The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
April 4, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 14
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 4/4
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 4/5
Stewardship Celebration
5:30 p.m. with
Pam & Brad Korb

Sat. 4/6
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor
11:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Huntsville Islamic Center

Memorial Service for Carolyn Hinkle
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Stewardship Celebration
5:30 p.m. with
Barbara & Gary Hitt

Sun. 4/7   
Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
Share The Plate*

First Sunday Potluck
Fellowship Hall

OWL Meeting 
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
RE Wing

Wed. 4/10
Soul Matters Small Groups
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Group C

UUkulele Fun Group 
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Thu. 4/11
PFLAG Support Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Fri. 4/12
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sat. 4/13
Property Work Day
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Huntsville Assistance Program 
209 fabulous food items, 4 huge multi-packs, hundreds of toiletry items, and 4 packs of adult diapers were recently delivered to the Huntsville Assistance Program. Thanks to all who donated!
New Futures needs additional items. Please see the poster in Fellowship Hall for more information.
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. 

They run low on cereal, canned fruit, mac and cheese, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, Hamburger Helper-type meals, and canned veggies -- but not green beans or corn.
They are always grateful for our 
donations. Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
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.
Aware ness  Through M ovement 
The Felden kra is Method of Awareness Through Movement class has started again with lessons that use small, gentle movement, imagination, and sensing. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you might need to make yourself comfortable lying on the floor. If you are unable to lie on the floor, please let us know, and we will make an accommodation for you.
This Adult RE class, led by Sally Locklear, is drop-in, with no experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. 
We meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
UUCH Choir

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays in the Choir Room. Our start time has changed to 7:00 p.m. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us! If you plan to attend but cannot, or if you have other inquiries, please contact Pam Siegler at 931-307-4994 or via email .
Girl Scouts at UUCH

We are living the Girl Scout way  at UUCH and looking for friends to join us! Girl Scouts at UUCH meet biweekly to enjoy adventures, friendship, and fun together.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.
" Personal Finance" Class Sessions

Due to low attendance, the remaining sessions of the  Wise Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning class have been cancelled. The class may be offered again in the future.

Submitted by the Adult Religious Education and Social Justice Committees

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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, April 30 .  

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 


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Office Hours:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Friday


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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00
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
Sunday, April 7, 2019 
Huntsville Feminist Chorus:
An Eclectic Mix Of Music 
We begin this month of Wholeness with the Huntsville Feminist Chorus presenting an eclectic mix of music from their upcoming spring concert, entitled "What Comes Around." The songs remind us that every experience is a part of the circle of our lives, both individually and in the interconnected web. What goes around does come around in unexpected ways -- like beauty, love, justice, joy, and rebirth. 
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. 
Children and youth will continue sessions on " INreach/OUTreach," exploring how to create a wonderful welcome at church and extend it  beyond our walls.
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.

CYRE registration is open! All families, new and returning, should register each year.  Click here to register!
returnBuilding Our Future Together!
The  2019 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) is continuing with the theme of "Building Our Future Together!" This year we embark on our search for a new settled minister and build on the wise guidance we have been receiving from our current interim minister, Rev. Ed Brock. What an exciting time for UUCH! 
Your support, my support, and all our support together are what make current and future programming possible at the church.
There are two remaining  Stewardship Celebrations, which are shorter, larger, less formal cottage meetings. Those are scheduled this weekend, on April 5 and 6 in the homes of UUCH members. These meetings are here to give you an opportunity to hear directly from Rev. Ed about stewardship, our mission, and our upcoming search for a settled minister. You will also have an opportunity to complete your pledge forms while you enjoy food and fellowship with others who value and support the church. Please contact Jo Broussard at to attend.
Whether you are a long-time member or someone who only recently started coming to UUCH, your support is the key to all the great things we as a church can accomplish. The pledge form you'll fill out at the Stewardship Celebration, along with the pledge forms from everyone else, will be the basis for creating the annual operating budget for the 2019-20 church year that starts in July.
We will also have a final Stewardship Celebration at the church after the April 14 worship service. If you haven't attended any others, please make an effort to attend. We look forward to seeing each of you at a Stewardship Celebration!
Jo Broussard, ABD Chair
Bob Locklear, Finance Chair
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor

The 3rd Annual Meet Your Muslim Neighbor event will be this Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Huntsville Islamic Center, located at 1645 Sparkman Dr.

Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
First Sunday Potluck Lunch
Spring is in the air, it's just a few weeks until Easter and Passover, and farmers' markets are offering fresh produce. Perhaps you have a favorite spring dish you'd like to share with your UUCH friends. Plan to come and enjoy a meal and conversation with friends on this Sunday, April 7, after the service. Don't forget to label your dish; there are tent cards on the kitchen counter. We hop to see you there!
Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee 
Music Notes

WOW! What a wonderful blessing the multi-generational pick-up choir gave us this past Sunday singing "Wake Up!" Thank you to Amanda, Torin, Heather, Brayden, Addie, Erin, Patti. What great fun!

Did you know hymn #401, " Kum Ba Yah," is an African American spiritual (ca. 1750-1875)? "Kum Ba Yah " (meaning  come by here) comes from the Gullah language, spoken in the South Carolina low country. A few years ago I attended a workshop with Ysaye Barnwell at First UU Church of Nashville; the workshop was entitled "Building a Vocal Community". As Barnwell spoke about the African American singing tradition, I remember making the following mental note: although "Kum Ba Yah " became the "feel good, let's all hold hands" camp song many know it to be today, it originated from the heartfelt yearnings of slaves who were calling for the Lord (spiritual presence) to be with them in their daily lives.

Best wishes,

Pam Siegler

UUCH Music Director/Certified Music Leader
We Can All Be "Greeters"
If you've had the opportunity to be a greeter on Sunday mornings, you know how many people, regulars and visitors, come through our doors. While it is true that we have amazing, wonderful greeters, it's not always possible for them to interact with visitors after they have passed from the foyer into the sanctuary, which is why we all need to be "greeters."  
As many of you know, it is not always easy to visit a new church; it takes a certain amount of courage. You're not sure how you'll be received and whether people will talk to you. Often coffee hour can be the most daunting of activities. 
So, here's a suggestion: If you see a new face during the service or after, introduce yourself as soon as you can, introduce them to other members if possible, and invite them into the Fellowship Hall. If you see someone standing alone after a service, say hello and invite them to enjoy some of our wonderful coffee. Reaching out to visitors and making them feel welcome can make a big difference in whether or not they decide to come back. 
Submitted by the Hospitality, Care and Membership Committees
Church Clean-Up

Please come spend time with us sprucing up the church on April 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Drop by and join us anytime you're available that morning.

Sponsored by the Property Committee 
UUCH Yard Sale - Save the Date!
Our 2019 UUCH Yard Sale will be  Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15

Unfortunately, we cannot store your donations so soon in advance. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming yard sale and how you can contribute!
Stewardship Celebration Events
Below is a list of the dates and times for our remaining Stewardship Celebration events. In the hope of full participation, we request that each member and friend of the congregation mark your calendars now to attend one of the following events:
April 5 (Friday) at 5:30 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks  with Pam & Brad Korb. Childcare provided .
Please contact Brad for location:
April 6 (Saturday) at 5:30 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks  with Barbara & Gary Hitt.
Please contact Barbara for location:  

April 14 (Sunday). More information coming soon.

Addresses are available in the UUCH directory and Sunday's bulletin.  
Care List
This Sunday, March 31, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Brian Walls lit a candle of sorrow:  My 86-year-old uncle went to Huntsville Hospital on Friday for a heart attack. He needs bypass surgery but has testings to see if and when that is possible. 
Thomas lit a candle of joy and sorrow: I cut my toe. It's getting better, but I still have to be careful. Also, I went to Camp Jackson, and it was really, really fun!
Amy (Thomas's Mama) lit a candle of joy: I love that my little boy feels connected enough to this community to share the little-boy sorrows and little-boy joys and know he will be heard. I am grateful to this community for this gift. One day the sorrows and joys will be bigger and deeper, and I know he will still be heard. 
Steve Rittenberg lit a candle of sorrow: Please keep the Alexander family (no relation to Fran) in your heart, as my mother-in-law deals with her brother's medical issues.
Barbara Hitt lit a candle: Thank you to all the members of the Care Committee who responded so generously with gifts of food and care to a grief-stricken family. And on a happier note, thank you to the people taking meals to Monica Speed and Denise Runnels. I am delighted to report that Monica's brain surgery was successful, and she is doing well and looks wonderful.