UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
October 13th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 41
In This Issue

We Can Reach 100!
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!
Also toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, sanitary napkins and tampons, shampoo and conditioner...you get the idea!
Thanks in advance!

ATM: Awareness Through Movement on Saturday Mornings
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. We are starting another series of Awareness Through Movement┬« classes. Those who came to the first series found it very enjoyable, relaxing, and useful. The class focuses 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! This verbally guided Awareness Through Movement┬« class is for anyone who wants more ease and comfort in their movements. Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and will be 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.
 
Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., until further notice. 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.

Propose a Program for the 2017 General Assembly
It's time to submit program proposals for the 2017 UUA General Assembly! GA 2017 will be held June 21-25 in New Orleans, LA. We are especially looking for proposals that address the 2017 theme: Resist and Rejoice! The proposal deadline is Monday, Nov.1 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Learn more on our website.

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October's Theme: Healing 
Upcoming Services
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Sunday, October 16th, 2016
 

"Ceremony of Dedication"

The Reverend Alice Syltie
and the Reverend Carlton Smith 
 
Joining Rev. Syltie for this special Sunday will be the Reverend Carlton Smith, representing our Southern Region, as we celebrate our success in moving, renovating our current building, selling our previous property, and dedicating ourselves and our building to the higher purpose to which we are called.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
        
Children and youth are invited to participate with their families in the all-ages worship service of dedication in the sanctuary. What a special Sunday! Come on out!

RE groups will not meet in their rooms, but
nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.  
 
The Children and Youth Religious Education Program is now registering for the fall and spring program, which began September 18th. Registration helps us plan for facilities, leadership, and safety needs. It also lets us be in touch with your family with special announcements and RE information. All participants in the RE program (ages infant to 18) should register each year even if you've registered before. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. Paper registration forms are also available at the church.
 
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at dre@uuch.org or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at children.re@uuch.org )
"Return to Treasure Island"
UUCH Service Auction 2016!


Arrr, Maties! The UUCH Service Auction takes place Saturday, October 22nd at 6:00 p.m. The donation deadline is this Sunday, October 16th. Get your last minute donations in and delivered to the church by Sunday!
  
Remember, there are 3 ways to donate:
  1. Fill out the forms available in the Fellowship Hall and drop them in the Treasure Chest,
  2. Send an email to Bob Locklear (Service.Auction@uuch.org) with details about your contribution, or
  3. Fill in an online form at communityauctionservices.com/register/uuch.
The forms and email also let us know you're coming and pre-register you as a bidder. Pre-registration will make sure you "sail in" and "sail out" on auction night!

Want to volunteer on Treasure Island? We need food donations*, table monitors, spotters, and runners as well as people to help with setup and cleanup. If you can volunteer to help, sign up on the poster in the Fellowship Hall. 

The food and drink will be bountiful--as will the bounty of treasure that awaits you! Childcare will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening--you must be present to win!

*Ahoy for Se rvice Auction Grub
Ahoy, Cooks! Tasty Service Auction grub adds enjoyment and fun to the evening. Take your pick to provide cookies, cheese, brownies, chips, veggies, even Pirate's Choice! There are two easy ways to share your galley treasures: there's a signup poster in the Fellowship Hall or sign up online with this Link! 
Wi$e Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning
Class Continues Friday Evening, October 14th! 
 
Do you want to learn how to use money as a tool in living a contented, generous life? Do you need help figuring out how to make ends meet?
 
money_grass.jpg Join UUCH Adult RE as we look at managing money as a spiritual practice. Through a book study and group discussion of wise advice, we will look at attitudes about money and learn how to manage it in a way that leaves room for matters of the spirit.
 
The four-session class (which began Sept. 30th) will meet every other Friday at 6:30 p.m. (So, October 14th, October 28th, and November 11th).

Everyone is welcome. Married couples and life partners are strongly encouraged to attend together (child care will be provided). Parents, bring your teenagers! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall after service or email Michelle Clark at michelle_e_clark@yahoo.com. Copies of the book and workbook are available courtesy of the Social Justice Committee. You do not have to have attended the first class--catch up now! Facilitators Jon Fox and Michelle Clark look forward to seeing you there!
Come Cheer Team UUCH at This Saturday's Ribbon Run!  
 
pink awareness ribbon For the 7th year, UUCH has a team running at the lucky 13th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run to benefit breast cancer awareness. This is an all ages 5K run/walk that takes place on this Saturday, October 15th, 2016, starting at 8:00 a.m. There will be a Survivors Walk at 10:00 a.m. Come watch the race through beautiful downtown Huntsville, starting and ending at Huntsville Middle School at the corner of Lowe Avenue and Adams Street. Run, UUs, Run!  
Campfire/Campout is Saturday, Oct. 15th!

The campsite is ready and the date has been set: our Fifth Annual Be Out Camp & Cook-Out, sponsored by Interweave, is scheduled for Saturday, October 15th! We will have "independently communal" foil dinners. That is, the community (that's you) brings vegetables and other ingredients to sh are but then you make your own individual foil packet of food for the coals.
 
There will be chatting, singing, and cooking, and eating, and for some of us, sleeping. Dinners go on the coals starting at 5:00 p.m. so please bring your veggies up by then if possible. Look for the Sign Up sheet in the Fellowship Hall to sign up for a vegetable, etc. to share. If you expect to be later than 5-ish, pick something other than a veggie to bring.
 
We expect to be at Monte Sano State Park Tent Camp Site #20 (NOT "RV site #20"). Look for the "Interweave Halloween" sign! The gate code is a last minute tid-bit; you can either get it from the park store (if they are open when you come), try to call Denise on her cell phone, or walk in and find us to get the code.
 
