The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
October 18, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 42
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Thu. 10/18
Huntsville Feminist Chorus 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 10/19
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sat. 10/20
Liz Hurley Ribbon Run
8:30 a.m.
Downtown Huntsville

Choir Stole-a-Thon
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 10/21
Soul Matters Small Groups [Group D]
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

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

Dance Workshop
Service Auction Purchase
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Tue. 10/23
Soul Matters Small Groups [Group A]
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Wed. 10/24  
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.

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

Thu. 10/25
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Huntsville Assistance Program 
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. 

Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
Awareness Through Movement
Fridays 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

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education 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 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.
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.
Are You Ready to
Become a Member?

If you've been attending UUCH long enough to know that this church community feels like your spiritual home, then you may be ready to take the next step and become a member. On an upcoming Sunday in early November, we will welcome new members as they "sign the book" and officially join our church.
If you are ready to become a member or would like to find out more about the process, please contact Pam Korb by October 31.

Because we are a democratic community, members are collectively vested with responsibility for the congregation. Members may vote at all congregational meetings, be elected to the governing board, be appointed as committee chairs, and participate in all activities of the congregation.
Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to each other. These responsibilities are best fulfilled by:
  • Regular attendance at worship
  • Voting at congregational meetings
  • Making financial contributions
  • Contributing time and talent
  • Spiritual growth and development   

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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:
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 on Tuesday, October 23.

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, October 21, 2018
" Why Do We Gather Here?"
(Part 2)   
Reverend Ed Brock
This will be the second sermon in a series exploring the question  Why do we gather here?
In the first sermon, I focused on the formation of personal beliefs. In this second sermon, I will focus on relationships. Specifically, I will explore what kind of relationships makes a church a sanctuary.
It is no secret that there is a lot of strife and acrimony in the larger society. Nor is it a secret that a lot of people in our society, though immersed in various forms of social media that are supposed to make us all more connected, feel isolated, alone, and without true community. Why is this? What are the signs of genuine community, and how do we sustain healthy and nurturing relationships?
I will explore these themes as I discuss the ways we become a sanctuary for genuine relationship.
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. 

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!  
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

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
The Creative Choir  Stole-A-Thon
The Creative Choir invites you to join them for two Stole-A-Thons on October 20 and November 3!

The expectation is that in two sessions we can complete 30 formal choir stoles for our solstice celebrations, which will occur on Wednesday, December 19. If you are not in the choir but have sewing skills, you are welcome to join the creativity!
We made great progress this summer and enjoyed getting to know one another as we made the musical note/rainbow pride stoles seen during performances this fall.

Lunch will be provided on the October 20 session, which will be from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Tea, coffee, and light snacks will be provided on the November 3 session, which will be from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Bring sewing machines, cutting boards, scissors, irons, and ironing boards. Black thread, fabric, interfacing, patterns, spray starch, pins, and point turning tools will be provided. We need volunteers who are stitchers, cutters, peoples with ironing skills, and people willing to pin fabrics together. Come for the company, and discover skills that will progress this project along.
If you have questions, please contact Music Committee Chair  Rachael Scheib.

Sponsored by the Music Committee 
All-Church, All-Ages  
Halloween Party   
Ghosts and goblins, creatures and critters, kids and adults -- come one, come all to our All-Church, All-Ages Halloween Party on Friday, October 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Halloween Party is for children, adults, and youth alike. We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, games, and other surprises. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. It's fun for everyone! 

Sign up in the Fellowship Hall to bring Halloween snacks, make spooooky cakes for the cakewalk, and help with setup and cleanup. Or, sign up on online by clicking here.  
For more information contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Social Saturday - October 27
Let's Do Lunch!

O ur next Social Saturday  will be held on October 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. 

This event is a  casual social time for people to get together, share a meal, chat, and maybe find out that they share a common interest. Anything can happen when UUs get together! So plan to come and join the group. 

It is a both a potluck and a brown-bag lunch, so your choice to bring a dish to share, or keep it simple and  brown- bag it. Everyone is welcome, but seniors and new members are especially encouraged to attend, meet folks, and feel like part of our UUCH family. If enough interest is shown, it will become a monthly event. We hope to see you on October 27!

Sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees
The Knit Wits

The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 1:00 p.m., following Social Saturday, in the Fellowship Hall.

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!

Email  Barbara Hitt  for more information. We hope you can join us on October 27!

Sponsored by the Care Committee
Book Discussion on 
Optimal Relationships  
with Rev. Ed  
Join Adult Religious Education for a discussion of Rev. Ed Brock's book  Optimal Relationships: A Path Toward a More Civil Society.

Rev. Ed will lead this discussion with insights from his book that describe how fulfilling relationships are achieved, nurtured, and maintained. Through ample use of examples drawn from his decades of experiences as a minister and psychotherapist, his book explores the ways relationships move toward and away from fulfillment.  Rev. Ed looks at one-on-one relationships as found in marriages and committed relationships, as well as relationships involving groups of people, as found in organizations of all types. Relationships are viewed from biological, emotional, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. 

This book provides a road map for developing, nurturing, and keeping healthy and vibrant relationships in all aspects of life, as well as provides  step-by-step guidance to help people improve their relationships. 
The discussion will be held on Tuesday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Adult RE room. Books are available for sale at the church, and there are a couple of copies available in the church library for those who need to check out a copy. If you are in need of childcare, contact  Nancy Finley

Start reading, and please join us. Everyone is welcome!
Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
Chalice of Service
UUCH Service Auction 2018
The UUCH Service Auction will take place on Saturday, November 10, at 6 p.m.  Enjoy the magic of the auctions! Bid, eat, drink, and be merry!

We need YOUR DONATIONS to make the Service Auction a success.  The donation deadline is November 5.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up, and we'll need auction table monitors, spotters, and runners. If you want to help, please send an email to .  
To sign up your talent or other contribution:
  • Fill out the forms available in the Fellowship Hall, or
  • Send an email with details about your contribution, or
  • Fill out the online form here. 
Items of Note:
- Your forms and emails pre-register you as a bidder. REGISTER EARLY. Auction night checkouts will be in the order of registration.
- DOOR PRIZES will be given throughout the evening, and you must be present to win.
- Childcare will be provided.
Submitted by the Service Auction Committee
Care List
This Sunday, October 14, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Jo Broussard lit a candle of sorrow: My dear friend, Susan Davenport, has had an uninvited guest of cancer return after 11 years. Susan is fierce. 
Paul Anderson lit a candle of sorrow: We're sad and worried about our dog, Ellie, who is having a relapse with lymphoma.