We are very fortunate to have excellent musical talent with our Heritage youth. The most recent example of this is the following youth singing at our May 20, 2018 service: Lena Bauer, Tera Maxey-DuEst, and Arleigh Riddle. Lena sang “For Good,” while Tera and Arleigh sang “May the Circle Be Unbroken.” We are so pleased to have our youth share musically in our services.
On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Heritage UU Church transformed itself into Mount Olympus for the Gala of Benevolent Deities. Festivities included a harpist, a sumptuous Greek meal, spirits, fortune-telling by the Oracle of Delphi, storytelling of Greek myths, a musical performance, the theatrical performance of “Pyramus and Thisbe,” various games, a silent auction, a live auction, and “split the pot.” The festivities also included the celebration of the 60th birthday of our minister, Rev. Bill Gupton. A big “Thank you!” to all the volunteers who made this evening possible.
Guests were encouraged to come in the costume of a mythical god, goddess, or other creature or mythical person. Pictures of some attendees are shown below.
Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church’s Minister Emeritus, the Rev. Doak Mansfield, has been called to serve the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast in Valparaiso, Florida. He will start his duties there on August 1.
Typically, it is retired ministers who are named emeritus/emerita by a former congregation, and Rev. Doak was indeed retired when he was named emeritus by a vote of our congregation in 2010. But then a heart transplant gave Doak, as he says, the miracle of a new life. He returned to official ministry, most recently at the Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasco, Washington. Now he has taken the position at Emerald Coast.
Rev. Doak served our congregation from November 1975 to January 1985. He was instrumental in increasing church membership at the time, as well as in leading our congregation to move out of a low-visibility location and to buy the land and begin construction of our current church building.
We wish Doak and his wife, Peggy, all the best.
The Heritage UU Church Youth Choir, under the direction of Steve McCamley, Choir Director, sang publicly for the first time on March 18, 2018. The choir sang the song “Pure Imagination” from the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The youth did a marvelous job, receiving a strong ovation for their efforts! It was a fitting service for them to sing at, since the theme of the service focused on messages from the Harry Potter series of books and movies.
The Youth Choir will sing again for the Earth Day service on April 22, 2018.
We are thrilled to announce that our beloved Assistant Minister for Religious Education, Rev. Leslie Woodward, has received final fellowship as a Unitarian Universalist minister. This status, granted by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is somewhat akin to an academic “tenure” in that it recognizes years of continued professional growth and development beyond both initial ordination into the ministry, and preliminary fellowship.
Join us this spring as we celebrate the next milestone in Rev. Leslie’s ministerial journey — the 10th anniversary of her ordination. And don’t you think she’s earned a sabbatical? She will begin a well-deserved five-month sabbatical on August 1, 2018.
Congratulations, Rev. Leslie!
With deep gratitude for their generosity, we honor the Founders Circle of Heritage Acres Memorial Sanctuary. Heritage Acres closed 2017 with an amazing 29 people in its Founders Circle, and more than $75,000 raised as start-up funds for our mission of creating the Tri-State area’s first green burial nature preserve sanctuary.
Here is the Heritage Acres Founders Circle:
Bob and Connie Booth
Forrest Brandt and Kathy Wade
Donna and Mark Buckley
Frank Collins and Louise Lawarre
Gretchen and Rowley Elliston
Bill Gupton and Jennifer Sanders
Ann and Hank Jarboe
Bob and Ellie Lamb
John and Shannon Murley
Lisa and Mark Prantl
Tracy Jo Small
Joan and Mark Stoffregen
Les and Steph Tacy
If you would like to make a contribution to Heritage Acres, please visit the website at https://www.heritageacresmemorial.org/donate/.
The above declaration was made by the 6-year-old daughter of one of the volunteers who showed up at First Unitarian Church on December 19, 2017. The party consisted of dinner, cupcakes – to celebrate a guest’s birthday! – along with games and activities.
The “party” was what the volunteers did for four homeless families as part of Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN).
A big “Thank you” to Heritage Church people who volunteered. Heritage people who helped were Dinner Hosts Tracey DuEst and her two children along with Rae Jane and Russ Araujo, Activity Hosts Erin Spinney and her two children, and Overnight Host Sue Rahall.
You can learn more about Heritage Church and IHN. Our next volunteer date is April 3. If you have questions, feel free to talk with Rae Jane Araujo, or email her at:
On October 21, Heritage UU Church held a Halloween party with a pot luck meal, tarot card readings, bobbing for apples, campfire, s’mores, and other activities. Many thanks to organizer Jaime Castle, as well as to all who contributed time and talent to this wonderful evening! Here are pictures of a few of the attendees.
From November 2014 to September 2017, Erin McCamley served as Choir Director for Heritage UU Church, leading the choir in providing wonderful song for worship services. She leaves to marry and move to New York for career opportunities.
On Sunday, September 10, Heritage Church bid farewell to Erin.
Thanks go to the many musicians who have participated in services so far for the 2017-18 church year. Your contribution is highly appreciated! By involving members and friends to participate musically, we bring variety to our worship services. We’ve heard many different musical styles: classical, jazz, rock, country, folk, and more. Contributors include children and adults, instrumentalists and vocalists.
To quote Albert Schweitzer, famed humanitarian and honorary Unitarian: “Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter—to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way”. Our members and friends, through their musical variety, transport us to meaningful spiritual reflection.
If you are interested in providing musically for worship, you may talk to Les Tacy or email him at: