Share the Plate with The Community Free Clinic of Huntsville
Ends this Saturday, January 9
This is the first month of three (January-March) for plate-partner The Community Free Clinic of Huntsville (CFC), a public non-profit organization providing quality free healthcare, education, and medications to thousands of people in Madison County without health care benefits. The goals and objectives of the CFC are to improve the quality of life those with few health options through medical treatment and health education. Local physicians donate their time to see patients who have no health insurance and who cannot otherwise afford to be seen by a doctor. The clinic is a volunteer-driven organization. A dispensary is located on site where prescriptions are filled as needed for patients’ treatment. Nominated for STP by the Social Justice Committee. Members and friends of the congregation may nominate future plate partners through the chair of a UUCH committee or directly to Social Justice. Each proposed partner should be a 501(c)(3) community service organization.

Sunday, January 3 through Saturday, January 9, 2021, we will receive STP donations. If writing a check, it helps to add STP on the line item so that we know that you intend to share your plate donation. STP plate donations can be made online this week at our website (under Connecting, Donate, Give Now). Click on “Select Fund” and select "Plate." Or, during this week, click the button below and select "Plate" for the fund.
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
This Sunday in Children and Youth
Religious Education (CYRE)
Join us as we continue our exploration of this month's theme - IMAGINATION. Pack your bags! We will use our minds to journey to a land without COVID-19.

VIRTUUAL CYRE meets at 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Children, youth, and families are all invited!

There will be no YOUUTH Group this week. Our next meeting is on January 17th, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Zoom links will be shared via email and our CYRE Family Facebook group.
Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
UUCH Young Adults Group
If you're interested in getting involved with UUCH's young adult group,
we invite you to reach out to us.

For questions or more information, please contact Nicole and Shalin.
Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Virtual Service Auction is Coming!

Mark Monday, February 1, on your calendars for UUCH's pandemic-challenged, week-long, virtual silent service auction to begin! We're still exploring software programs to facilitate the event, though, and haven't yet ruled out a live Zoom complement to the silent auction that would take place on Saturday, February 6.

Details will be forthcoming from the Stewardship committee on how to sign up to donate services and/or items (such as a brand-new Coleman six-person dome tent with screen room).

In the meantime, put on your thinking caps: "What can I contribute?" Themed meals-to-go to be enjoyed together via Zoom? Socially-distanced gardening support? Virtual craft workshops with craft kits you assemble and provide?

Point of Contact for further information is Dan McKitrick,, (256) 426-6906.

Submitted by the Stewardship Committee
Check Your UUCH Email Address

Recently, the office has begun to use the Gmail account forwarded from and no longer forwards emails further to an AOL account. Since doing so, it was discovered that several emails were being sent directly to the AOL email address instead of It may initially look like it is going to but the actual address may be an AOL address.

Please change any references to the AOL account to in your Contacts.

The address should not include any references to AOL such as this: <> 
(where is the name and is the address.)

It should look like this: <>

The Aol address could also pop up as a suggestion to use if you have sent to that address before. To remove recent email suggestions from Gmail on iOS devices:

  1. Start a new email and type UUCH in the “to” line
  2. A list of suggested email addresses will come up
  3. Touch the “i “ in a blue circle next to UUCH at AOL
  4. Select “Remove from Recents” at the bottom of the list of options

At this time, I am still monitoring the AOL account for instances of this happening in case someone happens to mail to that address. If you have any questions or need any help, please don't hesitate to contact me at Holly Hinkle

Submitted by Office Administration
Cooking In Hard Times

Nanny’s Old Fashioned Tomato Soup

(Note: This recipe comes to us from Kathryn Smith, a longtime UUCH member who moved with her husband, Matt Jordan to Seattle, Washington.)

Exciting news: I won a Canned San Marzano Tomato Recipe contest! It is an old family recipe my mom made, originally from my great-grandmother’s (Nanny) recipe. My grandmother (Mimi) made it for my mom. And, my mom made it for me. Four generations of women, that I know of, making this soup. Mom never wrote it down, so it took loads of experimentation to perfect it. And I’m grateful that the recipe won’t die with me now. My contest entry and recipe:

Nanny’s Old Fashioned Tomato Soup

  • 28 oz can San Marzano whole tomatoes
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup 2% milk, cream, or half-and-half
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: seasoned salt, celery salt, fennel pollen, fresh basil, cayenne, or smoked paprika.

Break up the whole tomatoes and sauté them in butter. Reserve the extra liquid. Add salt and pepper (to taste). Cook the tomatoes for about 5-10 minutes. Add a pinch of baking soda (about 1/8 of a teaspoon). It will foam up. Remove from heat.

Stir in milk, cream, or half-and-half. I usually add anywhere from 1/2 to 1 cup of milk (do not use skim milk). Stir in the rest of the tomato juice and return the soup to the heat.
You can purée the soup or leave it chunky.

Serve with a little extra pepper, seasoned salt, celery salt, fennel pollen, fresh basil, cayenne, or smoked paprika.

My mom told me that the baking soda keeps it from curdling when you add the milk. One of my fondest memories of childhood is my mom making this soup and serving it with a grilled cheese sandwich (and sometimes corn chips).

