The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
April 18, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 16
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 4/18
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 4/19
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
Adult RE Room

Sun. 4/21   Easter
Soul Matters Small Groups
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
[Group D]

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.
Annual Flower Communion

Easter Egg Hunt 
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Alice & Betsy's House
Tue. 4/23
Council Meeting
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wed. 4/24
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 6:45 p.m.

Choir Rehearsal  
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.    
Choir Room

Thu. 4/25
Faith in Action Meeting
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.

The Knit Wits
6:00 p.m.
Jefflyn's House

Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 4/26
Awareness Through Movement
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Adult RE Room

Sat. 4/27
Social Saturday
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

OWL Lock-In
3:00 p.m - 9:00 a.m.
All-Ages PickupChoir 
The last Sunday in April, April 28 , anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room . The pickup choir   will run through the song a few times and then enjoy sharing the musical message with the congregation that same day.
Music will be accessible and interesting for all ages and skill levels, from four years old to 97 years young.
For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director.
U Ukule le  
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.
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.

Contact Harper Goodman for more information.
Aware ness  Through M ovement 
The Felden kra is Method of Awareness Through Movement class has started again with lessons that use small, gentle movement, imagination, and sensing. 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 meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m. in the Adult Religious Education Room.
The last Awareness Through Movement class will be Friday, May 3.
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
UUCH Choir

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 .
Huntsville Assistance Program 
209 fabulous food items, 4 huge multi-packs, hundreds of toiletry items, and 4 packs of adult diapers were recently delivered to the Huntsville Assistance Program. Thanks to all who donated!
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. 

They run low on cereal, canned fruit, mac and cheese, peanut butter, instant mashed potatoes, Hamburger Helper-type meals, and canned veggies -- but not green beans or corn.
They are always grateful for our 
donations. Thank you for your continued generosity! 

New Futures needs additional items. Please see the poster in Fellowship Hall for more information.

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee

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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 Tuesday, April 30 .  

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   


Nick Wilbourn 


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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Friday


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


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

Upcoming Service
Sunday, April 21, 2019 
"An Easter Faith" 
The Reverend Ed Brock
The Easter Story possesses immense importance within our society and culture. It is valuable for UUs to have their own points of view about the Easter story. The Easter story is archetypal, indicating that it reflects something important for and about the human condition. In this sermon I will share my understanding of the Easter story within the framework of the core themes outlined in my sermon series on spirituality in the key of life.

Also part of this Sunday's service will be our annual Flower Communion, detailed below.
Flower Communion
This Sunday
Our annual Flower Communion is a celebration of the renewal of life and hope at the center of this season of Easter, Passover, and Spring. It is also a time to build lasting memories for our children. Our sanctuary comes alive with the splendor of flowers, representing the variety and beauty reflected in our coming together as people of all ages, with unique perspectives, hopes and dreams.

The Flower Communion will be a component of this Sunday's worship service.  Each person, from the youngest child to the oldest adult, is asked to bring a flower to share , as we participate in the annual giving and receiving of a flower.

Submitted by the Worship Committee
Children and youth will remain in the worship service this week to participate in the Flower Communion.
Nursery care for ages 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!
Easter Egg Hunt at  
Alice & Betsy's  
You and your family are invited to spend Easter Sunday afternoon with your fellow UUs in a day of relaxation and fun while welcoming the beginning of spring. (We will meet rain or shine!) 
Easter Egg Hunt
Who:  Everyone is invited! 
When:  This Sunday, April 21
            2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Alice Dilbeck & Betsy  
             Applegate's home
                     620 Ford Chapel Rd., in Harvest
Suggestions for what to bring:

--  Yourself and your family

--  Eggs for the hunt (plastic/filled and "real")

--  Basket for collecting eggs

--  Goodies and snacks to share

--  Lawn chairs and musical instruments 

No children? No problem -- this all-church event is fun for everyone! We'll have badminton, croquet, and activities for all ages, including sitting-on-the-porch-talking-as-we-watch-others-expend-energy. What could be more fun?!

Children are advised to wear or bring play clothes to fully enjoy the outdoor activities.

Directions and a map to Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home are in the Fellowship Hall by the kitchen door. Or you can call (256-534-0508) or email the church office to request for a copy to be emailed to you.

