The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
November 2, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 44
In This Issue

Thu. 11/02
Essential Spirituality
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

Fri. 11/03
Awareness Thru Movement  
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

Sat. 11/4
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Meet in Fellowship Hall
Annual UUCH Service Auction
6:00-9:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 11/05
New Member Ceremony
during church service

SHARE THE PLATE* with Faith In Action Alabama
Give Us Hope rehearsals 
12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Mon. 11/06
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 pm.
Adult Religious Education Room

Wed. 11/08
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Music Room

Thu. 11/09
Essential Spirituality 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room  

Fri. 11/10
Awareness Thru Movement  
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

Sat. 11/11 - Sun. 11/12
11:00 a.m.
"Over the Rainbow"
UUCH Service Auction 2017
Remember the UUCH Service Auction takes place this
Saturday, November 4th at 6PM. The food, fun, and fellowship are not to be missed!
 We will once again offer you an opportunity to win a lovely quilt during a raffle. The lucky winner will be able to select one quilt from several options. You can view the selections from which the winner will choose in the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. Tickets will be sold at the door on Saturday.
Childcare will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening - you must be present to win.
The Hospitality and Social Justice Committees are hosting the Alabama Hispanic Dinner on December 9th. 
Through the month of November, our youth will pass around baskets to collect money during the Music for Centering.  Our youth will use this money to purchase the presents given to the Hispanic youth who attend the dinner. It is a joyous occasion! So, please give, as you are able.
Information on help needed for hosting will be forthcoming.
The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect at least 100 items during the month of October for the food pantry. Please put your nonperishable food item or personal care product donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:15pm in the choir room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
Awareness Through Movement

Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Feldenkrais Method of Aw areness Through Movement meets each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room. This Adult Religious Education (RE) class is drop-in, no experience necessary.  The class will be led by Sally Locklear.

Everyone is welcome.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair, Nancy Finley . If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.  

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Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Nancy Finley

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, November 28th.

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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Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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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.


For further info on any event, call the church office:

Upcoming Service

Sunday, November 5th, 2017
  "A Place in the Choir"
                              Reverend Jason Shelton
There's truth in that old saying about preaching to the choir. They're the ones who show up no matter what, when times are hard or tempers thin. How do we turn the whole church into that choir? 
The Rev. Jason Shelton recently stepped down as Associate Minister for Music at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, which he had served since 1998, in order to pursue a freelance music ministry in the broader world. In addition to his work as a composer, he is an active choral conductor and worship leader, and an advocate for using music as a means of creating community in multi-faith, multi-cultural environments. Formerly a Franciscan brother, Jason received an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2003 and was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2004. 
 --- Share The Plate* with Faith In Action Alabama. On the first Sunday of each month, we Share the Plate during the offering, Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck, and Share our Bounty by filling the Food Basket! Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program.

All donations are welcome and appreciated!
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
CYRE groups will meet to continue our exploration of "Living Our Principles."
If you haven't already, please be sure to register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. You can register here.  
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.    
Daylight Savings Time begins early this Sunday morning! Set your clocks BACK an hour before you go to bed Saturday night or you will be early to church!
Share The Plate*
STP logo
This fourth quarter, we Share the Plate* with Faith In Action Alabama (FIAA). FIAA is a 501c3 statewide non profit organization with branches in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery. FIAA stands in witness with people across faith and race, working to achieve systemic change by creating pathways of opportunities for all Alabamans. One of its current thrusts is solving the problem of mass incarceration.

Potluck Sunday!

Please join us for a potluck immediately after the worship services. Bring a dish and let us
enjoy the warmth of the weather as we eat together. Fellowship served up with potluck food. Get to know your fellow UUs!

--Hosted by your Hospitality Committee
 Next Steps Task Force: Now What?
Around 50 people stayed after church October 29th to hear about the status of our plans for using the money from the sale of our previous building. The task force showed architectural drawings and discussed the range of options we'll be considering as a congregation moving forward.
We will post the architectural plans by Sunday, November 5th, so that everyone can view them more closely (and so that those who weren't able to attend can have a chance to see them). We'll also have a sheet for people to write ideas that the task force might not have considered.  
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to submit them to the task force at or speak with Tim Miller, Brad Korb, Lynsie Lamitie, Reverend Alice Syltie (when she returns from Sabbatical), or any of the Board members. 

