3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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SUNDAY LIVE STREAM 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 (6/6/21) service can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/june-6-Sunday-service/477949509965901.

UNITY REOPENING AT LAST! YOUR INPUT REQUESTED.

To our beloved spiritual family and friends of Unity of the Valley:

You have all waited so patiently (or understandably impatiently) for news of when we can gather in person on Sundays. After many months of carefully considering the conditions and options before us, our Board of Trustees accepted the recommendation of Unity's Shared Leadership Team to reopen Unity of the Valley beginning with Sunday services. Here is the wording of their decision:

Unity of the Valley will reopen for Sunday Services on July 25, 2021, based on the current OHA and Lane County regulations and guidelines at that time.

Over the next 7 weeks, we will continue tracking the changing safety rules for faith-based organizations, and we also want to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete this ANONYMOUS SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZJ736WQ

Finally, whether you were already volunteering on Sundays or are interested in starting, you can help us take the first step to regrouping our various teams by completing this brief VOLUNTEER SURVEY: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5PFFQGM

We hope to receive all surveys no later than June 30th so we can prepare for a smooth reopening. Together, we shine the light of Unity in the world – thank you!!!

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AN UNEXPECTED CELEBRATION
A message from Rev. Sherry Lady

Rivers, lakes, hills, mountains, lush, green, plentiful trees, and incredible cloud formations were visible through the window of the car in which I was riding. Out for an afternoon drive is one of my favorite ways to spend Sunday afternoons–either a planned destination or a random “Let’s see what is down that road” non-plan. This was one of those delightful random, non-plan days and I was having a wonderful time, oblivious to the significance of the day on another level. I was reminded of that other significance when I arrived home, happy and smiling, and opened an email from a friend I had not seen or heard from in 25 years. It had this reminder message for me:

Dear, dear friends and beloved classmates–although I have anticipated it occasionally during the last few months, it has occurred to me just this afternoon today, Sunday June 6, 2021, is the 25th anniversary of our ordination as Unity Ministers at Unity Village. How can it have been that long? We officially graduated from Unity School the day before, but the 6th was the special ordination day.

Thinking of it all again brings back many memories, many wonderful, some not so much. It is an experience for which I am truly grateful, however. The best part was getting to know you and having you as beloved classmates and friends. Since then, how blessed we have been to be able to serve as ministers! I suspect for all of us, life has been incredibly busy and incredibly rich!

Yes.  June 6 was the 25th anniversary of my ordination. When a friend asked me if I spent any of the day in church, I was happy to say I spent the whole day in church. Not the church of four walls, but the church of the heart, the soul, the senses of sight and smell, the church provided for everyone on the planet in the form of the beautiful creation of wonders of the natural world. Despite being unaware of the unique occasion, I know it was the right place for me to be. I felt immersed in the presence of the Creator, of the fullness of living, of all the people who have walked with me to this point in both my physical and spiritual life, all while accompanied by another human being who understands these things. What a wonderfully unexpected way to celebrate my ordination! It is experiences like this that fulfill us in ways more beautiful than we could ever have planned.

“Ordained” and “sustained.” The first word is a recognition of having completed a course of study and represents a lifetime dedication. The second word is indicative of being cared for. I did the course of study and now, as has been true all my life, I am sustained by the blessings that come from the people I serve and the Spirit that is there when I open to it and allow myself to receive guidance from it. Life can also be considered a course of study, particularly in learning how to navigate all of its varied components. With each success on the journey, we receive a kind of ordination that blesses us with happiness and joy. When we stumble, there is still available to us the Grace of a loving Creator that has promised us Love no matter what, and ordains us with humility, gratitude, and peace.

There are over 100 definitions for “church” in the dictionary. My favorite is “A place that provides safety, refuge, inspiration.” Out in God’s beautiful world on that recent Sunday I felt safe, free from daily cares, and inspired by the beauty all around me–a kind of ordination that will feel, far more than the recorded credits for a course of study, very real and personal for the rest of my days.

Thank you Spirit for guiding me safely through the walk toward ordination 25 years ago–for keeping me safe in the arms of those I serve in your name, and thank you for the continuing experience of being inspired and blessed beyond measure by each experience, including incredible Sunday drives. 

At play in the fields of the Lord. 

Sherry

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A true mystical experience shared by Ani Sinclair has been posted on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley. Thank you, Ani! If you are unable to see the full post or would like to share your own experience, you can email Jon at jwest97405@gmail.com.

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THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 13

10:30 a.m. Live Stream Service – Members of the Phone Connection Team will share their joys and lessons learned in Reaching Out in Times of Separation. Our music team will include cellist Kathryn Brunhaver.

12:00 p.m. – Sunday After-Service Discussion Group via Zoom with Denise-Christine. This is an opportunity to share what the day's message meant to you while getting to know one another better. To participate, email UnityEugeneDiscussionGroup@gmail.com to receive a link and password to join the meeting.

 

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UPCOMING

To find out what’s happening with our Unity Community, check out our June Bulletin at http://www.unityofthevalley.org/pdfs/June%202021.pdf.

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.

 

UNITY COMMUNITY CONNECTION VIA ZOOM

WEDNESDAYS (2:00-3:00 p.m.) - 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.

SATURDAYS (9:45 a.m.) - Join Sunny & Vicky Hills on Zoom for a grounding Kundalini Breathing, Meditation, Relaxing Gong, and Song class. To learn more, send email to info@sunnyhillsmeditation.com or check out their website: https://www.sunnyhillsmeditation.com/

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Your Prayer Team is Here for You!
Do you have a prayer request? Email Rev. Inge Tarantola your name and prayer request at ingetar@pacinfo.com.

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

The May Connecting from the Heart video has been posted at 
https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/1377846669282121.

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

 

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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 below.

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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