Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

November 2017

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Worship Services

Sunday worship is 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

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Sunday, November 5: “All Souls Sunday”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Our annual All Souls service allows us to remember and honor those in our lives who have passed from this life in the last year. In worship we offer an open-hearted reflection on love, on mortality, and on the connections we have that enrich our lives, while living on beyond our lives. If there is someone whose name you wish to have lifted up during the recitation of the departed, please email their name, along with year of birth and year of death, to Rev. Bill Gupton at SeniorMinister@huuc.net. You are invited to bring a small photo of your departed loved one to church this morning, to place on one of the small altars we will have set up around the sanctuary. Our Choir will provide beautiful music today, and we will hear an update on the progress of Heritage Acres as well. Remember to turn your old-school clocks back an hour ("fall back") as this morning is the first day of Daylight Standard Time.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, November 12: “Coming Home to Reality: Eco-Wisdom for Challenging Times”

 Rev. Michael Dowd

Collectively, we are stealing ravenously from the future. Rev. Dowd will explore how this dysfunctional relationship to posterity came about and the deep ecological wisdom that can inspire us to active hope in the face of climate chaos, political insanity, and other large-scale challenges.

Worship Associate: Bob Staggenborg.

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Sunday, November 19: “Thanksgiving Sunday”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Our traditional Sunday-before-Thanksgiving service offers us an opportunity to reflect in gratitude on the many gifts and blessings of our lives. What are you grateful for? How have you been blessed? Until we stop and think about it, we often don’t realize just how much we have to be thankful for. On this special morning, our entire church family gathers to sing and pray together, to enjoy the music of our beloved Choir, to share our abundance with others, to partake in our annual Thanksgiving bread communion, and to experience the joy that makes Heritage such a special and unique place. Won’t you join us? (Bring a dish to share at our annual Thanksgiving harvest potluck lunch which follows the service.)

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, November 26: “Change Our Words, Change the World”

 Rev. Joan Van Becelaere

There is power in our words and our stories. Our words can tear down and destroy, or they can impart grace and hope to support all who hear them. We have a choice of which kinds of words to use and which kinds of stories to tell as we speak with to our spouses, children, colleagues, and strangers. Destructive language can damage lives. Grace-filled language can transform lives for the good. How can we use the power of our precious words wisely and effectively?

Rev. Joan Van Becelaere is a UUA Congregational Life Consultant and the new Executive Director/ Administrator of UU Justice Ohio. Prior to working with the UUA, she was the vice-president for student services at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, where she also taught UU polity to seminarians. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her spouse, Jerry, and three felines (Ezekiel, Hezekiah and Zachariah).

Worship Associate: Shannon Murley.

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Sunday, December 3: “Room at the Table”

Rev. Bill Gupton

As Universalists, we believe there is – or should be – room at the table for everyone. Literally, and metaphorically. Historically, we were the faith that insisted that God leaves no one out. This morning we will reflect on the impulse to exclude, the moral and ethical imperative to include, and the calling of our faith to “answer the call of love.” And if that weren’t enough, our Choir will sing for us as well!

Worship Associate: Jim Nolan.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. Many of you probably don’t even know that from 1999-2002, prior to coming to Heritage Church, I was the minister of a small, also historically Universalist, UU congregation in North Olmsted, Ohio. At some point during that tenure – some November, no doubt – I was handed a piece of paper with a reading on it …

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President’s Corner

by Donna Buckley. First of all, I apologize for not submitting a President’s Corner article last month. We returned from our wonderful trip to Europe on the same day the article was due….and I had not prepared ahead of time. We had a very meaningful experience attending the Prague Unitarian Church Sunday service. Norbert Capek, the Unitarian minister who developed …

Read more and view pictures from Prague Unitarian Church.

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“We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant...."

“We sit in the shade of trees we did not plant. We drink from wells we did not dig. ….Together we can build across the generations.” ~ Rev. Peter Raible (1929-2004) We are thankful to those who came before us and left a lasting, permanent legacy for us to enjoy, and a passion for us to follow. Do you feel …

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Religious Education

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Children Should Be Seen AND Heard in Church!

