The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
July 25, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 30
In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Thurs. 7/25
Faith in Action Meeting
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.


Sun. 7/28
ARE: Studying 
the Bible 
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room

Worship Service
Michelle Clark 
10:45 a.m.


Tues. 7/30
Jemison High School Teacher Breakfast
8:30 a.m.
Jemison HS


Sun. 8/4
Worship Service
Ana Schuber
10:45 a.m.

First Sunday Potluck
12:00 p.m.


Wed. 8/7
Soul Matters Small Group (Group B)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Sun. 8/11
Worship Committee Meeting
9:00 -10:00 a.m.

Social Justice Committee Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Worship Service
Annual Hymn Sing
10:45 a.m.


Wed. 8/14
Soul Matters Small Group (Group C)
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.


Sat. 8/17
Beyond Categorical
Thinking 
9:00 - 12 p.m.

U Ukule le  
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.
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. Please, no canned corn, beans, or peas! They are currently overloaded with those items.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
 
UUCH Free Food Pantry 
UUCH's Free Food Pantry is installed in the parking lot and is now stocked. The Social Justice Committee will restock the pantry with non-perishables, as needed, and you can, too.

See the Social Justice Committee for more information on what items are in need.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee

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UUCH 2019-20
Board Members
 
President:  
John Schulz
 
 Vice President: 
Denise Runnels

Secretary:
Nick Wilbourn

Treasurer: 
David Bollinger 

Trustees: 
Ed Bernstein
Jack Long
Bryan Walls

 
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 John Schulz  via email no later than one week prior to the meeting (i.e. the Tuesday before)The next board meeting will be Tuesday, August 27 .  

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:  

John Schulz   

Editor:  

Nick Wilbourn 

 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Amanda Schuber at
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

Office Hours:

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Wednesday - Friday 

Office Phone: 
256-534-0508
Office Email:
uuch@uuch.org

Minister's Email: minister@uuch.org

Website: www.uuch.org 

 

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

The Hero of Your Own Story
Michelle Clark
Sunday, July 28, 2019  
 
To be the hero of your story you don't need to be strong like a superhero; you just need to be better than yesterday. Financial coach and fan of the Dave Ramsey Show, Michelle Clark will share what she has learned about hope, community, confidence in self, and the magic of a plan in the hands of a tenacious spirit.  
 
 Future Services
August 4: Ana Schuber (Guest Speaker)  
 August 11: Annual Summer Hymn Sing  
August 18: Rev. Keith Kron (Guest Speaker)
August 25: Ingathering / Water Communion
 
This week we will have fun with crafts, led by Ashley Creekmore, with help from  Amy Strickland and Audrey Fox. The Sunday Supervisor is Heather Kyemba.  
 
For more information on the Summer CYRE program, please contact Harper Goodman, RE Assistant, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.
Faith in Action Meeting   
 
Faith in Action meets today , July 25 , at The Fellowship of Faith (3203 N. Memorial Pkwy), from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be served.  
 
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee 
Adult RE: Studying the Bible   
     
The first in our Bible Study series was an interesting look at creation myths in the Bible. We will continue the series in July with a look at Parables. The discussion will be facilitated by Laurel Bollinger and  Michelle Clark.  
 
This series offers a UU Adult Religious Education context where we will discuss sections of the Bible, with an eye on both its ancient and modern functions. While the Bible can be read for many different reasons, at least one reason is for the window it offers into the ancient world, a window that may also help us understand its role in modern society. 
 
Join us in the Adult RE room this Sunday, July 28, and August 25 at 9:00 am. If you need childcare, please contact Adult RE chair Lynsie Lamitie at least one week before the event. Everyone is welcome. 
 
Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
UUCH Council to Serve Breakfast to Teachers at Jemison High School
 
The Council and other people from the congregation will serve breakfast to the teachers at Jemison High School on Tuesday, July 30, at 8:30 a.m. Anyone who is interested may volunteer to set up, cook, serve, or clean up. Cash donations to cover the cost of supplies are also welcome.  
 
If you're willing to help, pleae see the SignUp Genius. Please call or email Kathryn Heath at (256) 457-1753, or call or email Lynsie Lamitie at (256) 303-2876, for more information.   
 
Submitted by the Hospitality Committee 
First Sunday Potluck    
 
Please join us Sunday, August 4, after the service for our monthly First Sunday Potluck Lunch.  
 
Have a new recipe you've been wanting to try or a summer-time favorite you'd like to share? Here's the perfect opportunity! Drop off your dish before the service, either on the tables set up in the corner of the Fellowship Hall or in the warming ovens in the kitchen. Please tell us about the food you are sharing by filling out one our handy tent cards. We are looking forward to breaking bread with you. 
    
