The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
December 28, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 52
In This Issue
Sun. 12/31
New Year's Eve
10:45 a.m. Service begins
Mon. 1/1  
Wed. 1/3
UUCH Choir Practice
7:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Music Room
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!
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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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 31, 2017
Annual Fire Ceremony
Reverend Alice Syltie and  
Pam Siegler, Music Director   
A tradition in many Unitarian Universalist congregations, as well as ours, is a ritual to bid farewell to the old year and release what we prefer not to carry with us into the New Year. At this halfway point in our church year, we recognize the celebration of the end and beginning of the calendar year.  
In silence, you will be invited to commit to flame what you would you like to leave behind in order to embrace that which will allow you to live as fully as you would like in 2018. 
The Reverend Elizabeth Harding wrote, "The fire communion separates the end of the year from the beginning, helping us to put in perspective the joys and sorrows, the changes and transitions, the ups and downs of the year."
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
Game Day!  Bring your favorite games to play with friends.
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.
Exploring SoulCollage®
Taking it to the Next Level
The process of SoulCollage® as presented by Seena B. Frost, is some serious fun.
SoulCollage ® - What is it? intuitive process for creating an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning.
SoulCollage® - How?
...create personalized 5x8 cards by cutting and pasting images from magazines
SoulCollage® - Why? and remind yourself how c omplex, talented, versatile, and unique you are. Show yourself to others and connect with the larger spiritual dimensions that inspire you.
SoulCollage® - come to know your whole self.
This month we are taking it to the next level and exploring the tools offered by the SoulCollage® process for even broader, more complex insights; guidance for balancing the multiple facets of ourselves.
Denise Runnels and Nancy Finley will co-facilitate this Adult Religious Education workshop in the UUCH Fellowship Hall on Monday evening, January 8th, from 6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m.
Check out for more information about the SoulCollage® process we are following, or ask Denise ( ) for more information about the process and/or the workshop.
Awareness Thru Movement Class 
For a healthy New Year, join our Awareness Through Movement (ATM) class.
These classes focus on gentle movements 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! Classes, led by Sally Locklear, are drop-in with no experience necessary . 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 Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. ,
starting January 12th until further notice.  
For more information, contact Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically.  
Join us!
Trip to India: 
A Multi-Media Presentation 
Saturday, January 13th

Barbara and Gary Hitt will be giving a multi-media presentation of their recent trip to India on Saturday, January 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the UUCH Fellowship Hall. Gail and Howard Williams and Vickie and Malcolm Goodman will be hosting a dessert buffet with hot cobbler and  other delicious desserts, along with hot cider and coffee to warm you up! 
This was originally offered as a Service Auction item and is now presented for $25 for adults and $10 for teens 12 - 18, children 12 under free. Babysitting will be provided on request.  
It's not too late to sign up to spend an evening with friends enjoying the Hitt's adventures in India where they saw and photographed tigers, beautiful birds, exotic wildlife, and the Taj Mahal. They especially enjoyed being so warmly welcomed by the people as they traveled around India.  
Please contact the Hitts, the Williams, or the Goodmans if you would like to join us.  
Wonderful Wednesday Supper 
Our next Wonderful Wednesday Supper will be held on Wednesday, January 17th. We will be featuring yummy homemade soup. 
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.  
Care List
This Sunday, December 24, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
The Reverend Alice: a candle of appreciation;  Often the holidays can be challenging. We light a candle for Lauren Childers, who expressed appreciation for the support of her church family at a difficult time.   
Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy: a candle of of joy; Our oldest, Samantha, will be home for Christmas. We can't wait to see her, though our time will be short.
Kate Watkins: a candle of joy; Remembering my dear friend Lee Lamitie on the anniversary of his passing. Lee's inner child was always near and he made every day a fun day. I miss him so much and am blessed that I have so many happy memories of our friendship.
The Reverend Alice
We also hold in our hearts Lynsie and Lynda Lamitie, who are gathered with family in California to celebrate the holiday and the many memories they share.
Jack Long: a candle of remembrance; My first Christmas without Echo. My heart reaches out to her.