You might have noticed some slight changes to our worship format this fall! We’re working on helping children and youth become active participants and feel more a part of our Sunday morning worship services. Here is our monthly plan (subject to change over the holidays): 1st Sunday — children stay in the service to participate in Candles of Community. 2nd …

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Preschool Changes!

We’ve got some wonderful changes in store for our young UUs! If your child is in preschool (starting at age 3) they are encouraged to go to the preschool room IMMEDIATELY upon arriving at church. Their teachers will welcome them and invite them to play with a variety of new materials and toys. Free-choice will become an even bigger part …

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Faith in Action

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Film Viewing: “Smoke Signals”

Friday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. First of the Racial Literacy Film Series. A description from IMDb: "Smoke Signals is a humorous yet serious story about Victor, a young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as 'trying to forgive his father.' The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world, and is created by an almost exclusively Native …

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IPM Food Drive

Sunday, November 5, and every Sunday. Thanksgiving is coming and in order to help the Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) food pantry prepare, please consider donating the following items: Canned ham, Canned sweet potatoes, Canned pumpkin, Pumpkin pie spice, Jellied cranberries, Stuffing, Instant mashed potatoes, Canned green beans, Cream of mushroom soup, and Pineapple slices. The grocery cart has been filling up each week. Let’s keep up the great work! (For more information on the IPM food drive, see Kay Inskeep or Mike Roberts, or email them at FoodJustice@huuc.net.)

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Move to Amend – Brief Film and Discussion

Move to Amend – Brief Film and Discussion

Sunday, November 5, approximately 12 noon to 12:45 p.m. Move to Amend is a non-partisan, broad coalition of organizations and individuals who share common values, working together to end corporate personhood and to end the definition of money as a form of protected, free speech. Caren and Dick Galloway, members of Harmony UU in Maineville, Ohio, will lead the video …

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Ecological Wisdom for Challenging Times

Saturday, November 11, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This gathering will explore the creative dance of science, inspiration, ecology and theology to guide humanity to survive the 21st century. The morning Keynote address will be by Michael Dowd. Afternoon breakout sessions will be held with Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow. Rev. Michael Dowd is a bestselling eco-theologian and pro-science evangelist. …

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Raising Race Conscious Children Webinar/ Workshop

Thursday, November 16, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. We often avoid talking about race with our young children but, whether we like it or not, children notice similarities and differences between people. When we are silent, they are left to draw their own conclusions about what “different” means. Without coaching or support, their conclusions often reflect and reinforce biases. Fortunately – …

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A Thanksgiving Dinner: Sharing American Traditions with Turkish Friends

Saturday, November 18, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Registration Required. New to our country and our Thanksgiving traditions, our Turkish friends asked, "We know about Black Friday. What do you do on Thanksgiving? Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP) will host a meal to bring together long-time Americans with Turkish immigrants. The meal will take place at Heritage UU Church, 2710 Newtown …

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Help Some Homeless Families

The third week of December, First Unitarian Church will be housing some homeless families in its building, with each family sleeping in one of its Religious Education rooms. On December 19, people from Heritage Church will be helping in that effort. Can you help cook a dinner for the group? Can you help provide activities for the children? Can you sleep there overnight, in case something happens? To learn more or volunteer for this important service, talk with Rae Jane Araujo, or email her at IHN@huuc.net. This effort is part of Interfaith Hospitality Network.

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Events and Meetings

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Vespers Service

Wednesday, November 8, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Join fellow Heritage members and friends as we open our hearts and minds to our spiritual bounty at our monthly Vespers Service. The service begins with opening music performed by a fellow Heritage musician. The service unfolds through several different sections, each containing an inspirational reading, the singing of a short, meditative hymn …

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Babes with Books: “A Memory of . . .”

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. As the leaves about us change, we may have memories of flowers - a segue into the title of the Heritage women's book club Babes with Books (BWB) selection for the November 15 gathering: A Memory of Violets, by Hazel Gaynor. This story (set in Victorian London where the wealth and poverty exist side by …

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Topics in Wisdom - Class is full but waiting list is available

Sunday, November 19, 7:00 p.m., and one other date. This class is full, but you can request to be placed on a waiting list in case someone drops out. Heritage UU Church offers a new program to engage the brain and soul. This once-per-month program entitled Topics in Wisdom provides an interactive setting to discuss intense topics with a minimum …

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Photograph of a man massaging a woman's hand with her palm facing upwards, using baby oil as a lubricant.