From the Hospitality Committee
Little Food Pantry

The LFP is currently heavily used. Please continue to sign up for M, W, F, & Sunday slots. If the slots are filled, you can still drop food off on T, Th, & Saturday. All manners of canned, boxed, and fresh veggies (weather permitting) are great choices. Why folks don’t like dried beans is a mystery. Let’s continue to feed the hungry! A BIG thank you!
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Donating by Text or Online
To give a plate offering to UUCH from your mobile device, text the amount (without dollar sign) to 833-559-0257, and follow the instructions. Text giving is by debit or credit card only.
Like our other online and mobile giving options, this option is through Vanco, is secure, and has a good option for "plate" donations.
To give from your bank account, you can still use the UUCH website or the GivePlus+ mobile app.
Submitted by the Finance Committee
"Another Day is Dawning"
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
January 3, 2021

Did you miss our virtual worship service on Sunday?
Want a midweek re-watch?

Fear not, you can visit here to watch the recording.

Remember, the building is closed,
but CHURCH is open!

Submitted by the Worship Committee
COVID-19 Relief Funds Available

Funds are available for members of the congregation who have been negatively impacted financially by COVID-19.

If you are a member of UUCH and have financial needs caused by the pandemic, please contact Board President John Schulz or a member of the Care Committee.
Submitted by the Board
Care List
This Sunday at our Circle of Candles:

Paul and Bridgit lit a candle of joy and sorrow: Paul and I attended his Mother's socially distanced memorial service in Lafayette, LA. It was beautiful but sparsely attended.

Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: Relieved to report my son-in-law has recovered from COVID-19, and my daughter has turned a corner in her recovery!

Tommy & Mitzi lit a candle of joy: Tommy and I got married on December 30th, the anniversary of the day we met, and Rev. Jaimie graciously performed the small ceremony. It was wonderful.

Pam Siegler lit a candle of gratitude: Thank you for the perfect new year story, Harper!

Paul and Bridgit lit a candle of gratitude: Thank you to our minister who reached out to us in transit. Paul is working today to make up his time and thus we will not be able to attend coffee hour today.

Barbara Hitt lit a candle of gratitude: Thanks to the many members of the Care Committee who contributed so generously to the food drive for one of our UUCH families suffering from COVID-19. Our care continues; if you would like to help now or in the future with Care Committee requests as we care for each other during this challenging time, please email

Daniel McKitrick lit a candle of joy: Congratulations Mitzi and Tommy!

George Fletcher lit a candle of joy: Today is Christmas! I will finally get to gather with my daughter, SIL, son, and DIL in Chattanooga. We will be in David's garage with the door open and everyone will be masked.

Bryan Walls (he/him) lit a candle of joy: Congrats T&M!

LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: Emily Garrison has recovered from COVID-19 and awaits the birth of her (and husband Will's) daughter any day now. 💝

John Czachurski lit a candle of sorrow: Our daughter's (Barbara's) father, Joe McNiell, passed away on December 30th, after a lengthy hospital stay.

Teri Thomas lit a candle of joy: Congratulations, Mitzi and Tommy.

Gail and Howard Williams lit a candle of joy: Mitzi and Tommy, you have given all of us something to be joyous about!

Pam Siegler lit a candle of concern: For Erin's Dad. He is in the hospital with a bad infection.....COVID-19 negative though!

Paul and Bridgit lit a candle of joy: I also tested negative for COVID-19! Yeah!

Patti McKee lit a candle of joy: There is so much to be thankful for!

Angela Arnold (she/her) lit a candle of concern: For the Delaceys, as Deb and Suzey continue to recover from the virus.

Willie Robinson lit a candle of concern: Healing energies to the Delaceys. Sending lots of love and hugs to you all! ❤️❤️❤️

Jessica & John Schulz lit a candle of joy: So grateful that we are able to meet together today.

Rachael lit a candle of concern: Please include my sister & family with thoughts and prayers as her household is recovering from COVID-19.

Willie Robinson lit a candle of concern: Please keep our good friend in your thoughts. She is battling COVID-19 pneumonia which she caught serving the people of Ohio as a Registered Nurse.

Kathy Fisher lit a candle of concern: Traveling mercies to my grandson and granddaughter as they return to AIT and college today.

Willie Robinson lit a candle of joy: Happy New Year to everyone!
Upcoming Events

Please note that all meetings, worship services, and gatherings will be held online until further notice. Please check our Facebook page and website for updated information and links

Thursday, January 7
Worship Committee
5:30 p.m.

Soul Circle - Group B
6:00 p.m.

Committee on Ministry
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 9
Share the Plate Week Ends

Sunday, January 10
9:30 a.m.

Worship Service
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
10:45 a.m.

Monday, January 11
Social Justice Committee
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 13
Susan's Happy Hour
5:00 p.m.
Meeting ID:
847 8458 5916

Choir Practice
7:00 p.m.
Meeting ID:
910 8283 2653

Thursday, January 14
Worship Committee
5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 17
9:30 a.m.

Soul Circle (Group D)
9:30 a.m.

Worship Service
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
10:45 a.m.

4:30 p.m.
Rev. Jaimie Dingus

Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment.
UUCH 2020-21
Board Members
John Schulz
 Vice President:
Nick Wilbourn

Nancy Finley

Bob Locklear

Suzey Delacey
Jack Long
Bryan Walls

Rev. Jaimie Dingus

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 John Schulz via email no later than one week prior to the meeting (i.e. the Tuesday before). The next board meeting is scheduled
for Tuesday, January 26, 2021.
Office Administrator
Holly Hinkle

Main Office Hours:
9:30 am-1:30 pm
*Please email office if you need building access.

For more info on any event, contact the church office or visit our website.
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3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810

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Holly Hinkle
PO Box 5545
Huntsville, AL 35814
(256) 534-0508
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