The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
August 3, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 31
In This Issue
Duffel Bags for
Foster Care Children
Our Girl Scout Troop 10507 and the UUCH Social Justice Committee are joining forces with Girl Scout Troop 10341 of North Central Alabama to fill 100 duffel bags for foster care children.
There is a box in the UUCH Fellowship Hall for collecting new item donations to fill the duffle bags. These items can be for boys or girls, ages infant to 18, and of all races.
We appreciate anything you can contribute. No donation is too small.
We Can Reach 100!
  The Social Justice Committe
e's goal is to collect and donate 100+ items per month for the food pantry. 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).  
Thanks for all you do!  
UUkulele Fun Group will meet through the summer!
The UUkulele Fun Group will continue to meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing. This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele - from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We have a new song book to share that has lively songs we can all play together. So come make a little music with us.

This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley or
Glen Clark for further information.

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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, August 22nd. 

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 


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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:

Upcoming Service 

Sunday, August 6th, 2017 
" Confronting UncomfortableTruths
Alice Dilbeck & Brad Korb

Our predominately white Unitarian Universalist (UU) denomination has challenged its members to recognize and confront systemic racism and white supremacy in our society, our denomination, our churches, and ourselves. For UUs who are white, it can be difficult to acknowledge white privilege, white fragility, anti-blackness, and other common white racial patterns that prevent us all from reaching racial equity.

Also this Sunday, we Share The Plate with The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store. For more about the program, see the article below.  
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

continue our Summer RE program MORSE CODE BRACELETS and LEGO, with le ad ers Sarah Kinley and Jennifer Garlen and helpe rs Erin Reid and Cate Sparks. The Sunday Supervisor is Heather Kyemba. 
For information or to register a child, contac Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at    
Please join us for a potluck immediately after the worship services. Bring a dish and let us enjoy the warmth of the weather as we eat together! Fellowship served up with potluck food. Get to know your fellow UUs! 
--Hosted by your Hospitality Committee

The UUCH choir has reconvened for the new church year on Wednesdays at 7:15pm in the choir room. We will be figuring out sections (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), assigning folders and music for the first half of the season, and reaffirming our joyful connection with each other and our mission of enriching the lives of the congregation through music. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!
The Knit Wits

The Knit Wits,
UUCH's Knitting Circle, is meeting at Jefflyn Weed's house on Thursday, August 10th at 6:00 p.m. for the "Yarn Bombing Project." We have members who give excellent and extremely patient help to newbies. Please email Jefflyn Weed at if you plan to join us. 
We Share the Plate* with
The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 

The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store, located at 2412 Memorial Parkway, is a non-profit, non-denominational,  501C3 ministry to the homeless and needy in Huntsville, Alabama. They focus on providing a non-judgmental sanctuary for many to come and "Dine with Dignity" in a friendly, home-style environment; serving two meals daily, Monday through Friday. Their staff goes to great lengths to provide home-cooked, wholesome, and filling meals. Their dining area is dressed with tablecloths and flowers and meals are served on dinnerware with silverware in an atmosphere of peace and acceptance.  Every month they serve over 2,000 meals to the area's hungry.

The Rose of Sharon also offers free clothing assistance to those in need; and, in the colder months, blankets, coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are supplied to help the those they serve to stay warm.

The Rose of Sharon has been serving our community for more than 13 years and relies solely on the community for resources to continue this service to others.

*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the second quarter (July, August, and September), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store.

Care List
This Sunday, July 30th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Kirsten and Josh Clark, a candle of joy: We are now the proud parents of a 10 year old! Maggie turned 10 on the 27th and we have been celebrating all weekend long.

LaDawn Edwards, a candle of joy: For the generosity of everyone who contributed to clothes and school supplies for Abi Nielsen and her sister Lily.

Theresa Miller, a candle of sorrow: My 80-year-old sister, Rosemary, is in the hospital under observation with heart arrhythmia and out of balance electrolytes. Prayers are requested for her and another sister, Lois, who had a colon mass removed this week, and bother in law, Bill, hospitalized this week with lung and liver problems. 

Tim Miller, a candle of joy: Gratitude to Alice Dilbeck for organizing the camping/rafting trip this weekend. What a great fun and community-building experience!