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 (5/19/24) service can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/5-19-24-ancient-future-what-will-caring-for-self-and-our-planet-look-like-in-500/1107423730339856.

REMEMBERING
from Rev. Sherry Lady

REMEMBERING

The beauty of a memory
Is that it’s always there.
Like a penny in your pocket,
You can take it anywhere

And when your heart is heavy
And your eyes are filled with tears,
You can focus on a memory
And travel through the years.

Your heart can visit happy times,
When laughter filled the air
And the presence of your loved ones
Will hold the love you share.

So, as you travel on in life
Take comfort as you go,
In a lifetime of “sweet memories”
Of the ones who loved you so.

The author is unknown for the poem above, but it reminds me that Memorial Day is almost here. Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break. While that is the focus, in reality, it is much more than that to many people. It becomes a memorable day in which people often reflect on many facets of their lives. 

In the remembering of people who have, in Native American terms, “walked on” after having played special roles in our lives, we are reminded of not only the influences of their presence, but the activities in which we participated with them. Or, if we did not participate directly with them in the things of our memories, we learned about their influences in the lives of others and of events in the small, and much larger, corners of our lives. Sometimes we viewed the people, and the events, from a distance, through a form of media, or through hearing stories told by others close to us. All shaped our world and our experience of living within it. Everyone has a special memory that they will never forget. Everyone has a special person they will never forget. On this Memorial Day we can celebrate them as well.

On one special Memorial Day some years back, I watched a young boy carry a bowl of rice into a small, low walled area inside one of Japan’s largest cemeteries. Inside the low walled area were the graves of members of his family, going all the way back to his great, great grandparents. The bowl of rice was to honor the lineage from which he sprung and to be in gratitude for the ongoing, generational essence of the family which he was to carry forth into the next generation. It was his first step in his commitment to honoring his family and taking his place in it. It was a commitment he may not have fully understood, but for which he would someday, hopefully, be honored for the role he had play in the perpetuation of honor and dignity.

I had a short chat with the young child as he was studying English in his school, and his English was quite fluent and well-spoken. I asked him how he felt about this bowl of rice and his family. He replied: “My family is to be honored. It goes a long way back. We want to honor our place here in this homeland. We must do it with respect. We must always honor our family. They walk beside us.”  

How wonderful to have a special day when we can focus on the whole of our lives, and all the people in it. A day to honor our families, along with those military people who will remain forever on the pages of history, be they of ours or other’s families. A day for taking time to breathe, to remember, to be grateful, to learn from the past and find hope for the future.

In the spirit of remembrance.   

Love,
Sherry

THIS WEEK AT UNITY, MAY 27-JUNE 1

MONDAY
- 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Choir Practice in the Sanctuary. If you would like to be a part of the choir, contact Mo Robeson at 541-520-8489.

TUESDAY
- 7:00 p.m. – The May 28th Behind the Lens film is A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Elia Kazan, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost is $30 for series or $5 per time. Registration forms in the Fellowship Hall.

WEDNESDAY
- 5:30-7:00 p.m. – There is a Mother in Each of Us Family Fun Night. Calling all adults with children to join us in the Garden Room at Unity. We will be doing a Mother’s Day craft, playing a “Mother May I” game, acting out a story, and of course food. Free, but donations welcome. R.S.V.P. to Alice Sparks 541-729-3817.

SATURDAY
- 10:30 a.m.-Noon – Sacred Women’s Circle in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. Join Géna on the first Saturday of each month for a time of connecting, meditating, and doing a fun project that incorporates the theme for that month’s gathering. June’s theme is Igniting Our Inspiration.

THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 2

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “One Spirit in All: Exploring our Divine Connections in Community” with Jon West. Our music team will be joined by Beth Green & James Maynard (Kindred Spirits Band) who will also be doing a concert at Unity on Sunday, June 9th.

- After the service – First-Sunday Potluck. Join us in the Fellowship Hall. Bring a main dish or salad, and invite your friends and family! Unity will provide coffee, tea, and dessert.

UPCOMING

Wednesday, June 5 (7:00-8:00 p.m.) – Chanting & Meditation in the sanctuary. Join Jon West 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.

Sunday, June 9 (3:00-4:30 p.m.) – Spring to Life with the Kindred Spirits Band. Join Beth Green and James Maynard for original improvisational music that touches the soul and lifts the spirit. No charge, but $15 suggested donation.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES/NEEDS

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

POTS OF SOUP: Each Sunday we serve 2-3 pots of soup. We are looking for 1 person who can bring a pot of soup on a Sunday. Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall if you can help out.

UNITY COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS/OPPORTUNITIES

Our May Bulletin has been posted. You can check it out at http://unityofthevalley.org/May2024/May2024Bulletin.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 Rainbow 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.

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