Sunday, November 2nd
Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall back by turning your clocks back one hour.
10:30 am Service – Our 7-week series on The Way of the Mystics continues with Jon Westspeaking on Mirabai: The Bliss of Spiritual Devotion. Note: The Silent meditation is now being held from 10:00 to 10:15 am in order to better accommodate the larger congregation. Note: There will be no after service discussion group due to the potluck and congregational meeting (see below).
Congregational Potluck & Come-Unity Meeting after the service. Unity is starting the ALL NEW Congregational Potluck Sunday on the first Sunday of each month. Bring your favorite dish to share after the service. Our Board of Trustees will also be presenting the results of the recent congregational survey and a 3-year strategic vision.
A Message fromYour Ministerial Team
A Recycling Story
I steered the long truck into the delivery area of the recycling center. Seeing a blond-haired man in his early 20s waiting to help me, I asked through the open truck window: "Should I pull up further?" He just stared at me. Shutting off the loud diesel engine, I smiled and asked, "Is this a good place to stop?" The young man stared a second longer then turned away, arms folded across his chest. Unsure what the trouble was, I opened the truck door. At this point, he spoke up: "I don't start talking to people until they get out of their vehicles."
Turns out this young man felt he was being disrespected if people didn't step out to talk with him. So firm was the notion, it didn't really matter what the driver was saying – or asking. I'll admit that a little voice in my head told me I could take offense at his attitude, and feel disrespected myself. Instead, I listened to the voice that said, "Let's see what love can do."
So I stayed cheerful and sincerely asked how his day was going. By the end of our encounter, he not only thanked me for coming, he said, "Without people like you who bring your recycling here, I wouldn't have a job." What a sweet demonstration that when we choose not to recycle taking offense, the world becomes a more loving place.
This Week, October 27th - November 1st
SATURDAY (10:00 am-12:30 pm) – Heaven on Earth: Practicing Embodied Spirituality Practice Group facilitated by Kalia Bethany is held in the Fillmore Wing. Donation Basis. For more information, contact Kalia at 541-484-9341.
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS WEEKEND
FALL BACK BY TURNING YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR
NEXT WEEK, NOVEMBER 3-8
MONDAY (7:00-9:00 pm) – Unity Open Men’s Circle meets in the Fellowship Hall. This group is open to all men within our church community and our larger Eugene community. For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-344-0727 or John Freshwater at 541-554-6898.
TUESDAY (12:00-1:00 pm) – Prayer Shawl Ministry Gathering in the Fellowship Hall. This group (which meets once a month) knits and crochets prayer shawls that will bless people who are going through a difficult time with a gift they can wrap around themselves to bring comfort, love, and peace. No experience necessary. Come and join us!
THURSDAY (7:00-9:00 pm) – Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-484-6571.
7:00-9:00 pm The Friday Night Connection presents guest speaker Sherrie Frank, Vice-President of Wings Seminars for the past 10 years. Have you ever felt as if you were living someone else's life or felt confused about who you are and what you want? Come for an evening of exploration and fun as we learn ten steps to an authentic life.
7:00-9:00 pm Shamanic Evening in the Fillmore Wing. Led by Gary Wymore and Sunny Schneider. Donations accepted.
NEXT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9
10:30 am Service – For the 6th week in our 7-week series on The Way of the Mystics, the theme is"Hazrat Inayat Khan: The Power of One." The remarkable connections between Sufism and Unity Philosophy reveal a simple, practical approach to spiritual living.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 (7:00 pm) –The Coming Alive Players present The 2nd Annual Ordnary Home Companion Radio Show with live old time music from the Old Time Players, lots of corny (but LOL) jokes and skits and some of the best singers in our congregation or anywhere. Donations accepted.
Holiday Food Drive - Unity of the Valley is participating in the annual Holiday Food Drive again this year to help St. Vincent de Paul collect specific foods which will help fill thousands of holiday food boxes for local families in need over the holidays. We are currently collecting donations of canned vegies (no corn please), olives, soup, pasta, broth, and fruit. Please drop them off in the barrel in the Foyer. Together, we make a difference!
Uniteens Beary Special Project - Our Uniteens in the Youth & Family Ministry will be doing the Beary Merry Christmas Project again this year! PLEASE bring a brand-new huggable stuffed bear to church in November. These bears will be filled with our love and prayers, and will be delivered to Bags of Love the week of December 1. Bags of Love is a wonderful organization that makes cloth bags and quilts, then fills the bags with needed items, including a quilt and a stuffed bear (medium-sized). These are then given to children in crisis. For more information about Bags of Love and other ways you can help, ask Rev. Sherry Lady.
Sacred Service Opportunities
Kitchen Angels Needed - We have an opening for a closing Kitchen Angel on the 1st, 2nd and 3rdSunday of each month. A closing Kitchen Angel reports for duty during the offering time of the service and makes sure everything (coffee, cookies, cups, etc.) is set out and ready for after-service fellowship. The closing Kitchen Angel also loads the dishwasher, cleans counters, coffee carafes, etc. before leaving. Sign up in the foyer.
Office Angels Needed – We currently have openings for office angels on Thursday, and Fridayafternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Our office angels answer the phone and perform light office work as needed. If this interests you, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall or call Géna at 541-345-9913, ext. 11.
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