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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.)
November 2020

Sunday Worship Services

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

Sunday, November 1: “The Soul of America”

Sunday, November 1: “The Soul of America”
Rev. Bill Gupton. We gather in worship just two days before Election Day to consider what is truly meant by this “battle for the soul of America,” and what is truly at stake this week as those citizens who have not already done so cast their ballots to choose the future direction of our country.. Worship Associate: Kathy Wade.

Sunday, November 8: “The Sun Also Rises”

Sunday, November 8: “The Sun Also Rises”
Rev. Bill Gupton. The most consequential election of our lifetimes is behind us. What have we learned? Where are we headed? There remain many questions. Perhaps it is best to remember the ancient wisdom: The sun also rises. Worship Associates: Lisa Prantl and Steph Tacy.

Sunday, November 15: “The Light of Diwali”

Sunday, November 15: “The Light of Diwali”
The Worship Committee. Diwali is the five-day festival of lights, celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world. Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival that celebrates new beginnings, light over darkness, and the triumph of good over evil. During this time …

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Sunday, November 22: “Thanksgiving Sunday”

Sunday, November 22: “Thanksgiving Sunday”
Rev. Bill Gupton. We celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Sunday with traditions new and old. The common thread is deep and abiding gratitude for all the gifts of our life – including, this congregation we love. Worship Associate: Rev. Leslie Woodward.

Sunday, November 29: “Until We Meet Again”

Sunday, November 29: “Until We Meet Again”
Rev. Bill Gupton. In his last Sunday before resuming his pandemic-interrupted sabbatical, our Senior Minister wraps up a few loose ends, takes a look back at 2020, takes a look ahead to 2021, and bids us farewell, until we meet again. Worship Associate: Lisa Prantl.

Columns and Essays

On the Path

On the Path
by Rev. Bill Gupton. Friends, this will be my last monthly Heirloom column for a while. If it seems like you may have read those or similar words not that long ago, there’s good reason. On February 1, I began a six-month sabbatical that came to an abrupt end just a few weeks later when it became apparent that COVID-19 …

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President’s Corner

President’s Corner
by Tamilyn Moore. Beautiful and colorful greetings to all! What amazing fall colors we are getting right now. I hope you’re all getting out to enjoy looking at the fall colors and get some crisp fall air. Along with the fall colors comes some stress. The election is fast approaching. I hope everyone has gone to vote already, or returned …

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REflections

REflections
by Rev. Leslie Woodward. How do you begin to wrap up all the loose ends of an eight-year ministry? Good question! Oops, forgot an important addition — how do you begin to wrap up all the loose ends of an eight-year ministry during a pandemic? The words of Antonio Machado come to mind and, of course, Google helps me find …

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Children and Youth Religious Exploration

Ongoing Religious Exploration Opportunities to Connect

Ongoing Religious Exploration Opportunities to Connect
Family Chapel Every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Families are invited to meet before our regular Sunday worship service for a chalice lighting, sharing, and a brief story. Join the Sunday zoom worship (link on the HUUC website) and our technical coordinator will place you into a special breakout room with Rev. Leslie. …

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Social Action / Social Justice

Racial Justice Action Planning

Racial Justice Action Planning
Monday, November 16, 2020, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. The demands for racial justice that have rocked our nation this year call us to move from studying racism to antiracist action. We can continue to learn as we apply our new knowledge toward actions that make a difference. Together we can develop plans for action steps. Gather …

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End-of-Life Ministry

Befriending Grief

Befriending Grief
Sundays, November 1, November 22, and December 13, 2020, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Online. A Series on Learning and Living with Loss, with Mary Manera. You are invited to join Rev. Bill Gupton and others from Heritage UU Church in attending the Befriending Grief series, presented by Hope Springs Institute. We will gather to explore together …

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Volunteer at Heritage Acres

Volunteer at Heritage Acres
Heritage Acres has several upcoming Community Work Days. Won’t you join us? Bring tools like rakes, chain saws, string trimmers, clippers and loppers and enjoy the crisp autumn air with friends new and old, on any of these days: Wednesday, October 28. Saturday, November 7 (work off that post-election energy!). Wednesday, November …

