Monthly newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church

December 2018

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Sunday Worship Services

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

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Sunday, December 2: "A Heritage of Enduring Legacy"

Sunday, December 2: "A Heritage of Enduring Legacy"

Bill Lyon

As members of a faith community and of the world-at-large, we share gifts of time, talent and treasure. Bill Lyon will explore the spiritual sources (especially for UUs) of this generosity. We will also consider how we can leave a lasting legacy to the causes and organizations most dear to us. Today we will also enjoy music from our choir.

Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

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Sunday, December 9: “Plugging In”

Sunday, December 9: “Plugging In”

Rev. Bill Gupton

We all know what it is like to feel disconnected – from what’s going on in our world, or at work; from community and loved ones. As the holidays approach, as we “plug in” the lights on our Christmas tree in the Heritage sanctuary and perhaps at home, let’s talk about how we can become more “plugged in” to those around us, and to the Source of Life and Light itself. Our Youth Choir will help warm our hearts this cold winter morning.

Worship Associate: Suzanne Horton.

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Sunday, December 16: “A Midwinter Morning’s Dream”

Rev. Bill Gupton

With all apologies to William Shakespeare (with whom he shares both a name and a birthday), our Senior Minister will reflect today on Winter, on the magic of the season, and maybe on a dream or two. Our service will be brightened by special music from the Beezley Family.

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Sunday, December 23: "Pop-Up Christmas Pageant"

Sunday, December 23: "Pop-Up Christmas Pageant"

RE Sabbatical Team

Our Pop-Up pageant is so much fun that we'll do it again this year! Our pageant tells the story of The Nativity with all the familiar players and carols and, yes, no rehearsal. This multi-generational experience will cast all characters on-the-spot, from shepherds to angels to animals, with basic costumes provided for everyone who wishes to participate. Come one, come all and be a part of our Pop-Up Pageant!

Worship Associate: Jenn Hester.

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Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service (7 p.m.)

Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service (7 p.m.)

Rev. Bill Gupton

It’s an annual tradition at Heritage Church – our Christmas Eve candlelight service. Each year our Choir and other special musicians offer us beautiful sounds to celebrate the season, and we share traditional readings and carols while warming our souls in the glow of candlelight, friendly faces and the Love that is the Spirit of this church.

The sanctuary is always full, so please plan to arrive a bit early. Childcare will be offered for babies and toddlers, but our Christmas Eve service is always family friendly and not overly long, so children from preschool on up should be fine in the sanctuary with their families. Bring something (and plan to stay afterward) for our festive community gathering in the Great Hall, with cider and sweets. All are invited!

Worship Associate: Roger Miller.

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Sunday, December 30: “Changes in Perspective”

Sunday, December 30: “Changes in Perspective”

Lauren Martinez

As we turn a corner and wait for a new year to begin, many people tend to reflect on how to optimize their year ahead. Most of the ways we attempt to act on this lose steam quickly, as people return to habitual behaviors, thoughts and beliefs. Yet as we continue to be challenged, saddened, heartbroken, confused and lost by external forces in the political, social and environmental climates we have been facing, how can we show up for change? The call is there for us to act, be and live differently – but how? How do we make what seems inaccessible, overwhelming accessible?

Lauren Martinez is the daughter of our own friend and Choir member Dr. Gloria Wright, and is visiting town for the holidays. They are currently in their first year of seminary in Berkeley, Calif., at the UU affiliated divinity school, Starr King School for the Ministry. Although Lauren’s interests and desires are vast, the focus of their future work intersects social/healing justice through ancestral ritual and embodiment practices loosely inspired from liberation and queer theology teachings. Lauren believes the most optimal form of healing starts with the individual’s connection with Spirit, and constant inquiry and reflection. They hope to explore their many creative talents in writing, music, athletics and education alongside their journey in seminary. Their pronouns are they/them/theirs. They grew up in Cincinnati and Batavia, and attended Denison University for undergraduate studies.

Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.

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Sunday, January 6: Twelfth Night (and Other Epiphanies): Holy Days, Holidays, Festivals for Everyone!

Sunday, January 6: Twelfth Night (and Other Epiphanies): Holy Days, Holidays, Festivals for Everyone!

Roger Miller

Today, January 6th, is the day on the Christian calendar set aside for the celebration of Epiphany. Holy days such as Epiphany can be as ubiquitous as Christmas, Easter, Passover, Yom Kippur, and Ramadan, or completely personal in nature. Heritage member Roger Miller will explore the historical meaning of Epiphany and other holy days in a variety of faith traditions. We will also discuss the holy days that are observed in Unitarian Universalism and how they relate to those of other faiths.

Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.

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Sunday, January 13: “How We’ve Been”

Rev. Bill Gupton

Today we officially welcome our Assistant Minister for Religious Education, Rev. Leslie Woodward, back from sabbatical with a service that will recap the first half of the “church year” (or the last half of the calendar year, if that is your preference). Each January, Rev. Bill offers a “State of the Church” reflection, but this year it will be with a twist, offering Rev. Leslie (and us) thoughts on all that’s happened since last we saw her. Please plan to stay after the service for a special reception for Rev. Leslie in the Great Hall.

Worship Associate: Lou Kerr.

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Columns and Essays

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On the Path

by Rev. Bill Gupton. “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” So goes a popular Christmas song, now more than half a century old, which cites the joy of this season. Most of the time, I can agree with the sentiment. Opening our home to loved ones from our church community, bright lights on cold winter nights, the simple …

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President’s Corner

by Jaime Castle. So many memories flash and dance across my mind when thinking of past Christmases and Decembers: my mother’s homemade sugar cookies and the Sears Wish Book, lavishing silver tinsel around the tree and waking up my older siblings at the first sign of light on Christmas morning. But I would have to say the one Christmastime memory …

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REflections

It is a joyous time, not only for our youth but for everyone right now, as the fun events coming up are welcome to all! After service on Sunday, December 2nd, in the Heritage sanctuary we decorate our big Christmas tree. It is quite an all-hands-on-deck process, requiring small and tall alike to help with things like pine bough fluffing …

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Social Action / Social Justice

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First Sunday Food Drive

Sunday, December 2, 2018, and every Sunday. While people in need may be getting big dinners and toy drives this time a year, the boring, day-to-day needs are still there. Consider bringing some of the following food items: Cereal and other breakfast items, Jelly, Baked beans, and Pineapple. Non-Food items (not covered by SNAP): Paper Towels, Toothpaste, Deodorant, and Detergent. Donations go to the Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) choice food pantries. Place your donations in the grocery cart in the Great Hall. If you have any questions, please talk with Kay Inskeep or Mike Roberts, or email them at FoodJustice@Huuc.net.

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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. What if the administration fires Mueller? What if “transgender” is redefined out of existence? What if “Stand Your Ground” becomes the law in Ohio? What if racial profiling becomes generally accepted? What if most immigrants get locked up? What if hunger and homelessness become common? What if fewer and fewer people meet the requirements …

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Your Help Needed for One Night to Shelter the Homeless at First Church

Your Help Needed for One Night to Shelter the Homeless at First Church

Heritage Church is part of an amazing network of congregations (Interfaith Hospitality Network, or IHN) that shelter the homeless. In our case, we provide services to First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati as it provides shelter to homeless families in its building for four different weeks in a year. We very much need volunteers to cook dinner, and also a volunteer …

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Events and Meetings

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Am I Living My Best UU Life?

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. A new Community of Practice group at Heritage! “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot. “Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens from you.” Gregg Korrol. Join us for the third of three Tuesday evenings this fall, as we explore and try new practices in a shared community of practice honoring …

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Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Word, Song and Silence

Vespers Service: Nourishing Our Souls in Word, Song and Silence

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Do you find yourself wishing you could take a few moments to just "be". You can when you join fellow Heritage members and friends as we gather in the sanctuary at our monthly Vespers Service, now on the fourth Wednesday of the month. It is a time to pause, be in the …

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The Christmas Tree Returneth...

The Christmas Tree Returneth...

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 11:45 a.m. Our beautiful Heritage Christmas tree will go up in our sanctuary following the worship service on Sunday, December 2. 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, who will be lovingly cared for …

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The Clara Barton Guild Celebrates the Holidays

Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 6 p.m. The annual Clara Barton Guild Dinner is coming to Heritage on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. The festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with appetizers and liquid refreshment. Wine may be brought to share. Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. RSVP to Julie Kane at 513 843-2567 or jgkane@cinci.rr.com. All women who are members or friends of Heritage are invited. Suggested donation of $10.00 or $15.00 although a donation is not required to attend. If you are inclined please wear your most festive holiday sweater. We will again select three projects to receive monetary support from the Guild.

