UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
October 6th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 40
In This Issue

Thanks to your generous donations, we collected 191 items for HAP in September--one of our best months ever!
Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the food basket each 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
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.
Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., until further notice. For more information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at Adult.RE@uuch.org. If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.

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.

Propose a Program for the 2017 General Assembly
It's time to submit program proposals for the 2017 UUA General Assembly! GA 2017 will be held June 21-25 in New Orleans, LA. We are especially looking for proposals that address the 2017 theme: Resist and Rejoice! The proposal deadline is Monday, Nov.1 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Learn more on our website.

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October's Theme: Healing 
Upcoming Services
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Sunday, October 9th, 2016

"Gifts of the Deep Woods"

The Reverend Alice Syltie

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, wrote poet Robert Frost. If you know where you are, and where you are going, this may be true. If you are lost in the dark and deep woods, you might not think they are so lovely.  As we continue our contemplation of what it means to be a community of healing, we will consider what it means to walk the path in nature as both receivers and givers of healing gifts.   

Sunday, Oct 16th: "Ceremony of Dedication"
Joining Rev. Syltie for this special Sunday will be the Reverend Carlton Smith, representing our Southern Region, as we celebrate our success in moving, renovating our current building, selling our previous property, and dedicating ourselves and our building to the higher purpose to which we are called.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship theme of HEALING.

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 began September 18th. 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 )
This Saturday--All-Ages Movie Night!
Join ALL AGES for a screening of My Neighbor Totoro on Saturday, October 8th. We will gather at the church at 6:15 p.m. with snacks and treats; show time is 6:30 p.m. Bring themed refreshments or your favorite movie snacks to share.

This event is sponsored by the Children and Youth RE program. All are invited! Contact RE Chair Audrey Fox for more information at children.re@uuch.org.
"Return to Treasure Island"
UUCH Service Auction 2016!

Just under 3 weeks until Treasure Island magically appears and is loaded with bounty! The UUCH Service Auction takes place Saturday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. We need YOUR donations to make this annual event a success. (Donation deadline is October 16th!) The food, fun, and fellowship are not to be missed!
Want to volunteer on Treasure Island? We need food donations*, table monitors, spotters, and runners as well as people to help with setup and cleanup. If you can volunteer to help, sign up on the poster in the Fellowship Hall.
Remember, there are 3 ways to donate:
  1. Fill out the forms available in the Fellowship Hall and drop them in the Treasure Chest,
  2. Send an email to Bob Locklear (Service.Auction@uuch.org) with details about your contribution, or
  3. Fill in an online form at communityauctionservices.com/register/uuch.
The forms and email also let us know you're coming and pre-register you as a bidder. Pre-registration will make sure you "sail in" and "sail out" on auction night!

*Ahoy for Service Auction Grub
Ahoy, Cooks! Tasty Service Auction grub adds enjoyment and fun to the evening. Take your pick to provide cookies, cheese, brownies, chips, veggies, even Pirate's Choice! There are two easy ways to share your galley treasures: there's a signup poster in the Fellowship Hall or sign up online with this Link! 
Don't miss the food, friendship, and fun on Saturday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m!
Childcare will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening--you must be present to win!
Run, UUs, Run! Sign up NOW 
for the Liz Hurley Ribbon Run!

pink awareness ribbon For the 7th year, UUCH is forming a team to enter the lucky 13th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run to benefit breast cancer awareness. This is an all ages 5K run/walk that takes place on Saturday, October 15th, 2016, starting at 8:00 a.m. There will be a Survivors Walk at 10:00 a.m.

The race winds through beautiful downtown Huntsville, starting and ending at Huntsville Middle School at the corner of Lowe Avenue and Adams Street. On a beautiful Fall day, what more could you want than exercising with friends while raising money to find a cure for an illness that has touched so many in our church community?

To register, go to hhfi.convio.net or google "ribbon run 2016" and sign up to join team  "Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville." Cost is $30. Registration is limited to the first 6500 people. Last year they closed registration early after they met their capacity goal, so sign up now
Look for further team announcements like where to meet on race day for our annual team photo. Thanks go to the Social Justice Committee for sponsoring us for this event! Please contact Becky Ellingwood with questions: (beckyel22@gmail.com).

Start stretching and hydrating now!
Wi$e Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning
This Adult RE Class Continues October 14th! 
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 (which began Sept. 30th) will meet every other Friday at 6:30 p.m. (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. You do not have to have attended the first class--catch up now! Facilitators Jon Fox and Michelle Clark look forward to seeing you there!
Campfire/Campout is Saturday, Oct. 15th!

