UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 27th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 35
In This Issue
Awareness Through Movement Returns 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.
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!
Together Again!

coffeecup  

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).
Still Available:
Pride

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 

 

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 30th, 2015
 
 
"This Sunday at UUCH: Reader's Theater's Production of 'The Creator's Workshop'"
Bobby Hall, Theresa Miller, and many others 
 
There are many stories about how the world--and humankind--was created. Members of UUCH (and thus, Readers' Theater) will perform a reading of the Reverend Erika Hewitt's interpretation of one such story. For this multigenerational service, you are invited to witness as the Creator's imagination, whimsy, and fancy combine in magical and mystical ways to create our planet Earth. Watch what happens when she sprinkles Freedom in the mix to create humans--you are sure to be as amazed as the Universe and Questioner are!

Our readers will include Jennifer Only, George Fletcher, Mari Hinckley, and Pam Siegler--with a few helpers thrown in the mix... maybe even you!
This Sunday in RE  
   
 Children and youth are invited to participate in the special Readers' Theater multigenerational service in the sanctuary. No RE classes will be held, but Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual.

The Children and Youth Religious Education Program is now registering for the fall and spring program, which begins September 20th. Registration helps us plan for facilities, leadership, and safety needs. It also lets us be in touch with your family with special announcements and RE information. All participants in the RE program (ages infant to 18) should register each year even if you've registered before. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. Paper registration forms are also available at the church.

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)
 
Important Congregational Meeting This Sunday
 
Your UUCH Board is calling a
Congregational Meeting on August 30th. Letters explaining the need for the meeting were mailed to the inboxes or mailboxes of UUCH voting members, so members please attend this important meeting! Childcare (and snacks for the children) will be available. Please call or email the church office if you have questions.
This Friday Evening:
"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," sponsored by your UUCH Finance Committee. 
 
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.
RUN, UUS, RUN!! (or walk...)

Social Justice Committee reminds us: When you exercise for a good cause, everybody wins!

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.

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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 23rd, candles were lit for:

Paulette Bernstein
, a candle of concern: "My 86-year-old mother fell and broke her right arm, which is her dominant arm!"
 
Pam Siegler, a candle of joy: "Great joy with the awesome turnout for our first choir rehearsal of the season! Welcome to newcomers, Jason Minter and Maxwell Fox; and welcome back to our 20+ returning members."
 
Jo Broussard & Jeanne deFrance, a candle of joy: "Barbara Hitt is hanging around the Huntsville Museum of Art. One of her photos is part of the annual Huntsville photography exhibition. Aren't we lucky to have her as part of our church!"
 
Laurel Bollinger, a candle of joy and sorrow: "Please light a candle for Maren Bollinger who is driving back to Arkansas today for her second year of college. Our family will miss her!"
 
Glen & Michelle Clark, a candle of joy: "Haley is seven tomorrow! We are proud and happy to have such an adventurous, talented little girl."
 
Haley Clark, a candle of joy: "My birthday is tomorrow!" (Haley also drew a very happy butterfly on the back of her circle of candles form!)
 
Morgan Justice & JB Bradley, a candle of joy: "It's good to be in Huntsville this weekend! We just put an offer on a house last week, so we are anxiously (and joyfully) awaiting the closing date!"
 
The Aycock family, a candle of joy: "We got him! Jeremy James is now home."
 
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, September 22nd, 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 

 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

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.