Welcome to the 2017-18 church year!
I know, I know – the “official” church fiscal year started July 1, and the “unofficial” church year began this past weekend with our annual Ingathering Sunday Water Ceremony (wasn’t that fun!) – but September is always the month when everything really gets rolling at Heritage Church. Another great year of religious education for our children and youth will be starting, along with varied programs for adults (everything from Spirit in Life groups to Vespers services to the new Topics in Wisdom class and the new Sustainability Series).
Obviously, there’s plenty going on throughout the week at Heritage. And it’s a safe bet that both the sanctuary and the parking lot will be packed on Sunday mornings as well, as people return from vacations, families get back into their routines, newer folks who have been with us throughout 2017 continue to join us for loving community and spiritual sustenance, and others whom we haven’t even met yet seek a new church for these difficult and divisive times. Let us always keep our doors (and our hearts) open to them all!
If you are newer to Heritage Church, and think you might be ready to become a member of our growing congregation (or if you just are curious about what “membership” means), please give me a call at 513-633-8703 or email me at SeniorMinister@huuc.net. Our next membership ceremony will be on October 1. The following Saturday evening, October 7, those who started coming to HUUC during 2017 are invited to our Fall Get Acquainted Dinner. The theme is “Cruising the Caribbean,” so it should be a lot of fun!
Look for more details about everything I have mentioned – as well as plenty of other great events I haven’t even brought up – in this month’s Heirloom, and in your email inbox and on Facebook. Not signed up for those things? Email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you’d like to be.
Before I sign off this month, I want to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to Choir Director Erin McCamley. After three years of inspiring us all with outstanding music, incredible talent, indomitable spirit, and delightful humor, Erin is moving on to bigger and better things in the Big Apple. Don’t miss Erin’s final Sunday with our Choir on September 10. Let’s give her a lovely and loving sendoff!
While no one can replace her, I am happy to report that the Board has voted to offer the position of Choir Director to none other than her father, Steve McCamley. I hope you’ll be there to help me welcome Steve to our staff on Sunday, October 1.
See you at church!