The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
March 8, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 10
In This Issue
This Week

Fri. 3/9
Awareness Thru
Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

2018 Cottage Meetings (offsite)
6:00 p.m.

Sat. 3/10
2018 Cottage Meetings (offsite)
12:00 pm & 6:00 p.m

Sun. 3/11
Church Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2018 Cottage Meetings (offsite)
1:00 p.m.

Tue. 3/13
5:15-6:15 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room 

Wed. 3/14
UUkulele Fun Group 
5:45- 7:00 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room 
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Music Room

Fri. 3/16
Awareness Thru
Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

2018 Cottage Meetings (offsite)
6:00 p.m.

Sat. 3/17:
Jerome Belcher Memorial Service
2:00 p.m. 
HAP Collection 
We CAN Do It! 
canned goods

The Social Justice Committe e has a monthly goal to collect at least 100 items during each month for the food pantry.

Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
THANK YOU for your continued generosity!   

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.
Save The Date

As you all know, Reverend Alice has announced her plans to retire at the end of this church year. Although she will be with us until the end of July, we plan to start celebrating her a little early, to begin the process of saying goodbye to someone who has made such an impact on our church and to allow for participation from members before we all embark on our summer vacations. 
Please mark your calendars for a celebration of Reverend Alice's legacy of service and leadership on April 22nd.
We will have an opportunity during that worship service to look back at the many gifts Reverend Alice has given our church. You will not want to miss it!
Awareness Thru Movement Class 

For a healthy new you, 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. 
For more information, contact Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. Join us!

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UUCH 17-18  
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, April 3rd.

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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Please send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at  


Office Hours:

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


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, March 11, 2018
A People of Balance
The Reverend Alice Syltie

What does it mean to be a people of balance? That is the question we are asked to consider this month. Other questions come to mind, as well. How do you know when your life is out of balance? How do you restore balance?

Keeping the Sabbath is a discipline of balance. From Sabbath we get the word sabbatical. Max Page, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, has written about the reason and importance of maintaining the original purpose for sabbaticals. "Fields and animals worked endlessly will become progressively less productive and eventually die". The sabbatical year was a time for shifting emphases, from production to reflection and rejuvenation. The long-term goal was to produce better fields, a better harvest, and better people.

To shift emphases, Dr. Page suggests that we explore new areas, expand our minds with art or music or great literature, and generally upset our routines. This is exactly what I did on my sabbatical. I look forward to sharing a snippet of that experience with you this Sunday.
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (C YRE)

Children and youth will continue their exploration of Living Our Principles in their regular RE rooms.

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.
Paving the Path! 
Click here to Sign Up Online 

The 2018 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) has started with the theme of "Paving the Path!" This year we take time to celebrate some of the great things we have accomplished together over the past few years, like the move to our new building, selling the Governor's property, and growing our congregation. We also prepare for the future as Reverend Alice retires and we continue down our shared path together. What an exciting time for UUCH!
Your support, my support, all of our support together is what makes current and future programming possible at the church.
The ABD Cottage Meetings are scheduled throughout March in the homes of UUCH members. These Cottage Meetings are here to give you an opportunity to complete your forms for your Pledge of support while you enjoy food and fellowship with others who value and support the church.
Whether you are a long-time member or someone who only recently started coming to UUCH, your support is the key to all the great things UUCH can accomplish. The Pledge form you'll complete at the Cottage Meeting, along with the Pledge forms from everyone else, will be the basis for creating the annual operating budget for the 2018-2019 church year that starts in July.
SIGN UP this Sunday in the Fellowship Hall or by following the link above. Several of the meetings are designated as "(CF)" (child-friendly), so your whole family can attend. Special diets will be accommodated so that everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing each of you at a Cottage Meeting.

John Schulz, 2018 ABD Chair
David Bollinger, 2018 Finance Chair
Why Support UUCH During This Year's Annual Budget Drive?

John Schulz delivered a very special testimonial this last Sunday complete with performance of his own song writing. It is a story not to be missed! So if you weren't in attendance, please read his story here.

Spring Workday at UUCH!

It's spring, and that means it's time for an outdoor workday to spruce up our property and do some basic maintenance. We are planning our workday for March 24 at 9:00 a.m. barring nasty weather. (A rain date has not yet been set.)

We will be in need of strong arms and wheelbarrows to move and spread mulch, help eradicate invasive privet and any poison ivy that may have escaped our previous efforts, trim shrubs, clear leaves and pine needles out of gutters, pick up pine cones from the playground, plant flowers to beautify the grounds, and other projects. A particularly large and specialized project will be the removal of a large dead tree from near the street. We hope to have many hands, making easier work for everybody!

A quick planning meeting will be held on March 17th at 9:00 a.m., to prioritize the efforts and to consider what tools we will need to bring. All are welcome to that meeting.

We really need everyone of all ages to pitch in on Saturday, March 24th. Bring your gardening tools and expect some yummy treats from our generous Hospitality Committee.

Want to help to "fuel" the summer spruce-up and maybe lend a hand as well? Sign up here to assist in fueling the work crew.

Thanks in advance to all of you who will be helping! For questions, contact Tim Miller (, grounds liaison for the Property Committee.
Yoga at UUCH!

The purpose of Adult Religious Education at UUCH is to foster community by providing programs that enrich our emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual lives.

We are happy to announce that we will now be offering a beginning Hatha Yoga Class each Tuesday evening at 5:15 pm led by Jessica Schulz. Yoga brings inner quiet and peace of mind, something that could enrich us all.

Classes will start on Tuesday, March 13th and will to continue each Tuesday evening. Each class will last around an hour, so there will be time to get to your important Tuesday evening church meetings afterwards.

