UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 4th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 23
In This Issue
Sharing Sunday

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This Sunday, June 7th, is a Sharing Sunday!

On the first Sunday of each month, we

Share the Plate* during the offering,

Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck and

Share our Bounty by filling the Food Basket!

Please don't forget 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!

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, June 7th, 2015

"Happy. Don't worry--Be Happy!  

Happier. Happish."

Jessica York      


Our guest speaker, Jessica York, writes: "Tolstoy said 'If you want to be happy, be.' What does that mean? Our world is suddenly full of books and other media telling us how to be happy. A couple of years ago, I dove into them headfirst. I'd like to share with you some of my findings."


We welcome guest speaker Jessica York! Jessica is the director of the Faith Development office of our Unitarian Universalist Association. She is a native of Birmingham and has previously served the UU Church there as Director of Religious Education. She joined the UUA staff as Youth Programs Director prior to her present position. She has chaired the former Mid-South District Religious Education Committee and the Liberal Religious Educator's Association's Integrity Team. A former theater stage manager, Jessica has owned and consulted to programs providing theater arts education for children. She also worked as a substitute teacher and retail bookstore manager. She holds a B.A. in biology from Yale University and has done graduate work in fine arts at Tulane University.  


And this Sunday we Share the Plate with the UU Service Committee's "Access to Water" program. Please see the article below for details.  

This Sunday in RE

Barbara and Gary Hitt will be teaching the children about birds for the RE activity on Sunday. After learning about some of the birds that come to bird feeders, the children will make bird feeders out of pine cones and suet rolled in bird seed. The suet consists of Crisco, sunflower butter (to avoid peanut allergies), flour, and corn meal. It will be a little messy, so children should wear washable clothing.


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) or Jessica Zelaya, RE Chair (256.322.2210 or asuriai@yahoo.com)

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. Possible activities: finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology--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. 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.

This Sunday We Share the Plate* With the UU Service Committee


STP logo Water is essential to human life. Yet almost three-quarters of a billion people around the world lack clean drinking water. The United Nations has reported that more people now die from contaminated water than from all forms of violence.


UUSC defends and promotes the human right to water by working with grassroots groups and activists to push for new laws, challenge violations, and create new models for implementation.stpuusc


UUSC collaborates with innovative groups who are protecting water resources and increasing access to services in law and practice. Recognizing that too many people are denied the human right to water because of discriminatory policies and procedures, UUSC puts special focus on working with people in the following populations:

  • Rural communities and low-income urban residents
  • Indigenous people
  • People of color, women, children, and people living with disabilities

Access to water shouldn't depend on your race or bank account. UUSC envisions a sustainable future in which all people have access to water for basic human needs and water supplies are safe from industrial contamination, overextraction, and climate change.


For more on the UUSC's Safe Water project, go to http://www.uusc.org/campaigns/the-human-right-to-water.


*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (April, May, and June), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with the UU Service Committee.

Board News


Board Report for May 26th, 2015

Your Board of Trustees met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26th. The major items of discussion were:

  • Review and approve the minutes from the Congregational Meeting on May 17, 2015 
  • Implementation of the policy for email notification of Congregational Meetings resulting from changes to our by-laws 
  • Building renovations and policies needed to be more accessible to individuals with disabilities 
  • UUCH Delegates to General Assembly (GA) 
  • Designated smoking areas away from entry points 
  • Rental requests

Congregational Meeting Minutes Posted

Your Board of Trustees reviewed and approved minutes from the Congregational Meeting that was held on Sunday, May 17th, 2015. Members of UUCH are invited to review these minutes and to suggest changes. A copy of the minutes will be posted on the "What's Happening at UUCH" bulletin board. You may also request an electronic or hard copy of the minutes by contacting Deedee Moore in the church office: 256.534-0508, or uuch@uuch.org.

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At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, May 24th, candles were lit for:


Denise Gyauch, a candle of joy: "I am so grateful to have been ordained yesterday by UUCH along with First UU Nashville. Much love."


Denise Runnels, a candle of joy: "It was a joy to attend and participate in the Reverend Denise Gyauch's ordination service yesterday. It was an absolutely marvelous service!"


Jo Broussard and Jeanne DeFrance, a candle of sorrow: "Our friend in Atlanta, Rick Davenport Underwood, was in a motorcycle accident. His helmet saved him. Please send healing thoughts."


Jo Broussard and Jeanne DeFrance, a candle of joy: "A gracious thanks to Sally Locklear for the Awareness Through Movement classes that she directed every Saturday morning here at church. The classes have been very beneficial for Jeanne's back issues."


LaDawn Edwards, a candle of concern: "I have several friends who sometimes ask for advice on their love lives. This morning when I was reunited with my dog after yesterday's trip to Nashville, my dog-sitter asked for a candle for letting go of an unsupportive relationship."


Jessica Zelaya, a candle of joy: "I am so happy to be able to go to Michigan tomorrow for Rowan to meet his great-great-grandmother. We go on his first plane flight tomorrow!"    


Candles were also lit for Nancy Finley and Becky and Abby Ellingwood, and for Echo and Jack Long


Candles for May 31st:


Autumn Betts, a candle of joy: "Our horse Dancer is turning 17 on Wednesday!"


Bryan Walls, a candle of sorrow: "Three recent deaths: Dr. Clay Moquin; my step brother-in-law, Charles Gupton; and a co-worker's husband. Thoughts for those affected."


Malcolm Goodman, a candle of concern: "Hopeful healing--my dad (Larry) fell last week, went to the emergency room for x-rays, and has a slightly fractured pelvis. He seems to be doing pretty well, considering. He sees a sports medicine doctor this week, and we will know more about the diagnosis and prognosis then."


We also lit a candle of sorrow for Matt Jordan and Katie Smith because Matt's father died last week.

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.

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.