The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
February 21, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 8
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
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 a.m.-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
Soul Matters Small Groups
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.     
Group A

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

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

Thu. 2/28
Board Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Faith In Action Meeting
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Fri. 3/1
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 a.m.    
 Adult RE Room
Sun. 3/3
Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
OWL Meeting   
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
RE Wing

Town Hall Meeting 12:00 - 1:00 p.m
Fellowship Hall

First Sunday Potluck
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
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
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 .
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.
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class has started 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

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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 24, 2019 
"Trust Sandwich":
A Multigenerational,   
Musical Youth-Led Service
Transformers and YOUUTH  
Religious Education Groups
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education
Join members of the Transformers and YOUUTH RE groups as we explore the meaning of trust, this month's worship theme. This service will include creative activities appropriate for all ages, including lots of special music from youth, adults, the Multi-generational Pickup Choir, and the UUkulele Fun Group. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

All ages are invited to the youth-led, multigenerational worship service. CYRE groups will not meet. All are encouraged to attend this special service created by our Transformers and YOUUTH rooms. Special attention has been given to make the service accessible and engaging for all ages.
Nursery care for ages 0-3 will be offered as usual. 
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
March's Theme:
"Spirituality in the Key of Life" (Part 3)
Rev. Ed Brock
Justice Sunday
"A Reflection on Black Lives Matter"
Brad Korb
  MARCH 17
"Whirling with the Cosmos'"
Rev. Gail Seavey, Lead Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville
Choir Service
"Spirituality in the Key of Life" (Part 4)
Rev. Ed Brock
Sexuality Education for Youth
There are still spots available in the Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program for youth. The first OWL session was 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 hold a makeup parent/guardian orientation session and will welcome new members into the groups this 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
Social Saturday
February 23rd
Let's Do Lunch!
Our next Social Saturday will be held this Saturday,  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 this 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.  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. We hope you can join us for a relaxing afternoon with friends.  
For more information, email Barbara Hitt.

Sponsored by the Care Committee
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.
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. 
This Sunday,  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.

Faith in Action Alabama Meeting

UUCH will be hosting Faith in Action's February 28 meeting. A light dinner will be served. See the flyer above for more information.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
"Wi$e Principles of 
Personal Finance and the 
Power of Financial Planning"
Begins March 1

Do money worries cloud your focus or invade your sleep? Do money fights disrupt your relationships? Do you need help figuring out how to make ends meet? Do you want to get to the place where a missed paycheck is an inconvenience but not a crisis? Do you want to learn how to use money as a tool in living a contented, generous life?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, join us as we look at managing money as a spiritual practice. Through a book study and group discussion, we will look at attitudes about money and learn how to manage it in a way that leaves room for matters of the spirit.
This four-session Adult RE class will meet every other Friday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., beginning March 1. Sessions are March 1, March 15, March 29, and April 12.

Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends! Parents, bring your teenagers! Married couples and life partners are strongly encouraged to attend together. Childcare will be provided.  Copies of the book and workbook are available courtesy of the Social Justice and Adult RE Committees. 

Sign up in the Fellowship Hall, or email Michelle Clark for more information . The first session has preparatory reading and exercises, so sign up early! Facilitators Bob Locklear and Michelle Clark look forward to seeing you there!

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education and Social Justice Committees
March First Sunday Potluck

It's almost March, and you know what that means. Time for a Sunday potluck! 

Sunday, March 3, is the date for our next potluck lunch. Please bring a dish to share as we gather in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Come join your UUCH friends and family for a delightful lunch. We look forward to visiting and sharing a meal with you!
Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee
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 17, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Jack Long lit a candle of sorrow: My younger brother, Jim, had a stroke. His total assessment is not complete.