Sunday, November 30th
10:30 am Service – Guest Speaker Rabbi Jonathan Seidel will be speaking on The Universal and Spiritual Message of Hanukkah. Rabbi Seidel's talk is devoted to the transformation of the Hanukkah celebration from a military anniversary to a special spiritual holiday devoted to miracles and the growth of light.
A Message fromYour Ministerial Team
A Thanksgiving Warm-Up
My mind wasn’t exactly on giving thanks today. I was trying to do too much too fast, and it quickly became the most clunky, clumsy day I can remember. The morning begins with me rushing about gathering items for an all-day leadership seminar that I don’t want to be late to. (Wouldn’t be showing good leadership, would it?) Okay, time to print up the class reminder list and driving directions…but my laptop has decided to stop talking to the printer. Fine, I’ll use Donna’s computer. A red printer light flashes – oh that’s right, we’re totally out of printer paper! Some old Christmas stationary will have to do.
Running out into the sub-freezing air, I assume my biggest challenge will be scraping ice off my windshield. It’s worse: I can’t get my car door open! There’s only one exterior lock on my Subaru and it already needed some lock-loosening oil. Now nothing will get it unstuck. “Uh—Donna?” I call out. My sweetheart is willing to let me take her car, leaving her to drive to her fiddling class in our big diesel camper. So I drive off in a hurry – but have to make a quick U-turn when I realize I’ve forgotten my wallet. Near the seminar building, I find a parking lot and scramble to fill out a slip. It asks what my lot number is – but there’s no lot numbers to be found! More precious minutes slip by as I search in vain…and finally write up a detailed description of my car’s location.
At the seminar, my friend Clark is waiting at the door for me, probably concerned that I’m late. We’re going to spend a long time in one room and attendees are advised to bring a water bottle. Of course, my bottle is filled up and ready to go…back home on my kitchen counter. A staff person digs up a spare bottle for me. I don’t ask where it came from. I notice it has a delightful rubber nozzle I’m supposed to bite on. I’ll be unscrewing the lid to drink, thank you. Finally, I settle in to learn how to be a better leader. Gee, what could I possibly learn?
Looking back on my day, I’m thankful for Donna’s flexibility. I’m thankful for Clark’s caring. For old Christmas stationary. For a stranger’s water bottle. For the fact that I was never in serious trouble, despite not wanting to look bad by being late. And I suppose I should be thankful for something else I discovered this morning. You’ll see it if you come to our Unity Thanksgiving dinner. That’s when we’re having an ugly sweater contest. And I will proudly be showing the incredibly clunky, clumsy wool sweater I stumbled upon during my morning rush. It’s a reminder that divine gifts come in many forms.
This Week, November 24th - 29th
Reminder: The church office is closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 - Thanksgiving Day Potluck with Ugly Sweater Contest & Board Games! Join us for this wonderful community event – it's a great way to build our spiritual family while having fun! We gather at 3:00 pm and eat at 4:00 pm. Unity provides the turkeys. You bring a hot dish, salad, or dessert. And if you have a fun board game, bring it! Sign up in the Fellowship Hall. If you can volunteer to help with set up or clean up, please contact Michael Coleman at 541-660-7885 or email at email@example.com.
This is our last week to collect bears for the Uniteens Beary Special Project! PLEASE bring a brand-new huggable stuffed bear to church by Sunday, November 30. These bears will be filled with our love and prayers, and will be delivered to Bags of Love the week of December 1. Bags of Love is a wonderful organization that makes cloth bags and quilts, then fills the bags with needed items, including a quilt and a stuffed bear (medium-sized). These are then given to children in crisis.
Next Week, December 1st - 6th
Wednesday, December 3, 6:00-8:00 pm - Christmas Decorating at Unity. Join us for Unity’s annual Christmas decorating and tree blessing. We are looking for at least 10 adults (the more the merrier) to help with the big tree and garlands, and for families with children to participate in craft activities and to decorate the small tree in the Fellowship Hall. Come, join in the fun! Cookies & warm apple cider will be provided.
Sunday, December 7 – First Sunday Potluck at Unity. Join us after the service for our monthly congregational potluck. Bring your favorite dish to share, invite your family and friends to join us. Unity will provide coffee, tea, cookies, and cake!
Sunday, December 7 & 14 – Galilean’s Holiday Bazaar (before and after the service). Join the Galileans in the Fellowship Hall for the sale of handmade crafts, candles, decorations, ornaments, and more. All proceeds go to celebrating Valentine’s Day at Good Sam Nursing Home and providing roses and Valentines.
Holiday Food Drive - Unity of the Valley is participating in the annual Holiday Food Drive again this year to help St. Vincent de Paul collect specific foods which will help fill thousands of holiday food boxes for local families in need over the holidays. We are currently collecting donations of canned vegies (no corn please), olives, soup, pasta, broth, and fruit. Please drop them off in the barrel in the Foyer. Together, we make a difference!
Uniteens Beary Special Project - Our Uniteens in the Youth & Family Ministry will be doing the Beary Merry Christmas Project again this year! PLEASE bring a brand-new huggable stuffed bear to church in November. These bears will be filled with our love and prayers, and will be delivered to Bags of Love the week of December 1. Bags of Love is a wonderful organization that makes cloth bags and quilts, then fills the bags with needed items, including a quilt and a stuffed bear (medium-sized). These are then given to children in crisis. For more information about Bags of Love and other ways you can help, ask Rev. Sherry Lady.
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.
Office Angels Needed – We currently have openings for office angels on Thursday, and Fridayafternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Our office angels answer the phone and perform light office work as needed. If this interests you, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall or call Géna at 541-345-9913, ext. 11.
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