The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
February 14, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 7
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 2/14
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
PFLAG Support Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Fri. 2/15
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 a.m.    
 Adult RE Room
Sun. 2/17
New UU Class 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room

Soul Matters Small Groups  
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. 
[Group D]

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
OWL Meeting   
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
RE Wing

Wed. 2/20
Wonder Wednesday Supper
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Choir Rehearsal 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Office Closed

Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 2/22
Office Closed

Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room

Sat. 2/23
Social Saturday
11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Knit Wits
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 2/24
Soul Matters 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Group D
All-Ages Pickup Choir
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Music Room
Social Justice Meeting
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall 
Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
OWL Meeting   
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
RE Wing  
Girl Scout Troop Meeting
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Justice Room 
Tue. 2/26
Forum on Predatory Lending
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd UMC

Soul Matters Small Groups
7:00 - 830 p.m.     
[Group A]

Wed. 2/27
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal 
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Huntsville Assistance Program 
The Social Justice Committee  has a goal to collect at least 100 items each month for the food pantry.  
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donations in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program. 

They run low on cereal, canned fruit, mac and cheese, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, Hamburger Helper-type meals, and canned veggies -- but not green beans or corn.
They are always grateful for our donations. Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
UUkulele Fun Group
The UUkulele Fun Group is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.
The group meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
Girl Scouts at UUCH

We are living the Girl Scout way at UUCH and looking for friends to join us! Girl Scouts at UUCH meet biweekly to enjoy adventures, friendship, and fun together.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.
UUCH Choir

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays in the Choir Room. Our start time has changed to 7:00 p.m. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us! If you plan to attend but cannot, or if you have other inquiries, please contact Pam Siegler at 931-307-4994 or via email .
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class will start again with lessons that  use small, gentle movement, imagination, and sensing. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring anything you might need to make yourself comfortable lying on the floor. If you are unable to lie on the floor, please let us know, and we will make an accommodation for you.
This Adult RE class, led by Sally Locklear, is drop-in, with no experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. 
We meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
Time to Return
Guest at Your Table Boxes

Now that we are through the holidays, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program is wrapping up, and it is time to return your Guest at Your Table boxes!
Even if you didn't participate in the Guest at Your Table program, please consider giving to the UUSC in an effort to advance human rights for all.
There are three ways you can return your contribution to the UUSC:
  1. Bring your box to church, and place it in the basket in the Fellowship Hall (cash or check; if cash, provide the information on the side of the box)
  2. Send a check directly to UUSC at UUSC, PO Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808
  3. Donate online here.
Thanks for your contributions!
 From the 
Property Committee

Want to learn a new skill? We are looking for you! We do not discriminate on any basis whatsoever -- including  tool ownership. Feel free to come in disguise!

The  Property Committee needs the occasional help keeping the lights on in the church. Literally, we need people to help change light bulbs.

Come help on one project with no long-term commitment required. Or, for those who want to work with a team, we do have a few bigger projects, such as painting Rev. Ed's office and replacing boards on the playground fort.  

If you are interested in learning more, talk to Wanda Snoddy, Brad Korb, Tim Miller, or Jeanne de France. For those who are introverted, you can also email us.

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UUCH 2018-19
Board Members
Susan Coddington  
Vice President: 
John Schulz

Nancy Finley

David Bollinger 

Ed Bernstein
Theresa Miller

Nick Wilbourn
Interim Minister:
The Rev. Edward L. Brock

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 Susan Coddington  no later than one week prior to the meeting (i.e. the Tuesday before). You may text or call her, or send a copy of your request via email. The next board meeting will be Thursday, February 28.

The Overlook is a publication of The Unitarian Universalist Church, 3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810

Interim Minister:

The Rev. Edward L. Brock

Board President:  

Susan Coddington    


Nick Wilbourn 


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Office Hours:

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


Office Phone: 256-534-0508

Minister's Email:



Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for ages 3 years and under.


For more info on any event, contact the church office.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, February 17, 2019 
Visiting UU Minister
This week, we gather in community with a special guest minister. Join us as we continue to explore our monthly theme through fellowship.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

We will continue our exploration of "INreach/OUTreach," how we create a wonderful welcome at church and extend it beyond our walls. Peace, Justice, and Searchers rooms will meet as usual in their age-based groups. Transformers and YOUUTH will meet together to continue planning our youth-led worship service that will be held Sunday, February 24. This Sunday is our rehearsal and final preparations, so come on out!
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.

CYRE registration is open! All families, new and returning, should register each year.  Click here to register!
Future Worship Services
February's Theme: Trust
Youth-Led Service    
UUCH Board Report  
January 29, 2019
The Board held its regularly scheduled meeting on January 29, 2019.
Representatives of the Property Committee provided updates on several ongoing and potential future projects. The Board approved Property's proposed recommendation for improvements to the ramp leading to the RE wing.
The task force to pursue 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for the church has had its first meeting and is working on completing the necessary paperwork.
The recent hymnal fundraiser resulted in 30 new sets of hymnals being purchased for the church.
Dozens of nominations were submitted for the ministerial search committee, and the Board is in the process of contacting candidates to serve on the committee.
The next Board Meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 28. This is a one-time change from the standard Board Meeting date, which is generally the 4th Tuesday of the month.
Sexuality Education for Youth

