The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
May 2, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 18
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Fri. 5/3
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room

Concerts on the Dock
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks

Sun. 5/5
Soul Matters Small Groups
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
[Group D]

Worship Committee Meeting
9:00 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Social Justice Meeting
9:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
CYRE Teacher Appreciation

Potluck Lunch
12:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Wed. 5/8
Soul Matters Small Groups
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
[Group C]

Girl Scouts Meeting
3:00- 4:30 p.m.

UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Thurs. 5/9
PFLAG Support Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Fri. 5/10
Concerts on the Dock
5:00-9:00 p.m.
Lowe Mill Docks
All-Ages Pickup Choir 
The last Sunday in May, May 26 , anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room . The pickup choir   will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.
Music will be accessible and interesting for all ages and skill levels, from four years old to 97 years young.
For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
U Ukule le  
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.
Social Justice Meeting

Mark your calendars! The next Social Justice Committee meeting will be this Sunday, May 5, at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Huntsville Assistance Program 
209 fabulous food items, 4 huge multi-packs, hundreds of toiletry items, and 4 packs of adult diapers were recently delivered to the Huntsville Assistance Program. Thanks to all who donated!
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. 

They run low on cereal, canned fruit, mac and cheese, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, Hamburger Helper-type meals, and canned veggies -- but not green beans or corn.
They are always grateful for our 
donations. Thank you for your continued generosity! 
New Futures needs additional items. Please see the poster in Fellowship Hall for more information.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee

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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, May 28 .  

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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Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for ages 3 years and under.


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

Upcoming Service
Sunday, May 5, 2019 
INreach/OUTreach: Celebrating a Year in Children and Youth Religious Education
Join in a lively, multi-generational worship service that celebrates our year in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE), sharing the stories and spiritual themes we've explored. Children and youth will help lead our liturgy, presenting what they have learned and accomplished this year. In addition, we will recognize our dedicated CYRE teachers and volunteers for their care and commitment. The service will be active and appropriate in length for all ages.  
Future Services
May 12th: Rev. Ed Brock
May 19th: Special Guest, Todd Hoyke  
May 26: Amanda Schuber 
May Worship Theme: Curiosity  
Calling all children and youth to attend the CYRE Appreciation Service! Even if you were not there for preparation day, we have parts for you and welcome your presence. Let's have a great turnout!  
No Sunday morning CYRE classes will be held
Nursery care for ages 0-3 will be offered as usual.  
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair.
Summer Children and Youth Religious Education 
I n the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a learning session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper, and we'll be sure to have a regular CYRE teacher there as support.
Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!  
We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skill, or learning area of yours.  
Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: yarn crafts, music, finger painting, scrap-booking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless! What is a joy to you can be a joy to others.  
Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers or to attend the regular worship service in the sanctuary. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So don't be shy! We have room for the sharing of your gifts.  
There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!  
For the next month, we'll have posters in the Fellowship Hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Alternatively, you can contact  Erin Reid , Director of Religious Education (DRE), Steve Rittenberg, CYRE Chair, or Harper Goodman, RE Assistant.

1. The check is in the mail.
2. I'll still love you in the morning.
3. I've already sent in my pledge.

If you have spoken #3, please make good -- we're trying to complete the 2019-20 church budget this month.

There are pledge forms by the yellow PLEDGE box in the Fellowship Hall.  If you haven't already, please complete your pledge form as soon as possible.
Please join us for the First Sunday Potluck lunch on May 5! Delicious food and wonderful fellowship are served. In the kitchen you will find table tents for labeling your dish. Everyone is invited!

Sponsored by the Hospitality Committee
Updated UUCH Directories are available. Copies of the current UUCH Directory of Members and Friends will be available as of this Sunday, May 5, to pick up in the Fellowship Hall. Please limit yourself to one copy per family. Report any needed changes or corrections to the church office.
This Friday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, the Huntsville Master Chorale (HMC) will present their concert, Journeys, a vocal and instrumental homage to Huntsville's role in the birth of the state of Alabama and the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11's historic landing on the moon.

