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The Right Financial Plan Changes Everything

Monday, January 6 2020 by Eric Johnson

If you’re looking to get better with your money, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you how to dump debt, save for emergencies, and build wealth.
It’s all about getting on the right financial plan. You can make a change! We’ll help you.
Join the nearly 6 million people who’ve used Financial Peace University to pay off debt, save and invest in the future.
9 Week Class – Starting Wednesday, January 8th @ 6:30 pm here at Heritage UMC
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These lessons will help you win with money:

• 01 Starter Emergency Fund + Budgeting
• 02 Pay Off All Debt
• 03 Save a Fully Funded Emergency Fund
• 04 Invest for the Future and Build Wealth
• 05 Buyer Beware
• 06 The Role of Insurance
• 07 Retirement Planning
• 08 Real Estate and Mortgages

• 09 Outrageous Generosity

Best thing we’ve done for our marriage – Tommy from ANCHORAGE, AK, December 15, 2019
We were blessed to have Financial Peace offered at our church early in our marriage. Thank God! We needed it. I’m the spender and my wife is the saver. Together we were in debt $17000. In our first month, we completed step one and in a little under a year, we were debt-free and have stayed that way. We have gone through two job losses, a flood in our house and the total loss of two vehicles and never felt so empowered to take care of it all and our family of five without going back into debt. Those early budget meetings were hard! We stuck to it anyway and that has provided huge payoffs! Thanks, Dave!

An New Interim Director of Student Ministries for Heritage!

Wednesday, December 4 2019 by Matt Horan

Dear Students, Families, Members, and Friends of Heritage United Methodist,

I am excited to welcome Peggy Ingram to join our staff team as an Interim Director of Student Ministries at Heritage.  Peggy brings decades of experience as a student ministry director, advisor, and coach at the church, district, and annual conference levels.  She has also been a sought after presenter and teacher at conferences and trainings for student and children’s ministry directors; as well as a retreat speaker a gazillion times.

How did we land this student ministry legend, you ask?  She was the director at Aldersgate United Methodist a while ago (no need to put years on it–we’ll just say that was before any of our current students were born… 😁), and attended several student ministry training events at Heritage.  She then moved to Hyde Park United Methodist, where she recruited a young adult named Eric Johnson as a volunteer leader. Their families have been good friends ever since.  

When the applicants for our opening didn’t yield candidates that were the right fit for us, I thought it was worth a try to see if it was possible to lure her over to help us in our season of transition, and I asked Eric to give her a call too to talk her into it, and it worked!  The whole staff has been glad to have her on the team, and we’re thankful for the gifts, experience, and insights she brings to help us get a sense of where we are, and to envision where we could go in the future!


Pastor Matt

You Know Them, You Love Them (And If You Don’t Yet, You Will), Meet Mike and Charlie Wood!

Wednesday, November 20 2019 by Curtis Paige

Mike and Charlie began attending Heritage in 2017 after moving to Clearwater from Texas. They quickly became active in the church and joined the Heritage staff in 2018.

Mike and Charlie are intricate parts of our Technology and Congregational care ministries at Heritage. Mike helps prepare and run the Sunday services in the Sanctuary, and Charlie helps Pastor Curtis to organize, send out, and attend to all of the needs within Congregational care.  However, even with everything they already do for Heritage, when the need arose for help in a somewhat difficult ministry, they both rose to the occasion, as they always do.

A need arose for a couple to assist Daniel and Jodie Byrd with facilitating DivorceCare. We met with the Byrds and attended several DivorceCare classes. It became clear to us that the Lord was guiding us in that direction. We felt that with God’s help, we could support those experiencing the roller-coaster of emotions associated with separation and divorce.

Mike and Charlie continue to bless Heritage with their love, support, and generous attitudes. We thank them for answering God’s call in their life and being willing to share their experiences and life with others who are going through difficult times!

Imagine a Saturday Morning at Heritage…

Wednesday, November 20 2019 by Trina Barnes

Imagine a “Sensational Saturday” morning at Heritage United Methodist Church. The parking lot is covered with brightly colored artisan tents. Those tents are filled with vendors and people who love to make and sell their arts and crafts. The kitchen is bustling with activity, making and serving delicious food. Our many terrific volunteers are easily seen throughout the campus, helping people find whatever they need. And over it all, the smell of chili fills the air. Hundreds of people are walking around admiring the creativity on display, and snapping up these wonderful items; for loved ones as Christmas presents, or for themselves. Some buy two, one for the gift and one to keep. Well, you don’t have to imagine it. This was the scene this past Saturday as Heritage United Methodist Church celebrated its 32 nd Annual Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival.

To prepare for this festival, which continues to grow each year, our tireless, faithful volunteers really outdid themselves; shopping for the delicious food, making contact with the vendors, coordinating the dozens of volunteers to create not just an event, but a wonderful experience for all. Putting out signs, and marketing the event are just a few of the assignments necessary to make this yearly event such a success. She would not toot her own horn, but Karen Hackett is a professional at marking the parking lot and directing traffic. And, a huge shout out to our Heritage Women’s Ministry for making this day such a huge success.

Why did the smell of chili fill the air? Last year we added the Heritage Chili Cookoff Competition! It has been a lot of fun and definitely added some serious “spice” to the day. Every year it gets bigger and better. Do you have a fantastic chili recipe? Are you ready to put your chili where our mouths are and compete? Keep following this blog for information on next years’ contest.

So, why do we do this? The money we raise at the Heritage Arts and Craft Festival goes towards promoting and hosting the Women’s programs of our church. So many people look forward to this every year – we see people from our church, our neighborhood and our community come out to sell their crafts, do some craft shopping, perhaps to begin their Christmas gift shopping or to meet up with old friends, and to make new ones. What a great day of fun, of sharing, of fellowship, and for raising money for the women of Heritage.

Next year, we would like to see you there as well.

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