UUCH Chalice
The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
October 27th, 2016
Vol. 16 Issue 43
In This Issue
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We Can Reach 100!
Your Social Justice Committee asks that we bring non-perishable food and personal hygiene items for the food basket each Sunday, to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP). Collection Baskets are located in the Foyer and in the Fellowship Hall.
Our Goal: 100 Food Items per month!

About HAP:
HAP is an interfaith network of Madison County congregations providing volunteers, information, and financial resources to help those in need. HAP focuses on those who need temporary assistance. HAP provides not only food boxes but also assistance with rent/ mortgage and utility bills.

From the HAP website:
"HAP's primary goal is to help clients have a better life. This does not always mean paying their bill will be the answer. All of our clients are interviewed in person. We may need to refer this person for financial counseling, marital counseling, drug/alcohol addiction, or medical assistance. All persons interviewed are encouraged to find a church family regardless of their denomination preference."

ATM: Awareness Through Movement
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.  Awareness Through Movement┬« classes focus on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities. Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain.  
Everyone is welcome! Class is drop-in, no experience necessary, and is led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.
ATM is held on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m., until further notice. For more information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at Adult.RE@uuch.org. If you need childcare for this event, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
 
Lunch w/the Dead!
Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 11:00 a.m.--1:00 p.m. 
Join us near the North wall of Maple Hill cemetery for our annual Lunch with the Dead! Bring your own lunch, and something to sit on. Park by the North Wall gate (on Wells) and you'll see us up the hill a ways. Maple Hill is always beautiful on November the 1st!
If it's sprinkling, bring an umbrella. If it's pouring, we'll just wait until next year! (And say thanks for the rain!) Bring your friends!

Safe Space for Children and Youth
For the safety and enjoyment of our all-ages community, parents/guardians are asked to supervise children and youth in the church facility and grounds when they are not in their planned RE activity.

Propose a Program for the 2017 General Assembly
It's time to submit program proposals for the 2017 UUA General Assembly! GA 2017 will be held June 21-25 in New Orleans, LA. We are especially looking for proposals that address the 2017 theme: Resist and Rejoice! The proposal deadline is Monday, Nov.1 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Learn more on our website.

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October's Theme: Healing 
Upcoming Services
UUCH Chalice
Sunday, October 30th, 2016
 

"A Day of Healing and Remembrance"

The Reverend Alice Syltie

As we conclude our month devoted to healing, we will consider grief from the perspective of other cultures, as well as our own Unitarian Universalist culture. You are invited to bring a photo or a memento of someone whose spirit lives on within you. Between now and then, you may want to consider how to express in a word or two the legacy they have left for you.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
        
We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship theme of HEALING. Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
 
Register for the UUCH Children and Youth Religious Education program by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WS8LDNP. Paper registration forms are also available at the church.
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at dre@uuch.org or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at children.re@uuch.org )
Wi$e Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning
 
money_grass.jpg Do you want to learn how to use money as a tool in living a contented, generous life? Do you need help figuring out how to make ends meet? Join UUCH Adult RE as we look at managing money as a spiritual practice. Through a book study and group discussion of wise advice, we will look at attitudes about money and learn how to manage it in a way that leaves room for matters of the spirit.
 
Everyone is welcome. You do not have to have attended previous classes--catch up now! Remaining classes will be held October 28th and November 11th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Married couples and life partners are strongly encouraged to attend together (child care will be provided). Parents, bring your teenagers! Copies of the book and workbook are available courtesy of the Social Justice Committee.  

Sign up in the Fellowship Hall after service or email Michelle Clark at michelle_e_clark@yahoo.com. Facilitators Jon Fox and Michelle Clark look forward to seeing you there!
This Saturday Night!
All-Church, All-Ages Halloween Party!

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Ghosts & Goblins,   Creatures & Critters, Kids & Adults--come one, come all to our all-church Halloween Party! Saturday, October 29th, 6:30-9:30 p.m.!

The Halloween Party is an all-ages party, for children and adults alike, sponsored by the Children and Youth RE Program. We'll have dancing, a cakewalk, and other surprises. Favorite dance tunes for all generations will be provided by the Music Machine DJ. Fun for everyone!

