The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 24, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 34
In This Issue

Fri. 8/25:
UUCH Leadership Retreat
6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m

Sat. 8/26:
UUCH Leadership Retreat
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sun. 8/27:
CYRE Ice Cream Social
12:00 p.m. Fellowship Hall

The Remembrance Project
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Downtown HSV Square

Tue. 8/29:
WAAY-31 New Futures Telethon
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wed. 8/30:

UUCH Choir
meets at 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

The HAP count for July was 157 items!
  The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect items for the food pantry. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please put your donation in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  
Duffel Bags for
Foster Care Children
Our Girl Scout Troop 10507 and the UUCH Social Justice Committee are joining forces with Girl Scout Troop 10341 of North Central Alabama to fill 100 duffel bags for foster care children.
There is a box in the UUCH Fellowship Hall for collecting new item donations to fill the duffle bags. These items can be for boys or girls, ages infant to 18, and of all races.
We appreciate anything you can contribute. No donation is too small.

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!

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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, September 26th.  

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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Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.


Office phone: 256-534-0508
email: .

Minister's email:



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, August 27th, 2017 
" Shall I Get Up This Morning?
      The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto 
 The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto is the Lead Executive for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Rev. Kenn has served Unitarian Universalist ministries for 45 years in a variety of settings: congregations in Indiana and Iowa, northern Virginia, Pennsylvania, in New Zealand and Australia--and most recently in Fort Myers, Florida.

Widely sought out for his work with systems theory and congregational leadership, Kenn has served our faith as a member of the UUA's Congregational Life staff since 2006. He leads a ten member field staff team who provide organizational development and leadership training for the 216 congregations that make up the Southern Region of the United States.

I look forward to sharing the pulpit with Rev. Kenn this Sunday and hope you will join me in welcoming him to UUCH.  
The Reverend Alice Syltie 
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 
We conclude our Summer RE program with MOVEMENT: STAND, SIT, ROLE REPEAT! with Sally Locklear and an END OF SUMMER - BEGINNING OF FALL WELCOME with Erin Reid. The Sunday Supervisor is Audrey Fox.

SPECIAL NOTE: The Children and Youth Religious Education Committee invites all ages (young and old alike) to share ice cream and popsicles in the fellowship hall and playground areas right after church as a fun way to end the summer season.

YOUUTH Group will meet at 12:15 in the YOUUTH Room to gather for our field trip to Monaco to see a movie together. YOUUTH group will conclude at 4:00 P.M. with parent pick-up at Bridge Street. Please contact  to register for the outing.

For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at  

Fall RE registration is now open at:
We encourage all families to register by September 17, our first day of Fall RE sessions. Welcome!
Congregational Leadership Retreat Friday & Saturday
August 25th - 26th

The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto, Lead Executive of our UUA Southern Region, will be with us to review our ministry on August 25th and 26th. The Regional staffs routinely help congregations like ours to take a moment to look at how things go, especially before and after a Sabbatical. This workshop/retreat comes after we have settled into our new building and are ready to ask, "What now?" This is a good time to step back a bit and review who we are, what we value, and whether we are fulfilling our mission as a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

Anyone interested is invited to come Friday night, 6:30 p.m. - 9:15 p.m, to help us tell The Story of Our Congregation, Who We Have Been, and Where We Have Come From. We anticipate this to be a fun trip down memory lane to help us conclude by identifying our core values, who we are, and whom we might yet serve. Light refreshment and childcare provided.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the Board and Program leaders will meet to discern Where Are We and Where Might We Go Next? They will review roles and responsibilities, ensure appropriate structures are in place during the Minister's sabbatical, and begin planning for what comes next. They'll report outcomes in September.

Join REACHsv and the Equal Justice Network - Alabama as we remember Ephraim Hall, Ben Evans, Wesley Brown, Robert Moseley, Mollie Smith, Amanda Franks, James Nance, Elijah Clark, Horace Maples, and Herman Deeley, all African American residents of Huntsville and/or Madison County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and all victims of the racial terror of lynching. The Remembrance Project is an effort to tell the truth about the past as we seek to promote justice and mercy in the present and endeavor for improved race relations in our community in the future.

--Social Justice Committee


I've recently joined the board of New Futures, the only homeless shelter in North Alabama that allows families to stay together (unlike other shelters, which must separate men and women over age 12).

I'd like to ask you all for your help in doing one or both of the following to support New Futures:

1) On Tuesday, August 29, WAAY-31 is holding a Telethon to raise money for New Futures. We're looking for volunteers to answer the telethon phones in increments of two hours from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

2) I'm taking advance donations for the Telethon. We'll have a digital donation link set up before the Telethon or I can take cash or checks beforehand.
This is SUCH a worthwhile cause that I hope people will give generously.

Please contact Alicia Shelley about helping in either of the above ways

Thanks so much for helping me get the word out about New Futures; you can find out more by visiting:  or by viewing the video linked here:

Blessings in Christ,


--Social Justice Committee  
We are sorry to say that longtime member Millicent Simmons has moved to live near her family in Salt Lake City. The move was quite sudden--we learned of it only afterwards--so we were unable to tell her goodbye in a big way. Millicent would love to hear from you as she settles into her new home. So please give her a call or send a card or note!

Millicent Simmons
3801 South Highland Cove Lane Apt T 111
Salt Lake City, UT 84106
Phone: 256-509-6527
Care List
This Sunday, August 20th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Torin James Mpagi Kyemba, a candle of joy: Tomorrow is a solar eclipse. How perfect to witness 97% of a solar eclipse! What if the sun, then earth, then moon were aligned in that order? That is called a lunar eclipse. A lunar eclipse happens when the earth blocks out the moon's light. When that happens, the moon turns red.