The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
July 13, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 28
In This Issue
We Can Reach 100!
  The Social Justice Committe e's goal is to collect and donate 100+ items per month for the food pantry. 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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UUCH 17-18   
Board Members
Laurel Bollinger

Denise Runnels

Nancy Finley

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 


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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 16th, 2017 
"Poetry as Resistance  
and Resilience" 

"A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share.  Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.  The writer wants to be understood much more than he wants to be respected, or praised or even loved. And that perhaps, is what makes him different from other."  

--Leo Rosten
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

We continue our Summer RE program YARN ART with Lynda Lamitie, and helper Audrey Fox. The Sunday Supervisor is Heather Kyemba. 

For information or to register a child, contact  Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at 
Have You Heard?
Our home on Broadmor street is DEBT-FREE! Thanks to the generous donations of our members, the hard work of the Property Sales and Purchase Committee in getting our old Governor's Drive facility sold, and the organizational and leg work of the Finance Committee (especially Pam Korb), we have paid off our remaining mortgage on the church building. Onward to renovations!

Greg Howard
Board Treasurer

Duffel Bags for
Foster Care Children
Our Girl Scout Troop 10507 and the UUCH Social Justice Committee are joining forces with Girl Scout Troop 10341 of North Central Alabama to fill 100 duffel bags for foster care children.

Most children enter foster care with nothing but the clothes on their back because the social workers cannot wait for them to pack. Madison County alone has 15-20 new children enter foster care every month. We want to help the children in foster care by giving them some of the things they may need.

With your help, we can make a difference! Starting July 9, there will be a box in the UUCH Fellowship Hall collecting new item donations to fill the duffle bags. These items can be for boys or girls, ages infant to 18, and of all races. Here is the list of items needed by the children in foster care:
  1. Blankets
  2. All kinds of toiletries (combs, brushes, shampoo, deodorant, conditioner, soap, body wash, hygiene products for teenage girls, lotion, etc.)
  3. Hair accessories for girls/all ages
  4. Ball caps for boys
  5. Diapers, bib, baby toys, pacifiers, wipes, bottles
  6. Books
  7. Makeup
  8. Shaving supplies
  9. Socks, underwear
  10. Puzzles, crayons
  11. Pajamas
It is tough being a child in foster care. We are trying to make it a little easier through the Duffel Bag Project. We appreciate anything you can contribute. No donation is too small.
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. 
Care List
This Sunday, July 9th, 2017, at our Circle of Candles:
Bette Goodman, a candle of concern: My 84 year old mother-in-law, Lois, is having a difficult time adjusting to her move to a "memory care" facility for Alzheimer/dementia. She's lived on her own until now. Please hold her in your thoughts and prayers.

Maria Coble
, a candle of concern: Please keep my father, J.P. Lofgren, in your thoughts. This is his third day in the hospital this time. He is improving though, thankfully. It is a sever infection, and we are still waiting on test results.

John Jeter,
a candle of
concern: The Tennessee property of Pam Seigler and Erin Reed was damaged this week by micro bursts of wind.  There were uprooted and broken limbs spread over the land. Their house was undamaged. Brad Korb and other volunteers helped clean and clear the area. Keep Pam, Erin and their neighbors in your thoughts.

Lynda R. Lamitie, a candle of joy: Glad to be home! Just want to say how fortunate I am to have completed a trip across country with my granddaughter, Maddie, in my RV, from Salina, CA to Washington, D.C. She flew back July 4th.  We traveled safely, and without serious incident, and had fun.

Pam Siegler and Erin Reid, a candle of joy: Immense gratitude to all the Care volunteers who came out yesterday (Saturday) to help repair and heal the damages from the strong winds that took down and broke so many trees around our house and throughout Mulberry. John and Darelyn Jeter scouted the work and the route, Brad Korb headed up the work team, Nancy Finley and Jefflyn Weed provided food, Katie Smith gave trash bags, and a whole crew of volunteers persevered through a very hot and sticky day: Pam Korb, Gail and Howard Williams, Matthew Bollinger, Jo Broussard, Jeanne DeFrance, Wanda Snoddy, Steve Rittenberg, George Fletcher, and Bob Weed. Thank you, all. You truly made our place feel like home again.