The Overlook
Unitarian Universalist Church of Huntsville 
3921 Broadmor Rd., Huntsville AL 35810  
May 10, 2018
Vol. 18 Issue 20
In This Issue
Upcoming Events

Fri. 5/18
All-Ages Campout
5:00 p.m. [beginning]

Sat. 5/19
All-Ages Campout

11:00 a.m. [conclusion]

Sun. 5/20

Church Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Tue. 5/22
5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Adult Religious Education Room 

Wed. 5/23
UUkulele Fun Group
5:45 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Sun. 5/27
Church Services
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
HAP Needs YOU!
The Social Justice Committee
has a monthly goal to collect at least 100 items during each month for the food pantry.
Please put your nonperishable food items or personal care products donation in the basket in the church foyer for the Huntsville Assistance Program (HAP).  
THANK YOU for your continued generosity! 
Yoga at UUCH!
Adult Religious Education is offering a beginning Hatha Yoga Class each Tuesday evening at 5:15 p.m. led by Jessica Schulz. Yoga brings inner quiet and peace of mind, something that could enrich us all.

Come dressed in comfortable clothes and bring a mat if you have one (we will have some extras). We will meet in the Adult Religious Education Room. For further information, contact Nancy Finley at 

Everyone is welcome!

* There will be no Yoga class on May 29th. *
UUkulele Fun Group
The Ukulele Fun Group occurs every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. and is open to everyone, regardless of skill level.
UUCH Choir Announcement
The UUCH Choir starts our summer break after our special music service this Sunday.  We do not practice or perform during summer vacation. We will resume practice in August with date to be announced.

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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, May 22nd.

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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10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  


Office phone: 256-534-0508
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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:

Upcoming Service

Sunday, May 20, 2018
We Create
UUCH Choir and Musicians
Pam Siegler, Music Director
The Reverend Alice Syltie
In this month, themed "Creativity," we have been recognizing and celebrating the many uniquely creative paths we take/make as Unitarian Universalists to express our ever-evolving search for truth--from the creative ways Reverend Alice has inspired us by speaking her truth from the pulpit to the religious education teachers whose stories guide children and youth as they navigate their path.

This Sunday the choir and musicians from our congregation will recreate many of the pieces that have enhanced worship over the past two years. The choir chose these pieces as favorites because of the creative way they tell a story, express a message, or evoke emotion. The "birth" of each song will be presented in special notes in the order of service!
This Sunday in Children and
Youth Religious Education (C Y RE)
Religious Education groups will celebrate the end of the Fall/Spring Program with a celebration in each room. Come for some fun!

Any children and youth who wish are welcome to remain in the sanctuary for the music service. 
For more information, contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education, or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair.
Join church friends for an All-ages Camp-out on Friday, May 18th, to Saturday, May 19th, at the country home of Amanda Schuber and Wanda Snoddy (200 Jo Mar Road, Ardmore, AL). The camp-out will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and end at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. You are welcome to come anytime starting at 2:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon for set-up and time on the farm. 
All church members and friends are invited! Come for supper and the campfire in the evening if you can't spend the night. Children and youth should attend with parents/guardians. Dogs and instruments are welcome!

Plan to bring tents, sleep gear, jackets, sturdy shoes, change of clothes, camp chairs, flashlights, outdoor games you'd like to play, food to share, and your spirit of adventure and community fun. Children should bring play clothes, as mud is always likely.

Supper will be traditional campfire food, and breakfast will be breakfast burritos (eggs from the chickens next door), plus other breakfast treats including vegan options. Bring your own drinks (non-alcoholic only for this multi-generational event).

Follow this link to RSVP for the camp-out and to sign up to bring a camping classic food item: hot dogs and veggie dogs, beans, chips and dip, s'mores, hot chocolate, and more! 

Bathrooms will be available in the house and will close at 9:30 a.m. Allergy warning: cats, dogs, and guinea pigs live in the house.
This event is sponsored by the Children and Youth Religious Education program. Email for additional information. All ages are welcome!
Children and Youth Summer Religious Education -- 
 We Need YOU!

In the summer months, the Children and Youth Religious Education Program takes a special turn from the regular fall and spring curricula. We invite UUCH members and friends to plan a learning session for the children and youth. You'll be part of a teaching team as either the lead teacher or a helper; and we'll be sure to have a regular Religious Education (RE) teacher there as support. Even children and youth can partner with an adult to lead a session!

We invite you to sign up to lead a session that shares a special talent, hobby, skill, or learning area of yours. Here are some topics to get your creative juices flowing: yarn craft, music, finger painting, scrapbooking, nature walks, gardening, yoga, science, paper airplanes, drawing, Lego, origami, fossils, friendship bracelets, mythology, sidewalk chalk, pottery, cookie-making. The possibilities are limitless! What is a joy to you can be a joy to others.

Leaders will prepare a topic/activity that is adaptable to children ages 4 to 12. Senior high youth are invited to participate as leaders and helpers, or to attend the regular worship service in the sanctuary. Because of our exciting program growth, we'll need even more leaders and helpers this summer than before! So, don't be shy!

We have room for the sharing of your gifts. There's nothing like spending time with the children and youth at our church. Their energy, creativity, and intelligence are contagious. And they benefit from interacting with caring adults who make an investment in them. This is what multi-generational community is all about!

For the next month, we'll have posters standing in the church foyer and Fellowship Hall where you can sign up for a summer Sunday session. Alternatively, you can contact Erin Reid, Director of Religious Education (DRE), at or Audrey Fox, CYRE Chair, at
New Class in June
Steady Steps - Balance in Sitting, Standing and Walking

Join us for a 4 week, fun class designed to help improve balance in sitting or walking. This easy class will help you take steps to improve your balance. With better balance, you will be safer and more efficient in your daily activities.

Come as you are, no need for exercise clothes. We will meet at 11:00 a.m. every Wednesday in June and finish in time to go to lunch. Everyone is welcome.

The class will be taught by Sally Locklear. For more information, contact Nancy Finley, Chair Adult Religious Education, at

Care List
This Sunday, May 13, 2018,  
at our Circle of Candles:
Jeannie Hosmer: lit a candle of joy; Huge joy! Celebrating, especially now, that my mother, who is 93, is healthy, happy, and a big part of my life. Happy Mother's Day to my awesome Mom.
Steve Rittenberg: lit a candle of sorrow; Please keep a friend of mine in your thoughts as she had surgery on Tuesday.

Amanda Schuber: lit a candle of joy; I have been accepted into Starr King School of Ministry low-residency program. I am thrilled to continue my journey towards ordained ministry.

Theresa and Tim Miller: lit a candle of joy; A new grandniece is welcomed to the family. Danica Rose is the daughter of Theresa's niece, Amy, which makes her sister, Romey, a grandmother at 82, at last! We will meet her in a couple of weeks when we have a trip to Ohio.