The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
April 19, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 16
In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Fri. 4/20
Awareness Thru
Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

Sat. 4/21 
Meet your Muslim Neighbor
Open Mosque Day
2:00-6:00 p.m.
Huntsville Islamic Center

Sun. 4/22
Church Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Celebration of Reverend Alice's Legacy of Service and Leadership
Immediately after Services
Fellowship Hall

Tue. 4/24
5:15-6:15 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room 

Wed. 4/25
The UUkulele Fun Group
5:45-7:00 p.m.

UUCH Choir Practice 
7:15-8:30 p.m.
Music Room

Thu. 4/26 
Knit Wits meeting 
6:00 p.m.
Jefflyn Weed's house

Fri. 4/27

Awareness Thru
Movement Class 
10:00 a.m.

Sun. 4/29
Church Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Talk To the Board
Immediately after Services
Adult Religious Education Room
We Can Do It!
canned goods
The Social Justice Committe e has a monthly goal to collect at least 100 items during each month for the food pantry.
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
THANK YOU for your continued generosity! 
Yoga at UUCH!
Adult Religious Education is offering a beginning Hatha Yoga Class each Tuesday evening at 5:15 p.m. led by Jessica Schulz. Yoga brings inner quiet and peace of mind, something that could enrich us all.
Each class will last around an hour, so there will be time to get to your important Tuesday evening church meetings afterwards.  

Come dressed in comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one (we will have some extras). We will meet in the Adult Religious Education Room. For further information, contact Nancy Finley at 

Everyone is welcome!
Come Sing a
Song with Us

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Music Room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
UUkulele Fun Group
The Ukulele Fun Group occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.
Awareness Thru Movement Class 

For a healthy new you, join our
Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class.

These classes focus on gentle movements that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.
Everyone is welcome!

Classes, led by Sally Locklear, are drop-in with no experience necessary
. Wear comfortable, loose clothing and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying. ATM is held on Friday mornings at
10:00 a.m. 
For more information, contact Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. Join us!

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UUCH 17-18  
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, April 24th.

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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Please send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at  


Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


Office phone: 256-534-0508
email: .

Minister's email:



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, April 22, 2018
  Celebrating Reverend Alice's Legacy of Service and Leadership 
Reverend Alice will be retiring at the end of this church year, and this Sunday will be our chance to celebrate her 16 years of service and leadership within our church. Members of the Worship Committee and guest speaker, Jan Hosey, will share memories of Reverend Alice's call, her achievements during her time with us, and her overall impact on our programs and community.

We will sing her favorite hymns, hear her favorite children's story, and walk with her through impactful moments in her tenure as the minister of UUCH. During the service, there will be a love offering, so that members might share a special financial gift with Reverend Alice, if you choose to do so.

All ages are welcome to stay for the entire service, and childcare will also be available for families that need it. There will be a reception following the service with refreshments.
  This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (C Y RE)
All children and youth are invited to remain in the service for the special celebration of Reverend Alice's time at UUCH. 

Nursery (ages 0-3) and childcare (ages 4-12) will be available in the Religious Education area.
If you haven't already, please register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.
Annual Congregational Meeting 
May 6th, 2018 at 12:30 p.m.
After Sunday services on May 6th, we will be holding our Annual Congregational Meeting.
This date represents a change from the calendar, for which the Board apologizes. To meet both the terms of our bylaws and the deadlines for applying for an Interim Minister, we have had to revise our planned schedule.  Please make every effort to attend; we need a quorum.

Per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing containing the information for the meeting to all members, using your newsletter preferences as a guide. If you currently get a paper copy of the newsletter, you will receive a paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, you will receive the materials electronically. Please make sure that the church office has your correct email address.

If you would prefer to receive the Annual Meeting materials in a different format than you get the newsletter, please notify Willette Battle in the church office ( or 256-534-0508) as soon as possible. Thank you!
Interim Ministry:
An Exciting Opportunity!

