The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 17, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 33
In This Issue

Sun. 8/20:
RE Wing Clean Up Day!
meets at 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Wed. 8/23:
UUkulele Fun Group

meets at 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

UUCH Choir

meets at 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

Fri. 8/25:
UUCH Leadership Retreat
6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m

Sat. 8/26:
UUCH Leadership Retreat
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The HAP count for July was 157 items!
  The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect items for the food pantry. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please put your donation in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  
Duffel Bags for
Foster Care Children
Our Girl Scout Troop 10507 and the UUCH Social Justice Committee are joining forces with Girl Scout Troop 10341 of North Central Alabama to fill 100 duffel bags for foster care children.
There is a box in the UUCH Fellowship Hall for collecting new item donations to fill the duffle bags. These items can be for boys or girls, ages infant to 18, and of all races.
We appreciate anything you can contribute. No donation is too small.

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Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Nancy Finley

Greg Howard

Susan Coddington
Kathy Heath

Lynsie Lamitie

Ex Officio:
Reverend Alice Syltie

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 phone her at home or send a copy of your request to
President@uuch.orgThe next UUCH Board Meeting will be held on
Tuesday, August 22nd. 

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


The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President:  

Laurel Bollinger   

Editorial Board:  

Susan Coddington 

Kathy Heath 


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Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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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:

Upcoming Service 

Sunday, August 20th, 2017 
" FRIENDSHIP--A Celebration Of Friends In Our Lives
Ken Sizemore 

Our good friend, Ken Sizemore, returns to UUCH for a musical experience with classic songs from the Folk Era. A folk singer and guitarist, Ken has a wide repertoire and has been engaging Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country for over 30 years. Originally from Nashville, Ken now lives in Panama City, where he currently serves as president of his UU congregation. Join us in welcoming Ken for a musical celebration of The Friends In Our Lives.    
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 
continue our Summer RE program CARE CARDS, with le ad ers Barbara Hitt,Tonia and Kevin Betts and helpe rs Kathy Heath and Sage Betts. The Sunday Supervisor is Greg Howard. 

For information or to register a child, contac Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at    
RE Wing Clean up Day!
Stay after church on August 20th, at 12:30 - 2:00 pm, and help the CYRE Committee clean and organize the RE rooms in preparation for Fall RE.

A light lunch will be provided. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.
UUkulele Fun Group

The UUkulele Fun Group will meet Wednesday, August 23rd, from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing. This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele - from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We have a song book to share that has lively songs we can all play together. So come make a little music with us.

This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley or Glen Clark  for further information.

The UUCH choir has reconvened for the new church year and practices on Wednesdays at 7:15pm in the choir room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
Congregational Leadership Retreat Friday & Saturday
August 25th - 26th

The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto, Lead Executive of our UUA Southern Region, will be with us to review our ministry on August 25th and 26th. The Regional staffs routinely help congregations like ours to take a moment to look at how things go, especially before and after a Sabbatical. This workshop/retreat comes after we have settled into our new building and are ready to ask, "What now?" This is a good time to step back a bit and review who we are, what we value, and whether we are fulfilling our mission as a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

Anyone interested is invited to come Friday night, 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m, to help us tell The Story of Our Congregation, Who We Have Been, and Where We Have Come From. We anticipate this to be a fun trip down memory lane to help us conclude by identifying our core values, who we are, and whom we might yet serve. Light refreshment and childcare provided.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the Board and Program leaders will meet to discern Where Are We and Where Might We Go Next? They will review roles and responsibilities, ensure appropriate structures are in place during the Minister's sabbatical, and begin planning for what comes next. They'll report outcomes in September.

Our Facilitator
The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto has served our Unitarian Universalist ministry for 45 years, in congregations small, medium, and large. In addition to his work as a member of the Southern Region Field Staff since 2006, Kenn also has served in the UUA Department of Ministry, and a variety of leadership roles in the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association. Kenn's particular area of lasting interest is in Family Systems Theory as applied to congregations. He is also widely sought out for his skill in working with groups on Mission & Vision planning, Leadership-Development, and Conflict/Change management. Kenn is known for his gentle style and ability to hold people lovingly as they strive to become their best.
We are sorry to say that longtime member Millicent Simmons has moved to live near her family in Salt Lake City. The move was quite sudden--we learned of it only afterwards--so we were unable to tell her goodbye in a big way. Millicent would love to hear from you as she settles into her new home. So please give her a call or send a card or note!

Millicent Simmons
3801 South Highland Cove Lane Apt T 111
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: 256-509-6527
Care List
This Sunday, August 13th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Suzey Delacey, a candle of joy: So far, our multi-racial, bilingual, 2-mom family has been warmly accepted by Guntersville schools. Yay!

LaDawn Edwards, a candle of joy: Abi Nielsen will be living with me and my husband, Chris, for the Fall semester while her mother focuses on healing. Thanks to all the UUs who offered emotional and financial support to make this possible.

Bryan Walls, a candle of sorrow: For those impacted by the events in Charlottesville. Specifically, Thankful Cromartie and friends, who were struck by those hit by the car that crashed through the peaceful protest against racism, intolerance, and hatred. Thankful is the daughter of contra-dancing friends from North Carolina.