to be held on May 17th, at the Wesley Center at First United Methodist Church."


"Please light a candle of concern for Jack and Echo Long. Echo was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this week. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she prepares to undergo treatment at Vanderbilt."  

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.comBarbara 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.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 6:30 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.

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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.