The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 8, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 23
In This Issue
General Assembly 2017

June 21-25, 2017 
at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.
By going to New Orleans, we can both celebrate our successes and recommit to the relationships that have been forged with this community. Plan your trip! Important dates and programming updates may be found here:
This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 
The Social
Justice Committe e's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Suggested donations:  
macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!
Thanks for all you do!  

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Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Ed Bernstein

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, June 27th. 

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: .

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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:

June's Theme: Joy
Upcoming Service 

   Sunday, June 11, 2017 

              "In Search of Joy"

                       The Reverend Alice Syltie

Our theme this month asks us to consider where and how we find joy in our lives. We take for granted that joy is a necessary element of a good life. And yet, joy is  often illusive and defies definition. There are good times and bad times, as Ric Masten reminds us in his song, "Let It Be A Dance." As our life unfolds for us, perhaps the question becomes how might our understanding of joy unfold, as well?
cyreThis Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

This Sunday, we continue our Summer RE program making art on the Playground Mural with Kristy From-Brown.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at

 What Would YOU Do?
Adult RE Discussion
Sunday, June 11th
at 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Adult Religious Education has been having fun discussing a series of video presentations titled "Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do." The next video in the series will be shown and discussed at 9:00 am on June 11th. Everyone is welcome. Join in the discussion as we wrestle with difficult decisions to determine what is just and moral in particular scenarios. We are finding that it is not always easy nor clear to know what is the "right thing to do."

For more information contact, Nancy Finley,

--Adult RE committee
Bobby's Birthday Bash
Saturday, June 17, 2017
6:30 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

This is not a milestone birthday for Bobby, but it will be a memorable event for you! Featuring a "house concert" by The Red Wine Effect (good friends from Nashville) and delicious snacks from Willette, what more could you ask for?

TRWE is a duet with beautiful harmonies, delightful lyrics, and glorious spirits. Their backup group is super-talented, too! Come, hear some wonderful songs, and celebrate the joy of being together.

Bring a happy spirit, a big smile, an easy laugh, and hands ready to clap!

To help in the refreshments and other  preparations, please Bobby Hall at or (256) 975-3705.  
UUkulele Fun Group will meet through the summer!
The UUkulele Fun Group will continue to meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing. This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele - from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We have a new song book to share that has lively songs we can all play together. So come make a little music with us.

This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley or Glen Clark for further information.
Children and Youth Summer RE
 We Need YOU!

In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education 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 RE 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: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, or cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!! What's 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 standing in the church foyer and fellowship hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
Care List
This Sunday, June 4th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
John Czachurski: Thanks to my church family for all of the kindness shown to me and my family during my job loss, medical issues, and the death of my mother-in-law. 
Jack Long, a candle of sorrow: The two women that have loved me the most died on adjacent days in May. My mother died on the 28th in 2000 and my dearest Echo died on the 29th of 2017.

LaDawn Edwards, a candle of concern:  Laurie Keller, had a port installed in her chest on Wednesday to make her chemotherapy treatments easier this summer.

Pam Siegler: Love, light, and strength to Erin's parents. Her father struggles with breathing, has kidney disease, and gout. Her mom is caregiver and needs calm and regularity in her heart.

Amanda Schuber, a candle of sorrow: Jim Key, our UUA moderator, passed away. He will be missed.