Upcoming Services and Special Events!
TWO SERVICE SUNDAYS starts this Sunday, September 25, at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
NOTE TO PARENTS: Youth classes and nursery care will be held during the 11:15 a.m. service. Childcare for children ages 0-8 will be available at the 9:30 a.m. service. Please mark your calendars!
Sunday, September 25th
9:20 a.m. Meditative Time in the sanctuary prior to the 9:30 a.m. service. Please enter quietly.
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services –How we can each become co-architects of a brighter world is the subject of Jon West's message entitled “Building the Beloved Community." Special music by the Unity Choir under the direction of Maureen Robeson.
(Parking Reminder: First service attendees are asked to exit the parking lot by 11 a.m. if possible.)
10:45 - 11:00 a.m. Meditative Time in the sanctuary prior to the 11:15 a.m. service.
After the 11:15 a.m. Service – Soup Sunday returns.We will share soup and bread contributed by members of the community. If you can contribute soup on one Sunday, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, October 2nd
9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Services – Our October “The Spirituality of Excellence” series begins with Jon West sharing helpful insights on serving the Divine in a talk about “It’s the Little Things.”
After the 11:15 a.m. 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 October birthdays!
From the Community "Merging Lane"
You walk into a room filled with mostly strangers. No one appears to notice you. You feel conflicted inside. You came to this place, so you obviously want to connect with others. Yet trying to make that connection seems intimidating and embarrassing. Creating chitchat out of thin air isn't always easy and feels superficial. Nor do you want to be needy for attention. Where is the spiritual path in this situation? Here are some ideas adapted from Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Six Principles of Nonviolence."
1. Find your courage! Resolve not to cower.
2. Radiate a spirit of friendship and a desire to understand new people and environments. You don't have to be overly eager; just quietly offer yourself as a courteous person interested in learning from and about others. If they want to listen to and learn about you, that's a side benefit.
3. Respect the divine in all people, regardless of personality types. Remember, some people may be just as shy toward strangers as you. They may not want to invade your personal space. A warm smile is a good way to melt the invisible walls. If you need to address an injustice of some kind, seek to improve the situation without belittling even those who may have caused it. Defeat the problem, not the person.
4. If someone offends you, offer love, flexibility and forgiveness rather than retaliation. Of course, set appropriate boundaries as needed, knowing it's okay to remove yourself from disruptive situations.
5. Come from the heart in a simple, non-pretentious way. When you say with sincere caring, "Hi, how are you?" and then back up your sincerity by listening attentively to their answer, you are communicating far more than words alone.
This Sunday, we begin creating a more expansive structure to our Sunday services. As new people wander into our midst, we can all help make them feel welcomed – yes, even loved. At the soul level, we were all meant to share what Dr. King called "agape," which he described as “understanding, redeeming goodwill for all,” “the love of God operating in the human heart.”
As our community expands with this kind of agape love at its heart, we will be doing our part to melt away the invisible walls of this world. – Jon
P.S. See you on Sunday at either the first or second service (plus I know a lot of you, such as our Unity choir members, will be at both)!
This Week, September 19th to September 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 541-344-0727 / email@example.comJim Drews at 541-726-8510.
- (Noon-1:30 p.m.) – Gentle Yoga at Unity. Join Donna O’Neil in the Fillmore Wing for an 8-class series focusing on developing balance, grace, strength, and inner wisdom. Cost is $60 for the series. Space is limited. Please register in advance with Donna firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-683-7664. (September 20-November 8.)
- (6:30-8:30 p.m.) – Prosperity & You with Revs. Inge Tarantola and Sherry Lady. We will provide some provocative discussion material and share some insights from people who have managed to leave their previous perceptions about prosperity behind them, and have moved on to true abundant living. Offered on a donation basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. (September 20-October 11)
WEDNESDAY (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 voting member of Unity. (New members will be honored and welcomed on Sunday, October 16.) Suggested donation $10 per class but everyone welcome. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. (September 21-October 12)
THURSDAY (7:00-8:30 p.m.) – Coming Alive Theater Group is back from hiatus. Join them in the Sanctuary. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact Gary Wymore or Sunny Schneider at 541-461-5663.
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.
Next Week, September 26th to October 1st
MONDAY (7:00-8:00 p.m.) – Choir Practice in the Sanctuary. For more information on sharing your voice with the choir, contact Mo Robeson at 541-520-8489.
WEDNESDAY (12:00-12:30 p.m.) – Noon Prayer & Meditation. Join Linda Flock in the Peace Chapel for a beautiful experience of opening your heart to feel the complete and continuous love of the Divine.
THURSDAY (5:30-6:45 p.m.) – Passage Meditation as taught by Eknath Easwaran. Contact Laurie Cracraft at 541-345-7563 for more information.
SATURDAY (10:00-11:00 a.m.) – Unity member Ann Richer has been accepted to be a partner family with Habitat for Humanity. By providing 300 hours of “sweat equity,” Ann will gain a low-cost mortgage for a house built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. A representative from Habitat for Humanity will hold a Volunteer Orientation here at Unity. Anyone interested in volunteering must attend this orientation. If you would like to help, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall!
PAID POSITIONS FOR UNITY’S YOUTH ED PROGRAM are now open and available. Please see Shawna for more info. We are looking for a lead teacher for the Unikids, and one for the teens. (There are flyers on the signup table in the Fellowship Hall if you’re interested.)
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th we will welcome new members into our church at the 11:15 a.m. service. If you have attended either Foundations of Unity, the Unity Way of Life, or the What is Unity? class you are qualified for membership. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. (Note: there is a Foundations of Unity class being held September 21-October 12 (7:00-8:45 p.m.). See information above.)
WEEK OF OCTOBER 24-30 – Shelter Week. Unity will be providing meals for families in transition who will be staying at the Church of the Resurrection next door. Volunteers are needed for cooking, serving, and other tasks. A signup sheet will be in the Fellowship Hall very soon. For more information, contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873.
CALLING ALL MUSICIANS, ACTORS, DANCERS, AND STORYTELLERS: On Friday, October 14, Unity will host a delightful evening of entertainment provided by our very own congregants. We are looking for musical acts, presenters of limericks, poetry, monologues, comedy routines, dancing, or even bawdy sail songs. If you would like to be part of the show, please contact Laura DuBois at email@example.com or 732-687-3571. There will be a dress rehearsal on Saturday, October 8, starting at 2:00 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 (10:00-11:00 a.m.) Unity member Ann Richer has been accepted to be a partner family with Habitat for Humanity. By providing 300 hours of “sweat equity,” Ann will gain a low-cost mortgage for a house built by Habitat for Humanity volunteers. A representative from Habitat for Humanity will hold a Volunteer Orientation here at Unity. Anyone interested in volunteering must attend this orientation. If you would like to help, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall!