The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
December 27, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 52
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 12/27
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Sun. 12/30  
Social Justice Meeting 
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.

Mon. 12/31
Office Closed

Tues. 12/1
Office Closed

Wed. 1/2
UUCH Choir Practice
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Thu. 1/3
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
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 donations in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program. 
Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
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.
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class  usually meets each Friday at 10:00 a.m. However, we are taking a break and will restart in the new year.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
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.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.
UUCH Choir

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays in the Choir 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 .

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UUCH 2018-19
Board Members
Susan Coddington  
Vice President: 
John Schulz

Nancy Finley

David Bollinger 

Ed Bernstein
Theresa Miller

Nick Wilbourn
Interim Minister:
The 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 via email. The next board meeting will be Tuesday, January 29.

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    


Nick Wilbourn 


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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 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for age 3 years and under.


For more info on any event, contact the church office.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, December 30, 2018
"Fire Communion"
 Amanda Schuber 
A tradition in many Unitarian Universalist congregations, including ours, is a ritual to bid farewell to the old year and release what we prefer not to carry with us into the new year. At this halfway point in our church year, we recognize the celebration of the end and beginning of the calendar year.  
In silence, you will be invited to commit to flame what you would like to leave behind in order to embrace that which will allow you to live as fully as you would like in 2019. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

It's Game Day! Bring your favorite table games to play with church friends.
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered, as usual.
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.

CYRE registration is open! All families, new and returning, should register each year.  Click here to register! 
Future Worship Services
January's Theme is Possibility.
January 6
Huntsville Feminist Chorus

January 13
The Parable of the Prodigal Species
Michael Dowd

January 20
A Service in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Ed Brock

January 27
Amanda Schuber
Poker Party at UUCH
Saturday, January 12  
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.   
Escape the dreary January weather, and join Gary and Barbara Hitt and others for a night of poker at the church. Beginners and experienced players are all welcome. We will start with a description of poker terms, rules, and commonly played games (no Texas Hold 'em or Strip Poker!). We will play for poker chips, not money. When we finish, the winner at each table will receive a prize, and new players will have learned an enjoyable card game. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
This  item was sold at the Service Auction, and there are still places available for a donation of $25 each. If you would like to join in the fun, please email  Barbara Hitt .   
Gift Idea  
Looking for a unique gift for that special someone who has everything? Consider donating a hymnal in honor or in memory of those you love.

The paperback (teal) hymnal is $18.00, and the hardback (grey) hymnal is $27.20. As a bonus, we will place a name plate in the hymnal honoring the person of your choosing.

For this holiday season, give a lasting gift of music by donating a hymnal to our congregation. If you have questions, please see Theresa Miller.

Sponsored by the Worship Committee
Multigenerational Pickup Choir 
Want to be part of a choir but don't have the time?

Beginning in January 2019, the UUCH Music Program will host a "pickup" choir opportunity for all ages. Many children, youth, and adults want to express themselves through music but can't come to regular Wednesday night choir practice. The UUCH All-Ages Pickup Choir will offer a flexible, multigenerational alternative. 
On the last Sunday of each month, anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room. Singers ages 4 and up will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.

For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
singing chili
 Save the Date  
UUCH's  Annual Chili Cookoff will be Saturday, January 26
Entertainment, chili and fixins, and warm fellowship are offered. Who could ask for more on a cold winter's night? 
Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee, with Fran Alexander leading the event
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC's work to advance human rights around the globe.  This year's theme -- Justice Across Borders -- celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC's grassroots partners. From the Northern Triangle of Central America, to the deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. With your support, UUSC and our partners are not only responding to extraordinary challenges of today, but also addressing root causes of injustice and building the capacity to respond to future challenges.
The GAYT brochure describes four UUSC partners who can be the guests at your table. You are encouraged to set out a box at your table to represent one of these or another guest. Boxes and brochures are available in the Fellowship Hall. The GAYT program will run through the end of the year, and we'll collect the boxes in January.
Please contact Brad Korb at 256-895-9303 or via email with any questions.
 From the Property Committee

Want to learn a new skill? We are looking for you! We do not discriminate on any basis whatsoever -- including  tool ownership. Feel free to come in disguise!

The  Property Committee needs the occasional help keeping the lights on in the church. Literally, we need people to help change light bulbs.

Come help on one project with no long-term commitment required. Or, for those who want to work with a team, we do have a few bigger projects, such as painting Rev. Ed's office and replacing boards on the playground fort.  

If you are interested in learning more, talk to Wanda Snoddy, Brad Korb, Tim Miller, or Jeanne de France.
For those who are introverted, you can also email us.
Care List
This Sunday, December 23, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Torin Kyemba lit a candle of joy: I am looking forward to going to Gadsden, Alabama. Like everyone, we go on vacation, too. We go to see my dad's close friends. There are kids who are there, if you are wondering.
Andy and Miranda Durbin lit a candle of sorrow: Andy's great-uncle, Henry, in California, has a hole in his lung. They have to keep his lung inflated until the doctor can see him. Christmas for his family has pretty much been canceled. 
Theresa Miller lit a candle of sorrow: My sister, Lois, with mobility issues due to an amputated leg, has had another fall, resulting in stitches. Praying for some relief for her for her myriad of health problems. It makes her feel loved to know we light candles for her.