UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 23rd, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 25
In This Issue
Remember the Food Basket!
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!

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Sunday, June 26th, 2016
"For the Love of the Earth" 
Ken Sizemore 

This Sunday, folk singer and fellow Unitarian Universalist Ken Sizemore will present a musical service that offers reflections on our seventh principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence. Ken will perform songs that celebrate some of the most beautiful and precious places and regions on the planet, from your own backyard to the world's mountains, oceans, and deserts. Ken will also play for us some "laments" that express our sorrow and concern at the poor treatment we have too often inflicted upon our home planet. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Our summer program continues with two super sessions! Campfire songs with Deedee Moore and Laurie Keller, and the beginning of our Playground Mural with Kristy From-Brown. Children and youth will have the opportunity to participate in both activities.
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, contact our Religious Education Director, Erin Reid.
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. 
UUCH at Pride Celebration
We are proud that over 50 UUCH folks turned out in support of the LGBTQ community and marched to show our dedication to equal rights for all. While the Pride event is a celebration, this year we both celebrated for and attended a memorial for victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy. Carrying the names of these 49 people, UUCH walked and rode the parade route in style with a beautiful (and accessible) float.
We also had a well-attended booth to provide information, make ribbon streamers, paint faces and share with others personal meanings of Pride. With the mob of yellow shirts, the float, and the booth UUCH once again proclaimed "We Stand on the Side of Love!"
Thanks to all of you who participated and especially to UUCH Interweave for all the hard work in organizing.
UU GA is Happening Right Now!

UU General Assembly is being 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 

If you can't go, but want to watch the action, go to
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  June 19th, candles were lit for:

Bob and Jefflyn Weed
, a candle of joy: "Our third grandchild, Charlotte Brooke Weed, was born last Monday. Everyone is doing fine."
John and Derelene Jeter, a candle of Joy: "Our daughter, Lisa Jeter Stucker, celebrated her 49th birthday with us this past Wednesday."
Brenda Turner, a candle of sorrow: "Condolences and prayers to the Cataldo family for the loss of their daughter, Maria."
Amanda Schuber, a candle of joy and concern: "It is a joy to have my mom Ana here visiting today, and a concern that I have been given an additional diagnosis of degenerative arthritis. This gives me a place to start, and for that I am grateful. Thank you for all the kind words as I start this journey."
Cheri Smith, a candle of sorrow: "My daughter, Vicky Evans, has a large mass on her lungs. We will know more next week. We need healing thoughts and prayers."
Mari Hinckley, a candle of joy: "Big thank you to everyone who helped with Pride this year! Especially Denise Runnels. It was an amazing day, and it was wonderful to see so many of you there."
Nancy Finley, a candle of Joy: "Thanks to Denise Runnels, Chair of Interweave, for all her exceptional efforts on Pride events."
Denise Runnels, a candle of Joy: "I'd like to thank all of those who showed up at the Rocket City Pride event yesterday. Our church was truly represented by the more than 50 people who walked or rode in the parade. I also thank all of those who put in so much sweat equity in time to build the float that not only allowed more of us to participate, but also help give UUCH visibility that announced loud and clear we are welcoming and standing on the side of love."
Barbara Hitt for the Care Committee--
A candle of concern and gratitude: "Gina Rittenberg has been in the intensive care unit at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for over two weeks. She and her husband Steve are grateful for all the support and prayers they receive from church, especially from the care committee members tending to their cats, and to Rondi and Greg Kelton who are taking care of their dogs."
A candle of gratitude: "Kathy Fisher is recovering from rotator cuff surgery and has asked me to thank the Care Committee for the beautiful care shawl from the Knit Wits, and for all of our thoughts, prayers, and concern on her behalf."

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.