Share the Plate

The UUCH Board has approved a new Share the Plate (STP) arrangement: Beginning Sunday, October 4, 2020, we will receive STP donations Sunday through Saturday the first week of each month for three-month periods. Thus, there will be four STP recipients per year scheduled by the Social Justice Committee (SJC) and the Board may schedule additional special STPs. This month's donation window continues through Saturday, October 10th!

The first regular plate-partner (October-December) will be the Jerrod Michael Lockett Foundation, a public non-profit organization, striving to decrease the potential for violence in our communities. Nominated for STP by Sally Locklear.

Since losing his younger brother, Jarrod M. Lockett, to gun violence, Justin Lockett founded the Foundation in 2013 to educate families about the effects of gun violence, how to properly have preventative conversations, and provide outreach programs within the community supporting families who are victims of violent crimes. The Foundation has since provided community outreach programs to include scholarship opportunities, Christmas giveaways, back-to-school drives, volunteering with local schools, the Special Olympics, educational trips, and other events.

In 2017, Justin created the “League of Legacy” mentoring program focused on uplifting and empowering young men to become the best versions of themselves. Justin reminds his followers: “Your legacy is not something that you leave behind for someone, but something that you leave in someone.”

Members and friends of the congregation may nominate for 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.

Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
UUCH Honk-Protest
Wednesday, October 14
9:30 a.m. at UUCH

In our community, we believe that Black Lives Matter and that when we are made aware of injustice we need to take action. UUCH members are angered by the continued presence of the confederate monument in Downtown Huntsville because its presence memorializes a history of violence and white supremacy, and tacitly approves of the continued violence and oppression in our city.

In an effort to support ongoing protests, while not contributing to the spread of COVID-19, we are having a Honk-Protest. Make a sign, paint your car, and join us as we honk our horns around the County Courthouse. Plan to meet at UUCH on Wednesday, October 14, at 9:30 a.m. and caravan over to begin our honk at 10:00 a.m.

For more information contact our minister, Rev. Jaimie Dingus, or the Social Justice Committee. This is event is led in solidarity with Black Lives Matter Huntsville.

Submitted by the Minister
Voter Assistance at UUCH
Sunday, October 11
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The League of Women Voters will set up a voter registration table on the grounds of our church on Sunday, October 11 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. They will be available to help people in the community register to vote, and will also be helping people with the process of obtaining applications for absentee ballots if desired. Please help spread the word that this opportunity will be available to anyone you know who might be interested, or drop by yourself if you have voting registration needs. Outdoor social distancing and safe COVID-19 practices will be followed.

For more information, contact Nancy Finley.

Submitted by the Board and Hospitality
It’s Brainstorming Time!

Let’s Put the “Fun” Back in Fundraising. Many of the church fundraising events we have during the year are not just about raising money; they are about building community and socializing. In the past, events like Chili Cook-offs, Sing-a-longs, Auctions, Book Sales, and Yard Sales have hatched some of our best opportunities to have fun together, work together, and really get to know each other. Physical distancing necessitated by the pandemic has made it a challenging time for our church, but we are proud to say that through the ingenuity of our members, we are continuing to fulfill the mission of our church.

Now we need to use our imaginations to think of fun fundraising events that give us ways to safely socialize and maybe raise a bit of money. So we are calling on all you brilliant UUs to dream up some interesting ideas. We are not asking you to organize an event (although you are welcome to volunteer). We just want some ideas for events that are fun and comply with our church’s COVID-19 policy. How about a Zoom bingo game, virtual silent auction, online mystery party, or craft fair? Let’s get really creative!

Send your ideas to the Board. We will sift through them and try to link them up with people who have the interest and skills to organize some of them. If you have any interest in helping organize, let us know, too. For now, WE WANT YOUR IDEAS!

Submitted by the Board
This Sunday in Children and Youth
Religious Education (CYRE)
"Listening to Your Heart"

All ages will continue our exploration of DEEP LISTENING, focusing this week on “Listening to BIPOC voices.”