A sign-up poster for helping with the party can be found in the Fellowship Hall after church services--or sign up online by clicking Here!

For more information contact Audrey Fox, RE Chair (256-698-3203, Children.RE@uuch.org).
Are You Ready to Become a Member?

If you've been attending UUCH long enough to know that this church community feels like your spiritual home, you may be ready to take the next step and become a member. We will welcome new members during the service on November 6th, as they "sign the book" and officially join our church.
 
If you are ready to become a member or would like to find out more about the process, please contact Pam Korb (Membership chair) at Membership@uuch.org.
 
Rights and Responsibilities of Membership
Because we are a democratic community, members are collectively vested with responsibility for the congregation. Members may vote at all congregational meetings, be elected to the governing Board, be appointed as committee chairs, and participate in all activities of the congregation.
 
Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to each other. These responsibilities are best fulfilled by:
Regular attendance at worship. Weekly worship cements the bonds of community, and keeps our attention directed to our highest values, while nurturing our spirits.
Voting at congregational meetings. Responsible participation includes imagining the needs of the entire congregation, rather than focusing only on one's own needs or desires. Consider how issues affect all members of the congregation, as well as potential members and others in the world outside the congregation.
Making financial contributions. Not only does this provide for the support of the congregation, but it also serves as a spiritual discipline.
Contributing time and talent. Congregations succeed because their members find ways to give of themselves, whether through singing, financial management, educating children, sharing their passion for social justice, organizing, cooking, greeting, maintaining the building and grounds-the list of tasks goes on and on. Finding ways to give back that nurture your own soul helps support your personal growth along with the growth of our congregation.
Spiritual growth and development. Working deliberately at your own spiritual development is a gift to yourself, to the congregation and to the larger world.
Help Prepare Local Seniors for Winter

Your Social Justice Committee invites you to participate in a community service project with CASA (Care Assistance System for the Aging) in Madison County. For several years, UUCH has participated in the annual Taking Energy Measures Personally=$avings (TEMP$) program sponsored by CASA. The TEMP$
program is an annual one day event in which teams of CASA volunteers weatherize the homes of clients by putting plastic on windows, insulating pipes, caulking breaches, installing smoke detectors, replacing storm doors and performing other small repairs. Special skills are not required, but an interest in basic household type repairs and/or interest in interacting with seniors in our community are desired.
 
The TEMP$ program work day will be Saturday, November 5th, starting at 9:00 a.m. and lasting for 3 to 4 hours. The homes that we will be working at this year have not been determined yet, but we will try to get homes near our church.
 
Please contact Brad Korb at bradkorb@mindspring.com  or 256-895-9303 if you have any questions or are interested in participating.
The Automated External Defibrillator:
We have one at our church.
Do you know how to use it?

It is easy to learn--and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) on a person who is having sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) may save the person's life.
 
We'll be having Defibrillator Training on November 6th, at 1:00 p.m. (right after the potluck).
Everyone ages 14 and over is encouraged to attend. Childcare will be available for those under 14. You may contact Nancy Finley  Adult.RE@uuch.org for further information.
Join the UUkulele Fun Group!

Anyone interested in getting together with other UUs to play the ukulele? This informal "fun" group meets every other Wednesday from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing (Next meet-up is Nov. 9th). This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele--from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We will learn from each other, jam, share music, and simply enjoy this lively instrument. No prior experience necessary; this is an easy instrument to learn. All ages welcome.
 
So join the ukulele bug that is sweeping the country, and come make a little music with us. This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley finleyn@uah.edu or Glen Clark   glenclark1973@gmail.com for further information.
Join the UUCH Book Discussion
of This Year's UUA Common Read
Sundays, November 13th & 20th, 9:00-10:30 a.m.

The Reverend Dr. William Barber's "Moral Mondays" movement is growing nationwide. Learn more about its history and future in The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement. Rev. Barber and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's book (Beacon, 2016) has been chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read.

