The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
November 29, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 48
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 11/29
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 11/30
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.  

Sun. 12/2
Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
Share the Plate

Christmas Pageant Preparation

First Sunday Potluck
After the service
Fellowship Hall

Wed. 12/5
Soul Matters
Small Groups
[Group B]
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

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

Thu. 12/6
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 12/7
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Party Preparation
11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Sat. 12/8
UUCH-AHA Annual Christmas Party
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Gift Idea  
Looking for a unique gift for that special someone who has everything? Consider donating a hymnal in honor or in memory of those you love.

The paperback (teal) hymnal is $18.00 and the hardback (grey) hymnal is $27.20. As a bonus, we will place a name plate in the hymnal honoring the person of your choosing for a lasting gift.

For this holiday season, give a lasting gift of music by donating a hymnal to our congregation. Theresa Miller will have a table in the Fellowship Hall after church on Sunday with more information.

Sponsored by the Worship Committee
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
Awareness Through Movement
at 10:00 a.m.
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class uses small gentle movements to improve your overall well being by learning to fully use ourselves mentally and physically.  
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 usually meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  We will have our last class of the year December 7, then restart in the new year.
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person, mentally and physically, so come join us!
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education 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.
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 .
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. We are recruiting girls and helpers for the 2018-19 school year.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.

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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 22.

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 age 3 years and under.


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

Upcoming Service
Sunday, December 2, 2018
" Encountering Mystery:  
A Personal Perspective"
The Reverend Ed Brock
This is part one of a two-part series on the theme of Mystery.
In this sermon, I will talk about a series of deeply personal experiences that brought me face-to-face with the mystery of life. Sometimes things happen in life that we would never anticipate happening to us, and occasionally these experiences bring us surprises that end up having a powerful impact on how we think about life.
*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)
It's time for Christmas Pageant preparation!  This Sunday we will be making decorations and props, learning songs, and CASTING PARTS for the Christmas Pageant on December 16. There are parts for everyone! Please come on out and be part of this annual tradition.

Parents/guardians should plan to come to the RE area following the service to confirm their children's participation. More information is in the article below.

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! 
Ever wonder why we include certain elements in our worship services? Would you be willing to volunteer to read the opening words as a Pulpit Host ?

Come learn how we do worship on December 1 at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with our Worship Chair, Amanda Schuber.

Sponsored by the Worship Committee 
December's  First Sunday 
Potluck Lunch
It's time for UUCH's First Sunday Potluck Lunch for December. We will gather in the Fellowship Hall December 2 after the worship service. Bring a dish to share with your UUCH friends. Join us for a meal replete with good food, good friends, and good spirits.

Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee 
It's Pageant Time! 
UUCH's Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service on Sunday, December 16!

Children who participate in the pageant should:
  • be at least 4 years old (we have parts for youth and adults, too!)
  • be able to attend a short rehearsal during RE on Sunday, December 9.
  • be able to arrive at church early (9:45 a.m.) on the day of the pageant (December 16) for a quick runthrough.
  • be able to supply simple costume items (e.g., bath robes, etc. -- no sewing or elaborate costuming required).
If you'd like to be part of this exciting production, please come to RE on Sunday, December 2, for our Christmas Pageant Prep and Casting of Parts
Parents should plan to come to the RE area and confirm their children's participation following the service. You may also contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or via email. There are parts for everyone!

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee 
Annual Christmas Party  
  Christmas Bells
The UUCH-AHA (Alabama Hispanic Association) Christmas Party will be held at the church on Saturday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this annual event, the AHA distributes Christmas presents to the children of selected families. UUCH hosts the event in our Fellowship Hall, provides a Christmas luncheon, and helps fund the gifts.
In order to once again make this party the success it's been in previous years, we need your help in one (or more) of the following ways:
  • Make a donation to help pay for gifts.
  • Donate food or money for the luncheon menu.
  • Assist with setup on Friday, setup on Saturday, and/or cleanup on Saturday.
  • Be a server at the luncheon.
  • Greet guests. Since many of our guests have difficulty with English, we ask you to PLEASE volunteer to help with greeting if you speak Spanish.
Sign up on the Fellowship Hall poster or online here .
Questions? Contact Betsy Applegate (256-426-4153), Gail Williams (256-880-2925), Michele Clark (, Kathryn Heath (256-457-1753), or Jessica Schulz ( ).
You'll want to be part of this heartwarming holiday event. You'll be giving a special gift to our local Hispanic community and to yourself.
Sponsored by the Social Justice and Hospitality Committees, and by the Alabama Hispanic Association  
All-Ages Holiday Movie Night
December 15, 2018

Join the Children's RE Committee as we host our 3rd Annual UUCH All-Ages Holiday Movie Night!

Please join us at 5:00 p.m. to decorate cookies while we enjoy cocoa and cider. The movie will start at 6:00 p.m.  
Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
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.
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC's work to advance human rights around the globe.   This year's theme -- Justice Across Borders -- celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC's grassroots partners. From the Northern Triangle of Central America, to the deserts of Mexico and Arizona, to detention centers in the United States, the road away from danger is paved with injustices. Partnering with grassroots allies along the Central American migration trail, UUSC addresses root causes, supports migrants in transit, and protects the right to seek asylum. With your support, UUSC and our partners are not only responding to extraordinary challenges of today, but also addressing root causes of injustice and building the capacity to respond to future challenges.
The GAYT brochure describes four UUSC partners who can be the guests at your table. You are encouraged to set out a box at your table to represent one of these or another guest. Boxes and brochures are available in the Fellowship Hall. The GAYT program will run through the end of the year, and we'll collect the boxes in January.
Please contact Brad Korb at 256-895-9303 or via email with any questions.
 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 or 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.
stpWe 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.  
singing chili
 Save the Date  
UUCH's  Annual Chili Cookoff will be Saturday, January 26

Entertainment, chili and fixins, and warm fellowship are offered. Who could ask for more on a cold winter's night? 

Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee, with Fran Alexander leading the event  
Care List
This Sunday, November 25, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
The Creekmore Family lit a candle of sorrow: We just lost our beloved pet cat. She is gone too soon. This is the 3rd pet this year, along with extended family members. It has been a hard year. We are trying to focus on the pleasant memories to get us through the pain of loss this holiday season. 
Bobby Hall lit a candle of sorrow: My father passed away last Thursday.  
Andy and Miranda Durbin lit a candle of sorrow: Andy's grandmother, Bonnie, is having eye surgery on Tuesday. 
Suzey Delacey lit a candle of joy: Wishing Deborah Delacey a happy 2nd wedding anniversary! We've been together 9 years in January but "tied the knot" on Black Friday 2 years ago. 
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of sorrow: Jo Olson is a 23-year-old family friend in Iowa. She is having surgery soon for a cystic mass, and I have asked for prayers and healing thoughts.
Glen and Michelle Clark lit a candle of sorrow: Prayers for our nephew who went to the ER in St. Louis and is in the ECU with blood pressure and blood sugar issues. 
Barbara and Gary Hitt lit a candle of joy: We have been married 51 years on Sunday! We asked to be joined in the Fellowship Hall after the service for a piece of cake to help us celebrate our anniversary.  
Rachel Carter lit a candle of joy: To have family visiting from out of town.