The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
January 3, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 1
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 1/3
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Sun. 1/6  
Sunday Service
Share the Plate
10:45 a.m.

First Sunday Potluck
Immediately following service

CYRE Clean Up Party
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
CYRE Rooms
Girl Scout Troop Meeting 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 
Justice Room 

Tues. 1/8
Finance Committee Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wed. 1/9
UUCH Choir Practice
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Thu. 1/10
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

PFLAG Support Meeting 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  
Adult RE Room

Sat. 1/12
Poker Party at UUCH 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Huntsville Assistance Program 
canned goods
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. 
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.
Awareness Through Movement
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class  usually meets each Friday at 10:00 a.m. However, we are taking a break and will restart soon.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education 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.
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 .

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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 Tuesday, January 29.

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, January 6, 2019 
" Seeing in the Dark"
Pam Siegler, UUCH Music Director,  
and the Huntsville Feminist Chorus  
The Huntsville Feminist Chorus will sing selections from their recent solstice program, themed "Seeing in the Dark." What helps us stay on our path when all is dark around us? Is the light within enough to illuminate purpose and direction? These songs give us faith, love, light, stories, and revelations to guide us through shadowed times.   
*On the first Sunday of each month, we  Share the Plate during the offering, Share our Lunch with each other during Potluck, and Share our Bounty by filling the food basket! Please don't forget to bring non-perishable food and hygiene items for the food basket, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program. All donations are welcome and appreciated.   
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

Peace, Justice, and Searchers rooms will have RE sessions as usual. Transformers and YOUUTH will remain in the sanctuary for the musical service.
Nursery care (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
January's Theme is Possibility.

January 13
The Parable of the Prodigal Species
Michael Dowd

January 20
A Service in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Rev. Ed Brock

January 27
Amanda Schuber
First Sunday Potluck Lunch
Our next potluck is this Sunday, January 6. Please bring a dish to share as we gather in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Our potluck lunches provide a great opportunity to get to know each other better and enjoy a great meal together.
Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee
Poker Party at UUCH
Saturday, January 12  
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.   
Escape the dreary January weather, and join Gary and Barbara Hitt and others for a night of poker at the church. Beginners and experienced players are all welcome. We will start with a description of poker terms, rules, and commonly played games (no Texas Hold 'em or Strip Poker!). We will play for poker chips, not money. When we finish, the winner at each table will receive a prize, and new players will have learned an enjoyable card game. Drinks and refreshments will be provided.
This  item was sold at the Service Auction, and there are still places available for a donation of $25 each. If you would like to join in the fun, please email  Barbara Hitt .   
Multigenerational Pickup Choir 
Want to be part of a choir but don't have the time?
Beginning in January 2019, the UUCH Music Program will host 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 will offer a flexible, multigenerational alternative. 
On the last Sunday of each month, anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room. Singers ages 4 and up will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.

For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
singing chili
Chili Cookoff
The 25th Annual UUCH Chili Cookoff will be held Saturday, January 26, in the Fellowship Hall. You are encouraged to enter your own personal version of chili -- whether it's red, white, spicy, mild, vegan, vegetarian, or meaty.  Folks bringing chili for the competition must arrive at 4:30 pm. The event will last from 5:00 - 9:00 pm. 

In addition to yummy food, there will be jokes and entertainment galore. Please contact Susan Coddington if you would like to be a part of the entertainment. 

You can also help with decorating and/or clean up, as well as by bringing side items such as cheese, cornbread, etc. Sign up on the poster in the Fellowship Hall or by going to our SignUp Genius page

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, with a cap of $20 per family. You won't want to miss this great fun-raiser!

Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee, with Fran Alexander leading the event
Participate in the Ministry of RE

Our church and our CYRE program are growing. If you would like to participate in the ministry of volunteering with children and youth on Sunday morning, we have a need for you.

On Sunday, January 13, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., the Children and Youth Religious Education Program will hold a volunteer social, enrichment, and orientation for current and new CYRE volunteers. V olunteer opportunities include being a regular RE teacher 1-2 times a month or helping a few times a year for special activities. 

Please contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, to explore what important role you could play.

It's fun, it's creative, and it builds our all-ages church family.
We Share The Plate* with   
Faith in Action Alabama
STP logo  
This month, we Share the Plate with Faith in Action Alabama (FIAAL). FIAAL is a 501(c)(3) statewide nonprofit organization with branches in Huntsville, Birmingham, Mobile, and Montgomery. FIAAL stands in witness with people across faiths and races, working to achieve systemic change by creating pathways of opportunities for all Alabamans. One of its current aims is solving the problem of mass incarceration.
 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.
Care List
This Sunday, December 30, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Will and Julie Prater lit a candle of joy: Hello from Murfreesboro (TN) UU. It is a joy to visit your church.  
Andy and Miranda Durbin lit a candle of joy and sorrow: Saturday made 29 years since the passing of Andy's grandfather, Jim. A tiny Yorkie was lost and came to our house on Saturday. We kept her warm and safe. Her mom was reunited with her on Sunday morning. 
Rebecca Aycock lit a candle of joy: I am so excited and grateful to say that my new business, Floraison MedSpa, has become very busy, and things are doing well. We only opened in September of this year, and I am so relieved and excited for the future of my new corporation. This was very risky and a big change for me to take on at 28 years old. Thank you for all your love and support!