Massage and Touch Workshop

Tuesday, November 28, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Sanctuary. We will gather again for a time of appropriate touch and simple massage. Learn some basic massage and touch techniques that you can easily use in your own home for family and friends. No special skills or equipment are needed, just your own power of touch. There will be plenty of time …

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“A Will for the Woods” Returns to Heritage Church

Friday, December 1, 7:00 p.m. Several years ago, Heritage hosted the Cincinnati premiere screening of the green burial documentary “A Will for the Woods.” That powerful, award-winning documentary returns to HUUC as the November/December installment in our Death Positive Film Series on Friday evening, December 1, at 7 p.m. Join us in the Heritage Room to see for the first or second or third time the story of a young doctor, faced with a terminal diagnosis, who chooses to leave a lasting legacy for his community and the world through the creation of a natural burial ground in eastern North Carolina.

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Deck the Halls and All That…

Deck the Halls and All That…

Sunday, December 3, after the service. Don’t be a Scrooge, Charlie Brown! The beautiful Heritage Christmas tree will go up in our sanctuary following the worship service on Sunday, December 3. All are invited / urged to stay after church for a festive time of tree building, decorating, seasonal music, greenery and treats! All ages (except the tiniest of us) always enjoy this fun event, so put it on your calendar now. Many hands make light – and fun – work.

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Clara Barton Guild Celebrates the Holidays

Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. The Annual Clara Barton Guild Holiday Dinner is coming to Heritage on Wednesday, December 6. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm with appetizers and liquid refreshments. Wine may be brought to share. The dinner is at 7:00 pm. RSVP to Julie Kane: (513) 843-2567 or jgkane@cinci.rr.com. Donations of appetizers and desserts are welcome. All women who …

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Practice Midweek Mindfulness Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Do you find yourself needing a spiritual recharge by the middle of the week? Join others in the Heritage community for Midweek Mindfulness, a short, simple practice of stopping what we are doing (wherever we are doing it) – and breathing, praying, singing, being silent . . . together.
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Announcements

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All Souls Sunday: Honoring Loved Ones Who Have Passed

The first Sunday in November brings our annual All Souls Sunday worship service to the Heritage sanctuary. If you have a loved one who has died in the past 12 months, whom you would like to be remembered during our service, please send their name and years of birth and death to Rev. Bill Gupton at billguptonuu@gmail.com or seniorminister@huuc.net as soon as possible, for inclusion in our order of service. You are also invited to bring a small picture of a deceased loved one, regardless of when they passed, to place on one of the many small altars we will have set up around the sanctuary.

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Make Those Holiday Plans: The Gupton/Sanders Open House

It may seem kind of early, but we know that holiday schedules fill up quickly, so please reserve Saturday afternoon, December 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., on your calendar for the annual Gupton-Sanders Holiday Open House. More details to come next month! 

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HUUC-To-Go for Holiday Travel

The holidays have snuck up on us again! If you are traveling on Thanksgiving weekend, consider attending the local Unitarian Universalist church on Sunday. You’ll experience a different flavor of UUism and feel connected to our greater faith community. If that’s not possible, pick up a HUUC To-Go Box before you leave. These compact boxes contain a mini-chalice and readings …

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Senior Minister Gets Jury Duty

Please be aware that Rev. Bill Gupton has been summoned for jury duty beginning the first full week in November. He may be difficult to reach during the day throughout the month. Thank you for your patience. 

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Holiday Office Closures

The church office will be closed November 22-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The following months, the office will be closed December 25-26 for Christmas, and January 1-2 for New Year’s. 

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“Fall Back” or Be Early!

Daylight Savings Time ends in the early hours of Sunday, November 5. Remember to set your clocks back one hour the night before, then join us for worship in the Heritage sanctuary, on time, that Sunday!

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Water Slide Thank You

We want to give a shout out to Party-Go-Round for providing the wonderfully fun water slide at our Water Ceremony this year. This company, owned by a friend of several of our congregants, graciously gave us a deep discount. We want to thank them so much. If you ever need inflatable fun entertainment for a party – please support this company!  You can visit their website at www.party-go-round.com.

