UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 9th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 23
In This Issue
At LEAST 100!
Maybe MORE?
Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the food basket this Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. (Baskets are located in the Foyer and in the Fellowship Hall.)
Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!
So please check your pantry, and/or pick up an extra item on your next shopping trip. Suggested donations: macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!
Also toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary napkins and tampons, shampoo and conditioner...you get the idea! 
Thanks in advance!
Dear Coffee and Chocolate: We'll Miss You!
EE Choc Bar  
Sales are slow in the summer, so your Social Justice committee is suspending the after-church sales of Coffee and Chocolate--but just for the summer! We look forward to welcoming these Fair Trade staples back in the fall!
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, June 12th, 2016
"The Seven UU Principles:
More Than Pretty Words"   
Presented by Interweave      

We, as Unitarian Universalists, affirm and promote seven principles, including the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation. It is easy to agree to affirm and promote these principles. After all, they just make good sense. But can we truly have compassion if we don't understand what is calling for that compassion?  Can we be even more affirming of the dignity of every person when we are conscious of their lived experiences? Join us Sunday as Interweave and the Worship Committee provide encouragement to spiritual growth, calling for compassion in our human relations, specifically relations with the trans* community.

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.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Our summer program continues! This week is "Painting Fun" with Jessica Zelaya! 
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). Register online for the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. 
Join Interweave in Supporting Thrive!

As part of the Thrive Alabama "Dining with Friends" Fund Raising campaign, UUCH Inteweave 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 further details.
What: Dining with Friends 2016 Disco!
Where: The Roundhouse
When: 7-10:00 p.m., Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Donation: $50

Alternatively, you can go online and donate directly to Thrive Alabama: http://thrivealabama.org/events/dining-with-friends.  
Wonderful Wednesday, June 15th:
Burger Bar and Games!

Come choose your burger (regular or veggie) with toppings and sides. Enjoy warm UUCH fellowship at the Wonderful Wednesday Supper on Wednesday, June 15th, serving 6:00-6:45 p.m. 
Family-friendly pricing: ages 6 and younger are free, ages 7-12 are $2, age 13 and older are $5. Family max:  just $15. 

We'll have cards and board games until 7:30 for everyone to enjoy after eating.   
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
Social Justice meets June 19th!

justice scales Our next Social Justice Committee Meeting will be held Sunday, June 19th at 9:30 a.m. in the RE wing. We will set up for the RE homeless meal-pack assembly day. Everyone is welcome, and we will have bagels!

Contact Tonia with questions: 256.882.9891. Childcare is available if needed.   
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
We 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
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  June 5th, candles were lit for:

The Aycock family, a candle of joy: "The Aycocks would like to happily announce we have legally adopted and are full parents to August James Aycock last Tuesday. We are blessed for the support from everyone! We love him even in his terrible two's!"
Rev. Alice, a candle of concern: "A candle for Lydia Goodman, who will have surgery this week."
Todd Hunter-Gilbert, a candle of sorrow: "Prayers for the victims of violence at political rallies."
Vickie Goodman, a candle of joy: "Harper left at 6:00 a.m. this morning, flying to San Antonio to attend the UUA 'Meaning Makers' retreat for UU college students. This is a year-long leadership /mentoring program designed to keep our young people involved in Unitarian Universalism. She discovered and initiated this process all on her own. Thanks to Erin Reid for her letter of recommendation."
Bette Goodman, a candle of gratitude: "I feel so blessed and grateful to be part of this loving congregation--the Care committee and especially Audrey Fox--who made a beautiful blanket for Avery, very soft and snuggly, embroidered with 'In loving memory of my mom'."
Jeanne deFrance, a candle of joy: "My deep and heartfelt thanks to my co-members of the accessibility task force: Gloria Guay, Laurie Keller, Sally Locklear, Deedee Moore, Nancy Stetson, and Jefflyn Weed. Together we completed the 300-plus line item UUA accessibility audit. It was a true joy to get to know each of you a little better and to experience your intelligence, compassion, and dedication to our church."
John Jeter, a candle of joy: "On Saturday, June 11th, Derelene and I will celebrate our Fiftieth (50th) wedding anniversary!"
Cheri Smith, a candle of joy: "My great-grandson, Thiago Zeke Alonso, was born June 2nd. So happy for his parents--my granddaughter Alyssa, and Diego."
John Czachurski, a candle of sorrow: "For my wife Anita and her larger family. This week we learned of the death of her uncle, Aaron Walker. He was a bit of a recluse, so now she and her cousins--his nieces and nephews--are coming together to deal with his affairs while they recall his life and grieve his passing."
Tarleton Brooks, a candle of sorrow: "My brother, Dale Reynolds, 59, died Wednesday, June 1st, after a brave battle with cancer. Dale loved to dance."
LaDawn Edwards, a candle of sorrow: "Please light a candle for Mohammad Ali, who died yesterday."

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, July 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 


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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.