The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
October 11, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 41
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
 
Thu. 10/11
Huntsville Feminist Chorus 
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

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

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

Sun. 10/14
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary

Music Committee Meeting
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Classroom


Mon. 10/15
Girl Scout Troop Meeting
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Justice Room
 

Wed. 10/17  
Wonderful Wednesday Supper
6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

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


Thu. 10/18
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Huntsville Assistance Program 
 
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 donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
   
THANK YOU for your continued generosity! 
Awareness Through Movement
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
 
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class will start again with a series of lessons focused on improving balance and breathing by improving the use of the muscles that support the hips and lower back. These lessons will use 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, led by Sally Locklear, is drop-in, with no experience necessary. Everyone is welcome. 

We will meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m., from September 28 to December 14.
 
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

Submitted by the Adult RE 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
kids singing
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.

Please stop by our table in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday services to learn more about our troop! Or contact Harper Goodman for more information.
Are You Ready to
Become a Member?

If you've been attending UUCH long enough to know that this church community feels like your spiritual home, then you may be ready to take the next step and become a member. On an upcoming Sunday in early November, we will welcome new members as they "sign the book" and officially join our church.
 
If you are ready to become a member or would like to find out more about the process, please contact Pam Korb by October 31.
 
RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP

Because we are a democratic community, members are collectively vested with responsibility for the congregation. Members may vote at all congregational meetings, be elected to the governing board, be appointed as committee chairs, and participate in all activities of the congregation.
 
Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to each other. These responsibilities are best fulfilled by:
  • Regular attendance at worship
  • Voting at congregational meetings
  • Making financial contributions
  • Contributing time and talent
  • Spiritual growth and development   

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UUCH 2018-19
Board Members
 
President:  
Susan Coddington  
 
Vice-President: 
John Schulz

Secretary:
Nancy Finley

Treasurer: 
David Bollinger 

Trustees: 
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, October 23.

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    

Editorial Board:  

Kathy Heath
Nick Wilbourn 

 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

Office Hours:

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

 

Office Phone: 256-534-0508
Email:
uuch@uuch.org

Minister's Email: minister@uuch.org

Website: www.uuch.org 

 

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, October 14, 2018
        
" Why Do We Gather Here?"
(Part 1)   
Reverend Ed Brock
       
The theme for the month is Sanctuary. We view the congregation as a sanctuary. In a series of two sermons, I will explore what that means.
 
In the first sermon, I will explore the question "why do we gather here?" in terms of personal beliefs. The church is a sanctuary in that we are empowered to explore what we believe is true and real for ourselves. Our congregation can help, assist, guide and aid persons in their journeys but not determine for anyone what their personal beliefs are. This does not deny the importance of beliefs but places responsibility on the individual to define their own beliefs. This pathway encourages each person to define what they believe carefully and responsibly. It requires more, not less, effort than religious traditions that prescribe to their members what they are expected to believe. This way of approaching the formation of beliefs is unique among religious traditions in the surrounding society.  
 
I will also explore this theme by speaking about my own religious journey.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
 
Children and youth will continue lessons on the theme of INreach/OUTreach, exploring how to make a wonderful welcome at church and how to extend that welcome in service to our community and world. 

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!  
Wonderful Wednesday Dinner
   
Please join us Wednesday, October 17, for a spaghetti dinner, served from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We will provide pasta, a variety of sauces (vegetarian choices available), garlic bread, and salad. Put that together with Italian cafe music and stimulating dinner conversation, and you've got yourself a fantastic (one might say wonderful) dining opportunity! Come join us! Donations accepted.
 
Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee 
Go, UUCH, Go! 

We've formed a team, and we have a date; now all we need are some teammates!

The 15th Annual Liz Hurley Ribbon Run will be on Saturday, October 20, 2018, and UUCH once again has a team sponsored by our Social Justice Committee. The 5K course will take walkers and runners through beautiful downtown Huntsville on a lovely fall day. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by awards.

This year the Survivors' Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. The race will start immediately after. 

Proceeds from the 2018 Ribbon Run will be used to purchase additional mammography diagnostic equipment.  

To register as a team member, go to hhfi.convio.net and search for Teams. Then enter Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville to find our team.

Support your fellow UUs who have already been touched by this and other awful diseases. Register now, and start stretching. All abilities are welcome! 

Additional information is coming soon. For more information, contact Becky Ellingwood

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
All-Church, All-Ages  
Halloween Party   
Ghosts and goblins, creatures and critters, kids and adults -- come one, come all to our All Church, All-Ages Halloween Party on Friday, October 26, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
 
The Halloween Party is for children, adults, and youth alike. We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, games, and other surprises. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. It's fun for everyone! 

Sign up in the Fellowship Hall to bring Halloween snacks, make spooooky cakes for the cakewalk, and help with setup and cleanup. Or, sign up on online by clicking here.  
 
For more information contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Social Saturday - October 27
Let's Do Lunch!

O ur next Social Saturday  will be held on October 27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Fellowship Hall. 

This event is a  casual social time for people to get together, share a meal, chat, and maybe find out that they share a common interest. Anything can happen when UUs get together! So plan to come and join the group. 

