UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 26th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 21
In This Issue
"Summer's Bounty"
Potluck on June 5th

Bring on a favorite dish celebrating Summer's Bounty at our June Potluck. Fresh vegetables, tangy BBQ, special chicken, scrumptious salad, luscious summer dessert. We can't wait to see what you'd like to share!! We will have two fragrance-free tables at the potluck.

Vickie Goodman has joined in assisting Hospitality and Hospitality Helpers!
We CAN Reach 100!
bags of food
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!
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 29th, 2016
 
 
"We Can Make the Difference"   
Brad Korb with Kevin Betts & Angel Hundley   
This Sunday we will conclude our May theme of "Blessings" while also participating in Justice Sunday, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). In previous services this month, we have heard about and experienced ways in which our lives are enhanced by the blessings we receive. This week we will focus on how we can be a blessing to others and how this leads to making a difference in the lives of others both locally and around the world. As the UUCH choir sang earlier this month, we can make the difference!
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 

Game Day! Bring your favorite games to play with your church friends. Childcare for children age 3 and under will be provided as usual. 

For the summer months, we are recruiting volunteers to share their interests, skills, and hobbies with our RE program! For more about this opportunity, see the article below! 
 
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. 
Adult RE and Worship Bring Sacred Circle Dance to UUCH June 5th

The Adult Religious Education and Worship Committees have teamed up to bring a special guest, Tarleton Brooks, from Asheville, NC, to share with us her passion for Sacred Circle Dance.
 
Sacred Circle Dance, also called meditation dance, is a combination of sacred and traditional dance, mainly from European or Near-Eastern sources. A growing collection of traditional as well as modern choreography works on many levels to create community through celebration and devotion. This dance can be a powerful spiritual practice.
 
Each dance is taught and then danced; the steps are simple and easy to learn. We gather together in a circle. No experience is necessary and one does not need a partner. The music varies from classic to contemporary and some dances are slow and deep, others are vigorous and even ecstatic. The moves are symbolic and intentional. Moving rhythmically together in a circle is relaxing and at the same time energizing.
  
Circle dance is moving meditation. Join us after potluck Sunday, June 5th and find out what Sacred Circle Dance offers you. Ask Nancy Finley (finleyn@uah.edu) or Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) for more information. If you need childcare, please let Nancy know at least a week in advance.  

Thrive Alabama Dessert Reception Disco!

What: Dining with Friends 2016 Disco!
Where: The Roundhouse
When: 7-10:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Donation: $50
 
UUCH Interweave hosted a dinner May 20th as part of the Thrive Alabama "Dining with Friends" Fund Raising campaign and has raised $1,745 so far to help purchase a Mobile Testing Vehicle that will provide free HIV testing at public events, health fairs, homeless camps, and to people with transportation barriers in rural communities.
 
It is not too late! If you would like to support this effort you can still write a check (or give cash) and boost the amount Interweave has raised even further. If you donate $50, you will receive a ticket to the June 11th dessert and disco event. Ask Denise Runnels (drrunnel@gmail.com) for details.
 
Alternatively, you can go online and donate directly to Thrive Alabama: http://thrivealabama.org/events/dining-with-friends.  
 
Our "Dining with Friends" event leader, Denise Runnels, says "I would like to thank all of the willing and competent volunteers that provided such a successful dinner and fund raiser: Betsy Applegate, Kathy Heath, Mari Hinckley, Jeanne deFrance, Nancy Finley, Susan & Tim Coddington, Jo Broussard, Monica Speed, Mac McSherry, Lynsie Lamitie, Shiela & Kim Burrows, Angel Hundley, Alli Johnson, and Gail Williams all did great jobs planning, decorating, cooking, shopping, hauling, cleaning...you get the idea. It was one of the best examples of a true group effort I've seen.
 
"Interweave also sends a special thank-you to Mary Elizabeth Marr (Thrive CEO) for joining us and sharing about Thrive, Nancy Pendegraph for the spotlight entertainment, Ward Welty for providing the wonderful live intro music and Alice Dilbeck who did a fabulous job as MC."
 
(And UUCH thanks Denise Runnels for spearheading this event! )
 
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.
Music Notes

Ysaye Maria Barnwell of Sweet Honey in the Rock will be giving a workshop at the UU Church in Nashville on Saturday, June 4th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop is donation only and all are welcome. You may remember the Huntsville Feminist Chorus recently singing Ysaye's Wanting Memories at our Worship Service. Please follow the link below for more information: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/860900544035430/
--Pam Siegler, UUCH Choir Director
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! SummerRE
 
We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skill, or learning area of yours. Do you paint? Do you do origami? Do you like gardening? Do you craft? Can you cook? Are you really geeked out about something obscure but oh so interesting? Here's your chance to share your passion!  What's a joy to you can be a joy to others.You never know who you can inspire! 
 
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.
Caring Community Announcements

You are invited to Rachel Nicaise' Graduation Celebration!

Rondi and Greg Kelton are proud to announce that their daughter Rachel Nicaise is graduating on May 23rd from James Clemens High School. Our entire UUCH Congregation is invited to help her celebrate! The party will be on May 29th, an open house from 2:00-5:00 p.m. For more info and to RSVP, please email rondikelton@hotmailcom .

 

votives Care List 
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  May 22nd, candles were lit for:

Mari Hinckley, a candle of thanks: "To all who helped decorate for the Thrive dinner and donated items for use. Thank you so much!"
 
Denise Runnels, a candle of joy: "I'd like to thank all of the willing and capable volunteers that helped with the "Dining with Friends" event that Interweave hosted here Friday night. And especially thank all you who came and donated so generously."

Nancy Finley, a candle of joy: "Thanks to Denise Runnels and her team for the wonderful Thrive Dinner on Friday night--Good Job!"
 
Alice Syltie, a candle of joy: "It is a joy to be here with you today. Even though I am enjoying my sabbatical time, I miss all of you and it feels really good to worship with you this morning."
 
Emily and Will Garrison, a candle of joy: "We got married! Amongst love ones in sunny San Diego. We weren't sure we would be able to have a ceremony where our multi-national family could all attend. But the stars aligned, and everything went wonderfully!"
 
Catherine Hall, a candle of joy: "Barbara Hitt's photograph was selected for the Huntsville Photographic Society's Showcase now on display at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through August 21st, and you can see her photo in a banner at the front door! 
 
Jo Broussard and Jeanne deFrance, a candle of joy: "Barbara Hitt's photo of 3 Cuban men is the featured photo of Huntsville Museum of Art's juried photo exhibition. What an honor for her! (Barbara and Gary presented a talk with photos of the Cuba trip last year to our church)."
 
Jo Broussard, a candle of joy: "We are honored to have the continuing positive leadership of Ilene Sparks--who lives up to her name!"
 
Glen & Michelle Clark, a candle of joy: "This week Haley was recognized by the U.S. Chess Federation as one of the top 100 girls (7 and under) in the nation! And Michelle goes back to work tomorrow!"
 
Pam and Brad Korb, candles of joy: "The Korb family is celebrating this weekend. On Friday, Sarah graduated #1 in her 8th grade class of over 300 kids; and yesterday we celebrated Brad's 50th birthday! Brad said he is feeling blessed to have had a surprise visit from his two brothers and their wives to help celebrate his birthday."
 
Kathy Fisher, a candle of hope: "Today is my last day to play for you for a while. My shoulder surgery is this Friday. I hope to be back on the bench in about 6 months. Thank you to Rachel for her help this spring, and to Bill, and to everyone who will be playing while I recover."
 
Susan Allbritton, a candle of sorrow: "My mother passed away Monday. Thanks for playing 'What a Wonderful World'--her favorite song."
 
Betsy Applegate and Alice Dilbeck, a candle of sorrow: "Prayers and healing blessings for Betsy's father, Richard Applegate, who is in very serious condition in the hospital in LaGrange, Kentucky."
 
Brenda Turner, a candle of concern: "Send prayers up for Rebecca B. to find a diagnosis and relief for her malady."
 
Rev. Alice, a candle of sorrow: "I received word from Lydia Goodman that the anemia she has been experiencing is due to a mass that will be removed in June. Because she is the caregiver for her husband Larry, this surgery is an extra concern. Good thoughts and prayers are welcome."
 
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, June 28th, 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.