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Events and Meetings

The Day After

The Day After
Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 12:25 p.m., and again at 12:45 p.m., via Zoom. Need a respite, or need some warm community, the day after the election? Join our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill, for his weekly Midweek Mindfulness (this time, via Zoom) on Wednesday, November 4, from 12:30-12:35 p.m. As Bill likes to say, take five minutes …

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One More Brown-Bag Lunch

One More Brown-Bag Lunch
Monday, November 9, 2020, 12:30 p.m., via Zoom. Grab some lunch (brown bag optional) and join Rev. Bill Gupton for one final Zoom Lunch before his sabbatical resumes. Watch for a Zoom link in your inbox from HUUC-announcements.

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Babes Zoom!

Babes Zoom!
Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. The Babes with Books (Heritage's women's book club) successfully zoomed, whizzed, and whooshed through their first virtual meeting on October 21. (In gallery view, we looked like an all-female cast of the Brady Bunch although Merely the Scribe, the group's …

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One More TGIF for 2020

One More TGIF for 2020
Friday, November 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m., via Zoom. What could be better at the end of the work week than taking a little time to gather with friends (even if it is via Zoom)? Rev. Bill Gupton will be hosting one last “TGIF” happy hour before resuming his sabbatical, and you are invited! Log in between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. …

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Vespers Service - A Time of Thanksgiving

Vespers Service - A Time of Thanksgiving
Monday, November 23, 2020, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m., Virtual Live on Zoom. The season of Thanksgiving has arrived, and this year, it comes with complicated possibilities. Let's join together in November, virtually on Zoom, to remember the simple blessings of life with gratitude and appreciation. Readings, music, and periods …

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Announcements

Senior Minister Sabbatical (Resumed) 2020-2021

Senior Minister Sabbatical (Resumed) 2020-2021
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church. Overview: As authorized by the Heritage Church Board of Trustees, our Senior Minister, Rev. Bill Gupton, will resume his sabbatical – which was abruptly interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic – on December 1, 2020. The sabbatical period will cover four months, December through March, and end …

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Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19

Heritage UU Church Policy Related to COVID-19
The following policy shall be reviewed monthly by the Board of Trustees. The purpose of this policy is to assist church groups and individuals with planning. For the health and safety of our church community, all HUUC-affiliated groups are strongly encouraged to meet virtually. The following applies to HUUC-affiliated gatherings regardless …

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"Fall Back"

"Fall Back"
Daylight Savings Time ends in the early hours of Sunday, November 1. Remember to set your clocks back one hour the night before, then join our Zoom-based worship service on time, that Sunday!

News Articles

Finances Update

Finances Update
Dear Heritage Members and Friends, We have officially closed the books on our 2019-2020 fiscal year. We ended last fiscal year with a $14,250 deficit against our budgeted deficit of $2,479. Our Income & Expense report that represents the financial story for the 19-20 fiscal year actually doesn’t tell the whole story because we also …

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Board Briefs for October 2020

Board Briefs for October 2020
~ The Interim RE Search Committee has posted the job description and has received several applications so far.
~ The Board approved a revised HUUC POLICY RELATED TO COVID-19 which is posted on the website.
~The Board approved an increase in two budget items related to the revised HUUC POLICY RELATED TO …

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From the Archives

Let Us Give Thanks

Let Us Give Thanks
by Mike Roberts, Church Historian. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time to show gratitude for the good things that have happened in the previous year. However, at times the trials and tribulations of the year cause us to search deeply to find the good in our lives. The year 2020 has certainly offered such a challenge. …

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Calendar of Events

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Heirloom

A publication of
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church
Rev. Bill Gupton, Senior Minister
Rev. Leslie Woodward, Assistant Minister for Religious Exploration
Rev. Doak Mansfield, Minister Emeritus
Tamilyn Moore, Board of Trustees President
Russ Araujo, Heirloom Editor

Submissions for the next Heirloom are due November 23, 2020.

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