UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
February 18th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 07
In This Issue
Way to go, UUCH!
We collected 136 HAP items in January! Thanks!
 
We CAN Reach 100! 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). Suggested donations:
macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!
Thanks in advance!
We Want Your BOOKS!

We know UUs are Avid Readers! Save your books to donate to the UUCH Book Sale to be held in April. NOW is the time to start saving and boxing up your tax-deductible books, CDs, and DVDs. You still have time to read your more recently acquired books before donating them.
 
At each of our prior book sales, members and friends have collectively donated over 5,000 books. We need thousands of books to have a successful sale. So look through your shelves and stacks, and box up what you've already read. You may end up replacing them with books that you'll purchase at the sale (for a steal of a deal!).
 
Whenever you're ready, BOX up your books and bring them to church. Boxed books are preferred because they stack better for storage. Drop your boxes off near the door to the North Wing hall (storage wing) near the Sanctuary foyer.
 
We'll accept all types of books (subject only to some basic ethical considerations)...fiction, non-fiction, hardback, paperback, textbooks, children's, picture, how-to, religious, political, etc. We want your best books, your boring books, your big books, your small books, fancy books, plain books, intellectual books, silly books, any and all books you can bear to part with!
 
And remember, if your shelves look empty and lonely, you can always come to the sale and Buy More Books!
Awareness Through Movement!
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 is led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath towel to use as a head support.  Classes are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.
(NOTE: There will be no ATM class held on March 5th.)    
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.
 
Safe Space for Children and Youth

For the safety and enjoyment of our all-ages community, parents/guardians are asked to supervise children and youth in the church facility and grounds when they are not in their planned RE activity.
 
A very important note on safety at the church:
Remember that your first stop on Sunday morning is to check-in at the RE Welcome Area in the foyer and pick up a nametag. The grounds are large, and we ask as always that children be in parents' or guardians' supervision at all times, especially on the playground.
 
If you haven't already, please register your children and youth online and check out our "family agreements commitment."
Eggs & Bunnies
Bunnies Lay Eggs? 
Your Social Justice Committee is selling Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch, and Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange.
 We also have chocolate Easter Eggs!
(Fair Trade means no bunnies were harmed during the egg-laying process.) Pick yours up in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday morning services!
Plan to Attend the Alabama Arise 2016 Legislative Preview  
To learn about the issues the Alabama Legislature will be addressing in their next legislative session (beginning in early February), come to the Main Library in Huntsville to attend the Alabama Arise 2016 Legislative Preview.
The event will be held Thursday, February 25th from 7-8:30 p.m. 
Discussion Topics will include: Stop and Debt Trap; Restore Voting Rights; Untax Groceries; Expand Medicaid; Ban the Box; Death Penalty Reform; and Fund the HTF.   
UUCH is a member organization of Alabama Arise and we are encouraged to attend! These sessions should prove to be very informative for everyone.

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Sunday, February 21st, 2016
 
 
"Our Shared Journey" 
The Reverend Alice Syltie
 

As I consider this journey we share, I am reminded of the words of Ed Catmull from Pixar: "There is a sweet spot between the known and the unknown where originality happens; the key is to be able to linger there without panicking." This sweet spot is also known as liminal space. For some, liminal space feels frustrating. The urge to be doing something is powerful. This space, however, is necessary and productive. As we consider liminal space in our personal and congregational lives, we will explore the bridge from which we access new horizons.

giving heart This Sunday in RE
 
We continue our shared journey with Heart Talk for Kids with all ages, this week focusing on Session 12: Empathy for Others in the Peace, Justice, and Searchers rooms. Transformers will focus on Sessions 10 and 11: Feelings (Part 2) and Needs & Requests (Part 2). Childcare for ages 0-3 will be offered as usual in the Nursery.
 
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. 
Our Shared Journey!
It's not too late to sign up for a Cottage Meeting Dinner!

The 2016 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) will start this year on Sunday, February 21st with the theme of "Our Shared Journey!" This year we take time to celebrate some of the great things we have accomplished on OUR SHARED JOURNEY over the past few years. Then we will look at some of the places OUR SHARED JOURNEY can take us next!
 
Together we have done great things and will continue to do great things. Your support, my support, all of our support together is what makes great things possible through our church home.
 
The ABD Cottage Meetings will be held in late February through early March, in the homes of UUCH members. These Cottage Meetings are held to give you an opportunity to complete the forms for your Pledge of support while you enjoy food and fellowship with others who value and support the UUCH.
 
Whether you are a long-time member, or someone who only recently started coming to UUCH, your support is the key to all the great things the UUCH can accomplish. The Pledge form you'll fill out at the Cottage Meeting, along with the Pledge forms from everyone else, will be the basis for creating the annual operating budget for the 2016-2017 church year that starts in July.
 
