Upcoming Services and Special Events!
Sunday February 26th
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. –"Never Run Into a Wall Again!" Part 2 with Jon West.
- Before and after the services – Signups for Circle Suppers being held in March and April are happening in the foyer. These intimate, in-home potluck dinners for 6-8 people are a great way to experience Unity fellowship and great food outside of Sunday services. They are held in the spring and fall. Sign up in the foyer Sunday or contact Nora Nicholas at 541-221-8453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 welcome.
- 10:45 - 11:00 a.m. – Meditative Time in the sanctuary.
- 12:45 p.m. - Unity of the Valley’s Annual Congregational Meeting. We will bless our outgoing board members, elect new board members, look at the highlights of last year, and talk about our gifts and challenges for the new year. We will also be voting on important bylaw revisions. (Information on these bylaw changes are posted in the Fellowship Hall of Unity of the Valley, or click here for a PDF of the bylaws.
Sunday, March 5th
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. – Join Jon West as we explore this simple yet subtle truth: “You are a Piece of God.”
- After the 11:15 a.m. Service – First-Sunday Potluck at Unity. Join us after the service for our monthly congregational potluck. Bring your favorite potluck food, and invite your friends and family. Unity will provide coffee, tea, and cookies. We’ll also have cake to celebrate all the March birthdays!
The Humpty-Dumpty Syndrome
Poor Humpty-Dumpty. Fell off that wall and couldn’t put himself together again, even with the help of all the kings horses and all the king’s men. Do you remember that nursery rhyme? I never liked it as a child. Why? Because even though he was theoretically an egg, which helped explain things somewhat, I didn’t like the idea of something not being fixable, or at least transformed in some way. At least it should have been able to happen in fantasyland, where all things are possible, don’t you think?
Life can bring us lots of challenges that sometimes knock us off our feet. It’s easy to feel like Humpty-Dumpty—as if nothing can fix the situation, not even all the wonderful friends who offer us advice, assistance, solutions, words of wisdom and perhaps their house at the beach for time to reflect and regroup. Everywhere we turn there seems to be a brick wall of some kind for us to either bang our heads on, try to get around, or climb over. “I’ve hit the wall” is a common expression at times like this. I’ve been there and maybe you have, too.
One of my instructors at ministerial school once offered me some words of wisdom that have been so very helpful to me when I see the brick wall looming ahead. I want to share them with you. They do not prevent the brick walls from coming into our lives, but they help with solution finding. He wrote: “After you pick yourself up from your collision with life and begin making decisions again about your next move, try this: Go deep inside your intuitive self and ask this question: Is the light you’re trying to shed on the situation (or decision) a red, yellow or green light? If it is obviously red due to closed doors (such as not getting the job you wanted, or the relationship you desire, or any number of things you have tried are not coming to fruition) then stop. Release. Let go. About face. Go back to Source, get still and check in again. Let Spirit guide your next steps. But most of all let go of fear. Your turn is coming. Keep the faith.
“If you have an idea about moving forward that feels like it might work but you’re not sure, yet you think you will keep pushing to see how it turns out because you need this or that, then that is a yellow light. Again, stop, go to Source before proceeding. When the light turns green you will know it because all will fall into place with ease, and peace will be in your heart. In other words, Sherry: If the light is green keep going; if it is feeling not quite right yet then stop and reassess and move into trusting Spirit even more deeply. Maybe you are not quite ready, but soon will be. If the light is definitely red, honor that and don’t head out into traffic to prove that by golly you can do it. Life has it challenges, but it is made much more difficult if we aren’t paying attention to what the universe is trying to tell us.” My instructor shared all this in a letter before I left to be interviewed for admission to ministerial school.
Another note awaited me when I reached Unity Village. It read: “If the light is red, and you are not accepted, rejoice as if it was meant to be, and that God will direct you in the right way. Something better is waiting for you. If fear sets in, that is a yellow light that tells you to be prayed up for your interview. Not to change the color, but to say: “Thy will be done in me.” If you receive the green light of acceptance, then give it all you’ve got. God be with you.”
What do lights have to do with brick walls and the Humpty-Dumpty effect? Look at it this way: What in the world was he doing on top of that brick wall in the first place? It’s precarious up there. We don’t want to claim the wall as our resting place because, like all pedestals, we can easily fall off. Better to shine the light—our Christ-like signal lights gleaned from our time in meditation and prayer—into our challenge. Instead of camping on our brick walls, we can illuminate the path before us and move on into a life of overcoming and rejoicing. Yes, easier said than done at times, but what a rewarding thing life can be when we put our spiritual principles to work.
Affirming that we are all really good eggs at heart and staying intact is possible. Right? Amen.
This Week, February 20th to February 25th
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 Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.
WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 22-MARCH 15 (7:00-8:45 p.m.) – Foundations of Unity with Jon West. This is an opportunity to enrich your life more deeply with Unity's core principles. Required for those wishing to become a new member. (New members will be honored and welcomed on Sunday, March 26.) Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
Next Week, February 27th to March 4th
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 (7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Shamanic Evening in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. Join Gary Wymore and Sunny Schneider as they gather together to celebrate Spirit through drumming and sound. Donation basis.
The EASTER CHOIR needs you! COME AND SHARE YOUR VOICE this year. Rehearsals and are held weekly (7:00-8:30 p.m.) on Mondays starting March 6. There will also be one rehearsal on Saturday, April 15 (10:00 a.m.-noon). Performances are on Sunday, April 16. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or for more information contact Mo Robeson at 541-520-8489.
BOOKSTORE VOLUNTEERS - We are looking for bookstore volunteers who can work in the bookstore ½ hour after one or both services once a month to sell books, gifts, and other bookstore goods to customers. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall if you can help out! We are currently looking for volunteers on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month.