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

Sunday, May 1st: 

 10:30 a.m. Service – Our May series Yogananda and the Spiritual Unity of East and West starts with Jon West sharing insight on The Eternal Quest of the Soul." 

- After the Service – First-Sunday Potluck at Unity. Join us after the service for our monthly congregational potluck. Bring your favorite potluck food, and invite your friends and family. Unity will provide coffee, tea, and cookies. We’ll also have cake to celebrate all the May birthdays!

- 1:00 p.m. – The Coming Alive Theater Group presents a second reading of the play, Hollywood Comes To Ordnary, by Joey White. We go back in time in Ordnary, Oregon, to see what happens when a movie company comes to town. How did Ordnary become  the parsnip capitol of the country? What shenanigans do the Ordnary citizens get up to? Donation basis.

 

A message from our ministerial team:

 

WHAT'S IN YOUR WATER?

Do you ever get moving so fast in life – it may even be with an inspired sense of purpose – that it's hard to slow down?  So that your new normal is an increased level of stress, urgency and impatience to reach the next goal?  

I noticed that happening in recent weeks. I’ve been pouring myself into our series on The Beatles while keeping a variety of other projects afloat. It reached the point that I was starting my morning by leaping right onto the computer without first soaking in the purifying calm of meditation. The effect became like a continuous flow of espresso into my blood stream – a jitteriness that I noticed even as Donna and I were enjoying a sunny bike ride along the river.  

It occurs to me that this consciousness of ours – which saints and sages have told us flows like a river from our pure essence of being – is as clear and perfect as we let it be. Yet even when that river is thrumming with divine ideas, we can easily inject the sandy grit of dense thoughts and dark emotions. We can muddy our own waters.  

What a powerful understanding to realize this truth: each moment we can be an open channel for the river of divine love and light. For most of us, that requires some pretty strong filtering of thoughts, actions and reactions. Sure, a little muck is bound to get into the mix now and then. But as we make the effort to express our highest and best – and then experience the positive results – the flow becomes naturally pure.  I'm still working at it!

With love and blessings,

Jon

 

This Week April 24th to April 30th

TUESDAY (6:30-8:30 p.m.) – Meditation Practices in the Fillmore Wing. Join Rev. Inge Tarantola in the exploration of a variety of meditation techniques. This class is experiential with a variety of presenters who will share with you their first-hand experience.  Suggested freewill offering of $5. 

Upcoming

TUESDAYS, May 3-24 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) – Metaphysics: What is it? How does it Work? In this interactive 4-week class, led by Rev. Sherry Lady, we will focus on the importance of self-knowledge, the Divine paradox, the role of metaphysics in the manifestation of events (both seen and unseen) in our lives, and much more! Love-offering basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

THURSDAYS, beginning May 5 (1:00-3:00 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.

THURSDAYS, May 12-June 9 (2:45-4:00 p.m.) – Chair Yoga. Using a chair for support in various ways, you’ll practice yogic breathing, moving on the breath, stretching the body, and relaxation techniques. Cost: $32 for 5-week series. To register email Donna atyogawithdonna@gmail.com.

MAY COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT- As a follow-up to our Families in Transition project, we are working with the Church of the Resurrection to provide Home-Starter Kits to families who are moving into permanent housing. During the month of May, we will be collecting donations of new or lightly used kitchen or utility items. This category includes: dinner plates, soup/cereal bowls, mugs, drinking glasses, knives, forks, spoons, scrubber sponges, frying pans, saucepans, cooking spoons, pancake turners, potholders, vegetable peelers, paring knives, kitchen towels, aluminum foil, paper towels, cloth grocery bags, laundry baskets, laundry detergent, and dish detergent. A collection bin will be available in the foyer. For more information, contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873 or Grace Low at 281-507-2707.

 

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