UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
September 15th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 37
In This Issue

Help Harris Home Kids in Need of Back-to-School Clothes
Lynsie Lamitie knows of three students at her school, Chapman Middle, in need of school clothes. If you would like to help sponsor these students by donating new or gently used clothes, please contact Gail Williams or Tonia Betts.
Thank you!
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Thanks to Your generous donations, we took 141 items to the HAP Pantry for August!
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!

ATM: Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings
(Note: Due to UUCH service events, the ATM class will NOT meet on Sept. 24th.)
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 are held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. 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

It's Not Too Late to Join the Choir!
UUCH Choir holds their weekly practices
 each Wednesday, from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Come sing with us! Childcare is available.

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, September 18th, 2016

"Faith, Love, and Loyalty"

The Reverend Alice Syltie  

Unitarian Universalist Theologian and Social Ethicist, James Luther Adams, reminds us, "the covenant is for the individual as well as the collective. The individual is brought out of separateness into covenant. We are responsible for individual behavior but also for the character of society." As we continue to explore our September theme of Covenant, we will look more closely at how our covenant holds us accountable to one another and to our higher principles. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Welcome to our first Sunday of "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship themes. This month we are exploring "Covenant." Children and youth will make Covenants in their RE rooms.

Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.  
The Children and Youth Religious Education Program is now registering for the fall and spring program, which begins September 18th. (See Article below.) Registration helps us plan for facilities, leadership, and safety needs. It also lets us be in touch with your family with special announcements and RE information. All participants in the RE program (ages infant to 18) should register each year even if you've registered before. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. Paper registration forms are also available at the church.
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at dre@uuch.org or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at children.re@uuch.org )
Adult Religious Education  Presents:
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Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 p.m.
  One definition of facilitation is to make easier or more convenient. At one time or another, most of us find ourselves in the role of facilitator. It might be a casual conversation over a family meal, or a structured meeting at work. Regardless of the setting, good facilitation requires a number of skills. Some of these skills are easily learned and some take time to develop. On Thursday September 15th, Rev. Alice Syltie and John Czachurski will facilitate an opportunity to learn more about, or perhaps enhance your own, facilitation skills. In addition to novices, seasoned facilitators are welcome and invited. Your experience will be of value to the group.
This class will be held in the Adult Religious Education Room, and childcare will be available.    
For further information call the Reverend Alice Syltie at 256.527.6689.
It's Picture Week!
Portrait Sessions for our new Photo Directory began yesterday, and will continue through this Saturday!

Lifetouch professional portrait sessions will be held in the UUCH Fellowship Hall during the following dates and times:
Thu., Sept. 15th, 2:00-9:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 16th, 1:00-8:00 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 17th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 18th, 12:30-6:00 p.m.

There are still a few slots left--so if you are a UUCH member or friend who has not yet made your own photo appointment, please do so today!
Make those appointments by
clicking here.
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! 
Celebrate Ilene's 95th Birthday! 
Join us during coffee hour this Sunday, September 18th, to celebrate the 95th birthday of Ms. Ilene Sparks.
A member of UUCH for almost 40 years, Ilene has been an active, life-long advocate for social justice. She is passionate in her beliefs and continues to generously volunteer her time to work for equality.
Come enjoy birthday cake and fellowship with Ilene and friends. See you at the party this Sunday!
Wonderful Wednesday Spaghetti! 
Come enjoy homemade spaghetti (meat & veggie) and warm UUCH fellowship at the Wonderful Wednesday Supper on Wednesday, September 21st, serving 6-6:45 p.m. 

Family-friendly pricing: ages 6 & younger are free, ages 7-12 are $2, age 13 & older are $5. Family max: $15.

Childcare and creative children's activities will be offered at 6:30 for families staying to attend Adult RE or choir activities. Adult RE film and discussion at 7:00p.m., following the supper. 
Do yourself and your family a favor! It couldn't be easier, so don't try to resist--just come join the fun!
Hosted by your UUCH Hospitality Committee
Adult RE Wednesday Film Series
Sept. 21st, 7-8:00 p.m.

Who is this man, and why is he speaking at the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly?

