Sunday Service: January 28th at 10:00 AM

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Invitation to Sunday’s talk, with Rev. Cylvia Hayes

Imagineering Your Best Life and World

with Rev. Cylvia Hayes

Imagination is a wondrous and innate human ability that allows us to first envision new possibilities for life, and then to clothe these visions with emotion, energy, and purpose to express them. Spiritualized Imagination is not just about slipping off into fantasy or shirking responsibility but rather, gaining agency over our thoughts, and directing our energies toward the kinds of lives, relationships, careers, and world that we want. This precious and precarious time we are living in is calling us to be creative, imaginative evolutionaries in consciousness, feeling deeply our reciprocal relationship with our Mother Earth, open to change, and excited by possibilities. Cylvia will not only share some insights into Imagination as a spiritual power, but will also provide some practical tips and tools for developing our imagination muscles.


(Still) NEW! Meditation Time before Service

Join us at 9:45 for quiet meditation in the sanctuary before the service.


Bring a snack to share after service!

Join us for fellowship after service to connect with others in our community.


Childcare and activities available

Open to for children 0 through 12 years.


Sound Bath & Reiki

Every Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 PM

Join Lisa Swisher and her team of beautiful musicians for an hour of peaceful relaxation and healing. It’s a perfect self-care treat. Bring a mat to lay on and wear comfortable clothing. All are welcome. Cost is on a sliding scale – $15 to $25.


Watch Service In-Person or Online at UnityCentralOregon.org


EXPRESS YOURSELF


Voices Rising

January 28, 2:00-4:00 PM

Led by Kira Seto, Voices Rising is a non-audition, non-performing, experiential singing group, oriented around experience, fun, depth, and connection. Try it out and be delighted by the beautiful sound we can make together – all voices welcome! No experience needed. A six week experience. Not too late to get started.

Charlotte Oakes attended week one and had this to say: “

“Sunday was a day of bliss for me! I attended the first of Kira Seto’s Voices Rising Workshops at Unity with others who, like me, were singing just for the joy of it. The songs were easy to learn, the harmonies angelic and their messages powerful. No experience is necessary and no judgments or auditions are allowed. If you want a joy filled afternoon, come join me Sunday.”


Wildly Creative You! with Donna Benjamin

Friday, January 26, (Or Feb 2 or Feb 9), 6:30-8:30 PM

Through sound, movement, chanting, singing and writing, we will explore and experience creativity together. Why you might ask – – it is the doorway to fun, confidence, community building and all out joy! Learn deep listening, improvisational techniques and expressive singing while witnessing others magnificence as well. Totally appropriate for beginners, introverts and extroverts alike. These three classes will offer a sampler for you to enjoy – – take one or all. And stay tuned for deeper explorations in the following months. “A creative life is an amplified life. It’s a bigger life, a happier life, an expanded life, and a hell of a lot more interesting life”. – Elizabeth Gilbert


SPECIAL EVENTS


First Annual Share the Love Silent Auction

March 17, 2024

A week timeshare on the beach at Seaside with Rev Jane. A day boating, beachcombing, or fishing on Eastlake… A half day housecleaning…Baskets of goodies… Oh My!

Music, snacks, and many amazing items to bid on. Something for every budget. More details to follow! Contact Charlotte Oakes if you have items to offer.


Honoring Daniel Reader

Saturday, Feb 3 at 1:00, on Zoom

Daniel Reader slipped into Formless Love on Thursday, 1/11/24. Daniel was a beloved member of our community. He was a teacher, a tender of plants, a host of Spirit Groups, and so much more. He leaves his partner of 20 years, Cari Bourette, and all of us, richer for having known him and so sad to let him go. We will have an online celebration of life for him on Feb. 3.


CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


Grow Spiritually with Unity

At Unity: 12:00 – 1:30 PM on Thursdays, February 1-22

This is a 4-week introductory class to give you an idea of basic Unity principles and practices that can help you to grow spiritually and make a practical, positive difference in your life. Ideally, you will take all four weeks in order, but if you can only take one or two weeks right now, you’re still welcome.

There is no fee for the classes, but donations are welcome 🙂 Please register so Rev. Jane knows how many to expect.

Due to low enrollment the evening Zoom class is postponed to later.

  1. Week one: Who (or what) is God–and why does your opinion matter?
  2. Week two: Creation through Prayer and Alignment
  3. Week three: The Art of Manifestation doesn’t have to be a Secret!
  4. Week four: Adding Your Secret Sauce–blending purpose, community and contribution.

A Course in Miracles led by Rev. Cylvia Hayes

Thursday, January 25, 5:30-7:00 PM

This is a gathering to discuss the wisdom in A Course in Miracles. Each session will include a talk on a key Course teaching and then open Q and A and discussion. Perfect for people with a lot of experience with the Course and those who are just starting out or curious.


The Art of Attraction

Starts Saturday, February 10 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, and February 12 & 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
With Robin Currier and Jane Hiatt

Are you in a fabulous relationship?