VIRTUUAL CYRE meets at 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Children, youth, and families are all invited!

YOUUTH GROUP (grades 7-12) meets at 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Zoom links will be shared via email and our CYRE Family Facebook group.
Registration for the new year in CYRE is now open!

Please use the link below to register your children and youth. Whether you've registered in the previous year or are brand new, we'd love to include you in our joyful and welcoming community of all ages. If you'd like more information about the CYRE Program, please contact DRE Erin Reid or CYRE Assistant Harper Goodman.
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
Save the Date!

The next Adult RE book discussions will be on October 29th and November 5th when we will be discussing How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.

Start reading now and watch for further information in the newsletter.

There are plans to make free book copies available for borrowing from the church.
Submitted by the ARE 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 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

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
Our Little Food Pantry Needs You
Our outdoor food pantry is being heavily used, with an estimated 12 visitors per day, both families and homeless individuals. YOU can help keep it stocked by signing up

Suggested food items: Soups, canned tuna and chicken, Vienna sausages, mac & cheese, cereals, grits, oil, canned vegetables, pork & beans, canned tomato items, spaghetti sauce, pasta, hamburger helper (etc), canned spaghetti & meatballs (etc), peanut butter, peanuts, sugar, oatmeal packets, fruit cups, pancake mix--you get the idea!! In cooler weather: onions, potatoes (split the bag), carrots, cabbage. Folks have expressed their gratitude.

Current requested items:
  • dog food
  • blankets
  • wipes
  • soap & shampoo
  • toothpaste & deodorant
  • school supplies
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
Cooking in Hard Times
Hospitality Zoom Stir-fry Dinner
Friday, October 16
6:00 p.m.

You are invited to dinner with the Schulz Family. We will make dinner together and then sit down to dine together, all through the magic of Zoom. Please RSVP to if you want to sign up and we’ll send you a Zoom link to join us on October 16.

Sign in to the Zoom meeting on Friday, October 16 at 6:00 p.m. we’ll cook our meal together. We will plan to eat when the food is ready, about 6:30-ish.

Here’s how we do it. For this dinner, we are suggesting a stir-fry meal. Before you join the Zoom meeting, have your ingredients assembled. Things will work best if you’ve already cooked your rice and done all of the measuring and chopping of ingredients in advance.

Here’s the recipe we’ll be using, but feel free to try variations on this theme. I would recommend less of the hot sauce, but that’s just me.

Tofu-Vegetable Stir-Fry
Prep time: 15 min, Cook time: 10 min, Yield: 4 servings

1 cup white rice
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
3 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. Asian chile sauce (such as Sriracha) (I used less)
2 tsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. sesame oil
4 scallions, sliced (white and green parts separated)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and chopped
4 ounces snow peas
1 14-ounce package soft tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes

  1. Cook the rice as the label directs. Meanwhile, whisk the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, vinegar, chile sauce, cornstarch, and 1 cup water in a small bowl until smooth; set aside.
  2. Heat the sesame oil in a wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallion whites, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the mushrooms and stir-fry until golden brown and tender, about 3 minutes. Add the snow peas and stir-fry 30 more seconds.
  3. Whisk the reserved soy sauce mixture and add it to the wok. Bring to a simmer, then add the tofu. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with the scallion greens.
  4. Fluff the rice with a fork and divide among bowls. Top with the stir-fry and sauce


Submitted by the Hospitality Committee
Worship Service Recording
Martha Barnette
"You Never Know Who Is Listening"
October 4, 2020

Did you miss out virtual worship service last Sunday?
Want a midweek re-watch?

Fear not, you can click here to see the recording.

