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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.)
April 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, March 29: "Staying Connected in Difficult Times"

Sunday, March 29: "Staying Connected in Difficult Times"
Please note that there will be no in-person service. Watch for plans for online worship. Rev. Constance M. Simon, minister of First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, will deliver the sermon this Sunday. She writes: "It’s hard to believe that just 90 days ago we were busy preparing for the holidays and spending time with friends, families and loved ones.  Now, …
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Sunday, April 5: “The Thread That Runs Between Us”

Sunday, April 5: “The Thread That Runs Between Us”
Gather the entire family around your computer today for a special Heritage morning of ritual and community via the Zoom video conferencing platform. We’ll hear a special story and talk about how we are all connected even though we are apart. Before the service begins, find a piece of string or thread at least 12 inches long, one for each …
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Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday and Flower Ceremony

Sunday, April 12: Easter Sunday and Flower Ceremony
All ages are welcome to celebrate a special Heritage morning of ritual and community via the Zoom video conferencing platform. We will be celebrating Easter Sunday, as well as our Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion, and after the service we’ll break into small groups for an online coffee hour. Please have both a flower to offer in our flower ritual, and …
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Sunday, April 19: Rev. Brian Chenowith

Sunday, April 19: Rev. Brian Chenowith
Please note that there will be no in-person service. Watch for plans for online worship. Rev. Brian Chenowith, minister of the UU Church of Lexington, will provide the reflection. Rev. Chenowith is a lifelong Chicagoan with roots in the South Side. His spiritual upbringing was Catholic and Anglican though he came to Unitarian Universalism early on. He earned his degree …
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Sunday, April 26: To Be Determined

Sunday, April 26: To Be Determined
Gather the entire family around your computer today for a special Heritage morning of ritual and community via the Zoom video conferencing platform.

Sunday, May 3: “Blessing of the Animals”

Sunday, May 3: “Blessing of the Animals”
So many of us share our homes with other living creatures — cats, dogs, bearded dragons, snakes, geckos, perhaps even tarantulas! For worship this Sunday, non-pet owners and pet owners alike of all ages are invited to join in our animal blessing! Pick one pet (or one group such as your fish) and come prepared to share a fun fact …
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Columns and Essays

A Letter from Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton

A letter from Our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton
Dear Heritage Church community,
We are living in difficult, anxious, unprecedented times. I am certain that each of you has been experiencing a wide range of emotions while, together as a society and as a religious community, we navigate the changes to our lives, our plans, our hopes and dreams, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Feb. 1, when …
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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Jim Nolan.
Hello all – On Monday, I turned 50. I spent it at home with my family, eating a cake that a friend dropped on our front porch. She couldn’t come in. I couldn’t give her a hug. Many of my gifts and cards were online. My brother-in-law sent me a card that he left unsealed, because he …
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REflections: The More Things Change

REflections: The More Things Change
by Rev. Leslie Woodward.
I keep forgetting what day it is. Last week we forgot to put out the trash. I missed my online piano lesson on Tuesday and a Zoom meeting with other religious educators this morning. It appears that we’ve entered a strange new world. Or have we? Looking out my window I see daffodils blooming and my …
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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Mystery Friends Continues!

Mystery Friends Continues!
Have you continued to connect with your Mystery Friend? As we began to practice social distancing, our Mystery Friends program moved from being church-based to using the good old post office! There are still a few more weeks before the big reveal — when we find out the true identity of our Mystery Friends on Easter Sunday! Here are some …
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Social Action / Social Justice

Request Your Absentee Ballot NOW – #UUtheVote

Request Your Absentee Ballot NOW – #UUtheVote
If you are a registered Ohio voter and you didn’t get a chance to vote in the Ohio primary, this message from UU Justice Ohio is for you. The following is from UU Justice Ohio (UUJO): Yesterday, the Ohio Senate and House unanimously determined that the final deadline for Absentee Ballot voting in the 2020 Ohio Primary is April 28. …
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A Message from IPM: How You Can Help

A Message from IPM: How You Can Help
Inter Parish Ministry (IPM) writes: Our community is amazing! So many have reached out wondering how you can help! To best help IPM Food Pantry and our neighbors in need, please consider the following: (1) Collect and assemble Power Packs* in gallon-sized zip lock bags that can be distributed to school-aged children. This includes snacks like granola bars, single serve …
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IHN Needs Kroger Gift Cards

IHN Needs Kroger Gift Cards
Covid-19 has changed lots of things, including how Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) feeds, shelters, and shows love to homeless families. Here are the important things to know. IHN programming falls under essential services as outlined in section 8 of Governor Mike DeWine’s Stay-at-Home Order. Staff and volunteers can travel for these purposes, but such travel should be reduced and limited …
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Seven Ways to #UUtheVote from Home

Seven Ways to #UUtheVote from Home
(The following is taken from an email from the national #UUtheVote project at the Unitarian Universalist Association.) Even apart, we can work together. Right now feels pretty intense. The COVID-19 global pandemic has many of us stressed and scared; we might be feeling overwhelmed or helpless with uncertainty. While many of us are being asked to work from home and …
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IPM Food Pantries and Donations

