Yes We Can
We Collected 131 HAP items in October! Thank You!
Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the food basket each Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Collection Baskets are located in the Foyer and in the Fellowship Hall.
Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!
So please check your pantry, and/or pick up an extra item on your next shopping trip.
Suggested donations: macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!
Thanks in advance!
Also toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary napkins and tampons, shampoo and conditioner...you get the idea!
Join the UUkulele Fun Group!
Here's your chance to learn an instrument! Our UUkulele Fun Group meets every other Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing. This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele--from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We learn from each other, jam, share music, and simply enjoy this lively instrument. No prior experience necessary; this is an easy instrument to learn. All ages welcome.
So join the ukulele bug that is sweeping the country, and come make a little music with us. This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley
or Glen Clark
for further information.
ATM: Awareness Through Movement
Please note: We will not have our Awareness Through Movement class this Saturday, November 5th. Our last 2 classes this year will be held November 12th and 19th, before we break for the holidays. Hope to see you then.
Awareness Through Movement® classes focus on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.
Everyone is welcome! Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and is led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.
ATM is held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., until November 19th. For more information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at Adult.RE@uuch.org. If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
Safe Space for Children and Youth
For the safety and enjoyment of our all-ages community, parents/guardians are asked to supervise children and youth in the church facility and grounds when they are not in their planned RE activity.
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
"Our Home for the Spirit"
The Reverend Alice Syltie
This Sunday we will be considering the question, "What does it mean to be a community of story?" as we welcome visitors participating in the Interfaith Mission Service Hometown Pilgrimage. This is our opportunity to share our Unitarian Universalist story, as well as our welcoming presence, with the wider community.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at email@example.com )
We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship
theme of STORY. Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
Join the UUCH Book Discussion
of This Year's UUA Common Read
Sundays, November 13th & 20th, 9:00-10:30 a.m.
The Reverend Dr. William Barber's "Moral Mondays" movement is growing nationwide. Learn more about its history and future in
The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement. Rev. Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's book (Beacon, 2016) has been chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read.
Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call.
The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices.
Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.
There are copies of the book available for lending in the Fellowship Hall.
Everyone is welcome to attend
Please contact facilitators Shiela Burrows
, or Brad Korb
for more information.
If childcare is needed please contact Nancy Finley
at least a week in advance.
It's Dagwood Sandwich Month!
For this month's Wonderful Wednesday meal,
multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of veggies, meats, cheeses, and condiments. The Sandwich is named for Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie, who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches. According to Blondie scripter Dean Young, his father, Chic Young, began drawing the huge sandwiches in the comic strip during 1936. Make one you'll love!!
So enjoy your sandwich creation--and warm UUCH fellowship--at the
Wonderful Wednesday Supper
Wednesday, November 16th, serving 6-6:45 p.m.
Family-friendly pricing: ages 6 & younger are free, ages 7-12 are $2, age 13 & older are $5. Family max: $15.
Childcare and creative children's activities will be offered at 6:30 for families staying to attend Adult RE or choir activities.
Adult RE film and discussion at 7:00p.m., following the supper.
Hosted by your UUCH Hospitality Committee
Do yourself and your family a favor! It couldn't be easier, so don't try to resist--just come join the fun!
All-Church Movie Night!
Join ALL AGES for a screening of
The Muppet Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 3rd. We will gather at the church at
6:15 p.m. with snacks and treats; show time is
6:30 p.m. Bring themed refreshments or your favorite movie snacks to share.
This event is sponsored by the Children and Youth RE program. All are invited! Contact RE Chair Audrey Fox for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sign Up to Help!
Alabama Hispanic Association
and UUCH Christmas Dinner
Saturday, December 10th,
11:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
We need your help to bring Christmas cheer to local Hispanic families in need! Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA) reaches out to these families to provide a Christmas gift to children, and UUCH provides a nice Christmas dinner.
How can you help? In the upcoming weeks, sign up to bring a dish on the poster in the Fellowship Hall or watch for a Sign-Up Genius list via e-mail. You can also sign up to work a shift at the dinner.
Another way to get involved is to make a donation for gifts for the teenagers in the AHA families. On the Sundays of November 13th and 20th, we will collect donations in the offering baskets during the church service. You can place cash in an envelope labeled AHA or write AHA on the memo line of your check. You can also give your donation to Gail Williams or Tonia Betts. The UUCH Youth Group uses these donations to buy gifts for the older kids and teenagers that AHA does not have covered.
