The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
December 21, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 51
In This Issue
Sun. 12/24
10:45 a.m. Service begins

Christmas Eve Potluck!
(immediately following)   
Mon. 12/25 
Merry Christmas!
Wed. 12/27
Groups Postponed until
January 3rd, 2018.
The UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 p.m - 6:45 p.m.

The UUCH Choir
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
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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UUCH 17-18  
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 24, 2017
"A Christmas Eve Morning  
Candle Light Service"
  The Reverend Alice Syltie    
As the sun turns once again to bring light and warmth to the world, let us gather in the glow of candle light, and the circle of friendship, to be warmed by the poetry of familiar carols, and stories. May the myth and mystery of the season open us to the everyday miracle of life and love.
Christmas Eve Potluck!  
Christmas Bells
Yalda...Yule... Habari Gani... Christmas... Hanukkah.... Malkh...Saturnalia...Dies Natalis Solis Invicti...Panacha Ganapati...Bah Humbug!

Whatever you celebrate at this time of year, you are invited to come share tidings of joy and enjoy a fest, a Christmas Eve Potluck lunch immediately following the service on December 24th.

Bring a dish (ingredients labeled) and ready to share!   
For more information or questions, please contact Amanda Schuber at 256-226-0712. 
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
Children and youth are invited to participate in the all-ages holiday service in the sanctuary.  
RE groups will not meet. 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.
 A Note Of Thanks 
The UUCH Care Committee received this handwritten note from Norma Harwood's family thanking us for the care and support given by her UUCH friends over the years of her illness. The family was especially thankful for the memorial service held for Norma at the church, followed by a picnic, as Norma would have wished.  
Thanks to everyone who supported Norma by cards, calls, and caring, and thanks to everyone who pitched in and help to provide such a meaningful service for her family.
-- Barbara Hitt, Care Chair
Unitarian Universalist  
Common Read
Sunday, January 21st
at 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry , edited by Mitra Rahnema (Skinner House, 2017), is the first book to center the stories, analysis, and insights of Unitarian Universalist, religious professionals of color . They explore how racial identity is made both visible and invisible in Unitarian Universalist communities. It is a joint project of the Committee for Anti-racism, Anti-oppression, and Multiculturalism of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA) and Skinner House Books.
Come join our local discussion of this exciting book. Brad Korb and Shiela Burrow will facilitate the conversation. Everyone is welcome; c offee and snacks will be available, so come early to enjoy. There will be several books available for loan in the Fellowship Hall for those who wish to borrow one.  
This discussion is sponsored by UUCH Adult Religious Education (RE). Contact Nancy Finley or Shiela Burrows for further information at If you need childcare, please let Shiela or Nancy at least one week in advance. Hope to see you there.  
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. 
Care List
This Sunday, December 17, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Cheri Smith, a candle of joy: I want to thank everyone for thoughts and prayers for my brother. I love the support I get from this church.  
Suzey Delancey, a candle of joy: So grateful that Nana and Pappaw came to see the kids in the play! The Delaceys are so enjoying their support.    
Mari Hinckley, a candle of joy: Pleased to announce that I'm pregnant and due in June!
Amanda Schuber. a candle of joy: A HUGE thank you to Theresa Miller and the UUkelele Group and Choir friends for decorating our beautiful tree in the sanctuary. It takes a village and I'm grateful for the UU village that always shows up.  
 Anonymous, a candle of joy: Feeling joyful that Alabama went "Blue" for a moment.
Phil and Sandy Garson, a candle of joy, Thankful for Doug Jones. May he lead with wisdom and compassion.