The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
October 26, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 43
In This Issue

Thu. 10/26
Essential Spirituality
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

Faith in Action Alabama HUB meeting
5:15-7:15 p.m.
Madison Christian Church

Fri. 10/27
Awareness Thru Movement  
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Adult Religious Education Room

All-Ages Halloween Party
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Sun. 10/29
Next Steps Task Force Town Hall
12:00-1:00 p.m.  
Fellowship Hall 

Songs and Chants for Unity and Protest
5:00-6:30 p.m.

Mon. 10/30
Service Auction Donation Deadline
(see related article for details)
Wed. 11/1
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Music Room

Thu. 11/2
Essential Spirituality 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room   
Fri. 11/3
Awareness Thru Movement  
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Adult Religious Education Room  
Sat. 11/4
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Meet in Fellowship Hall

Annual UUCH Service Auction
6:00-9:00 p.m
Fellowship Hall
"Over the Rainbow"
UUCH Service Auction 2017
The UUCH Service Auction takes place Saturday, November 4th at 6:00 p.m. We need your donations to make this annual event a success. Donation deadline is October 30th. Please inform us of your donation and intent to participate before our calling tree effort begins. There have been very few items donated so far. Let's make this the event that it has historically been! The food, fun, and fellowship are not to be missed!
Want to volunteer during the auction? We need table monitors, spotters, and runners as well as people to help with setup and cleanup. If you can volunteer to help, please send an email to
Remember, there are 3 ways to donate.
To sign up your talent or other contribution:
1) Fill out the forms available in the Fellowship Hall; or 
2) Send an email to with details about your contribution; or 
3) Fill in an online form
The forms and email also let us know you are coming and pre-register you as a bidder. Check out during the night of the auction is based on the order by which you register, so make sure you register early!
We will once again offer you an opportunity to win a lovely quilt during a raffle. The lucky winner will be able to select one quilt from several options. You can view the selections from which the winner will choose in the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. Tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10. See Shiela Burrows after the service this Sunday to purchase your raffle tickets.
Childcare will be provided. Door prizes will also be given away throughout the evening - you must be present to win.
The Hospitality and Social Justice Committees are hosting the Alabama Hispanic Dinner on December 9th. 
Through the month of November, our youth will pass around baskets to collect money during the Music for Centering.  Our youth will use this money to purchase the presents given to the Hispanic youth who attend the dinner. It is a joyous occasion! So, please give, as you are able.
Information on help needed for hosting will be forthcoming.
The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect at least 100 items during the month of October for the food pantry. Please put your nonperishable food item or personal care product 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 7:15pm in the choir room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
Awareness Through Movement

Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Feldenkrais Method of Aw areness Through Movement meets each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room. This Adult Religious Education (RE) class is drop-in, no experience necessary.  The class will be led by Sally Locklear.

Everyone is welcome.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair, Nancy Finley . If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.  

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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, November 28th.

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.  


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, October 29th, 2017
"El Dia De Los Muertos"
Amanda Schuber
In the Mexican tradition, the dead are honored with beautiful altars, music, dancing, and offerings of their favorite foods. We are grateful for rituals that encourage us to open our hearts and express our love for our dearly departed. Join us in commemorating the Days of the Dead by bringing a photo of your beloveds, flowers, or a significant object to add to our community altar. 
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education  (CYRE)
CYRE groups will meet to continue our exploration of "Living Our Principles."
If you haven't already, please be sure to register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. You can register here.  
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.    
Ghosts & Goblins, Creatures & Critters, Kids & Adults--come one, come all to our all-church Halloween Party! THIS Friday, October 27th, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 
The Halloween Party is an all-ages party, for children and adults alike, sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education 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! 
For party sign-up, click here.
Song and Chants for Unity and Protest Teach-in 5:00-6:30 p.m. THIS Sunday, October 29th

UUCH will host this opportunity to learn songs and chants for unity and protest gatherings. Song leaders from AshaKiran, Faith in Action, Temple B'nai Sholom, the Alabama Hispanic Organization, as well as our own Pam Siegler will teach short, easy to remember music the community can use as we show up for social justice and unity.

And you can help! Sign up here 
 Next Steps Task Force Check-In  
Town Hall Meeting  
on Sunday, October 29th

The Next Steps Task Force (NSTF) has been tasked with facilitating the congregation's decision-making process on how to utilize the funds we received from selling the Governors Drive property. The committee consists of Lynsie Lamitie  (Board Trustee), Brad Korb  (Property Committee), Rev. Syltie (now on sabbatical), and Tim Miller (chair).

