The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
February 16, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 7
In This Issue
We collected 146 items for HAP in January.
The Social
Justice Committe e's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  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!
Great Opportunity to Help a Child!
Volunteer to Share Your Interests with Alabama  Hispanic Association (AHA) Children.
This is just a one time commitment!
      AHA needs YOU to help out with their tutoring program. Each Saturday morning from 2/25 to 4/15 in the Fellowship Hall, AHA needs someone to share a hobby, craft, etc. with the kids during "special activity" time. Ten children, ranging from elementary to high school, are participating.  The special activity is scheduled for 11:00 to 11:30 am.
        You do not need to speak Spanish, and several other tutors, some from AHA, will be present in the Fellowship Hall with you. You do not need to be a teacher to do this, just to have patience and enthusiasm.

To sign up, follow this link to Sign up Genius HERE  or contact Tonia Betts at (256) 882-9891. Thank you!
Sponsored by the Alabama Hispanic Association in cooperation with your Social Justice Committee.  
Movement Class on Fridays!

Our 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 Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.
For more information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. Join us!

General Assembly 2017 
June 21-25, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
NOW IS THE TIME to begin planning your trip to our UUA's General Assembly! Important dates and programming updates may be found here:
This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 
Looking for It? Check Lost & Found 
Where is that blue jacket? The car keys with my fob? My pink tam and scarf? My lettuce keeper? In the Lost & Found, of course! There are several youth jackets, work gloves, stuffed animals, earrings, rings, lots of eyeglasses, and more. Take a look. After several more weeks, it will all be donated.

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February's Theme: Identity
Upcoming Services
Sunday, February 19th, 2017    

"UU in a Christian World"
Speaker Amanda Schuber
Worship Leader The Reverend Alice Syltie
In the South, you are quickly defined by who your family is, what team you root for, and what church you call home. Unitarians and Universalists have a history that extends all the way back to the founding of our nation, yet we still have an "image" problem. Mainly, people have no idea who we are and what we believe. Following February's theme of "Identity," we invite you to join us as we  take a dive into what it means to be a UU in the very Christian South.                                                
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education

We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship theme of IDENTITY.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
UUCH All-Ages Movie March 4th
The UUCH YoUUth Group will host the all-ages movie  night on Saturday, March 4th, in the Fellowship Hall.  Kiki's Delivery Service is an animated film which follows Kiki, a young witch, as she leaves home to find her place in the world. This heartwarming story is fun-filled and can be enjoyed by all ages. 
Bring your favorite movie-themed snack to share. Kiki-related suggestions include baked goods, cat- or witch- themed food, and pancakes. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the movie begins at 6:30 p.m.
The YoUUth Group invites you to donate items for its collection for Children's Harbor of Birmingham, a not-for-profit that supports long-term, seriously ill children and their families. Bring to movie night any item on this list here.  
Or you may contribute to the ongoing collection for UUCH Social Justice homeless meal packs ( see article in this newsletter).
All-ages movie nights are sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Program. Please contact Audrey Fox ( or Erin Reid ( if you have any questions. return 
2017 Alabama Arise Legislative Day
The 2017 Alabama Arise Legislative Day is Tuesday, February 28th in Montgomery. We will meet as a group to get briefed on the issues, attend a legislative reception, and visit our legislators.
For more information, please go to To RSVP for the reception/lunch, please do so by February 17th, as seating is limited. For ride-sharing information, please contact Betsy Applegate at 256-426-4153. 

"Make plans to speak for a better Alabama!"                                                                                      
Social Justice Committee
"New UU" Class Starting THIS Sunday!

Sunday mornings, February 19th, 26th, and March 5th, 9:00 a.m. in the Adult RE Classroom.

You don't have to be new to UU to join us for a fun discussion about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist and learn more about UUCH. This three-part series explores important themes in UU congregational life, such as worship, theology, history, covenant, faith development, social justice, and membership. It focuses on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those who have been at UUCH for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition.
If childcare is needed, please contact Nancy Finley ( ).
Hosted by your Adult Religious Education committee  
As a congregation-wide social justice activity, all are invited to bring to church an item to share with the church's homeless outreach.

The Social Justice Committee and Children and Youth Religious Education Program will be holding an RE Creative Service Sunday in March where children and youth will assemble meal packs for distribution in the community. Needed items include individual servings of canned fruit, cracker packs, pudding cups, juice boxes, canned meat (pull-tops, e.g. Vienna sausage), travel-sized hygiene products, and gallon-sized Ziplock bags. This will be an ongoing collection through  March 12th. 
Sponsored by the Alabama Hispanic Association in cooperation with your Social Justice Committee.

What: UUCH Church-wide Fellowship Dinner  
When: March 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Where:Weatherly Height Baptist Church
            1306 Canstatt Drive, Huntsville, AL 35803
Why: Please mark your calendars for a night of food, entertainment, fellowship, and information as we kick off our Annual Budget Drive (ABD) with a church-wide fellowship dinner. This year's ABD theme is "Tending the Flame." We will celebrate the things that make UUCH special to us and look ahead to what we can accomplish together in the future. While in past years we have had a series of ABD cottage meetings or one-on-one discussions over several weeks, this year we are having the whole church come together for one big event, so please save this date and plan to attend!
Sign-up for the dinner begins this week after church in our fellowship hall! It is important for us to get an accurate headcount early so we can plan accordingly for dinner and childcare. We will also have a link available to an electronic sign-up form available soon.
Kevin Betts (ABD Chair)
Glen Clark (ABD Co-Chair)
Care List
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  February 12th, 2017:   

Mari Hinckley , a candle of sorrow: The father of my friend Tina died just over a week ago. Tina has been attending UUCH for a few months. 
Jefflyn and  Bob Weed, a candle of joy: Thanks for the new wheelchair ramp!
Pam Siegler, a candle for strength, courage, and comfort for my Uncle Roger's family as my Aunt Brenda was just diagnosed with a very rare and untreatable lung cancer. 

Kirsten Clark, a candle of sorrow: Mourning the grief of two friends who are going through miscarriages this week.

Kathy Fisher, candles of joy: Rose Deverzley's father got to go home from the hospital and is being cared for by family. I have finally made it to the last level in rehabbing my shoulder. So, two months to go!
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

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, February 28th, 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.
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Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: .

Minister's email:



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.