The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
January 25, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 4
In This Issue
Thu. 1/25
Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) Dinner/Meeting
5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Fri. 1/26
Awareness Thru Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

Sun. 1/28
Social Justice Meeting
10:45 a.m.

YoUUth Group
12:30-3:30 p.m.

Wed. 1/31
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Music Room
What have YOU been missing?
Lost and Found have the items you seek. This Sunday, items will be spread out on Fellowship Hall tables.

Yes! These keys are in Lost and Found.

HAP Collection! 
 We had another great HAP collection--161 items!
The Social Justice Committe e has a monthly goal to collect at least 100 items during each month for the food pantry. THANK YOU for all of your continued generosity!   
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products 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 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
The UUkulele  
Fun Group

The Ukulele Fun Group occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.

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UUCH 17-18  
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, January 23rd.

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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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


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, January 28, 2018
"I've always believed that anything done with care and joy can be an act of worship, and the kitchen for me has often been a form of church, even if the anointing oil in this case was olive." ~ John Pavlovitz

Join us this week to explore how we can build a bigger table by celebrating the gifts that we each bring and reaching out to understand and build community with those who feel so distant from us.
Amanda Schuber, Worship Chair
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (C YRE)
Creative Action Day! Children in Peace, Justice, and Searchers will make UU Valentines to distribute to the congregation.  Transformers and YOUUTH will meet with their teachers to begin creating and planning the youth-led worship service that will be held on February 11th.
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
If you haven't already, please register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.
Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) Dinner/Meeting
Thursday, January 25th
Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL) dinner/meeting will be held Thursday, January 25th, from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (5:15-5:45 p.m. dinner; 5:45-7:30 p.m. meeting) hosted by Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville.
FIAAL is a 501c(3) statewide, non-profit organization with branches in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery. FIAAL stands in witness with people across faith and race, working to achieve systemic change by creating pathways of opportunities for all Alabama residents.
If you plan to attend, or for more information, please contact UUCH Social Justice Committee, Gail Williams or Michelle Clark
Time to Return 
Guest at Your Table Boxes
Now that we are through the holidays, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program is wrapping up and it is time to return your Guest at Your Table boxes! 
There are three ways you can return your contribution to the UUSC: 
  1. Bring your box to church and place it in the basket in the Fellowship Hall (cash or check; if cash, provide the information on the side of the box)
  2. Send a check directly to UUSC, PO Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808
  3. Donate on-line at
Thanks for your contributions!
Unitarian Universalist
Common Read   
Sunday, February 4th
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry , edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insights of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color . They explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. It is a joint project of the Committee for Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and Skinner House Books.
Come join our local discussion of this exciting book. Brad Korb and Shiela Burrow will facilitate the conversation. Everyone is welcome. C offee and snacks will be available, so come early to enjoy. There are several books available for loan in the Fellowship Hall for those who wish to borrow one.  
This discussion is sponsored by UUCH Adult Religious Education (RE). Contact Nancy Finley or Shiela Burrows for further information at If you need childcare, please let Shiela or Nancy at least one week in advance.
Everyone is invited to join us, even if you were not able to attend the first discussion.  
Hope to see you there!   
New UU Class  
Starts February 11th
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life -- our worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program is particularly focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here 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. Everyone is welcome!
Mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of February 11 th , 18 th , and 25 th for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education classroom; discussion starts at 9:15 a.m. Pam Korb and Nick Wilbourn will facilitate the discussion.
Contact Nancy Finley ( for further information. If you need childcare during this time, please contact Nancy at least a week before the class.
Make a Quilt in One Weekend

It's not too late to learn to make a quilt in one weekend. Shiela Burrows, Susan Coddington and Nancy Stetson are offering a quilting workshop on February 16th-19th.
This was originally offered as a Service Auction item and is still available for $75 per person. Each person will receive enough fabric to make a bed-sized quilt (80" X 90"), the use of all tools needed, and up to 20 hours of instruction. Each person must have their own sewing machine, a 1/4" foot, and neutral colored thread.
Please contact Shiela Burrows for more information if you would like to join us.

Remaining spaces are extremely limited! 
Triple Crown Winner  
at the 25th Annual Chili Cook-off

What an evening! Fran Alexander captured her third crown to be our first Triple Crown Winner! She can proudly wear the Chili Crown and Cape and wave the Coveted Red Ladle.

Here are the winners:
B est in Show:  
Triple Crown Queen Fran Alexander
Honorable Mention: Jeremy Wright (age 9, our youngest entry ever) 
Veggie: Tim Miller

Kate Watkins (1st time entry)

Medium:  Kim Burrows

Hot:  David Bollinger

White:  Jeannie Hosmer (1st time entry)
Luscious chili from 15 UU chefs made the blind taste judging difficult for judges Monty Moore, Bryan Walls, and Steve Rittenberg.
Masters of Ceremony Fran Alexander and Susan Coddington guided the evening fun. Fran Alexander and her crew decorated the Chili Hall.
Over 80 UUs and friends savored chili and fixin's as they were regaled with music and dancing coordinated by Susan Coddington. There's always something new with our talent. This year it was the sing-a-long, enjoyed by everyone!

Special thanks to Susan and Tim Coddington for setting up and running the sound equipment. Thanks to Alice Dilbeck for stocking and presiding over the adult beverages table.
Thank you, thank you to all who participated by decorating and bringing chili, music, and side fixin's. Several of you get a very special thank you for staying to help clean up so that we ended on the same high note from the rest of the evening. 
Check out for more pictures of this fun evening.
Blessings to everyone from the Hospitality Team 
(Audrey, Betsy, Cherie, Diane, Fran, Jefflyn, Kathy, Mitzi, and Steve) 
Awareness Thru Movement Class 
For a healthy New Year, join our Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class.
These classes focus on gentle movements 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! Classes, led by Sally Locklear, are drop-in with no experience necessary . 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.
For more information, contact Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. J oin us!
Care List
This Sunday, January 21, 2018, at our Circle of Candles:
Pete Cossaboon: a candle of joy and sorrow; My dear Joe is struggling in his mind, body, and spirit. He is recovering more and more everyday. Currently, he is in the hospital and will hopefully come home this week. Please give thoughts of love, strength, peace, and joy to Joe and those who love him.
Lauren Childers and Bryce Childers: a candle of sorrow; Jr. (our dog) was attacked and injured by a larger dog. He was taken to the animal hospital last night and is now at home with pain medication.