Please remember to call Denise in our office (513-231-8634) if you have moved, changed your phone number, eliminated a land-line, or changed your email address. Having correct information makes it SO much easier to contact you!
What a great opportunity for stewardship – sharing your time, talent and/or energy for our community. Plus, it’s fun, meaningful and a great way to get to know each other better. We have a few new projects and a few existing teams that need new energy and attention. If you have an interest in any of these areas, we need you! Please consider getting involved.
Please contact any Board member if you have questions or want to get involved. We need your energy!
Longing to find an artful way to volunteer at Heritage? A new group – The Aesthetics Coordination Team (ACT) – is forming. Our focus will be to identify specific projects which would enhance the beauty of our religious home. Once a project is identified and approved by the appropriate parties, we will ACT!
Our 10-page catalog outlines many of the events, activities, groups and gatherings that take place, year-round, in our vibrant church community. You can pick up a paper copy of “What’s Happening at Heritage” in the lobby at church, or simply click on the link below to access a digital version.
What better time to join in all the fun? We hope to see you soon!
Did you ever wonder about the Heritage Church tradition of putting money in the “birthday jar” during Candles of Community? People do it to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, with the money going to help pay for the plants, plaques, and materials used in our grounds’ maintenance. If you wish, you can also write a check or attach a note designating the money for some other special fund, such as Music. When the giver of the contribution is known, i.e. by check or note, the donation is included in the donor’s year-end statement for tax deduction purposes.
If you have questions, contact our Accounts Receivable Treasurer, Bob Booth, at ARtreasurer@huuc.net.
Do you like to take pictures? We’d love for you to take some photos at church – or of church folks engaged out in the community – then send the photos to email@example.com for our annual pictorial collage of Heritage Church friends and faces, events and experiences.
Be sure to indicate who is submitting the photos, who is pictured, what the event is, and whether or not we have permission to publish the images of those who are photographed. Remember, however, please do not take photos in the sanctuary during worship services, or at events that are closed to the public (e.g., Chalice Circles or support groups).
If you donate by check, Bob Booth, who records donations coming in, will keep a record of that associated with your name. If you are giving a check as part of your annual pledge payment, write “Pledge” in the memo line. All checks not marked as “Pledge” will go to that week’s charity. All checks should be made out to the church, which can be written simply as “HUUC” on the Pay To line.
What about cash donations?
Bob wants you to know that if people itemize deductions for their income tax return and donate to charities by cash, the donations are deductible if the recipient(s) acknowledge the donation. That means that the cash has to be identified as to who is the donor. You can do this by putting the cash in an envelope and writing your name on the outside, or by paper-clipping a note with your name to the cash.
At the end of each tax year, Bob generates a statement regarding your donations, which you can use if you itemize deductions. If you have questions, just see Bob, or email him at ARtreasurer@huuc.net.
Beginning this month, our Board of Trustees has authorized making every Sunday’s plate collection an outreach offering. With the beginning of a new calendar (and tax) year, Heritage Church is proud to join the growing ranks of Unitarian Universalist congregations who have committed themselves to creating a better, more peaceful, more just world by turning an outmoded ecclesiastical practice into a modern tool for effective social change.
In December, your generosity helped us surpass the budgeted amount for offering plate income for our current fiscal year (ending June 30). In future years, we plan to do away with the modest “offering plate” line in our budget, and rely solely on your annual pledges, outside rentals, fundraising, and so on to meet our operating costs.
What this means for us is the ability to give away the offering plate each week. What this means for the world around us is more help and support from the loving hearts and hands of the Heritage Church family for worthy non-profit organizations and projects that are consistent with our Unitarian Universalist principles and values.
Here’s how it will work on Sunday mornings: If you are writing a check to put in the offering plate, make it payable to “HUUC.” It will go toward our outreach offering recipient organization or project for that week, unless you specifically write “Pledge Payment” on the memo line. Doing so would indicate to our Treasurer that you prefer that money be counted as a payment toward your annual pledge. Otherwise, all checks, and all cash contributions, will go toward the outreach offering. (Remember, cash contributions are not considered tax deductible by the IRS.)
Candles of Community is our weekly worship ritual for the public sharing of milestones in our personal lives – joys such as births, new jobs, visits from loved ones who live far away, successful surgery or good medical news, etc.; and sorrows such as deaths, illnesses, etc. As our worship leaders often say, “you are welcome to light a candle in silence as well” — which can include joys or sorrows that are too difficult or private to say aloud. Also, a gentle reminder that this solemn worship ritual is not the appropriate place to make announcements or statements of opinion (particularly partisan opinion in this heated political season).
When you are sharing at the altar during Candles of Community (or any other time), it is important to use the microphone properly, so that everyone can hear you, and to state your name, enunciating clearly. The proper distance from the microphone to your mouth is much less than most people think (an inch or two only), as shown in this helpful video: How to Hold a Microphone.
Here is a second video offering some tips on using a microphone (only the first half of the video is relevant here): Public Speaking Tip.
Remember that everyone is welcome at our Universalist altar. One does not need to be a church member or regular attendee to share during Candles of Community; much more important is the spirit in which we share. Thank you!
–Heritage UU Church Worship Committee
This article talks about how you can use many of these channels to inform Heritage people (and other area UUs) about meetings, events, workshops, and other gatherings. For best results, run through all of the questions below in your mind.
Is it a meeting or event taking place at the Church? Is your meeting or event happening at Heritage Church? (Examples: Grounds Tending Crew work morning; Take-Apart Party.) If so:
Does the event meet the criteria for Heritage website and Heirloom content? Is it an event to which all or many of the people at Heritage are invited and which is being put on by Heritage or another UU church or group? (Examples: Annual Heritage Church Auction; Babes with Books meeting; annual Women’s Retreat; UU Justice Ohio annual meeting in Columbus.) Alternatively, is it a public social justice or interfaith event being put on by another group, and someone from Heritage is involved or going? (Examples: Rethinking Racism meeting; Habitat for Humanity build date.) If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then:
Is it information for just one group? Would the information be applicable to or of interest to just one group or one team at church? (Examples: Finance Committee; Choir.) If so, there may be a Yahoo Groups email account that sends out information for that group or team.
Does the event hold interest for UUs but not meet website content criteria? Is it a public event in line with UU Principles that would be of interest to some Heritage Church people, but which doesn’t meet the Heritage website content criteria? (Examples: A meditation workshop open to the public; a film on the women’s suffrage movement.) If so, then:
Is it a Heritage event that other UU churches are invited to? Is this a Heritage event that you would like people from other area UU churches to attend? (Examples: An “Awakening Our Awareness of Whiteness” workshop that other UUs can attend; the Universalist Convocation held at Heritage a few years ago.) If so, then have the information spread through the UU Council of Greater Cincinnati, which includes First Unitarian Church, The Gathering at Northern Hills, Hopedale Unitarian Universalist Community, and St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, as well as Heritage UU Church.
To subscribe to the Heirloom, go to http://huuc.net/subscribe/.
To get on the HUUCannc Yahoo Group, send an email with your first and last name and your email address to the Church Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask to be added to HUUCannc. The Church Administrator will have Yahoo Groups send you an email invitation, to which you must respond to complete the process.
To read the full church website content criteria, go to http://huuc.net/website-content-policy/.
To learn more about submitting information to the website and the Heirloom, go to http://huuc.net/website-and-heirloom-submitters-guide/.
If you have any questions, feel free email them to Communications2@huuc.net.