UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
April 14th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 15
In This Issue
Filling the Basket
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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!

"Homecoming" 
If you enjoyed hearing the Huntsville Feminist Chorus at our Service last Sunday, you may be interested in attending their Spring Concert which includes the songs they sang for us and a few more! The concert, "Homecoming," will be held this Saturday, April 16th, 7:30 p.m. at UAH's Chan Auditorium. 
Awareness Through Movement!
 
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.

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.

Please Note:
May 7th will be the last ATM class for this Spring. Classes will start again in the fall.
Comedy Benefit for New Futures, Inc.
Our Share the Plate organization for this fiscal quarter is New Futures family homeless shelter. You can support New Futures further by attending their Benefit Show:
Henry Cho
Christian Comedian
April 29th, 2016,
at 7:00p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church,
980 Hughes Rd, Madison AL 35758.
Tickets are available at Mellow Mushroom locations and at Asbury UMC. Thank you for supporting New Futures!
Wake UP!
and Smell the Justice!
coffeecup
 In addition to Fair Trade chocolate from Equal Exchange, Your Social Justice Committee also sells Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch! 
Order yours in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday morning services!
This Year's UU General Assembly
 
UUGA will be held June 22nd-26th in Columbus Ohio!
This year's theme is "Heart land: Where Faiths Connect." For further information, visit the GA website at www.uua.org/ga

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Sunday, April 17th, 2016
 
 
"Given to Me to Do"   
The Reverend Diana Jordan Allende  
 
Sunday we welcome to our pulpit the Reverend Diana Jordan Allende, the full-time settled minister of the Auburn Unitarian Universalist Fellowship since 1996. Diana is active in ministerial and social justice groups in and around her Opelika, AL home and also state-wide.

She writes: "There comes a time when most of us must assume a burden, a task, or a responsibility we'd rather not. Will we soldier on as a Stoic, rail against our fate, or find a point of acceptance? 'This has been given to me to do,' a UU member in a difficult place once said to me, 'So I'm going to do it as best I can.' Herein lies wisdom and grace all can use."
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This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
 
Creative Service Day!
"Caring for Our Earth and Creating Welcome." In celebration of this month's worship theme of "Creation," children and youth will participate in outdoor fun service projects and use their creativity to help make our back patio beautiful and welcoming. We will do some freshening up, make art, and plant some simple flowers. If you have empty flower pots (any size) around your house, you are invited to bring a few for planting!

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. 
Six Days Until the UUCH BOOK SALE!
 
What Can YOU Do To Help?
  • Donate your books to this great cause--and get a tax deduction!  Bring your books to church any time before this Sunday afternoon, April 17th, and leave them in front of the North Hall doors. Plan to stay after church this Sunday, April 17th, for a book-sorting party!
  • Volunteer to work a shift at the sale. Sign up HERE or on the poster in the Fellowship Hall. 
  • Invite your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to the sale.
  • Come to the Sale and Buy, Buy, Buy!
Four Days of Book-Buying!
Wednesday, April 20th through Friday, April 22nd,
from Noon until 7:00 p.m.
AND Continuing
Saturday, April 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
There will be no pre-sales!

Come browse through the HUGE SELECTION of used books, audio, video, magazines, rare finds and old favorites at BARGAIN PRICES--get there before the good ones get away!BookSale

"When I get a little money I buy books and if any is left I buy food and clothes."--Desiderius Erasmus
"New UU" Class Continues This Sunday

What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the UU Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, this three-part series explores important themes in UU stained glass chalicecongregational life, such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition.

Everyone is welcome!
Classes began on April 3rd, and are continuing through this Sunday, April 17th, so it's not too late to join us for this chance to learn and share. Come even if you couldn't attend all three sessions; handouts for any missed sessions will be available. Meet for coffee and snacks at 9:00 a.m. in the Adult RE room located at the end of the Religious Education (South) wing; discussion starts at 9:15. Childcare will be provided for each class. Contact Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) for further info.  
Wonderful Wednesday Hibachi!
 