Do you want to be?

Do you wish your present relationship were juicier?

In this workshop, you will

  • Learn strategies to establish or expand a great relationship
  • Turn the coals of your relationship into a sizzling bonfire
  • Claim your power independent of your perceptions of your partner or your prospects
  • Transform beliefs that keep you stuck and clear your inner runway for joyful love

COMMUNITY BUILDING


Spirit Groups Starting This Month

Compassionate Communication (NVC) – Starts Jan. 27th at 10 am for 7 weeks (Only one spot left). Hosted by Carol Fox in SE Bend. We will read and discuss “Nonviolent Communication – A Language of Life” (3rd edition) by Marshall Rosenberg. Rosenberg believed that our greatest human need is for connection. NVC offers a simple but profound understanding of how we can communicate with others in ways that strengthen our connections and meet our other needs as well.

The Five Things We Cannot Change…And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them—Starts Thursday 1/25/24, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Lynne Zuckerman is hosting at her home in Redmond.

The group will read the book by David Richo and discuss the five things we cannot change

Are you interested in hosting a Spirit Group? The only requirements to host are that you have participated in a Spirit Group and have done the host training. Spirit Groups are small study groups, usually 5 to 8 people, who meet for a few weeks to connect and read a book, watch a video series, or listen to podcasts together and have a group discussion. Contact Leia HERE if you’re interested.


Group Book Read – Black Joy

Group discussion – Feb. 13th from 4:30 – 5:30 PM with Rev. Jane

Unity has partnered with COCC in this book read and discussion for their Season of Non-Violence series. The discussion will be hosted by Rev. Jane Hiatt. In anticipation of the Feb. 20 keynote event with the author — and held in conjunction with Black History Month. We have a couple free books to offer, so ask Rev. Jane if they’re still available.


Women’s Group Activities

Women’s Walks are back every other Wednesday. Location changes, contact Suzanne

Dr. Julie Martin talk on Microbiome Jan. 26th. – contact Suzanne

Snow Shoeing group – Feb. 17th – Contact Grace Goldberger HERE.

Cross Country Skiing – Contact Suzanne.  Opportunity to join others frequently.


OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP


Family Kitchen

Sat. Jan. 26th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

t’s that time again! Every other month a group from our community makes and serves lunch at the Family Kitchen. If you’d like to join the team contact Mary Fay HERE.


Unity Muscle Forming!

“Icemageddon” showed us how vulnerable our community can be. In the event of another big storm, would you be able and willing to bring your warm heart and strong muscle (or snowblower) to help with shoveling for those unable to do their own heavy lifting or get out of their driveways? Even when there’s no sign of snow, some of our members need some kind muscle for moving heavy things. If you want to be on the “ask” list please contact Lisa and Scott Jordan HERE.

If you need other kinds of help, like getting groceries, a ride to the doctor, a babysitter, or a referral to a professional,  (whether it’s snowing or not), or if you have goods or services to offer (for free), you can post your request or offering on U COUNT, our community networking tool. U COUNT just lets you know who needs help or has something to offer, you alone decide if you will respond. Never any pressure. Have you signed up for U COUNT?   If not, enroll here and connect with practical kindness to our community. “


Warm Clothing Drive for Jericho Road

With chilly weather, the need is great. Please bring gloves, hats, coats, sweaters, long-johns, blankets, sleeping bags, socks, etc. any Sunday in January to donate to Jericho Road Outreach which helps the unhoused community in Redmond. Unity member Margaret King who works with Jericho Road will be collecting all the donated items each Sunday after service. Learn more about Jericho Road HERE.


Bend Food Project

Sunday, February 4

Our collection date is getting close so grab a green bag on Sunday and do your shopping to help those in our community who are experiencing food insecurity.


MEMBER APPRECIATION


This week we are celebrating Charlotte Oakes. Charlotte, with her husband Dan, is the original Partner in Unity, and their generosity as a couple is very big. Charlotte is passionate about our community and is organizing an Annual Silent Auction. She took seriously the Sunday message this week on getting past excuses and going for our dreams. Here is her first step in the direction of her dream to write. May it inspire you all to go after your own dreams.

Did you ever have Spirit give you a big shove instead of a gentle nudge? Yesterday, Jane spoke of giving yourself permission to do what your heart tells you to do and letting go of the ifs, ands, and buts that are holding you back. I have always loved writing, but the “Great AmericanNovel” that I have started many times, gets lost on my desktop.

Sunday afternoon I went to Kira Seto’s Voices Rising workshop. This wonderful and talented woman told how people discouraged her singing because she was not “good enough”. After giving up singing fora while, she went back to it and found her beautiful voice again. Last night I was reading Anne Lamott’s book “Bird by Bird”. She spoke of the many difficulties she faced in being a published writer. Her first three published books were not successful but she kept on writing. Her fourth published book was successful and allowed her to say she was a writer. Were these three events just a coincidence? I am sitting down now to write.


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