For the next Town Hall,  December 3rd, we'll ask for the congregation to vote on priorities among the various options so that the finer details can be worked out in committees. Please plan to attend.
CASA TEMP$ Work Day on November 4th    

UUCH will be participating again this year in the CASA TEMP$ program on November 4th. CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) is a non-profit agency located in Huntsville that provides services to individuals age 60 and
older as well as to the home-bound (wheelchair and bed bound) of all ages since 1979. The Taking Energy Measures Personally = $avings (TEMP$) program is an annual one day event in which teams of CASA volunteers weatherize the homes of clients by putting plastic on windows, insulating pipes, caulking breaches, installing smoke detectors, replacing storm doors, and performing other small repairs.

UUCH will be working on two homes in North Huntsville again this year. We will be covering windows, installing new smoke detectors, and other minor household repair tasks.

We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th, and should be done by noon or 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Brad Korb at 256-895-9303 or 

Your Social Justice Committee
Calling All Children kids singing
Interested in singing a special song with the choir? The choir will be singing Give Us Hope on December 10th. This song has a special part for a group of children. If you have children (ages 7+) who would enjoy this experience, we invite you to sign them up. There will be three more 30 minute rehearsals after church starting at 12:15 p.m. on November 5th, November 19th, and December 3rd. If you have any questions, please call, text, or email the Music Director, Pam Siegler (931-307-4994).
Exploring SoulCollage® - Taking it to the Next Level
The process of SoulCollage® as presented by Seena B. Frost, is some serious fun.  
SoulCollage® - What is it? intuitive process for creatin g an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning.
SoulCollage® - How?
...create personalized 5x8 ca rds b y cutting and pasting im ages from magazines.
SoulCollage® - Why? and remind yourself how complex, talented, versatile, and unique you are. Show yourself to others and connect with the larger spiritual dimensions that inspir e you.
SoulCollage® - come to know your whole self.
This month we are taking it to the next level and exploring the tools offered by the SoulCollage® process for even broader, more complex insights; guidance for balancing the multiple facets of ourselves.
Denise Runnels and Nancy Finley will co-facilitate this Adult RE workshop in the UUCH Fellowship Hall on Monday evening, November 6th, from 6:00pm - 8:30pm.
Check out  for more information about the SoulCollage® process we are following, or ask Denise ( ) for more information about the process and/or the workshop.
Essential Spirituality, The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind
Every Thursday evening through November 16th at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join UUCH Adult Religious Education as we read, discuss, and explore some exercises in Essential Spirituality - The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind by Dr. Roger Walsh, M.D., PhD. Based on over twenty years of research, Essential Spirituality shows how we can apply the seven practices central to all the world's major religions in our daily lives to cultivate kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity. Dr. Walsh, who is both a spiritual practitioner and an award-winning scientist, believes that each of the major spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal. Essential Spirituality integrates the spiritual principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism into what Walsh believes is one truly rewarding way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever growing part of everything you do. Come join us as we discover how his views might be consistent with our principles as Unitarian Universalists.
We have four copies of the book available for loan and they can be signed out in the Fellowship Hall or by contacting Shiela Burrows . The book is also readily available on-line to purchase. We will continue to meet each Thursday evening through November 16th in the Adult RE Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you need childcare, please contact Shiela Burrows or Nancy Finley at least one week before the event.    
Everyone is welcome!
Care List
This Sunday, October 29th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Lydia Goodman, a candle of joy and sorrow: It was Larry's 84th birthday! Additionally, our whole family is devastated by the death of our youngest son, Ryan, who died suddenly from esophageal cancer on Tuesday. He was 50 years old in June. 
Maria Coble, a candle of sorrow: My friend, Robin Holloway, is still in the hospital after surgery. She had a bad car wreck. She is a mom of 3.