Two UUCH members, George Fletcher and Tim Miller, are members of HMC.
HMC sponsored the creation of a book marking the bicentennial of Alabama and the moon landing, entitled Journeys of Huntsville. Two other members of UUCH, John Sims Jeter and Angela Arnold, have written short stories and articles for the book. Journeys of Huntsville also includes an interview with the last surviving member of Wernher von Braun's German rocket team, Dorette Schlidt, 97 years old and living on Monte Sano. Dorette was von Braun's personal secretary at Peenemünde during WWII. The interview, by local writer Steve Gierhart, and an excerpt from Dorette's diary, are included.
Copies of the book will be presented in a ceremony before the concert to the community organizations who contributed articles and stories, including the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, the Historic Huntsville Foundation, and Old Huntsville magazine.

The book may be purchased at Harrison Brothers Hardware on all major online booksellers. Proceeds from sales of Journeys of Huntsville go to the Huntsville Master Chorale.  
Submitted by the Music Committee
Concerts on the Dock at Lowe Mill   
Join your fellow UUs and friends at Lowe Mill for Concerts on the Dock!

Bring a picnic meal (or buy it there), and enjoy the company of new and old friends under the stars, at the grassy area just at the entrance to Lowe Mill and next to the water tower!

So far, there are six Friday night concerts planned.  The performers are great, fun and also diverse, and are all local and regional musicians! Children are welcome,  and most happily dance or hula hoop close to the stage! The schedule of performers is listed on the poster in Fellowship Hall. You can also click here for more information.
Plan to arrive by 5 p.m. to ensure a spot in our group's general area. The concerts will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be a great time to eat our picnic dinners, socialize and get to know each other more deeply, and  walk around the inside of Lowe Mill.

Everyone attending is invited to bring a blanket, picnic meal (or you can purchase food at Lowe Mill), drinks, and a dessert to share (if you wish). You can also wear your UU t-shirt!

Look for a U.U. sign on the grassy area in front of the main entrance of Lowe Mill, located by the Water Tower at 221 Seminole Drive SW in Huntsville. There is an accessible restroom right off the grassy area. Concerts are free, but parking is $5.

Got questions? Call Patti McKee at 256-679-3135.

Sponsored by the Hospitality, Care and Membership Committees
General Assembly 2019 
 June 19-23 in Spokane, WA 
The Power of We
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the UUA through the democratic process. It is an exciting event. Anyone may attend, but congregations must  certify  annually to send voting delegates. UUCH still has open delegates slots, so if anyone is interested in attending and would be interested in serving as UUCH voting delegate, please contact board president Susan Coddington.

Submitted by the Board
The Knit Wits 
The Knit Wits are part of the Care Committee, and no skill at knitting is required to join! 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, such as the yarn-bombing on the playground fence. 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 are also welcome to just come and chat.  Email Barbara Hitt  for more information.
Sponsored by the Care Committee

Yard Sale Co-Chair Needed

Our  2019 UUCH Yard Sale  will be  Friday, June 14 , and  Saturday, June 15

We are currently seeking a co-chair to assist with this year's yard sale. If you can help, and especially if you have worked at a UUCH yard sale in the past, please contact Amanda Schuber in the church office.
Open Mic Coffeehouse

Please note the date change! On the evening of Saturday, June 8, t he Music Committee will sponsor an open mic coffeehouse, an event which in the past has been popular for all ages. 
You are invited to come and read poetry, sing, play music, or  make us laugh with your stories. There will be mics and speakers, as well as coffee and tea. This is a free event for the whole family!  
Start thinking about what you'd like to present, but keep in mind that this will be a family-friendly, multi-generational event! If you have questions, you may email Tim Miller.
Sponsored by the Music Committee
Care List
This Sunday, April 28, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
John Jeter lit a candle of sorrow: Dr. Elaine Wood Hughes, a high school classmate and lifelong friend, died on Palm Sunday in Montevallo.  
Amanda Schuber lit a candle of sorrow: My college mentor's wife has taken very ill and is in the ICU in Tuscaloosa. Please hold Angie and her wife Dawn in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time.  
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: After six years of scholarship and dogged persistence, Will Garrison successfully defended his PhD thesis in modeling and simulation.  I had the pleasure of hearing how smart he is.  
A candle of appreciation was lit: A gracious thanks to Wanda Snoddy, for pressure washing the sidewalk all the way from the north entrance to the south entrance.