Upcoming Services and Special Events!
Sunday, July 31st:
9:15-10:15 a.m. – the Sunday Morning Reading Group is studying Eckhart Tolle’s book A New Earth. Join this group in the Fillmore Wing for an illuminating, enlightening, and uplifting exploration.
10:30 a.m. Service –To conclude our July “Set Your Soul-Joy Free” series, Jon West will share some timeless keys to “Awakening to the Sacred – and Serving It.”
- after the service – Unity’s Annual Friendship Picnic at Tugman Park after the service. Everyone is welcome! Bring a potluck food to share, and a lawn chair and/or blanket. Unity will supply the hamburgers, hot dogs, lemonade, and utensils.
Many volunteers are still needed to help with this picnic. If you can help out, please sign up in the Fellowship Hall. We are looking for:
3 more people for set-up (slicing tomatoes, making coffee, loading up food/ condiments/cooking utensils and transporting them to the park)
3 more people for clean-up (transporting things back to the church, getting the dishwashers loaded, etc.)
3 more grillers (BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs)
2 more people to assist with games and activities
A message from our ministerial team:
The Sacredness We Hold Within
What memories of people, places and times do you hold sacred in your heart? Do we decide what is sacred? Or does life reveal sacredness to us? Today I received an email from my older sister reminding me about – and closing a circle on – something I’ve long held sacred. When I was 16, I met a former C.I.A. spy named Jay Mullen. He was father to Molly, a girl I knew in Drama Club. Jay and I only had a few conversations, but I found his life adventures fascinating, his presence magnetic.
Looking back, I realize I was sensing his groundedness — a deep and powerful calm spreading out from him that went right through me. That was something I’d never felt from anyone before. In the following years, I noticed I’d kept a part of Jay with me: sooner or later, his face and voice would ripple like a wave through my thoughts or in a dream.
Recently, that sacred memory of Jay began echoing ever louder within me like a ticking clock. I had a feeling I should track him down before it was too late. I remember clearly the last time I saw him: I was 17 and standing in a movie line with a friend. A tall, distinguished man with sandy hair called out as if to an old friend across a canyon, then marched over to shake my hand and say a few warm words. Watching him depart, my observant friend mimicked Jay’s bigger-than-life demeanor by saying: “Jon, I saw you last in the Congo!”
In my sister’s email today, she wanted me to click on a link to our old hometown newspaper. She intended for me to see a funny video. What caught my eye wasn’t the video — it was Jay Mullen’s obituary. Life had found a way to let me know: my time to reconnect with this man who’d made a lifelong impression on me had just run out.
Or had it? Perhaps the truest connection we can make with another is not in the flesh. It’s in the deepest well of the heart. Where we are one, in infinite power and eternal calm. That is the sacredness we all hold within.
May you know and feel your sacredness every day — and share it with our spiritual community this Sunday!
This Week, July 25thth to July 30th
THURSDAY – (12:00-1:00 p.m.) - Lunchtime Piano Concert, featuring Betsy Parker. Join us in the Sanctuary as Betsy plays a variety of classical and popular music, in a relaxed atmosphere. Betsy has been a featured soloist with the Eugene Symphony and the Oregon Mozart Players. This is a free event but love offerings will be accepted. Any donations will go directly to Unity of the Valley.
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, August 1st to August 6th
MONDAY (6:15 pm) - Unity Open Men’s Circle meets in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck. All men welcome.For more information, contact Raymond Albano at 541-344-0727 /firstname.lastname@example.org Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.
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.
Next Sunday August 7th
10:30 a.m. Service –Our August “The Spiritual Traveler” series begins with Jon Westleading us on an exploration of “Trusting Our Inner Compass.”
- 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 August birthdays!
August 25- 28 - 5th Annual Unity Multigenerational Camp sponsored by Unity Worldwide Ministries, Northwest Region. This fun camp event is for all ages and stages to play, grow, and build friendships in the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest outside Randle, Washington. Experiential education on the Cispus Challenge Course will help us put our spiritual awareness into action. For more information and for pricing, pick up a registration packet at the sign-up table in the Fellowship Hall. Registration packet is due in Washington no later than August 4th.
Volunteers Needed in the Youth & Family Ministry (YFM). YFM is always looking for qualified, caring, fun helpers who enjoy working with children to fill in on a rotation basis —even if only for a few Sundays. What special skills, talents, and joys can you share? We are looking for teachers and assistants for K-2nd grade and 3rd-5th grade. Our summer program includes short lessons, songs, games, and summer play. If you are a bit more adventurous, you could help with our Unity Outdoor Adventures in July and August. If you would like to volunteer to help with our YFM summer program or in the fall, please email Shawna Newcomb at email@example.com and include your availability, your background working with youth, and any special skills you have.
July Community Outreach Project
We will continue our community outreach in July with the Church of the Resurrection to provide Home-Starter Kits to families who are moving into permanent housing. During the month of July, we will be collecting donations of hand soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, hair brush, comb, disposable razors, toilet paper, sanitary napkins, tampons, and clothes hangers. A collection bin will be available in the foyer. For more information, contact Bonnie Paquin at 541-345-8873 or Grace Low at 281-507-2707.