Submitted by the Hospitality Committee 
What's in a Name?   
 
Did you know that our weekly email newsletter has a name? Before we moved into our current building five years ago, our church was tucked away on a slope up the mountain, overlooking a beautiful vista of trees. It was that hilltop view that inspired our newsletter to be dubbed "The Overlook".  
 
The time has now come for us to rechristen our newsletter, so we are having a contest!  The office will accept name suggestions through the end of July, and we will have a vote at the August 4 potluck! So get creative, and send your name suggestions to Amanda Schuber by July 28!   
 
Submitted by the Church Office 
We Need Your Pictures!  
 
 
Have you taken some good snapshots during church services or events in the past year or so? We want to include a wide variety of photos on our new website from a unique perspective -- yours!  
 
Let's show prospective friends and members what UUs look like in action as we care, educate, worship, advocate, and answer the call of love. Please send images (with suggested captions) to our webmaster
 
NOTE: We will assume that you have the rights to your submitted photos and that photo releases are on file for any children pictured. Please confirm this before sending photos publishing faces younger than 18 years old.   
 
Submitted by the Communications Task Force  
UUCH Choir Fall Kickoff    
 
 
The music of the UUCH Choir is a huge part of our music ministry, and we are returning from our summer break!   
 
Feel the spirituality lifting us in song.  Whether you have music experience or will be having your very first musical experience, feel welcome to join us on Wednesday, August 14, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. in   the Music Room. We will meet to agree on a covenant and gather and update contact information.

This event will include a potluck of finger foods and beverages, a meet-and-greet of choir members and all of those who wish to be a part of our music ministry, and a time to share the performance calendar and the music we will learn for the fall season.
 
With notification, child care will be provided. Please contact our our Music Director,  Pam Siegler, with questions.  
 
Submitted by the Music Committee 
New Picture Directory     
 
SAVE THE DATE: October 22 and 23
 
Schedule your hair appointment, coordinate your wardrobe, and groom the dog. It's time to update our church picture directory! 

We will again work with Lifetouch Photography, and every sitting will include one FREE portrait, along with several new offers and discounts. Detailed information and sign-up slots will be announced in early fall, but put the dates on your calendar now, and start practicing your best camera smile. 
 
Submitted by the Membership Committee 
 
    Do You Know Your Biases? 
Beyond Categorical Thinking  
 

 
When you think of our new settled minister, do distinct images come to mind? Is it a person of a particular gender, race, or age? Beyond Categorical Thinking is a highly recommended part of the search process for our congregation. In finding the person who would be the best match for our minister, we could potentially let biases keep us from knowing that a particular person would be the best match for us.  
 
Credentialed ministers in our faith who are people of color, bisexual, gay, lesbian, female, transgender, differently abled, young, old, ethnically different, or of a different class often face discrimination as part of the ministerial search process. In our efforts to find the best match, our congregation will host a Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop and worship service on August 17 and 18, 2019. We will have Keith Kron, the Director of Transitions for UUA, come and meet with our search committee, lead the Sunday service, and facilitate a 3-hour workshop, where we will have a chance to examine how we can avoid letting prejudice become a part of our search process.  
 
This is yet another way for us to put our faith into lived experience and learn more about systemic discrimination in our culture. This opportunity also allows the entire congregation fuller participation in the search process. It will allow us to explore our hopes and concerns for a new minister, learn more about the search process, and see how our own history (both personal and congregational) might interfere with our efforts in this search.  
 
Plan on coming on Saturday, August 17, at 9 a.m. for the workshop, and Sunday, August 18, at 10:45 a.m. for the worship service. If you have questions, contact your Ministerial Search Committee.
 
Submitted by the Ministerial Search Committee
votives
Care List
 
This Sunday, July 21, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
 
Jack Long lit a candle of sorrow: On Thursday I had to put Echo's dog Buddy down.  He was old and had multiple health problems. I told Buddy that he had to live at least one day longer than Echo.  He decided that I needed his help and lived 2 more years. RIP Buddy Long!    
  
Jefflyn and Bob Weed lit a candle of sorrow: On Friday Cheri Smith fell and broke her left upper arm. She had surgery on Saturday. Hopefully she will be able to return home today.  
 
Thelia DeMoor lit a candle of concern: I am going to the Cancer Treatment Center of America for an evaluation this week.  
 
Angela Arnold lit a candle of joy: My mother Donna is visiting from Georgia for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. How wonderful to have her here, and how wonderful to live in a world of exploration and aspiration.