UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 6th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 32
In This Issue

For the Month of July, We Donated 126 Items to the HAP Food Basket! 

bags of food  

Way to go!

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!

Together Again!


Chocolate and coffee...mmmm mmm good! If you are a coffee connoisseur, the Social Justice Committee invites you to visit the coffee table in the Fellowship Hall where the chocolate is sold to order your Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch. Provide your name, contact info, type of coffee, grind, and amount you want, and deliveries will be made the following Sunday (unless you arrange otherwise). Should you not make it that next Sunday the coffee will go into the church kitchen's freezer with your name on it. All profits go in support of our Social Justice efforts.


Phone a Friend! 

New Church Directories Are Available!

Membership Chair Pam Korb has been working diligently to put together the most up-to-date information. You may pick up your directory in the Fellowship Hall. One per family, please!

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Sunday, August 9th, 2015

"When Words Are Not Enough"

Jennifer Jonas, Music Therapist

Angel Hundley, Worship Leader 


"Jennifer Jonas is a Music Therapist who has chosen to use her education in a career that touches and enriches the lives of the very old and the very young. If you are not familiar with Music Therapy, it is an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of individuals. Jennifer uses her training in a variety of settings, including schools, nursing homes and hospice. She brings healing and peace to those in need of rehabilitative therapy, as well as palliative care. You may already be familiar with Jennifer from her work in the community, or from the stories she is often invited to tell on Public Radio. I am certain you will find your time with Jennifer both educational and moving."

--The Reverend Alice Syltie

This Sunday in RE  
"Pinch Pot Animals"

With Jessica Zelaya, Children's Religious Education Chair and professional Potter!

Jessica Jackson and Scott Zelaya will assist!   

(Wear clothes that can get dirty!)  

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)

"Sing Celebration!" on  August 12th


Your UUCH Choir is holding a "Sing Celebration" on Wednesday, August 12th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. here at the church. We are inviting all former choir members--and anyone who may be interested in singing in the choir! Join us for an evening of eating, singing, and socializing! Child care will be available for this event. 


Choir practice begins in earnest the next week (August 19th), and will be held each Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. So if you were thinking of joining the choir this year, please come play and sing with us!

"Cuba--Old Cars and Big Cigars"  

You are invited to join Bob Weed and Barbara & Gary Hitt on Friday, August 28, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall at UUCH for a presentation: "Cuba--Old Cars and Big Cigars".  


We will be showing a multi-media presentation of our April trip to Cuba. Join us as we share our tour of Cuba with you, from the mountains to the sea, from old Trinidad to the Bay of Pigs to the metropolis of Havana. We enjoyed visiting with school children, talking to families in their homes and on their farms, and seeing artists working in their studios.  


Bob Blends Right In. 

We were often serenaded by musical groups as we enjoyed Cuban food, usually served with Vitamin "R" (Rum!). Avid birder Gary added 25 birds to his Life List; Bob chatted in fluent Spanish with the guides; while Barbara tried to capture the ambiance, the people, the merging of old and new Cuba.


Since we are considering our presentation to be an early Service Auction offering, we are asking for a donation of $10 to $20 for adults. Children are welcome at no charge. If needed, we will provide child care. We will provide light refreshments, (but no Vitamin "R").


Please RSVP to Barbara at bghitt1@comcast.net 

or Bob at robert.a.weed@gmail.com.

July Board Report    


Your UUCH Board met on July 28th, 2015. Topics of discussion were:

  • A request to host a Girl Scout Brownie Troop if a suitable meeting time can be found.
  • A request to offer an adult RE/Social Justice Financial Peace University course in personal financial management.
  • A report on the UUA General Assembly, and exploring ways to enhance support and preparation of future delegates.
  • Improving quality and content of UUCH website.
  • Studying ways to augment the "Welcoming Congregation" message.
--Ed Bernstein, UUCH Board Secretary
votives Care List 


At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, August 2nd, candles were lit for: 


Lynsie Lamitie, a circle of joy and sorrow: "My dad has just been diagnosed with stage-four lymphoma while visiting my sister in California. But he's already in his third day of aggressive chemo and seems to be responding well with no side effects."


The Aycock family, a candle of joy: "We have our nephew, baby Jeremy, with us this weekend. We also get to have him next weekend and have the court date that following Monday to see if we can get full legal custody. He feels like part of our home already! Yeah! Our family feels even more complete now!"


Addie Schuber (Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy), a candle of joy: "Addie turned five on the 28th and will start kindergarten this Tuesday."


George Fletcher, a candle of joy: "I am happy to have my friend (and unofficially adopted daughter) Alexis Esneault with me today. She leaves for law school on Wednesday."


Heather Kyemba, a candle of joy: "I took Sophia and Torin to New Hampshire for a two-week vacation. It was a good to reconnect with family and friends."

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, August 25th, 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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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.