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 (8/7/22) service can be watched at https://www.facebook.com/unityofthevalley/videos/8-7-22-making-friends-with-dragons-moments-on-the-path-that-awaken-our-oneness-w/1216985109078074/.

SERVICE AT THE TABLE OF LIFE
A message from Rev. Sherry Lady

Visiting with a friend on the phone about walking a path of service resulted in a really fun analysis of the word “service.” My friend said to think of table service as a metaphor for service in the world. And so I did. It was a stretch, but it was fun. (This is based on Western culture’s approach to table service, but other cultures have variations, of course.)

There is The Plate. It represents our life. As is true for most of us, it gets filled to overflowing pretty easily and could use some paring down occasionally. Yet when we pare it down by sharing the bounty placed upon it with others, we can create a magnificent offering to the world together.

Then comes The Knife. A knife creates smaller pieces out of larger pieces so food can be assimilated more easily. It’s also instrumental in cutting off the things that are not needed or are in the way of the main course. (Unless you are buttering a roll when it is a tool for enhancement.) Our ability to pare down life to essentials and then share our abundance with others when we are willing is a gift from the heart that never fails to bless those with whom we share and us as well.

Alongside the knife is The Spoon. The spoon can scoop up many delicious things from solids to liquids and transport them where needed to fill various needs. Likewise, from the abundance of our hearts, we can scoop up and give out so many delicious things to share. Like a smile, laughter, hugs, a hand to hold, a listening ear, a tear of compassion and understanding, and, of course, so much love.

Usually, to the left of the plate, there is The Fork. Sometimes two. One fork might bring edible nature to us, including green things that keep us healthy. The other is used to get a firm hold on the main part of the course. Though a fork puts holes in things, it helps by creating pockets of air which aid in digestion. Sometimes we need a little air between the spaces of our lives to aid in digesting it all. Quiet time, play time–whatever it takes. Sometimes a third fork–or spoon–comes along and delivers the sweetness of a dessert that tops things off. Life is full of sweetness and is topped off so well when we share it with others in service or collaboration.

Let’s not forget The Napkin. Paper or cloth, it does not matter. The napkin plays a unique role in covering our laps or wiping off our mouths. It protects us from getting too many spots on things and wipes egg off our faces. This reminds me of the ordering power of affirmative prayer. When life gets a little spotty, and our reactions to it are not what we wanted, or we say things or do things we wish we hadn’t, we can remind ourselves that we are loved and cared for by the Divine, and we can get up again and keep going. We can affirm that we are here to be Spirit in action for others. To assist them in getting through their challenging places, loving them unconditionally, and helping them survive while finding their true place in life.

And–oh yes–the Tablecloth. Like a tablecloth, the Spirit of Oneness surrounds us all, giving us something beautiful on which to place the nourishment of our existence. It supports our gathering together as people of a household, a family, a nation, or a group of any kind. Or just one person celebrating being alive in the universe.

All these life experiences rest upon The Table of our heart, that place of Eternal Beingness and Infinite Love that carries all the supplies we need; when I think of that, I want to stay alive forever. But while that is not possible in this physical form, I can at least strive to be someone who remembers to be of service for as long as possible. For that has been the path I have learned the most from over the years. More than I ever dreamed. It has really come home to me in the last few years as people have reached out in new ways to support my life changes. Sometimes I haven’t stepped up to the table properly and learned everything I could have. But if you want to know all the things you need to know, you will find them at the feet of others who are here to serve as your teachers.

Okay. Now I’m going to serve myself some ice cream. Want some? Come on over. You are always welcome.

Love,
Sherry

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SUNDAY GATHERING FOR YOUTH: We currently offer fun and inspiration for kids ages 5 to 10 years old (4th grade) who are fully vaccinated. 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. See our Safety Precautions below for younger children.

OUR COVID SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

1.      Proof of Vaccination/Booster: Our in-person attendees will need to verify they are fully vaccinated with the recommended dose of the vaccine they have chosen, including at least one booster shot. We ask that you send in this proof or additional proof of booster to Géna at unityval@riousa.com to minimize the document checking on Sunday mornings.

