UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 18th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 33
In This Issue

ATM: Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. We are starting another series of Awareness Through Movement® classes. Those who came to the first series found it very enjoyable, relaxing, and useful. The class focuses on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.
Everyone is welcome! This verbally guided Awareness Through Movement® class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements. Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.
These classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., beginning August 27th. For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley.
If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event

Join the Choir!
UUCH Choir begins weekly practices next Wednesday, August 17th, from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Come sing with us! Childcare is available.

Let's Fill 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 (HAP). Collection 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!

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 21st, 2016

"Storysharing: Getting to Know Ourselves, Each Other, and the World"

Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education

Stories are powerful ways of sharing experiences that are bigger than rational explanations, getting to know the lives of friends and strangers, connecting with each other's similarities and differences, inspiring us to compassion and social responsibility, exemplifying our UU principles, and probing our multi-faceted sources. This year children and youth will participate in religious education curricula that are grounded in story and integrated into our monthly Soul Matters worship themes. This means that each month's theme will be explored by adults in the church service and by children and youth in our RE rooms. Director of Religious Education Erin Reid will offer a preview of this year's children and youth religious education program, and describe opportunities for exciting multigenerational collaborations among Worship, Music, Adult RE, Social Justice, and more.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Our Summer program continues with so many ways to have fun! This Sunday we'll have "Bird Feeders" led by Barbara & Gary Hitt; plus "LEGO!" with Jennifer Garlen & Cate Sparks.

 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. 
From Your Minister

Although this time of year you may hear church leadership talking about starting up again, as if the church has been on hiatus for the summer, the truth is the church is a year round community, and some committees, and leaders, work harder in the summer than at any other time. 

There is a change in the rhythm, though. And this change and flow in our yearly cycle is necessary if we want to sustain energy and serve our people and our vision to the best of our ability. Without periodic breaks for reflection and renewal, our ministry to one another and the larger community is compromised. While the history of Unitarian Universalist congregations closing the doors for the summer is becoming a dim memory, we still acknowledge the importance of reflection and renewal as essential elements of a grounded ministry. 
And ministry is, after all, what we are about. In fact, that was the focus of the Leadership Retreat last week. We are about ministry, not about turning out a product. Or, another way to look at this might be to say the product we are developing is ministry--ministry to one another and to communities beyond our walls. When committee chairs and leaders see their work as ministry, rather than completing tasks, a new sense of purpose finds space to take root. Hopefully we will tend to these roots with care. 
Our yearly cycle fosters a flow of energy that allows transitions, and helps restore vital energy. These are essential ingredients for a sustainable ministry that honors the natural rhythms of an interdependent web. 
And now that I've said all of that, I look forward to also telling you about all of the workshops, meetings, and conferences that your Professional Leadership Team has attended over the last few months. Erin, Pam and I are eager to share new insights and exciting ideas for how our individual and team ministries will support the mission and vision of UUCH. More about that in the next newsletter.

In Love and Hope,
Rev. Alice 
Social Justice Meets August 28th!

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Our next Social Justice Committee meeting will be Sunday, August 28th, at 9:30 a.m., in the Fellowship Hall. We will discuss fall projects and any ideas YOU have. We will have bagels, and childcare is available upon request. Everyone is welcome! For questions or for child care requests, please call Tonia at 256.882.9891.
Get Ready! Get Set! Let's Go!

This year's slate of leaders is a strong and capable group of old hats and new blood who come together to form a dynamite team. The leadership of UUCH had a day-long retreat this past weekend that included Board, Council, and Nominating Committee members as well as Rev. Alice. While the other staff members could not make the retreat due to a schedule conflict, DRE Erin and Choir Director Pam participated planning it and all were there in spirit. So many members of all four leadership bodies coming together for planning and decision-making was very energizing.
The Board and Council are intentional about keeping the UUCH Vision and Mission Statements as guides for making decisions. When is the last time you read these statements and gave them serious consideration? (Click here to view.) This weekend we went around to each of our committees and considered how they serve our UUCH mission specifically. It is very rewarding when you see the volunteer efforts you've contributed are indeed serving the congregation, the larger community, and our stated goals. It is all the more rewarding when you realize these efforts also feed your own personal spiritual growth at the same time.

Our committees are about more than simply getting the task done, they also serve as ministries within our larger congregation. We wrapped up the afternoon brainstorming ideas and brought to light those "
impossible" dreams many of us hope to see at the church. So get ready, get set, and let's go forward into a future with a larger congregation that fosters lifelong spiritual growth, strengthens our bonds of community, supports strong social justice action and lets people know "We are here" and that we Welcome Diversity.
Your 2016-17 Council Members at this year's Retreat! Front from left: Barbara Hitt (Care), Rev. Alice Syltie, Denise Runnels (Board VP), Alice Dilbeck (Finance), Betsy Applegate (Hospitality), Kathy Heath (Trustee), Audrey Fox (Children's RE), Ed Bernstein (Secretary). Middle from left: John Czachurski (Nominating Member), Tim Miller (Nominating Chair), Mari Hinckley (Music), Susan Coddington (Trustee), Nancy Finley (Adult RE), Laurel Bollinger (Board President), Pam Korb (Membership), Gail Williams (Social Justice). Back from left: Jerome Belcher (Nominating Member), Lynsie Lamitie (Trustee), Will Garrison (Technology), and Tom Meier (Property).
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. 
Looking forward to seeing YOU in our new Photo Directory!
votives Care List 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  August 14th, candles were lit for:

Sally Locklear, a candle of memory: "Bob and I recently observed the 13 year anniversary of our son's passing. Please light a candle in his memory, and notice the AED (automated external defibrillator), as you enter the Fellowship Hall."
A singer, a candle of joy: "Choir rehearsals begin this Wednesday, August 17th, at 7:00 p.m. 'New' voices are most welcome along with the returnees."
Denise Runnels, a candle of gratitude: "Thanks to the UUCH Board, Council, and Nominating Committee for the great Retreat yesterday, and their commitment to our church."
Cheri Smith, a candle of concern: "My daughter Vicky and I are going to UAB to learn her biopsy results. I want to thank everyone for prayers and hugs."

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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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.

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