The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
April 6, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 14
In This Issue
CAN WE GET 100? 
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 and for all you do!  

2016 Opening Parade


General Assembly 2017 
June 21-25, 2017
at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130.
By going to New Orleans, we can both celebrate our successes and recommit to the relationships that have been forged with this community. Plan your trip! Important dates and programming updates may be found here:  http://www.uua.org/ga.
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This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 

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UUCH 16-17  
Board Members
 
President:
Laurel Bollinger 
Vice-President:
Denise Runnels  
Secretary:
Ed Bernstein 
Treasurer:

Greg Howard   
Trustees:
Susan Coddington
Kathy Heath

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
President@uuch.orgThe next UUCH Board Meeting will be held on
Tuesday, April 25th. 

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
uuch@uuch.org.  

 

Office Hours:

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

 

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: uuch@uuch.org .

Minister's email: Minister@uuch.org.

Website: www.uuch.org 

 

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.

April's Theme: Transformation
Upcoming Service

Sunday, April 9th, 2017     

               "Palm Sunday:
         A Story of Liberation"
  
                         The Reverend Alice Syltie

Our theme for April is Transformation. A fitting theme for the month when we welcome Spring and recognize the Jewish and Christian holy days of Palm Sunday, Passover, and Easter. Each of these occasions call to mind stories of transformation and liberation. On this Palm Sunday, we will ask ourselves what larger hope, what greater vision might call to us so strongly that our fear dissipates and our desire to work for justice takes over. This is one meaning of transformation. This is the story of Palm Sunday.                                                   

Flower Communion and Child Dedication Ceremony Sunday, April 16th
 
We celebrate the season of new life with flowers and a Ceremony of Dedication for Babies and Children. In our Unitarian Universalist tradition we honor new life and welcome children into the world in a special Ceremony of Dedication. In the words of Shelley Denham's song, "we dedicate our hearts and minds to the spirit of this child." This special Dedication and Naming service will be part of our Flower Communion Service on Easter Sunday, April 16th. If you would like to have your baby or child dedicated, or have questions about this, please contact Rev. Alice Syltie for information.
 
And don't forget that each person from the youngest to the oldest is asked to bring a flower to share in the giving and receiving of flowers.   
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education 

We continue our "Storysharing" curricula based on our Soul Matters monthly worship theme of TRANSFORMATION. 

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at dre@uuch.org or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at children.re@uuch.org.
Annual Budget Drive (ABD) Update

As we start to wrap up this year's ABD, we want to says thanks once again for the generous support provided to the church so far. We have already raised over $172,000 in pledges from 75 households! 

As indicated last week, though, more pledges are needed to meet and maintain our budget level from last year. For those who intend to pledge this year, we urgently request that you mail your pledge form back to church before the end of this week. We need to complete the collection of all remaining pledge forms in order to support the budget develop- ment timeline for our annual congregational meeting. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us meet these deadlines!

Blank pledge forms will also be available in the Fellowship Hall if you did not receive a form or forget to bring your form to church.  Thanks to everyone who has made or will make a pledge in support of UUCH!   

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

Town Hall Meeting 
gavel
All church members and friends are invited to an informal "town hall" meeting after church on April 30th to discuss and learn about the next steps we hope to take in making best use of funds from the sale of the Governors Drive property. We will not be making decisions at the meeting, but we will share information to clarify how we are moving forward, specifically how we will go about making decisions, including issues possibly up for vote at the Annual Meeting in May. In this town hall meeting, we will hear from the finance committee and our Next Steps Task Force.

Questions in advance may be directed to Board President Laurel Bollinger (President@uuch.org) or Task Force members Tim Miller,chair, (Nominating@uuch.org), Rev. Syltie (Minister@uuch.org), or Lynsie Lamitie (Lynsie.lamitie@hsv-k12.org).
 
UUkulele Fun Group! 
 
Anyone interested in getti n g together wi th other UUs to play the ukulele? We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 5:4 5 to 6:45 p.m. to enjoy ukulele playing. The next meeting will be April 12th!

