Upcoming Services & Special Events!
Sunday August 2nd, 10:30 a.m. Service – Our August theme of Sailing Uncharted Seas begins with the topic "First, Learn to a Row Little Boat": Do you ever struggle with trying to direct and shape your outer world? Oddly enough, the more we learn about directing our inner world, the easier life in general becomes.
- 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!
Sunday August 9th, 10:30 a.m. Service – Join us for a talk on "Getting Out of the Fog."
The Beauty of Starting Small
Recently, Rev. Sherry loaned me a most beautiful little book with a sentence for a title: "First you have to row a little boat." Writes author Richard Bode in the first chapter:
...in life, real life, we aren't pitted against one another, we are pitted against ourselves, and our victories are almost always the ones we forge alone. If we want to teach our children self-reliance, then we shouldn't take them to the [baseball] diamond or the gridiron. We should take them down to the river, a lake or a bay and let them learn to row a little boat.
As I share these words, I sit alone at my laptop. I pause to gaze across the horizon of my mind. Which direction shall I row next on this warm, slightly breezy afternoon? And I wonder about the larger course my life is traveling. Just as the earth makes a full spin daily as it revolves annually around the sun as it glides along with the solar system across the galaxy as it moves with the galaxy across the universe and is carried along with the great universal expansion, could each of us be sailing on a journey within a journey within a journey within unseen journeys beyond that?
The only way to fully unravel this mystery, say the great sages throughout time, is to look deeply enough within ourselves. To know ourselves fully. This requires a daily practice of doing, observing, adjusting, fine-tuning. Day by day, learning to row our thoughts and actions with greater skill and grace. Until we realize we are Grace—Divine Love and Wisdom—itself. In the most profound way, we are each an uncharted sea to ourselves.
Rowing in a boat near you,
SATURDAY, August 1st - (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 3rd to 8th
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 /email@example.com Jim Drews at 541-726-8510.
TUESDAY – Deadline for Registration to the 4th annual Multigenerational Camp in the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest outside Randle, Washington. Pick up a registration packet in the Fellowship Hall or download it at http://www.unitynwregion.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=51
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.
FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 p.m.) – Shamanic Evening in the Sanctuary. Join Gary Wymore and Sunny Schneider as they gather together to celebrate Spirit through drumming and sound. Donation basis.
Call for Vendors and Presenters
Unity of the Valley is hosting a Mind Body Spirit Fair on Saturday, October 3, and we are looking for vendors and presenters who would like to participate. Tables are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are $25 + 10% of total sales. The Registration Deadline: August 31, 2015. This fair is a fundraiser to benefit our Angel Network which serves those in need in our community. Pick up a registration form in the Fellowship Hall or register online at http://unityofthevalley.org/application.html.
Do You Have an item or Service You Can Donate to Our Silent Auction?
On Sunday, September 20 we will be holding our annual Silent Auction at Inge Tarantola’s home. We are looking for auction items and services to help make our Silent Auction a wonderful success this year. Do you have an item, service, or skill you can donate? Some Suggestions: baking a pie, providing a basket of goodies, offering a dinner, yard work, massage, vacation rental, tutoring, gift certificates, etc. We are starting our planning early this year. Help us out by picking up a form in the foyer and donating. For more information, you can contact Joyce Aschim at 541-315-6914 or John Freshwater at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give Blessings and Thanks to Our Wonderful Volunteers!