3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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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 (6/16/24) service can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/6-16-24-fathers-day-thoughts-on-nurturing-family/454879883934603/.

IN THE HIVE OF BEE-ING
from Rev. Sherry Lady

A friend of mine will, every once in a while, send me a scientific fact that has brought smiles and chuckles to her family members. This week was this little-known fact: “Bumblebees can recognize each other by their smelly footprints.” Just to be sure she was not “pulling my leg” as they say, I looked it up and yup, science has, once again, brought something new to light – something that may not be that important to successful living for us, but it did remind me of another phenomenon that occurs in our world of people we connect with. Maybe you too have heard or said the words, “I can tell that Susan – or Ken – or someone else has been here.” Most likely not by their smelly footprints, but more likely by the visual results of their actions like an unexpected bouquet left by the door, a stack of papers surprisingly organized on the top of a desk, a towel left on the floor, or a half-full coffee cup still sitting on a table, or maybe a note left on a screen door. That kind of thing.

This last Sunday I had the pleasure of seeing footprints all over the rooms of my spiritual home. No, not smelly ones, not muddy ones, and not real visible signs of anything in particular except for the fact that I know it took hundreds of footprints from the heart to make sure that all was ready for the service that was about to happen and the fellowship time afterward. Footprints from feet that wore many kinds of shoes, from sandals to high top sport shoes and everything in between including some shoes with glittery fabric on them, all of them supporting the feet of the ones who find joy in service to those who will be coming to be together in community.

 Those busy volunteer bees were everywhere, buzzing about tirelessly, willingly, and happily with smiles on their faces. Smiles of greeting and welcome offered even though they often had to hurry on their way to get their jobs done in time. These “worker bees” had found the “hive” of their choice and were preparing the “honey” that would bless everyone who came through the doors. Again, making footprints on the heart and though there were smells in the air, they were of delicious foods being prepared for the time when after being spiritually fed all could be together to affirm their part in the special community of kindred spirits.

My friend also sent another little item of interest from her days in Japan. “A Japanese artist once made a pair of shoes that looked like pigeons so the birds wouldn’t be afraid of her.” She did not say who that person was. As I thought about it, it came to mind that no matter what shoes are leaving their energy on the floor of our spiritual home, we need never have to fear anything while there because of all the love that is felt in all the spaces where those shoes take the wonderful people who wear them. That is Spirit in human form filling those shoes and from that beloved holiest of spirits, we receive blessings beyond measure. All those who enter to receive that love, bring with them more beauty and love and peace along with their individual personalities. All become one as their hearts are opened to receive inspiration, and then break bread together in the “hive” of celebration.

We all make our own choices in life. We wear many hats, so to speak. We dress in different styles. We like some of the same and some different things. We are happy. We are sad. We are nervous. We are excited. We are hesitant. We are brave. We are all the many things that we were created to be and, we are differently abled and gifted and shaped and draped, but that is what makes a community so special and a wonderful learning ground and playing field for the walk we take through life. Everything is a metaphor for something else, and all is fascinating and worthy of awe and wonderment. This reminds me of this poem, which I dedicate to all the “worker bees” in the “hive” of our spiritual community: (I’ve taken liberty with some of the phrases of the poem):

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with “the Lord.” Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets, sometimes only one. This bothered me because sometimes, when I was suffering, I could only see one set of prints. So I said, “You promised me You would walk with me always, but I have noticed that during the most trying times there has been only one set of prints. Why were you not there for me?” Then the Lord (Spirit) replied: “That my child is when I carried you.”

Thank you to all the volunteers who like the One Spirit in us all stay with us and carry us through because you are filled with that Spirit of Love that blesses us beyond measure.  

Love,
Sherry

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THIS WEEK AT UNITY, JUNE 19-22

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.

THURSDAY
- 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Summer Solstice Celebration at Inge’s home. We will gather in circle outside in the garden. Bring a folding chair for our garden meditation and bring a snack to share. The theme is “Sunlight Reflection.” If you did not pick up directions to Inge’s in the foyer on Sunday, June 16, just email unityval@riousa.com to request email directions.

- 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, JUNE 23

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “Synergy is the Secret to Community” with Rev. Inge Tarantola.