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Gupton-Sanders Holiday Open House and Potluck

Gupton-Sanders Holiday Open House and Potluck

Sunday, December 9, 2018, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Offsite. Don’t miss the Gupton-Sanders’ annual Holiday Open House after church on Sunday, December 9. This year, our Senior Minister and his family will open their home (at 1498 Greatoak Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45255, right off Wolfangel) to everyone in the Heritage community from 12:30 until 3:00 p.m. You are invited …

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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle

Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Singing in Sacred Circle allows women, regardless of singing experience, skill or comfort, to share their voices in a fun, relaxed, safe space that is empowering, loving and healing. Singing in Sacred Circle is an opportunity for each woman to look into her sister’s eyes and share voice and spirit through …

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The Heritage Holiday Party

The Heritage Holiday Party

Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 5 to 9 p.m. This is a party for all ages and it will be a potluck dinner as well - so bring something tasty to share! There will be crafts for the kids and gingerbread house making and decorating. We will gather around the piano and sing our favorite holiday songs! This party is …

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Ready or Not: Babes’ Party Time!

Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m. Our crazy weather and crazy lives may make us question if the Holidays are really upon us again, but the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) is always ready to party. December 19 we will party again in the Heritage room with no book to read but a movie to watch together. Festivities …

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Winter Solstice Celebration

Friday, December 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m. We come together on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, to celebrate a traditional Yule. Even though the coldest part of the winter lies ahead, Yule represents the rebirth of the sun and the promise of the eventual return of warmth and light. It is a time for merriment and rejoicing. …

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Christmas Eve Service

Christmas Eve Service

Monday, December 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m. It’s an annual tradition at Heritage Church – our Christmas Eve candlelight service. Each year our Choir offers us beautiful music, we share traditional readings and carols and we warm our souls in the glow of candlelight, friendly faces, and the Love that is the Spirit of this church. The service begins at 7 …

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Vespers Service

Wednesday, December 27, 2018, 7:00 p.m. As we enter into the holiday season, our daily lives can become even more hectic as we spread the joy and spirit of the season. If you find yourself wishing you could take a few moments to just "be", join us at the monthly Vespers service. You can pause, and allow yourself to re-energize …

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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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Women’s Spirituality Group is Taking a Hiatus

Women’s Spirituality Group is Taking a Hiatus

The Women’s Spirituality Group has taken many forms over the past several years. It has nourished and touched many women. 2019 will be a year of rest and renewal as the group takes a “year off”. Watch for news in 2020!

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Vacation and Holiday Schedule

Our Church Administrator, Denise Martinez, is on vacation until Monday, December 10. Please be patient with response times to your inquiries and requests.

The holiday schedule for the church office is as follows:

• The office will be closed December 22-26, and December 29-January 2.

• Please also note that Senior Minister Rev. Bill Gupton will be on vacation December 25-January 6.

• Assistant Minister for Religious Education Rev. Leslie Woodward will officially return from her sabbatical on January 13.

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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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Board Briefs for November 2018

The Board voted to hire a security officer for each Sunday service through January 13, 2019.

The Board voted to institute a new policy that all doors to the church will be locked at all times, except the front door will be unlocked when a security officer is present.

The 2017-18 Fiscal year budget was closed with a $6,655 deficit due to incomplete pledges and unexpected expenses for maintenance in and around the church.

Signs in the back parking lot will be updated for security and liability purposes.

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From the Archives

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Christmas through the Years

Christmas through the Years

by Mike Roberts, Church Historian    

A youth dresses up as Santa Lucia, with children as attendants, when our congregation was Salem Acres Community Church. Photo is from the early 1980’s.                     

View more and larger pictures.

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Calendar of Events

View the Online Calendar.

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Get Weekly Updates

People in the Google Group “huuc-announcements” 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 huuc-announcement emails, please send an email requesting it to Denise Martinez, the church administrator, at office@huuc.net

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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. Rev. Bill will be on vacation December 25 through January 6. Phone: 513-633-8703. SeniorMinister@huuc.net

Assistant Minister for Religious Education: Rev. Leslie Woodward. Rev. Leslie is on sabbatical and therefore unavailable. She will next be at Sunday worship on January 13, 2019. For religious education matters for children and youth, contact the Sabbatical Task Force at RESabbaticalTeam@huuc.net

Minister Emeritus: Rev. Doak Mansfield.

Board President: Jaime Castle. Phone: 513-258-4972. 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: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Thursday, Friday, and some Tuesdays. Denise will be on vacation November 21 through December 9. The church office will be closed December 22 through December 26, and December 29 through January 2.

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