He is the Reverend William Barber, II, leader of Moral Mondays, Forward Together, and NAACP NC, and he is speaking on his new book The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement (Beacon Press). He calls for a nation-wide moral revival and offers a blueprint for state-wide grassroots organizing. At a time when divide-and-conquer politics are exacerbating racial strife and economic inequality, Rev. Barber offers an impassioned, historically grounded argument that Moral Mondays are hard evidence of an embryonic Third Reconstruction in America.

On Wednesday night, Sept. 21st, immediately following the Wonderful Wednesday Night Supper, we will gather for a showing of short video clips to introduce you to Rev. Barber. He is an extremely impressive speaker. The videos will last around 30 minutes, followed by a discussion of these ideas and how they relate to the principles of UU.

Everyone is welcome and childcare will be provided. Contact Nancy Finley (Adult.RE@uuch.org) for further information.

Also, note that Rev. Barber's book is the Common Read for the UUA this year. Adult RE will be hosting a book discussion later this fall. Books have been purchased for loan from the UUCH library. Watch the newsletter for further information.
Save the Date:
"Service is Our Prayer" Weekend--

September 24th & 25th
As UUs, service and social justice are at the heart of our spiritual practice. On September 24th and 25th, UUCH has organized four different events to provide opportunities for each of us to volunteer to serve our church, neighborhood, and/or wider community.
There is something for everyone to do and we will need lots of help (cooking, weeding, selling tickets, sewing, cleaning, hammering, registering voters). We hope that you will consider volunteering for one or more of the events that weekend.

Contacts for each event:
UUCH hosted Pancake Breakfast to raise money for Chapman School: Tom Meier (Property@uuch.org) or Lynsie Lamitie (Lynsie.lamitie@hsv-k12.org
UUCH Clean-up day: Tim Miller (Nominating@uuch.org)
Neighborhood Voter Registration: Nancy Finley (Adult.RE@uuch.org) or Gail Williams (Social.Justice@uuch.org)
Making Tote Bags for the Homeless Community: Audrey Fox (Children.RE@uuch.org).

Please see the articles below for details on each event and the types of help needed!

Saturday, September 24th:
Pancake Breakfast
at Chapman School Cafeteria!
Our church is proud to be organizing and staffing a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser. The event is to benefit Chapman P-8 School students in need of outside financial assistance to participate in middle school team sports.

The breakfast will be Saturday, September 24th at the Chapman School cafeteria. Join your fellow UUCHers, the school children, and their parents, for a hearty breakfast, served from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. Buy your advance tickets in the Fellowship Hall after this Sunday's worship service--just $5 each! Kids 5 and under eat free. No time to grab advance tickets? Day-of walk-ins are encouraged, and donations will be graciously accepted. Chapman P-8 School is located at 2006 Reuben Drive, east of I-565 just north of Oakwood Avenue.

Contact Lynsie Lamitie (lynsie.lamitie@hsv-k12.org) or Tom Meier (Property@uuch.org) if you are interested in helping sell tickets to friends and family, or in volunteering at the event. We could use a few more helping hands for this worthwhile service project. Tickets are available from Gail Williams, Tom Meier, Lynsie Lamitie, Mac McSherry, or Nancy Finley.

So drop by for a hearty pancake breakfast September 24th, on your way to the church for our clean-up day!

Cool Weather at Last! Let's Clean Up the Yard!
Since the weather (ok, climate!) forecast is for a bit cooler weather by the end of the month, doesn't a couple of hours spent working outdoors on the church property sound lovely? Saturday, September 24th, we will work on tidying up and otherwise improving the vegetation around the church, starting at 8:00 a.m.--hopefully "the cool of the day." See y'all then!
Sunday, September 25th:

UUCH Neighborhood Voter Registration Drive
Noon-4:00 p.m.
UUCH is sponsoring a Neighborhood Voter Registration Drive at our church to help anyone that is not already registered. We will be registering people online or distributing paper forms for those who prefer to mail their registration.
We need help making signs to place around the neighborhood, staffing the registration table, or serving ice cream (we will be having free ice cream for anyone who drops by that day).

