UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 11th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 32
In This Issue
Join the Choir!
UUCH Choir begins weekly practices next Wednesday, August 17th, from 7:15 until 9:00 p.m. Come sing with us! Childcare is available.

Thanks to your generous donations, your Social Justice committee gathered 120 items for the HAP food pantry in July. 
Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!
So please check your pantry, and/or pick up an extra item on your next shopping trip.
Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need. HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance. HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/ mortgage and utility bills.
From the HAP website:
"HAP's primary goal is to help clients have a better life. This does not always mean paying their bill will be the answer. We endeavor to meet many needs whether they are emotional, financial, or spiritual. All of our clients are interviewed in person and as much time as is needed to 'peel back the onion' and get to the core of that person's particular problem is taken. We may need to refer this person for financial counseling, marital counseling, drug/alcohol addiction, or medical assistance. We are a major referral source for services available within Madison County. All persons interviewed are encouraged to find a church family regardless of their denomination preference."

Safe Space for Children and Youth
For the safety and enjoyment of our all-ages community, parents/guardians are asked to supervise children and youth in the church facility and grounds when they are not in their planned RE activity.

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Sunday, August 14th, 2016

"Come, Let Us Worship Together"

Angel Hundley

"Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn't matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come." --Rumi

Those words, written in the 1200s by the Islamic poet Rumi, reach across time and space and religion and culture, and call to seekers of truth today.
We often hear people describe themselves as spiritual but not religious. But what does that distinction mean? If spirituality speaks of an often unfocused sense of yearning for deeper life purpose, or a sense of the divine, do we need "religion" to provide the focus? And if so, how do we keep that focus without becoming too prescriptive? 
Ours is no caravan of despair. Ours is a refuge. Let us slow down and search for truth and meaning together. Come, yet again, come.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Our Summer program continues with "Clay Chalices!" led by Diane Walls and Malcolm Goodman and/or "Art!" with Theresa Miller and Gail Williams!

Childcare for children age 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). Register online for the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. 
Fall Kick-off Gathering!

Our UUCH YOUUTH Group (grades 8-12) will hold its fall kick-off gathering this Sunday, August 14th. We will have a special outreach activity with Ammy Swayby, a student speaker from Oakwood University, giving a short presentation on the field of social work. We will be a host site for her to complete this public component of her degree program. Snacks will be provided at 12:15, and the talk will begin at 12:45 in the Adult RE Room. Anyone of any age interested in learning more about the field of social work is invited to attend.

Youth will stay after the talk for the remainder of youth group, where we will imagine together our year of social activities, justice projects, deep conversations, spiritual journeys, intellectual inquiries, and new adventures! For more information contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at eereid@hotmail.com .
Sign Up for the UUCH Photo Directory!

Do you know the names of people in the pews with you during Sunday services? How many times have you had a great conversation with someone during coffee hour but forgotten their name a few minutes later?
A photo directory is a great way to help our members and friends make lasting connections. It's been four years since the last UUCH Photo Directory, and our church has grown and changed significantly since then.
We hope all members and friends will be in the new Photo Directory. Each participating family will receive a complimentary 8x10 photo, and a free directory! There is no obligation to buy additional photos, but they will be available for purchase if you want extras for friends and family.
Lifetouch professional portrait sessions will be held in the UUCH Fellowship Hall during the following dates and times:
Wed., 9/14/16, 2:00-9:00 p.m.
Thu., 9/15/16, 2:00-9:00 p.m.
Fri., 9/16/16, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat., 9/17/16, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sun., 9/18/16, 12:30-6:00 p.m.
Schedule your photography session today. Click here to sign up online, or look for the sign up area in the Fellowship Hall after church each Sunday through September 11th. Appointments are required. You can expect that it will take about an hour from the time you check in for your session until you finish reviewing your portraits.

The Photo Directory serves multiple purposes.

A Way to Remember
  • A snapshot of our congregation at this point in time
  • A free portrait of your family by a professional photographer
A Way to Connect
  • A reference guide for members and friends with photos and contact information
A Way to Serve
  • Each family who brings non-perishable food items to their photo session will receive $5 off their photo order (if they choose to buy photos). Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP) will reap the benefits of those food donations.
  • As a thank-you to the church, Lifetouch will donate $5 to UUCH for every family it photographs.
We're looking forward to seeing YOU in our new UUCH Photo Directory!
Wonderful Wednesday, August 17th:
Hibachi & Home-made Ice Cream! 

Hibachi returns with homemade ice cream to celebrate summer! Tom Meier will be grilling (grilled meat/tofu topping noodles and vegetables)! Ice cream will be churning (vegan and milk/cream based)! We will all be enjoying!

You, too, can enjoy UUCH fellowship at the Wonderful Wednesday Supper on Wednesday, August 17th, 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: $15.    

Fun, fellowship & good food!
Do yourself and your family a favor and be part of this beloved fellowship. Cleanup help welcomed.
--Hosted by your UUCH Hospitality Committee
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  August 7th, candles were lit for:

Sheila Burrows
, a candle of joy: "Celebrating 17 years of marriage to my best friend Kim. Kim says it's also a joy for him. (Happy face)"
Bonnie and Steve Herold, a candle of joy: "We're so happy to have our son, Nathan, with us in the US, having just completed his MBA at Oxford. We're so proud of you, Nathan!"
Diane Scanland, a candle of gratitude: "I thank the Care Committee for the pretty card and the beautiful flowers. It really cheered me up. A broken hip is not fun! But I am mending well. Thank you again."
An anonymous candle of sorrow: "for the family of Paul O'Neal."
Richard Sonnenfeld, a candle of joy: "I am a UU from Socorro, New Mexico, who had the pleasure to join UUCH since June. Today is my last service before I go 'home'. Joining your congregation for this summer was a great joy. Thank you all for your warmth."
Reverend Syltie lit candles also for Echo Long, Lydia Goodman, and Tom Davis.

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at revaluu@gmail.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 Care@uuch.org.
UUCH 16-17 Board Members


President: Laurel Bollinger 

Vice-President: Denise Runnels  

Secretary: Ed Bernstein           

Treasurer: Greg Howard   

Trustees: Susan Coddington, Kathy Heath,

   and Lynsie Lamitie 


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, August 23rd, 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.