Sunday Service: February 4th at 10:00 AM

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Invitation to Sunday’s talk, with Rev. Robin Currier

The Art of Attraction

with Rev. Robin Currier

This is the first Sunday in February, the month where we traditionally celebrate love, which is one of Unity’s 12 Powers—the power that creates our world. Desire and attraction are the starting points for all creation and especially our relationships. Rev. Robin will get into some nuts and bolts of deepening love.


Meditation Time before Service

We’re continuing to listen and experiment. We will be setting this up at the school—just not this week. Please bear with us while we get everything in place. If you plan to participate regularly, we are looking for people to open and close the space. Please let Rev. Jane know.


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

February 4, 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.


Wildly Creative You! with Donna Benjamin

Friday, Friday, February 2, 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


Honoring Daniel Reader

Saturday, February 3 at 1:00 PM , 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. The celebration of life is online only because he has people all over the country who will be attending.


Soulcial and Annual Meeting

Tuesday, February 27, 5:30 PM

Bring your potluck offerings and we’ll share friendship and a feast, followed by our annual meeting where we’ll elect new board members, vote for non-profit tithe recipients, and hear about areas of focus for the coming year.


First Annual Share the Love Silent Auction

March 17, 2024, 12:00 PM

A kayak trip with a professional kayaker. An in-home concert or a private, 3 course dinner prepared for you in your home. Professional floor finishing. A walking spiritual direction session. These are just a few of the goodies that will be up for bid! Something for every budget. More details to follow! Contact Charlotte Oakes if you have items to offer or want to help. Many hands needed.


CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


Grow Spiritually with Unity

Postponed till next week
At Unity: 12:00 – 1:30 PM on Thursdays, February 8-29

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.

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

The cost for the three sessions is $225 but if you sign up with a friend, you each pay $150. Please spread the word with your beyond Unity friends!


FOR THE KIDS


Summer Camp Opportunities

It’s not too soon to start planning for summer camp. Our Northwest Unity offers 3 camps in Vernonia, OR (near Portland):

Kids Camp for ages 7—11, June 30-July 3

Unitreat for ages 11-14, July 28-Aug 2

YOU Rendezvous for teens, Aug 1-4

And here’s a video talking about the lifelong impact of Kids’ Camp.

Want to help more kids attend Unity camps? Make a special donation and note in the memo it’s for camps for youth!


COMMUNITY BUILDING


Spread the Love with Random Acts of Poetry

Donna Benjamin is offering to be your Love Genie. Just click on this link () and tell Donna who you’d like to send a poem of appreciation to. Think outside the romantic Valentine’s Day box. Do you have a child (of any age) who would like to be celebrated with poetry? What about someone from Unity that you really like —or someone who might not be getting a Valentine? What about a parent or a BFF or a prized employee? Or maybe you take a radical self-love step and commission a love poem to yourself! Here’s how it works. Instead of rubbing a lamp, you contact Donna and pay $50 (10% goes to Unity) and fill out her form with info about your Valentine. Soon you will have a personalized poem to delight that special person. You will be a Valentine Superstar and Unity will be richer too. And, alright, if you have a romantic partner, you can still order a poem for them too.


Spirit Groups Starting This Month

The Five Things We Cannot Change…And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them—Starts Thursday 2/15/24, 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM (Date has been changed)

Lynne Zuckerman is hosting at her home in Redmond with Brandy Deal.

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.


Men’s Group

Monday, Feb 5, 6:00 PM at Unity

The men of Unity are an active group, open to all men interested in rich spiritual discussion, service, and deep friendship.

Women’s Group

Rich Coffee and Conversation, Feb 3 (Question: What qualities of community help you thrive?)

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

Contact Suzanne for details or to get on the list!


OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP


Nominate Your Favorite Non-Profits

One of the privileges of membership in our community is that you get to nominate and vote on local non-profits to receive our quarterly tithe. Every quarter we donate 1% of the money we receive to one of the four organizations selected at our annual meeting. (The other 9% goes to creating a global ecosystem of unity, deep wisdom, and loving kindness by growing our Unity movement in the world.)

The process for nominating a local charity is to choose a local group you love that has not received our tithe in the last two years*. The organization should fit into one of these four categories: Youth and Family; Food and Shelter; Earth Care; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Email your nomination to Rev. Jane by Feb. 13. Include the name of the organization, website, contact person and one to two sentences about why they deserve our tithe. We would also like to receive a 1-2 minute video that describes the organization. These will be shared a week before our Feb 27 annual meeting via this newsletter so folks have the chance to familiarize themselves with the organizations and make an informed vote.

(* Recipients 2023: VegNet Bend, Central Oregon LandWatch, P-FLAG, Around the Bend Farms, and Peaceful Presence. 2022: Think Wild, Around the Bend Farms, Central Oregon LandWatch and the Fathers’ Group.)


Warm Clothing Drive for Jericho Road

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

Please bring your green bags (or any bag will do) filled with non perishable items to share with those who are experiencing food insecurity. This will allow The Giving Plate to restock their shelves.


MEMBER APPRECIATION


Dave and Lynda Sullivan have been members of our community since 2001 when we first began. Dave served on our first board and he served as the Grange Master from 2010-2017. He was a member of the Business Visioning Team that helped us locate a new building. Lynda was a Grange member all that time as well. Having an active Grange was a condition for being able to rent the space at a very low cost. But since the building was 100 years old, Dave had to pay attention to lots of details—like making sure the toilets actually worked and the cistern had been filled with water. Lynda was a greeter from the beginning until we moved to our current building in 2018. Many will remember her warm, welcoming smile. She always brought a home-cooked meal to share for brunch. And she even took the dishtowels home each week to wash. Both Lynda and Dave have always been such friendly, loving individuals and champions of our community. Committed and consistent are two other words that describe them. We have always been able to count on them for very generous donations and for showing up on Sundays. Now that health concerns keep them home at Black Butte Ranch, they show up every Sunday on Zoom. Next time you’re on the Sunday Zoom, be sure to say hello. Lynda and Dave, we love and appreciate you!


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