The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
March 23, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 12
In This Issue
bags of food
We collected 124 items for HAP in February.
The Social
Justice Committe e'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!


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:
CLICK HERE to receive updates about General Assembly from the GA2017 New Orleans Local Arrangements Chair
This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 

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March's Theme: Risk
     Upcoming Services
        Sunday, March 26th, 2017  
"Standing on Sacred Ground" 
                                                   The Reverend Alice Syltie

Where is the Sacred Ground of our Unitarian Universalist faith?  What risks do we take when we embrace a religion without a creed?  How do we know what to believe?  Have you asked yourself any of these questions?  As we close out our month of contemplating what it means to be a Community of Risk, we will consider answers to these questions.
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship theme of RISK with regular RE classes. 

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
Don't Forget--This Saturday: 
Annual Budget Drive Fellowship Dinner
March 25th, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Weatherly Heights Baptist Church,
1306 Cannstatt Drive, Huntsville
For any Cancellations or Additions, please contact Kevin Betts at or (256) 426-1691

Thank you!
Kevin Betts (ABD Chair)
Glen Clark (ABD Co-Chair)
  Are You Ready to Become a Memb er?
If you've been attending UUCH long eno ugh to know that th is churc h community feels like your spiritual home, you may be ready to take the next step and become a member. On Sunday, April 9th, we will welcome new members as they "sign the book" and officially join our church.
If you are ready to become a member or wo uld like to find out more about the process, please contact Pam Korb at .

Because we are a democratic community, members are collectively vested with responsibility for the congregation. Members may vote at all congregational meetings, be elected to the governing Board, be appointed as committee chairs, and participate in all activities of the congregation.
Because we are a covenanted congregation, members have certain responsibilities to the congregation and to each other. These responsibilities are best fulfilled by:
  • Regular attendance at worship. Weekly worship cements the bonds of community, and keeps our attention directed to our highest values, while nurturing our spirits.
  • Voting at congregational meetings. Responsible participation includes imagining the needs of the entire congregation, rather than focusing only on one's own needs or desires. Consider how issues affect all members of the congregation, as well as potential members and others in the world outside the congregation.
  • Making financial contributions. Not only does this provide for the support of the congregation, but it also serves as a spiritual discipline.
  • Contributing time and talent. Congregations succeed because their members find ways to give of themselves, whether through singing, financial management, educating children, sharing their passion for social justice, organizing, cooking, greeting, maintaining the building and grounds--the list of tasks goes on and on. Finding ways to give back that nurture your own soul helps support your personal growth along with the growth of our congregation.
  • Spiritual growth and development. Working deliberately at your own spiritual development is a gift to yourself, to the congregation, and to the larger world.
Easter Egg Hunt at Alice & Betsy's! 
Sunday Afternoon, April 16th

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. (Rain or shine!) 
  Easter Egg Hunt
Who:  Ev eryone is invited! 
When:   Sunday, April 16th2:00-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home,
             in Harves
Suggestions for what to bring:
Yourself and family--Eggs for the hunt (plastic filled
 and "real")--Baskets for the egg hunt--Goodies to share for munching--Lawn chairs and musical instruments. 

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

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

Directions and map to Alice Dilbeck's and Betsy Applegate's home are in the fellowship hall by the kitchen door. Or you can call (256-534-0508) or email Willette at the church office ( for a copy.

We're Egg-cited! We'll be HOPPY to see you!

This activity is sponsored by the Children and Youth RE Program as an all-church activity. All are welcome!
Opportunity for Spiritual Growth
(Our Third Principle )

UAH Women and Gender Studies is sponsoring a series of events on women and spirituality that emphasizes interfaith connections in our community. Both our Director of Religious Education, Erin Reid, and our Chair of Adult Religious Education, Nancy Finley, are on the organizing committee, and we thought UUCH members might be interested in attending some of these events:

It's that time of year again!

The time when you're ready and willing to clean out your closets, your drawers, your attics, and your garages. Toward that end, we'll be hosting the Annual UUCH Yard Sale at the church on Saturday, May 20th, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Mark the date, gather your goods (after making sure they're clean, stain-free, and intact), and start delivering them to the church where they'll be stored in the north wing. By early May, I'll ask for help in sorting and displaying. Finally, I'll urge you to sign up and help on May 20th. We haven't set up anything yet, but it's likely we'll be able to pick up large items the week of the yard sale. If you have questions, e-mail Bonnie Herold at or text/call (256) 289-1374.
Care List
This Sunday,  March 19th, 2017  
at our Circle of Candles:

Gail Williams lit a candle of sorrow: "Please keep my great niece, Alex, in your thoughts and prayers as she and her family are going through rough times."

Betsy Applegate lit a candle: Honoring "Earth Hour" Friday, March 25th, to shine a light on the need for climate change by switching off lights for an hour and "making noise" for action.

Barbara Hitt lit a candle of joy:  "My amazing Mom celebrated her 99th birthday last week by going to an Irish Pub and drinking a pint of Guiness!"  
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 phone her at home or send a copy of your request to

The next UUCH Board Meeting has been moved and will be held
on Thursday, March 30th, to accommodate the "Interfaith Conversations" event. 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.
Please send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at  


Office Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mon-Fri.

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: .

Minister's email:



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.