3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
Map/Directions


SUNDAY LIVESTREAM SERVICE: Join us and many other friends of Unity live at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley (you don’t have to be a Facebook member). Other links and news are posted after the message. Last Sunday’s (2/25/24) service can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/2-25-24-peace-as-a-portal-to-unfolding-love/1360272108006251/.

ONE STEP AT A TIME
from Rev. Sherry Lady

It’s too big. There are too many people and too many problems. There’s too much going on. Everything seems to be falling apart. The whole world is a big mess, and I don’t know how to fix any part of it. I can’t seem to make even the slightest difference that will last. I don’t know who to help first. How do we sort it out?

These are comments offered at a small group discussion in which I recently became involved at a local coffee shop. I was introduced as a “pastor” by one of the people in the group and after we shared some usual conversation one person asked me what advice I could give them from my “perspective.” What people often don’t realize is that being a minister does not mean I don’ t also get confused about some of the world’s problems or think I have some solutions to it all or that I can offer something they already haven’t considered. But I am recalling a recent video a friend shared with me that was an example of how, with our natural resilience, we can respond, in small ways that will impact the world, possibly in ways we never thought were possible; and, we can do that in our own backyard.

In the video a young boy had decided he would make some sandwiches to give to homeless children, but his family was very close to losing their home and barely had enough money to feed themselves. So, he set out on foot to ask people if they would help him. Some people frowned at him and walked hastily away, some people listened but did not want to risk having their contributions possibly sold for money, and some took the boy shopping for things he would need. Pretty soon the whole neighborhood in which he lived was involved in the project, even to the point of helping deliver them to people.

Then one day a city official came to his home and asked if he had a permit to do this act of kindness. Of course he didn’t so he was asked to not do it anymore. He was confused about this intervention and wondered why an act of kindness had a law around it that would not allow him to continue. His family was sad for him, too. Then his parents came up with an idea. Why not invite families with young children to come to their house and feed them in the back yard?  It was their house, their yard, and their act of hospitality. So they proceeded to put the plan in motion.

There is so much more to the story, about how the grocery store people helped, how it all created such a crowd that after a while some kind, understanding people stepped in to help and now there is an establishment, approved of by the city and other legal offices, where the young boy, now a teenager, spend much of each day preparing his famous sandwiches which homeless families can stop by to receive them. He is 100% in the black financially. His mother helps people mend their clothes, his father helps repair their camping equipment, his younger sister helps in the clothes washing room. And, there is much more to the story. 

There was no grand plan – just a desire to help out a few folks with a sandwich. A little thing, but it sparked something that serves the world. The family has to limit how many families they can help per week, along with other limits, but it has changed the face of a neighborhood. Little things like this may not change the whole world, but since we can’t be everywhere all the time, what we do in our one small place can make a world of difference. Especially when done with love and caring. We often think the word “world” means the whole globe, but the world can be as small as our neighborhood or home.

In appreciation for our Resilient Spirits.

Love,
Sherry

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REMINDER: Please make sure that you are not parking on the grass or between the No Parking signs along Dillard Road between Hilyard & 39th. Thank you for your help.

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CHILDCARE HELPERS NEEDED

We are looking for 1 or 2 persons who can join our Sunday morning childcare team. Some experience with infants and toddlers is helpful. Pay is $30 for being there from 10:10 to 11:50 a.m. which is $18 per hour. Unity will pay for the required background check. For information and application, contact our Administrator, Géna at 541-345-9913, ext. 11.

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THIS WEEK AT UNITY, FEBRUARY 28-MARCH 2

WEDNESDAY
- 2:00-3:00 p.m. via Zoom  Community Connect moderated by Rev. Dick Everts. This is a one hour, drop in, chatting session for discussing topics of spiritual interest, personal growth, etc. There is a new topic each Wednesday. To take part, send an email request to Rev. Dick at richard.everts@comcast.net.

- 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Unity Grief Support Group facilitated by Rev. Inge Tarantola meets in the Garden Room and via Zoom. Confidentiality observed. For more information, contact Rev. Inge Tarantola at 541-968-5540 or ingetarantola@gmail.com.

- 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Youth & Family Fun Night in the Garden Room. Calling all adults with children to join us in a Year of the Dragon Celebration. The evening will include drumming, a dragon dance, a fun dragon craft as well as pizza. Free, but donations welcome. R.S.V.P. to Alice Sparks at 971-254-7564.