This is a great heart-warming holiday event--please be a part of it!!
Welcome to Our Newest Members!
On Sunday, November 6th, UUCH welcomed 12 new members into covenant during a brief ceremony.
Pictured above are our new members (left to right):
Front row: Lauren Black, Ashley Wagner, Emily Garrison, Dorothy Angwenyi, Jessica Jackson
Back Row: Frank Davies, Pete Cossaboon, Mitzi Woody, Thomas Schrimsher, Roger Turley, James Riddlesperger
Not pictured: Bob Locklear
We appreciate the commitment that these new members have made to our church community with their gifts of time, financial support, talents, and themselves. We look forward to working together to fulfill the mission of this church.
The UUCH covenant that members make with each other is as follows:
We, as members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, covenant to work
together to create a supportive, affirming, sustaining community that inspires and
challenges each of us to become our best selves. To further our goal of creating such
an intentional community, we promise each other to:
- Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every member of our community, valuing our differences and supporting each other in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- Listen to one another with the intent of understanding, and speak to one another with respect and kindness, so that all may be heard;
- Recognize that forming an intentional community may at times require us to place the needs of the community above our own needs;
- Foster caring relationships by assuming the best intent in others, disagreeing in love, and empowering one another to speak for ourselves;
- Affirm the work of the church to the best of our abilities, valuing the work of others, and supporting those who voluntarily accept leadership roles in the church;
- Promote an environment where all people feel safe, both physically and emotionally;
- Use the energy and support we thus create to bring our vision of justice, equity and compassion in human relations into our wider community, our nation, and our world.
Welcome, New UUs!
| Care List
If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at Minister@uuch.org. Barbara Hitt is Chair of the Care Committee, and may be reached at home, (256) 881.2531; on her cell, (256) 348.5845; or by email at email@example.com.
At our Circle of Candles on
Sunday, November 6th,
candles were lit for:
, a candle of joy: "The Water Warriors of Standing Rock Indian reservation are making progress in protecting sacred lands from the oil pipeline. Facebook help bring much-needed media attention when hundreds of thousands of allies 'checked in' at Standing Rock."
Torin J. M. Kyemba
, a candle of joy: "Yesterday me and Sophia made an optical illusion. Today I make a poster about it." (Torin is one of our UUCH RE children. He also decorated the form with some interesting art work!)
, a candle of joy: "Please light a candle that my job interview on Monday goes well. I am glad it is for a teaching position again! "
, a candle of joy: "Many thanks to the 11 people who help winterize two homes of low income elderly widows in north Huntsville yesterday as part of the CASA TEMPS program. Our efforts will help them be warmer this winter."
for the Care committee, a candle of joy: "Kirsten Clark asked me to thank everyone who sent food to help them through the first weeks of taking care of a new baby, especially Mac McSherry for organizing and John Jeter for driving to Ardmore."
, a candle of concern: "Jack is having cataract surgery tomorrow morning."
Jefflyn and Bob Weed
, a candle of sorrow: "Last Friday Cheri Smith fell and tore her right rotator cuff. (She's right-handed). She's home-bound for now in a lot of discomfort and waiting to find out if she'll need surgery. "
(daughter of Fran Alexander), a candle of joy: "Mike and I are happy to announce that we're expecting a baby boy, sweet baby James, in April. And my Mom is going to be a 'Gi-gi'!"
UUCH 16-17 Board Members
President: Laurel Bollinger
Vice-President: Denise Runnels
Secretary: Ed Bernstein
Treasurer: Greg Howard
Trustees: Susan Coddington, Kathy Heath,
and Lynsie Lamitie
Do you have an Agenda Item for the Board?
The Board respectfully requests that all agenda items for the meeting be submitted to
Laurel Bollinger, no later than one week prior to the meeting, i.e. the Tuesday before
You may leave a copy of your request in her Mailbox at the church office, or contact her at
The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a joint meeting with the Council. Thanks for your cooperation!
From the Overlook is a publication of
The Unitarian Universalist Church,
3921 Broadmor Rd. Huntsville, AL 35810
Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie
Board President: Laurel Bollinger
Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath
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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon;
Children's Religious Education held concurrently.
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