The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville, AL 35810  
November 8, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 45
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
Thu. 11/8
Service Auction Setup  Church-wide

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

PFLAG Support Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Fri. 11/9
Awareness Through Movement 
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Service Auction Setup  Church-wide

Sat. 11/10
Service Auction
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Fellowship Hall

Sun. 11/11
Sunday Services
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Sanctuary

Music Committee Meeting
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 

Mon. 11/12
Girl Scouts Meeting 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

Tue. 11/13
Finance Committee Meeting
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Adult RE Room

Wed. 11/14
Soul Matters Group
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Group C

UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.

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

Thu. 11/15
Huntsville Feminist Chorus
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Choir Room
Chalice of Service
UUCH Service Auction 2018

The UUCH Service Auction is this Saturday, November 10, at 6 p.m.  The food, fun, and fellowship are not to be missed!
Not able to make it? Pick someone to proxy-bid for you who will be there. We emailed a preliminary catalog on Wednesday, November 7. 
If you want to help, have a last-minute donation, or didn 't get the catalog, please send an email to
For snacks, food, and cleanup, please sign up here.

Childcare will be provided, and door prizes will be given away throughout the evening; you must be present to win. And of course, there's the quilt raffle. See you there!

Submitted by the Service Auction Committee
Huntsville Assistance Program 
164 food items were recently collected for HAP, and a huge number of toiletries were collected for First Stop -- everything from toothpaste and brushes, to soaps and deodorants. You name it, you donated it!
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. 
Thank you for your continued generosity! 

Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee
Awareness Through Movement
Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
The Feldenkrais Method of Awareness Through Movement class will start again with a series of lessons focused on improving balance and breathing by improving the use of the muscles that support the hips and lower back. These lessons will 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 will meet each Friday at 10:00 a.m., from September 28 to December 14.
UUCH Adult Religious Education focuses on the whole spiritual person, mentally and physically, so come join us!
For further information, contact Adult RE chair Nancy Finley

Sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee
UUkulele 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.
UUCH Choir
kids singing
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. We are recruiting girls and helpers for the 2018-19 school year.

Please stop by our table in the Fellowship Hall after Sunday services to learn more about our troop! Or 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 on Tuesday, November 27.

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    

Editorial Board:  

Kathy Heath
Nick Wilbourn 


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Office Hours:

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday - Friday


Office Phone: 256-534-0508

Minister's Email:



Sunday Services are held 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children's Religious Education held concurrently. Nursery available for age 3 years and under.


For more info on any event, contact the church office.

Upcoming Service
Sunday, November 11, 2018
" The Paradox of Memory"
The Reverend Ed Brock
This is the second in a two-part series on MemoryIn this sermon, I will explore the opposite side of the coin we looked at in last week's sermon.
Memory has a dominant role in defining us and can be very helpful to us in that regard, but it can also limit us. In this sermon, I will explore the ways our memories of who and what we should be can limit and impend us. We are never free of the power of memory, but the type of relationship we have with memory -- whether it is a relationship of subservience or creative partnership -- can be very important.
I look forward to seeing you Sunday. 
This Sunday in Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)
Children and youth will continue lessons on the theme of INreach/OUTreach, exploring how to make a wonderful welcome at church and how to extend that welcome in service to our community and world

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! 

The CYRE rooms are participating in two collections this month for special action projects.

As is our tradition at Thanksgiving, the Social Justice Committee and CYRE hold a creative action day on Sunday, November 25, during RE time, where children and youth will assemble meal packs for distribution by First Stop in Huntsville's homeless community. You are invited to donate items in the food collection bin in the Fellowship Hall. Needed items include individual servings of canned fruit (pull-tops), cracker packs, pudding cups, juice boxes, canned meats (pull-tops, e.g. Vienna sausage), travel-sized hygiene products, and gallon-size plastic bags.

The Peace and Justice rooms are also collecting supplies for their "birthday in a bag" action project. All the items needed for a birthday party are assembled in each decorated bag and donated to a food pantry to give to families. Please bring these items to donate in the specially marked collection bin in the Fellowship Hall. Needed items include boxed cake mix, frosting, disposable aluminum cake pans, birthday candles, balloons, party hats, noise-makers, birthday plates, napkins, cups, tablecloths, and plastic forks.

Collections for both projects may be donated through November 23. We thank you for your generosity in supporting the outreach work of our children and youth!

Sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee
Welcome to Our Newest Members!

