The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
May 23, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 21
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thurs. 5/23
Faith in Action Meeting
5:15 - 7:30  p.m.

Fri. 5/24
Concerts on the Dock
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks

Sun. 5/26
Pickup Choir
9:30 a.m.
Music Room

Sunday Service

Amanda Schuber
10:45 a.m. 

Tues. 5/28
Board Meeting
6:30 p.m.

Soul Matters Meeting
Group A
7:00 p.m.

Thurs. 5/30
Council Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fri. 5/31
Concerts on the Dock
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks.

Sun. 6/2
Sunday Service
Rev. Ed Brock
10:45 a.m.

First Sunday Potluck
12:00 p.m.
All-Ages Pickup Choir 
This Sunday, 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.
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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UUCH 2018-19
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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Amanda Schuber at  


Office Hours:

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

Office Phone: 
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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 ages 3 years and under.


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

Upcoming Service
Progress: Then, Now, and Beyond 
Sunday, May 26, 2019 
Amanda Schuber 
If you turn on any news channel or log into social media, you could find numerous reasons to think that we are living in dark and dangerous times. In his book Enlightenment Now, psychologist Steven Pinker presents a challenge to embrace the bigger picture. He suggest that we have given into to what he calls "Progressophobia", a  pessimistic view about all the progress our world has made. 
Join us this Sunday as we take a deeper dive into the progress we've made as a society and where we can go from here.  
 Future Services 
June 1: Rev. Ed Brock 
June 8: Rev. Ed Bock
June 16: Rev. Ed Brock   
June 23: Annual Pride Service 
 June 30: Amanda Schuber 
May Worship Theme: Curiosity
June Worship Theme: Beauty 
Game Day! Bring your favorite table and floor games to play with church friends and guests. 
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.
Scripps National Spelling Bee  
For those interested in watching Erin Howard in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year, t he oral preliminary rounds begin on Tuesday, May 28, and will be streamed live on . We understand that you access that through the service you use that allows you to watch ESPN.  
Erin is speller #93 and in Group 1 (spellers 1-114). Group 1 spells Round 2 (1st oral round) words from 7:00-8:30 a.m. So Erin would be closer to the end of that time period. It's possible that Erin's group will be shown because the spelling bee website indicates that live streaming begins at 8:45 a.m. that day. 

Group 1 also spells their Round 3 words on Tuesday from 3:45-5:30 p.m.

If Erin spells both those words correctly and scores high enough on the written preliminary test, she will be in the finals. Morning finals will be on ESPN 2 beginning at 9 a.m. Evening finals begin at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Go Erin!!!
Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Annual Meeting 
Annual Congregational Meeting 
June 23 at 12:30 p.m. 
After Sunday services on June 23, we will hold our annual Congregational Meeting. Please make every effort to attend; we need a quorum for the meeting.
Per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing containing the information for the meeting to all members, using your newsletter preferences as a guide. If you currently receive a paper copy of the  
newsletter, you will receive a paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, you will receive the materials electronically.
If you would prefer to receive the Annual Meeting materials in a different format than how you receive the newsletter, please notify Amanda Schuber in the church office (256-534-0508) as soon as  possible.
Submitted by the Board 
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, scrapbooking, 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
Beyond Categorical Thinking  
August 17 and 18
Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT) is an anti-oppression program designed to help congregations in a ministerial search process. The program, facilitated by a trainer from the UUA, includes a 3-hour workshop and a sermon at a Sunday service. Issues around race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, visible and invisible disabilities, health concerns, and sexual orientation are addressed in the BCT program. 

By completing the program, congregations send a message to all of their members and potential ministers about their commitment to full equality and ongoing learning about anti-oppression. We are fortunate to have the Rev. Keith Kron, Director of the Transitions Office for the Unitarian Universalist Association, coming to UUCH for our Beyond Categorial Thinking program on August 17 and 18. More information will be coming soon, but put this important weekend on your calendar now. All members are encouraged to attend.
Submitted by the Ministerial Search 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
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!
Ministerial Search Committee Report

The Committee met on May 16 and continued to review the process for selecting our next settled minister. There are many detailed steps in the process, as specified by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and we are gathering all resources necessary for a successful search.  
One important step in the search will be to prepare a package of information for the potential candidates to learn about our church. This will include church documents, reports, history, surveys, budgets, etc. One element that can be very useful in representing us is a video about our church members, activities, and facilities. Our plan is to include as many members of our congregation as we can in a video so that  prospective candidates can get a feel of what a wonderful community we are.  
Soon you will be hearing more about the preparation of this video and how you can be part of it. The Committee will continue to meet throughout the summer, and you will be hearing frequent updates as we move along. Please contact us if you have questions at any time.  
Our committee members are Betsy Applegate, Laurel Bollinger, Suzey Delacey, Nancy Finley, Vickie Goodman, Barbara Hitt, Brad Korb (chair), and Tim Miller. If you wish to contact us, our email address is
Submitted by the Ministerial Search Committee
Open Mic Coffeehouse

Come celebrate the end of the church year (or the beginning of summer, if you prefer) on Saturday, June 8. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., and we will have nursery care for infants through preschool.

The microphones will be turned on,  and the coffee will be brewed (decaf and regular, plus  hot water for tea or cocoa). Bring some of your favorite cookies to share, your talent, and your attention to the great entertainment that your fellow UUCH-ers will provide.

If previous open mic events are an indication, we will have music, poetry, dance, comedy, and stories from performers of all ages. We will let the young ones and their family members go first so that they can leave early as needed. For those singers who need accompaniment, we will have some "practice" sessions in the choir room on Wednesdays May 29 and June 5. (Of course, you are welcome to do your own accompaniment or bring it on a recording, if that's how you do it.) Please contact Tim Miller if you need accompaniment or if you have questions.

We will have sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall for entertainers, cookies, setup, and cleanup, though  signing up in advance is not required to help!
Sponsored by the Music Committee
Yard Sale
The 2019 UUCH Yard Sale will be held on 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.
Care List
This Sunday, May 19, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Rachel Scheib lit a candle of sorrow: I received stressful news of my father's declining health.    
Ward and Jane Welty lit a candle of joy: We celebrated our 47th wedding anniversary at the beach in Gulf Shores on May 6.  
Monica Speed lit a candle of joy: I wanted to let everyone know that I am doing well in my recovery from surgery.  I appreciate all the calls, visits, love, and prayers during this time. I also want to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Care Committee members for providing several meals to us upon my return home from the hospital. Thank you so much!  
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: This Friday, May 24, is the 1-year anniversary of my grandson's open heart surgery.  He is doing spectacularly well, and we're all dancing in joy and gratitude! 
Susan Coddington lit a candle of joy: Thank you to everyone who participated in yesterday's leadership workshop. A special thank you to Rev. Ed and Betsy Applegate for their hard work in making the day a success. 
The Care Committee lit a candle of reminder: People at this church care about you and your family! Please let us know if you are sick or need help in some way.  All you need to do is to call the church office, and your needs will be directed to the right person.  
Miranda Durbin lit a candle of sorrow: My best friend, Katie is diabetic, and her doctor told her that her kidneys are starting to be affected. She's been put on a new medication to help, but she knows she's going to have to manage her diabetes better. She would appreciate all prayers and positive thoughts so that she can be encouraged and find the willpower to do it and stick with it.  
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: I celebrated my birthday, May 17, and my fundraiser for the ACLU has raised $385 so far!