2.     Masking: We appreciate your patience as we continue requiring masks at Unity for everyone’s protection. 

3.     Small Children: Families who have small children too young to be vaccinated may attend on a reservation basis.

Reminder: If you OR anyone in your family has been exposed to the Covid-19 virus, OR if you or anyone in your family is not feeling well, please do not come to the in-person service but rather join us on our livestream service.

We are reviewing this policy on a monthly basis.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 12

Parking Lot Sealing – The parking lot will be undergoing the final step of paving by having the seal coating and striping done. The parking lot will be open by Sunday, August 14, for the Sunday service.

THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “The Path of Service.” Rev. Sherry Lady explores the idea that we are made for love, to be connected in giving and receiving with others, and ultimately unified with the Divine.

NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 21

10:30 a.m. Livestream & In-Person Service – “Living with
Devotion.” Rev. Inge Tarantola.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 27

Makindu Vocational Program Silent & Oral Auction (5:00-7:00 p.m.) at Inge Tarantola’s home in Eugene. Please buy your ticket online ($25) before the event at www.mvpmakindu.org (503C Tax ID #81-5189538). This auction is an invitation to enjoy art, wine, music, and good food while supporting vocational education in Kenya. There will be a presentation on Makindu Vocational Program. Educating young women is one of the best ways to reduce poverty and change lives.
                               
UNITY COMMUNITY HAPPENINGS

The August Bulletin is posted. To find out what’s happening with our Unity Community, check it out at http://unityofthevalley.org/pdfs/August2022.pdf.

Fellowship, Refreshments, and Connection – After every Sunday service we offer coffee, tea, and refreshments. Although we will not be serving a meal or using plates or utensils, you are welcome to bring home baked goods or finger food to share. If you would like to bring a food item, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

Unity Food Drive – We are collecting shelf-stable food (i.e., canned or no refrigeration needed) throughout the summer for Food For Lane. Please help us fill the barrel. Suggested items: protein such as peanut butter, canned meat, tuna, chicken, etc., canned food, soup, spices, cooking oil, broths, shelf-stable non-dairy milk alternative like almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, etc., cereal, grains, pasta, rice, baby food, baby formula. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Church Openers serve one Sunday a month and unlock doors and prepare the sanctuary and other rooms for the Sunday service.

Church Closers serve one Sunday a month and help count the love offering after the service, and lock and close the church after the service.

PowerPoint Volunteers serve one Sunday per month in the sound booth advancing PowerPoint slides during the service. Substitutes needed as well.

If you would like to volunteer for any of the above volunteer spots, contact Géna at 541-345-9913, ext. 11.

Youth & Family Ministry Volunteer. We are currently looking for teachers for our Unikids (ages 5-10 years old) to teach two Sundays per month. The curriculum and lesson plans are provided. NOTE: All persons working in the youth program must complete an application, be interviewed, and pass a state required background check, prior to working with the children. For more information, contact Alice Sparks at 971-254-7564.

OUR SPIRITUAL COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

Our Spiritual Community Support Fund (OSCSF) is running low. With your support, OSCSF has been a vital way to provide temporary assistance for people in our Unity community struggling to meet basic needs. (For more information about this fund, see the bottom of this email.) To contribute, send a check payable to Unity of the Valley and include OSCSF in the memo line. Thank you!

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.

UNITY COMMUNITY CONNECTION VIA ZOOM

WEDNESDAYS (2:00-3:00 p.m.) - 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.

SACRED WEDNESDAY MORNING YOGA with Donna O’Neil (10:00-11:30 a.m.) – Level 1 mindful yoga practices for strength, balance, and flexibility. Classes are on Zoom. For cost and more details, go to https://yogawithdonna.com/classes-and-schedule. Contact Donna at yogawithdonna@gmail.com or text to 541-632-0105. Let her know you are coming at least 15 minutes before the start of class so you can get the Zoom link. 

UNITY’S COUNCIL OF ELDERS meet once a week via Zoom. If you are 60 or older and would like to explore the journey and wisdom of elderhood, please join us. If interested contact Bonnie Paquin at blpaquin2@gmail.com or 541-345-8873.

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Your Prayer Team is Here for You!
Do you have a prayer request? Email Rev. Inge Tarantola your name and prayer request at ingetar@pacinfo.com.

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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 below.

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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