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, February 7th, 10:30 a.m. Service – “Are My Wants Crowding My Needs?” will be the question explored byJon West. Clarifying what we truly need as spiritual beings helps ensure that our human desires don't cut us off from the flow of divine order in our lives.

- 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 February birthdays!

Sunday, February 14th,  10:30 a.m. Valentine's Day Service – “Love is Great, but Watch Those Thorns,” will beJon West's topic. We will explore time-tested steps for easing away from the sharp edges and steep ledges in our closest relationships.

A message from our ministerial team:

SCOUTING FOR HIGHER LOVE

The shining sun invited me and a friend and our small dogs on a walk after last Sunday's service. As we walked, I had to use myself as a shield between Sparky–my 16 year-old Maltese-Shitzu–and any passing big dog. Sparky's powerful protective instinct says "I must defend myself and my pack and scare away every possible threat." That includes any dog bigger than Sparky, and even ones his own size who dare stick their nose in his face. 

So today I sing the praises of Scout, my friend’s two-year old Havanese, who shines nothing but adoring love on one and all. When a big stranger of a dog came along taking up more path than Sparky and Scout combined, Scout didn't see a threat but an opportunity. She sprinted over and threw herself down tummy up in front of the dog as if to say "I honor you, I trust you, I am your friend."  It was sort of a doggie version of our "namaste" in which we bow to another with hands in prayer position in honor of their Divine Essence.

I know there’s a noble intention behind Sparky’s scare tactics, and I haven’t walked in his paws and faced down drooling beasts that literally tower over my head. But I wonder how much of our humangrowling and barking is based on present survival needs, or on an alert system that no longer reflects the conditions we live in.  Our knee-jerk defensiveness may seem to make us safer.  In fact, it may just be sustaining a fearful illusion of separateness.  

Thank you for being a part of Unity, and for all you do to demonstrate that our deepest need is to know our wholeness–and our oneness–in Spirit!

With love,

Jon

iracle you are,

Jon 

 

SOCKS NEEDED!

During the week of February 1-7, we will be collecting socks for the local homeless population. The socks will be collected by several congregations in Eugene and given to different agencies for distribution.  Any kind and size of new socks will be appreciated.  Please look for the bin in the foyer and help us with this effort.  For more information contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873.

Next Week, February 8th to 13th

MONDAY – (6:30 p.m.) – Super Soul Monday – Jesus: First Century Rabbi with Rabbi David Zaslow at Temple Beth Israel, 1175 East 29th Avenue. Cost: $5-$10 sliding scale. For more information visit www.rabbidavidzaslow.com.

THURSDAY - (7:00-9:00 p.m.) - Therapeutic Touch in the Fillmore Wing. Donation basis. For more information, please contact Bev Forster at 541-484-6571.

FRIDAYS, FEBRUARY 12-MARCH 18 – PeerSpirit Circles Workshop (6:30-8:00 p.m.). Many of you may already be familiar with PeerSpirit Circles here at Unity. We have been using them for several years at our leadership gatherings and Saturday workshops. We will be having a six-week class to practice being in circle together. It is open to everyone and you may come to one or as many as you like. Love offering basis. For more information, contact Ellen at 541-344-1490 or Sunny at541-461-5663Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

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.

Upcoming In February

TUESDAYS, FEBRUARY 12-MARCH 18 – PeerSpirit Circles Workshop (6:30-8:00 p.m.). Many of you may already be familiar with PeerSpirit Circles here at Unity. We have been using them for several years at our leadership gatherings and Saturday workshops. We will be having a six-week class to practice being in circle together. It is open to everyone and you may come to one or as many as you like. Love offering basis. For more information, contact Ellen at 541-344-1490 or Sunny at541-461-5663Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14 -  CANCELLATIONThe Alchemical Crystal Singing Bowls, Toning, and Guided Meditation with Nancy Hopps (7:00-8:30 p.m.) has been cancelled due to an injury. We’ll keep you posted when it will be rescheduled.

WEDNESDAYS, FEBRUARY 24-MARCH 16 (7:00-8:45 p.m.) – Foundations of Unity with Jon West. Whether you’ve attended Unity for weeks or years, this class will deepen your awareness of our core principles. Required for those wishing to become a new member. (New members will be honored and welcomed on Sunday, March 20.) Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 25-MARCH 24 (2:45-3:45 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 or sign up in the Fellowship Hall.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) – Awakening Your Heart’s Intelligence and Joy. An all-day experience with Kalia Bethany learning techniques to awaken your heart’s intelligence and joy. Cost: $50. Register with Kalia (541-484-9341) by February 15.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 (10 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) – Awakening Your Heart’s Intelligence and Joy. An all-day experience with Kalia Bethany learning techniques to awaken your heart’s intelligence and joy. Cost: $50. Register with Kalia (541-484-9341) by February 15.

Upcoming Opportunities

EASTER CHOIR VOICES NEEDED – Come and share your voice with Unity’s Easter Choir. Rehearsals are Mondays, February 29March 7, 14, and 21 (7:00-8:30 p.m.) with an Easter performance on March 27Sign up in the Fellowship Hall or contact Kalia Bethany at 541-484-9341.

2016 UNITY OF THE VALLEY DIRECTORY – We are putting together the 2016 Unity of the Valley Directory which will have photos this year!  Would you like to be included?  If so, complete a form on Sunday and see Joyce Aschim in the Foyer to get your photo taken this Sunday.  For more information, you can contact Joyce at 1-541-315-6914.  

Volunteer Opportunities/Needs

Give thanks and blessings to all our wonderful volunteers!

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