It is a both a potluck and a brown-bag lunch, so your choice to bring a dish to share, or keep it simple and  brown- bag it. Everyone is welcome, but seniors and new members are especially encouraged to attend, meet folks, and feel like part of our UUCH family. If enough interest is shown, it will become a monthly event. We hope to see you on October 27!

Sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees
The Knit Wits

The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on Saturday, October 27, at 1:00 p.m., following Social Saturday, in the Fellowship Hall.

The Knit Wits are part of the Care Committee. The Knit Wits make care shawls for church members undergoing health challenges, as well as baby blankets, and also take on a variety of other projects. You are welcome to join the group, and if you wish to learn to knit or crochet, there are good and patient teachers who would love to help you learn. You can also just come and chat.  No knitting skill is required!

Email  Barbara Hitt  for more information. We hope you can join us on October 27!

Sponsored by the Care Committee
The Creative Choir  Stole-A-Thon
 
The Creative Choir invites you to join them for two Stole-A-Thons on October 20 and November 3!

The expectation is that in two sessions we can complete 30 formal choir stoles for our solstice celebrations, which will occur on Wednesday, December 19. If you are not in the choir but have sewing skills, you are welcome to join the creativity!
 
We made great progress this summer and enjoyed getting to know one another as we made the musical note/rainbow pride stoles seen during performances this fall.

Lunch will be provided on the October 20 session, which will be from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

Tea, coffee, and light snacks will be provided on the November 3 session, which will be from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
 
Bring sewing machines, cutting boards, scissors, irons, and ironing boards. Black thread, fabric, interfacing, patterns, spray starch, pins, and point turning tools will be provided. We need volunteers who are stitchers, cutters, peoples with ironing skills, and people willing to pin fabrics together. Come for the company, and discover skills that will progress this project along.
 
If you have questions please contact Music Committee Chair  Rachael Scheib.

Sponsored by the Music Committee 
Book Discussion on 
Optimal Relationships  
with Rev. Ed  
 
Join Adult Religious Education for a discussion of Rev. Ed Brock's book  Optimal Relationships: A Path Toward a More Civil Society on Tuesday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Rev. Ed will lead this discussion with insights from his book that describe how fulfilling relationships are achieved, nurtured, and maintained. Through ample use of examples drawn from his decades of experiences as a minister and psychotherapist, his book explores the ways relationships move toward and away from fulfillment.  Rev. Ed looks at one-on-one relationships as found in marriages and committed relationships, as well as relationships involving groups of people, as found in organizations of all types. Relationships are viewed from biological, emotional, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. 

This book provides a road map for developing, nurturing, and keeping healthy and vibrant relationships in all aspects of life, as well as provides  step-by-step guidance to help people improve their relationships. 
 
The discussion will be held on Tuesday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the Adult RE room. Books are available for sale at the church, and there are a couple of copies available in the church library for those who need to check out a copy. If you are in need of childcare, contact  Nancy Finley

Start reading, and join us. Everyone is welcome!
 
Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
Chalice of Service
UUCH Service Auction 2018
 
The UUCH Service Auction will take place on Saturday, November 10, at 6 p.m.  Enjoy the magic of the auctions! Bid, eat, drink, and be merry!

We need YOUR DONATIONS to make it the Service Auction a success.  The donation deadline is November 5.

Volunteers are needed to help set up and clean up, and we'll need auction table monitors, spotters, and runners. If you want to help, please send an email to service.auction@uuch.org .  
   
To sign up your talent or other contribution:
  • Fill out the forms available in the Fellowship Hall, or
  • Send an email with details about your contribution, or
  • Fill out the online form here. 
Items of Note:
- Your forms and emails pre-register you as a bidder. REGISTER EARLY. Auction night checkouts will be in the order of registration.
- DOOR PRIZES will be given throughout the evening, and you must be present to win.
- Childcare will be provided.
 
Submitted by the Service Auction Committee
votives
Care List
 
This Sunday, October 7, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
 
Magnolia lit a candle: It was my brother, Wendell's, birthday on Friday. He was a stillborn. This is a sorrow and a joy. 
 
Theresa Miller lit a candle of sorrow: My sister, Lois, who is suffering from multiple health problems, was hospitalized this week for a UTI and will be in a convalescent hospital with IV antibiotics all week. Prayers for strength and healing for her. Also, my sister, Romey, had to visit the ER this week with acute bronchitis.  
 
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: I was 29 when my high school friend, who I had tried to date off-and-on for 2 years, came out to me. I was happy for him, of course, but relieved/ecstatic to FINALLY understand our non-standard attraction. Suzy's comments hit home because he is a middle school librarian in MN. His Facebook feed refers to his 20-year partner as "best friend".  
 
Torin James M. Kyemba lit a candle of joy: I am happy mostly because my grandparents are coming, not because of Fall Break. The last time we called my grandmother, I told her about the Drury Inn. Sometimes when she comes to visit us, she stays in a hotel called The Westin Hotel. Now she will stay at the new Drury Inn. I also made my grandparents a 5-paged math workbook. I just can't write it all!