The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 11, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 19
In This Issue
This Week

Friday, May 12th

Awareness Through Movement
10-11 a.m.

Monday, May 15th

Girl Scout Meeting
5-6:30 p.m
Wednesday, May 17th
Choir Practice
7-8:30 p.m .

See the Calendar and Sunday Bulletin for details

Save the Date!
Annual Congregational Meeting 
May 21st, 2017
at 12:30 p.m.
Please make plans to attend, because we need a quorum! Also, per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing to all members using your newsletter preferences as a g uide. If you currentl y get a paper copy of the newsletter, we'll mail a paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, we'll send you the agenda electronically. Please make sure that the church office has your correct email address! If you would prefer to receive the annual meeting notices in a different format than you get the newsletter, please just let the church office ( or 256-534-0508) know as soon as possible. Thank you!

2016 Opening Parade

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! 
WE CAN REACH 100!   
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, May 23rd. 

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:  

Laurel Bollinger

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:

May's Theme: Embodiment
Upcoming Service 

Sunday, May 14, 2017 
"Storysharing: Celebrating a Year in Children and Youth Religious Education"   
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education; The Reverend Alice Syltie; and the Children and Youth Religious Education Program 

Join in a lively, multi-generational worship service that celebrates our year in Children and Youth RE, sharing the stories and spiritual themes we've explored. Children and youth will help lead our liturgy, presenting what they have learned and accomplished this year. In addition, we will recognize our dedicated Children and Youth RE teachers and volunteers for their care and commitment. We hope that all of our youth and young adults will attend to participate in our annual bridging ceremony. The service will be active and appropriate in length for all ages.
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 
No Sunday morning classes will be held in the RE wing, but nursery care for ages 3 and under will be provided as usual.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at  
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, 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
Wonderful Wednesday Supper!
This Wonderful Wednesday Supper features Tom Meier and his delicious Hibachi!

Join your old friends and make some new ones as we break bread and enjoy each other's company.

, May 17th, 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Childcare at 6:30 p.m. Choir and Adult RE at 7:00 p.m. 

Family friendly pricing: Adults $5, 3-12 $2, under 3 free. Family Max $15.
For Adult RE, there will be a film discussion after the Wonderful Wednesday Supper. Title is "What Would You Do?"

Hosted by your Hospitality Team
Justice: What Would YOU Do?
Adult RE Film Series
If you had to choose between (1) killing one person to save the lives of five others, or (2) doing nothing, even though you knew that five people would die right before your eyes-what would you do? Faced with a difficult decision, what criteria should we use to determine the right, the just, action to take? Are some actions categorically immoral regardless of the outcome? Can favorable outcomes justify the means used to achieve them?

To explore these questions, the Adult RE committee will show a series of four video presentations of Harvard professor Michael Sandel's classroom discussions from his "Justice: What's The Right Thing To Do" class. He challenges his students with both real and hypothetical situations that have no easy answers. 

The first short video in the series will be shown and discussed after the Wonderful Wednesday dinner on  May 17th at 7:00 pm. The next 3 videos in the series will be shown and discussed beginning at 9:00 am before church on May 28, June 4, and June 11. Please join us for what promises to be a lively set of discussions. Childcare will be provided.

--Adult RE committee

UUCH Annual Yard Sale!
Drop-off donations

As you know, the UUCH yard sale will be held at the church on Saturday, May 20th, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Drop-off donations THIS SATURDAY 9-noon. Also, Willette is available to answer the doorbell 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on weekdays. You can always bring the items on Sunday morning as well.

We will plan to pick up big items the week of the sale. Lynda Lamitie has graciously volunteered the use of her truck. Please call her at 256-498-2665 for scheduling. Betsy, Alice, and the Korbs have a trailer available as well. (Thanks!)

During the week leading up to May 20th, we will need all the help we can get to sort and price items. Look for a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship hall this Sunday to sign up to work a shift at the yard sale and/or help with pricing items before the sale. This is typically the biggest fundraiser, next to the Service Auction, and that means we will be selling oodles and oodles of VIJ (very important junk).

If you have questions, you can reach me at 256-289-1374 or
Thanks to my future helpers and to my recent helpers (Gail Williams and Jessica Schultz)!

--Bonnie Herold
Snacks for the Annual Meeting

Please sign up to help provide finger foods and to help cleanup for the May 21st UUCH Annual Congregational Meeting. You can sign up online or on the Fellowship Hall poster. (These will be synched.)

Thanks for participating!

Hospitality Committee

Girls who will be in 2nd or 3rd grade this Fall

Find out about joining Girl Scout Troop #10507


The Unitarian Universalist Church of
Huntsville, 3921 Broadmor Rd, Huntsville

Monday, May 15th at 5:00 p.m. (Meeting regularly every other Monday starting in September)  

Girl Scouts builds confidence, character, and connections. Mostly, being a Girl Scout means trying new things and having fun!  

Contact Troop Leader LaDawn Edwards at 319-431-7461 to RSVP or for more information. Scholarship money is available.  
Care List
This Sunday, May 7th, 2017  at our Circle of Candles:
Bob Weed, a candle of joy: Sunday was Jefflyn's 69th birthday!

Mikel, a candle of sorrow: Please send an extra prayer up for my mom, Annette, who lost her 9-year battle with cancer. Taken away too soon, at 48, she will be missed.

John Sims Jeter, a candle of joy:  May Day! This past Monday he celebrated his 77th birthday.

Kathy Fisher, a candle of joy: She will be having her Spring Student Recital here on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 p.m. You are all invited. This will be her 48th recital and nearly half of those have been on our lovely piano. "I'm very grateful my students get to play it!"

Maria L. Coble, a candle of sorrow: My father, J.P. Lofgren, is in kidney failure and there are many unexpected things delaying the dialysis he desperately needs. He is very weak.

Pam Korb, a candle of sorrow: Please keep Tim Waskerwitz in your thoughts and prayers. His father, Ronald Waskerwitz, passed away. 

Nancy Stetson, a candle of joy: My daughter, Michelle, got married last Monday.