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NewDavidSmOur virtue for this week is SERVICE.

It was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who said, “Everybody can be great….because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve…You only need a heart full of compassion and grace. Anyone who has a soul generated by love is automatically in service.”

There is not a person reading this who does not have a heart full of compassion and grace.  And into your life and mine, each and every day, comes the opportunity to contribute.

It may begin with our loved ones.  It may begin with a request for assistance.  But you don’t have to wait to be asked.  It may simply be an opportunity that comes up during your day to once again invest what you do with excellence. Your service is what changes our world.

Take an opportunity to close your eyes and pray:

“Here am I, Lord, use me!”  Let that be our prayer today.

In a consciousness of service, we do give thanks.  Amen

 

The Dish From David, Fall 2014

NewDavidSmIn the words of Albert Camus, “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”

As I write these words, there is a chill in the air that tells me we are nearing winter. And all of sudden, it’s hitting me that I’m nearing the “winter” of my time with you as your minister.

Winter is an important season. A necessary season. It is nature’s time for resting, retiring, renewing, recuperating, re-sourcing, and re-assessing. Just as there are seasons in nature, there are seasons of the heart as well. And your heart and mine are preparing for change. And we’re going to go through this season, this change together. Changes like this are as natural as the ebb and flow of the tide, the rising and setting of the sun, and the coming and going of ministers in a church.

Soon, it will be my time to step down as your minister and give way to that one who will take you and this church to the next level.

It has been my great joy and honor to have served you for two seasons. First, for eight years back in the 70’s and 80’s, and now, for another four plus years. These have been the most rewarding and memorable years in a career that has lasted more than 50 years.

I will deeply miss our Sunday mornings together, our conversations, our times of laughter and times of tears. Oh, I plan to stick around and help out in any way that supports our new minister. God willing and the creek don’t rise, I’ll still be a part of this amazing community in the months ahead and share this new phase of the journey with you. But it won’t be the same.

As I think about it, there’s clearly emptiness inside. Still, I wouldn’t want to change a thing. It’s all in Divine Order, just as all the seasons of the heart have always been.

You and I know that winter always leads to summer. It always leads to new growth, new adventures, and new horizons. That’s what we’re all looking forward to isn’t it?

So, I’ll leave you with these words from a favorite John Denver song of mine, called “Seasons Of The Heart”: Love is why I came here in the first place, love is now the reason I must go. Love is all I ever hoped to find here, love is still the only dream I know.

Aloha, dear friends!

David

 

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

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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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