3912  Dillard Rd  
39th & Hilyard  
Eugene OR  97405 
(541) 345-9913 
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Upcoming Services and Special Events!

Sunday, June 25th

9:15-10:15 a.m. - Sunday Morning Reading Group meets in the upstairs Fillmore Wing. They are studying the book, Callings, by Gregg Levoy. Everyone is welcome.

10:00-10:15 a.m. – Meditative Time in the sanctuary 

10:30 a.m. Service  – The Power of Staying Young at Heart with Jon West.

Sunday, July 2nd

10:30 a.m. Service – Join Jon West for an exploration on Three Keys to Feeling Free.

 


Chasing the Ageless HeartUnity Church

“I’ll race you!” These words aren’t that unusual to hear as a 12-year-old boy–except in this case they came from my grandmother. We had just arrived at a park for a gathering of staff from the dentist’s office where she worked as a dental assistant. Off we sprinted across the field, pretty much neck and neck the whole way. We finished with laughter and a big hug, not caring who won. If there was one person I knew growing up who epitomized being “young at heart,” it was my Gramma Jewell. 

What were the qualities that made Gramma seem far younger than her age (58 at the time of our race)? Here are a few: She expected her body to be fit, flexible, and full of energy, and she took care to keep it that way as long as she could. Only once did Gramma demonstrate the high-energy exercise routine she did at home. What I mainly saw was how active she was–keeping her house and yard immaculate and willingly taking over as much work as she could from her employer. This included making dental crowns in her home laboratory, which she always did to perfection. Something I took for granted but which definitely affected me was how Gramma always presented herself as uplifted, with a straight posture, big smile, and showing great enthusiasm and interest in whatever I had to share. 

And of course, Gramma Jewell was fun to be with. While creative in many endeavors such as painting and writing, her favorite hobby was moviemaking. I just found the following information online about the Sacramento Amateur Movie Makers Club: “One of SAMM’s key members was Jewel Dawson, who got the shutter bug when her husband bought her a movie camera. She made dozens of comedies, dramas, westerns, ghost stories, even science fiction. They were clever, unique, and very sophisticated given the resources with which she had to work. After winning several awards, she was asked by the Department of Defense to direct a docudrama depicting the agency’s response plan for a disaster that might occur in Sacramento. But her most important work was a documentary made for SARA: Save the American River Association. She was given only three weeks to script, cast, shoot, and edit the film. Jewel was still splicing when the City Council convened to vote on a funding proposal. She arrived late but literally begged them to screen the film. After a nail-biting half-hour closed door viewing session, the council voted unanimously to preserve the American River Parkway.”

Some of Gramma’s qualities and interests were unique in their particulars. Yet I sense that everyone who is young at heart shares certain things in common. Perhaps number one is a love for life, and a determination to creatively and playfully set that that love free—as free as two children racing across a park. In some ways, I’m still trying to catch up with my Gramma Jewell.

Jon


This Week, June 19th to June 24th

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 / 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 Pam Gutierrez at 541-232-5612.

Next Week, June 26th to July 1st

TUESDAY (7:00 p.m.) – A World of Guitar Concert with virtuoso guitar music from six continents featuring Aaron Larget-Caplan and Peter Janson with special guest Nancy Hopps and her crystal singing bowls. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

THURSDAY

- 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Unity member Ann Richer was accepted to be a partner family with Habitat for Humanity in the fall of 2016. Groundbreaking for her new home will be held at 370 Hope Loop in Eugene. You are very welcome to attend!

- 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.

SATURDAY - (6:00-9:00 p.m.) – Reiki Do Satori Open House. This monthly event is open to all who are interested in receiving a short, free Reiki session for relaxation and/or healing. Reiki practitioners who would like to be part of this event are also welcome. Donations accepted.

Opportunities

Summer Volunteers Needed for the Youth & Family Ministry. In July YFM we will be taking a trip around the world! Each week we will explore the sights, tastes, sounds, languages, and traditions of a different country. To do this, we need 2 facilitators for each age group. A willing heart, open mind, love of life to share, and a joy working with kids is required. You must also pass a background check! For more information and to help out, please contact Christina Scott at 541-222-9971.

Summer Salads at Unity – In July, August, and September, instead of soup on Sundays, we will be having summer salads. Unity will provide lettuce and we encourage you to bring an item to add to the salad.  We also have a signup sheet for  people who would be able bring a BIG salad on a Sunday (could be a fruit salad, a pasta salad, etc.)  Sign up in the Fellowship Hall to bring in your favorite salad. 

SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER (Sunday, July 16) Funds raised go towards upgrades to our facility (i.e., upgrade the Fellowship Hall and Office heating units, new flooring in the Fellowship Hall, etc.):

·       Donate an Auction Item – Do you have an item or service you can donate?  Some suggestions: vacation rentals, trips, business services, artwork, dinners, yard work, massage, music, cooking, horseback riding lessons, flower arranging, tutoring, baked goods, gift certificates, etc. Pick up a donation form in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, contact Joyce Aschim at 541-315-6914 or joyceann.aschim@gmail.com.

·       Get Your Raffle Tickets Now! 2 nights in a Yachats beach house the week of September 13-17. Be the guests of Jerry & Ann Woeste (up to 4 people), one dinner and all breakfasts provided. $1 per ticket, or $5 for 6 tickets. (On sale in the Foyer on Sundays.)

·       Silent Auction Dinner Tickets - Get your tickets for the Hawaiian Themed dinner today.  Tickets are $15 per person or $25 for 2 people. Dinner is vegetarian friendly and includes dessert and one alcoholic beverage. Adults only please.

 

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