The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
December 14, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 50
In This Issue
Sun. 12/17
A Merry Christmas Wish
Our Annual Christmas
9:45 a.m. Children arrive for practice
10:45 a.m. Service begins
Wed. 12/20
Winter Solstice Candlelight Service
6:45 p.m. Harpist prelude
7:00 p.m. Service begins
Chili Cook-Off
January 20th, 2017
singing chili  
Another Wonderful Generous Collection! 
For the month of November, we surpassed our goal and had the largest collection ever, AGAIN!!! The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect at least 100 items, but received 215 items during the month of November for the food pantry! THANK YOU for all of your generosity.  
Please continue to put your nonperishable food item or personal care product donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
Thanks for all you do!  

The UUCH choir practices on Wednesdays at 7:15 p.m. in the Choir Room. Whether you know how to sing or would like to learn, we would love for you to join us!

Our next practice (because of the holidays) will be on Wednesday, January 3rd.
The UUkulele  
Fun Group

The Ukulele Fun Group occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.

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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, January 23rd.

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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Office Hours:

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


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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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, December 17, 2017
" A Merry Christmas Wish"
Our Annual Christmas Pageant
The Reverend Alice Syltie and
Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education 
This musical, multi-generational service celebrates the spirit of the holiday season. The Children's and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Program will present our own adaptation of Joyce Poley's service, "The Spirit of the Christmas Tree," retelling the story of the Nativity from a Unitarian Universalist perspective and inviting the congregation into reflection on its meaning for today.  
The service features special musical selections from the choir, congregational caroling, a Christmas pageant of all ages, and a surprise! Thanks in advance to: CYRE Chair Audrey Fox, Music Director Pam Siegler, the UUCH Choir, and the "cast and crew of thousands" in the Christmas Pageant.  
Cast and Crew: please remember to arrive at church at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the pageant for a quick run-through! For more information, contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
Children and youth will participate in the all-ages Christmas Pageant!  Click here for more information about the pageant. 
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be offered as usual.
If you haven't already, please register your child/youth for this year's CYRE program. For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.
Wednesday, December 20th
Winter Solstice Candlelight Service
Reverend Alice Syltie
Harp Prelude 6:45 p.m. 
Service begins at 7:00 p.m.

Since ancient days, people have gathered at the time of the winter solstice to welcome the sun and the return of light. In the darkest season of the year, we too are invited to gather in community to share in the mystery and miracle of the natural world. The returning light has long been a sign of rebirth and a source of hope. In the soft glow of candlelight, open yourself to the wisdom of the ages through silence, music, and the poetry of the season.

This year, especially, I am reminded that Unitarian Universalists find common ground in a heritage that calls us to celebrate the promise of new life and to commit ourselves to the protection of everyone's right to their own radiant humanity.

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's (UUSC) annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about UUSC's work to advance human rights around the globe. This year's theme, Small Change Is Big Change, celebrates the bravery, innovation, and reach of UUSC's grassroots partners. With your support, UUSC and our partners are not only responding to extraordinary challenges of today, we are also addressing root causes of injustice and building capacity to respond to future challenges.
The GAYT brochure describes four UUSC partners who can be the guests at your table. You are encouraged to set out a box at your table to represent one of these or another guest. Boxes and brochures are available in the Fellowship Hall. The GAYT program will run through the end of the year. We will collect the boxes in January.

Please contact Brad Korb at 256-895-9303 or with any questions.
Wonderful Wednesday Supper 
Wonderful Wednesday Supper will not be held in December. Join us again on Wednesday, January 17th, when we're featuring yummy homemade soup. 
It's Pageant Time!
Our UUCH Annual Christmas Pageant will be performed during the Worship Service this Sunday, December 17th. Children who participate in the pageant should:   
  • arrive at church early (9:45 a.m.) for a quick run-through and
  • remember your costume items (e.g., bath robes, etc.--no sewing or elaborate costuming required)
If you have any questions or concerns, you may  contact Erin Reid at (256) 694-6786 or 
Care List
This Sunday, December 10, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Social Justice Committee, a candle of joy: Wanted to say thank you to you all for your generosity towards the families helped by the Alabama Hispanic Association (AHA). We were able to purchase gifts for 21 children and youth. Merry Christmas to all!
Social Justice, Hospitality, and Alabama Hispanic Association, a candle of joy:We celebrate the generosity of heart, hands, and fellowship so clearly visible at the Alabama Hispanic Christmas Party. We wish a very special thank you to Girl Scouts, Maggie and Haley. Over 120 people enjoyed a holiday meal and around 80 children received special presents, hugs from Santa, a Teddy Bear, and candy canes. Let us celebrate this joyous event!  
LaDawn Edwards, a candle of joy: Abigail Nielsen has returned to the care of her mother, April Blu Starlight. I am grateful for the opportunity to be temporary parent and grateful to transition back to just Girl Scout leader and Religious Education teacher.
Anonymous Coffee-holic, a candle of joy: We have a new coffee urn. So unlike the previous Sunday, there was coffee in the Fellowship Hall.
Kathy Fisher, a candle of joy and sorrow: Joyful that Monday was my brother's birthday. Happy Birthday, Larry! Sorrowful that Wednesday marks the 30th year without Daddy. I love and miss him and also celebrate him everyday.
Barbara Hitt for Care Committee, a candle of concern and sorrow: John Jeter has been in the hospital for 3 weeks and is making a slow recovery from triple bypass surgery. I have recorded the beautiful music from Sunday's service and will go by the hospital to share it with him. Sorrowful for Cheri Smith, who is in Illinois for her brother's memorial service. Jeff died this past week.
Melissa Neese, Please send, love, light, and peace to the Neese family.