UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
November 19th, 2015
Vol. 15 Issue 47
In This Issue
We Can Do It!
canned goods 
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).
Coffee & Chocolate
EE Choc Bar  

Your 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. All profits go in support of our Social Justice efforts.

UUA Common Read: Just Mercy

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. UUCH Adult RE will host a book study on this in January, but you can order the book now from the UUA Bookstore!
ARE also has a few copies to lend: See Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu)  for details. For more about the Common Read program, see the website.

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
"Welcome Table Bread Sharing Service"
The Reverend Alice Syltie  
and Erin Reid, Religious Education Director 

We can officially give thanks for a full year in our new church home as we celebrate our annual bread sharing ceremony, or Bread Communion. This is a service for all the generations of our church community. Bread is called the "staff of life," because it is a basic life-sustaining food. I think it safe to say that some form of bread exists in just about every culture. Perhaps your family inherited a tradition of a particular type of bread from your ancestors. Or maybe you enjoy bread from an ancestry you choose to claim.
This Sunday you are invited to bring a loaf of bread, preferably cut in bite size pieces, to share with the congregation. Our favorite breads usually have a story. If the bread you bring has significance to your own family, or to your ethnic, cultural or religious heritage, you are invited to share that story during the service. If you bring bread that is gluten free, vegan, etc. you may wish to label it for those who have special dietary considerations. Let us welcome one another to the table with story, song, and bread to share.  
giving heartThis Sunday in RE

Children and youth will attend the multigenerational Bread Communion Service in the main sanctuary. All are invited to bring special bread to share. Childcare for ages 0-3 will be provided in the nursery as usual.
Questions about Religious Education at UUCH may be directed to 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). Register online for the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. 
Tomorrow Night: Calling All KnitWits!

Our UUCH Needlework group, the KnitWits, will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall from 6-8:00 p.m. this Friday, November 20th. The KnitWits lend their talents to both Social Justice and Care Committee projects. Come join the fun, whether or not you know a "purl" from a "treble-crochet!" All are welcome!
Part 2, this Sunday:
Compassionate Communications
Adults Can Learn, Too!
The youth and children of UUCH are spending their Sunday mornings learning about "heart talk," a program based on Marshall Rosenberg's model of Compassionate (Nonviolent) Communication. And now, we adults have a chance to catch up to the wisdom of the kids.

This Sunday, Adult Religious Education at UUCH
is stained glass chaliceoffering the second part of a two-part series on Compassionate Communication using the original book from Rosenberg as our starting point. This step-by-step approach, with exercises and real examples, will assist us in our development of a new philosophical model for interaction. Sometimes we don't even know that we are using patterns that undermine the outcomes we want. This practice can help liberate us from adversarial and competitive patterns of power and communication, and replace them with non-violent ways of interacting. It potentially provides an important piece in our efforts for conflict resolution in our families, work environments, church, and even national and international relations.

There is something in this program for everyone.
So join us this Sunday, November 22nd at 6:00 p.m., even if you were not able to attend the first class. Erin Reid, Sara Cline, and Nancy Finley will be facilitating. Childcare will be provided. Contact Nancy at finleyn@uah.edu for further information..
Alabama Hispanic Association Christmas Dinner
Be Part of the Christmas Fun!
Saturday, Dec. 12th, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at UUCH
holly-berry-wreath2.jpg The Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA) and UUCH are partnering to serve Christmas dinner and distribute presents to families, children, and youth in need in Huntsville's Hispanic community. We need your help! Here are three great ways to get involved:
(1) Donate money to buy gifts for the older children and teens who will be at the party. On the Sundays of November 22nd and 29th, you can place a check in the collection basket (with "AHA" on the memo line) or you can give cash to Gail Williams or Tonia Betts. Last year, we provided gifts for about 20 AHA children and youth, and our UUCH youth enjoyed shopping for these gifts.
(2) Volunteer to serve at the dinner or provide a dish for it. You can sign up for this on the poster in the Fellowship Hall or online with Sign Up Genius by clicking here:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c044ea9a62aa3fd0-alabama. We need servers, cleaners, crafters, escorts, welcomers, etc. We need you! Youth and children are welcome and encouraged to attend. Also, you can sign up to help set up on Friday, December 11th--decorating, organizing presents, etc.
(3) Bring any extra coats, blankets, or other winter things you would like to donate. These will be distributed to those who would like them. Any extras will be saved for next year's UUCH yard sale. 
Thank you for your support! Please be part of this great event! Questions? Call Tonia Betts at (256) 882-9891.
Christmas Bells Christmas Pageant Preview!

