The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
February 9, 2017
Vol. 17 Issue 6
In This Issue
  We collected 146 items for HAP in January.
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!
Movement Class Now on Friday!

Our Awareness Through Movement┬« classes focus on gentle movement that can assist us in being more comfortable and pain-free in our everyday activities.
Come learn how to use the core of your body to improve movement, balance, and chronic pain. 
Everyone is welcome! Class is drop-in, no experience necessary,  and is led by Sally Locklear. Wear comfortable, loose clothing, and bring a bath or beach towel to use as head support for comfort in side-lying.
ATM is held on Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. [except Feb. 10th] until further notice.
For more information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley at UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person--mentally and physically. Join us!

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:
This is close enough to drive from Huntsville! 
Looking for It? Check Lost & Found 
Where is that blue jacket? The car keys with my fob? My pink tam and scarf? My lettuce keeper? In the Lost & Found, of course! There are several youth jackets, work gloves, stuffed animals, earrings, rings, lots of eyeglasses, and more. Take a look. After several more weeks, it will all be donated.

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February's Theme: Identity
Upcoming Services
Sunday, February 12th, 2017    
"Who We Are: The SUPER Power of Love" 
A Youth-Led Multigenerational Service
Join the Transformers Youth in a creative youth-led multigenerational service, exploring the question, How can our identity give us power to create love in the world? Join in a lively service for all ages with drama, music, art, and more. Youth have been preparing and helping create this service for the last three weeks, and the RE children have made special Valentines for the congregation. (A note for families with young children: activities will be engaging and appropriate for all ages, and the service will be shorter than usual so that our younger members can participate comfortably).

As a congregation-wide social justice activity, all are invited to bring to this service an item to share with the church's homeless outreach.

The Social Justice Committee and Children and Youth Religious Education Program will be holding an RE Creative Service Sunday in March where children and youth will assemble meal packs for distribution in the community. Needed items include individual servings of canned fruit, cracker packs, pudding cups, juice boxes, canned meat (pull-tops, e.g. Vienna sausage), travel-sized hygiene products, and gallon-sized Ziplock bags. This will be an ongoing collection through March 12th.
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education 
Children and youth will participate in the all-ages service in the sanctuary. RE classes will not be held. Childcare for ages 0-3 will be offered as usual in the Nursery.

For information or to register a child, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE) at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
UUCH Annual Certification
Each January, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) asks UU congregations nationwide to report specific data. The following information was reported by UUCH to the UUA in January of 2017:
Current membership: 160
Average Sunday attendance: 112 (calendar year 2016)
Current RE registration: 80
For the church year ended June 30, 2016:
Total pledge income: $183,822
Individual & family pledging units: 87
Total operating expenses: $208,824
For comparison purposes, the following was reported to the UUA in January of 2016:
Membership: 159
Average Sunday attendance: 103 (calendar year 2015)
RE registration: 81
For the church year ended June 30, 2015:
Total pledge income: $190,981
Individual & family pledging units: 90
Total operating expenses: $204,195
From the Membership Committee
A Message from the Property Committee


The ramp at the Fellowship Hall will be under construction on the following days:

Thursday, February 9th: Breaking up the sloped part of the old ramp (the Fellowship Hall entrance will only be accessible by walking across the grass next to the ramp).
Friday, February 10th: Pouring a new ADA compliant ramp.

Thanks for your understanding! Handrail and threshold improvements will also be done soon.  

This work was recommended by the Accessibility Task Force and requested by the Board based on the Annual Budget Drive's priorities in 2016. Special thanks to Jeanne deFrance for her efforts meeting with contractors to make these arrangements!  

Tom Meier, Property
Wonderful Wednesday Spaghetti 

Join your old friends and make some new ones as we break bread and enjoy homemade spaghetti. We have meaty, veggie, salad, and dessert, as well as wheat and gluten-free noodles. Guaranteed to please your family!

, February 15th, 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Childcare at 6:30 p.m. Choir and Adult RE at 7:00 p.m. 

Family friendly pricing: Adults $5, 3-12 $2. Under 3 free. Family Max $15.
Hosted by your Hospitality Team
Wednesday Night Film Series
March theme is "Identity"
Wednesday, February 15th
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Clint Smith is a slam poet whose TED Talk "How to Raise a Black Son in America" has struck an intense chord as gun violence continues to escalate. It has climbed to 1.8 million views. Told with passion and personal insight from the dual perspective of father and son, the story centers around an adolescent squirt gun fight in a hotel parking lot. Facilitator, LaDawn Edwards, has used this TED Talk for several semesters in her UAH writing class to encourage business students to consider other points of view. 

