Upcoming Services and Special Events!
Sunday, August 28th: 10:30 a.m. Service – Our August series “The Spiritual Traveler” concludes with Jon West sharing “Wonders of the Inner Journey.” No matter where we go in this world, it's the doorway into our soul that holds the answers – and wholeness – we seek most of all.
Sunday, September 4th: 10:30 a.m. Service - We kick off our September theme “Creating a World That Works for Everyone” with Jon West revealing the great things that can happen when we “Start Where We Are in the Place Where We're At!”
- 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 September birthdays!
A message from our ministerial team:
The Inner Journey
“The universe within our soul is beckoning us to begin the greatest adventure there is,” reads the description for this coming Sunday’s message, entitled “Wonders of the Inner Journey.”
Reading this over several times, I am reflecting back to when I began listening to the inner voice, acknowledging the beckoning, and taking steps in the direction I was compelled to go. For me, it came down to this:
As I see it, the inner journey begins with our first physical steps as infants. Our hearts delight in the feeling of being in charge of a direction and a purpose, albeit if only to the safety of the nearest person or piece of furniture. But something has “gone off” inside of us that says there is more to this life than the comfort of our crib and we will not be stopped until we master the next mobility challenge. Unencumbered with world concern at this time, we giggle, laugh, cry and show an authentic response to the world around us, as we know it. In case you hadn’t noticed, at this stage it’s all about our inner journey and we heartily focus on that. Is it spiritual? I fully believe it is.
Another stage, quite prominent in most of our memories, are those teenage years when the world has its own view and expectations of what we should become. We often rebel against that because our inner voice is telling us something else. We give it our best, even though, as one teen told me: “We just get beaten down by all there is to do and what we’re expected to be. But there is something inside me that wants to be something, do something, which nags me all the time. Yet when I go to that place there is such excitement and peace. I know that is the real me, and I want to become it.” I see that awareness as the beginning of the real personal recognition and acceptance of the “beckoning,” yet to be fully expressed.
Then there are our adult years. My goodness how we love to veer off the path and check out various and sundry things, preferring distraction over doing the deep work and taking that step towards our next spiritual adventure. Finally, there comes a time when it is the only thing we want to do. It’s the only thing that matters. Time is short, we tell ourselves, so let’s get going and get back to those feelings that came with our birth and youth. Let’s allow ourselves to be reminded that ALL OF LIFE IS A WONDER! ALL OF LIFE IS A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, and there is no finish line. Thank goodness. In this way, wonder and delight can continue to fill our days and support us in our darker hours. GOD IS GOOD! Our inner journey is a gift. Drink in the wonder. Also, cherish those who have been and who are now traveling with us.
I may be just a human being having a spiritual experience, but I treasure every moment of both spiritual and human experience and am in awe of the wonder of it every day. Hoping you will be in awe as well.
See you in church – and perhaps also the store! Wink at me if you see me and know I am having a wonder-filled experience, even though what might be beckoning to me is something as simple as a fresh loaf of bread or a ripe strawberry. But my spirit is happy.
This Week, August 22nd to 27th
Saturday, August 27th:
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. YFM Summer Car Wash in the Pizza Hut Parking lot, 29th & Willamette. Please tell your friends and family to come get a car wash. Offered on a donation basis. All donations help support our Unity youth program, events, and camps.
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 August 29th to September 3rd
Thursday, August 25th - (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, September 2nd - October 21st (10:00-a.m. to noon) – A Course in Miracles Foundations Class held in the Fillmore Wing. Join Dennis and Janet Chandler in an 8-week course that is designed to provide a solid foundation for understanding this immensely practical path of spiritual awakening. The cost is $80 which includes study materials/handouts. Pre-registration required. Contact Janet Chandler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-485-5235 or sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
Thursday, September 8th: Unity World Day of Prayer (Noon-7:00 p.m.). Join us in the Sanctuary as we connect in prayer with Unity Churches worldwide. We begin with an Opening Ceremony at noon, and we continue the day with prayer, meditation, one-on-one prayer, a labyrinth, and silence. The Closing Ceremony is at 7:00 p.m. Join us for any or all of this day!
Sunday, September 11th: Silent Auction Fundraiser (4:00-7:00 p.m.)
Unity is holding an adults-only fundraiser at the home of Leonard and Inge Tarantola. Join us for a great *dinner, a walk in the gardens, awesome music, time with friends, and shopping for some wonderful items and services at the Silent Auction. We’ll have Bingo and a raffle. Remember, it supports Unity of the Valley and the youth of our community!
Get Your Tickets Now!
* Gourmet dinner (includes dessert and your favorite beverage (beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee, and tea)) for only $10. (vegetarian friendly)
* Raffle tickets for a 2 or 3 nights stay in a Yachats beach house the week of October 4-10. Be guests (up to 4 people) of Jerry & Ann Woeste. One dinner and all breakfasts provided. $1 per ticket or $5 for 6 tickets.
For more information contact Joyce Aschim at 541-315-6914.
Tuesdays, September 20th to October 11th: Prosperity & You with Revs. Inge Tarantola and Sherry Lady (6:30-8:30 p.m.). 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.
Wednesdays, September 11th throuogh October 12th: Foundations of Unity with Jon West (7:00-8:45 p.m.). 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, October 16.) Suggested donation $10 per class. Sign up in the Fellowship Hall.