The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
January 26, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 4
In This Issue

Items Collected In December!

The Social Justice Committee's goal is to collect and donate 100 items per month. CAN you pick up an extra CANNED good, nonperishable food item, or personal care product next time you are out shopping? Please do, and put it in the basket in the church foyer to be donated to the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  Suggested donations:
macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce, dry beans and rice, boxes of cereal, bars of soap, canned meat, and peanut butter!

Thanks in advance!

Soul Circles are Forming!

 Don't forget--Soul Circles are forming! We are bringing small groups into the Soul Matters shared thematic ministry alongside our Worship and Religious Education ministries. Our "Soul Circles" will meet monthly.  
If you would like to join a Soul Circle please contact John Czachurski at 

Movement Class Now on Friday!

Our 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 Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. until further notice.
For more information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the  whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. Join us!

Do You Have Trouble Hearing During Worship Services?
UUCH has purchased a number of devices to help hard-of-hearing members of the congregation listen to services. Need one? Just ask the greeter Sunday as you come in and return the device after the service!

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January's Theme: Prophecy

Upcoming Services

Sunday, January 29th, 2017 

"The Prophetic Community"  
What does it mean to be a Community of Prophecy? This was the question underlying January's theme of  Prophecy. How is our church community a voice of prophetic wisdom for each of us, even when the voices we hear may seem to be saying different things? In other words, while each of us may respond to the wisdom and call of different voices, how does our church community support us in a common vision of justice, equity, and compassion? This may be the hardest question of all.

The Reverend Alice Syltie  
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Creative service day! We will make UU Valentines for the congregation. Youth in the Transformers room will work on the upcoming youth-led service. 
Nursery care (ages 0-3) will be provided as usual. 

Register for the UUCH Children and Youth Religious Education program by going to:  

For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
Time to Return Guest at Your Table Boxes

Now that we are through the holidays, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Guest at Your Table program is wrapping up and it is time to return your Guest at Your Table boxes!

There are three ways you can return your contribution to the UUSC:
  1. Bring your box to church and place it in the basket in the Fellowship Hall (cash or check; if cash, provide the information on the side of the box)
  2. Send a check directly to UUSC at UUSC, PO Box 808, Newark, NJ 07101-0808
  3. Donate on-line at
Thanks for your contributions!

Brad Korb, UUSC Local Representative 
UUCH Annual Chili Cook-Off is
Saturday, February 4!
2016 Chili Queen Shiela Burrows waves to her adoring Fellowship Hall family. Fran Alexander, Master of Ceremonies and Chili Cook-off Founder  expertly handles judging and prizes. Sheila won with venison chili. Other winners last year (just to give you some hints) were vegan, buffalo, pork, chicken, and beef and pork.
Flavors and styles you'll love!! 
Mild? Check! 
Gluten free cornbread? Check! 
Fiery hot? Check! 
Vegetarian? Check!  
Even No Chilis? Check out mild white chicken chili!  

Register your chili and sign up for a side dish on the Fellowship Hall poster or online
( ). Signups include chili, cheese, sour cream, crackers, salads, cornbread or rolls, and desserts.

Open mike entertainment is an important part of the evening! Share your talent. Poems? Music? Songs? Dance? Contact Susan Coddington 
(  or  256-520-3490 ) if you'd like to be part of the show! Rumor has it that UUkuleles may play!

Chili Chefs bring their chili at 4:30 for judging.

No admission charge for them.

For others, doors open at 5:00 p.m. and eating begins at 5:30 p.m
. Admission is $5 each for those 12 and older; Children 3-11 are $3 each; with a family cap of $15.  

Great food, great company, great fun
....and did we mention 
Hosted by your Hospitality Committee
"New UU" Class Starts February 19th
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life--our worship and theology; history, covenant and polity; faith development, social justice, and membership. This program is focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here for awhile will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition. Everyone is welcome!

So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of February 19th, 26th, and March 5th for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee and breakfast snacks at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15. Pam Korb and Nick Wilbourn will facilitate the discussion. Contact Nancy Finley ( for further information. If you need childcare during this time, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
Hosted by your Adult Religious Education committee
Great Opportunity to Help a Child

Volunteer to Tutor or Share Your Interests with Alabama  Hispanic Association (AHA) Children.

This is just a one time commitment (or more, if you wish!)
AHA needs YOU to help out with their English and math tutoring program. Each Saturday morning from 2/25 to 4/15 in the Fellowship Hall the sessions will run as follows:
  • 9:30 to 10:15 English
  • 10:15 to 10:30 snack
  • 10:30 to 11:00 math 
  • 11:00 to 11:30 special activity presented by volunteer (i.e. gardening, craft, game, etc.)
Each Saturday, AHA needs 5 tutors for English and math (not necessarily the same 5 for both subjects) and 1 person to share a hobby, craft, etc. with the kids in the special activity. Ten children, ranging from elementary to high school, are participating.

You do not need to speak Spanish, and several other tutors, some from AHA, will be present in the Fellowship Hall with you. You do not need to be a teacher to do this, just to have patience and enthusiasm.

To sign up, follow this link to Sign up Genius, or contact Tonia Betts at (256) 882-9891.
Thank you!

Sponsored by the Alabama Hispanic Association in cooperation with your Social Justice Committee.  
What:  UUCH Church-wide Fellowship Dinner
When:  March 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Where: Weatherly Height Baptist Church
             1306 Canstatt Drive, Huntsville, AL 35803

Why: Please mark your calendars for a night of food, entertainment, fellowship, and information as we kick off our Annual Budget Drive (ABD) with a church-wide fellowship dinner. This year's ABD theme is "Tending the Flame." We will celebrate the things that make UUCH special to us and look ahead to what we can accomplish together in the future. While in past years we have had a series of ABD cottage meetings or one-on-one discussions over several weeks, this year we are having the whole church come together for one big event, so please save this date and plan to attend!

More details will follow in the coming weeks...

Kevin Betts (ABD Chair)
Glen Clark (ABD Co-Chair)

General Assembly 2017
June 21-25, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana

NOW IS THE TIME to begin planning your trip to our UUA's General Assembly! Important dates and programming updates may be found here: This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 
Looking for It? Check Lost & Found 
Where is that blue jacket? The car keys with my fob? My pink tam and scarf? My lettuce keeper? In the Lost & Found, of course! There are several youth jackets, work gloves, stuffed animals, earrings, rings, lots of eyeglasses, and more. Take a look. After several more weeks, it will all be donated.
The first Southern Region Chalice Lighters  

The first Southern Region Chalice Lighters call is to support extending the Pledge to End Racism program from First UU Church of Richmond to all interested congregations in the Southern Region. This program is designed using a leadership development model so participants gain skills and develop competence in not only talking about racism, but in facilitating discussions about race, and then working together to organize Living the Pledge workshops for people throughout their community.

Donations may be made electronically at this link: or snail mailed, payable to First UU Church of Richmond, with a memo "Chalice Lighters," mailed to First UU Church of Richmond, 1000 Blanton Ave., Richmond, VA 23221

This Chalice Lighter call will end on March 6th.
Care List
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  January 22nd, 2017:

John Jeter has a concern . John has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism along with dysphonia and essential tremor in his voice box. All are treatable with medicine and speech therapy. John hopes to join the choir in the near future.
Makay and Evan Miller, A candle of joy for on Friday, January 13th, we were joined in marriage on the beautiful beaches of Panama City, Florida!

Wagner Family , Many prayers for the people of Petal, Mississippi who were affected by the tornadoes.  
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
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

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, February 28th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 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.
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Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: .

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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:
256. 534-0508.