IPM Food Pantries and Donations
New Pantry Drive-Thru Service. Donations at Heritage Church. Inter Parish Ministry’s Newtown and Amelia Food Pantries will each offer Drive-Thru Food Pantries. Clients are welcome to visit a Drive-Thru Pantry every two weeks and receive a pre-packaged selection of groceries (rather than the usual policy of every 30 days), because IPM understands this time of crisis may place additional strain …
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Sew Medical Masks for Cincinnati

Sew Medical Masks for Cincinnati
You can help address the critical shortage of medical masks by making them at home! Several members of Heritage UU Church are working with TRIHEALTH to create medical masks. Patterns and tutorials are provided on the Facebook page Sew Masks 4 Cincy. Cloth is available for people who do not have stocks of cloth, and some people are lending sewing …
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Events and Meetings

Get Mindful This Midweek

Get Mindful This Midweek
You’ve heard about Midweek Mindfulness. Maybe now is the time to recommit to this powerful, transformative, very easy and quick spiritual practice. Set a recurring reminder on your phone for 12:30 each Wednesday. Then join others in the Heritage community (and literally around the world) in five minutes – just five minutes – of mindfulness. Take a break, right in …
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Singing in Sacred Circle

Singing in Sacred Circle
Tuesday, May 12, 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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Vespers Service

Vespers Service
Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. When our country's self-distancing period is over, 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 …
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Mark Your Calendar: Annual Meeting on June 28

Mark Your Calendar: Annual Meeting on June 28
The Heritage UU Church Board of Trustees has rescheduled the annual congregational meeting to Sunday, June 28, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at Heritage Church, in the sanctuary. We will vote on representatives to our Board of Trustees, the Cincinnati UU Council, and other leadership teams and groups. We will adopt our operating budget for 2020-21. Those who have given …
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Announcements

Caring Circle Organizes for Action!

Caring Circle Organizes for Action!
In the midst of making phone calls, delivering soup, and grocery shopping for those who are home-bound, our Caring Circle has also been organizing for the long haul. Over 60 people completed our online Heritage Needs and Gifts survey and the vast majority also volunteered to help keep Heritage connected while our church building is closed. Volunteers are being divided …
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Creating a Heritage Network of Care

Creating a Heritage Network of Care
If you are a Heritage UU Church member or friend, please click on the following link and complete a short set of questions for our Heritage Needs and Gifts survey. https://forms.gle/3P4YB4on6PfoCRoM8 This set of questions (1) asks how you are doing; (2) asks if you have immediate needs, and (3) lets you indicate what help, if any, you can offer …
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Heritage Church Building Closed through April

Heritage Church Building Closed through April
Today (3/18/2020) the HUUC board was asked to decide if a longer-term closure of Heritage was necessary. After consideration for allowing the various groups that make use of the building, outside of service, to make alternative plans for the future; and after serious consideration of the ongoing changes and updates to the current situation from our community leaders, it was …
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COVID-19 Puts Church Sales on Hold

COVID-19 Puts Church Sales on Hold
As true with much in our lives, COVID-19 has our Heritage plans for an Everything But the House (EBTH) sale and a church rummage sale in flux. We were to kick off the EBTH sale at the end of March. The rummage sale is scheduled for the end of May. The EBTH sale is definitely postponed to some later date …
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“Rock Around the Clock” Auction Gala - Postponed

“Rock Around the Clock” Auction Gala - Postponed
The auction, originally scheduled for April 18, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus. In the meantime, we are working on a way to help raise funds for the church and we still need donations, whether that be for a rescheduling of the in-person event or holding an online version. Please continue to think of what you can donate and …
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Babes Choose to be Traditional

Babes Choose to be Traditional
Although there was a movement afoot to join the movement to make everything virtual, the Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) has decided by informal consensus to "social distance" from a virtual book club meeting for the time being. In other words, we will continue to suspend book club meetings (either physical or virtual) until Heritage re-opens the doors. …
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Support

HUUC Pledge Campaign 2020-2021

HUUC Pledge Campaign 2020-2021
The Story of Heritage Begins with You. We are a congregation of storytellers, from Candles of Community to Stories for All Ages we love to share our experiences and our favorite stories with each other. Our support for Heritage tells a story too. And pledging is a great opportunity to share what the Heritage community means to each of us. …
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News Articles

Board Briefs for January, February and March 2020

Board Briefs for January, February and March 2020
January 2020: ~ Lieutenant Dan McElroy is now our primary security officer since Margo is now working for Coroner’s office. ~ The HUUC Board appointed the following members for the Heritage Acres board: Donna Buckley, Susan Conley, Bill Gupton, Robert James, Laura Knight, Dave Spinney, Jeff Syroney.
February 2020: ~ The Board is working with the Finance Committee on the 2020-2021 budget proposal. …
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From the Archives

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 1)

John Murray, the Father of Universalism in America (Part 1)
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. As we hunker down and self-quarantine, some will still be looking forward to the celebration this fall of the 250th anniversary of Universalism in America. Therefore, let us delve into the life of the man responsible for that initial Universalist church service in America, John Murray. John Murray was of English heritage. He was born …
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Calendar of Events

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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
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