UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 20th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 34
In This Issue
Time to Join the Choir!
Rehearsals for our inspiring UUCH Choir, under the direction of Pam Siegler, have begun! Choir practice will be held every Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Wouldn't you like to sing with the choir? Please join us!
Still Available:

For those of you who were unable to attend the book-signing a few months ago, we still have a few autographed copies of UUCH member Brett Jones' enlightening book, Pride: The Story of the First Openly Gay Navy Seal available for sale ($15) in the church office. Please contact Admin. Deedee Moore to get your copy! uuch@uuch.org or 256.534.0508 
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.

EE Choc Bar

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 23rd, 2015
"Steal Like an Artist--Lessons from an artist's approach to life"
Kiya Heartwood with
he Reverend Alice Syltie, Worship Leader
Kiya Heartwood is an award-winning and internationally touring singer-songwriter.She joins us, once again, this Sunday, following her three week tour to the UK, culminating in the Edinburgh Fringe Fest in Edinburgh, Scotland. Following last year's tour, Dave Fargnoli of Three Weeks Magazine wrote, "Channeling down-home friendliness and shades of Janis Joplin, Heartwood is a fine and engaging storyteller.Quickly winning over the crowd, she soon has the audience singing along, and leaves them pondering those seldom told tales."Kiya makes her happy home in Austin, TX with her wife, Unitarian Universalist minister the Reverend Meg Barnhouse." You can find out more about Kiya and her stories and CDs at www.kiyaheartwood.com. 
This Sunday in RE  


With Megan & Steve Lewallen!  

Erin Reid & Jessica Zelaya will assist.  

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) 
Look for Your Letter--and Save the Date!

Your UUCH Board is calling a Congregational Meeting on August 30th. Letters explaining the need for the meeting will be coming to the inbox or mailbox of UUCH voting members, so please be looking for this important message. Please call or email the church office if you have questions.
Brownie Troop Organizational Meeting

Next Monday, 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 Cubans; 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.
Awareness Through Movement is Back--beginning September 12th.

Everyone is welcome! This Feldenkrais group class is designed to improve self-awareness and mobility. The class will be verbally guided through gentle movement sequences. These new movement patterns will enable you to move with greater ease and fluidity.
This Adult RE class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath towel to use as a head support. This Fall's Classes begin on September 12th, and will be held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.
For further information, contact Nancy Finley at finleyn@uah.edu. If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
RUN, UUS, RUN!! (or walk...)

NAMI Walk Update
Get out your UU T-shirts! We are signing up walkers. We are signing up sponsors. Join us to raise money for the Alabama NAMI chapters at this 1-mile walk on Sat. Sept. 26th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on the Lee High School Track.
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 by providing education and support programs for affected families.

If you are interested in participating on the UUCH team as a walker or a sponsor, see Eleanor Schweinsberg at church Sunday or contact her (see directory). For additional information, go to  http://www.namihuntsville.org/#!walks/c13q6.

Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
Join the UUCH Team!

pink awareness ribbon The Liz Hurley Ribbon Run 5K is Saturday, October 17th at 8:00 a.m. Meet up with other UUCHers at Huntsville Middle School to walk or run to help beat breast cancer!
To join the team, visit www.lizhurleyribbonrun.org. Click "Register Here" then "Join a Team" then enter "UUCH Ribbon Runners." Or, you can contact Jefflyn Weed or Tonia Betts (256) 882-9891.
This is a fun event--hope to see you there!
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, August 16th, candles were lit for:

Echo Long, a candle of joy: "The thoughts, prayers, and actions of UUCH have been so supportive. Thank you!"

Jack Long, a candle of concern: " Echo has her operation for pancreatic cancer on Monday, the 24th. The operation takes 8 hours, and she will be in the hospital at least 10 days. Prayers and thoughts of concern are welcome."

Pam Siegler, a candle of joy: "Thank you to all who shared the Sing Celebration on Wednesday. The fellowship in music, food, and conversation was wonderful!"

Mari Hinckley, a candle of joy: "So very happy to learn that Denise Hunter-Gilbert is coming back to the choir!"

Claudia and Mike Carson, a candle of both joy and sorrow: "I'm happy to have my dad, Javier, visiting us from Miami, Florida. Today is bittersweet because this will be one of the last services I'll be able to attend since I start working weekends next week so that baby Jude doesn't have to go to daycare. I will miss everyone!"
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.