We're egg-cited, and we'll be hoppy to see you!
Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
From the Ministerial
Search Committee

The Ministerial Search Committee:
Front row - Barbara Hitt, Betsy Applegate, Nancy Finley, Brad Korb (chair)
Back row - Suzey Delacey, Laurel Bollinger, Vickie Goodman, Tim Miller
The Ministerial Search Committee met April 14 to continue their discussion of the procedures and process for the search for our settled minister. While it is very early in the process, the committee is detailing its timeline for the coming year and reviewing the guidelines provided by the UUA Transitions Office. There is much information to gather, and the Committee intends to keep the congregation well-informed as they move through each step. There will also be many opportunities for the congregation to provide input into finding the settled minister that fits our needs and aspirations. Please contact any committee member if you have questions at any time.

Submitted by the Ministerial Search Committee
The Knit Wits 
The Knit Wits are part of the Care Committee, and no skill at knitting is required to join! The Knit Wits make care shawls for church members undergoing health challenges, as well as baby blankets, and also take on a variety of other projects, such as the yarn-bombing on the playground fence. You are welcome to join the group, and if you wish to learn to knit or crochet, there are good and patient teachers who would love to help you learn. You are also welcome to just come and chat.

The next Knit Wits meeting will be held on  April 25 at  6:00 p.m. at Jefflyn's. We hope you can join us for this relaxing evening with friends.  Email Barbara Hitt  for more information.

Sponsored by the Care Committee
Social Saturday on April 27
Let's Do Lunch!
Our next Social Saturday will be held on April  27, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the  Fellowship Hall.

This event is a casual social time for people to get together, share a meal, and chat -- maybe find out that they share a common interest or need that can be met by another. Anything can happen when UUs get together! So plan to come and join the group. It is a both a potluck and a brown bag, so your choice to bring a dish to share, or keep it simple and brown-bag it.  
Everyone is welcome, but seniors and new members are especially encouraged to attend, meet some folks, and feel like a part of our UUCH family. We hope to see you on April 27!
Sponsored by the Hospitality, Membership, and Care Committees
Open Mic Coffeehouse

Save the date! On the evening of Saturday, May 18, the Music Committee will sponsor an open mic coffeehouse, an event which in the past has been popular for all ages. 

You are invited to come and read poetry, sing, play music, or  make us laugh with your stories. There will be mics and speakers, as well as coffee and tea. This is a free event for the whole family!  

Start thinking about what you'd like to present, but keep in mind that this will be a family-friendly, multi-generational event! If you have questions, you may email Tim Miller.

Sponsored by the Music Committee
UUCH Yard Sale - Save the Date!
Our 2019 UUCH Yard Sale will be  Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15

Unfortunately, we cannot store your donations so soon in advance. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming yard sale and how you can contribute!
We Can All Be "Greeters"
If you've had the opportunity to be a greeter on Sunday mornings, you know how many people, regulars and visitors, come through our doors. While it is true that we have amazing, wonderful greeters, it's not always possible for them to interact with visitors after they have passed from the foyer into the sanctuary, which is why we all need to be "greeters."  
As many of you know, it is not always easy to visit a new church; it takes a certain amount of courage. You're not sure how you'll be received and whether people will talk to you. Often coffee hour can be the most daunting of activities. 
So, here's a suggestion: If you see a new face during the service or after, introduce yourself as soon as you can, introduce them to other members if possible, and invite them into the Fellowship Hall. If you see someone standing alone after a service, say hello and invite them to enjoy some of our wonderful coffee. Reaching out to visitors and making them feel welcome can make a big difference in whether or not they decide to come back. 
Submitted by the Hospitality, Care and Membership Committees
Care List
This Sunday, April 14, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Bryan and Diane Walls lit a candle: Bryan's uncle, Kenneth Jones, was scheduled for open-heart surgery on Monday. In his 80's, Ken was worried about the outcome, whatever it is.  
Holly Hinkle lit a candle of joy: For a beautiful Remembrance Ceremony here at UUCH for my mom, Carolyn, on April 6. Thank you! 
Angela Arnold lit a candle of joy: For the performance of the Huntsville Feminist Chorus on Saturday, led by our own Pam Seigler, with Ariel, Erin, LaDawn, and Theresa. What a beautiful, affirming message of love. Thank you for your gifts!  
Sarah Kinley lit a candle of sorrow: My friend, Becky, passed away suddenly on March 25. She left behind 2 girls, ages 14 and 9. Thank you to all who reached out from Care Committee, OWL, and Religious Education. Brooklyn was a part of OWL. And while Becky was not a member yet, I know many of you would have loved her generous heart for all, especially animals. She will be missed.
Lynda Lamitie lit a candle: It is with great JOY that I return to my friends in Huntsville!
Anonymous lit a candle sorrow: I'm a single mom and lost my job this week. I loved that job, so it just tears me up.