Unitarian Universalists were electrified at General Assembly 2016 by Rev. Barber's call for building and sustaining a movement for justice for all people. The Common Read selection committee believes that now is a moment for Unitarian Universalists to answer that call.  The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. Drawing on the prophetic traditions of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, while making room for other sources of truth, the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, even when there is no reasonable expectation of political success, and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.
 
There are copies of the book available for lending in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend . Please contact facilitators Shiela Burrows shiela.burrows@att.net, or Brad Korb bradkorb@mindspring.com for more information. If childcare is needed please contact Nancy Finley finleyn@uah.edu at least a week in advance.  
Big Thanks from Treasure Island!

A big THANK YOU! to everyone who donated both auction items and food, and those who attended the Service Auction last Saturday evening. It was a fun filled night with lots of action, great food and fellowship, and plenty of great items! Hopefully everyone left with what they came for and more.
 
We raised almost $12,000!!
 
That total included an amazing $940 raised for the quilt raffle. Special thanks to Shiela Burrows for the quilts and congratulations to the winner, LaDawn Edwards!
 
And of course, a big thanks for all of the volunteers: decorators, runners, spotters, bartenders, registrars, data entry, setup and cleanup, committee members...the list goes on and on and we really appreciate everyone who made this event a success! Volunteers included Betsy Applegate, Jerome Belcher, Ed & Paulette Bernstein, Autumn & Tonia Betts, David, Laurel, & Matthew Bollinger, Shiela Burrows, Mike & Claudia Carson, Alice Dilbeck, Audrey & Maxwell Fox, Vickie Goodman, Bobby Hall, Kathy Heath, Nathan Herold, Greg Howard, Pam Korb, Lynda Lamitie, Sally Locklear, Kip Shepherd, Cheri Smith, Jefflyn Weed, and Rachel Wilhite.
 
Special thanks to our businesses who donated: Pizzelle's Confections and Kaffeeklatsch--please support and thank them!
 
But wait, it's not quite over! The few remaining services and items that you can still sign up for, including several scrumptious dinners, will be in the fellowship hall for a limited time. Click here for the list! Please email us at Service.Auction@uuch.org or we'll have sign-up sheets in the Fellowship Hall. Extended deadline is Sunday, November 6th.
 
--Bob Locklear, Steve Herold, the Finance Committee, and the whole Pirate Crew!
 
(And enormous Thanks to Bob Locklear for smoothly sailing this ship!--ed.)
votives Care List
 
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  October 23rd, candles were lit for:

Alli Johnson, a candle of "huge" joy: "At 38 years old, I've completely come out to my parents. It was received with more love and understanding than I ever imagined. I'm very thankful to have the fear and burden taken off my shoulders."
 
Maria Coble, a candle of sorrow: "Pray for my 15-year-old son, James Coble, who spent last week in the hospital. My school is closing Friday so I only have one more week of work. I am a single mom of 3 kids, looking for a job. Keep my students in mind. Change is hard for them."
 
If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the Reverend Alice Syltie at Minister@uuch.orgBarbara Hitt is Chair of the Care Committee, and may be reached at home, (256) 881.2531; on her cell, (256) 348.5845; or by email at care@uuch.org.
UUCH 16-17 Board Members

 

President: Laurel Bollinger 

Vice-President: Denise Runnels  

Secretary: Ed Bernstein           

Treasurer: Greg Howard   

Trustees: Susan Coddington, Kathy Heath,

   and Lynsie Lamitie 

 

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 leave a copy of your request in her Mailbox at the church office, or contact her at President@uuch.org.

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a joint meeting with the Council. Thanks for your cooperation!

From the Overlook is a publication of

The Unitarian Universalist Church,

3921 Broadmor Rd. Huntsville, AL 35810

Minister: The Reverend Alice Syltie

Board President: Laurel Bollinger  

Editorial Board: Laurel Bollinger, Kathy Heath 

 

Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight!
Please send submissions to news collator Deedee Moore at
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

Admin. Office Hours: 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri.

For Wednesday access, please call in advance. 

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 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:
256. 534-0508.