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Thoughts on Halloween, from Rev. Jackie

The word hallow means saint or holy person. Hallowe’en is short for All Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Hallows or All Saints Day, November 1…

Halloween and All Saints Day Are examples of Unity’s denial and affirmation prayer process. Halloween is the denial, denying that what is scaring us has any power over us. All Saints Day is the affirmation part of the prayer tool. Affirming what we want and inviting it into our lives.

All Saints focuses on light and faith. It follows the dark night of Halloween that focused on fear and death. All the elements of the darker side of life symbolize the soul coming from the darkness of Hallows’ Eve into the light of All Saints Day.

We recognize and deny power to what is scaring us. We do this, not by tricking it, but rather by treating it with respect and acknowledgement. We admit that we feel scared by skeletons in our closet, by ghost appearances, by mysterious witches and potions, ugly emotions, unexpected noises. Yet, by remembering the light of God that is inside of us, we are able to move through life shining light on our path and casting out darkness.

From a 12 Powers Perspective, preparing for new life (the power focus in December) with a last burst of zeal (the power focus in October), we release our ghosts, and we let go of negative habits which plague us. They leave and depart this plane. In growth toward God Consciousness we are ready to start fresh; pure of heart we are ready to commune with the saintly pure parts of our nature, the Christ within, on all Saints Day.

Even though we may feel like a goblin or a ghost, we remember that we are all the same, filled with Christ light. We are all potential saints to those around us. We make a difference by expressing love. We can let our spirit shine forth to guide.

Halloween Fun

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Our Unity Halloween Party, hosted and organized by our Youth Ministry, was a blast! We loved the scary maze, spooky eats, tarot and pendulum readings, games and prizes. The youth ministry’s labor of love really showed, and we think our families and friends who attended appreciated the variety of fun options. Thanks to everyone who helped with this annual event!

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Wow, What a Show!

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After several months of hard work rehearsing through the summer, and long hours and of planning and prepping, the Unity choir brought Broadway on Bernard to the community last weekend, and it was a hit! We especially loved all the choreography, costumes and lighting effects. Special guests Top Flight joined us and as well as some brave dancers.

So thankful to everyone who came, participated, planned and executed this fabulous musical event! We’ll update you on the proceeds raises just as soon as we know. BRAVO!

Broadway on Bernard, Opening Night

Cerena prepping Tana for the Lion King number

Cerena prepping Tana for the Lion King number

I wasn’t able to stay for very long tongiht, though my sneak peek was amazing! Hope you enjoy your sneak peek too…click below. More shows Saturday at 7 and Sunday at 3. Childcare available at the Sunday performance.

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Quiet Bags for Little Hands

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Because children don’t always want to leave their caregivers on Sunday mornings, Rev. Jackie assembled a dozen quiet bags for little hands. Sometimes kids would rather stay with their adults. We can understand that need, and we welcome you to bring your child with you.

Feel free to borrow a quiet bags during the service. We hope that your child enjoys manipulating the fuzzy pipe cleaners, doodling, reading and being creative.

Quiet bags are available at the back of the Sanctuary for your use during the service. And if your child isn’t ready to leave the bag behind when it’s time to go, no worries.

The Search Project, Check In

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To date, you have donated $1,650 to our Commit to Life, Search Project! Proceeds raised from this project will help offset the costs of hiring a new minister for our Spiritual Center.   These costs could involve travel, accommodations and relocation expenses.

Hiring a new minister is an involved process, and we are thankful for your financial, emotional and spiritual support. We’re also thankful for our Search Committee, which is leading the Search effort. Presently they are half-way through the process and are calling applicants’ references.

Our Commit to Life series culminates at the end of the October. If you would like to make a contribution to the Search Project, you can donate at our spiritual center (envelopes located at three different Search lanterns: entry, platform, atrium) or by calling 838-6518. You can also talk to Terri Lewis-Sander about donating miles from your mileage plan to help with travel expenses.

Your contributions help make this process a reality!

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Tickets Selling Fast!

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Oct 7, 2014

You won’t want to miss this year’s Broadway review, presented by the Choir and benefiting our spiritual center. Vocal talents will cover songs from South Pacific, Wicked, Godspell, The Lion King and more.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 838-6518 to purchase yours or buy them on Sunday.

Three shows are available for your listening enjoyment. Bring your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers!

Friday, October 17 @ 7 pm

Saturday, October 17 @ 7 pm

Sunday, October 19 @ 3 pm

Yard Sale & Pet Blessing

Unity Spiritual Center hosts SRAVASTI ABBEY ALMS BOWL Rummage Sale &Pet Blessing!

Come help support the monastic community of Sravasti Abbey located in Newport, WA. As set out by the Buddha 2600 years ago, the residents do not purchase any of their
own food – we are their sole source of nourishment and sustenance. This is our way of showing gratitude for their practice, intentions and the spiritual aid they provide to the world.

Where: Unity Church, 2900 South Bernard Blvd.- Spokane
When: October 4th from 8 AM – 2 PM, Pet Blessing 9 – 11:30 AM
*Pets must be on either a leash or in a carrier. Donations accepted.

Volunteers still needed – write: jampamorgan@gmail.com