This group is for all levels of familiarity with the ukulele--from the "very beginner" to more "seas
one d" players. W e will learn from each other, jam, share music, and simply enjoy this lively instrument. No prior experience necessa ry; this is an easy instrument to learn. All ages welcome.

So join the ukulele bug that is sweeping the country, and come make a little music with us.

This group is sponsored by UUCH Adult RE. Contact Nancy Finley finleyn@uah.edu or Glen Clark glenclark1973@gmail.com for further information.
 
  
Spring Cleaning Workday   
 

The Property Committee is hosting a spring cleaning workday on Saturday, April 15 th, starting at 8:00 a.m. and lasti ng as long as there are workers, or until around noon.

The main effort is to spread about half a trailer load of mulch in our newer, safer swing set mulch bed. We're bringing the swing sets up to modern safety standards with safe plastic edging and playground-rated mulch.

Bring deep wheel barrows, large scoops, and gloves. If cleaning is your desire, we willl also be scrubbing down the awning out front, clearing out gutters, and cleaning "all the things" that need it. Also removing some playground weeds and repairing some boards at the play castle.

Current forecast is partly cloudy and high in upper 60's. It will be a great morning for service to our church community!

--Property Committee
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!) 
 
What:
  Easter Egg Hunt
Who:  Ev eryone is invited! 
When:   Sunday, April 16th,  
             2:00-5:00 p.m.
Where:  Alice Dilbeck and Betsy Applegate's home, in Harves t.

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 (uuch@uuch.org) 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!
UUCH Annual Yard Sale!

Good news to the spring cleaners among us! The annual UUCH yard sale will be held at the church on Saturday,
May 20, 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 north wing where Willette will answer the doorbell from 10 to 2 weekdays. If you want to deliver them on Saturday, you can make arrangements with Bonnie Herold; or you can always bring them when you come to church on Sunday. Bonnie will eventually ask for help in sorting and displaying, and for participation on the actual date. If you have a pickup truck and are willing to collect large items the week of the yard sale, or have questions, email Bonnie Herold at bherold51@gmail.com or text/call (256) 289-1374.

Members: Save the Date!
Annual Congregational Meeting 
May 21st, 2017, at 12:30 p.m.

Please make plans to attend, because we need a quorum! Also, per our bylaws, we will send electronic copies of the mailing to all members, using your newsletter preferences as a g uide. If you currentl y get a paper copy of the newsletter, we'll send paper copy of the agenda and other information. If you receive the newsletter electronically, we'll send you the agenda electronically. Please make sure that the church office has your correct email address! If you would prefer to receive the annual meeting notices in a different format than you get the newsletter, please just let the church office (uuch@uuch.org or 256.534.0508) know as soon as possible. Thank you!
Board Report for March 30, 2017

Your UUCH Board of Trustees met on March 30th. Topics of discussion included:
  • Approved a policy on Usage of the Church Building, to be publicized in full shortly.
  • Proposed a revision to the church by-laws regarding emergency expenditures, to be brought to the congregation for approval at the Annual Meeting.
  • Approved "Yarn Bombing" (installing woven images) on the church fences.
Ed Bernstein, Secretary
UUCH Board of Trustees
votives
Care List
 
This Sunday, April 2nd, 2017  at our Circle of Candles:

Gloria Guay, a candle of sorrow and a request for prayers for Kenneth Shrider, who took a downward spiral with his illness two weeks ago and remains in the hospital.
 
James Riddlesperger, a candle of joy for his mother who has completed her move from Birmingham to Madison and is now living full time with James and Roger.
 
Mari Hinckley, a candle of sorrow for Matthew Vincent Ford, one of the founders of Free2Be, who is dying of cancer. Let us lift up Vincent and his friends and the GLBTQ community in their loss of such a wonderful soul.  
 
Christie and Jason Aycock, a candle of joy for Logan and Thomas Aycock from proud parents for an "amazing theater performance" at their home-school group play.