UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
November 3rd, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 44
In This Issue

Fall Back!
Daylight Savings Time begins this early this Sunday morning! Set your clocks BACK an hour before you go to bed Saturday night!
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This Sunday, November 6th, is a Sharing Sunday. 
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!

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.

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November's Theme: Story 
Upcoming Services
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Sunday, November 6th, 2016
 

"Golden Moments"

The Reverend Alice Syltie

Our theme for November is Story and the question is, "What does it mean to be a community of Story?" Lessons from the Little Golden Books come to mind for me. What are the stories that live in you? What is the story you would like to be living, especially this week as we approach the election? What is the story of our community? What story would you like to see being carried out in our church community? These and other questions about the meaning of story in our lives will companion us through the month of November.

This Sunday we Share the Plate with First Stop, Inc. For more about this program, please see the article below.

This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
        
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.
 
Register for the UUCH Children and Youth Religious Education program by going to: 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 )
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 hours. We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. and then split into two teams to go to our two homes. Both homes are in North Huntsville and not too far from 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 the service this Sunday,  November 6th, 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.
The Automated External Defibrillator:
We have one at our church.
Do you know how to use it?

It is easy to learn--and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a person who is having sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) may save the person's life.
 
We'll be having Defibrillator Training on November 6th, at 1:00 p.m. (right after the potluck).
Everyone ages 14 and over is encouraged to attend. Childcare will be available for those under 14. You may contact Nancy Finley  Adult.RE@uuch.org for further information.
    SoulCollage® --Monday, November 7th!
 
Don't really understand what SoulCollage® is all about? Well, it is similar to Unitarian Universalism in that it is "about" many things to many people. For some, it is an easy way for the less artistically talented to create something very personal and beautiful, to enjoy some small part of the feeling talented artists feel when they create. Some simply enjoy the intimate community in which we create our cards. Still others just find the process "plain ole fun." Overall it is a way of creatively expressing components of ourselves, a visual reminder that each of us comprises complexity!
 
Join us Monday, November 7th, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, as we continue to explore Seena B. Frost's SoulCollage® process, beginning (or continuing) to build our deck of cards. Everyone is welcome! No experience necessary! All you need to know is how to use a pair of scissors and a glue stick. Denise Runnels and Nancy Finley will co-facilitate this Adult RE workshop.
Join the UUkulele Fun Group!

Anyone interested in getting together with other UUs to play the ukulele? This informal "fun" group meets every other Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing (Next meet-up is Nov. 9th). This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele--from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We will 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 finleyn@uah.edu or Glen Clark   glenclark1973@gmail.com for further information.
Wi$e Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning
 
money_grass.jpg 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? 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.
 
Everyone is welcome. You do not have to have attended previous classes to gain something from the last one. Last Class will be held November 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Married couples and life partners are strongly encouraged to attend together (child care will be provided). Parents, bring your teenagers! Copies of the book and workbook are available courtesy of the Social Justice Committee.  

For further information, please email Michelle Clark at michelle_e_clark@yahoo.com. Facilitators Jon Fox and Michelle Clark look forward to seeing you there!
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 shiela.burrows@att.net, or Brad Korb bradkorb@mindspring.com for more information. If childcare is needed please contact Nancy Finley finleyn@uah.edu at least a week in advance.  
Please Save the Date!
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.
 
This is a great heart-warming holiday event--please be a part of it!!
We Share the Plate with First Stop, Inc.
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First Stop, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation established in 2001 to reduce the number of homeless persons in Huntsville/Madison County, Alabama communities. STPFS
 
First Stop's overarching goal is to promote the overall rehabilitation of homeless citizens in Huntsville and Madison County communities. That includes facilitating their transition from the "street" into permanent housing and assisting with their reintroduction to their workforce.
 
First Stop provides its homeless clients with life-management-skills training and seminars to enhance their personal well-being. Individualized case management is the most critical element to our long-term solution in promoting continued stability and growth-- insuring physical and mental health monitoring, referral to proper health care and access to available social service benefits. Since our incorporation, we have maintained a 90-percent retention rate among clients placed in permanent housing.
 
First Stop's efforts are funded through federal, state and local grants, planned outreach/fundraising efforts, generous contributions from organizations and gifts from interested individuals.
 
More information is available on their web site www.firststop.org.
 
When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the quarter (October, November, and December), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with First Stop, Inc.
votives Care List
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  October 30th, candles were lit for:

Tonia Betts , a candle of joy: "Thank you so much to Erin Reid, Audrey Fox, Alice Dilbeck, and everyone else who made last night's Halloween party and youth lock-in possible. What great memories my children have of these parties!"
 
Michael Salomon , a candle of concern: "Prayers for Dan Salomon."
 
Mari Hinckley , a candle of awe: "On Tuesday my grandmother will turn 97!"
   
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, 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 

 

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.