If you visit the church’s online calendar, you will see some items you recognize, such as Religious Education Classes, Sunday Service, and perhaps many others. You may also see other items and wonder what they are all about. Some of the calendar’s repeating events are explained below.
AARP Tax Aide Site: Several Heritage folks volunteer with the Tax-Aide program that is jointly sponsored by AARP Inc. and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Heritage also hosts a Tax-Aide site during tax season – Tuesday mornings, February through April. You may have noticed these and Tax-Aide training days on the church calendar. The program prepares free Federal and State tax returns for anyone, with a focus on low-to-moderate income folks over 60. More volunteers are always needed. If you have questions or an interest, feel free to contact Peg Fay-Feder.
Ahn’s of Anderson Taekwondo Class: Ahn’s of Anderson, a family-oriented Taekwondo school, is an outside organization that rents church space for its classes. Taekwondo is a competitive sport that still retains its traditional background as a Korean martial art. For more information, call Ahn’s of Anderson Taekwondo at 513-207-7725, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auction Event: A one-time or limited event, the participation in which was sold or auctioned off at the annual church service auction. The particular event will often provide a contact name.
Church Council Meeting: A semi-annual meeting of all committee and task force heads with board members and ministers. All church members are welcome to attend. Contact the Board of Trustees President.
Committee Meetings of various sorts: See “List of Committees, Groups and Special Roles.”
Death Café: “Death Cafés” are open-ended, open-hearted, open-minded conversations about death and dying. We simply gather to create space for one another to share, openly and honestly, about what is – or should be – one of the most important topics in our lives. Tea and cake are served. For more information, see this introductory article or contact Rev. Bill Gupton.
District Tax Meeting: This is a meeting related to the AARP Tax Aide Site activities (see above in this article).
Football Parking: On nights when nearby Turpin High School has a home football game, we rent out spaces in our parking lot. Contact: Rev. Bill Gupton.
Get Acquainted Dinner: These dinners are held at Heritage three times a year—in the fall, winter, and spring—to allow church newcomers to meet each other and church leaders. Contact Rev. Bill Gupton for general information, or Ann Jarboe to RSVP.
Hamilton County Elections: Heritage UU Church is a public election polling location. Poll workers set up voting stations the night before, and operate the polling location on Election Day. According to a Board of Elections official, Heritage meets the requirements for being ADA accessible for all handicap individuals, having sufficient parking available, and being a neutral sight regarding the elections, (i.e. no political flyers, articles or announcements). For more information, contact Denise Martinez, our Church Administrator.
Healthy Lifestyle: This group is for all women members and friends of Heritage. We meet most every Tuesday at 12:15 in the Great Room. It is a gentle support group that gives each of us the confidence to make better choices regarding our health. It includes but is not limited to healthy weight. ~ We each bring a brown bag lunch and socialize while we eat. We then have an opportunity to share our challenges and successes regarding living a healthy life. No cost, no scales, no judgement—just fellowship and encouragement on your journey to a vibrant and sound body, mind and spirit. We welcome any woman who has a desire to make better choices in any area of her life. ~ Contact Julie Kane, 513-843-2567, with questions or for more information.
Member Event: A private event being hosted by a church member.
OWL: Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Classes are offered for different grade levels, and classes for children and youth require parental permission. The UUA website has a section on OWL. Contact: Rev. Leslie Woodward.
Spirit in Life: Small groups of two-to-four seekers who meet for 90 minutes a month to strengthen their spiritual lives. Sorry, all groups for the 2015-16 church year are full. Contact: Rev. Bill Gupton.
UU Council of Greater Cincinnati: The Unitarian Universalist Council of Greater Cincinnati is a cooperative organization, made up of area UU congregations. For more information, contact the UUCouncilReps@huuc.net.
Varieties of Gender: This group is independent of the church, but the church provides free meeting space. Varieties of Gender (VōG) is a confidential, anonymous, peer-led, professionally facilitated support group that is open to all individuals who self-identify as transgender/ gender-variant/ gender-fluid. Contact: Cori Yaeger.
We Need Each Other Meeting & Potluck: Bob Staggenborg, the contact for the group, writes: “We Need Each Other started from a discussion of the We Need Each Other book. The purpose is to build a long-term group of friends who trust and support each other. Our group started in May of 2015 and decided to be closed for at least the rest of this year so we can get to know each other.” (Although the Heritage group is closed, a one-day “We Need Each Other Workshop” is being offered publicly in Cincinnati in October 2015. For more information, contact Dave Small.)