The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
August 30, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 35
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Sun. 9/2 
CYRE Committee Meeting
9:15 a.m. 
Justice Room

Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Share the Plate*

First Sunday Potluck
After Sunday Services
Fellowship Hall

Mon. 9/3   Labor Day
Girl Scout Troop Meeting  
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
Justice Room

Tue. 9/4
"Soul Matters" Small Group
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

  Wed. 9/5
UUCH Choir
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Thu. 9/6
Huntsville Feminist Chorus Choir Room
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sat. 9/8
Alabama Arise Annual Meeting
Montgomery, AL

Potato Drop
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Faith Presbyterian Church

Sun. 9/9  Water Communion
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary
BBVA Compass for Your Cause  

If you have a BBVA Compass account or are thinking of opening an account, you can use UUCH's organization code (136498) to help raise money for our church as part of the BBVA Compass for Your Cause program. See the link below for more information. 

Submitted by the Board 
Huntsville Assistance Program 
canned goods  
The Social Justice Committee has a goal to collect at least 100 items each month for the food pantry.
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
THANK YOU for your continued generosity! 
Share the Plate*
We share the plate this month with New Futures, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1990 that serves homeless, intact families in Huntsville and Madison   County. 

New Futures operate s the Marilyn Mabry Family Lodge, a homeless shelter that allows families to remain together in a safe, family-friendly environment. They are the only homeless 
tr ansitional housing program in Madison County that accepts families with children up to 18 years old of both genders, single fathers with minor children, and single mothers with sons over age 10. By keeping families together, the Lodge enhances the positive outcomes for all family members and ultimately for the community of Madison County. 

New Futures' shelter is dormitory- style, with private rooms and shared bathrooms and common areas. Through its transitional housing program, New Futures acts as a catalyst for homeless families to obtain skills and education to empower themselves and overcome extreme poverty to achieve independence. Services include a 90-day shelter program (including job preparation, job search assistance, and case management) and a transitional housing program (including GED certificate assistance),  as well as job placement, job coaching and resume-building classes, transportation, counseling, and daycare assistance. For more information, see their website. 
Last Chance to Buy Your UUCH T-Shirts!
Your last chance to order UUCH t-shirts from the Social Justice and Care Committees will be after Sunday services on September 2nd. We are sticking with the traditional yellow shirt color because we have made a name for ourselves as the "yellow shirt people" when we show up en masse at various gatherings around town to show our support for justice, equality, science, and other worthy causes.  
UUCH member Frank Davies is making the shirts for us at his store, Logos Screen Printing, at 3806 Governors Drive. Thanks, Frank! The shirts will sell for $10 for adults and $8 for children. Sizes are S, M, L, XL, XXL for adults and S, M, L, XL in youth sizes. (An XL youth is the same size as a S adult.) Payment can be made by cash (exact change is appreciated) or check when you place your order. Make out your check to UUCH, and note "t-shirt" on the memo line. Order yours now!  
We may have a "Yellow Shirt Day" on some Sunday, and our yellow shirts will fill our sanctuary with sunlight!
UUkulele Fun Group
The UUkulele Fun Group is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.
The group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
UUCH Choir
kids singing
The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays in the Music Room. Our start time has changed to 7:00 p.m. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us! If you plan to attend but cannot, or if you have other inquiries, please contact Pam Siegler at 931-307-4994 or via email at
Girl Scouts at UUCH

We are living the Girl Scout way at UUCH and looking for friends to join us! Girl Scouts at UUCH meet biweekly to enjoy adventures, friendship, and fun together. We are recruiting girls and helpers for the 2018-19 school year.

Please stop by our table in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday services to learn more about our troop! Or contact Harper Goodman for more info at

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UUCH 2018-19
Board Members
Susan Coddington  
John Schulz

Nancy Finley

David Bollinger 

Ed Bernstein
Theresa Miller

Nick Wilbourn
Interim Minister:
Rev. Edward L. Brock

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 Susan Coddington  no later than one week prior to the meeting (i.e. the Tuesday before). You may text or call her or send a copy of your request to The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 25.