Everyone is invited! If you plan to stay the night, let Denise Runnels (Interweave@uuch.org ) know. Denise R. is also the person to go to if you have any questions.
Wonderful Wednesday
Spaghetti Dinner, Oct. 19th!


Ready for Spaghetti? Yes! Homemade spaghetti (meat, veggie, and gluten free) for our beloved community will be served at the Wonderful Wednesday Supper on Wednesday, October 19th, 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 p.m. for families staying to attend Adult RE or choir activities.

Adult RE film and discussion at 7:00 p.m.,
following the supper. In keeping with our monthly theme of "Healing", this month's film is "Beyond Closure," by Dr. Nancy Berns. Jon Fox will lead the discussion. 
 
It's an easy and delicious way to get to know others! Stay for Adult RE and enrich your spiritual journey. 
 
Hosted by your UUCH Hospitality Committee
Quilt Raffle for the Service Auction!

Have you seen the beautiful quilts hanging up at the church? You can own one of these lovely quilts!! One winner will select his/her choice of the five quilts (Pictures Here), now on display in the Fellowship Hall.

Raffle tickets will be available every Sunday between now and the Service Auction when we will draw the name of the lucky winner. You can also mail a check to the church indicating that it's for the raffle, and we'll enter you in the drawing and mail your ticket(s) to you. Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20.

Proceeds are a part of the Service Auction and benefit the operating budget of UUCH. We also encourage folks to take a block of tickets to sell to family and friends. For more info, contact Alice Dilbeck (Finance@uuch.org) or Bob Locklear (Service.Auction@uuch.org). 

Many thanks to quilter Shiela Burrows for her generosity and talent!
All-Church, All-Ages Halloween Party!

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Ghosts & Goblins,   Creatures & Critters, Kids & Adults--come one, come all to our all-church Halloween Party! Saturday, October 29th, 6:30-9:30 p.m.!

The Halloween Party is an all-ages party, for children and adults alike, sponsored by the Children and Youth RE Program. We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, and other surprises. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. Fun for everyone!

A sign-up poster for helping with the party can be found in the Fellowship Hall after church services.

For more information contact Audrey Fox, RE Chair (256-698-3203, Children.RE@uuch.org).
Help Prepare Local Seniors for Winter

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to participate in a community service project with CASA (Care Assistance System for the Aging) in Madison County. For several years, UUCH has participated in the annual Taking Energy Measures Personally=$avings (TEMP$) program sponsored by CASA. The 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. Special skills are not required, but an interest in basic household type repairs and/or interest in interacting with seniors in our community are desired.
 
The TEMP$ program work day will be Saturday, November 5th, starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting for 3 to 4 hours. The homes that we will be working at this year have not been determined yet, but we will try to get homes near our church.
 
Please contact Brad Korb at bradkorb@mindspring.com  or 256-895-9303 if you have any questions or are interested in participating.
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, you may be ready to take the next step and become a member. We will welcome new members during an upcoming Sunday service 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 (Membership chair) at Membership@uuch.org.
 
Rights and Responsibilities of Membership
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. Weekly worship cements the bonds of community, and keeps our attention directed to our highest values, while nurturing our spirits.
Voting at congregational meetings. Responsible participation includes imagining the needs of the entire congregation, rather than focusing only on one's own needs or desires. Consider how issues affect all members of the congregation, as well as potential members and others in the world outside the congregation.
Making financial contributions. Not only does this provide for the support of the congregation, but it also serves as a spiritual discipline.
Contributing time and talent. Congregations succeed because their members find ways to give of themselves, whether through singing, financial management, educating children, sharing their passion for social justice, organizing, cooking, greeting, maintaining the building and grounds-the list of tasks goes on and on. Finding ways to give back that nurture your own soul helps support your personal growth along with the growth of our congregation.
Spiritual growth and development. Working deliberately at your own spiritual development is a gift to yourself, to the congregation and to the larger world.
 
votives Care List
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  October 9th, candles were lit for:

Dawn Price, a candle of joy: "Family came safely through storm in Jamaica and Florida. Prayers for the people of Haiti in the wake of Matthew's devastation and the people on the east coast flood zones."
 
The Aycock family, a candle of concern: "My brother, August's "birth" dad, is being released from prison today. We ask that you keep us in your prayers and hearts to keep us safe. Our higher power told us to go through all of this even though we were scared. We feel your prayers will protect us."
 
Steve Rittenberg, a candle of joy: "Joy for everyone who has reached out to me since the passing of my wife, Gina, and for those helping with the Celebration of Life for Gina on Tuesday."
 
Barbara and Gary Hitt, a candle of sorrow: "A candle of sorrow for our friend, Jim Burt, who died last week. We enjoy playing tennis and bicycling with Jim and his wife, Jill. He was also a photographer and bird watcher, so we had a lot in common. A special memory is cycling the 400 mile Katy Trail in Missouri with Jim and Jill."
 
The Millers, a candle of sorrow: " Babette Ford asks that we light a candle for the passing of her mother, Harriet Norman, after a long illness. She said 'I didn't know the moment of death could be so beautiful. That was the last thing she taught me. What a gift!'"

If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at Minister@uuch.orgBarbara 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 care@uuch.org.
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 Board President 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 President@uuch.org.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, October 26th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 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 

 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

Admin. Office Hours: 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri.

For Wednesday access, please call in advance. 

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org .

Minister's email: Minister@uuch.org.

Website: www.uuch.org 

 

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:
256. 534-0508.