The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
March 28, 2019
Vol. 19 Issue 13
In This Issue
Upcoming Events  
Thu. 3/28
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Faith in Action Meeting
5:15 - 7:30 p.m.
Weatherly Heights
Baptist Church
1306 Canstatt Dr.

Fri. 3/29
Stewardship Celebration
5:30 p.m. with
Bryan & Diane Walls
Sat. 3/30
Stewardship Celebration
1:30 p.m. with
Laurel & David Bollinger

Stewardship Celebration
5:30 p.m. with
Susan & Tim Coddington

Sun. 3/31  
Social Justice Meeting
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

All-Ages Pickup Choir
9:30 a.m.
Music Room

Sunday Service
10:45 a.m.

OWL Meeting 
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
RE Wing

Stewardship Celebration
5:00 p.m. with
John & Jessica Schulz

Mon. 4/1
Stewardship Celebration
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. with
Betsy Applegate & Alice Dilbeck

Wed. 4/3
Soul Matters Small Groups
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Group B

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

Thu. 4/4
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room

Fri. 4/5
Stewardship Celebration
5:30 p.m. with
Pam & Brad Korb

Sat. 4/6
3rd Annual Meet Your Muslim Neighbor
Time TBA

Stewardship Celebration
5:30 p.m. with
Barbara & Gary Hitt

returnBuilding Our Future Together!

The 2019 UUCH Annual Budget Drive (ABD) has started with the theme of "Building Our Future Together!" This year we embark on our search for a new settled minister and build on the wise guidance we have been receiving from our current interim minister, Rev. Ed Brock. What an exciting time for UUCH! 


Your support, my support, and all our support together are what make current and future programming possible at the church.


This year, we are introducing Stewardship Celebrations, which are shorter, larger, less formal cottage meetings that are scheduled from late March through early April in the homes of UUCH members. These meetings are here to give you an opportunity to hear directly from Rev. Ed about stewardship, our mission, and our upcoming search for a settled minister. You will also have an opportunity to complete your pledge forms while you enjoy food and fellowship with others who value and support the church.


Whether you are a long-time member or someone who only recently started coming to UUCH, your support is the key to all the great things we as a church can accomplish. The pledge form you'll fill out at the Stewardship Celebration, along with the pledge forms from everyone else, will be the basis for creating the annual operating budget for the 2019-20 church year that starts in July.


SIGN UP this Sunday in the church Fellowship Hall. Several of the meetings are designated as "CF" (child-friendly), so your whole family can attend. Any special diets will be accommodated so that everyone is welcome. We look forward to seeing each of you at a Stewardship Celebration!


Jo Broussard, ABD Chair

Bob Locklear, Finance Chair

Huntsville Assistance Program 
209 fabulous food items, 4 huge multi-packs, hundreds of toiletry items, and 4 packs of adult diapers were delivered to the Huntsville Assistance Program. Thanks to all who donated!
New Futures needs additional items. Please see the poster in Fellowship Hall for more information.
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! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
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.
Aware ness  Through Movement 
The Feldenkrais 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.
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 .
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.

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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 


Newsletter deadlines are each Monday at midnight.
Any committee with newsletter announcements should send submissions to news collator Willette Battle at  


Office Hours:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Monday - Friday


Office Phone:

Minister's Email:



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, March 31, 2019 
"Stories for the Journey: The Presence of Black Women in Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism
Rev. Dr. Qiyamah A. Rahman,
with service led by Rev. Ed Brock
We strive for inclusivity and equality whenever we gather as people of faith. In this service, we will reflect upon those Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist women of African descent who have made contributions to our faith tradition, and lift up their stories. Many of you will be familiar with some of them, while others will be hearing some of their names for the first time.
The Rev. Dr. Qiyamah A. Rahman is a Unitarian Universalist minister who currently resides in Atlanta. She has recently relocated from St. Croix, VI, where she served as the minister at the UU Fellowship of St. Croix for six years. She is presently compiling an anthology on Black UU Women Clergy for Skinner House Press. She is a recipient of the Minns Lecture Series and will be presenting a series of lectures in the fall of 2020 on the presence of Black UU Women.
Her interests include writing, research, social justice, sustainable living, elder-hood, and gardening. She earned a Bachelor's of Education (University of Michigan); Master's of Social Work (University of Michigan); Master's of Divinity (Meadville Lombard Theological School); and Doctorate of Arts in Humanities (Clark Atlanta University) in Africana Women's Studies.  She has three children and two grandchildren.
Children and youth will continue sessions on " INreach/OUTreach," exploring how to create a wonderful welcome at church and extend it  beyond our walls.
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!
All-Ages Pickup Choir

