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Sanctuary

2023 Envelope Campaign

Welcome to our2023 Envelope Campaign! This will raise funds to address a shortfall in our 2023 operating budget, which is unable to be funded by other means. This campaign will run for four weeks in both the Warehouse 839 and Sanctuary worship spaces.  Each envelope is labeled with a monetary denomination from $1 – $200. Please pick an envelope in a denomination that is comfortable for you to contribute.  Instructions on how to contribute to the campaign are inside the envelope,…
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Laity Sunday

August 23, 2023A Note from Ginny Fisher Dear Friends, This Sunday, Hilliard UMC will be celebrating Laity Sunday. What is Laity Sunday, you ask? According to the United Methodist Church website, “Laity Sunday is a time to recognize the work and mission of all laity — not only within the walls of the church but in everyday lives.”   Who are the laity being celebrated? You! Laity Sunday is a Sunday set aside each year to remember that the ministry and…
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Introducing New Director of Contemporary Music

August 16, 2023A Note from Jeff Rone Hello, HUMC family! My name is Jeff Rone (he/him), and I am the new Director of Contemporary Music. I will be working with Jody Hepp and Tony Hagood (our new accompanist!) to provide music for the 10:30 service, as well as serving as the worship leader and a member of the strategy team to help us move to weekly worship in Warehouse 839 at 11:15. I already feel incredibly honored, blessed, and downright…
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Fear Not

August 9, 2023A Note from Max Andrick Hello Friends! Lakeside Institute is the name of the camp we attend as a youth group every summer. I have had the opportunity to be on staff for over ten years. This year I was given the privilege of being the chaplain for the week. The scripture of the week was Isaiah 43:1: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by name, you are mine.” In the months preceding…
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Introducing Our New Seminary Intern

August 2, 2023A Note from Rae Guthrie Hello, friends! My name is Rae Guthrie (they/she) — some of you may have seen me or met me in worship over the last few weeks, and if you haven’t, I look forward to meeting you! At the end of August, I will begin my third year of theological studies at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), pursuing both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Social Justice. This semester…
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Fast Forward, In Reverse

July 26, 2023A Note from John Hoffman Dear Friends, Pastor Jon asked me to share some information about myself. He said it would be good for you to know a little about me while I attempt to fill the gaps during Pastor April’s Renewal Leave. The first thing to know is that I am not comfortable sharing things about myself. I’m not an introvert, just private… avoiding attention, working behind the curtain rather than under the spotlight. What follows is…
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Every Little Thing Gonna Be Alright

July 19, 2023A Note from Pastor Jon Dear Friends, Every little thing’s gonna be alright…    As I write this Letter of Encouragement, it’s been just a little over 72 hours since Pastor April has headed off for her 16 weeks of renewal leave from Hilliard UMC. As the days drew closer to her departure, I could feel the tension building in my body as I was acknowledging to myself that I was about to take the reins for this 16-week…
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The Best Week of the Year!

July 12, 2023A Note from Michael HaneyThe Best Week of the Year! Dear Friends, It’s here — Vacation Bible School (VBS)! Some say it’s the best week of the summer. I think it’s the best week of the YEAR! For those of you that may not be familiar, VBS is a week-long experience for kids four years old through entering sixth grade. The three-hour morning consists of crews of age-group-organized kids going from station to station experiencing God and Jesus…
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Space

July 5, 2023A Note from Pastor April Dear Friends, Space. As I listen to people talk about what they are going through, I hear this consistent longing. More space. They may not always use this word, but it’s there under the surface. “I can’t wait for some time away from work.” “I’m waking up exhausted each day.” “I haven’t had time to myself in weeks.” “I just wish I had more time with the people I care about most.” More…
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Look Lovingly

June 28, 2023A Note from Stephanie HarrellLook Lovingly Dear Friends, As one of your delegates to Annual Conference, I attended my first conference in early June. I didn’t have expectations, though I’d previously seen part of worship and music from other conferences. How would voting be done? What speeches and questions would surface before a vote? Who would speak and what would be their topics? Who would preach? I’m happy to chat with anyone about my Annual Conference experience and…
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Pride, Prejudice, & Pronouns

June 21, 2023A Note from Pastor April Dear Friends, I remember the first few times I heard people introduce themselves and include their gender-related pronouns. “My name is Greg and I use he/him pronouns.” I was confused. Why was he stating something that (in my mind) appeared to be obvious? Shortly after, I began to see friends introducing themselves with pronouns I was less familiar with. “I’m Jane and I use they/them pronouns.” Now, my English grammar lessons from school…
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Releasing the Outcome

Releasing the Outcome June 14, 2023A Note from Pastor April Dear Friends, I might have preached a sermon on Releasing the Outcome on Sunday, but this doesn’t mean that I’m good at it. A couple of years ago, we introduced you to the Palms Up Path, through my good friend and colleague the Rev. Jenny Smith. It’s four easy-to-understand steps around how we seek to live our lives with God. Show UpPay AttentionCooperate with GodRelease the Outcome I’m not suggesting…