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First Skate Night of the 2019-2020 Year!

Sunday, September 8 2019 by Janean Briseno

This past Friday, Children’s Ministry kicked off the first Skate Night of the new school year. As Pastor Matt has been casting the vision of Heritage being a church for our neighborhood, I believe that is exactly what took place at Skate Night this week. With over 76 children in attendance, our parking lot was full of music, fun and smiling faces as children, parents, and grandparents who took advantage of this family-friendly event. 

We here at Heritage have a lot to be proud of, especially when it comes to the way we love the children and their families in our community.  It’s truly was a beautiful thing to watch families gather in our parking lot to enjoy one another’s company while their children skated, scootered and rode bikes around our lot. Although the weather was a little steamy, everyone had a great time and I have no doubt that when the children went to bed that night they slept really well.   

Our next Skate Night is scheduled for Friday, October the 4th at 6:30 p.m., so if you know a family in your neighborhood who might enjoy this fantastic family event please feel free to invite them to join us or better yet offer to drive them here yourself!


Heritage Gets to See The SLI Vision Team Finish Line Monday Night

Friday, August 23 2019 by Matt Horan

It’s been three years (and three pastors) since the Administrative Council voted to partner with Spiritual Leadership Incorporated (SLI) in order to imagine, envision, and design the ministry of Heritage United Methodist for today and on into the future.  On Monday night, August 26th, Heritage will get a glimpse of the finish line.

“Magnet 1.0.”  We’ll see version 2.0 Monday night.

The product of the SLI Vision Team’s work has two parts that will be brought up for adoption by the Administrative Council at the October 28th meeting.  One is adoption of a new ministry leadership process at Heritage in which leaders will be trained starting with nominees elected at our next Charge Conference.  The other is the adoption of a new model for our statement of mission, vision, values, strategies, and outcomes designed to help us meet the needs of the community around us in 2020 and beyond.

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What Do You Think? | Judges 11:29-40

Friday, August 23 2019 by Matt Horan

Hello Heritage, and welcome to one of Matt’s least favorite places in the Bible, Judges 11.

The Spirit of Yahweh came on Jephthah.  Then he makes a vow that he’ll sacrifice whatever comes out of his front door first when he returns home as a burnt offering if Yahweh will give him victory over the Ammonites.  Was the presence of the Spirit of Yahweh not enough to give him confidence in the victory?

Well, Yahweh delivers the Ammonites into the hand of Jephthah, and he is victorious.  Then he goes home and his daughter–his only child–is the first thing to walk out and meet him!

He lets her go for a while to have time to spend with her friends before he fulfills his vow.  

The Old Testament repeatedly calls human sacrifice abhorrent.  When Abraham is about to sacrifice Isaac, God stops him. Why not Jephthah?

This is a tough one.  Feels like a good place for our next “What do you think?” conversation!  Comment below and lets compare notes!

Learning with you,


Ministry Updates for August 20, 2019

Monday, August 19 2019 by Anna Moore

From Pastor Matt

Last week Pastor Matt challenged us all to read Judges 9:23where it says, “God sent an evil spirit.” He then asked the difficult question: What do we think about the scripture?  Click here to participate in the discussion »

Heritage’s Kids (Children’s Ministry)

With the start of school last week, summer is quickly fading into a distant memory. The Children’s Ministry at Heritage would be remiss not to take the opportunity to thank everyone who made Summer 2019 an outstanding summer for the children in our community. We had such a great time and we are so thankful for everyone involved. Click here to watch our recap video!

Lighthouse (Students)

As we reflect over the summer, we cannot help but be extremely grateful for the opportunity to be apart of such a wonderful ministry here at the Lighthouse! We had two amazing mission trips where our students helped out those in need, we had a trip to welcome our incoming 6th and 7th graders, and our official KickOff for the 2019-2020 year! Click here to read more and find out about our 2019-2020 schedule!

Congregational Care

If it’s one thing that Heritage does and does well, it’s taking care of others. Our Congregational Care team tackles so many different needs across all aspects of Heritage that reaches out and lends a helping hand right when needed. These teams, however, would not be possible without our amazingly selfless volunteers. This week we’d like to introduce you to Linda Cochran, a member of our Take Them a Meal team »


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