The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
January 11, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 2
In This Issue
Fri. 1/12
Awareness Thru Movement Class
10:00 a.m.

Sat. 1/13
Trip to India: A Multi-Media Presentation & Dessert Buffet 
7:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 1/14
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m.
Mon. 1/15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wed. 1/17
Wednesday Supper  
6:00-6:45 p.m.

Film Discussion on "Intention"
7:00-8:00 p.m.  
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Music Room
Fri. 1/19
Awareness Thru Movement Class
10:00 a.m.

Sat. 1/20
25th Annual Chili Cook-off and Open Mic Hot Time   
5:30-9:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
HAP Collection! 
 The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect at least 100 items during the month of January for the food pantry. THANK YOU for all of your continued generosity!   
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
The UUkulele  
Fun Group

The Ukulele Fun Group occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.

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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, January 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:  

Susan Coddington 

Kathy Heath 


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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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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:

Upcoming Service

Sunday, January 14, 2018
What Does It Mean  
To Be A People of Intention?  
The Reverend Alice Syltie   
Our theme for January is Intention. Throughout the month, we will consider what it means to open our hearts to the path that calls us forward. January is the month when we hear much about making resolutions and setting goals. Resolutions and goal setting often reflect a desire to change something about ourselves, to be better, or somehow different. What if we took to heart an affirmation of our own worth and dignity and put some intention into discerning what calls us to act in response to our highest principles? On this Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, we will consider how Dr. King responded with deep intention and commitment to the call to work for equality and justice for all people. 
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
All CYRE groups will meet in thei r rooms to continue Tapestry of Faith curricula on "Living Our Principles."
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
If you haven't already, please register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.
Trip to India: 
A Multi-Media Presentation 
Saturday, January 13th

Barbara and Gary Hitt will be giving a multi-media presentation of their recent trip to India on Saturday, January 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the UUCH Fellowship Hall. Gail and Howard Williams and Vickie and Malcolm Goodman will be hosting a dessert buffet with hot cobbler and other delicious desserts, along with hot cider and coffee to warm you up! 
This was originally offered as a Service Auction item and is now presented for $25 for adults and $10 for teens 12-18, children 12 under free. Babysitting will be provided on request.  
It's not too late to sign up to spend an evening with friends enjoying the Hitt's adventures in India where they saw and photographed tigers, beautiful birds, exotic wildlife, and the Taj Mahal. They especially enjoyed being so warmly welcomed by the people as they traveled around India.  
Please contact the Hitts, the Williams, or the Goodmans if you would like to join us.  

Wonderful Wednesday Supper 
Our next Wonderful Wednesday Supper will be held on Wednesday, January 17th. We will be featuring yummy homemade soup. 
Film Discussion on Intention
The church theme for January is Intention. In keeping with that theme, Adult Religious Education will have a film discussion on January 17th at 7:00 p.m. (right after the  Wonderful Wednesday Supper) until 8:00 p.m.  
We will show the TED Talk by Malik Copra, "Living with Intention." To help us ponder what it means to live a life of purpose, she poses these questions, "Who am I?", "What do I want?", and "How can I serve?"
All are welcome for a stimulating film and discussion. Join us. Childcare will be provided. 
25th Annual Chili Cook-off and  
Open Mic Hot Time  
Saturday, January 20th

singing chili Who, me, win the coveted red ladle? Yes, you, on Saturday, January 20th!
Queen Fran Alexander won the 2017 "Best in Show" Coveted Red Ladle (blind tasting). Bring your hot talent, chili, and side dishes to this fun evening!
See the Fellowship Hall poster or online to register your chili, sign-up to decorate, and offer to bring your favorite chili side dish: cheese, sour cream, crackers, salads, cornbread or rolls, and desserts.
Open mic entertainment is an important part of the evening! Contact Susan Coddington ( or 256-520-3940)  to be part of the show. 
Saturday set list:
9:00 a.m. Decorate and setup
4:30 p.m. Chili judges arrive  
5:00 p.m. Chili judging begins, doors open
5:30 p.m. Chili buffet opens
6:30 p.m. Hot talent at the hot mic
Admission is $5 each for those 12 and older; children 3-11 are $3 each; family max $20. (Free admission for Chili Chefs)
Master-minded by Fran Alexander, hosted by Hospitality
Unitarian Universalist  
Common Read
Sunday, January 21st
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry , edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insights of Unitarian Universalist religious professionals of color . They explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. It is a joint project of the Committee for Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and Skinner House Books.
Come join our local discussion of this exciting book. Brad Korb and Shiela Burrow will facilitate the conversation. Everyone is welcome; c offee and snacks will be available, so come early to enjoy. There will be several books available for loan in the Fellowship Hall for those who wish to borrow one.  
This discussion is sponsored by UUCH Adult Religious Education (RE). Contact Nancy Finley or Shiela Burrows for further information at If you need childcare, please let Shiela or Nancy at least one week in advance. Hope to see you there.  
Awareness Thru Movement Class 
For a healthy New Year, join our Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class.
These classes focus on gentle movements that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.
Everyone is welcome! Classes, led by Sally Locklear, are drop-in with no experience necessary . Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.
ATM is held on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. ,
starting January 12th until further notice.  
For more information, contact Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. J oin us!
Care List
This Sunday, January 7, 2018, at our Circle of Candles:
Barbara Hitt for the Care Committee: a candle of joy; John Jeter will finally be going home tomorrow after spending 50 days in the hospital. John and his wife, Derelene, will need meals delivered, rides to rehab, and people to stay with John to give Derelene a break. I will be setting up a schedule to provide this needed care for John and Derelene who will be very appreciative of our support.   
Jack Long: a candle of joy and sorrow; I made it through my first set of holidays with a smile. Thank you Echo.  
Jeannie and Ray Hosmer: a candle of concern; Prayers for our friends Kathy and Robert Garrison. Kathy is recovering from back surgery and Robert has recently started suffering from seizures. Positive thoughts and healing energy are greatly appreciated.  
Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy: a candle of joy; Share a milestone that their oldest daughter, Samantha, married her longtime boyfriend, Matt, over the Christmas holiday. They will have a more formal ceremony later in the year.  
Amanda Schuber: a candle of joy; I reached a huge milestone of 100 pounds lost! I feel amazing and I'm so grateful for the love and support of this community as I have walked this path of self care towards a better and happier life.