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Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary: Gratitude to Our Founders Circle

The Board of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary would like to express gratitude to all those who have become members of our Founders Circle. The following Founders have made a generous contribution to lay the groundwork for Cincinnati’s first and only natural burial preserve: Donna and Mark Buckley, Gretchen and Rowley Elliston, Peg Fay-Feder, Bill Gupton and Jennifer Sanders, Bob and …

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Sewing Projects — Help Needed

If you are handy with a needle, fabric scissors or crochet hook, we could use your help. Contact Rev. Leslie at RE@huuc.net or 937-478-1031. ~ A lovely rainbow-colored afghan found in the preschool cabinets needs significant repairs. ~ Looking for remnant fabric in spiritual/nature prints for the altar cloths in our HUUC To-Go boxes in pieces big enough to cut …

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The Long and the Short of It – Announcements

The church now has a special email address where you can send short announcements of upcoming events—announcements that you want to appear in the Sunday Order of Service handout and in the Monday “Our Heritage Connection” email. Send your announcement by email to WeeklyNotice@huuc.net and the email will be forwarded automatically to both of these communication channels. The length for …

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On Your Own Time Sale... Fundraising for Heritage UU Church: Contribute to our beloved community’s financial well-being by selling unneeded items and donating the proceeds to the church. It's easy using consignment, online sales, and yard sales. Learn the details at the On Your Own Time Sale page.  

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Send Your Pictures: Pics at HUUC: Throughout the year, please send pictures of any aspect of church life to pics@huuc.net, for possible inclusion in a slideshow at the next annual congregational meeting. For more information, see Pics at HUUC.

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News Articles

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Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

Heritage Church Welcomes New Members

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church welcomed new members. …

Read member biographies and view larger pictures.

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Halloween Party 2017

Halloween Party 2017

On October 21, Heritage UU Church held a Halloween party with a pot luck meal, tarot card readings, bobbing for apples, campfire, s’mores, and other activities. Many thanks to organizer Jaime Castle, as well as to all who contributed time and talent to this wonderful evening! Here are pictures of a few of the attendees. .

View pictures.

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Board Briefs for September 2017

The Board changed Les Tacy's title to Music Director and made a commensurate change in salary. The final financial reports for fiscal year 2016-2017 were approved by the Board and the books were closed. Dennis O’Keefe and Nancy Peterson were approved as lifetime members.

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From the Archives

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Thanksgiving, 1943

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In a past archive article, mention was made of the Union Thanksgiving service conducted by liberal faith congregations in Cincinnati during the middle of the 20th century. These joint worship services brought together congregants of different faiths but similar philosophies. Such a service was conducted at our Essex Street Church on November 25, 1943, at …

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The Wider UU World

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The Wider UU World – Online

One way to connect with the wider UU world is on the Internet, through websites and social media. Here is a list of links that you might want to check out.  …

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Calendar of Events

View the Online Calendar.

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Get Weekly Updates

People in the Yahoo Group “HUUCannc” get a few Heritage-related announcement emails each week, including a summary on Monday of the upcoming activities and worship. If you would like to receive HUUCannc emails, please send an email requesting it to Denise Martinez, the church administrator, at office@huuc.net. She will then send you a Yahoo Groups HUUCannc invitation, which you must respond to in order to complete the process.

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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church, 2710 Newtown Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45244-3511. Phone: 513-231-8634. Fax: 513-231-6438. www.huuc.net. Webmaster@huuc.net.

Senior Minister: Rev. Bill Gupton. Wednesday is Rev. Bill’s day off. Friday is his sermon-writing day. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Phone: 937-478-1031. RE@huuc.net.  

Minister Emeritus: Rev. Doak Mansfield.

Board President: Donna Buckley. Phone: 513-532-0672. BoardPrez@huuc.net.

Music Director: Les Tacy. Phone: 513-476-2474. MusicDirector@huuc.net.

Choir Director: Steve McCamley: 513-508-6398. ChoirDirector@huuc.net.

Church Administrator: Denise Martinez. Phone: 513-231-8634. Office@huuc.net. Core Hours: 11AM-3PM Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays. The church office will be closed November 22-24, December 25-26, and January 1-2.

Newsletter Editor: Russ Araujo. News@huuc.net.
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