Join us on Wednesday night, February 15th at 7 p.m., immediately following the Wonderful Wednesday Night Supper. The short video will be followed by a discussion of these ideas and how they relate to the principles of Unitarian Universalism.

Everyone is welcome and, childcare will be provided. Contact Nancy Finley, for further information.
2017 Alabama Arise Legislative Day
The 2017 Alabama Arise Legislative Day is Tuesday, February 28th in Montgomery. We will meet as a group to get briefed on the issues, attend a legislative reception, and visit our legislators.
For more information, please go to To RSVP for the reception/lunch, please do so by February 17th, as seating is limited. For ride-sharing information, please contact Betsy Applegate at 256-426-4153. 

"Make plans to speak for a better Alabama!"                                                                                      
Social Justice Committee
"New UU" Class Starts February 19th
What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist? Guided by the Tapestry of Faith Curriculum, we will offer a three-part series that explores important themes in UU congregational life--our worship and theology; history, covenant and polity; faith development, social justice, and membership. This program is focused on introducing newcomers to Unitarian Universalism, but those of us who have been here for awhile will also be able to share and connect with others as we explore our own beliefs and how they intersect with the UU tradition. Everyone is welcome!
So mark your calendars now for the Sunday mornings of February 19th, 26th, and March 5th for this chance to learn and share. Meet for coffee and breakfast snacks at 9:00 a.m.; discussion starts at 9:15. Pam Korb and Nick Wilbourn will facilitate the discussion. Contact Nancy Finley ( for further information. If you need childcare during this time, please contact Nancy at least a week before the event.
Hosted by your Adult Religious Education committee  
Great Opportunity to Help a Child!
Volunteer to Share Your Interests with Alabama  Hispanic Association (AHA) Children.
This is just a one time commitment (or more, if you wish!)
AHA needs YOU to help out with their tutoring program. Each  Saturday morning from 2/25 to 4/15 in the Fellowship Hall, AHA needs someone to share a hobby, craft, etc. with the kids during "special activity" time. Ten children, ranging from elementary to high school, are participating.  The special activity is scheduled for 11:00 to 11:30 am.
You do not need to speak Spanish, and several other tutors, some from AHA, will be present in the Fellowship Hall with you. You do not need to be a teacher to do this, just to have patience and enthusiasm.

To sign up, follow this link to Sign up Genius HERE  or contact Tonia Betts at (256) 882-9891. Thank you!
Sponsored by the Alabama Hispanic Association in cooperation with your Social Justice Committee.  
What: UUCH Church-wide Fellowship Dinner  
When: March 25th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Where:Weatherly Height Baptist Church
            1306 Canstatt Drive, Huntsville, AL 35803
Why: Please mark your calendars for a night of food, entertainment, fellowship, and information as we kick off our Annual Budget Drive (ABD) with a church-wide fellowship dinner. This year's ABD theme is "Tending the Flame." We will celebrate the things that make UUCH special to us and look ahead to what we can accomplish together in the future. While in past years we have had a series of ABD cottage meetings or one-on-one discussions over several weeks, this year we are having the whole church come together for one big event, so please save this date and plan to attend!
More details will follow in the coming weeks...
Kevin Betts (ABD Chair)
Glen Clark (ABD Co-Chair)
Care List
At our Circle of Candles on Sunday,  February 5th, 2017: 

Sparks, a candle of joy: It is my joy with gratitude to have my friend of 30 plus years, Elsie Curero, to bring me to church during Gail's visit to Florida.

Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy,
a candle of joy: Our oldest, Samantha, turned 18 yesterday. A cause for concern is that my brother (Amanda's brother) is still stuck working his way through the legal system that has no understanding or compassion for mental illness. We are entering year three of this fight.

Kathy Fisher
, a candle of joy: To my beloved daughter, whose birthday was yesterday, Happy Birthday! She has been a joy and a blessing in my life every day. 

June Norton and Kathy Fishera candle of sorrow: Thoughts and prayers for Rose Deverzley, whose father is in the hospital with multiple serious health issues. 
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 leave a copy of your request in her Mailbox at the church office, or contact her at

The next UUCH Board Meeting will be held
on Tuesday, February 28th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 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 


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

Office phone: 256.534-0508, email: .

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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.