The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
May 16, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 20
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thurs. 5/16
Search Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m.

Fri. 5/17 
Concerts on the Dock
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks

Sun. 5/19
Soul Matters Small Groups
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
[Group D]

Girl Scouts Meeting
3:00 p.m.
Thurs. 5/16
Search Committee Meeting
7:00 p.m.

Wed. 5/22 
UUkulele Group
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Thurs. 5/23
Faith in Action Meeting
5:15 - 7:30  p.m.

Fri. 5/24
Concerts on the Dock
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks
All-Ages Pickup Choir 
The last Sunday in May, May 26 , anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room . The pickup choir   will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.
Music will be accessible and interesting for all ages and skill levels, from four years old to 97 years young.
For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
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.
Huntsville Assistance Program 
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. Please, no canned corn, beans, or peas! They are currently overloaded with those items.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee

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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, May 28 .  

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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Amanda Schuber at  


Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Wednesday - Friday 

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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 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, May 19, 2019 
"5 Happy Things"
Todd and Meg Hoke 
Todd and Meg Hoke share through music and reflection how the practice of "5 Happy Things" has impacted their life.  When people hear about their work as a hospice RN and social worker, they often say "How do you do that? It's so depressing!" 5 Happy Things is part of what keeps them balanced and help them continue providing hospice services for a combined 40+ years.   

This is a 3-step practice that is simple, doable, and useful as a way to discover the positive even while acknowledging the sadness and pain that we wade into on an almost daily basis.

Future Services
May 26: Amanda Schuber  
June 1: Rev. Ed Brock 
June 8: Rev. Ed Bock
June 16: Rev. Ed Brock 
May Worship Theme: Curiosity
We will continue our exploration of "INreach/OUTreach," how we 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.
Annual Meeting 
Annual Congregational Meeting 
June 23 at 12:30 p.m. 
After Sunday services on June 23, we will hold our annual Congregational Meeting. Please make every effort to attend; we need a quorum for the meeting.
Per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing containing the information for the meeting to all members, using your newsletter preferences as a guide. If you currently receive a paper copy of the  
newsletter, you will receive a paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, you will receive the materials electronically.
If you would prefer to receive the Annual Meeting materials in a different format than how you receive the newsletter, please notify Amanda Schuber in the church office (256-534-0508) as soon as  possible.
Submitted by the Board 
Summer Children and Youth Religious Education 
I n the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a learning session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper, and we'll be sure to have a regular CYRE teacher there as support.
Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!  
We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skill, or learning area of yours.  
Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: yarn crafts, music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless! What is a joy to you can be a joy to others.  
Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers or to attend the regular worship service in the sanctuary. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts.  
There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!  
For the next month, we'll have posters in the Fellowship Hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Alternatively, you can contact  Erin Reid , Director of Religious Education (DRE), Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair, or Harper Goodman , RE Assistant.

Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee

There are pledge forms by the yellow PLEDGE box in the Fellowship Hall.
If you haven't already, please
complete your pledge form as soon as possible.

General Assembly 2019 
 June 19-23 in Spokane, WA 
The Power of We
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the UUA through the democratic process. It is an exciting event. Anyone may attend, but congregations must  certify  annually to send voting delegates. UUCH still has open delegates slots, so if anyone is interested in attending and would be interested in serving as UUCH voting delegate, please contact board president Susan Coddington.

Submitted by the Board
Did You Lose Something?  
Please check the lost-and-found baskets on the table in the Fellowship Hall for any items that may have been left behind. At the end of May, all unclaimed items will be donated to the church yard sale!
Yard Sale Is One Month Away!
Unassembled boxes will be available in the sanctuary foyer this Sunday for those who want to start gathering their donations for the 2019 UUCH Yard Sale, to be held Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15.

If you are unable to bring your donations to UUCH between June 10-13, you may contact Dan McKitrick to arrange for pickup for that week only.  Dan still needs a yard sale co-chair; if you can help, especially if you have worked at a UUCH yard sale in the past, please contact Amanda Schuber in the church office.
Open Mic Coffeehouse

Come celebrate the end of the church year (or the beginning of summer, if you prefer) on Saturday, June 8. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m., and we will have nursery care for infants through preschool.

The microphones will be turned on,  and the coffee will be brewed (decaf and regular, plus  hot water for tea or cocoa). Bring some of your favorite cookies to share, your talent, and your attention to the great entertainment that your fellow UUCH-ers will provide.

If previous open mic events are an indication, we will have music, poetry, dance, comedy, and stories from performers of all ages. We will let the young ones and their family members go first so that they can leave early as needed. For those singers who need accompaniment, we will have some "practice" sessions in the choir room on Wednesdays May 29 and June 5. (Of course, you are welcome to do your own accompaniment or bring it on a recording, if that's how you do it.) Please contact Tim Miller if you need accompaniment or if you have questions.

We will have sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall for entertainers, cookies, setup, and cleanup, though  signing up in advance is not required to help!
Sponsored by the Music Committee
Care List
This Sunday, May 12, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of Joy: I held my 50th spring piano recital here yesterday, and it was simply stellar!  
Paul Demoor lit a candle of concern: I ask for prayers for my 92 year old mother, Barbara Demoor, who keeps falling. 
Kathryn Heath lit a candle of sorrow: My mother-in-law, Margaret Heath, passed away on Tuesday, May 7.  She was 96 and had a very full life.  She was an amazing, wonderful woman, loved by all who knew her. 
Bobby Hall lit a candle of joy: Leslie, my BFF for almost 42 years, accepted my proposal to move to Huntsville and be my roommate.  
Bryan Walls lit a candle of sorrow: My uncle, Kenneth Jones, had a heart attack over a month ago and has been in the hospital or rehab since. He is currently back in the hospital, struggling to get enough nutrition on a pureed diet. However, it's good to see he is more aware mentally and back on a healing path from infection.  Positive thoughts are welcome!