THURSDAY
- 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Unity’s Elder Council meets in the Garden Room. If you are 60 or older and would like to explore the journey and wisdom of elderhood, please join us. For more information, contact Julia Linebarger-Taylor at jlinebargertaylor@yahoo.com or 541-968-5896.

- 5:30-6:45 p.m. – Passage Meditation in the Fillmore Wing. This group practices “Passage Meditation” as taught by Eknath Easwaran. For more information, contact Laurie Cracraft at 541-554-5434.

SATURDAY
- 10:00-11-:30 a.m. via Zoom - Gong Bath Meditation Class with Sunny & Vicky Hills - Several Unity of the Valley Members attend regularly, including Laura & Inge. Please Sign Up Here: https://sunnyhillsmeditation.com

THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 3

- 9:00-10:20 a.m. – Sunday Morning Book Study Group. Join Cynthia Fulton-Tinawi in the Rainbow Room for the study of the book Spiritual Awakenings by Barbara Harris Whitfield. For more information, contact Cynthia at 216-466-1897.

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – The Life Stream: Tapping Our Spiritual Pick-Me-Up Power” with Jon West.

- After the Service – YFM Fundraiser in the foyer. Our youth will be selling 1-foot potted Douglas fir trees for $10. Funds raised help pay for camps and retreats for the youth, training retreats for YFM leaders, and help YFM with everyday needs. If you would like to reserve a tree ahead of time, contact Alice at 971-254-7564.

- After the service – First-Sunday Potluck. Join us in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a main dish or salad, and invite your friends and family! Unity will provide coffee, tea, and dessert.

NEXT WEEK, MARCH 4-9

MONDAY
- 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Choir Practice in the Sanctuary. Come and share your voice with Unity’s Easter Choir! Rehearsals start on March 4 and are on held on Mondays (7:00-8:30 p.m.) with Easter performance on March 31st. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or contact Mo Robeson at mo@sidarosa.com or 541-520-8489.

TUESDAY
 - 2:00-4:00 p.m. – Prayer, the Game Changer with Rev. Inge Tarantola. This class is an opportunity to take a look at how you pray now, learn steps to affirmative prayer, and create a daily spiritual practice. It is a prerequisite to joining the prayer ministry and a stepping stone to becoming a prayer chaplain. Offered on a donation basis. Spiritual Education & Enrichment (SEE) credits available. (March 5-26) Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

- 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Unity Open Men’s Circle in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. The Men’s Circle is a safe container where a man can openly and authentically share about his life, with the support and in the company of other men. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-285-3943 / ralbano.tmlp@gmail.com or Jim Drews at 541-731-8492 / drewsjim@yahoo.com.

- 7:00 The March 5th Behind the Lens film is The Asphalt Jungle, directed by John Huston, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost is $30 for series or $5 per time. Registration forms in the Fellowship Hall.

WEDNESDAY
- 7:00-8:00 p.m. –Chanting & Meditation in the sanctuary. Join Jon West on the first Wednesday of each month and open to the Infinite Spirit within through the timeless practice of chanting our way into deep meditation. For more info., contact Jon West at 541-683-7664 or jwest97405@gmail.com.

THURSDAY
- 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Parents Empowered by Connecting group. This group meets on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Garden Room. For more information, contact Amanda Hadd at 541-999-6673 or Alice Sparks at 971-254-7464.

NEXT SUNDAY, MARCH 10

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – It’s About Time: Uplifting Our Sense of Past, Present, & Future” with Jon West.

- After the Service – Love-in-Action signups in the Fellowship Hall. Representatives from each volunteer ministry will be in the Fellowship Hall after the service to provide information and to help volunteers sign up. Come see how your volunteering can make a difference!

UPCOMING

Saturday, March 16 (10:30 a.m.-Noon) – Piece of the Puzzle, Part of the Whole Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. Your Shared Leadership Team would like to honor you and express our appreciation for your gifts of time, talent, generosity, love, and service to this community. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall and join us for food, frivolity, and festivity!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES/NEEDS

CHURCH CLOSER: We are looking for a volunteer who can serve one Sunday a month by assisting the speaker of the day, receive the offering bags, help count the offering, and close down and lock the church. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall or call Géna at 541-345-9913, ext. 11.

