The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
November 15, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 46
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Fri. 11/16
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Sun. 11/18
Soul Matters
Group D
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Annual Bread Sharing Service
10:45 a.m.

Wed. 11/21
UUCH Choir
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Thu. 11/22
Huntsville Assistance Program 
164 food items were recently collected for HAP, and a huge number of toiletries were collected for First Stop -- everything from toothpaste and brushes, to soaps and deodorants. You name it, you donated it!
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. 
Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
Awareness Through Movement
at 10:00 a.m.
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class uses small gentle movements to improve your overall well being by learning to fully use ourselves mentally and physically.  
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 usually meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m.  We will be taking a break Thanksgiving week. We will have our last class of the year December 7th, then restart in the new year.
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person, mentally and physically, so come join us!
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
UUkulele 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.
UUCH Choir
kids singing
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. We are recruiting girls and helpers for the 2018-19 school year.

Please stop by our table in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday services to learn more about our troop! Or contact Harper Goodman for more information.

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UUCH 2018-19
Board Members
Susan Coddington  
Vice President: 
John Schulz

Nancy Finley

David Bollinger 

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 on Tuesday, November 27.

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    

Editorial Board:  

Kathy Heath
Nick Wilbourn 


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Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


Office Phone: 256-534-0508

Minister's Email:



Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for age 3 years and under.


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

Upcoming Service
Sunday, November 18, 2018
" Welcome Table Bread
Sharing Service"
UUCH Worship Committee
This Sunday we celebrate our Annual Bread Sharing Service, by breaking bread together and sharing stories of the origins of the bread we bring. This service is multi-generational, although nursery care will be available for babies and the very young. 
Bread is called the "staff of life" because it is a basic life-sustaining food. Some form of bread exists in just about every culture. Perhaps your family inherited a tradition of a particular type of bread from your ancestors, or maybe you enjoy bread from an ancestry you choose to claim. 
This Sunday you are invited to bring a loaf of bread, preferably cut into bite-size pieces, to share with the congregation. Our favorite breads usually have a story. If the bread you bring has significance to your family, or to your ethnic, cultural, or religious heritage, you are invited to share that story during the service. If you bring bread that is gluten-free, vegan, etc., you may wish to label it for those who have special dietary considerations. 
Let us welcome one another to the table with stories, songs, and bread to share. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
Children and youth are invited to participate in the All-Ages Bread Sharing Service in the sanctuary. All are invited to bring a special bread to share. Regular CYRE groups will not be held. Nursery care for children (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! 

The CYRE rooms are participating in two collections this month for special action projects.

As is our tradition at Thanksgiving, the Social Justice Committee and CYRE hold a creative action day on Sunday, November 25, during RE time, where children and youth will assemble meal packs for distribution by First Stop in Huntsville's homeless community. You are invited to donate items in the food collection bin in the Fellowship Hall. Needed items include individual servings of canned fruit (pull-tops), cracker packs, pudding cups, juice boxes, canned meats (pull-tops, e.g. Vienna sausage), travel-size hygiene products, and gallon-size plastic bags.

The Peace and Justice rooms are also collecting supplies for their "birthday in a bag" action project. All the items needed for a birthday party are assembled in each decorated bag and donated to a food pantry to give to families. Please bring these items to donate in the specially marked collection bin in the Fellowship Hall. Needed items include boxed cake mix, frosting, disposable aluminum cake pans, birthday candles, balloons, party hats, noise-makers, birthday plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, and plastic forks.

Collections for both projects may be donated through November 18. We thank you for your generosity in supporting the outreach work of our children and youth!

Submitted by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Chalice of Service 
UUCH Service Auction 2018

A really big thank you to all who contributed--donors, bidders, decorators, food makers, and helpers! We raised over $12,000, and we hope everyone had a good time and will enjoy the many services and events throughout the following year. If you deferred payment, please send that in or drop a check in the plate with "Service Auction " on the memo line. There are still some items and event slots available, and those will be in the Fellowship Hall the next couple of weeks. So you still have an opportunity to join in on some fun events. If you have questions, please send us an email.
The Knit Wits 
The Knit Wits will meet in the Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m. to "yarn-bomb" the fence with our latest project. All Knit Wits and anyone else who would like to lend a hand are invited to help. No skill is required

If you would like to stay for lunch, please bring a bag lunch and/or something to share. If it is raining, Barbara Hitt will email the Knit Wits by 9:00 a.m. to postpone to another day. For information, email Barbara Hitt.
Join Worship!

Ever wonder why we include certain elements in our worship services? Would you be willing to volunteer to read the opening words as a  Pulpit Host ?

Come learn how we do worship after church on November 17 or December 1. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. both days. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP with our Worship Chair, Amanda Schuber.
Annual Christmas Party  
The UUCH-AHA (Alabama Hispanic Association) Christmas Party will be held at the church on Saturday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this annual event, the AHA distributes Christmas presents to the children of selected families. UUCH hosts the event in our Fellowship Hall, provides a Christmas luncheon, and helps fund the gifts.
In order to once again make this party the success it's been in previous years, we need your help in one (or more) of the following ways:
  • Make a donation to help pay for gifts. During the month of November, all donations collected in our weekly Sunday offering will go to funding this event.
  • Donate food or money for the luncheon menu.
  • Assist with setup on Friday, setup on Saturday, and/or cleanup on Saturday.
  • Be a server at the luncheon.
  • Greet guests. Since many of our guests have difficulty with English, we ask you to PLEASE volunteer to help with greeting if you speak Spanish.
Sign up on the Fellowship Hall poster or online here .
Questions? Contact Betsy Applegate (256-426-4153), Gail Williams (256-880-2925), Michele Clark (, Kathryn Heath (256-457-1753), or Jessica Schulz ( ).
You'll want to be part of this heartwarming holiday event. You'll be giving a special gift to our local Hispanic community and to yourself.
Sponsored by the Social Justice and Hospitality Committees, and by the Alabama Hispanic Association  
November Sundays:
Gift Offerings
Each Sunday in November , UUCH is donating all offering plate cash and any checks noted for AHA to provide gifts for the teenagers in AHA families. Gail Williams and Michele Clark will also accept your donations directly. UUCH youth will have a shopping trip to buy the gifts in advance of the UUCH-AHA Annual Christmas Party.

Your generosity will help older children and teens in very needy families. 
Sponsored by the Social Justice and Hospitality Committees
Care List
This Sunday, November 11, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Lauren Childers lit a candle: In the past weeks, I've lost health insurance, my kitchen flooded, and my water heater and garbage disposal stopped working. It has been painful chaos, and I have been crying a lot. That being said, I've had so many people be there for me, and I'm quite grateful. A good support system can make insurmountable problems feel temporary. Here's a joy for sure, though: I've been selected to host a show at Stand Up Live tonight.  
Angela Arnold lit a candle of joy: For friends who drove 7 hours from Ohio to visit. They weren't at the service, having decided to have breakfast at the hotel instead. 
Vally and Foster Perry lit a candle of joy: Welcoming a new grandchild, Vivanne Vally Perry, in Ohio. Foster's sister, Sarah, visited with us at church. 
Deborah and Suzey Delacey lit a candle of joy: We are grateful to have Jane Hiatt visit from California. She was Ana's CASA while in foster care and loves her so much. She continues to remain connected all these years later.
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of joy and sorrow: Please send love to my granddaughter and her family as they deal with a very difficult time. My father's birthday was the 13th. He would have been 100. My first grandson turned 17 on the 14th!