March 31, the last Sunday of the month , anyone who wants can attend a short rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. in the Music Room . The All-Ages  Pickup Choir will run through a 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, starting at 4 years old and up to 97 years young!
For more information, contact Pam Siegler, Music Director .
North AL Social Justice Rally
Join us Sunday, March 31, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a social justice rally. This rally is co-sponsored by Faith in Action Alabama (FIAA), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Indivisible 5th District North Alabama. The purpose of the rally is to generate excitement and support for the following initiatives: 1) ending the grocery tax, 2) providing public funding for trade schools, and 3) the Huntsville mayor's commitment to include implicit bias training for Huntsville police officers. Mayor Battle and other elected leaders will be in attendance.
The rally will be held at the Fellowship Presbyterian Church at 3406 Meridian Street N. in Huntsville.

There will be a potluck dinner following the rally, so please bring a dish to share as you are able.  We hope to see you there!
Submitted by the Social Justice Committee
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
Church Clean-Up

Please come spend time with us sprucing up the church on April 13, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Drop by and join us anytime you're available that morning.

Sponsored by the Property 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!
" Personal Finance" Class
Sessions Cancelled

Due to low attendance, the remaining sessions of the  Wise Principles of Personal Finance and the Power of Financial Planning class have been cancelled. The class may be offered again in the future.

Submitted by the Adult Religious Education and Social Justice Committees
Stewardship Celebration Events
Below is a list of the dates and times for our Stewardship Celebration events. In the hope of full participation, I request that each member and friend of the congregation mark your calendars now to attend one of the following events:
March 29 (Friday) at 5:30 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks  with Bryan & Diane Walls.  
Please contact Diane for location:  
March 30 (Saturday) at 1:30 p.m.; dessert/coffee  with Laurel & David Bollinger. Childcare provided .
Please contact Laurel for location: 

March 30 (Saturday) at 5:30 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks with Susan & Tim Coddington. 
Please contact Susan for location:  
March 31 (Sunday) at 5:00 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks with John & Jessica Schulz.  
Please contact Jessica for location:   
April 1 (Monday) at 1:30 p.m.; Dessert/coffee  with Betsy Applegate & Alice Dilbeck. Childcare provided
Please contact Betsy for location:  
April 5 (Friday) at 5:30 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks  with Pam & Brad Korb. Childcare provided .
Please contact Brad for location:
April 6 (Saturday) at 5:30 p.m.; hor d'oeuvres/drinks  with Barbara & Gary Hitt.
Please contact Barbara for location:  

Addresses are available in the UUCH directory and Sunday's bulletin.  
Care List
This Sunday, March 24, 2019,  at our Circle of Candles:
Miranda Durbin lit a candle of sorrow: My paternal grandmother has Alzheimer's and has been in a nursing home for a long time. She recently fell and broke her hip. Her health has been on a decline ever since. They are saying it may only be a few more days before she passes. She no longer recognizes anyone. Please send love and light for my family.  
The Creekmore Family lit a candle: Ashley had neck surgery on Monday, having two discs replaced and a fusion done. Please keep her and the family in your thoughts. 
Deborah Delacey lit a candle of hope: I want to send my love to my oldest son, Vincent, in the hope that he feels a sense of light that lifts his spirits, even for a moment, during his seemingly endless struggle for wellness. 
Jo Broussard lit a candle of joy: Please remember Laurie Keller, UUCH member who passed away last year but gave us all the legacy of her dedication to improving the mental health in the community. She was active in the National Association of Mental Health, writing articles and leading workshops. We honor her.
Susan Coddington lit a candle of joy: Thank you for all the expressions of sympathy and concern that I received after the death of my mom. I appreciate all the love and support that you have given. And a big thank you to the Care Committee. Your gift of food helped to ease our pain. Thank you!  
Holly Hinkle and Dylan Esterling lit a candle of sorrow: Their mom/grandmother passed last Thursday, and they are asking for prayers for her husband, Johnny, and family.