The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
April 11, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 15
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
   
Thu. 4/11
PFLAG Support Meeting 
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room
 
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Finance Committee Meeting  
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Fri. 4/12
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
 Adult RE Room

Sat. 4/13 
Property Work Day  
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
 
Sun. 4/14   
Social Justice Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
Sanctuary

Stewardship Celebration
12:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

OWL Meeting 
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
RE Wing

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

Girl Scout Troop Meeting
3:00 - 4:30 p.m
Justice Room
 
Tue. 4/16
Council Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
 
Wed. 4/17  
Choir Rehearsal  
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.    
Choir Room

Thu. 4/18
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 4/19
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room
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!
 
New Futures needs additional items. Please see the poster in Fellowship Hall for more information.
 
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! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
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.
Aware ness  Through M ovement 
  
The Felden kra is Method of Awareness Through Movement class has started again with lessons that 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 meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room.
 
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
UUCH Choir

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.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.

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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 Tuesday, April 30 .  

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   

Editor:  

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 a.m. to 2 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 ages 3 years and under.

 

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

 
Upcoming Service
 
Sunday, April 14, 2019 
  
"Spirituality in the Key of Life" 
(Part 4)
 
The Rev. Ed Brock
 
The fourth sermon in this series will build on all that we have discussed thus far: that spirituality addresses certain important mental and emotional needs and helps mobilize the physical, mental, and emotional resources of the body in positive directions; that spirituality can be healthy (strengthens mental, physical, emotional, and social harmony and well-being) or unhealthy (undermines the mental, physical, emotional, and social harmony and well-being), hence the importance of spirituality in the key of life. In this sermon I will explore the ways that spirituality addresses certain innate emotional and psychological divisions within us to create wholeness and peace. 
 
Children and youth will continue sessions on " INreach/OUTreach," exploring how to create a wonderful welcome at church and extend it  beyond our walls.
 
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.

CYRE registration is open! All families, new and returning, should register each year.  Click here to register!
Church Clean-Up

Please come spend time with us sprucing up the church on April 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Drop by and join us anytime you're available that morning.

Sponsored by the Property Committee 
Building Our Future Together!
   
The 2019 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) is continuing with the theme of "Building Our Future Together!" This year we embark on our search for a new settled minister and build on the wise guidance we have been receiving from our current interim minister, Rev. Ed Brock.
 
Whether you are a long-time member or someone who only recently started coming to UUCH, your support is the key to all the great things we as a church can accomplish. Pledge forms for those who have not yet attended a Stewardship Celebration were mailed out this week. Our pledges will be the basis for creating the annual operating budget for the 2019-20 church year that starts in July.
 
We will have a final Stewardship Celebration at the church after this Sunday's (April 14) service. If you haven't attended any other Stewardship Celebrations, please bring your pledge form and make an effort to attend and hear Rev. Ed speak on our shared vision.
 
Jo Broussard, ABD Chair
Bob Locklear, Finance Chair
Easter Egg Hunt at  
Alice & Betsy's  
  
You and your family are invited to spend Easter Sunday afternoon with your fellow UUs in a day of relaxation and fun while welcoming the beginning of spring. (We will meet rain or shine!) 
 
What: 
Easter Egg Hunt
Who:  Everyone is invited! 
When:  Sunday, April 21
            2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Alice Dilbeck & Betsy  
             Applegate's home
                     620 Ford Chapel Rd., in Harvest
 
Suggestions for what to bring:

--  Yourself and your family

--  Eggs for the hunt (plastic/filled and "real")

--  Basket for collecting eggs

--  Goodies and snacks to share

--  Lawn chairs and musical instruments 

 
No children? No problem -- this all-church event is fun for everyone! We'll have badminton, croquet, and activities for all ages, including sitting-on-the-porch-talking-as-we-watch-others-expend-energy. What could be more fun?!

Children are advised to wear or bring play clothes to fully enjoy the outdoor activities.

Directions and a map to Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home are in the Fellowship Hall by the kitchen door. Or you can call (256-534-0508) or email the church office to request for a copy to be emailed to you.

We're egg-cited, and we'll be hoppy to see you!
 
Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
The Knit Wits 
   
The Knit Wits are part of the Care Committee, and no skill at knitting is required! 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, or just come and chat. 

The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on  April 25, at 6:00 p.m. at Jefflyn's. We hope you can join us for this relaxing evening with friends.  Email Barbara Hitt  for more information.

Sponsored by the Care Committee
Social Saturday on April 27
Let's Do Lunch!
 
Our next Social Saturday will be held on April  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, and chat -- maybe find out that they share a common interest or need that can be met by another. 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, 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 some folks, and feel like a part of our UUCH family. We hope to see you on April 27!
 
Sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees
We Can All Be "Greeters"
 
If you've had the opportunity to be a greeter on Sunday mornings, you know how many people, regulars and visitors, come through our doors. While it is true that we have amazing, wonderful greeters, it's not always possible for them to interact with visitors after they have passed from the foyer into the sanctuary, which is why we all need to be "greeters."  
 
As many of you know, it is not always easy to visit a new church; it takes a certain amount of courage. You're not sure how you'll be received and whether people will talk to you. Often coffee hour can be the most daunting of activities. 
 
So, here's a suggestion: If you see a new face during the service or after, introduce yourself as soon as you can, introduce them to other members if possible, and invite them into the Fellowship Hall. If you see someone standing alone after a service, say hello and invite them to enjoy some of our wonderful coffee. Reaching out to visitors and making them feel welcome can make a big difference in whether or not they decide to come back. 
 
Submitted by the Hospitality, Care and Membership Committees
UUCH Yard Sale - Save the Date!
 
Our 2019 UUCH Yard Sale will be  Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15

Unfortunately, we cannot store your donations so soon in advance. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming yard sale and how you can contribute!
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Care List
 
This Sunday, April 7, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
 
Jack Long lit a candle of sorrow: My younger brother had his second stroke in two months last Sunday. Healing thoughts for him, please. 
 
Judy lit a candle of joy and of sorrow: Prayers of hope for Harmonie in Alaska and Alan here in Huntsville. Joy for Pam's work here and in the greater community.  
 
Angela Arnold lit a candle of joy: For the members of the UUCH Choir in recognition of their steadfast loyalty and resilience. Love is the strongest power on earth.  
 
Jo Broussard and Jeanne deFrance lit a candle of joy: We celebrate 30 years of unmitigated joy together on April 1, our anniversary!