If you would like to help with this event, please contact Nancy Finley (Adult.RE@uuch.org) or Gail Williams (Social.Justice@uuch.org) and let them know how you would like to participate.
Sewing Sunday
needle-thread.jpg Join the Social Justice Committee and the UUCH Knit Wits on September 25th after church in the Fellowship Hall to sew fabric tote bags to donate to First Stop, helping with their mission to serve the homeless community in Huntsville. If possible, bring your sewing machine and we will provide the materials (fabric, etc.) Don't stay away if you can't sew, we will need helpers to cut the fabric for our very easy pattern. Snacks will be provided. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Fox (Children.RE@uuch.org).
So much to do--so many ways to help! Join us for a great weekend of service and fellowship!
"New UU" Class Continues on the 25th
Sunday mornings, Sept. 25th and Oct. 2nd,
9:00 a.m. in the Adult RE Classroom.

You don't have to be new to UU to join us for a fun discussion about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and learn more about UUCH. This three-part series explores important themes in UU congregational life, such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership. It focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition.

You do not have to have attended the first session in order to enjoy these last two!
Childcare will be provided. Contact Nancy Finley (Adult.RE@uuch.org) for further information.
Wi$e Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning
An Adult RE Class Beginning Sept. 30th

Do money worries cloud your focus or invade your sleep? Do you want to learn how to use money as a tool in living a contented, generous life? Do money fights disrupt your relationships? Do you need help figuring out how to make ends meet? Is the answer no, but you think you can learn to do better?
money-icon.gif If you answered yes to one of these questions, join UUCH Adult RE as we look at managing money as a spiritual practice. Through a book study and group discussion of wise advice, we will look at attitudes about money and learn how to manage it in a way that leaves room for matters of the spirit.
The four-session class will meet every other Friday at 6:30 p.m., beginning September 30th. (So, September 30th, October 14th, October 28th, and November 11th).
Everyone is welcome. Married couples and life partners are strongly encouraged to attend together (child care will be provided). Parents, bring your teenagers! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall after service or email Michelle Clark at michelle_e_clark@yahoo.com. Copies of the book and workbook are available courtesy of the Social Justice Committee. The first session has preparatory reading and exercises, so sign up early! Facilitators Jon Fox and Michelle Clark look forward to seeing you there!
Quilt Raffle for the Service Auction!

Have you seen the beautiful quilts hanging up at the church? You can own one of these lovely quilts!! One winner will select his/her choice of the five quilts (Pictures Here), now on display in the Fellowship Hall.

Raffle tickets will be available every Sunday between now and the Service Auction when we will draw the name of the lucky winner. You can also mail a check to the church indicating that it's for the raffle, and we'll enter you in the drawing and mail your ticket(s) to you. Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.

Proceeds are a part of the Service Auction and benefit the operating budget of UUCH. We also encourage folks to take a block of tickets to sell to family and friends. For more info, contact Alice Dilbeck (Finance@uuch.org) or Bob Locklear (boblocklear@mac.com). 

Many thanks to quilter Shiela Burrows for her generosity and talent!
Save the Date! "Return to Treasure Island"--UUCH Service Auction 2016

We're going back to the islands! The UUCH Service Auction takes place on Saturday, October 22nd. Give your time and talent and leave with fantastic treasures!
We will again set sail at 6:00 p.m. with a silent auction and a fabulous buffet with your favorite beverages. The live auction follows, focusing on popular items in a fast paced, fun-filled, frenzy! Watch out for sharks circling your favorite silent auction items! This year, we'll also have a quilt raffle! Tickets for the raffle will be available beginning this Sunday.
We need your help. In the past, people have donated gourmet dinners, backyard picnics, wine-tasting parties, card parties, music lessons, garden design, computer repair, and a long list of other unique services. Items such as handmade foods, clothing, pottery, jewelry, and other goods also make excellent contributions. Show your creative or giving side!
To sign up your talent or treasure contribution: 1) Fill out the forms available beginning this week in the Fellowship Hall, 2) send an email to Bob Locklear (boblocklear@mac.com) with details about your contribution, or 3) fill in an online form at http://communityauctionservices.com/register/uuch.
So save the date: Saturday, October 22nd for a fun filled evening in the islands. Childcare will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening--you must be present to win. 
Your Pledge Dollars at Work! 

money_grass.jpg Thank you to all of you who pledge support for UUCH during our Annual Budget Drive (ABD). Many of you contribute monthly via automatic withdrawals or checks or cash when the plate comes around or have prepaid for the year. THANK YOU!