The Overlook is a publication of The Unitarian Universalist Church, 3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810

Interim Minister:

The Rev. Edward L. Brock

Board President:  

Susan Coddington    

Editorial Board:  

Kathy Heath
Nick Wilbourn 


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Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at  


Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


Office Phone: 256-534-0508

Minister's Email:



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 at 256-534-0508.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, September 2, 2018
"The Path of Least Resistance
Amanda Schuber  
Muscle memory is a funny thing; it allows our bodies to move through our world without our minds necessarily being present. Our bodies will always take the path of least resistance, and our minds generally will, too. How do we as a people of faith keep ourselves present in these turbulent times when the world seems to be changing at record speed? How does our faith community call on us to continue to evolve in order to meet the needs of our community and our world? Join us this Sunday as we explore change happening all around us.
*On the first Sunday of each month, we Share the Plate during the offering, Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck, and Share our Bounty by filling the Food Basket! Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.  All donations are welcome and appreciated.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)  
It's the BIG, FUN RE CLEAN-UP DAY. Children and youth will ready the RE rooms for the beginning of fall sessions. We make it a game with the appearance of the "Big Bad RE Inspector" who always gets some laughs! Come join the fun. 
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.

CYRE registration is now open! All families, new and returning, should register each year. Click here.   

We encourage all families to register by September 16, our first day of Fall RE sessions.
First Sunday Potluck
Please join us for our First Sunday Potluck Lunch after the Sunday worship service on September 2. Bring a dish to share, and join us as we dine in community. Good fellowship is served, along with delicious food. All are welcome!
Hosted by your Hospitality Committee
Co-chairs: Jessica Schulz and Kathy Heath
Alabama Arise's annual Meeting is Saturday, September 8, in Montgomery. 2019 priority issues will be voted on and chosen. Six representatives from our church can vote, each having seven votes. Please see the Social Justice bulletin board for details.
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee 
Potato Drop
Potato Drop is scheduled for September 8, from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church. 30-40,000 lbs. of potatoes will be put into 10 lb. bags to be distributed to area food-banks. This is a great chance to meet people from all faiths. Show up any time during the potato drop to participate.  Please see the Social Justice bulletin board for details.
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee 
Water Communion
On September 9, we will have a multi-generational blending of the waters ceremony, or water communion. Marking the end of the summer season has been a tradition in Unitarian Universalist congregations, including our own, for many years. 
Each person is invited to bring a small sample of water representing a particularly memorable experience from this summer. As the water is poured into our common bowl, you may speak a few words of the water's significance. Our focus is on our journeys of growth and connection, as we deepen our individual and collective spiritual lives. You may share as individuals, as families, or as companions traveling portions of life's journey together.  
This is a service for all ages, with our regular nursery care for the youngest among us.

Submitted by the Worship Committee 

Book Launch
On Saturday, September 15, from 2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m., UUCH member and author John Sims Jeter will talk about writing and read from his latest book, The End of a Perfect Death: Short Stories with a Thread of the Strange and Wonderful. For additional information, Contact John Jeter at 256 489-6095 or via email at
The book launch party will be in our Fellowship Hall, with snacks and drinks available. Books will be available for purchase at reduced rates, as well as for signing. All are invited, and feel free to bring a friend. The book, with reviews and story samples, is available at
Social Saturday - September 15  
Let's Do Lunch!
The second "Social Saturday" will be held on September 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This event is a casual social time for people to get together, share a meal, chat, and maybe find out that they share a common interest. Anything can happen when UUs get together! So plan to come and join the group. 

It is a both a potluck and a brown bag, so your choice to bring a dish to share, or keep it simple and brown-bag it. Everyone is welcome, but seniors and new members are especially encouraged to attend, meet some folks, and feel like part of our UUCH family. The potluck is sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees, and if enough interest is shown, it will become a monthly event. We hope to see you on September 15!
Join a Small Group Now 
More "Soul Matters" Small Groups Opening
The enthusiastic response to the Soul Matters Groups has been exciting. We have now filled three groups and are needing to organize one or two more. One suggestion is that we start a group on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. If you have any interest in joining a group at that time, please contact me soon. We also have openings in other time slots. Please see the article below. 
-- Nancy Finley (
Want a Deeper Experience  in Your Church Community?
UU Soul Matters Groups are a way to feel truly engaged in our church, to deepen connections with others in our spiritual community, and to enhance our personal journeys to wisdom and meaningful lives. We currently have three groups running at UUCH, and this fall we are reorganizing to encourage more people to participate in the program. Those who have participated often say it is the most meaningful thing they do at our church!  
What are "Soul Matters" Groups?
Soul Matters is a UUA program that offers a distinctive, small-group curriculum. Like other small-group programs, its central goal is to foster circles of trust and deep listening. Soul Matters small groups, however, are not a stand-alone program. They are designed as a companion program to a congregation's worship and religious education ministries. Congregations using Soul Matters have monthly themes, such as "compassion", "forgiveness", or "truth", that are integrated in all aspects of the church. Being a part of a small group allows you to go deeper into the themes that are being discussed in worship and in religious education classes.
What Do You Do in a Soul Matters Group?
Each month, participants are given packets that contain resources for individual exploration that include questions, exercises, readings, music, and videos on the theme, and individuals can choose how they want to engage with the topic before meeting with the group. Participants then come to the group to discuss the theme. You take it at your own pace; there is not a lot of required reading, but there are plenty of materials to engage you throughout the month. You spend as much or as little time as you wish with the materials before the meeting.