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY: We are looking for volunteers to help make prayer shawls either by knitting or crocheting that are then given away to people in our community who are going through a difficult time. No experience necessary. To become part of the team, contact Rev. Inge at 541-968-5540 or ingetarantola@gmail.com

POTS OF SOUP: Each Sunday we serve 2-3 pots of soup. We are looking for 1 person who can bring a pot of soup on a Sunday. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall if you can help out.

UNITY COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS/OPPORTUNITIES

Our March Bulletin has been posted. You can check it out at http://unityofthevalley.org/pdfs/March2024.pdf .

UNITY FOOD DRIVE – Please help us to fill the food barrel in the foyer with shelf-stable food (i.e., canned or no refrigeration needed) for Food For Lane County. Together, We Are Making a Difference!

SUNDAY GATHERING & NEWS FOR YOUTH

NURSERY (INFANT-4 YEARS OLD) Nursery care is offered during the service in the Harmony Room.

UNIKIDS (KINDERGARTEN-5th GRADE) We currently offer fun and inspiration for the kids. There is a puppet show each Sunday for the first 10 minutes. Parents are asked to drop off their children starting at 10:20 a.m.

UNITEENS (GRADES 6-8) meets in the upstairs Treehouse room from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m.

UNITY TEEN GROUP (GRADES 9-12). The Unity Teen Group meets from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m. in the Rainbow Room with guidance from Jim Drews.

UNITY’S SIMPLE GIVING PROGRAM

Unity of the Valley’s Simple Giving Program is an easy, automatic means by which you can give gifts or tithes to the church in the amount you specify at the frequency you select. To sign up and for more information, click http://www.unityofthevalley.org/pdfs/simplegivingform.pdf. If you have any questions, contact our Administrator, Géna, at 541-345-9913, ext. 11.

FACEBOOK USERS

Did you know that you can help spread the word about Unity of the Valley and its events? By Liking the Facebook page and then clicking "Like" or "Share" on individual posts, you can let Facebook know that these posts are important and make sure that the posts are seen by MANY more people. Please take a moment now to Like the page (if you haven't already) and share a Unity post with your friends. Unity’s Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley

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Your Prayer Team is Here for You!
Do you have a prayer request? Contact Julia Linebarger-Taylor via phone or text at 541-968-5896.

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Unity of the Valley’s Music Releases can be found at
https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/368369060857899/.

"Connecting from the Heart" is now an independent nonprofit organization, working closely with Unity of the Valley. To enjoy their music, meditation and mental wellness videos, please click on this link: cfth.us.org.  

We also post Unity videos, when possible, athttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqUL3d7-JjO_45Bo3vLfrWQ/videos

You can visit Unity Online at:
Website: http://www.unityofthevalley.org

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OUR SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

The Unity Board has approved the creation of Our Spiritual Community Support Fund. This fund was inspired by a Unity member who offered her government stimulus funds to assist individuals in our spiritual community who need it most. 

WAYS YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY

·     Send a check to Unity of the Valley, 3912 Dillard Rd., Eugene, OR 97405 with a note designating if it’s for OSCSF or general Unity finances.

·     Send a donation through PayPal using the yellow DONATE button on the home page of our website: unityofthevalley.org. This can be a one-time donation, repeated as often as you wish for different amounts, or a monthly recurring donation for a set amount. Make sure you designate whether you want your donation to be applied to OSCSF or to general Unity finances.

·     Send an email to unityval@riousa.com stating that you wish to pledge a certain amount, possibly from your government stimulus check to the OSCSF or to general Unity finances. Give your phone number so Géna can contact you to arrange how and when you wish to donate.

·     You can write a letter stating you wish to join our Simple Giving Fund to contribute a set amount (state the amount) on a regular basis (state how often) with your bank account routing and account number. Just designate what portion should be used for OSCSF or general Unity finances. Géna, our Office Administrator, opens all our mail in private. So, it is safe to include your account information in a letter, but not in an email.

IF YOU NEED MONETARY ASSISTANCE
To request monetary help, you can write a letter or an email (unityval@riousa.com) directed to the Ministerial Team. Please include the following information:
1. Your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
2. Your association with Unity of the Valley.
3. Name of reference at Unity of the Valley (someone who knows you).
4. Brief description of your financial need.
5. How much you are requesting.
6. Do you think your financial needs will require monthly support? 

Requests for monetary help will be reviewed by our Ministerial Team. If a request is approved, the amount granted will be dependent on how many requests we receive and how much money is available in the OSCSF.

Thank you all for being an integral part of our loving and supportive community.

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