Come enjoy Tom Meier grilling dinner on a Hibachi (grilled meat/tofu topping noodles and vegetables) and warm UUCH fellowship at the Wonderful Wednesday Supper on Wednesday, April 20th, serving 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
 
Book Sale Browsing Bonus!  Browse and then eat or eat and then browse. Win either way! 
 
Family-friendly pricing: ages 6 and younger are free, ages 7-12 are $2, age 13 and older are $5. Family max: $15.

Adult RE film and discussion (in the ARE classroom) at 7:00 p.m. Childcare and creative children's activities will be offered at 6:30 for families staying to attend Adult RE or choir activities. 

Do yourself and your family a favor! It couldn't be easier, so don't try to resist--just come join the fun!
Be part of this beloved fellowship.
--Hosted by your UUCH Hospitality Committee  
Is This the Real Life,
or Is This Just Fantasy?
 
Adult RE Film Discussion
Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00 p.m. 
 
Don't miss the next Wonderful Wednesday Adult RE Film Discussion! In his fascinating TEDx Talk, "You Are a Simulation, and Physics Can Prove It," astrophysicist, cosmologist, and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot examines the possibility of human existence as a simulation. Join us as we watch and discuss Smoot's TEDx Talk, examining the ethical and metaphysical implications of simulated reality. 
 
This event will be presented as part of Wonderful  Wednesday on April 20th. The video will be shown in the Adult Religious Education room in the South Wing, beginning at 7:00 p.m., with discussion to follow until 8:00 p.m.  Childcare will be provided.  For more information, you may contact Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) or Nick Wilbourn (ndwilbourn@gmail.com).
justice scales Social Justice Meets April 24th

The Social Justice Committee will meet on Sunday, April 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Lynsie Lamitie will meet with us to discuss opportunities for UUCH to become involved at the Chapman Middle School where she teaches. Everyone is welcome! We will have bagels, and childcare is available upon request. Please call Tonia Betts at 256.882.9891 with questions.
NOW IT IS OUR TURN...
Our Whole Lives--OWL For Adults!
April 24th, May 1st, May 15th
 
UUCH has offered opportunities for our children to experience the extraordinary curriculum of Our Whole Lives (OWL) for years. Now it is time for the grown-ups. UUCH Adult Religious Education invites you to participate in Our Whole Lives for Adults. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, factual information while also helping participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social justice aspects of sexuality.
 
OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adults address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others' sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging program that addresses topics many adults have not had the opportunity to discuss in depth.

Three sessions lead by Laurel and David Bollinger will be held April 24th, May 1st, and May 15th at 12:15-3:00 p.m. Lunch and childcare will be provided. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall for registration. If you need further information, contact Nancy Finley, Chair of Adult Religious Education: finleyn@uah.edu.

votives Care List 
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  April 10th, candles were lit for:

Sarah Kinley
, a candle of concern: "My good friend and 28-year-old Mom of five, Jamie, has stage 2b cervical cancer. She is having second surgery tomorrow. This one is four hours long. She will have 3 more after that. Please keep her in positive thoughts tomorrow and next few weeks."
 
Angel Hundley, a candle of concern: "Please light a candle for my father who has just completed 7 weeks of chemo and radiation for cancer. He is still in the hospital, but he is starting to heal."
 
Barbara Hitt for the Care Committee--
A candle of concern: "Please light a candle for Steve and Gina Rittenberg, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers, as Gina undergoes aggressive chemo for cancer at MD Anderson in Houston."
 
A candle of gratitude: "For the members taking care of the Rittenberg's cats, Mo and Callie, while Steve and Gina are in Houston. Thanks to John Jeter, Linda Harris, Katherine Meier, Fran Alexander, and Gary Hitt for showing these new members how we care for each other in our UUCH family."

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, April 26th, 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.