Upcoming Services and Special Events!
Sunday, April 23rd
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services – Playing in the Fields of Creation with Jon West and several Unity friends sharing the uplifting power of expressing creativity in our lives.
10:00-11:00 a.m. - Sunday Morning Reading Group meets in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. They are studying the book, Callings, by Gregg Levoy. Everyone is welcome.
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. – Meditative Time in the sanctuary.
Sunday, April 30th
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services – CELL SOUP: A Poetic Exploration of Personal Metamorphosis with guest speaker Jorah LaFleur.
- after both services – Galilean Plant Sale in the Fellowship Hall. Pick up a plant for your garden or as a gift for a friend, and help the Galileans at the same time! All funds raised from this sale will benefit the children at First Place Family Center.
A Glorious Puddle
Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity. – Maya Angelou
As our neighborhood park starts to fill up with kids playing so naturally in the sunshine, I recall one little girl during the rainy season wearing new rubber boots and stomping through a big puddle with total focus and delight. She seemed to be saying: "I can walk right through this water! Look how I can make it splash! It can't stop me from reaching the other side!"
I see in that little girl's creative play a reminder that we are all equipped with divine boots—the capacity to move through the puddles of life, no matter how far or deep they are. The splashing that happens may make a mess, but if we decide it's all a fun adventure—or a terrible inconvenience—that's what it will be for us. Finding the beauty in our everyday experiences is literally creating art out of our life!
Looking for a powerful way to get into this artistic flow? How about setting aside time to intentionally explore your capacity for creating art? With a little practice, we begin to see unlimited opportunities for expressing and experiencing the divine beauty of life—yes, even in a ginormous puddle of rainwater. By the way, did you know Merriam-Webster officially counts "ginormous" as a word? It apparently was coined by some creative blokes in the British Royal Navy during World War II. Now there's a group of puddle stompers for ya!
See you on Sunday when I'll be sharing my message time with two of Unity's wonderful artists—Ellen Ticknor and Ani Sinclair.
This Week, 17th to April 22nd
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 /email@example.com or Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.
TUESDAY (6:30 p.m.) - Board Meeting in the Garden Room. All are welcome to attend.
THURSDAY - (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-484-6571.
FRIDAY (6:45-8:45 p.m.) – Dance Church in the Sanctuary. A sacred space where all ages and abilities are welcomed to meditate, move and groove, sweat our prayers, and celebrate our true expression. Sliding scale $4-$10. Children and teens free. For questions, volunteering, or service trade, contact Gerilyn at 831-332-4476.
Next Week, April 24th to April 29th
WEDNESDAY (6:00-8:00 p.m.) – Graceful Closure Planning for Life’s Last Chapter presented by Unity’s Elder council. This course is designed to take participants on a journey of personal reflection about death and dying and to present a menu of possibilities to help create the life and death we choose. For more information, contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873.
Upcoming in May
TUESDAYS, MAY 2-23 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) - Mah Jongg at Unity in the Fellowship Hall. Join Jennifer Tucker and Florence Vollstedt and learn how to play Mah Jongg. Cost: One-time purchase of Mah Jongg card $9 and $2 a week donation to Unity. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Jennifer at 1-559-936-1250 or Florence at 541-345-2726.
TUESDAYS, MAY 2-23 (6:00-7:30 p.m.) – Prayer, The Game Changer. Join Rev. Inge Tarantola for a series that can enhance and transform your spiritual and daily life Donation basis. SEE credits available. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
SATURDAY, MAY 20 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) & SUNDAY, MAY 21 (before & after the services) - Unity’s Youth & Family Book Sale. The Youth & Family Ministry will be holding a book sale in the Foyer in May, and we are looking for books. If you can donate a book or books for this worthy cause, please bring them in to Unity no later than Sunday, May 14 and place them in the bins in the foyer. All proceeds will support Unity’s youth program.