The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
May 9, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 19
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thurs. 5/9
PFLAG Support Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Fri. 5/10
Concerts on the Dock
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks

Sun. 5/12
Soul Matters Small Groups
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
[Group D]

Worship Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Social Justice Meeting
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
Rev. Ed Brock
OWL Meeting (7-9)
12:00 p.m. 
RE Wing

Music Committee Meeting
12:30 p.m.
All-Ages Pickup Choir 
The last Sunday in May, May 26 , anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room . The pickup choir   will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.
Music will be accessible and interesting for all ages and skill levels, from four years old to 97 years young.
For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
U Ukule le  
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.
Social Justice Meeting

Mark your calendars! The next Social Justice Committee meeting will be this Sunday, May 12, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
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 donations in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program. Please, no canned corn, beans, or peas! They are currently overloaded with those items.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee

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Board Members
Susan Coddington  
Vice President: 
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 Tuesday, May 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   


Nick Wilbourn 


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8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Wednesday - Friday 

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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for ages 3 years and under.


For more info on any event, contact the church office.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, May 12, 2019 
The Rise of Feminine Power
Rev. Ed Brock
In honor of Mother's Day, and in the spirit (I hope) of what this holiday is about, I will explore the theme of the rise of feminine power.  
Over the last two years, we have seen the rise of more political activism from women than has ever occurred in our country's history. We have seen not only a rise in activism but also an increase in the number of women directly engaged in running for political office. This represents a rising tide that has been occurring for decades, gathering strength and momentum, and coming to its current state, at least partially, as a reaction to what has been going on politically in this country for two years.  
Now, as we approach the 2020 presidential election, five women are running to be the candidate for president. At the same time, a woman is the political leader of the majority in the House of Representatives. More women than ever are engaged in the political process at all levels.  
Is it any accident that at the point in our political history when the Republic faces historically severe challenges, representation from women has ascended to turn the tide of political catastrophe? I don't think so. The power of the feminine must rise and balance the power of male-dominated political culture, or our future will be bleak. 
Future Services
May 19: Special Guest, Todd Hoyke  
May 26: Amanda Schuber  
June 1: Rev. Ed Brock 
May Worship Theme: Curiosity
We will continue our exploration of "INreach/OUTreach," how we create a wonderful welcome at church and extend it beyond our walls
Nursery care for ages 0-3 will be offered as usual.  
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.
Summer Children and Youth Religious Education 
I n the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) 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 CYRE 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: yarn crafts, music, finger painting, scrap-booking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless! What is 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 in the Fellowship Hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Alternatively, you can contact  Erin Reid , Director of Religious Education (DRE), Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair, or Harper Goodman , RE Assistant.

Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Board Report
April 30, 2019 Meeting

The UUCH Board met for its monthly meeting on April 30, 2019. There was a decision to support the campaign for Black Lives of UU. Half the UUCH plate will go to Black Lives of UU starting the second week in May until we have obtained $1200.

A policy on communications is being developed. We continue to seek people who might be interested in working on our website and social media presence.

The Board worked on refining the Policy for Serious Covenant Breaches.

It also discussed practices for leadership development to help identify and prepare new leaders every year, as well as giving ongoing leaders new skills.

A new date for the annual Congregational Meeting was set for June 23, 2019.

The next Board Meeting will be May 28 at 6:00 p.m. (a half hour earlier than the regularly scheduled time.)

Submitted by the Board

There are pledge forms by the yellow PLEDGE box in the Fellowship Hall.
If you haven't already, please
complete your pledge form as soon as possible.
Updated UUCH Directories are available. Copies of the current UUCH Directory of Members and Friends are currently available to pick up in the Fellowship Hall. Please limit yourself to one copy per family. Report any needed changes or corrections to the church office.

Submitted by the Membership Committee
General Assembly 2019 
 June 19-23 in Spokane, WA 
The Power of We
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the UUA through the democratic process. It is an exciting event. Anyone may attend, but congregations must  certify  annually to send voting delegates. UUCH still has open delegates slots, so if anyone is interested in attending and would be interested in serving as UUCH voting delegate, please contact board president Susan Coddington.

Submitted by the Board
New Order of Service Covers  
You may have noticed this past Sunday that we have started using a new, more environmentally friendly and sustainable cover for our weekly Order of Service.  These covers are meant to be reused each week and will help us reduce our paper usage by nearly 4,600 pages each year. At the end of the Sunday worship service, please place your Order of Service Cover in one of the baskets a the door.

Submitted by the Worship Committee
Did You Lose Something?  
Please check the lost-and-found baskets on the table in the Fellowship Hall for any items that may have been left behind. At the end of May, all unclaimed items will be donated to the church yard sale!
Yard Sale Is One Month Away!
Unassembled boxes will be available in the sanctuary foyer this Sunday for those who want to start gathering their donations for the 2019 UUCH Yard Sale, to be held Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15.

If you are unable to bring your donations to UUCH between June 10-13, you may contact Dan McKitrick to arrange for pickup for that week only.  Dan still needs a yard sale co-chair; if you can help, especially if you have worked at a UUCH yard sale in the past, please contact Amanda Schuber in the church office.
Open Mic Coffeehouse

Please note the date change! On the evening of Saturday, June 8, t he Music Committee will sponsor an open mic coffeehouse, an event which in the past has been popular for all ages. 
You are invited to come and read poetry, sing, play music, or  make us laugh with your stories. There will be mics and speakers, as well as coffee and tea. This is a free event for the whole family!  
Start thinking about what you'd like to present, but keep in mind that this will be a family-friendly, multi-generational event! If you have questions, you may email Tim Miller.
Sponsored by the Music Committee
Care List
This Sunday, May 5, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Melissa & Harper lit a candle of Joy: Emma graduated! She is moving to Memphis to start her new adult life, and we will miss her!
Amanda Schuber lit a candle of joy: It's finals week!  When it is over I will officially be halfway through the classroom portion of my MDiv.  
Allie White lit a candle of joy: The music service last week was such a joy with all the lovely voices and instruments of the congregation. I am especially thankful for Pam Seigler's leadership in our music ministry and for Kathy Fisher's tireless fingers.
John Jeter lit a candle of joy: Tuesday, April 30, was my brother Marvin's 81st birthday. Wednesday, May 1, was my 79th birthday!
Addie Schuber lit a candle of joy: I'm so glad that my mom has a job now, and for all the kindness and love in this church.