UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 21st, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 21
In This Issue
Adult RE Presents: Awareness Through Movement 
Last Class this Saturday! 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


Please continue to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket. Once a month, our donations are taken to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  

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.  

Good for Everyone!

EE Choc Bar

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! Plus, proceeds are used to help fund Social Justice projects!

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Sunday, May 24th, 2015

"The Tradition of Storytelling"

Angel Hundley, Nick Wilbourn, and the Worship Team   


The oral tradition of storytelling is as old as human language itself and part of all cultures all over the world. Even as our storytelling mediums change and evolve (novels, movies, role playing games, etc.), humans still feel a need to detail our experiences in narrative form. And to learn from stories. To teach in stories. To entertain through stories. To connect to the world and each other through stories. Join our story this Sunday as the worship team celebrates this ancient tradition

This Sunday in RE
Game Day! Bring your favorite games to play with your RE friends! 

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).   
This Saturday, May 23rd:
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 from Fall 2013 through March of this year.


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!

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.

Peter Mayer in Concert at Nashville UU!
Saturday, May 23rd, 7:30 p.m.


Are you planning to go to Nashville for Denise Gyauch's Ordination? Singer and songwriter Peter Mayer (of "Blue Boat Home" and "Holy Now" fame) will be singing two songs at her Ordination Service! And if you want to hear more from Peter Mayer, consider extending your road trip to Nashville to attend a concert in the sanctuary of First Unitarian Universalist Church Nashville (1808 Woodmont Blvd.) that evening. 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 $20 at the door. Hope to see you there!

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!
Chanting Group Returns for the Summer


Humans all over the world use chanting for worship, mental health, enlightenment, peace, and prosperity. You are invited to meet with Deedee Moore and other voices to see why this practice has universal appeal, and find out what chants, if any, appeal to you.


For the summer months, we will be meeting on the First ohmMonday of each month, at 6:30p.m., in the Adult RE/Library room. (That'll be June 1st, July 6th, and August 3rd.) We'll chant for about an hour, maybe longer if we really get into it! If you already have a chant that is especially meaningful for you, we'd love to share it. Also feel free to bring drums & percussive instruments--it helps us keep a rhythm going! Contact Deedee Moore, at the church office, for more info: uuch@uuch.org. 

Care List  


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, May 17th, candles were lit for:


Property Committee, a candle of gratitude: "Thank you to the wonderful people who invested their Saturday morning participating in the work day at our Governor's Drive property. Thank you to Tim Miller, Kip Shepherd, Deedee Moore, Brad Korb, Jon Fox, and George Fletcher."


Mari Hinckley, a candle of sorrow and comfort: "Today is my father's birthday. He would have been 67. Even though we lost him 5 years ago, I know he's watching over me and that brings me great comfort."


Betsy Applegate, a candle of joy: "I'm pleased to announce my retirement on June 1st from Intergraph."


Barbara Hitt for the Care Committee: "We are happy to see Pam Seigler back with us after her bout with pneumonia."


Candles of support and concern were lit for Becky Ellingwood who is recovering from surgery, and for Echo Long who is undergoing chemo.

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 


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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.