UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 14th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 20
In This Issue
Adult RE Presents: Awareness Through Movement 
Last 2 classes! Everyone is welcome!
These classes are  held in the Adult RE/Library Room, on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., continuing until May 23rd. We plan to break for summer and resume in the fall.

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.

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


Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to take 165 items from our food basket to the Huntsville Assistance program for the month of April. 

Please continue to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket. All donations are welcome and appreciated!


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.

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.

Good for Everyone!

Equal Exchange Logo  

Your Social Justice Committee is selling Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange. There are a variety of yummy flavors, and ingredients include a clear conscience!


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!

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Sunday, May 17th, 2015

"Hold On and Make Room"

The Reverend Alice Syltie  

The theme for May is Tradition. What in our Unitarian Universalist tradition continues to guide and inspire us? How does our tradition make room for new insights? Following the worship service this Sunday, we will engage in a most sacred tradition of Unitarian Universalism, the Annual Congregational Meeting. In preparation for that meeting, it is appropriate to recognize the tradition that upholds us, and the people that uphold the tradition. As part of this worship service, I hope you will join me in expressing appreciation to our leaders and volunteers who have so generously contributed time and energy to the attainment of our stated goals and vision. 

This Sunday in RE
With the Summer RE Program approaching, this Sunday is the final Spring Session for the Peace, Justice, Searchers, and Transformers Rooms!  

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).   
Governors Drive Property Work Day is This Saturday! Indoors and Out!



Our church facilities need your help! We will be holding a property work day at our old facility on Governor's Drive on Saturday, May 16th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. There will be indoor and outdoor projects available for all ages and abilities. Please bring work gloves, loppers, clippers, rakes, cleaning supplies, and an eagerness to spruce up our beloved old place so we can get it sold!


We will also be holding a property work day at our Broadmor facility in June (tentatively scheduled for June 6th). Stay tuned for more details in a future newsletter.


We look forward to seeing you at one or both of our upcoming work days!


George Fletcher and Brad Korb 

Property Committee Co-Chairs

gavel Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
UUCH Annual Congregational Meeting is this Sunday, May 17th


Meeting begins in the Fellowship Hall shortly after the worship service ends. Light luncheon to be provided.  


In addition to our usual election of new officers, votes will be taken on three proposed bylaw amendments:  

(1) our new address,  

(2) the new name of our organizational unit (Mid-South District is now UUA Southern Region), and  

(3) in our ongoing efforts to be more environmentally conscious, that written notice of future Congregational Meetings be delivered electronically with the option of requesting a hard copy if preferred.  


Everyone is welcome, and Members are especially encouraged to attend--we need a quorum!

Summer RE: Sign Up for Fun!


In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education Program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a class session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper, and we'll be sure to have a regular RE teacher there as support. Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session! SummerRE


We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skills, or learning area of yours. Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!! What's a joy to you can be a joy to others.


Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers, or to attend the regular worship service in the sanctuary. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So, don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts. There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!


For the next month, we'll have a poster standing in the church foyer and fellowship hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at eereid@hotmail.com.

Saturday, May 23rd:
A Good Day for a Roadtrip!
We are Ordaining Denise Gyauch!


Together with the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, we of UUCH will be ordaining Denise Gyauch, who served as our Ministerial Intern Fall 2013 through March of this year, in just a couple weeks.


When: Saturday, May 23rd

Service starts at 2:00 p.m., Reception to follow.



First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville

1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, TN 37215


The ordination-planning team absolutely guarantees a good time. Highlights include:

  • Anthem by the joint Huntsville and FUUN choirs
  • Peter Mayer (really--THE Peter Mayer) singing twice in the service
  • A sermon by Dan McKanan, Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Senior Lecturer in Divinity at Harvard University (and an old friend of Denise)
  • Cake (because you can't have a party without cake!) provided by UUCH


Please email Denise at denise.gyauch@gmail.com.


Most of all, please join us!

Peter Mayer in Concert!


If you will not get enough of Peter Mayer (of "Blue Boat Home" and "Holy Now" fame) during Denise Gyauch's ordination, consider extending your road trip to Nashville to attend a concert in the sanctuary of First UU Nashville that evening, Saturday, May 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. Peter's latest CD, Third Street, was released in November and this concert will highlight a mix of new songs as well as some old favorites. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door.


Huntsville guests may reserve tickets at the advance price by emailing UUCH administrator Deedee Moore (uuch@uuch.org) by Wednesday, May 20th. Include the word TICKETS in your subject line, with your full name and the number of tickets you plan to purchase in the body of the email. You will then be able to pay the advance price at the door.

Social Justice Meeting May 31st

justice scales Your Social Justice Committee will be meeting again at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 31st to make plans for the summer. We'll have bagels!
Please call Tonia Betts with questions (256) 882-9891. Hope to see you there!
Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, May 10th, candles were lit for:


LaDawn Edwards, a candle of gratitude: "My brother Tyler, who suffered a house fire last week, was very comforted when I shared the congregation's reaction to the loss of his dog. More than one family asked if they could help him. Thanks to the combined generosity, he will be buying a used camper so he can continue enjoying life in the woods."


Ilene Sparks, a candle of congratulations: "I have been recognized as 2015 Alabama Patriot of the Year for past kindness and unselfish generosity toward worthy causes. 'Thank you for being a hero to a hero,' said David Walker president and CEO of coalition to salute America's heroes!"


Nick Wilbourn, a candle of joy: "I'm very glad to have my fiancÚ Ryan with me today now that he no longer works on weekends."


Barbara Hitt for the Care Committee:

"Please light a candle of concern for Matt Jordan and Katie Smith. Matt's father is undergoing very serious surgery today, and Matt and Katie left this morning on an 11-hour drive to Michigan."  


"Please light a candle for Becky Ellingwood who is recovering from brain surgery."  


"Please light a candle of concern for Pam Siegler who is in the hospital with pneumonia."

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, May 26th, 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 


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.