The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 25, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 21
In This Issue
HAP Count for April
The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Suggested donations:  
macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!
Thanks for all you do!  

Friday, May 26th 
Awareness Through Movement
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Sunday. May 28th 
"Do the Right Thing" Discussion Series
9 am - 10:30 am

Monday, May 29th
Memorial Day

See the Calendar and Sunday Bulletin for details

2016 Opening Parade

General Assembly 2017 
June 21-25, 2017
at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.
By going to New Orleans, we can both celebrate our successes and recommit to the relationships that have been forged with this community. Plan your trip! Important dates and programming updates may be found here:
This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 

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Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Ed Bernstein

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, June 27th. 

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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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.


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May's Theme: Embodiment
Upcoming Service 

   Sunday, May 28, 2017 

              "Life Built on Questions"

                                                                      Amanda Schuber
                                                 Worship Chair
"Hearing about [others'] first, big question got me wondering about my own. What is the question that I asked as a little girl and have never stopped asking? How has asking that question defined,even if unconsciously, the choices I've made, the things I've created, the legacy I will leave behind?"
--Courtney Martin

Join us this Sunday as Amanda Schuber explores the questions that define our lives and how we shape our paths around them.
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 
This Sunday....

GAME DAY! Bring your favorite table and floor games to play with church friends.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at

Justice: What Would YOU Do?
Adult RE Film Series

If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others or (2) doing nothing, even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes, what would you do? Faced with a difficult decision, what criteria should we use to determine the right, the just, action to take? Are some actions categorically immoral regardless of the outcome? Can favorable outcomes justify the means used to achieve them?

To explore these questions, the Adult RE committee will show a series of four video presentations of Harvard professor Michael Sandel's classroom discussions from his "Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do" class. He challenges his students with both real and hypothetical situations that have no easy answers. 

The first short video in the series was shown and discussed after the Wonderful Wednesday dinner on May 17th. The next 3 videos in the series will be shown and discussed beginning at 9:00 am before church on May 28, June 4, and June 11. Please join us for what promises to be a lively set of discussions. Childcare will be provided.

--Adult RE committee
Support Our National Spelling Bee Contestant!

For those interested in watching Erin Howard in the National Spelling Bee this year...
The preliminaries are on Wednesday, May 31st on ESPN 3 ( Erin is speller number 36 this year, and will be on sometime in the 7:00 a.m. (CST) hour and maybe again in the 12:15 p.m. hour if she gets the first word correct. The finalists will be announced that evening. The finals begin on Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. (CST) on ESPN 2. The end of the finals begin at 7:30 p.m. (CST) on ESPN.

--Greg Howard 
A Successful UUCH Annual Yard Sale!
The weather cooperated, and despite selling at rock-bottom prices, we managed to net an amazing $2141! This money will help to finance the many projects we have going on.

Thanks to those who donated items and those who bought. Also, thanks goes to the many volunteers who sorted, priced, and/or helped on sale days: Khoe Tran and Bob Richmond, Nancy Stetson, Tonia, Wren, Rose, Autumn, and Sage Betts, Nancy Finley and Becky Ellingwood, Jessica and John Schultz, Sarah Korb, Pam Siegler, John Jeter, Paulette Bernstein, Nathan Herold, Denise Runnels, Monica Speed, Jo Broussard and Jeanne deFrance, Bob Weed, Gail Williams, Cheri Smith, Diane Scanland, Michelle and Haley Clark, Theresa Miller, Patsy Warvi, Sally and Bob Locklear, Kathy Heath, Audrey, Maxwell, Louis, and Calvin Fox, LaDawn Edwards, and Kathy Heath.

A very special thanks goes to Pam Korb, Betsy Applegate, Alice Dilbeck, and Gail Williams who did all of the above and who showed up early most days--sometimes twice a day--and stayed for long periods of time. At the end of the sale, they along with Brad Korb, Steve Herold, Ed Bernstein, Nancy Finley, Steve Rittenberg, Greg Howard, Shiela and Kim Burroughs, and Emily van Valkenburgh relentlessly packed and helped load a huge Downtown Rescue Mission truck with the remaining items.

A true team effort was what made this yard sale a huge success. Thanks for all the participation!

--Bonnie Herold
Children and Youth Summer RE
 We Need YOU!

In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education Program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula.  We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a learning session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper; and we'll be sure to have a regular RE teacher there as support. Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!

We invite you to  sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skill, or learning area of yours. Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, or cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!! What's a joy to you can be a joy to others.

Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers, or to attend the regular worship service in the sanctuary.  Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So, don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts. There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!

For the next month, we'll have posters standing in the church foyer and fellowship hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
Care List
This Sunday, May 21st, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
A Candle of Joy:  We are so happy that Jack Long could join us this morning. Our love to him and to his wife, Echo Long, who is now being helped by hospice. 
Jack Long: Prayers for Echo's gentle passing are requested.
Our Choir: We are sending love, positive energy, and music to Laurie Keller as she undergoes chemotherapy.
Cheri Smith, a candle of joy: I am proud of my grandchildren graduating High School.  Vincent, Vyshann, Kaitlynn, all this week. 
Theresa Miller, a candle of joy: This week will be my last, last day of school. I'm retiring from teaching as of June 1! 
Mari Hinkley, a candle of joy: celebrating Kristabelle's first solo during the worship service. 
Rev. Alice, a candle for John and Anita Czachurski: Anita's mother, Betty Walker, was in the hospital most of the week with aspiration pneumonia. John and Anita brought her home to their house on Friday and arranged for hospice care to help them help her be more comfortable.
Rev. Alice learned that she passed away Sunday night.  
Rev. Alice, A candle for John Czachurski, who spent Wednesday night at Huntsville Hospital following the discovery of a blocked artery during a heart catheterization procedure. The doctors placed a stent in the artery and John is now home recovering.