On Sunday, November 4, UUCH welcomed several new members into covenant during a brief ceremony. The new members and their children are pictured above, as follows (left to right):
Back (standing): Andy Durbin, Cam Scales, Shalin Mody, Jim McKee, Patti McKee, Kyle DeBardelaben, Freya
Front (seated): Miranda Durbin, Ken Sandin, Angela Arnold, Ariel DeBardelaben, Elizabeth Good
Front (floor), Caedmon, Abeni

We appreciate the commitment these new members have made to our church community with their gifts of time, financial support, and talents. We look forward to working together to fulfill the mission of this church.

The UUCH covenant that members make with each other is as follows:

We, as members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville, covenant to work together to create a supportive, affirming, sustaining community that inspires and challenges each of us to become our best selves. To further our goal of creating such an intentional community, we promise each other to:
  • Affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every member of our community, valuing our differences and supporting each other in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • Listen to one another with the intent of understanding, and speak to one another with respect and kindness, so that all may be heard;
  • Recognize that forming an intentional community may at times require us to place the needs of the community above our own needs;
  • Foster caring relationships by assuming the best intent in others, disagreeing in love, and empowering one another to speak for ourselves;
  • Affirm the work of the church to the best of our abilities, valuing the work of others, and supporting those who voluntarily accept leadership roles in the church;
  • Promote an environment where all people feel safe, both physically and emotionally;
  • Use the energy and support we thus create to bring our vision of justice, equity and compassion in human relations into our wider community, our nation, and our world.
Do you like to cook? Don't cook, but like to hang out in the kitchen getting to know your fellow, friendly, fantastic UUs? We have a place for you on our Hospitality Team! If you come to the kitchen and ask Can I help?, the answer is always Yes!
Everyone can be a part of the Hospitality Team by doing these things:
  1. Pick up your cups and plates, bring them to the white sink, rinse them off, and put them in the dishwasher.
  2. If you bring food for an event, take the leftovers home. If it's something that we can use later, please label and date it before storing it in the refrigerator or pantry.
  3. Put your trash in the trash cans in the kitchen.
  4. If you want to be an official part of the Hospitality Team, contact Jessica Schulz or Kathryn Heath.
Thank you for being a hospitable church member!
Annual Christmas Party  
The UUCH-AHA (Alabama Hispanic Association) Christmas Party will be held at the church on Saturday, December 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this annual event, the AHA distributes Christmas presents to the children of selected families. UUCH hosts the event in our Fellowship Hall, provides a Christmas luncheon, and helps fund the gifts.
In order to once again make this party the success it's been in previous years, we need your help in one (or more) of the following ways:
  • Make a donation to help pay for gifts. During the month of November, all donations collected in our weekly Sunday offering will go to funding this event.
  • Donate food or money for the luncheon menu.
  • Assist with setup on Friday, setup on Saturday, and/or cleanup on Saturday.
  • Be a server at the luncheon.
  • Greet guests. Since many of our guests have difficulty with English, we ask you to PLEASE volunteer to help with greeting if you speak Spanish.
Sign up on the Fellowship Hall poster or online here .
Questions? Contact Betsy Applegate (256-426-4153), Gail Williams (256-880-2925), Michele Clark (, Kathryn Heath (256-457-1753), or Jessica Schulz ( ).
You'll want to be part of this heartwarming holiday event. You'll be giving a special gift to our Hispanic community as well as to yourself.
Sponsored by the Social Justice and Hospitality Committees, and by the Alabama Hispanic Association  
November Sundays:
Gift Offerings
  During the weekly offering each Sunday in November , UUCH is donating all offering plate cash and any checks noted for AHA to provide gifts for the teenagers in AHA families. Gail Williams and Michele Clark will also accept your donation directly. UUCH youth will have a shopping trip to buy the gifts in advance of the UUCH-AHA Annual Christmas Party.

Your generosity will help older children and teens in very needy families. 
Sponsored by the Social Justice and Hospitality Committees
Care List
This Sunday, November 4, 2018,  at our Circle of Candles:
Rachel Brewer-Carter lit a candle of joy: I recently began new job working with children and am loving it so far.
Jeannie Hosmer lit a candle of sorrow: Prayers for my nephew, Jason, who is losing his 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer. May his remaining time be filled with peace and love. 
LaDawn Edwards lit a candle of joy: Thinking of personal examples of receiving charity, I remember the 1994 tornado that destroyed my family's home, with me and my 2 siblings crouched in the hallway. In addition to our home insurance and Red Cross, I was impressed with the appearance of Amish farmers who came from 100 miles away to help save our possessions from the rubble.   
Kathy Fisher lit a candle of sorrow: Sunday was the 7th anniversary of Mother's passing. I carry her with me every day and could not have asked her to have taught, given, or wished anything more than she already had done. I was and am richly blessed.