Groups typically meet once a month at the same time, and meetings are usually 90 minutes long. The format is designed to make sure that everyone who wishes to speak is heard and that we listen to one another without debate, judgement, or interruption. Questions provide opportunities for the group to explore the theme together.

Trained facilitators will guide the group through the format and help to make sure that the environment is a welcoming and moderated space for all to share and learn.  
How Can I Join a Group?
In the next few weeks, we are reorganizing the groups for fall. If you are interested in participating, please contact Nancy Finley at with times you are available. Currently, we have groups that meet on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m., and Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. We are hoping to start a group on Sunday Morning at 9:00 a.m. if there is enough interest. If those times slots are not available for you, we may still be able to find a group for you. New groups will be formed based on interest and scheduling needs. We hope to have all groups up and running sometime in September. If you have any questions, talk to Nancy or to any of our other current facilitators: Lynsie Lamitie, Susan Coddington, Jon Fox, and Pam Korb. They will be happy to discuss the program with you.
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 16. As always, children and youth will begin the service in the sanctuary with our full, multi-generational congregation and will go to their RE rooms after the Story for Sharing. The worship service will include a ceremony of dedication for our CYRE teachers and volunteers.
If you have not done so already, please register your children and youth for this year's program. Paper registration is available at the church, or you can register online.
Our usual age-based groups are listed below, and we will update you on any changes to this year's room configurations.
  • Nursery (ages infant to 3, staffed by experienced childcare providers);
  • Peace (ages 4/Pre-K to grade1);
  • Justice (grades 2-3);
  • Searchers (grades 4-5);
  • Transformers (grades 6-8); and 
  • YOUUTH (grades 9-12). 
This year's theme is "INreach/OUTreach." CYRE groups will explore how to create a wonderful welcome at church, and also how to reach outside our doors with special service projects. We expand on last year's theme, which explored our values as Unitarian Universalists and how we live our principles in the world. We have terrific curricula from UUA's Tapestry of Faith that incorporate "Faith in Action" projects. Lessons are highly interactive and story-based with games, crafts, music, projects, and more! O lder youth will participate in an innovative program that engages small group ministry, learning, and outreach projects. 
We will continue to integrate our monthly Soul Matters worship themes with our stories, RE worship time, singing, and discussions. We begin the month of September with VISION! As always, children and youth are invited to pick up their name tags in the foyer and wear them while at church, just like all ages. This is one way we welcome each other!
Welcome back, or welcome for the first time!  We are so pleased for your presence in the UUCH Children and Youth RE Program.
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair, at 
2018 UUCH Book Sale

There are still plenty of volunteer slots available for the book sale. Stay tuned during the Sunday service on September 2 for news about the book sale committee's Coffee Cup Campaign to heighten awareness of the upcoming sale. Every congregation member can help with this initiative!

The book sale on Saturday, September 29, will feature baked goods, as well as free coffee, hot cider, and hot chocolate for book buyers. Soup and sandwiches will be available during lunchtime, to be enjoyed at our outdoor "coffeehouse" adjacent to the children's playground. And no coffeehouse would be complete without some soft jazz and soulful ballads. So we'll have those, too!
Dates and times for the book sale are:
Friday, September 28
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 29
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 30
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

We are requesting donations of baked goods for September 29. Please contact Dan McKitrick at or by text at 256-426-6906 for more information. Pickup of books from your home will resume in late August.   
Care List
This Sunday, August 26, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Bob and Jefflyn Weed lit a candle of joy: On August 21, we celebrated our 45th anniversary. We're closing in on the half-century mark.
Ilene Sparks lit a candle: Mixed emotions -- joy, frustration, etc. -- that I am moving to Cottages, an assisted-living home, leaving most of my belongings to be bombed to kill the huge invasion of roaches and other bugs. I feel sadness and grief that I have to give up my beloved and loving, smart cat, Misty. Joy, hope and thankfulness that Gloria Guay's brother is giving her a home, a lap, and love.  
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: I'm celebrating the life of my mother, Janice Bowen Fisher, whose birthday is August 27. I carry her with me every day.