UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 5th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 18
In This Issue
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!
Awareness Through Movement
This class focuses on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. 
Everyone is welcome!
Classes are on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
Please Note: This Saturday, May 7th, will be the last class for the Spring season. We'll be starting up again in the Fall. Have a great Summer!  
Good Coffee,
Good Cause
If you are a coffee connoisseur, the Social Justice Committee invites you to visit the coffee table in the Fellowship Hall where the chocolate is sold to order your Certified Fair Trade and Organic coffee from the Kaffeeklatsch. Provide your name, contact info, and 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.
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, May 8th, 2016
"Heart Talk: Celebrating a Year in Children and Youth Religious Education"   
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education and the Children and Youth RE Program   
Join in a lively, multi-generational worship service that celebrates our year in Children and Youth Religious Education, exploring how we talk and listen from the heart. Children and youth will help lead our liturgy, sharing what they have learned and accomplished this year, and we will recognize our dedicated Children and Youth RE teachers and volunteers for their care and commitment.  We hope that all of our youth and young adults will attend to participate in our annual bridging ceremony. The service will be active and appropriate in length for all ages.  
giving heart
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 

No Sunday morning classes will be held in the RE wing, but nursery care for ages 3 and under will be provided 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. 
Children and Youth Summer RE:
We Need YOU!

In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education Program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a class session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper; and we'll be sure to have a regular RE teacher there as support. Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!
We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skill, or learning area of yours. Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!!  What's a joy to you can be a joy to others.
Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers, or to attend the regular worship service in the sanctuary. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So, don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts. There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!
For the next month, we'll have posters standing in the church foyer and fellowship hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at eereid@hotmail.com.
UUCH Interweave Hosts Dining with Friends Event to Benefit ThriveAlabama
UUCH Interweave is Standing on the Side of Love with Thrive Alabama, helping raise money to purchase a Mobile Testing Vehicle which will provide free HIV testing at public events, health fairs, homeless camps, and to people with transportation barriers in rural communities.
What: UUCH Interweave Dining With Friends Event
Where: UUCH Fellowship Hall
When: 6:30p.m., May 20th, 2016
Cost is donation based:
  • $25 or more donation for seat at UUCH Interweave hosted dinner on May 20th.
  • $50 or more for seat at UUCH Interweave dinner PLUS Thrive Alabama Dessert Disco! on June 11th.
Even if you cannot go to either event, any and all donations are welcome.
There are three ways to sign up and/or Donate:
  1. Online: Sign up and donate at the same time at this link:  https://thrivealabama.kindful.com/dwf2016/uuch-dining-with-friends-for-thrive-al 
    (NOTE: indicate in the comments when you donate if you would like a ticket to the Interweave Dinner; donation must be $25 or more to attend the dinner.)
  2. FaceBook: Sign up for Interweave dinner (and donating at the door) by going to this FaceBook event page and select "Going."
  3. At Church: Sign up for Interweave dinner (and donating at the door) on the signup sheet in the UUCH Fellowship Hall.
Formerly the AIDS Action Coalition, Thrive Alabama has the mission to stop the spread of HIV & AIDS in the 12 counties of North Alabama, and care for people and
Thrive's "Dessert Disco" will be held June 11th!
families living with the disease. With clinics in Huntsville, Florence, and Albertville, Thrive Alabama provides comprehensive medical healthcare for people living with HIV, free HIV testing, prevention and education programs, housing assistance, substance abuse treatment, behavioral healthcare and sexually transmitted infection treatment. For more information about Thrive Alabama, visit
www.thrivealabama.org. For more information about our UUCH event, please contact Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com).

UUCH's Interweave is an Outreach Group for self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) persons. Together with our friends and allies we are dedicated to the spiritual, political, and social well-being of UUs who are confronting oppression associated with their LGBTQ status. We follow the UUA's Interweave lead and facilitate the celebration of the culture and lives of our members.
Members: Save the Date!
Annual Congregational Meeting
May 22nd, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.

Please make plans to attend, because we need a quorum! Also, per our bylaws (approved last meeting), we will send electronic copies of the mailing to all members, using your newsletter preferences as a guide. If you currently get a paper copy of the newsletter, we'll send paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, we'll send you the agenda electronically. Please make sure that the church office has your correct email address! If you would prefer to receive the annual meeting notices in a different format than you get the newsletter, please just let the church office (uuch@uuch.org or 256.534.0508) know as soon as possible. Thank you!
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  May 1st, candles were lit for:

Mitzi Woody and Tommy Schrimsher, a candle of sorrow: "For our friends Cindy and David Farmer. David's father, Ray, passed away last night."
Ilene Sparks, a candle of sorrow: "My car wreck was more damaging than the insurance company found at first evaluation--the car was totaled. I had already made the decision to quit driving. I will be without transportation."
Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy, a candle of joy: "Our daughter, Samantha Minor, was invited to join the National Honor Society at her high school. We are so very proud of her. Also, a concern that things at Amanda's job are changing, and change is always a bit nerve-wracking."
Jo Broussard and Jeanne deFrance, a candle of joy: "We are so proud of our young friends Muddy and Jamari, who have just successfully completed their freshman year at Alabama A&M."
Lynsie Lamitie, a candle of joy: "The boxes of books collected during the book sale and donated to my school were received with extreme gratitude from our librarian!"
John Jeter, a candle of joy: "Yesterday, April 30th, was my brother's 78th birthday. Today (May 1st) is my 76th birthday."

Our minister, the Reverend Alice Syltie, is on sabbatical through the month of June. For pastoral emergencies please contact Angel Hundley, the Sabbatical Coordinator, at ahundley@me.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, 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, May 24th, 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 


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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.