The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
December 20, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 51
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 12/20
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Soul Matters Small Group
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Group A

Sun. 12/23  
Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.

Girl Scout Troop Meeting
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Justice Room

Mon. 12/24
Christmas Eve Service
6:00 p.m.

Tue. 12/25

Wed. 12/26
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.

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

Thu. 12/27
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Huntsville Assistance Program 
canned goods
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. 
Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class  usually meets each Friday at 10:00 a.m. However, we are taking a break and will restart in the new year.
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 .

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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, January 29.

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:

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


Office Phone: 256-534-0508

Minister's Email:



Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for age 3 years and under.


For more info on any event, contact the church office.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, December 23, 2018
"A Christmas Caroling Service"
As the sun turns once again to bring light and warmth to the world, let us gather in friendship and fellowship, to be warmed by the poetry of familiar carols and stories. May the myth and mystery of the season open us to the everyday miracle of life and love. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

Children and youth are invited to participate in the multi-generational caroling service in the sanctuary. There will be no classes in the RE area. 
Nursery care (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! 
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.

Monday, December 24, 2018
at 6:00 p.m.
The Reverend Ed Brock  
and Amanda Schuber
Gift Idea  
Looking for a unique gift for that special someone who has everything? Consider donating a hymnal in honor or in memory of those you love.

The paperback (teal) hymnal is $18.00, and the hardback (grey) hymnal is $27.20. As a bonus, we will place a name plate in the hymnal honoring the person of your choosing.

For this holiday season, give a lasting gift of music by donating a hymnal to our congregation. If you have questions, please see Theresa Miller.

Sponsored by the Worship Committee
UUkulele 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.
singing chili
 Save the Date  
UUCH's  Annual Chili Cookoff will be Saturday, January 26
Entertainment, chili and fixins, and warm fellowship are offered. Who could ask for more on a cold winter's night? 
Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee, with Fran Alexander leading the event
Multigenerational Pickup Choir 
Want to be part of a choir but don't have the time?

Beginning in January 2019, the UUCH Music Program will host a "pickup" choir opportunity for all ages. Many children, youth, and adults want to express themselves through music but can't come to regular Wednesday night choir practice. The UUCH All-Ages Pickup Choir will offer a flexible, multigenerational alternative. 
On the last Sunday of each month, anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room. Singers ages 4 and up will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.

For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC's work to advance human rights around the globe.  This year's theme -- Justice Across Borders -- celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC's grassroots partners. From the Northern Triangle of Central America, to the deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. With your support, UUSC and our partners are not only responding to extraordinary challenges of today, but also addressing root causes of injustice and building the capacity to respond to future challenges.
The GAYT brochure describes four UUSC partners who can be the guests at your table. You are encouraged to set out a box at your table to represent one of these or another guest. Boxes and brochures are available in the Fellowship Hall. The GAYT program will run through the end of the year, and we'll collect the boxes in January.
Please contact Brad Korb at 256-895-9303 or via email with any questions.
 From the Property Committee

Want to learn a new skill? We are looking for you! We do not discriminate on any basis whatsoever -- including  tool ownership. Feel free to come in disguise!

The  Property Committee needs the occasional help keeping the lights on in the church. Literally, we need people to help change light bulbs.

Come help on one project with no long-term commitment required. Or, for those who want to work with a team, we do have a few bigger projects, such as painting Rev. Ed's office and replacing boards on the playground fort.  

If you are interested in learning more, talk to Wanda Snoddy, Brad Korb, Tim Miller, or Jeanne de France.
For those who are introverted, you can also email us.
Care List
This Sunday, December 16, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Phil and Sandy Garson  lit a candle of joy: We want to give thanks for Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York Prosecutors for their continued hard work. We wish the best to the New York State Attorney General in her new investigations. Finally, we are looking forward to the Democratic control of the House in Congress in the New Year. 
Ben Lighter (guest)  lit a candle of joy: Joyful to see Wendi Winters, the late journalist and UU, honored by Time as part of "Time's Person of the Year". She was a reporter at the Annapolis Capital Gazette.  
Jefflyn and Bob  lit a candle of joy: We donated the poinsettias in front of the lectern in honor of our three grandchildren, Connor (8), Quinn (4 1/2), and Charlotte (2 1/2). Merry Christmas!
Torin Kyemba lit a candle of joy: Grandma and Grandpa came last weekend. I performed in a show called "The Nutcracker," and at school I performed in "The Polar Express." Therefore, I had no time for church. I had a piano recital on Saturday. It went well. I played, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." The last two weeks have been very hectic.
Wendy Leigh Daniel lit a candle of joy: Prayers for Tillie Daniel, my mother. She is suffering with dementia. Joshua Daniel was beaten in Florence, Alabama, last Thursday. He's in a coma on life support, day 9 as of Sunday. Prayers for me: for strength, wisdom, meeting financial obligations, job loss, health, and pinched nerves in my spine. I am joyous in the Lord at all times. I will continually sing praises to my Father.
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: Saturday morning I honored the wishes of my father-in-law, Roger Edwards, by mixing his ashes with the damp sand of Cocoa Beach, Florida, to build a sandcastle. He was a stage magician, iron worker, entrepreneur, and world traveler.  So, bringing a friend for his first trip to Disney World feels like a fitting tribute to his life.