Our UUCH Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 20th, 2015. Children who participate in the pageant should:
  • be at least 4 years old (we have parts for youth and adults too!)
  • be able to attend a short rehearsal during RE on Sunday, December 13th
  • be able to arrive at church early (9:45 a.m.) on the day of the pageant (Dec. 20th) for a quick run-through
  • be able to supply simple costume items (e.g., bath robes, etc.-no sewing or elaborate costuming required)
If you'd like to be part of this exciting production, please come to RE on Sunday, December 6th, when we will be choosing parts. Parents should plan to come to the RE area and confirm children's participation following the service. You may also contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or eereid@hotmail.com. THERE ARE PARTS FOR EVERYONE!
Service Auction 2015--Too Much Fun!

A big THANK YOU! to everyone who donated both auction items and food, and those who attended the Service Auction last Saturday evening. It was a fun-filled night with lots of action, great food and fellowship, and plenty of great items! Hopefully everyone left with what they came for and more.
We raised over $10,000!!
...Making the Scurvy Bilge Rats (i.e. Finance Committee) Crow with Delight!

And of course, a big thanks for all of the volunteers: decorators, runners, spotters, bartenders, registrars, data entry, setup and cleanup, committee members...the list goes on and on, and we really appreciate everyone who made this event a success!
Special thanks to our businesses who donated: Pizzelle's Confections, Kaffeeklatsch, and Connie Ulrich Design--please support and thank them!
But wait, it's not quite over! Here is a list of remaining services and a few items you can still sign up for including several scrumptious dinners. Please do so by emailing Bob at boblocklear@mac.com or we'll have a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Extended deadline is Sunday, November 22nd.
--Bob Locklear, Steve Herold, & the Finance Committee
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, November 15th, candles were lit for:

Pam Siegler
, a candle of sorrow: "Please hold Erin and me in the light as we continue to say goodbye to our sweet dog Alice who was hit by a car last Sunday while doing what she loved most...running as fast as the wind."
Brad Korb, a candle of joy: "I am thankful for the 12 people who helped winterize the houses of two low income elderly residents as part of the CASA TEMP$ program the past two weekends."
John Czachurski, a candle of joy: "On November 7th our daughter Anna had a beautiful beach wedding on the Alabama Gulf Coast. We are filled with happiness for her and our new son-in-law, Mike McDermott."
Amanda Schubert and Wanda Snoddy, a candle of joy: "We are so excited to have celebrated our wedding with 100 of our dearest friends and family on October 31st. Thank you so much for all the sweet wishes. Also our son Brayden turned three on Friday."
Alice Dilbeck, a candle of Joy: "David and Kathy Benoy are here!"

Bonnie and Steve Herold, a candle of joy: "We'd like to announce the birth of our first granddaughter, Bella Rose Davis! She arrived at 10:30 this morning (Sunday, the 15th), and all is well with mother and baby. (7 lbs. 7 oz.!) This is a special pre-birthday present for Steve whose birthday is tomorrow!"
Kathy Heath, a candle of sorrow: "for our brothers and sisters in France who are suffering from the recent attacks in Paris."
Todd Hunter-Gilbert
, a candle of sorrow: "Prayers for the victims of terrorists in Paris and throughout the world."    

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the
Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@aol.comBarbara 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
on Tuesday, December 15th, 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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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.