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Newsletter for members and friends of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
(Also available as a Full-Content PDF version, for downloading and printing.)
March 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, February 23: “The Blessing of Water”

Sunday, February 23: “The Blessing of Water”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. Each year, in our Annual Ingathering Water Ceremony, members and friends of Heritage Church gather and pour water collected from places dear to us together into a common vessel. That water is used to dedicate babies, honor lives lost, and on other ritual occasions. This Sunday, now half a cycle around the sun since our waters were …
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Sunday, March 1: “What Am I Supposed to Learn from This?”

Sunday, March 1: “What Am I Supposed to Learn from This?”
Tracey DuEst. Are there ways we can look at things differently that would provide us with a fresh perspective? Can pain and suffering from life’s downpours and unexpected detours be your greatest teacher? What could be more important than the journey of self-awareness and self-love as a path toward liberating ourselves and others? It will officially be spring in 19 …
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Sunday, March 8: "There is a Life to be Lived in the Waiting"

Sunday, March 8: "There is a Life to be Lived in the Waiting"
Jessica James, MDiv. What are you waiting for? For the check to clear, for the treatment to work, for Spring to return, for the job offer to arrive, for the kettle to boil, for the test results to confirm, for habits to pay off, for the house to sell, for the dough to rise, for the healing to complete, for …
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Sunday, March 15: "Stewardship Sunday: Sharing Stories and Pledging Online 2.0"

Sunday, March 15: "Stewardship Sunday: Sharing Stories and Pledging Online 2.0"
Reid Hester. Have you been attending Heritage for decades or just a few weeks or months? Either way, you have a story to share and a reason that you keep returning to this community for Sunday worship or fellowship during the week. Please join us on this Stewardship Sunday to hear stories from members and friends and to learn about …
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Sunday, March 22: “God Got A Dog”

Sunday, March 22: “God Got A Dog”
Rev. Leslie Woodward. What if God was living a human existence? What might God do to pass the time? Write a fan letter? Make spaghetti? Take a bath? Get a dog? In celebration of World Poetry Day 2020, we’ll explore Cynthia Rylant’s poems highlighting the connection between the mundane and the divine. You are invited to bring a photo of …
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Sunday, March 29: "The Hardest Word"

Sunday, March 29: "The Hardest Word"
Rev. Connie Simon. Apologizing is often one of the most difficult things for us to do.  It’s hard to acknowledge that we’ve hurt someone else and often even harder to make it right.  Too many apologies end up being “fauxpologies.” Why is it that “sorry seems to be the hardest word?” We will also hear beautiful music from the Heritage …
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Sunday, April 5: “The HUUman Comedy”

Sunday, April 5: “The HUUman Comedy”
The Rough but Ready Readers and Tellers. Unitarian Universalists take our spiritual quests seriously. We are also able to laugh at our quirks. Today, through a collage of lighthearted, satirical readings, songs and stories, we move from the profane to the sacred with a grin on our face. Worship Associate: Bob Drake.

Columns and Essays

REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Winter into spring is a fruitful time for most religious educators. Often our religious education programs have begun and while they require support, thoughts are moving toward the NEXT BIG THING. At Heritage, the “next big thing” is our summer programming. Watch for more information coming soon. If you are making summer plans for yourself or …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan. We are a few weeks into Rev. Bill’s sabbatical and the board and all the other groups and committees at Heritage are working diligently to keep all the various wheels spinning smoothly. On the first Sunday of this month, the board and the Committee on Ministry collaborated to bring you a service that provided a bit of …
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“Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle”

“Be Kind, for Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle”
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. Every once and awhile it is useful to point out that I am disabled. I have what is called an “invisible disability,” that is, a disability that is not always obvious to an onlooker or acquaintance but sometimes or always limits daily activities. This may range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Religious Exploration Program Needs Your Time and Energy

Religious Exploration Program Needs Your Time and Energy
Did you know that there are other ways to help in RE instead of teaching or assisting? Some of the tasks require just a few hours of help, while others need leadership and team members to plan and implement. Here are some opportunities: ~Alphabetize and organize the books in the RE office. ~Help collect RE family information for the HUUC …
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Social Action / Social Justice

Whose History is it Anyway?

Whose History is it Anyway?
Monday, February 24, 2020, 7:45 to 9:00 p.m. How much do you know about the roots of our faith tradition? Explore the history of Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism in this five-week class. Using an anti-colonialist, multicultural lens, we’ll look beyond the traditional, dusty facts of history and examine to see how our faith was born and how it has …
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First Sunday Food Drive

First Sunday Food Drive
Sunday, March 1, 2020, and every Sunday. You can help Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) feed the hungry through its choice food pantries. When you’re at the grocery store, consider picking up one or more of the items listed in this article. The personal care items below are in critical need; the Amelia pantry recently ran out of them: Shampoo, Conditioner, …
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Social Justice Collaborative Meeting

Social Justice Collaborative Meeting
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 9:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalism is founded on a legacy of “deeds not creeds.” Social justice is a core value through which we live our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of all individuals. All Heritage members and friends are invited to the next meeting of the Collaborative. If you participated in the Cincinnati Women's March, …
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UU the Vote Meeting

UU the Vote Meeting
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., in the Sanctuary. UU the Vote is an effort to organize nonpartisan action in order to bring Unitarian Universalist values to bear on elections. This will be our third Heritage meeting for UU the Vote. One main question will be whether to continue as one overall group or to organize ourselves as …
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Tea and Friendship with our Turkish Friends

