UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
September 10th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 37
In This Issue
We Can Reach 100!
Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.
Our Goal is 100 Items per Month!
All donations are welcome and appreciated!
Awareness Through Movement Returns This Saturday!

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.
Liz Hurley
Ribbon Run
pink awareness ribbon  
Join the UUCH Team!
Social Justice Committee reminds us: When you exercise for a good cause, everybody wins!   
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 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!  
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.

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Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Ingathering "Blending of the Waters" Ceremony, a Service for All Ages
The Reverend Alice Syltie
and Angel Hundley   
Our theme for this month is Invitation. Last Sunday we heard the words of poet Martha Postlewaite, inviting you to "create a clearing in the dense forest of your life and wait there patiently, until the song that is your life falls into your own cupped hands and you recognize and greet it." Did you clear a space, or carve out time this summer to invite the "song that is your life" to greet you? Did you recognize in this song the voice of your true calling? In the heat of summer, these moments are often associated with water.  Maybe you carved out time to relax by the pool, float on a river, play in the waves, or sip from a tall glass of ice water. 

Whether it was a few minutes at home, or a place far away, this Sunday you are invited to bring water that represents the clearing you found for a time of reflection or renewal. We will mingle the water from our summer sojourns in a common bowl.  Water will be available for anyone who arrives empty handed.  
This Sunday in RE

Children and Youth will be participating in the multigenerational "Water Communion" service.

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 on this year's RE program, please see the article below.
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)
Adult RE SoulCollage© Workshop
This Coming Monday!

Join us at this unique Adult RE experience and create your first or fifteenth beautiful, image based 5" x 8" SoulCollage® card.
It's as easy as cutting and pasting! Choose from hundreds of prepared images, just cut and combine in unique ways. Move from your linear language based left brain into your creative image based right brain, even if you have never done art or would not describe yourself as creative. Explore your inner world and the connections to the larger spiritual-archetypal energies that shape your life.
This month we will review what we have covered before of the SoulCollage® process as described by Seena B. Frost's published works. So this is the perfect time to join us for those of you who have not done so before.
Denise Runnels and Sally Locklear will co-facilitate the workshop. We will meet in the UUCH fellowship hall Monday evening, September 14th, at 6:00 p.m. and create until 8:30 p.m.

Ask Denise (drrunnel@gmail.com) at least one week before the event, if you need childcare.
UUs Walking for NAMI

Plans are going forward for the NAMI Huntsville fun walk on September 26th at Lee High School (2500 Meridian Street North). The Betts family, Theresa Miller,
Denise Runnels, the Schweinsbergs, and Gail Williams have all signed up to walk, and several of you have pledged donations. Come out and support our walkers and enjoy a full morning of activities!
Mix 96.9 will host a live broadcast and provide music.
9:00 a.m. Check in and warm up.
9:30 a.m. Walk begins on the track.
10:30 a.m. Suzy Friedman conducts a yoga class focused on the benefits of yoga for people with depression and anxiety. Participants should bring their own mats.
9:00 a.m. to noon Visit the Health fair in the gym with displays by local service non-profits.
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.
Your UUCH Social Justice Committee encourages you to get involved in this cause! 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 through the church directory. For additional information, go to http://www.namihuntsville.org/#!walks/c13q6
giving heart A New Year in Children and Youth Religious Education

Welcome back to the Fall program of Children and Youth Religious Education at UUCH! The first day of Fall RE will be September 20th, with brand new curricula! As always, children and youth will begin the service in the sanctuary with our full multigenerational congregation and will go to their classes after the Story for Sharing. The worship service will include a ceremony of dedication for our RE leaders. After church the RE Committee will host an RE Open House and Ice Cream Social with Outdoor Fun. All are invited. Come on out September 20th to start the new year with old friends and new! REREGIST
If you haven't done so already, please register children and youth for this year's program. Paper registration is available at the church, or you can register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WS8LDNP
Our RE age-based groups for this year are: 
  • Nursery (ages infant to 3, staffed by experienced childcare providers--THIS YEAR introducing a new UU activity station for 2- & 3-year-olds led by our own RE chair, Jessica Zelaya!); 
  • Peace (ages 4/Pre-K to grade1); 
  • Justice (grades 2-4);
  • Searchers (grades 5-6); and
  • Transformers (grades 7-12).
There are many children and youth transitioning rooms this year, which is VERY exciting! 
This year's theme is "Heart Talk." 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, are given concepts and tools to 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. Lessons are highly interactive with games, crafts, music, and more!
Continuing this year, the RE Committee will host an RE Welcome Area in the foyer as families enter. Visitors will be greeted and receive information about the program and the activities for the day. Returning children and youth will  check in, pick up their name tags, and also get a big, warm welcome to church. We encourage your family to stop at the table on your way in!
Welcome back, and welcome for the first time! We are so pleased for your presence in the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Director of Religious Education, Erin Reid, (eereid@hotmail.com)  
or RE Chair, Jessica Zelaya (asuriai@yahoo.com).
Just Mercy is the UUA Common Read
The UUA's 2015-2016 Common Read is Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption. Author Bryan Stevenson advocates for those wrongfully trapped by the U.S. criminal justice system, including poor people, people of color, women, and children. The book speaks to justice, mercy, and compassion, timeless and important concerns for people of faith. A discussion guide for the book will be released in October, but you can order the book now from the UUA Bookstore! For more about this program, see the website.
Anyone look Familiar? That's our own Denise Runnels in a group shot from the recent SUULE Conference.
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, September 6th, candles were lit for:

Alice Dilbeck, a candle of Thanks: "Thank you to Steve Herold for climbing a tall ladder several times to plaster and paint the front wall of the sanctuary."
Bonnie & Steve Herold, a candle of Joy: "We're so happy to have our son visit us temporarily. Next week he's heading off to join the MBA program at Oxford University in England!
Michelle Clark, a candle of both Joy and Concern: "The date is set! On October 12th, I will have a total knee replacement on my left knee as the first step to improving my mobility issues. Prayers and support before and after will be greatly appreciated, because I am both scared and excited."
Millicent Simmons, a candle of Joy: "I attended my aunt's 103rd birthday in Salt Lake City last week. Her brother, my uncle, who is 98, was there, as well as 280 of my closest relatives. The valleys in Utah are filled with smoke from the fires in Washington and California."
Ken & Lydia Hines, a candle of Joy: "We are enjoying the company of our cousin, Dr. Nikki Che, her husband, Dr. San Che, their sons Axa (pronounced 'Ausha') and Joshua, and their daughter Ezelle."
Denise Runnels, a candle of Love: "Holding my heart open for all of the hard stuff many in our community are having to navigate right now. I feel like we are in one of those waves of difficult times; losing Lynne Abbott this weekend is a loss for many of us and many in the larger community. Several of us are also navigating a difficult transition. My heart holds this UUCH community of mine in love and comfort."
Nancy Finley, a candle of Sorrow: "For the loss of our dear friend, Lynne Abbott. Sending our love and thoughts to her partner, Ginny, and all the family."

A Memorial service for Lynne Abbott will be held Friday, Sept. 11th, 6:00 p.m., here at the church. Childcare will be provided for this service.
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 


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Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org.

Minister's email: revaluu@aol.com.

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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.