UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
February 25th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 08
In This Issue
Awareness Through Movement!
On Saturdays!
 
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
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If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event. 
bags of food  
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!
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!

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Sunday, February 28th, 2016
 
 
"Our Heart's Desire" 
The Reverend Alice Syltie
 
Our theme for this month is Desire. We are also in the month of Lent, a time when many people try to give up something they desire. Does our Unitarian Universalist tradition have anything to say about embracing desire, or resisting temptation? Might we learn to discern which desires, when met, will bring fulfillment, and which desires simply lead us to long for more? 
giving heart This Sunday in RE
 
We continue our shared journey with Heart Talk for Kids with all ages, this week focusing on Session 13: Empathy for Others, Part 2 in the Peace, Justice, and Searchers rooms. Transformers will focus on Sessions 12 and 13: Empathy for Others, Parts 1 and 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. 
From Your Minister

Last spring I learned about Ray and Frances Johnson, former members of UUCH, who were considering making a generous donation to this church they helped found over 50 years ago. Although the Johnsons moved away, they remained Unitarian Universalist. First, though, it appears they wanted to find out how we were doing as a congregation. So Nic Cable, a Donor Relations Specialist from the UUA, contacted me with questions about our current situation. When I told him I was in my 14th year as the minister here, that our professional staff included both a Religious Educator and a Choir Director, and that we had just renovated and moved to a larger facility, more suitable to our current mission and vision, he replied with certainty that they would be pleased to hear that we were doing so well.

A good bit of time went by before Ray Johnson actually contacted me. When he did, Ray asked what projects we might need support of, such as a capital need or fund for specific community projects. I told him how excited we were about our new facility and the potential to grow and serve in our new location. I explained that even with our successful capital campaign and the sale of our former building, our needs for renovations to increase visibility and accessibility might be more than our fund would allow.

A few days later, Pam Korb was surprised to find a generous donation, equal to a healthy annual pledge, from the Johnsons. A few weeks later we received another donation from their daughter, Daphne Holterman.

It's good to know that even after all these years, UUCH is still in the hearts of those who helped give birth to the congregation, and who support its continued growth and service to the larger Unitarian Universalist vision. As we contemplate our own pledges to the church, we can remember the Johnson and Holterman families, who continue to find satisfaction in the work they started here so many years ago. May we, too, take pride in knowing that what we pledge today is also a gift to future generations of Unitarian Universalists in Huntsville.

In Love and Hope, 
Rev. Alice
Our Shared Journey!
It's not too late to sign up
for a Cottage Meeting Lunch or Dinner!


The 2016 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) started last 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
Social Justice Meets This Sunday

justice scales The Social Justice Committee will meet this 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.
Grades 5-6 Our Whole Lives (OWL) Parent Meeting, Sunday, March 13th

The initial parent orientation session for Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education programs for grades 5-6 will be held Sunday, March 13th, 12:30-3:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Program. We will offer some light refreshments, and childcare will be provided as needed. This is a mandatory session for parents who are interested in their youth participating in the program. The OWL sessions will begin April 3rd, with a joint meeting for parents and participating youth. The meeting on March 13th is just for parents. The parent orientation session will offer an overview of the curriculum as well as the principles and values behind the program.
 
OWL offers a beautiful curriculum in keeping with UU values for building holistic identity and sexuality awareness in young people. OWL fosters authenticity, safety, age-appropriate understanding, self-worth, and, in general, provides the tools a young person needs to make healthy choices. OWL classes will be led by a committed team of trained facilitators. Read more about OWL at http://www.uua.org/re/owl/.

Please contact RE Director Erin Reid at eereid@hotmail.com with any questions or childcare needs for this meeting.  
Box Up Those 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.
 
This year's Book Sale is a four-day event, beginning on Wednesday, April 20th, and continuing until Saturday the 23rd! The big book-sorting party will happen on Sunday afternoon of April 17th!  
 
We NEED your books! 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 accept all kinds 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 bookshelves then look empty and lonely, you can always come to the sale and Buy More Books!
votives Care List 
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday, February 21st, candles were lit for:
 
Sophia Kyemba, a candle of joy: "My school musical, Freckleface Strawberry, is coming up. I will be performing in it the weekend of March 12th and 13th at Lee High School."
 
LaDawn Edwards, a candle of joy: "My brother, who has been underemployed for several years and suffered a fire last year, was hired permanently where he has been temping for three months. He now has health insurance, benefits, and a raise of $1.75 an hour. Thanks to all."

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, March 29th, 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.

Website: 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.