Pastor's Welcome

Pastor's Welcome

Jesus said, “There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home” (John 14:2, The Message).

Those words offer one of the best definitions of “church:” a place of belonging. When new friends find their way to Heritage, they often say that at last they have found a place to belong.

And that’s the kind of church we want to be – a place where everyone does belong; a place like our Father’s house where there is room for all of us.

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At Heritage, you’ll find a belonging place. People of all ages and backgrounds; families and individuals; children and youth. Diverse and inclusive; intimate and caring; open and welcoming. We find a way to belong together and to each other.

We not only belong to each other, we believe we belong to our community. We belong to those whom others sometimes overlook, so we partner with local groups like Advocates for Children, the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter, and the AIDS Alliance. We belong to the hungry, so we grow vegetables in a community garden and give them away, and provide food for 10 public school children to take home every weekend as part of Backpack Buddies, and prepare and deliver Meals-on-Wheels each month.

We also belong to the world, so we send teams to provide medical care in Mexico, sponsor a school and economic development projects in Liberia, provide support to a sister church in Cuba, and partner with missionaries in dozens of countries around the world.

Most importantly, we believe we belong to God. We celebrate God’s grace in worship through music and the arts; we experience God’s power in prayer; we grow in God’s love through meals and study and friendship; we share God’s care through ministries of help and healing and hope.

For more than a quarter century, we’ve been building a place where others find a spiritual home. And together, we keep discovering why the Good News of God’s love in Christ is worth believing in and belonging to. Come and see.

Grace and peace,

Michael