UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 28th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 22
In This Issue
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.  

Fair & Delicious  

EE Choc Bar

After the worship service every Sunday, your Social Justice Committee is in the Fellowship Hall, 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 31st, 2015

"Experiencing a Musical Communion""

UUCH Choir & Musicians,  

Pam Siegler, Choir Director    


In our Unitarian Universalist "living tradition," we draw a diverse array of music from all our sources, selecting not from one established canon or doctrine, but from whatever expresses our shared principles and aspirations. At every opportunity we commune with songs that share our intimate thoughts and feelings, inspire our search for truth and meaning, build beloved community, help each other, and touch and heal the world. The UUCH Choir, instrumentalists, soloists, and our congregation will join together in an experience of musical communion, connecting and nurturing our hearts, spirits, and lives in song

This Sunday in RE
Children and youth may choose either to remain in the sanctuary with their families to join in the non-traditional musical service, or they may participate in their RE activity as usual. This week in RE, teachers will lead games and outdoor fun on the playground. 

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).   
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!
standinglove "Standing on the Side of Love" T-Shirt Orders


With Pride Day coming up in June, Adult RE/Interweave is gathering up a bulk order for "Standing On the Side of Love" T-shirts. Normally $20 per shirt, if we order more than 10 they'll be just $16 each. ($18 for sizes 4x & 5x).


Sizes range from tiny kids to 5x adults, so there's one for every body type. If you want to be included in this order, put your name and size on the poster in the fellowship hall, and put your check in the envelope attached to the poster. The church will pay shipping and handling, you just pay $12-18 per shirt, depending on the size. We're taking orders through this Sunday, May 31st, and we plan to have them ready to pick up before Pride Day on June 21st.

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. 

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.

Summer Fun at The Mountain 


Founded in 1979 by Unitarian Universalists, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is a nonprofit, year-round retreat center and summer camp open to all. The Mountain is located in Highlands, NC and is approximately a two hour drive from Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC.

Upcoming Programs:
Mountain Hiking Retreat, June 1-4
MountainCamp 2015, for school age children, throughout the summer.
Fun and Adventure Week, June 29-July 5: features rafting and hiking for families.
Health and Wellness Retreat, July 21-24: includes yoga classes.
Family Camp, July 26-August 2:  A camp for families and friends of all ages.

Visit their website, mountaincenters.org, to learn more.
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, June 23rd, 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.

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.