Come dressed in comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one (we will have some extras). We will meet in the Adult R.E. Room. For further information, contact Nancy Finley at

Everyone is welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt at Alice & Betsy's
Sunday Afternoon, April 1st

You and your family are invited to spend Easter Sunday afternoon with your fellow UUs in a day of relaxation and fun while welcoming the beginning of spring. (Rain or shine!)        
What: Easter Egg Hunt
Who:  Everyone is invited! 
When:  Sunday, April 1st,   
             2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Alice Dilbeck & Betsy Applegate's home, 620 Ford Chapel Road, Harvest.

Suggestions for what to bring:
  • Yourself and family
  • Eggs for the hunt (plastic filled and "real")
  • Baskets for the egg hunt
  • Goodies to share for munching
  • Lawn chairs and musical instruments. 

Fun for everyone. No children? No problem. We'll have badminton, croquet, and activities for all ages, including "sitting-on-the-porch-talking-as-we-watch-others-expend-a-lot-of-energy." What could be more fun?!

Children are advised to wear or bring play clothes to fully enjoy the outdoor activities.

Directions and map to Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home are in the Fellowship Hall by the kitchen door. You can also call (256-534-0508) or email Willette at the church office ( for a copy.

We are Egg-cited! We'll be HOPPY to see you!

This activity is sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Program as an all-church activity. All are welcome!
Social Justice Opportunities

The Social Justice Committee is collecting new or gently used shoes to benefit Friends of Rescue and Funds2Orgs supporting micro-enterprises in developing countries. Bring shoes to donate to the UUCH Fellowship Hall. The Social Justice Committee will deliver the shoes to Friends of Rescue.

Volunteers are needed for the Food Line. If you would like to give of your time, please see the poster in Fellowship Hall for more information.

Homeless meal pack items are needed for the March 24th Religious Education workday. Items to consider for donation are fruit cups, Vienna sausages, pudding cups, small cartons of juice, peanut butter cracker packs, energy bars, etc. Please see a complete list in the Fellowship Hall.

Social Justice Committee meetings are the last Sunday of the month at 9:30 a.m.   Our next meeting will be on Sunday, March 25th. Join us!
Board Report February 27, 2018
The Board approved the new co-chair of the Music Committee, Theresa Miller.
A contract for a temporary, part-time Religious Education Assistant, Harper Goodman, was approved. She will be working until June 30, 2018, to assist the Director of Religious Education with particular responsibilities including coordinating nursery and childcare and supporting special projects.
The Board continues to discuss and plan for our transition in ministry. A sub-committee of the Board is working on the paperwork for the application for an interim minister. We will submit this application by April 15th. The planning for a celebration on April 22nd for Reverend Alice continues.
The Next Steps Task Force report was discussed. The full report can be viewed here.  The report highlights the top items prioritized by the congregation at the December Town Hall meeting. These include the following items:
  1. Renovating the RE wing restrooms (or just one of them) to accommodate wheelchairs and be gender neutral.
  2. Building a new ramp into the current (south) RE wing to fit the 1:12 ADA constraint.
  3. Rebuilding the doorway into the south entrance to better accommodate wheelchairs.
  4. Build a new restroom (or expand the current office restroom and build an access hall to it) that would be wheelchair accessible and gender neutral.
  5. Rebuild the chancel to accommodate wheelchair access.
  6. Replace the sanctuary windows. 
The Task Force recommends, and the Board approved, action be taken by the Property Committee to obtain bids on the top items. A new Task Force is being established to examine the work on the sanctuary renovation, including both the chancel area and windows. These bids and plans will be presented to the congregation for a vote at the May annual meeting.
In other property business, the Board approved the removal of a dead tree in front of the church.
Due to spring break travel, the next Board Meeting will be held on April 4th (no meeting on March 27th).  
Care List
This Sunday, March 4, 2018, at our Circle of Candles:
Rev. Alice lit a candle of sorrow for the loss of our dear friend and long time church member, Jerome Belcher, who died Saturday following a brief illness.

Paul DeMoor
; a candle of joy: Mother is recovering from having pacemaker put in. 
Cheri Smith; a candle of sorrow: Prayers for the Norris family. Kavoni's nephew, DeSean, died Saturday. He was 4 months old. Prayers for my ex-husband. He has cancer and has been in the hospital with an infection.  
Bonnie Hall; a candle of joy: Thanks so much for your kindness and cards. I'm recuperating much more quickly because of that. You are the best!

Rachel Scheib; a candle of joy: Knee surgery has me too groggy to attend. Many thanks for the tots and pears! You bring joy and smiles to my day.

Phyllis Varney; a candle of sorrow: I lost my good friend, Anita Anderson, this week. She came to our church many years ago until she moved away. She came back in 2016 to be near her sons, Paul and Charlie.

Maria Coble; a candle of sorrow: My dad, J.P. Lofgren, will have surgery this next week. The first try of this surgery was not successful. My mom, his caretaker, is having hip problems. Also, I have laryngitis (lost my voice, mostly) and I am a middle school teacher. I need my voice to heal!

Jessica Schulz; a candle of concern: Rachael Scheib is recovering from a recent surgery to repair a torn meniscus. She's recovering nicely. She even has plans to come to choir practice on Wednesday.

LaDawn Edwards; a candle of joy: During a trip to D.C. last week, I gathered up my courage and called on my Senator's office to tell my thoughts about the issues of the day. Senator Shelby's staff was accommodating and listened graciously to my concerns.

Ashley Creekmore; a candle of sorrow: Girl Scouts in Madison lost one of their girls on Saturday. She earned her angel wings after a long battle with leukemia. Her loss is felt deeply by her family, troop, Service Unit, and Girl Scout community at large.

Fran Alexander; a candle of joy: Hard to believe, grandson, Sweet Baby James, will be a year old in two weeks. Time flies!