- After the Service – Be sure to visit Piper in the Foyer to get your raffle tickets for the 3 different baskets they put together. They are $3 each or 2 for $5. Drawings will take place on June 30. All proceeds help support the Youth & Family Ministry. 

- 12:15-1:15 p.m. – Healing Prayer Circle meets in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. We offer healing prayer to individuals who request it. All are welcome to join us. For more information, contact Julia Linebarger-Taylor at 541-968-5896.

NEXT WEEK, JUNE 24-29

TUESDAY
- 7:00 p.m. – The June 25th Behind the Lens film is A Place in the Sun, directed by George Stevens, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost is $30 for series or $5 per time. Registration forms in the Fellowship Hall.

SATURDAY
- 9:30-4:30 p.m. – Circle of Men – A Journey of the Heart in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. Join Jim Drews for this free all-day introduction workshop to The New Warrior Training Adventure to experience a day of deep personal growth work within a contemporary men’s group. For more information, contact Jim at 541-731-8492 or drewsjim@yahoo.com.

NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 30

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “Growing Community Through Shared Leadership” with representatives from Unity’s Shared Leadership Team.

UPCOMING

Monday, July 1 (5:30-7:00 p.m.) – Caring from the Heart, a LGBTQIA++ Support Group. 
Join Shawn Heren, Erik Peterson, and Jalon Watts in the Garden Room on the 1st & 3rd Monday of each month starting July 1st for an opportunity to gather in a safe place to be open and to share, express, and support each other in the LGBTQIA++ community. No judgement and no fear. For more information, contact Erik Peterson 541-556-0228.

Wednesday, July 3 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) – Chanting & Meditation in the sanctuary. Join Jon West and Stephen Parsons 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, July 11 (1:00-3:00 p.m.) – YFM Splash Day at Amazon Pool. The Youth & Family Ministry is sponsoring the youth for this day so the youth are paid for. They must be accompanied by at least one parent or guardian who is responsible for them. Sign up required and can be done in the Garden Room or contact Alice Sparks at 541-729-3817 (voice or text).

Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26 – Youth Puppet Day Camp (10:00 a.m.-Noon) ages 8-15 years old. We will be making puppets, learn how to manipulate several different types of puppets, explore presenting a story using voice, and movement, with a presentation of a variety show onstage on the final day. Space is limited. Free to Unity families. $10 for week for non-members. Pre-register with Alice Sparks at 541-729-3817 (voice or text).

Youth & Family Ministry: Our youth still have quite a few 1-foot potted Douglas Fir and Incense Cedar trees needing a home. Reduced to sell: 1 for $5 or 2 for $7.50 Come and get a tree and support our youth at the same time. See Alice or call her at 541-729-3817.

JULY, AUGUST, and SEPTEMBER – Summer Salads are Coming Back! Instead of soup, we will be having summer salads. Two people are needed on each Sunday to bring a BIG salad (except on 1st Sunday Potluck). Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to help out. We are looking forward to lots of fresh fruits and veggies this season!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES/NEEDS

YFM SUMMER VOLUNTEERS: Our curriculum teachers will be taking a break in July and August, and the kids will be taking a break from the curriculum during that time. We are looking for volunteers from teens on up to seniors who can volunteer once a month in August to help Alice and have some fun with the kids ages 4-14. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or contact Alice at 541-729-3817 or alicesparks48@gmail.com.

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

UNITY COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS/OPPORTUNITIES

Our June Bulletin has been posted. You can check it out at http://unityofthevalley.org/June2024/June2024Bulletin.pdf

The Youth & Family Ministry Spring Newsletter has been posted as well. You can read it at http://unityofthevalley.org/pdfs/YFMspringnewsletter2024.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.

Unifun (4 years old and those needing a little more one-on-one attention) meet in the Rainbow Room 10:25-11:25 a.m.

Unikids (Kindergarten-5th Grade) meets on Sundays in the Garden Room 10:20-11:25 a.m.

Uniteens (Grades 6-8) meet in the upstairs Treehouse room from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m.

Unity Teen Group (Grades 9-12). meets on Sundays from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m. in the Treehouse room.

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.
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 (6/16/24) service can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/6-16-24-fathers-day-thoughts-on-nurturing-family/454879883934603/.

 

 

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