During the ABD last Spring, we highlighted planned efforts to improve accessibility and audio capabilities. High-quality microphones have been purchased and are in use in the sanctuary, and the Technology Committee (led last year by Kip Shepherd and this year by Will Garrison) continues to work to improve sound quality. Thanks to that committee! In addition, you have likely noticed the addition of several shorter pews in the sanctuary. This enables folks with wheel chairs or walkers or other mobility issues to have more options in seating. Thanks to the Property Committee (led by Brad Korb last year and Tom Meier this year) and to the Accessibility Task Force (led by Jeanne deFrance) for their work on this!

And THANK YOU to all ABD donors for your continued support. YOU MAKE THINGS HAPPEN AT UUCH AND THE BROADER WORLD! There's more to come, thanks to you.

Not yet a pledger? It's never too late! Contact Alice Dilbeck at 256-656-7419 or Finance@uuch.org to learn how!
A New Year in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

Welcome back to the fall program of Children and Youth Religious Education at UUCH! The first day of fall curricula will be September 18th. As always, children and youth will begin the service in the sanctuary with our full multigenerational congregation and will go to their classes after the Story for Sharing. The worship service will include a ceremony of dedication for our CYRE leaders.CYRE


If you haven't done so already, please register children and youth for this year's program. Paper registration is available at the church, or you can register online at

Our RE age based groups for this year are:

Nursery (ages infant to 3, staffed by experienced childcare providers)

Peace (ages 4/Pre-K to grade1);

Justice (grades 2-3);

Searchers (grades 4-6); and

Transformers (grades 7-12).

There are many children and youth transitioning rooms this year, which is VERY exciting!


This year's theme is "Storysharing: Getting to Know Ourselves, Each Other, and the World." 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. Story-based lessons are highly interactive with games, crafts, music, projects, and more!


We will be continuing our special way of welcoming children, youth, and families to church this year. In the foyer as families enter, the RE Committee will host each week an RE Welcome Area. Visitors will be greeted and given information about the program and the activities for the day. Returning children and youth will come here to check in, pick up their name tags, and also get a big, warm welcome to church. We want to encourage this ritual of a special welcome for children and youth, and we encourage families to stop at the table on your way in.


Welcome back, and welcome for the first time! We are so pleased about your presence in the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program.


For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at dre@uuch.org or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at children.re@uuch.org).  

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At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  September 11th, candles were lit for:

Michelle & Glen Clark, a candle of joy: "Thanks to Nancy, Becky, Erin, and Pam for joining us at Uke Fest yesterday. It was great to have fans in the crowd. You can see Haley and Glen perform on Facebook."
James Riddlesperger & Roger Turley, a candle of joy: "Glad to come from our church in Atlanta to UUCH and hope to make many new memories here."
Barbara Hitt for the Care Committee, a candle of joy: "Joy that Gina and Steve Rittenberg have returned to Alabama where Gina will continue to recover at a long-term care facility."
Alice Dilbeck, a candle of joy: "Glad to have Steve Rittenberg back with us and to know that Gina is nearby. Continuing to pray for Gina's recovery in her long battle."
Mona Smith, a candle of concern: "Catherine Hall accidentally got a whiff of bug spray, which inflamed her already bad lungs. The doctor thinks they won't be permanently damaged, but right now she's home and mainly having to just sit."
John Jeter, a candle of sorrow: "A friend of mine, Scott Passmore, passed away this week. Scott was born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair all his life."
Jefflyn Weed, a candle of sorrow: "Please keep Cheri Smith and her daughter Vickie in your hearts and thoughts."

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at Minister@uuch.orgCare Chair Barbara Hitt will be out of town for a few weeks. Please contact Care Committee members Jefflyn Weed (256-882-9604) or Tim Miller (256-880-6792), should a need arise. 
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 President@uuch.org.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, September 27th, 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.