The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
September 20, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 38
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Sat. 9/22
Newcomers Party
6:00 p.m.

Sun. 9/23
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary

Book Sale Sorting Party
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Church-wide Event

Tue. 9/25
"Soul Matters" Small Group A
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Wed. 9/26
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

UUCH Choir
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Thu. 9/27
Huntsville Feminist Chorus 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 9/28
Awareness Through Movement  
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Book Sale  
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Knit Wits Meeting
6:00 p.m.

Sat. 9 /29
Book Sale
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 9/30 
Social Justice Meeting    
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. 
Fellowship Hall
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary

Book Sale  
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
UUCH T-Shirts  
Are Here!
The UUCH t-shirts are here and may be picked up in the Fellowship Hall. Please check the list to make sure that you pick up the size that you ordered, and also circle your order number. If you are not marked "paid" in the last column, please pay the $10 cost to Barbara Hitt or Gail Williams.
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! 
Awareness Through Movement
Returns Friday,
September 28, 
at 10:00 a.m.
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class will start again with a series of lessons focused on improving balance and breathing by improving the use of the muscles that support the hips and lower back. These lessons will use small, gentle movement, imagination, and sensing. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you might need to make yourself comfortable lying on the floor. If you are unable to lie on the floor, please let us know, and we will make an accommodation for you.

This Adult RE class, led by Sally Locklear, is drop-in, with no experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. 

We will meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m., from September 28 to December 14.
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person, mentally and physically, so come join us!

For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Submitted by the Adult RE 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.
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 information.

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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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
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 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, September 23, 2018
" Inreach, Outreach, and Our Interdependent Lives"
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education  
Our theme in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) this year is INreach/OUTreach, which means we are exploring ways of making a wonderful welcome inside our church and also engaging in service and justice in our community and world. What is the relationship between "inreach" and outreach? What connects our own lives with other lives? What can empower us to extend our faith into action? Erin Reid, DRE, will offer reflections from our Sources on the vision for religious education this year.
During the worship service, we will celebrate the bridging ceremony from youth to young adulthood for Matthew Bollinger. All youth and young adults will have a special role and are invited to participate.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
Children and youth will continue lessons on the theme of INreach/OUTreach, exploring how to make a wonderful welcome at church and how to extend that welcome in service to our community and world.
Peace:  Wonderful  Welcome - "The Gift of Covenant"    
Justice:  Faithful Journeys - "Unconditional Love, a Gift from Our Universalist Heritage"
Searchers:  Sing to the Power - "The Power of Roots"
Transformers:  Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong - "Curious Faith"
YOUUTH:  INreach/OUTreach YOUUTH - "Learning Together: Age and Ageism"
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 to register!   

We encourage all families to learn about the CYRE program and to register by September 16, our first day of Fall RE sessions.
Celebrate World Gratitude Day!
  September 21 is  
World Gratitude Day 
How can you celebrate World Gratitude Day? We encourage you to take an hour (or two) to ponder what gratitude you hold in your heart. Share your thoughts with a friend, or hold a discussion about what you can be grateful for.  
--Reverend Ed Brock  
The Knit Wits
The UUCH Care Committee "Knit Wits" made and donated this beautiful quilt to Hospice Family Care.

The Knit Wits are part of the Care Committee. The Knit Wits make care shawls for church members undergoing health challenges, as well as baby blankets, and also take on a variety of other projects. You are welcome to join the group, and if you wish to learn to knit or crochet, there are good and patient teachers who would love to help you learn. You can also just come and chat.  No knitting skill is required!

The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on Friday, September 28, at 6:00 p.m. at Jefflyn's home in southeast Huntsville. We will be taking on a new project to extend the yarn-bombing on the playground fence with knitted and crocheted vegetables and fruit. 

Email Barbara Hitt  for more information. We hope you can join us for a relaxing evening with friends.

Sponsored by the Care Committee
Book Sale Preparation Party
This Sunday

After service on Sunday, September 23, congregation members are encouraged to extend their usual coffee hour by helping the Book Sale Committee unpack boxes of books for the sale the following weekend (Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30).
Able-bodied persons can assist in moving any remaining boxes of books in the church's north wing. Or b ring your favorite broom! Our outdoor patio needs to be spotless and free of pine needles and cones before our café can be installed for the sale's duration. Children can help with the collection of pine cones for the future holiday craft projects.
Pizza will be served no later than 2:00 p.m. for those assisting with setup.
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.

Information will be provided for all volunteers signed up for the book sale and hospitality support beginning on Friday. Please contact Dan McKitrick at, or by text at 256-426-6906, for more information if you cannot be here at UUCH this Sunday.
Come Out, Cook Out, Camp Out!
Interweave 's 7th annual evening of fun, camping, and cooking  out  on the fire will be Saturday, October 6. Join us beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Monte Sano State Park at our primitive camp site. 

Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and join us for food, fellowship, and campfire singing. If you'd like to bring some food or other supplies, please sign up Sunday in the fellowship hall or  online here.

Please note: you do not have to camp out overnight. You're welcome to drop by and stay for as long as you'd like Saturday night.

For more information, contact Nick Wilbourn . All are welcome!
Sponsored by Interweave
Go, UUCH, Go! 

We've formed a team, and we have a date; now all we need are some teammates!

The 15th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run will be on Saturday, October 20, 2018, and UUCH once again has a team sponsored by our Social Justice Committee. The 5K course will take walkers and runners through beautiful downtown Huntsville on a lovely fall day.  The race will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by awards.

This year the Survivors' Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. The race will start immediately after. 

Proceeds from the 2018 Ribbon Run will be used to purchase additional mammography diagnostic equipment.  

To register as a team member, go to and search for Teams. Then enter Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville to find our team.

Support your fellow UUs who have already been touched by this and other awful diseases. Register now, and start stretching. All abilities are welcome! 

Additional information is coming soon. For more information, contact Becky Ellingwood
A New Year in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

The first day of the fall CYRE program will be September 16. 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 here.
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);
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 everyone else. This is one way we welcome each other!
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), or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair. 
Submitted by the Children and Youth RE Committee
Care List
This Sunday, September 16, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of sorrow: Please lift Peggy Mansfield, whose cancer has returned after 10 years. Also, my daughter and her family evacuated their home in North Carolina on Tuesday and have sheltered with family in Mentone. They will be arriving to Huntsville this week. Their house is safe so far.  
Bob Richmond lit a candle of joy.
John Jeter lit a candle of joy: A joyful thanks to the Board for okaying the use of the Fellowship Hall for the Book Launch. All went well.
John Jeter lit a candle of concern: My left coronary artery has over 80% blockage. A stent, or stents, will be implanted this week (9/18) at Huntsville Hospital.  
Torin Kyemba lit a candle of joy: Do you know about Beyblades? It's like trying to fit 2,000 pages in a thick book that may only hold 200 pages. I can't even get one to spin 2 seconds. So, I know about something called Toysmith Stacking Tops. I have two kits. The starter of one kit broke today! I am not about to buy another kit.   
Dan McKitrick lit a candle of joy: Our UUCH Book Sale is just two weeks away! Please seek out Book Sale Committee members in the Fellowship Hall after services to find out more about next Sunday's (9/23) Book Unpacking Party. And read this week's newsletter for more information, too.  
Barbara Hitt lit a candle of joy: The UUCH t-shirts are here. You may pick yours up in the Fellowship Hall after the service, if you ordered one.