UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 13th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 33
In This Issue
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 delicious, Fair Trade 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.

We CAN Reach 100! 
bags of food  
The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).
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.


Phone a Friend! 

New Church Directories Are Available!

This newest, most up-to-date version of the UUCH Directory is available for pick-up in the Fellowship Hall. One per family, please!

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015
"Heart Talk for Kids
(and the Rest of Us, Too)"
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education and the Reverend Alice Syltie
How do we create peaceful relationships? Heart Talk for Kids is a Unitarian Universalist program created by Debbie Berkana and Veronica Lassen based on Marshall Rosenberg's model of Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication. Children and youth, and people of all ages, may grow in our ability to communicate with each other in empathy--to understand and see our common humanity, and from that deep understanding and caring, find mutually satisfying ways of being together. Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, will consider our Children and Youth Religious Education theme for this year and explore ways we may be empowered in multigenerational community to talk and listen from the heart. This service will include a youth Bridging Ceremony. 
This Sunday in RE  


With Jennifer Garlen and David and Cate Sparks!  


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)

SoulCollage© Picture-Pulling Next Monday

SoulCollage© starts up again on the first Mondays of each month this Fall (yay!), so at this gathering we'll be going through our collected magazines for images to use! Join us this Monday, August 17th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. We'll be meeting back in the Church Library. Come help us rip out magazine pictures while we sit and gab about whatever we like. No card-making, just camaraderie!
Time to Join the Choir!

hand_holding_note.jpg Practice for our inspiring UUCH Choir, under the direction of Pam Siegler, begins Wednesday, 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 join us!
Brownie Troop Organizational Meeting!

August 24th, at 5:00 p.m., please join us for the Troop organization meeting for parents of 2nd & 3rd grade girls who would enjoy the world of Girl Scouts. Mari Hinckley, Michelle Clark, and LaDawn Edwards will be leaders for a troop that focuses on building confidence through achievement, leading a healthy lifestyle, and exploring the arts and sciences.

Starting September 21st, our troop will meet every other Monday, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at UUCH. Please call LaDawn at (319)431-7461 with questions.
"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.  
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").
We need a head count to plan refreshments, so please RSVP: Barbara at bghitt1@comcast.net 
NAMI Walk: It's ALL About Family
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. The Huntsville chapter is located in the United Way building and provides information and support to help affected families at all income levels.
The NAMI Walk will be the first held in Huntsville and will raise much needed funds. The theme will be "It's ALL About Family", and it will be a fun 1-mile walk on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, on the Lee High School Track. For additional information, go to  http://www.namihuntsville.org/#!walks/c13q6.
If you are interested in participating on a team from UUCH, contact Eleanor Schweinsberg (get contact information in the UUCH directory, or through the church office).
What is SUUFI?
Southern UU Fall Institute @ The Mountain,
October 4-9, 2015

An award-winning storyteller and a UU minister together inspire us to a destination of "A Renewed Sense of Self & Potential", a state of fresh thinking, new approaches, new understanding, aligned purpose and meaningful action. Balancing cerebral with sensual, SUUFI offers plenty of hands-on and heart-engaging activities.
In the fall coolness of western NC mountains, in Highlands, at 4200 feet elevation and with a 40 mile vista, join this "boomer week" to explore new concepts, hike new trails, meet old and new friends, find serenity and avoid traffic, and relax at our UU Retreat and Learning Center, The Mountain.
Register at http://mountaincenters.org/pages/calendar.php  by August 25th to get $25 discount.
4, 5, and 6 day packages priced at $370, $465, & $560, respectively. Program Details, Flyer, Schedule & "Remembrances," 2014 photo essay on website.
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, August 9th, candles were lit for: 
LaDawn Edwards, a candle of concern: "One of my Christian neighbors wanted me to pray for her. I asked God to help her to know that she did not need to be perfect to be worthy of love."
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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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.