3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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Upcoming Services and Special Events!

Sunday, December 17th

10:30 a.m. Service: Come and journey along with Revs. Inge, Sherry, and Jon as we explore Three Travelers on the Road to Bethlehem. Our Christmas Choir will be performing, and our kids can visit with Santa after the service.

Sunday, December 24th

10:30 a.m. Service: Rev. Sherry, and Jon will share the joy and laughter of the Holy Season in heartwarming stories and fun singalongs in The Christmas Spirit is Here!

5:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service. Come and awaken to the blessings of this wondrous night through the power of music, prayer, and the wisdom of the heart. Nursery care will be available at the Candle Lighting service.


Unity Church

THE JOURNEY OF DISCOVERING OUR GIFT
A Message from Rev. Sherry Lady

For a number of years just before Christmas, I would have my 5th graders circle up around me on a rug and ask them what their favorite Christmas song was.  If I knew the words to their song, I would have us all sing the most memorable parts.  (This was in the days when it was okay to sing “Silent Night” in school.) Mostly kid’s songs were mentioned, and always “Deck the Halls,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.”  I usually offered “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” which they thought was weird but they indulged me, even if I had to do it solo.

One year, a new boy named Chris gave his choice: “On the Road Again.” When I asked why that song, he said, “Because we always have to go to my mom’s relatives’ house and take food that spills in the car, and then we have to travel a long way to see my dad’s parents and I get so bored ‘cause I have to wait to open presents.” So we sang “On the Road Again” for Chris. I’d forgotten some of the words, and the kids knew more than I did! Traveling at Christmas time was a big deal for Chris, as it was in the 2,000-year-old story of Mary and Joseph. But the end result of their journey was truly a gift to be opened and it changed the world forever.

This memory brings to mind what Jon, Inge, and I will be sharing this coming Sunday which is entitled “Three Travelers on the Road to Bethlehem.”  Jon suggested that two of the Magi be women for this occasion, which made me smile.  It reminds me of a plaque in my hallway that asks, “What if the three Wise Men had been women?”  I hope the plaque’s message brings a smile in the midst of your busy and hurried lives:

   The three Wise Women would have: 

  • Asked directions
  • Arrived on time
  • Cleaned the stable
  • Made a casserole
  • Help deliver the baby
  • Brought practical gifts
  • And
  •  There would have been peace on earth.

 

Bethlehem was the destination for Mary and Joseph, and since Bethlehem can be translated as “the house of bread” or “the house of peace,” we can say we’re all traveling together in this life to Bethlehem…to be with each other and to be fed and nourished both physically and spiritually and to be uplifted in conscious oneness with “the One.” We work together to bring peace to the world because we care enough to do so and to set our souls’ gifts at the feet of all people everywhere. We are the Christ in expression.

On a bit of a side note here, however, Bethlehem today is also known as Beit Lahem, which means “house of flesh.” Perhaps our prayers of conscious intention need to be ones of holding all the world and all its fragile flesh and of lifting up the consciousness everywhere so that peace on earth can become a reality in our time. I think God could use a helping hand right now. 

As Jon, Inge, and I share this Sunday we do so with the desire that the journey we take together with you will be a blessing, will bring some laughter, touch hearts, and reaffirm our bond of love together in our spiritual home.

I honor, bless and love you all.  You make my heart’s journey to the Bethlehem of old worth every step. 

Sherry


December 11th to December 16th


MONDAY
 - Interfaith Prayer Service
 at 1166 Oak Street in Eugene. A special occasion of different faith communities joining in the spirit of harmony and universal love. Prelude at 6:45 p.m., followed by the service from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Free childcare offered.

THURSDAY (12:00-1:00 p.m.) – Prayer Shawl Ministry gathering in the Fellowship Hall. Come and knit or crochet a prayer shawl that will bless people who are going through a difficult time. No experience necessary!

SATURDAY - (6:00-9:00 p.m.) – Reiki Do Satori Open House. This monthly event is open to all who are interested in receiving a short, free Reiki session for relaxation and/or healing. Reiki practitioners who would like to be part of this event are also welcome. Donations accepted.

December 18th to December 23rd


MONDAY 
(7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Unity Open Men’s Circle meets in the Fillmore Wing. This group is open to all men within our church community and our larger Eugene community. For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-285-3943 / ralban0@icloud.com or Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.

TUESDAY (6:30 p.m.) - Board Meeting in the Garden Room. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact Tim Harrow at 541-359-8499.

THURSDAY - (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-520-9358.

Upcoming  

Sunday, December 31 – New Year’s Eve we will hold the beautiful and touching Burning Bowl Service at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day Yoga & Mediation Retreat (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Join Donna O’Neil and Jon West for yoga, chanting, and meditation to begin the New Year in peace and balance. Light refreshments and fellowship afterwards. Suggested donation $20. Net proceeds go to our Community Outreach Program for families in need. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or email yogawithdonna@gmail.com with any questions.

Friday, January 5-ongoing (A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition class (10:00 a.m.-Noon)). For more information and to register, please contact Janet or Dennis Chandler at 541-485-5235 or janetkippchandler@gmail.com or sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

Wednesday, January 10 – Inner Rhythms: Meditation, Movement, and Music followed by a Dance Jam (6:45-8:30 p.m.) in the Fillmore Wing. Suggested donation $6-$10. Children and Teens FREE. If you would like to help with this event, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Gerilyn Van, M.A. at 831-332-4476.

For a complete listing of classes and events: see www.unityofthevalley.org.  Also visit Unity’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley and subscribe to our Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqUL3d7-JjO_45Bo3vLfrWQ

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