3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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BISCUITS FOR THE SOUL
from Rev. Sherry Lady

This week a minister friend of mine sent me this amusing clip. As a minister of a church in another state, he and his congregation were faced with having to possibly close the church because the dwindling small, rural community was facing financial challenges that made it very difficult to be able to continue to pay him his salary.

He reminisced about how excited he and his wife were when they were called to this then thriving area some 12 years ago. On the first night in their small, supposedly temporary house they had celebrated their good fortune with a glass of wine, a sumptuous dinner and toasted each other by affirming that they were on the adventure of their lives. Step by step they were going to participate in the building of a thriving congregation that would assure them some financial stability. They were going to rise to the occasion with courage, fortitude, and a strength built on faith.

Now they were faced with unexpected change, their spirits were dampened and they wondered why and how this could happen to them. Weren’t they doing what Spirit had guided them to do? Didn’t they respond with the knowing that all was in Divine Order? Didn’t they pour their hearts and souls into their work? Didn’t they follow guidance and pray and meditate daily and espouse to their congregation the benefits of positive thinking? What else could they have done to help create a solid church, while watching the fertile soil produce abundant crops for their farmer congregants and bless them all?

We had several conversations about all that was going on, and then this week, as I mentioned above, I received this little story from them. 

“A visiting minister was attending a men’s breakfast in Ohio farm country. He asked one of the impressive older farmers in attendance to say a blessing over the meal that morning. When all were seated, the older farmer began —
          ‘Be it known that I hate buttermilk.’ (The minister opened one eye and wondered to himself where this was going).
          ‘Be it known that I hate lard.’ (Now the visiting minister was really worried). However, without missing a beat, the farmer prayed on. ‘And be it known I don’t care much for raw white flour!’
          Just as the minister was ready to stand and stop everything, the farmer continued:
          ‘But be it known that when you mix them all together and bake ‘em up, they make fresh, warm, tummy lovin’ biscuits. Now when we just don’t understand Spirit’s ways, or what we’re supposed to be doin’, we need to just relax and wait ‘till Spirit is done mixin’, and it will probably come out somethin’ even better than biscuits.”

That story, he then shared with me, was the lesson of how that being there in that small town, with that sweet church was just the beginning, the first step in our ministerial life adventure. It was the place where we were to hone our skills, get clear about the message we wanted to share, learn something more about trusting Spirit, affirm our divine strength and courage and get ready to move on to the next time and place for the next adventure. We like to think that when we thought we had failed, we had actually succeeded in completing a step on the journey. Now, before we leave, we will be able to help our friends make the adjustment for a new way of living and being in their lives.”

When we see more clearly, when we allow ourselves to find the place of the heroic spirit within us, when we learn to live with the faith, the knowing that all existences is a divine unfolding, we find ourselves living on friendly terms with a friendly universe, and a very wise Spirit that is guiding us.

Each of us is being called daily to rise up and express our divine strength and courage; to affirm the heroic Spirit within, and to be ready to be changed at depth as we continue our adventure in living.

Thinking now about stirring up a batch of buttermilk biscuits. My favorite strawberry jam is already in the fridge, but will have to go to the store for the buttermilk. Forget the lard. Lord knows I don’t like lard either, so I give thanks for alternatives. But most of all I give thanks for my friend, for the little funny stories that show up along the way in life, and that there is a heroic spirit in you and me that helps us recognize the courage and strength we have to be heroes/heroines in our own right without having to wield power over anyone else – just take their hand and walk together.  It’s in every one of us.

Love,
Sherry

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UPCOMING

THURSDAYS, APRIL 18-MAY 9 (6:30-7:45 p.m.) – LIVING UNITY PRINCIPLES with Jon West. Zoom class only. This is our introductory course for newcomers and those who would like to go deeper than we can do on a Sunday. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or email unityval@riousa.com.

THIS WEEK AT UNITY, APRIL 10-13

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
- 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Unity’s Elder Council meets in the Garden Room. If you are 60 or older and would like to explore the journey and wisdom of elderhood, please join us. For more information, contact Julia Linebarger-Taylor at jlinebargertaylor@yahoo.com or 541-968-5896.

- 3:30-5:00 p.m. – Therapeutic Touch in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. The NW Therapeutic Touch Institute is offering Therapeutic Touch (TT) sessions for those who have taken the classes, those interested in TT, and for those who would simply like to experience a calming, healing TT session. For more information, contact Bev Forster, RN, QTTT, at 541-520-9358.

- 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, APRIL 14

- 9:00-10:20 a.m. – Sunday Morning Book Study Group. Join Cynthia Fulton-Tinawi in the Rainbow Room for the study of the book Spiritual Awakenings by Barbara Harris Whitfield. For more information, contact Cynthia at 216-466-1897.

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “Recovering the Eternal Child Within Us” with Jon West.

- 12:00-12:45 p.m. – Unity Environmental Action Team (EAT) meets in the Garden Room. NOTE: Katie Russell from Oregon Shore Conservation Coalition is unable to join us this Sunday. We will keep you posted on when this is rescheduled. We will still be meeting in the Garden Room.  For more information on Unity’s EAT, contact Betsy Priddle at heavenstobetsy74@gmail.com.

- 12:15-1:00 p.m. – Youth Choir meets in the Garden Room. Ages 6 years to young adult. Led by our wonderful Music Director, Laura DuBois.

- 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, APRIL 15-20

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
- 6:30 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting will be held in the Garden Room and via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to attend via Zoom or speak at the meeting, please contact Ted Taylor at 541-953-7226 or juliated@comcast.net.

- 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Unity Open Men’s Circle in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. The Men’s Circle is a safe container where a man can openly and authentically share about his life, with the support and in the company of other men. Meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month. For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-285-3943 / ralbano.tmlp@gmail.com or Jim Drews at 541-731-8492 / drewsjim@yahoo.com.

- 7:00 p.m. – The April 16th Behind the Lens film is Night and the City, directed by Jules Dassin, followed by a Q&A session with Tom Blank. Cost is $30 for series or $5 per time. Registration forms in the Fellowship Hall.

THURSDAY
 6:30-7:45 p.m. – LIVING UNITY PRINCIPLES with Jon West. Zoom class only. This is our introductory course for newcomers and those who would like to go deeper than we can do on a Sunday. (April 18-May 9) Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or email unityval@riousa.com.

NEXT SUNDAY, APRIL 21

- 10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “Opening Our Skin to the Earth” with Guest Speaker Tom Titus.

UPCOMING

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24 (6:30-8:00 p.m.) - Youth & Family Wildlife Adventure Night in the Garden Room. Calling all adults with children to join us in the Garden Room for an evening of fun. We will go on a bear hunt, make a glow-in-the-dark fun craft, have an adventure activity, and food too. Free, but donations welcome. R.S.V.P. to Alice Sparks at 541-729-3817.

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 April Bulletin has been posted. You can check it out at http://unityofthevalley.org/April2024/April2024bulletin.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.

UNIKIDS (KINDERGARTEN-5th GRADE) We currently offer fun and inspiration for the kids. There is a puppet show each Sunday for the first 10 minutes. Parents are asked to drop off their children starting at 10:20 a.m.

UNITEENS (GRADES 6-8) meets in the upstairs Treehouse room from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m.

UNITY TEEN GROUP (GRADES 9-12). The Unity Teen Group meets from 10:25 to 11:25 a.m. in the Rainbow Room with guidance from Jim Drews.

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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