At the last Annual Meeting, we were tasked with making a couple of property improvements (new water line and parking lot lights) and with obtaining proposals and cost estimates from an architect on possible improvements to the building. Some of those improvements, largely related to accessibility, were listed at that meeting.

We have been working with our architect to evaluate those and other tasks that may be included in the next phase of renovations. Some of the major areas of interest are to redesign the sanctuary front area to accommodate wheel chairs and to permit more flexibility for different kinds of presentations; to expand the fellowship hall; and to create accessible, gender-neutral restrooms.

As we work to determine what our next steps should be, we would like to get feedback from the congregation and inform you of the potential options we've received from the architect.

Please join us for a brief town hall meeting immediately following the service on October 29th.  The task force will present the information we've gathered from the architect and solicit feedback from the congregation.  Based on this feedback, the NSTF will put together more concrete plans. At the December 3rd meeting , we will ask the congregation to vote on how to prioritize our next steps .
Your input is important to us as we move forward in the planning process. We want to make sure your voice is heard.
CASA TEMP$ Work Day on November 4th   

UUCH will be participating again this year in the CASA TEMP$ program on November 4th. CASA (Care Assurance System for the Aging and Homebound) is a non-profit agency located in Huntsville that provides services to individuals age 60 and older as well as to the home-bound (wheelchair and bed bound) of all ages since 1979. The Taking Energy Measures Personally = $avings (TEMP$) 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.

UUCH will be working on two homes in North Huntsville again this year. We will be covering windows, installing new smoke detectors, and other minor household repair tasks.

We will meet at the church at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4th, and should be done by noon or 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Brad Korb at 256-895-9303 or 

Your Social Justice Committee
Calling All Children kids singing
Interested in singing a special song with the choir? The choir will be singing Give Us Hope on December 10th. This song has a special part for a group of children. If you have children (ages 7+) who would enjoy this experience, we invite you to sign them up. There will be three more 30 minute rehearsals after church starting at 12:15 p.m. on November 5th, November 19th, and December 3rd. If you have any questions, please call, text, or email the Music Director, Pam Siegler (931-307-4994).
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. On Sunday, November 5th, we will welcome new members 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 by October 29th .

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
  • Voting at congregational meetings
  • Making financial contributions
  • Contributing time and talent
  • Spiritual growth and development
Essential Spirituality, The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind
Every Thursday evening through November 16th at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join UUCH Adult Religious Education as we read, discuss, and explore some exercises in Essential Spirituality - The 7 Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind by Dr. Roger Walsh, M.D., PhD. Based on over twenty years of research, Essential Spirituality shows how we can apply the seven practices central to all the world's major religions in our daily lives to cultivate kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity. Dr. Walsh, who is both a spiritual practitioner and an award-winning scientist, believes that each of the major spiritual traditions has both a common goal and seven common practices to reach that goal. Essential Spirituality integrates the spiritual principles of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism into what Walsh believes is one truly rewarding way of life in which kindness, love, joy, peace, vision, wisdom, and generosity become an ever growing part of everything you do. Come join us as we discover how his views might be consistent with our principles as Unitarian Universalists.
We have four copies of the book available for loan and they can be signed out in the Fellowship Hall or by contacting Shiela Burrows . The book is also readily available on-line to purchase. We will continue to meet each Thursday evening through November 16th in the Adult RE Room from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you need childcare, please contact Shiela Burrows or Nancy Finley at least one week before the event.    
Everyone is welcome!
Care List
This Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Becky Ellingwood, a candle of joy: Team UUCH thanks to all those who walked, ran, and made donations to the Ribbon Run this weekend. Thanks to you, we raised over $248 to help Breast Cancer Research
Mike and Carolyn, a candle of sorrow: My uncle, Ty Gutierrez, is in the hospital with sepsis from an infection. A surgery to amputate his infected leg is scheduled for Monday morning. 
Kathy Fisher, a candle of and joy: My twin sisters celebrated their birthday on Sunday. Happy Birthday to Maggie and Dee! Also, my nephew and his wife had their first baby on Saturday. Welcome to the world Patrick!
Jack Long, a candle of joy: I spent last weekend in Atlanta with family for 5 days.
Barbara Hitt, a candle of concern: Gary is in the hospital with an undiagnosed illness causing high fever and extreme weakness, possibly linked to recent day-surgery or international travel. I am very worried about him.  
UPDATE: Gary is now home, still weak and wobbly, but recovering. Medical science was never able to determine what he had, but identified dozens of illnesses that he did NOT have!