Heritage UU Church member Jen Henderson was recently featured for writing her company’s policy (for the Western Hemisphere) for employees who gender-transition on the job. You can read her story on its Cincinnati Enquirer page.
The leadership of the Care Committee has changed for this calendar year. Tamilyn Thompson is stepping down after her successful time of service. Chris Burroughs is the new chairperson and Donna Buckley is the co-chairperson. Additional leadership roles will be identified at the March gathering.
The Care Committee continues its important work touching the lives of Heritage members and friends. In 2016, 22 individuals have been recipients of meals, cards or transportation to appointments. Visits to rehab centers, homes and hospitals have also occurred.
In March, the group will welcome two new members: Carol Deem and Michelle Kelly. The team is excited to have them joining us.
In the coming months, the Care Committee’s “usual” activities will continue. The committee has identified five additional goals for the year, including a survey on how others may participate. Be watching for that in late spring.
As always, the Care Committee wants to respond quickly to the needs of the Heritage Church family. If you are aware of anyone who needs loving support, let one of us know. We are: Barb Barnes, Donna Buckley, Chris Burroughs, Carol Deem, Gretchen Elliston, Julie Kane, Michelle Kelly, Joan Stoffregen, and Stephanie Wilson. MealBaby is arranged by Russ Araujo and our card designer is Stephanie Danner. Ad hoc members are Rev. Bill Gupton, Joann Meyer (Board rep) and Rev. Leslie Woodward.
In 2012, after much study, planning and work by many in the congregation, Heritage UU Church took out a mortgage loan in order to remodel its kitchen, improve its sanctuary, create a gender-neutral and handicapped-accessible restroom, and make other improvements. This change has been a big success in enhancing our worship and community life, attracting other groups to use our building, and providing a space where the Heritage-organized Inter Parish Ministry Cooking Classes serve the community.
On January 31, 2016, the congregation celebrated the paying off of that loan—and becoming once again debt-free—by burning the mortgage.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to Guest at Your Table this past holiday season. This has become for many a meaningful and easy way to contribute to the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) in support of the important social justice work they accomplish in our country and around the world. This year Heritage gave a total of $457 to this effort. Thanks one and all.
The December 20 worship service included a Pop-Up Christmas Pageant that told the story of The Nativity with all the familiar players and carols, but with no rehearsal! This multigenerational experience cast all characters on-the-spot, from shepherds to angels to animals, with basic costumes provided for everyone who wished to participate.