SIGN UP NOW on the poster in the church fellowship hall, or  Sign up online. Several of the meetings are designated as "(CF)" (child-friendly), so your whole family can attend. Any special diets will be accommodated so that everyone is welcome at a cottage meeting. Please note any special needs on the signup form.  SIGN UP SOON!
 
We look forward to seeing each of you at a Cottage Meeting. 
 
Jason Aycock,             2016 ABD Chair
Kevin Betts,                 2016 ABD Co-chair
The Importance
of Congregational Singing
--Pam Siegler,
UUCH Choir Director

As part of my music leadership credentialing program, one of the articles I get to write for our newsletter focuses on the importance of congregational singing.

Remember when we sang "Go Now in Peace" for Anne Rutledge's going-away party and we spontaneously held hands around her and gave her our love?

Remember when we sang "Enter, Rejoice, and Come In" as we celebrated each other at the first worship service in our new church on Broadmor? It was truly a collective welcome.

Remember singing "Spirit of Life" in our Sunday service and feeling that the 'come unto me' was not being asked just by you but felt like a shared request empowering a community of one heart? Remember how involved and attentive the children were as we all signed the hymn with Bobby?

Remember the comfort and healing peace we've offered one another and the families of loved ones who have passed away through singing hymns and songs like "Precious Lord" and "Somewhere over the Rainbow"?

I think for many people singing is not their most comfortable way of expressing themselves, so when everybody comes together and sings together we are taking down each other's walls of inhibition in order to join hearts in a common expression of faith. We are building a community by experiencing worship together, affirming shared goals, and, most importantly, enriching our individual souls.

Congregational singing is one of the aspects of worship in which all ages, ethnicities, genders, abilities, cultures, races, sexual orientations, and beliefs are equal participants. We weave our individuality into harmony with each other. We are together not just in our minds, but with our bodies, with creativity, with feeling, and with purpose. Congregational singing builds our Unitarian Universalist living tradition. Our songs reflect our diverse sources and our united principles. When we sing together we are diverse and united at the same time.
Who Are Our Council Members?
 
UUCH Council Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. UUCH Board Vice-President Angel Hundley chairs the meetings. The Council is made up of the Chairpersons of the various UUCH committees, and they come together to prioritize and coordinate the plans their individual committees have created. The Council is also responsible for the less glamorous work of budgeting for their committees, as well as making sure our facility is cared for, safe, and running smoothly.
 
For the 2015-16 Fiscal Year, our Committee Chairs are:
Adult RE: Nancy Finley
Care: Barbara Hitt
Children's RE: Jessica Zelaya
Finance: Alice Dilbeck
Hospitality: Betsy Applegate
Membership: Pam Korb
Music: Susan Coddington
Property: Brad Korb
Social Justice: Gail Williams and Tonia Betts
Technology: Kip Shepherd
Worship: Nick Wilbourn

Sitting, left to right: Gail Williams, Nancy Finley, Betsy Applegate, Barbara Hitt, Angel Hundley, Alice Dilbeck, Susan Coddington.  
Standing, left to right: Denise Runnels, Pam Korb, Erin Reid, Brad Korb, Nick Wibourn, Rev. Syltie, Kip Shepherd. 
 
Any and all of these wonderful people are ready and willing to discuss the operations of their committee to those who are curious about the workings of the church. And they are also happy to accept new members to their committees!
Social Justice Committee Meets

justice scales The Social Justice Committee will meet on Sunday, February 28th at 9:30a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will discuss upcoming activities, and the SJ web page and budget. Everyone is welcome! We will have bagels, and childcare is available--just let Tonia know at 256.882.9891.
votives Care List 
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, February 14th, candles were lit for:
 
Care Committee, a candle of sorrow: "We are so sorry to have lost long-time UUCH member David Stone, who passed away following a lengthy illness. David was a kind man who provided transportation for others for many years. He was quiet, thoughtful, intelligent, and caring. We will miss him. His family is planning a memorial service to be held at David's home church in Kentucky."
 
Paulette Bernstein, a candle of thanks: "The knitted blanket that the Care Committee gave me when my mother and my stepdad passed away continues to give me two kinds of warmth: physical warmth on cold days and emotional warmth for my 'heart.'"
 
Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy, a candle of joy: "We were very excited to celebrate our first 'legal' anniversary this past Tuesday."
 
George Fletcher and Tim Miller, a candle of joy: "It was wonderful to see so many UUCH friends at the Huntsville Master Chorale concerts yesterday. Thank you so much for your support!"
 
Ed and Paulette Bernstein, a candle of joy: "Today is our 12th wedding anniversary--each day we are together our lives grow better."
 
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, Jon 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, February 23rd, 2016 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.