The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 18, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 20
In This Issue
HAP Count for April

The Social
Justice Committe e's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Suggested donations:  
macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!
Thanks for all you do!  
This Week

Friday, May 19th 
UUCH Annual Yard Sale!
9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 19th
Awareness Through Movement
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Saturday. May 20th  
UUCH Annual Yard Sale!
7:00 a.m.-12;00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24th
UUkulele Group - Newcomers welcome!
5:45-6:45 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24th
Choir Practice
7:00-8:30 p.m .

See the Calendar and Sunday Bulletin for details

Save the Date!
Annual Congregational Meeting 
May 21st, 2017
at 12:30 p.m.
Please make plans to attend, because we need a quorum! Also, per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing to all members using your newsletter preferences as a g uide. If you currentl y get a paper copy of the newsletter, we'll mail a paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, we'll send you the agenda electronically. Please make sure that the church office has your correct email address! If you would prefer to receive the annual meeting notices in a different format than you get the newsletter, please just let the church office ( or 256-534-0508) know as soon as possible. Thank you!

2016 Opening Parade

General Assembly 2017 
June 21-25, 2017
at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.
By going to New Orleans, we can both celebrate our successes and recommit to the relationships that have been forged with this community. Plan your trip! Important dates and programming updates may be found here:
This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 

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UUCH 16-17  
Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Ed Bernstein
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, May 23rd. 

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:  

Laurel Bollinger

Kathy Heath 


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Office Hours:

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


Office phone: 256-534-0508, email: .

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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:

May's Theme: Embodiment
Upcoming Service 

Sunday, May 21, 2017 

Our Superpowers for LOVE

Join us this Sunday as we recognize, through music, the individual superpowers for love we each embody to create the welcoming community and peaceful space of UUCH. Musicians of all ages from our congregation and choir will make us all aware of the wonderful interconnected web of diversity that creates the richness and truth in our Unitarian Universalist faith.

The individual responses received on the paper hearts given out during the youth-led service in February are given in the Music Notes column below.
--Pam Siegler       
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 
We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters month ly worship theme of EMBODIMENT.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin
Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at

UUCH Annual Yard Sale!
The UUCH Yard Sale is happening THIS weekend from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, and 7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th. To make this the big success it's been in the past, we need your help in one of three ways: 1) continue to donate up until the last minute, 2) donate your time to help sell, and/or 3) buy, buy, buy! In fact, don't miss the opportunity to get something for (nearly) nothing!

Call or text me at 256-289-1374 with questions or a need for pick-up assistance.

Thanks for spreading the word to your friends as well. Wishing us all luck!

--Bonnie Herold
Snacks for the Annual Meeting

Please sign up to help provide finger foods and to help cleanup for the May 21st UUCH Annual Congregational Meeting. You can sign up online or on the Fellowship Hall poster. (These will be synched.)

Thanks for participating!

--Hospitality Committee
Children and Youth Summer RE
 We Need YOU!

In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education 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 RE 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: music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, or cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless!! What's 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 standing in the church foyer and fellowship hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Or, you can contact
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
LoveMusic Notes

This coming Sunday we will celebrate our congregation's Superpowers for Love. I thought you'd like to see all the superpowers that were submitted on the paper hearts during the youth-led service.

Our superpowers for love
Teach Your Children
by Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
  • Being a grandma
  • Promoting justice
  • Teaching
  • Raising future generations
  • Striving to be better and kinder
How Can I keep From Singing
by Robert Lowry arr. Craig Courtney
  • Singing
  • Listening
  • Seeking truth
  • Sharing music
  He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
music: Bobby Scott words: Bob Russell
  • Promoting justice
  • Acceptance
  • Generosity
  • Equanimity
  • Empathy
  If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking
music: Pepper Choplin text:
  • Helping people
  • Friend to animals and people Emily Dickinson
  • Words
  • Empathy
  • Encouraging others
De Colores 305
  • Inclusion
  • Empathy
  • Acceptance
  • Equanimity
  • Smiling
The Impossible Dream
 music: Mitch Leigh text: Joe Darion
  • Seeking Truth
  • Humility   (George Fletcher)
  • Loyalty
  • Kindness and perseverance
Our Father (the new, revised edition)
by Susan Werner
  • Humor
  • Laughter      (John Shultz)
We Are Loved by Shir Yaakov
  • Loyalty
  • Smiles
  • Giving hugs/embraces
Pass It On by Kurt Kaiser
adapted by Denise Hunter-Gilbert
  • Love
Wondrous Love traditional American hymn
with counter line by Alaudin Matthieu

Connected by UU composer Brian Tate
  • Seeking truth
  • Inclusion
  • Equanimity
Dona Nobis Pacem traditional Latin canon
  • Peace   (the congregation's superpower!)
  • Safety
--Pam Siegler
Music Director and MLCP candidate
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
Care List
This Sunday, May 11th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Barbara Hitt for Care Committee, a candle of sorrow: Please light a candle for Gloria Guay, who has had pneumonia for 2 weeks and is still sick.

Audrey Fox, a candle of joy: My mom and sister are visiting for Maxwell's bridging ceremony.

Dan Nielsen, lit a candle: He has left for Russia, as of Tuesday.

UUCH Choir, a candle of joy: We ask for light, positive healing thoughts, and love for Laurie Keller in her journey through uterine cancer treatments.

Maria Coble, a candle of sorrow: My uncle, Dudley Brown, died unexpectedly Friday morning. Please remember his family as they mourn this loss.

Tim and Theresa, a candle of sorrow: We received word that a member from years ago has passed away, Lila Menteer. She welcomed us to the church when we started 34 years ago, when she was very active in the church. 

Jack Long, a candle of sorrow: My dear sweet wife, Echo, is dying quickly. She may reach her birthday of June 21st, but not mine, September 18th.

Jack Long, a candle of joy: My wife Echo and I were married 23 years ago, May 1st. In 23 years, we have only had one fight!