The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
June 29, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 26
In This Issue
100 in JULY!
And we're not talking about the weather!

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!
Let's make the count
100 for July!
Thanks for all you do!  
UUkulele Fun Group will meet through the summer!
The UUkulele Fun Group will continue to meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing. This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele - from the "very beginner" to more "seasoned" players. We have a new song book to share that has lively songs we can all play together. So come make a little music with us.

This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley or Glen Clark for further information.

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Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Ed Bernstein

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, July 25th. 

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 


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:

Upcoming Service 

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 

     " Resist and Rejoice
                          The Reverend Alice Syltie
The Resist and Rejoice! theme of this year's General Assembly calls us to embody a more anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural faith. Bryan Stevenson, this year's Ware Lecture speaker, reminded us that being in proximity with people is an important step in fulfilling this mission.

This Sunday, we welcome Dexter Strong and Aaron McNully, from REACHsv (Racial Equality Action Committee of Huntsville), to speak with us about the important work toward justice, equity, and compassion happening in our city.  Aaron serves as the Director of Community Affairs and Dexter is the Director of Development. REACHsv exists to highlight and address issues of structural racism and inequality and to promote racial equality in Huntsville and the surrounding area.

Their work with REACHsv has led to collaborative efforts with a number of great organizations in the area: the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) Huntsville chapter, Project Say Something (based in Florence), Faith in Action Alabama, Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), Tennessee Valley Progressive Alliance (TVPA), and Indivisible. Come and hear how we can participate in this important work.  
Also this Sunday, we Share The Plate with The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store. For more about the program, see the article below.  
CREThis Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

We continue our Summer RE program with a GAME DAY in celebration of the holiday weekend! Leaders will be Audrey Fox and Michelle Clark.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at 
Please join us for a potluck immediately after the worship services. Bring a dish and let us enjoy the warmth of the weather as we eat together! Fellowship served up with potluck food. Get to know your fellow UUs! 
--Hosted by your Hospitality Committee
UUCH Rafting/Camping
July 28-31, 2017

Drive up and back on July 29 (Saturday) or camp at beautiful Chilhowee Campground in the Cherokee National Forest.

Raft EITHER the Ocoee (class III and IV, ages 12+) or the family-friendly Hiwassee (class II, all ages) or swim in the lake at the campground or just hang out in the beautiful woods.

More details
here and more to come as we get closer to the event. Sign up no later than July 16th. Lots of fun for everyone!!

Check out the details online and THEN contact Alice Dilbeck with any questions: 256-656-7419 or

--Brought to you by your Membership, Hospitality, and Religious Education Committees. 
We Share the Plate* with
The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store 

The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen and Thrift Store, located at 2412 Memorial Parkway, is a non-profit, non-denominational,  501C3 ministry to the homeless and needy in Huntsville, Alabama. They focus on providing a non-judgmental sanctuary for many to come and "Dine with Dignity" in a friendly, home-style environment; serving two meals daily, Monday through Friday. Their staff goes to great lengths to provide home-cooked, wholesome, and filling meals. Their dining area is dressed with tablecloths and flowers and meals are served on dinnerware with silverware in an atmosphere of peace and acceptance.  Every month they serve over 2,000 meals to the area's hungry.

The Rose of Sharon
also offers free clothing assistance to those in need; and, in the colder months, blankets, coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are supplied to help the those they serve to stay warm.

The Rose of Sharon has been serving our community for more than 13 years and relies solely on the community for resources to continue this service to others. 

*When we "Share the Plate," all cash collected on the first Sunday of each month in the second quarter (July, August, and September), along with any checks noted as "Share the Plate," will be halved with New Futures, Inc.
Care List
This Sunday, June 18th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
We light a candle of hope and blessings for our new UUA President, The Reverend Susan Fredrick-Gray. May her service be one of compassionate leadership and strength. 

light a candle of joy: John Czachurski is home from the hospital recovering. We keep him in our hearts and prayers.

Bobby Hall, a candle of joy: A BIG thank you to everyone able to attend "Bobby's Birthday Bash" with the Red Wine Effect House concert last Saturday. An even BIGGER THANK YOU to those who helped to setup, cleanup, and brought food. A still BIGGER THANK YOU to Willette, our office administrator, who supplied the two delicious rum cakes. Everyone had so much fun. This may become an annual event!