Sunday, December 21st
10:30 am Service – Guest Speaker Rev. Nola Woodbury* will be speaking on the topic The Road to Bethlehem. Join us for Nola’s heartfelt message about her adventures in the Holy Land. Our Unity Choir will perform, and the entire Youth Education family will recreate a Christmas Tableau of the beautiful Nativity for us. There will also be a visit from Santa after the service.
*The return of our former Associate Minister Nola Woodbury from her many travels abroad with husband David Roderick was an opportunity our ministerial team couldn't pass up: For our December 21st service, we invited Nola to share spiritual reflections on her and David's journeys in the Holy Land...and she said yes! Nola touched many souls during her years in our community, so please spread the word about this rare appearance!
Wednesday, December 24th – 5:30 & 7:30 pm – Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Services. Join us for one of our lovely Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Services. This year's theme isWe Are the Light, with presentations by a variety of speakers, Paul Biondi on flute and sax, Theresa Schumacher on harp, and singers Kalia Bethany, Donna O’Neil, Elizabeth Cable, Steve Smothers, and Jon West. Children are welcome. Nursery care provided.
Sunday December 28th, 10:30 am Service – Burning Bowl Service – A Unity tradition, this beautiful service is apowerful opportunity to release false beliefs and illusions that do not serve our highest purpose. Through the purification process, symbolized by fire, we release unwanted and limiting patterns such as fear, anger, guilt, and unforgiveness, thereby creating space for fresh insights and inspiration. Join us for this freeing and moving experience in consciousness! (Please note this is a family service. There will be no youth education classes held. Childcare for infants and children up to age 4 will be available.)
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.
SATURDAY (6:00-9:00 pm) – 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.
A Message fromYour Ministerial Team
Our Wish for You
Oh, oh, star of wonder, star of night,
star of royal beauty bright – westward
leading, still proceeding, guide us to that
These words from a beloved Christmas carol have always held within
them a mystical meaning for those who are open to it. To follow a star
has been a metaphor for something magical that, if pursued, can lead us
to the place of the most happiness possible. We don’t realize what the
star is sometimes, or why it has captured our imagination – only that somehow it is there and feels real. That star has become so important to us that we have given it a shape, have placed it on this season’s decorated trees, on the ends of magic wands, on theater marquees, and
on jeweled crowns, and have referenced it in songs that have become best sellers. Its importance is never denied – only desired.
In this particular song, the star comes from the east, the place of
enlightenment, and heads westward, to the place of manifestation,
always proceeding and guiding to that place of perfect light.
Metaphysically, that perfect light is the place where we are able to see
the perfection that we are as spiritual beings. That realization has, for centuries, brought people to their internal knees as they stand in awe of this truth. From this realization we come to know that Divine love can be experienced, and shared, and brings joy as it comes alive in the hearts of both giver and receiver.
Our wish for you this season is that you experience your “stardom” and be filled with all the light, love, and joy you can possibly hold as you journey westward to the perfect light that is the truth of you.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and never-ending peace.
Your Ministerial Team,
Jon, Sherry, and Inge
THURSDAY, January 1, 2015 – 15th Annual New Year’s Yoga & Meditation Retreat (9:30 am-12:30 pm). Join Donna O’Neil and Jon West for yoga, chanting, and meditation to begin the New Year in peace and balance. Light refreshments and fellowship afterwards. Suggested donation: $20. All donations go to help families and individuals in need, so please help by giving generously. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall to reserve your space.
TUESDAYS, January 6-February 3, 2015 – Practical Abundance Class (6:30-8:30 pm).In a fun and interactive environment, Sally Waters brings loads of laughter, joy, and learning to this course. She will share some easy tools for increasing abundance and prosperity in your life. Donation basis. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall to reserve your space.
SATURDAY, January 10, 2015 – HeartYearnings with Kalia Bethany (10 am-6 pm).“Coaching to Clarity … with Feeling … towards Joy!” a One-Day Heart IQ Level One Experience. Cost $50 includes lunch. Registration required! Contact Kalia at 541-484-9341 for more information or to register.
Sacred Service Opportunities
Kitchen Angels Needed - We have an opening for Kitchen Angels to serve coffee and cookies after one of the Sunday services once a month. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
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