The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 31, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 35
In This Issue

Sun. 9/3:

Share the Plate* with The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store

A Long Distance Farewell
Party for Millicent
(following Sunday Service)

Wed. 9/6:
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Sun. 9/10:
New UU Class  
9:00 a.m. Adult RE   Classroom

A Long Distance Farewell
Party for Millicent
(following Sunday Service)

We Can Do It!
  The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect items for the food pantry. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please put your donation in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  
Duffel Bags for
Foster Care Children
         ( Collection ending soon!)
 Our Girl Scout Troop 10507 and the UUCH Social Justice Committee are joining forces with Girl Scout Troop 10341 of North Central Alabama to fill 100 duffel bags for foster care children.  
There is a box in the UUCH Fellowship Hall for collecting new item donations to fill the duffle bags. These items can be for boys or girls, ages infant to 18, and of all races.
We appreciate anything you can contribute. No donation is too small.

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:15pm
in the choir room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!

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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, September 26th.  

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 


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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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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, September 3rd 2017  

" Welcoming Sabbath
The Reverend Alice Syltie

Our theme for September is "Welcome" and we are asked to consider what it means to be a people of welcome. Usually when we think of welcoming, we imagine taking more in, expanding our circle. Do we recognize, also, that welcoming involves right sizing our needs and putting our preferences second. Those of us who are white are learning that welcoming diversity can't happen until we shrink and decenter our voices. Welcoming regularly involves the smallness of humility and willingness to listen and learn. Great spiritual leaders remind us that the key to feeling at home in the universe is seeing ourselves as a tiny but precious part of a greater whole. In the same way, downsizing and living simply allows us to welcome in more experience, adventure, and peace. As I consider my upcoming Sabbatical time, I am reminded that the sabbath is a time of humility. A time to consider the curious truth that by becoming smaller we are better able to welcome in and receive the gift of more.

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 (HAP).

This Sunday, we Share The Plate with The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store. For more information about the program, see the article below.

All donations are welcome and appreciated!
Don't Forget!

Our annual Multi-generational Blending of the Waters Ceremony will be next Sunday, September 10.  As we welcome the cooler temperatures of fall, we say good bye to the summer activities that invite us to cool off and refresh at the local pool, lake, back yard sprinklers, or perhaps a trip to the beach.  You are invited to bring a small sample of real or virtual water representing a place of special or spiritual significance from your summer sojourns.  We will blend the waters in a ceremony of welcome.

All ages are invited to participate. Nursery will be provided for the youngest among us.

This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

It's the BIG, FU N RE CLEAN-UP DAY. Children and youth will ready the RE rooms for the beginning of Fall sessions. We make it a game with the appearance of the "Big Bad RE Inspector" who always gets some laughs! Come join the fun. 
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at    

Fall RE registration is now open at:
We encourage all families to register by September 17, our first day of Fall RE sessions. Welcome!
Please join us for a potluck immediately after the worship services. Bring a dish and let us enjoy the warmth of the weather as we eat together! Fellowship served up with potluck food. Get to know your fellow UUs! 
--Hosted by your Hospitality Committee
A Long Distance  
Farewell Party for Millicent
Following the Sunday services
September 3rd and 10th.
Following the Sunday services on September 3rd and September 10th, we will be having a Long Distance Farewell Party for Millicent Simmons. A longtime and beloved member of our church family, Millicent has moved to Salt Lake City to be closer to her family. There will be a table in the Fellowship Hall with greeting cards for everyone to sign and write notes to Millicent. We will also be making a photo book with candid shots of folks waving goodbye. All of the cards and the photo book will be sent to Millicent in a gift package.

Please plan to stop by and let Millicent know how much we appreciate all that she and her husband, Dil, did for our church and how much we miss seeing her here with us.

--Sponsored by the Care Committee 
New UU Class

Su n day mornings September 10th, 17th & 24th at 9:00 a.m. in Ad ult RE Classroom

Are you new to UU? Just want to learn a litt le more about your church? Join Us!
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life.-- our worship and theology, history, covenant and polity, faith development, social justice, and membership. This program is particularly focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here for awhile will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition. Everyone is welcome!

So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of September 10th, 17th, and 24th for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee or tea at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15 a.m.

Contact Nancy Finley ( for further info. Childcare will be provided!

