The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
July 20, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 29
In This Issue
We Can Reach 100!
  The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect and donate 100+ items per month 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 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!
Let's make the count
100 for July!
Thanks for all you do!  
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.

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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, August 22nd. 

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, July 23rd, 2017 
"Touching Lives" 
Jennifer Jonas, M.M., M.T.A.

Jennifer Jonas is an accredited music therapist with over 25 years of experience working with children and seniors. She began her studies in her home country of Canada and then pursued her master's at Michigan State University. In 1998, Jennifer's family moved to Huntsville, where she continued her therapy work. In 2013, she began sharing her music therapy stories on WLRH, where she is a regular contributor to the Sundial Writers Corner. Sharing her stories on the radio inspired her dream of writing her own book, Touching Lives, One Song at a Time.

Jennifer writes, "I have learned over my 25 years as a music therapist how we can touch people's lives. Being present with someone, truly present, is something we can all do in our daily lives." 

Join us this Sunday as Jennifer returns to UUCH to share her music therapy stories and love of music with our community.
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

We continue our Summer RE program YARN ART with leaders Lynda Lamitie and Anna Weber with helpers Audrey Fox and Ryan Weber. The Sunday Supervisor is Heather Kyemba. 

For information or to register a child, contact  Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at 
UUCH Rafting/Camping
July 28-31, 2017

It's not too late to join us!

Drive up and back on July 29 (Saturday) or camp at beautiful Chilhowee Campground in the Cherokee National Forest. 

Raft EITHER the Ocoee (class III and IV, ages 12+) or the family-friendly Hiwassee (class II, all ages) or swim in the lake at the campground or just hang out in the beautiful woods.


Sign up ASAP! More details
here and more to come this week to those who have signed up.  Lots of fun for everyone!!

Check out the details online and THEN contact Alice Dilbeck with any questions: 256-656-7419 or

--Brought to you by your Membership, Hospitality, and Religious Education Committees. 
kids singing
The UUCH choir will reconvene for the new church year on Wednesday, August 2nd at 7:15pm in the choir room. We will be figuring out sections (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), assigning folders and music for the first half of the season, and reaffirming our joyful connection with each other and our mission of enriching the lives of the congregation through music. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
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.

Most children enter foster care with nothing but the clothes on their back because the social workers cannot wait for them to pack. Madison County alone has 15-20 new children enter foster care every month. We want to help the children in foster care by giving them some of the things they may need.

With your help, we can make a difference! Starting July 9, there will be a box in the UUCH Fellowship Hall 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. Here is the list of items needed by the children in foster care:
  1. Blankets
  2. All kinds of toiletries (combs, brushes, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, soap, body wash, hygiene products for teenage girls, lotion, etc.)
  3. Hair accessories for girls/all ages
  4. Ball caps for boys
  5. Diapers, bib, baby toys, pacifiers, wipes, bottles
  6. Books
  7. Makeup
  8. Shaving supplies
  9. Socks, underwear
  10. Puzzles, crayons
  11. Pajamas
It is tough being a child in foster care. We are trying to make it a little easier through the Duffel Bag Project. We appreciate anything you can contribute. No donation is too small.
Care List
This Sunday, July 16th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Cheri Smith, a candle of concern: This week my grandson, Vincent, goes to basic training in the Navy. My daughter, Vicky, goes for high-dose radiation. She will be in isolation for a week.