The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
August 23, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 34
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Thu. 8/23 
Faith in Action AL Monthly Hub Meeting   
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Sun. 8/26
New UU Class  
9:00 a.m. 
ARE Room  
Social Justice Committee Meeting
9:30 a.m.

Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary

UUCH T-Shirts For Sale!  

Wed. 8/29
UUCH Choir
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sun. 8/2 
Share The Plate*
First Sunday Potluck
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Sanctuary
Huntsville Assistance Program 
Collected for the donations to the Huntsville Assistance Program were 230 articles of food, plus 28 cat food cans.
Thank you all, and keep up the good work!
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! 
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 in August 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, August 28.

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.
Please 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, August 26, 2018
  Ana Self Schuber 
Traditions and rituals hold us together as a people. They help give our lives purpose and meaning. Why is it that we don't honor our teenagers with a welcoming ritual into adulthood? What might that look like? Looking at other cultural rituals, let's explore what a UU ritual might look like.
This Sunday in  Children and  Youth Religious Education (C Y RE)   
Summer Religious Education continues with Little Library, led by Amanda Schuber, with India Truman and Steve Rittenberg assisting.
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.
News & Updates
The next Social Justice Committee meeting is Sunday, August 26, at 9:30 a.m. New and old ideas and ongoing business will be discussed. Everyone is welcome. Please come!

Faith in Action AL will hold its monthly Hub Meeting at our church on Thursday, August 23, from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m. Part of the meeting will be training and preparation for voter engagement and updates on changes FIAA will be making. A light dinner will be served. All are welcome.

Plastic bottle caps with screw tops are being collected through September. Please count your donated tops, and secure them in a bag with the number collected included.

Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
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.
UUCH T-Shirts for Sale!
The Social Justice and Care Committees will be taking orders for UUCH t-shirts in the Fellowship Hall after the Sunday service. 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, and XXL for adults, and S, M, L, and XL in youth sizes. (An XL youth is the same size as an 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!

Sign-up sheets for volunteering for the book sale can be found on the "What's New at UUCH" bulletin board.
Dates and times for the 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.

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.  
To date, we have presorted over 100 boxes of fiction and nonfiction books in anticipation of the sale. To facilitate ongoing sorting efforts by the Book Sale Committee, please make use of the used book collection table and tub in the sanctuary vestibule when you bring in donations. Whole boxes of books may be placed on the floor beneath the sorting tables in the north wing exterior hallway.  
Care List
This Sunday, August 19, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of sorrow: Saying goodbye to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, helps me to better understand how her life was a victory over tragedy. She demonstrated the importance of demanding R-E-S-P-E-C-T.  
John Sims Jeter lit a candle of joy: Joy! My new book,  The End Of A Perfect Death, a collection of short stories, is now listed on
Susan Coddington lit a candle of joy: Thanks to the Board, Council, Staff, and especially, Reverend Ed for participating in our leadership retreat on Saturday. We are all looking forward to an exciting year.  
Mari lit a candle of sorrow: A dear friend had her baby a few days ago at only 23 weeks gestation. I would like to send a prayer up for her and her baby's continued health and progress.
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of sorrow: Please lift up Katie Smith and Matt Jordan as they mourn the loss of their beloved dog, KatieBug. Also, love to Beverly Lowdermilk, who recently lost her mother.