The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
November 22, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 47
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Thu. 11/22
Office Closed

Fri. 11/23
Office Closed

Sun. 11/25
Social Justice Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.

Girl Scout
Troop Meeting
Justice Room
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Tue. 11/27
Soul Matters
Small Groups [Group A]
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Wed. 11/28
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.

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

Thu. 11/29
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
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 be taking a break Thanksgiving week. We will have our last class of the year December 7th, 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 on Tuesday, November 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:  

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, November 25, 2018
" When Memory Fails Us"
Amanda Schuber
'Tis the season of family, ritual, and tradition, a season filled with joy and laughter, except when it isn't. The holiday season can hold some difficult memories for some of us, and for others, memories are fading. In this time of gatherings and merriment, how do we protect ourselves when joy is hard to find? As we close out November, our month of memory, we will explore ways in which we can honor the season and our own needs.  
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
bags of food
Creative Outreach Day! Children and youth will participate with the Social Justice Committee in making meal packs for homeless outreach in Huntsville.

Supplies are still needed for the "Birthday in a Bag" action project!  The Peace and Justice rooms are collecting supplies for this  project. All the items needed for a birthday party are assembled in each decorated bag and donated to a food pantry to give to families. Please bring these items to donate in the specially marked collection bin in the Fellowship Hall. Needed items include boxed cake mix, frosting, disposable aluminum cake pans, birthday candles, balloons, party hats, noise-makers, birthday plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, and plastic forks. 

This collection will end November 25. We thank you for your generosity in supporting the outreach work of our children and youth!
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! 
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.

Hosted by the Hospitality 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. During the month of November, all donations collected in our weekly Sunday offering will go to funding this event.
  • 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  
November Sunday Offerings 
Each Sunday in November , UUCH is donating all offering plate cash and any checks noted for AHA to provide gifts for the teenagers in AHA families. Gail Williams and Michele Clark will also accept your donations directly. UUCH youth will have a shopping trip to buy the gifts in advance of the UUCH-AHA Annual Christmas Party.
Your generosity will help older children and teens in very needy families. 
Sponsored by the Social Justice and Hospitality Committees
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.
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.   Childcare will be provided.

Hosted by the Children and Youth Religious Education 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!
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!  Come help on one project with no long-term commitment required!   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.  Of course, we do have a few bigger projects for those who want to work with a team such as painting Rev Ed's office or replacing boards on the kid's fort.  So, come on and talk to one of the following  Property members: Wanda, Brad, Tim, or Jeanne or email for those of us that are introverted.  We do not discriminate on any basis whatsoever including tool ownership.
Care List
This Sunday, November 18, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Howard Williams lit a candle of joy: Gail and I saved the life of a little bat. It was a wonderful sight to see it fly from my hand to live another day. See me or Gail for the rest of the story. 
Angela Arnold lit a candle of joy: For my mother, Donna, visiting from Georgia! Yay! 
Jes Zelaya and Rowan lit a candle of joy: We were so happy to be here visiting on Sunday!
The Delacey Tribe lit a candle of joy: Wishing our dearest Ana, our Pink Tornado, a happy sweet 16th birthday! We love you more than you'll ever know! 
A candle of joy and sorrow: My sister-in-law and her family are coming for Thanksgiving. My sister is having a hard time and it's been difficult for my family.
Dan McKitrick lit a candle of joy: Happy that my best friend, Jeri, from Columbus, Ohio, is visiting me and joined us at UUCH on Sunday.   
Kirsten Clark lit a candle of joy: I am honored to begin work as an abortion doula at the Huntsville Clinic. This work includes offering support and physical presence in the procedure room, as patients are otherwise alone. It is a privilege to be with people during this vulnerable and often emotional time. 
Katie and Drey Dollar lit a candle of joy: After moving to the area a few months ago, Katie and Drey got married on the last weekend of October and are excited to be back around the wonderful UUCH community.  
Ilene Sparks lit a candle of joy: I have had an EEG, brain electrode (nerve MRI). The report said it was a normal EEG for a person of my age, which is 97 years and 2 months into my 98th year. Unbelievable. No Alzheimer's! Normal memory loss.
Theresa Miller lit a candle of sorrow: My sister, Lois, is back in the hospital. She was to have surgery this past week for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, but that may have to be delayed since she has other acute problems now. Wishing her healing.