Tea and Friendship with our Turkish Friends
Saturday, March 21, 2020, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a time to renew old friendships and make new ones. This gathering for women is sponsored by Greater Anderson Promotes Peace (GAPP). Heritage UU Church, 2710 Newtown Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45244. An RSVP is required as seating is limited. Go to: https://tea-and-friends.eventbrite.com. If you have questions, …
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IHN Volunteers Needed for April 7

IHN Volunteers Needed for April 7
Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) shelters homeless families a week at a time in churches, temples, synagogues, and mosques on a rotating basis. The next time Heritage Church helps with this effort is Tuesday evening, April 7, at First Unitarian Church in Cincinnati. You can learn more at Heritage’s IHN Page. To sign up, please go to the IHN SignUp Genius …
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Preparing for the Fifth UU Principle

Preparing for the Fifth UU Principle
“We covenant to affirm and promote … the use of the democratic process … in society at large.” Make sure you can vote in the upcoming elections. Check online to make sure you are registered to vote. …
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Review of Our Commitment to Being a Green Congregation

A clear, plastic, reusable water bottle with a lid and reusable straw. The UUA logo is on the bottle.
A recent cleaning and organization of our kitchen revealed an abundance of disposable plates, cups, cutlery, napkins, and over 2000 (yes, 2,000) plastic gloves! The greenest thing we can do is to use up the disposables that we already have in the kitchen. As a Certified Green Congregation, we committed to using reusable plates, cups, etc. PLEASE DO NOT BRING …
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End-of-Life Ministry

Pictures from Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary

Pictures from Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary
Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, is on sabbatical. Much of his sabbatical time will be spent preparing for the opening of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. He has provided these pictures of the land, taken in the fall and early winter of 2019.
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Events and Meetings

Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us each month, generally on the 4th Wednesday, for our Vespers service. This is a time to follow our inner spirits to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. The service begins in the sanctuary promptly at 7 p.m. with a musical selection that sets …
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Book Sale

Book Sale
Sunday, March 1 and March 8, 2020, before and after church. The annual Clara Barton Guild Book Sale needs YOUR HELP! Please bring your used books, DVDs, puzzles, etc. to church and place them in the coat hallway. This is a big fundraiser for the Clara Barton Guild, but we need your books to make it a success. Book Sale …
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Cleaning Day

Cleaning Day
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Many hands make light work… Yes, we do have a cleaning service at Heritage Church. They do not do the deep cleaning that is required on a regular basis. This time we will focus on the Sanctuary and the Great Hall. We have jobs for all ages and skill levels. Come for …
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The Big Bling – A Girl’s Night Out and Fundraiser

The Big Bling – A Girl’s Night Out and Fundraiser
Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. A fun fundraiser for the Clara Barton Guild. Donate your gently used jewelry, purses, scarves, hats and crowns. And purchase someone else's baubles! This is the perfect time to practice what Marie Kondo preaches - if it does not spark joy; donate it to the Big Bling! Bring an appetizer or simple dessert …
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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary. Women Singing In Sacred Circle meets the second Tuesday of every month at Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church in Anderson Township. SISC has become a source of deep friendship, support and healing for many women across the city. Hear what women are saying about this singing circle: "This is truly …
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Babes Read Until Spring

Babes Read Until Spring
Wednesday, March 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Heritage’s Babes with Books (the women’s book club) has selected their reads until Spring, starting with the March 19 selection American Duchess, by Karen Harper. Amazon describes this novel as the tale of Consuelo Vanderbilt, her “The Wedding of the Century” to a Duke, and quest to find meaning behind “the glitter and the …
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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join us each month, generally on the 4th Wednesday, for our Vespers service. This is a time to follow our inner spirits to a time and space for quiet and reflection filled with love and community. The service begins in the sanctuary promptly at 7 p.m. with a musical selection that sets …
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“Rock Around the Clock” Auction Gala

“Rock Around the Clock” Auction Gala
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Silent/Live Auction, Music, Food, Costumes, and Drinks. $12 per person; $34 maximum per family. The “Rock Around the Clock Auction” is two months away, and we need your help to make it shake, rattle & roll! This is Heritage's biggest fundraiser of the year, so we're calling on flat-tops, hippies, punks, and …
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Announcements

A New Church Financial Statement is Available

A New Church Financial Statement is Available
A church income and expense report for this fiscal year through January is now available. To go to the financial statements, on any church webpage find the main menu bar, point to CONGREGATIONAL LIFE, then point and click on MEMBERS’ AREA. On that page, scroll down and click on the Financial Statements link. This will take you to the Financial …
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Support

Finding a New Way

Finding a New Way
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. One of my favorite singer/songwriters has a song titled “A Light in the Window” that includes these lyrics: “Now the old has already passed away; but the new is too new to be born today.” That sounds like church life to me. What do we do when we can’t find ushers, can’t find RE teachers, can’t …
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Church Sales to Support Operations Budget

Church Sales to Support Operations Budget
Members and friends of Heritage Church can help our beloved community reach financial goals simply by letting go of things they own but no longer need or want. Last year, our church successfully raised funds through an Everything But The House sale. This year, organizers are planning a similar EBTH sale this spring, as well as a traditional on-site church …
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From the Archives

The Sermon at John Potter’s Church

The Sermon at John Potter’s Church
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. In the January archive article, it was discussed that this year we will be celebrating the 250th anniversary of Universalism in America. What exact event are we really recognizing? Before a discussion of that, it might be beneficial to newer members of our congregation to examine our own origins. Today, we at Heritage are a …
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Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Leslie Woodward, Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Jim Nolan, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

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