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

Submitted by the Worship Committee
Care List
This Sunday at our Circle of Candles:

Barbara Hitt lit a candle of gratitude: Thanks so much to the members of the Care Committee who brought food for a person in need. It was truly heart-warming to see such a wonderful response. Thanks to Jennifer Pinkley, Tim and Theresa Miller, Teri Thomas, LaDawn Edwards, Paulette and Ed Bernstein, Susan Allbritton, Gail Williams, Jefflyn Weed, Jeanne deFrance and Jo Broussard, Nancy Stetson, Patti McKee, Becky Adams, and Fran Alexander.

Paul DeMoor lit a candle of concern: My 93 years old Mother is currently in the ICU. Her name is Barbara and prayers will be appreciated.

Tim and Dawn Bullis lit a candle of concern: for my husband as he returns to work in a traveling capacity. He is in Oregon now, and will then be transferred to Texas until the holidays. Hoping he stays safe and healthy.

Tim and Dawn Bullis lit a candle of grief: Remembering my Brother who passed away from gun violence 11 years ago. I'm grateful that this organization has been chosen for STP!

Sarah Miklavic-Kinley lit a candle of grief: Remembering our sweet Kyla who passed away at the age of 26 mos, 10/8/02, to an accidental pool drowning. She drowned on the 8th, then was in a coma until the 24th. October is a bittersweet month for us. 👶 💔

LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: So happy to have future friends from Florida gathering with us this morning. Maybe one of them can hook us up with a source for a container of Indian Harbor grapefruit that we could make our UUCH go-to Holiday present for our far-flung relatives?

Tim Miller lit a candle of joy: On the farm in Ohio, we gathered hickory nuts every year. Very tasty, but lots of work to get the meat out.

Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: Happy Birthday to my son, who turns 46 today!

Justin Lockett lit a candle of gratitude: / Thank you all so very much for this honor.

Steve Herold lit a candle of joy: I'm happy to report that I am now retired.

Sarah Miklavic-Kinley lit a candle of gratitude: Once again, very grateful for all who contributed to my step-daughter and helped fill her fridge, belly, and soul!!

Tim and Dawn Bullis lit a candle of joy: I have been given the opportunity to spend more quality time with my children by means of Homeschooling during COVID-19 and sustaining a back injury at work. While the means to get to the point are unfortunate, we are doing our best to continue to grow and make the most of each day.

LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of concern: I want to send healing energy to Donald and Melanie Trump as they struggle against COVID-19 at Walter Reed Medical Center. <3

Wendy Baruch lit a candle of gratitude: grateful for Myrtle Beach leadership that they have found this and other congregations for us to explore. We are a transient community where “snowbirds” increase our size. No one is traveling much this year except by zoom. Thank you all!!

Gail and Howard Williams lit a candle of joy: Howard and I are celebrating our 39th anniversary.

Kathryn Heath lit a candle of joy: Congratulations Steve! Enjoy a well-earned time to relax!

Tim and Dawn Bullis lit a candle of joy: Happy Anniversary Gail!

The Delaceys lit a candle of sorrow: Missing Ms. Ilene…

Paul De Moor lit a candle of joy: FUNDRAISING IDEA: I would gladly buy a bag of those hickory nuts at an inflated price (unshelled).

Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy: Happy Birthday, Jessica!
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 October 8
Worship Committee
5:30 p.m.

6:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 10
Social Justice
9:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 11
9:45 a.m.

Worship Service
UU the Vote Team and Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
10:45 a.m.

Voter Assistance at UUCH
1:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13
WO CO Process Meeting
5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14
Honk Protest
9:30 a.m. at UUCH

Soul Circle (Group C)
1:00 p.m.

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, October 15
Worship Committee
5:30 p.m

Friday, October 16
Hospitality Zoom Stir-fry Dinner
6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 18
Soul Circle (Group D)
9:30 a.m.

9:45 a.m.

Worship Service
Rev. Jaimie Dingus
10:45 a.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 Tues, Sept. 15th.
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.
The Overlook is a publication of The Unitarian Universalist Church, 3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810

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