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has developed Interim Ministry to help congregations challenge themselves to change and develop in ways they might not have anticipated--to support our role in producing the Beloved Community. We're eager to move forward with one for UUCH! Please watch this fifteen-minute video to help clarify what we might expect from our experiences with an interim minister: The Interim Opportunity  
In Honor of
Reverend Al ic e
This Sunday, we celebrate Reverend Alice's legacy of service and leadership.

Please sign up to lend your assistance to making this day memorable.

We will have an opportunity during the worship service to look back at the many gifts Reverend Alice has given our church. You will not want to miss it!

During the service we will hold a special love offering that will be given to Reverend Alice. 
Meet Your Muslim Neighbor
Open Mosque Day

Meet your Muslim Neighbor Open Mosque Day will occur Saturday, April 21st, at 2:00-6:00 p.m. located at Huntsville Islamic Center, 1645 Sparkman Drive. Booths will be staffed to help answer common questions. Traditional foods and desserts will be available.

For more information, email
The Knit Wits 
The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on Thursday, April 26th, 6:00 p.m. at Jefflyn Weed's house in southeast Huntsville. This group is part of the Care Committee, and no skill at knitting is required! The Knit Wits make Care Shawls for church members undergoing health challenges, make new baby gifts, and take on a variety of other projects such as the Yarn-Bombing on the playground fence.

You are welcome to join the group. If you wish to learn to knit or crochet, there are good and patient teachers in the group who would love to help you learn. Email Barbara Hitt at for more information.
Talk To the Board  
Sunday, April 29th
As you have read in previous newsletters, the Board is in the process of applying for an Interim Minister to join us after Reverend Alice's retirement. This is a UUA-wide process where congregations seeking an Interim Minister are matched with available, trained Interims. The possibility of obtaining an Interim Minister is an exciting opportunity for a congregation to review, reorganize, and renew in consultation with a trained professional guiding the transition process. An Interim enables a congregation to assess strengths, needs, and challenges before calling a settled minister. Used wisely, an Interim could help us build structures and inspire visions that expand us into new levels of effectiveness and growth. This type of examination is particularly useful when a congregation is growing from a small-size church to a mid-size church like we are.

Obtaining an Interim Minister requires a serious commitment of time and resources for a congregation and we want to make sure that everyone is familiar with the process and purpose as we move forward. Please join us on April 29th to "Talk to the Board." Members of the Board will be available for informal discussions about our search for an Interim. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We will meet in the Adult Religious Education Room immediately following Sunday services. 
Thank You!

The Social Justice Committee collected 73 pairs of new or gently used shoes given to Friends of Rescue and Funds2Orgs. These groups met their collection goals for this drive for supporting micro-enterprises in developing countries. 
Care List
This Sunday, April 15, 2018,  
at our Circle of Candles:
Michelle Clark: lit a candle of sorrow; A candle for how difficult motherhood can be. For my friend who delivered her stillborn yesterday and my friend fighting to keep her 6 kids safe and together. For the love that can conquer anything.
Torin James and Mpaji Kyemba: lit a candle of joy; Last weekend, Aunt Margo came to Huntsville. I had never seen her before. We went to the park and had breakfast together. We talked about when Grandma came and planted plants. We had fun!

Foster Perry: lit a candle of joy; Kudos to the Madison County Special Olympics Swim Team for finishing with a winning season!

Gail Williams: lit a candle of joy; Debbie Smith  visited this service. She is the North Alabama Community Organizer for Alabama Arise. She spoke at the Humanist Group meeting held last Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the library. Also, we collected 71 pairs of shoes for Friends of Rescue. Thanks to all who donated!

Bobby Hall: lit a candle of hope and well wishes; Unknown neighbor across the street with four fire engines parked in front this morning.

Nancy Stetson: lit a candle of joy; I want to thank all the UUCH members and others who provided food and comfort for Jerome and me when he was sick and after he died. I'm so happy to be a part of the UUCH.