3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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Unity Church

Sunday, January 21st, 10:30am Service:

This Sunday, January 21st, we will be featuring local gospel legend Darline Jackson and her phenomenal pianist, Chris Stubbs.  They perform regularly with the local group " My Band," which also features sax players Suzanne Sciaretta and Paul Biondi. Darline and Chris play music ranging from jazz to rock to country, but their roots are firmly planted in the gospel tradition.  We hope you can join us for this dynamic and fun service!

Jon West will explore spiritual principles for staying in balance when we don’t get the results we want in "Rolling with the Unexpected." 

 

Sunday, January 28th

10:30 am Service: Jon West will be asking "What If the Change That’s Needed is Me?" and help us remember “Wherever we go, there we are!”

—  before and after the service – Circle Supper Host Signups. Circle Suppers for March and April will start in February. We are looking for hosts. If you are interested in hosting a Circle Supper, please sign up in the foyer on Sunday.


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RESPONDING TO THE UNEXPECTED
A message from Sherry

I received a very touching, poignant and meaningful email from a friend a few weeks back and have been waiting to share it with you (with the author’s approval, of course). To me, it’s a beautiful example of this upcoming week’s theme for our service, “Rolling With the Unexpected.” I’m sure you will agree.

It was a morning that felt full of pressing things that needed to be done. The clock was ticking and the time I needed to leave for work was looming on the horizon. I felt a little irritated. I was running late. The cats were hungry as usual. Shanti was already crunching away at the dry food in the bowl but Sebastian had wrapped himself around my legs so that I could barely move. It’s his way of telling me he’s hungry and wants his wet food NOW! If I take too long he will nip my ankle as a reminder! But this morning I wasn’t in any mood for nips. I distractedly spooned out the food and hurriedly placed the dish on the floor next to him. It made a rattling sound as if it too was feeling irritable and rushed.  

Sebastian sniffed the food and then looked up at me without touching it. My heart sank. “Not another can of expensive food you don’t want,” I thought.  “But I know you like this kind.”

Then it occurred to me. It wasn’t the food that was the issue, but the way it was given. This small being spends much of his time doing his own thing. We have cuddles, of course, in more relaxed moments. Yet here he was looking up at me through his bright green eyes, asking for a moment of my undivided attention. My love. My Sebastian. I stopped everything in that moment to look back at him and then kneeled down on the floor next to him and stroked his head.

“I love you Sebastian,” I said. “You are wonderful!” He likes to be told how wonderful he is.  In acknowledgement he rubbed himself against my knee before tucking into the food, heartily polishing it off. I raised myself to my feet and knew he had taught me a very important lesson.

How many moments of life am I caught up in my own thoughts, my to-do lists, my rushing or merely being distracted? How many moments am I somewhere else in my head other than being present with the life right in front of me? How many of the small precious moments, like the one I just shared with Sebastian, have I missed? Surely not for want of life’s calling.  It was a good lesson to stop, pause, and bring some care to the life, the person or activity that is right before me now.”

Again, a wonderful reminder of how to not let ourselves get thrown off balance and miss the chance to quickly adjust to life’s poignant moments.  Thank you, Krishnangini (Sue) Bennett for this loving example of how to “roll with the unexpected” so that the highest good can come through no matter what is presented to us.

And so I gratefully look forward to this coming Sunday when we come together to embrace that moment of sharing the same space and open to the lesson-teaching-inspiration and joy of the day.

In awe of it all,

Sherry

 


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January 15th to 20th


MONDAY 
– Unity Open Men’s Circle (7:00-9:00 p.m.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 / ralban0@icloud.com or Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.

TUESDAY

– (6:30 p.m.) – Board Meeting in the Garden Room. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please contact Grace Low at 281-507-2707.

– (7:00 p.m.) – Behind the Lens Seminar with Tom Blank. A different movie will be shown for 12 weeks (January 9-March 27) followed by a Q & A session. Cost for the 12 films is $30, or $5 per individual admission.  The January 16 movie is Lost Horizon directed by Frank Capra, Ronald Coleman.

THURSDAY

–  (7:00-8:30 p.m.) – Coming Alive Theater Group meets in the Sanctuary. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact Gary Wymore or Sunny Schneider at 541-461-5663.

– (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-520-9358.

January 22nd to January 27th

TUESDAY

– (7:00 p.m.) – Behind the Lens Seminar with Tom Blank. A different movie will be shown for 12 weeks (January 9-March 27) followed by a Q & A session. Cost for the 12 films is $30, or $5 per individual admission.  The January 23 movie is Nothing Sacred directed by William Wellman. Carole Lombard & Frederic March.

WEDNESDAY – Inner Rhythms: Meditation, Movement, and Music followed by a Dance Jam (6:45-8:30 p.m.) in the Fillmore Wing. Suggested donation $6-$10. Children and Teens FREE. If you would like to help with this event, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Gerilyn Van, M.A. at 831-332-4476.

THURSDAY (11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.) – Joy of Watercolor. The emphasis of this class is on joy. Come and explore painting with watercolor in an encouraging and fun atmosphere. All skill levels welcome. For more information, contact Ellen Ticknor at 541-344-1490.

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