There are still spots available in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program for youth. The first OWL session is this  Sunday, February 17 , for grades 7-9 (ages 12-15) and grades 10-12 (ages 15-17). If you are interested, or know a family who might be interested in OWL, you can invite them to participate.
We will be holding makeup parent/guardian orientation sessions this week and next and will welcome new members into the groups through Sunday, February 24. 
OWL offers a beautiful curriculum, aligned with UU values, for building holistic identity and sexuality awareness in young people. OWL fosters authenticity, safety, comprehensive understanding, and self-worth and, in general, provides the tools a young person needs to make healthy choices about relationships and sexuality. Each class will be led by a committed team of trained facilitators. 
Please contact Director of Religious Education Erin Reid with any questions or to express interest. We welcome you!
Read more about OWL here.
Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
"New UU" Class Continues February 17
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life -- our worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program is particularly focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here for a while will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition. Everyone is welcome!
Join us on February 17 for this chance to learn and share. Please come even if you cannot attend each session. Meet for coffee and refreshments at 9:00 a.m. in the Adult RE classroom; discussion starts at 9:15. Pam Korb and Nick Wilbourn will facilitate the discussion.
Contact Nancy Finley for additional info. Childcare will be provided.
Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education and Membership Committees
Wonderful Wednesday

Please join us Wednesday, February 20, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will be serving a perfect winter supper of hot soup, bread and salad. Vegetarian soup will be available.
It's the perfect opportunity to share a mid-week meal with your UUCH friends and handy for folks who are going to be at church for choir rehearsal. Come join us! Donations are accepted.
Music Notes

Although Pete Seeger composed this song, only the words "I swear it's not too late" were written by him. The rest of the lyrics come from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (in a different order) in the King James version of the Bible. I'm not sure King Solomon was thinking about trust when he came up with this, but as we sang it last Sunday, the choir and I thought it was a great way to remind all of us to trust ourselves and each other as we use our time to live the UU principles we covenant. Trusting that there's always another season.
"Turn, Turn, Turn" by Pete Seeger
To everything (turn, turn, turn)
There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
And a time to every purpose, under heaven
A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep.....
A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time for love, a time for hate
A time for peace, I swear it's not too late - Thanks Pete!

Pam Siegler
UUCH Music Director / Certified Music Leader

Social Saturday
February 23rd
Let's Do Lunch!
Our next Social Saturday will be held on February 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. This event is a casual social time for people to get together, share a meal, and chat -- maybe find out that they share a common interest or have a need that another could meet. Anything can happen when UUs get together! So plan to come and join the group. 

It is a both a potluck and a brown bag, so your choice to bring a dish to share, or keep it simple and brown-bag it. Everyone is welcome, but seniors and new members are especially encouraged to attend, meet some folks, and feel like part of our UUCH family.  We h ope to see you there!

Sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees
The Knit Wits 
The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on Saturday, February 23, at 12:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall You can bring your lunch if you would like and join us for Social Saturday, which starts at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Or you can just  come to chat, eat, knit, and/or crochet. 

The Knit Wits are part of the Care Committee, and no skill at knitting is required! The Knit Wits make Care Shawls for church members undergoing health challenges, as well as baby blankets, and also take on a variety of other projects, such as the yarn-bombing on the playground fence. You are welcome to join the group, and if you wish to learn to knit or crochet, there are good and patient teachers who would love to help you learn. Hope you can join us for a relaxing afternoon with friends.  
For more information, email Barbara Hitt.

Sponsored by the Care Committee
All-Ages Pickup Choir 
Want to be part of a choir but don't have the time? The UUCH Music Program hosts a pickup choir opportunity for all ages. Many children, youth, and adults want to express themselves through music but can't come to regular Wednesday night choir practice. The UUCH All-Ages Pickup Choir offers a flexible, multi-generational alternative. 
On February 24anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room. The pickup choir will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.
Music will be accessible and interesting for all ages and skill levels, starting at four years old.

For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.

What Are 
Soul Matters Groups?

UU "Soul Matters" Groups are a way to feel truly engaged in our church, to deepen connections with others in our spiritual community, and to enhance our personal journeys to wisdom and meaningful lives. We currently have four groups running at UUCH, and we encourage more people to participate in the program. Those who have participated often say it is the most meaningful thing they do at our church!
Soul Matters Groups are designed as a companion program to a congregation's worship and religious education ministries. Congregations using Soul Matters have monthly themes, such as "compassion", "forgiveness", or "truth", which are integrated in all aspects of the church. Being a part of a Soul Matters Group allows you to go deeper in the themes that are being discussed in worship or in children's curriculum in an intimate, small group setting.
What do you do in a Soul Matters Group?
Each month, participants are given packets that contain resources for individual exploration, including questions, exercises, readings, music, and videos on that month's theme, and they can choose how they want to engage with the topic before meeting with the group. Participants then come to the group to discuss the theme. You take it at your own pace; there is not a lot of required reading, but there are plenty of materials to engage you through the month. You spend as much, or as little, time as you wish with the materials before the meeting.
Groups typically meet once a month at the same time, and meetings are usually 90 minutes long. The format is designed to make sure that everyone who wishes to speak is heard, and that we listen to one another without debate, judgment, or interruption. Questions provide opportunities for the group to explore the theme together. Trained facilitators guide the group through the format and help to make sure that the environment is a welcoming and moderated space for all to share and learn.
How can I join a group?
We are currently adding some new Soul Matters Groups. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please contact Nancy Finley.
Care List
This Sunday, February 10, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Andy Durbin lit a candle of sorrow: My grandfather, Bill, has been put into a dementia ward and probably won't be coming home again for the rest of his life. 
Dan Nielsen lit a candle of joy: I plan to move to North Dakota. I am very sad to be leaving those close to me but grateful for this opportunity. 
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: As we approach 1 year after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, I am beyond pleased to report that Congress this week voted on universal background checks for anyone buying a gun. I hope HR8 finds support in the Senate.
Anonymous lit a candle of joy: I would love to express the joy I find in my spiritual journey. I have surpassed what has been a large source of grief in my life that I have begun to heal in a number of ways. Although my spirit of course lets me know that the journey is not over, I would like to express gratitude for making it this far.