Join others from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville (UUCH) on Tuesday, September 12th as we travel to Birmingham to be inspired by the Rev. Dr. William Barber
as part of the nationwide Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The Campaign aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement --- rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings -- to unite our country from the bottom up.
The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 708 Goldwire Place SW, Birmingham. The church holds 1200, and was packed for a service by The Reverend Barber last year.
Two carpool option times from UUCH (3921 Broadmor Rd NW) are available. The first will leave promptly at 2:00 p.m. on September 12th, in order to avoid rush hour traffic and allow time to eat. The second will leave promptly at 4:00 p.m. in order to accommodate work schedules. To participate in a carpool, please click here.
--Social Justice Committee  

NAMIH Walk (Hunstville Chapter)
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness by providing education and support programs for affected families.

The annual walk is an important fundraiser.  In coordination with the state walk in Montgomery, NAMI Huntsville will host a one-mile fun walk on Saturday, September 23rd from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Blossomwood Elementary Track.

The UUCH Social Justice Committee is organizing a team of walkers.  All participants are encouraged to collect donations from family members, friends, co-workers, and business associates.  All walkers raising $100 or more receive a NAMIWalks event t-shirt.

We had a great turn-out at the last event two years ago.  So come join us for some exercise for a good cause. For more information about the walk, ask Gail Williams or Eleanor Schweinsberg. For more information about NAMIH, visit their website.

--Social Justice Committee  
Relax and Move at UUCH
Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. starting on September 29th! 

This fall our "Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement" class will start with a series of lessons focused on improving balance
and breathing by improving the use of the muscles that support the hips and low back. These lessons will be using 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 is drop-in, no experience necessary,
and will be led by Sally Locklear. Everyone is welcome. We will meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m. starting on September 29th.

For further information, contact contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at . If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.

UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically, so come join us!

UUCH Board and Council at Leadership Development Retreat 
We Share the Plate* with
The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 

The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store, located at 2412 Memorial Parkway, is a non-profit, non-denominational,  501C3 ministry to the homeless and needy in Huntsville, Alabama. They focus on providing a non-judgmental sanctuary for many to come and "Dine with Dignity" in a friendly, home-style environment; serving two meals daily, Monday through Friday. Their staff goes to great lengths to provide home-cooked, wholesome, and filling meals. Their dining area is dressed with tablecloths and flowers and meals are served on dinnerware with silverware in an atmosphere of peace and acceptance.  Every month they serve over 2,000 meals to the area's hungry.

The Rose of Sharon
also offers free clothing assistance to those in need; and, in the colder months, blankets, coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are supplied to help the those they serve to stay warm.

The Rose of Sharon has been serving our community for more than 13 years and relies solely on the community for resources to continue this service to others.   

*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the second quarter (July, August, and September), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with New Futures, Inc.
Care List
This Sunday, August 27th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Kathy Fisher, a candle of reflection: I've been thinking about life and death and the circle of life this week: Firstly, Tom Loughead (pronounced "Low-head"), who was property chair at our church and a strong mentor for many dads, died Monday of cancer. He had gone to live near family several years ago when his dementia made that necessary. Secondly, today would have been Mother's 95th birthday -- I carry her with me everywhere. Thirdly, I saw Lydia Goodman's great-grand baby Friday.That baby is the SPITTING IMAGE of Lydia! It's like looking back in time over 80 years, but also into the future! Blessed be us all!

Ashley Creekmore, a candle of sorrow: Father is in Madison Hospital with heart problems. He will be transferred to Huntsville Hospital to undergo a heart catheter procedure.

LaDawn Edwards, a candle of joy: April Blu Starlight (Abi Nielsen's mother) received a metal heart valve at Vanderbilt University on Monday. Thanks for your prayers and good thoughts. 

Maria Coble, a candle of sorrow: My aunt, Sara Brown, in Oklahoma, suddenly began having trouble speaking and coughs a great deal. A 4cm lump was found on her lung. She will have further testing this week, but the doctor feels it is terminal cancer.   
Diane Walls, a candle of joy and sorrow: Thinking of long-time friend and mentor Bob Schiffer's passing last month. His family posted a photo of Bob on FaceBook this morning, holding a sign saying, "Free Hugs", which accurately describes him. I am grateful to have know him.

Lauren Childers, a candle of sorrow: My wife, Kimberly, lost her grandmother, Faye Marsh, this week. Her grandmother was more like a mother to her and her favorite person to make fun of rude people with. She is loved and greatly missed.

Jeannie Hosmer, a candle of sorrow: Prayers for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. My niece, Kate Katz and her family, are in Houston.