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Upcoming Services and Special Events!

Sunday, October 21st

10:30 a.m. Service:  Unity's own Elder Council will be sharing their insights on "Taking Unity into the Community," exploring how this spiritual family of ours serves those outside our immediate circle, and asking what Unity principles encourage us to serve.

- 3:00-3:45 p.m. – Healing Circle based on A Course in Miracles led by Dennis and Janet Chandler in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. This circle is dedicated to acquiring healing practices and demonstrations.

Sunday, October 28th

10:30 a.m. Service: Our Coming Alive Theater Group will explore how the rituals and symbols in different religions can help us connect with Spirit in “All Paths Lead to God: Discovering the Spiritual Essence of Religion.”



How Can I Serve Today?

A message from Sherry Lady

A door opens and a smiling woman enters the room where a young child is already racing towards her at a galloping speed. The woman reaches out her arms and the two exchange a quick hug. The child then takes the woman’s hand and pulls her over to see the results of a creative endeavor, while giving a fast-paced explanation of its purpose.

The woman listens carefully, absorbed not only in the explanation and the product, but also totally fascinated by how much the child has grown over the past year–from a slightly chubby little person, to a slimmer, taller one, all made up of moving, angular parts like arms, elbows, knee joints, and bouncing feet in untied tennis shoes. A marvel to observe, this precious container of divine light in the form of a child–one whose homeless family is in need of someone to watch over this child as often as possible.

A door opens and a person walks softly to a bedside and whispers quietly, “Anna. I’m here. This is our day to be together.” Anna turns stiffly toward the whisper, and then with a spreading smile says, “Oh! I am so glad! I thought maybe you would be too busy to come.” Sharing blueberry muffins, they launch into a conversation that includes stories about growing up, bits of humor and agreements that being together is special for both. Later, a parting hug is given. A bit of joy has been added to the lives of two people in powerful ways.

A door opens with a call of “Hello Sam. It’s Ernie. Can I come in?” From another room comes the reply, “Be there in a minute.” Then the sound of slippers shuffling on a polished floor accompanies a bright smile and a voice saying, “I’ve been waiting for you. So glad this is Wednesday.” A tray with warm, nourishing food is set on a table, a warm handshake and a few encouraging words are shared, and a day is made brighter for someone who cherishes these moments of caring, personal contact, and food to nourish a body that is no longer capable of doing too much cooking.

Three doors–examples of the many doors that are opened each day because someone has desired to be of service to others. Thousands of willing recipients of compassion and caring. Thousands of people who hear the call to serve and step forward. These things remind me of the beautiful song we sing during our offering time at Unity: “How can I serve today, Sweet Spirit? How can I serve today?” I am also reminded of Charles Fillmore’s statement concerning Unity’s 5th Principle, The Law of Demonstration: “Knowing and understanding the laws of life, also called Truth, are not enough. A person must also live the truth that he or she knows.” Languaged for children and teens it reads this way: “Through thoughts, words, and actions, we live the Truth we know.”

When we fully understand that the Kingdom of God is within all of us, we cannot allow ourselves to separate from anyone. This knowledge is the point of power from which we go forth into the world knowing we can make a difference, each in our own unique way. Opening to the needs of others and responding with joyful participation, we build a better world one act of kindness at a time. This is being demonstrated by our teens at Unity, who have recently embarked on a 21-day kindness challenge. It’s being demonstrated by our Elder Council, who will be sharing with us this Sunday on taking Unity, with heartfelt love, out into our community. As one member of the Council shared: “Life has been so good to me and now I can pay it forward. That brings me great joy.”

No act of service is too small that it is insignificant. No act of service is so large that it overshadows another. All can fill the size of each open space for caring in just the right way. The Law of Demonstration, as taught by Unity, is truly that of “as we give, so shall we receive.” And no one needs to be left without “a cup that runneth over.” In gratitude for the many, many ways you have all been there for me and made my life easier at just the right time.

Yours in service,
Sherry


THIS WEEK, OCTOBER 15-20

TUESDAY

- 7:00 p.m. - The October 16 Behind the Lens Seminar film is My Favorite Wife directed by Garson Kanin,followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank.  Cost is $30 for series or $5 per time.

THURSDAY

-  11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Joy of Watercolor. The emphasis of this class is on joy. Come and explore painting with watercolor in an encouraging and fun atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Ticknor at 541-344-1490.

- (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.

FRIDAY  (7:00 p.m.) – Friday Spiritual Cinema: Parables & Epiphanies, a series of films curated by Tom Blank. The October screening is Black Narcissus, directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. A Q & A session with Tom will follow. Donation basis.

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.

THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

10:30 a.m. – Unity's own Elder Council will be sharing their insights on "Taking Unity into the Community," exploring how this spiritual family of ours serves those outside our immediate circle, and asking what Unity principles encourage us to serve.

-3:00-3:45 p.m. – Healing Circle based on A Course in Miracles led by Dennis and Janet Chandler in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. This circle is dedicated to acquiring healing practices and demonstrations.

NEXT WEEK, – OCTOBER 22-27

Sign Up ASAP  for Unity's Annual Shelter Week Service Project, Monday, October 22 - 28. We will be serving dinner from 5:00-7:30 p.m. to 20 families staying at the new shelter at Fox Hollow and West Amazon.  PRIORITY NEED: We need  everyone to pitch in  and prepare something from our menu posted on our Fellowship Hall door.  Then DELIVER your item(s) between 5:00-5:30 p.m. on your chosen night to our team working at the Shelter at the corner of Fox Hollow and West Amazon.  For more information, email Jon West at jwest97405@gmail.com .

TUESDAY

- 7:00 p.m. - The October 23 Behind the Lens Seminar film is Rebecca directed by Alfred Hitchcock,followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank.  Cost is $30 for series or $5 per time.

WEDNESDAY  – (10:30-11:45 a.m.) – Spiritual Yoga & Meditation with Sunny Hills. Join Sunny for Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. This yoga technique is safe and effective for everyone no matter what age, experience, or level of fitness, and can even be done in a chair. $5 per class. For more information, contact Sunny at 808-359-4926

NEXT SUNDAY – OCTOBER 28

- 10:30 a.m. – Our Coming Alive Theater Group will explore how the rituals and symbols in different religions can help us connect with Spirit in “All Paths Lead to God: Discovering the Spiritual Essence of Religion.”

UPCOMING IN NOVEMBER

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 – First-Wednesday Meditation Service (7:00-8:00 p.m.) in the sanctuary. We’ll have silent meditation interspersed with devotional chanting and an inspirational reading or two. Donation basis.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – We Are Neighbors (1:00 p.m.). Join us in the sanctuary as the touring version of Now, I am Your Neighbor, a play telling stories generously shared by immigrants who live in Lane County, woven together by playwright Nancy Hopps. Original production directed by Carol Dennis. Donation basis.

MONTH OF NOVEMBER: Annual Holiday Food Drive. Unity is participating with St. Vincent de Paul again this year to collect specific foods which will help fill thousands of holiday food boxes for local families in need over the holidays. A collection barrel will be in the foyer in November. We are collecting donations of broth/gravy, canned olives, canned veggies, canned yams/sweet potatoes, canned pumpkin, and protein (peanut butter, tuna, etc/

Service Opportunities   

OCTOBER 22-28 - Sign up in the Fellowship Hall to help with our annual Shelter-Week Service Project. We will be serving breakfast and dinner to up to 10 families staying at the new shelter at Fox Hollow and West Amazon. For more information, contact Jon West at jwest97405@gmail.com.

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