The campsite is ready and the date has been set: our Fifth Annual Be Out Camp & Cook-Out, sponsored by Interweave, is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th! We will have "independently communal" foil dinners. That is, the community (that's you) brings vegetables and other ingredients to share but then you make your own individual foil packet of food for the coals.
There will be chatting, singing, and cooking, and eating, and for some of us, sleeping. Dinners go on the coals starting at 5:00 p.m. so please bring your veggies up by then if possible. Look for the Sign Up sheet in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for a vegetable, etc. to share. If you expect to be later than 5-ish, pick something other than a veggie to bring.
We expect to be at Monte Sano State Park Tent Camp Site #20 (NOT "RV site #20"). Look for the "Interweave Halloween" sign! The gate code is a last minute tid-bit; you can either get it from the park store (if they are open when you come), try to call Denise on her cell phone, or walk in and find us to get the code.
Everyone is invited! If you plan to stay the night, let Denise Runnels (Interweave@uuch.org ) know. Denise R. is also the person to go to if you have any questions.
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 (Service.Auction@uuch.org). 

Many thanks to quilter Shiela Burrows for her generosity and talent!
Board Report for August 2016

gavel Your UUCH Board of Trustees met on August 23rd, 2016.
At this meeting, the Board appointed a subcommittee to develop a policy for rental of the church facilities. They also changed Pam Siegler's job title from "Choir Director" to "Music Director," a more accurate description of Pam's role in our church.

The Board met again on September 27th, and the report from that meeting will be published soon. The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for October 25th, 2016. 
votives Care List
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  October 2nd, candles were lit for:

Becky Ellingwood and Nancy Finley, a candle of joy: "After 18 years, the state of Alabama finally legally recognized that our daughter, Abby, has two mothers!"
Barbara and Gary Hitt, a candle of joy: "A candle of joy for the beautiful wedding held at UUCH on Saturday uniting Lynsie Lamitie and Mac McSherry in marriage. Wishing them a lifetime of joy, love, and laughter."
Lynsie Lamitie and Mac McSherry, a candle of joy: "Thanks again, Rev. Alice, for all you did yesterday to make everything run just as we imagined. Can you please share our joy with the congregation today and say thank you for us? :) We had a perfect day, and we're so thankful for all of the amazing people in our lives."
Audrey Fox, a candle of Joy: "I would like to thank everyone who helped sew tote bags to donate to First Stop. With the help of Michelle Clark, Bobbie Hall, Barbara Hitt, Gail Williams, Nancy Stetson, Sage Betts, Tonia Betts, Kathy Heath, Sally Locklear, Sheila and Kim Burroughs, Theresa Miller, Deedee Moore, and Denise Hunter-Gilbert, we were able to make over 40 bags!"
Steve Rittenberg, a candle of sorrow: "A candle of sorrow for Mona Smith. She moved to Redstone village to recuperate until she returns home."
Dawn Price, a candle of sorrow: "Prayers for family and friends in Jamaica as well as people in the other Caribbean islands facing hurricane Matthew."
Maria Grim, a candle of concern: "Please keep the family of Lynn Hartman in your thoughts and prayers, as they cope with her husband's cancer recovery."

Gail Williams
, a candle of sorrow: "My sister in law Elaine fell off a step ladder and broke her leg. Please keep her in your thoughts. She would appreciate it."
John Czachurski, a candle of sorrow: "John and Anita's daughter Barbara's father, Jo McNeil, as in the hospital with several problems including COPD and pneumonia."
Kathy Fisher: "Joy that Tuesday is my son's birthday and I get to be with him! And some Sorrow--please send comfort and love to the family and friends of Dr. Don Watters, who died recently. Don was a close friend, and extraordinary human being, an empathic and knowledgeable therapist, and an old soul. Please lift up former Grissom high school band director and good friend Jim Sparks as he mourns the senseless murder of his son in a road rage incident in Nashville this past week. And please keep me in your hearts; I've had a major setback in rehabbing my shoulder and was referred last week for physical therapy. The good news is my surgery was not damaged and it's expected that I'll make a full recovery."

Alice Dilbeck & Betsy Applegate, a joy: "Giving thanks that Catherine Hall is feeling better now and is moving to Magnolia Trace for rehab."  

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at Minister@uuch.orgBarbara 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 President@uuch.org.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, October 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: Minister@uuch.org.

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.