UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
July 23rd, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 30
In This Issue
We CAN Reach 100!


Huntsville Assistance Program representatives say donations fall off during the summer and they appreciate our steady support! So please check your pantry, and/or pick up an extra item on your next shopping trip. Suggested donations: macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!

Thanks in advance!

Orange, Dark, Crispy, & Caramel   

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, July 26th, 2015

"Let the Music Move You"

Our Musical UUs!    


Music transports us in ways the spoken word cannot. Our Unitarian Universalist sources include those Jewish and Christian teachings that call on us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and no matter our background, most of us have a positive relationship with the music of old time religion. This Sunday Alli Johnson, Glen Johnson, Tim & Theresa Miller, and other special guests will provide worship through gospel and bluegrass music.

This Sunday in RE

Meal-Pack Assembly Day! 

Always a fun, fast, and productive activity, this Sunday we'll be assembling meal-packs for our homeless outreach program. Social Justice committee members Tonia & Kevin Betts and Gail Williams will be leading the charge! 

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)

Short Notice: School Supplies for Oscar Mason Library

pencils.jpg It's that time again! Your Social Justice committee is once again collecting School Supplies for the children of the Oscar Mason Library Afterschool Program.  


The school year starts August 4th, so we will need to get our collection together by this Sunday, July 26th, because the Oscar Mason Library will be passing out the school supplies on July 30th. We'll designate a table in the Fellowship Hall for your donations.  


The majority of the children that attend the OML afterschool program will be attending Morris Elementary school this year, now that the school zones have changed. The general school supplies needed for each child are:

2 Glue Sticks

1 Box of Tissues

1 Backpack

8 Pack of Broad Tip Markers

1 Pack of 12 No. 2 Pencils

1 Pencil Case

2 Wide Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks

4 Pocket Folders

12 Pencil Crayons

2 Packs of Wide Ruled Loose Leaf Paper


For more information, or to deliver your school supplies directly, contact Yuki Lewis, Branch Manager for Oscar Mason Library: ylewis@hmcpl.org  or 256.535.2249.
The OML is at 149 Mason Ct. Huntsville, Al. 35805


Questions for Social Justice committee may be addressed to Gail Williams. Thanks in advance for your donations! 

Social Justice Committee Meets July 26th
justice scales Your Social Justice Committee will meet Sunday morning, July 26th, at 9:30 a.m. We'll be getting ready for the RE Meal-Pack day. We'll have bagels! For information or questions, please call Tonia Betts at 256.882.9891.


Drum Power!
Unity Drum Camp


July 27-August 1st

11:00 a.m-2:30 p.m. daily

Camp fee is $55.00


Camp "Graduation" Performance will be held Sunday, August 2nd


Where: Unitarian Universalist Church  

3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville, AL 35810


Why: To Unify, Heal, and Connect the Community  

through music!


Classes sponsored by Djembeile & Surrender Inc.

Master Drummer/composer/performer

More info: Djembeile (256) 886-8387

You, Too, Can be a Knit Wit!
 You are invited to attend the Knit Wits next meeting on Thursday, July 30, 6:00. The Knit Wits get together once a month for a relaxed evening to make Care shawls and comfort throws for church members who are facing difficult times, as well as baby sets to welcome new church members. We also recycle plastic bags to make ground-pads/blankets to distribute to Huntsville's homeless. No experience necessary; all skill levels welcome. Contact Barbara Hitt for questions and directions to our meeting location: bghitt1@comcast.net or 256-881-2531. 
A Successful Property Work Day!

We had a great property work day at our Broadmor facility this past Saturday. Despite the heat, more than 30 adults and youth participated in maintaining and improving our building and grounds including Jason Aycock, the Betts family, LaDawn Edwards, George Fletcher, Will Garrison, Steve Herold, Barbara & Gary Hitt, Jessica Jackson, John Kincer, Tim Klug, the Korb family, Ben & Micah Lambert, Tim & Theresa Miller, Deedee Moore, the Shepherd family, Paul Wieland, Nick Wilbourn, Ryan Wittig, and Jessica Zelaya. The Property Committee really appreciates all the sweat equity provided by those who voluntarily gave their Saturday morning to UUCH!

votives Care List 


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


Michelle Clark, a candle of sorrow: "Thoughts and prayers for the families of the marines killed in Chattanooga, and for peace and safety for those who live and work on Redstone Arsenal."


Cheri Smith, a candle of joy: "My brother Jeff is at home and receiving rehab there."


Lynne Abbott, a candle of joy: "My one month old granddaughter, Isabelle, was released from the National Children's Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for a week undergoing treatment for heart problems. Please remember her in your prayers."


Michael and Claudia Carson, a candle of joy: "We are so appreciative for all the food and visits from church friends and the Care Committee after our son's birth. We are also happy to have him today for the first time to meet his church family."


The Betts family, a candle of joy: "Happy birthday to Kevin today!"


LaDawn Edwards, a candle of joy: "Wonderful turnout for Saturday's workday. I love tapping in to that same spirit that built our beautiful church, even on such a sultry day."


Brad Korb, a candle of joy: "The Property Committee would like to thank everyone who came out yesterday morning to help organize, weed, de-clutter, repair, and beautify our church home. Despite the heat, more than 30 adults and youth participated in sharing the work of maintaining and improving our building and grounds. We really appreciate all the sweat equity and camaraderie provided for those who voluntarily gave their Saturday morning to UUCH."


Laurie Keller, a candle of joy: "Gaillyn Hope, a former church member, is back in town, and visiting us today."


John and Anita Czachurski, a candle of sorrow: "A candle in memory of Vanessa Turner, who died very unexpectedly this past week. Vanessa was the librarian at Highlands Elementary School in this neighborhood. Anita got to know her when they carpooled to library school classes in Tuscaloosa and while working with other librarians here in the city school system. Vanessa was always cheerful, and we will really miss her."


Kathy Fisher, a candle of sorrow: "Please hold the family of Virginia Washburn in your hearts; she was the mother of some dear friends and passed away Thursday. Also the family of Yolanda Rivera, a colleague and close friend of mine, who also died Thursday. Blessed be."   


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 15-16 Board Members


President: Laurel Bollinger 

Vice-President: Angel Hundley 

Secretary: Ed Bernstein           

Treasurer: Jerome Belcher   

Trustees: Millicent Simmons, John Fox, & Denise Runnels 


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 Laurel Bollinger, 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, July 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: Laurel Bollinger  

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.