Christmas Eve Services: December 24th at 5:00 & 7:00 PM
(only the 7:00 PM service will be live streamed)
Christmas Eve –
A Revolutionary Moment Outside of Time
With Rev. Jane Hiatt & a cast of characters
On this night we celebrate the sacred moment, once upon a time, when the Breath of Life expresses in a child, the baby we each have been, come to bless the world with love unbounded and to access our incredible innate power to revolutionize the world in alignment with the highest truth. Join us for carols, candle lighting, and message!
Both services will feature carols, community candle lighting, and a 12 Powers Candle Light ceremony. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends for a taste of the spiritual sweetness at our Wild Soul Sanctuary.
5:00 PM Service – Meant particularly for the families of our younger kids who need to get home early for Santa, but everyone is welcome. We will have a procession of children bringing the light. This service will not be live-streamed.
7:00 PM Service – This service will include a meditation and a slightly longer talk and will also be available as a live-stream on Zoom.
Watch Service In-Person or Online at UnityCentralOregon.org
We Need Volunteers for the Christmas Eve Services!
We are looking for greeters to welcome people to service, kitchen help after service, and Rev. Jane needs a few additional readers and candle lighters for the 7:00 PM service. If you can do any or all of the above please contact Clare Kubota. Thank you!
Events & Music
Winter Solstice Kirtan Music & Cacao
Wednesday, Dec. 21st from 4:30 to 6:00 PM at Unity
Our Solstice Kirtan is a prayer…A Sacred ceremony… We will start with Cacao in Circle and the chants will be our offering for the Wisdom of Winter and the Promise of Spring. Donation of $5 to $20.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS & SIGN-UP
New Years Eve Service
Saturday, Dec. 31st at 5:30 PM
This ceremony offers guided meditation and ritual to release unwanted thoughts, habits, conditions that we do not want to carry into the New Year and to identify power words and animals to support us in the New Year. Cylvia Hayes will lead the meditation and Lisa Swisher and Donna Benjamin will provide soothing, inspiring crystal bowl and flute music. All are welcome!
A Course in Miracles Study Group
Tuesday, Dec. 27th at 5:30 PM at Unity led by Cylvia Hayes
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. This group meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month. Love offering is appreciated.
Create Your Vision for 2023
Vision Board Playshops – Wednesday. Jan. 4th from 1:00 – 4:00 PM & Saturday, Jan. 7th from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Unity.
These 3-hour Playshops, led by Donna Benjamin, will cover the deepening, creative and fun “ways in” to creating an amazing Vision Board for 2023. Sign up for whichever date works best for you. Cost is $30 and includes most supplies and snacks.
Unity Online Classes Starting in January
If you’ve been enjoying Rev. Jane’s talks on the Bible, you may be interested in her class – Overview of Hebrew Scriptures. The class runs Jan 9-13th from 9:00 to 11:00 AM each day – You will gain many different tools to understand what was actually being said. (Hint: none of it was literal!) This class is being offered through the Unity NW Region.
There are 3 additional classes happening the same week. See them all at the link below. You might be particularly interested in Discerning Your Purpose, being offered from 11:30-1:30 PM that same week.
ONGOING ADULT GATHERINGS
Ongoing Programs for Adults
Women’s Activity Group – Every Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Join a group of wonderful women for hikes and other fun adventures. Contact Suzanne Landry to be notified of what’s happening each Wednesday.
Dec. 21 – Riley Ranch – meet in parking lot (no dogs)
Dec. 28 – Pine Nursery – meet at the pickleball courts
Jan. 4th – Snow Shoeing TBD
Men’s Group – A time to connect and get to know each other. Gatherings are held on the 1st and 3rd Monday at 6:00 PM at Unity. The next gathering is Jan. 2nd. Contact Dan Stephenson for more info.
Singing Group – Join Unity SolShine music director, Dave Finch every Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Unity. No experience is necessary and all ages are welcome! Contact Dave for more info.
We are Looking for Some New Board Members
We have a board member whose term is ending and a couple others who are required to step down because one will soon be official minister and the other will be a LUT (licensed Unity teacher). We are so excited for them!! If you are interested in learning more about what’s involved in this commitment contact Clare Kubota and she can get your questions answered. We have an amazing board and it is a beautiful way to contribute your talents to our community.
Member Appreciation 🦴
This week is going to the dogs, or should I say dog 🦮? I’m talking about Zeke, the unofficial Unity mascot and SolShine singer, Eric Troup’s, dedicated guide dog. He was looking especially cute last Sunday in his Christmas collar, however, he doesn’t seem as excited by Eric’s singing as we were. Zeke, you make everyone smile, and we love having you as part of our Unity family.
Know Someone Who Needs Some Advice From a Tree, a Hummingbird, or Sasquatch?
Stocking stuffer gifts are available at Unity! We have fun magnets, bookmarks, and cards from Advice for Life on display and for sale at the sanctuary. They are perfect stocking stuffers! Be sure to check them out in the foyer. Stock is getting low, so get them before they are gone. All proceeds go to support our Unity community.
Help Us Bring the Winter Season to our Community Altar
We are about to enter the season of winter. The snow outside is telling us it’s already here! The altar at the back of our sanctuary is a place we’ve created to flow with the seasons. If you currently have something on the altar please swap it out with something for the new season. Help us bring in some fresh new energy for this season of colder weather and longer nights.
Spirit Group Community Service
Last week The Artist’s Way Spirit Group volunteered at Mt. Bachelor Assisted Living’s holiday party. Every Spirit Group finishes by doing some type of community service. This group felt called to do something with seniors. A few from our group weren’t able to make the event, but they were there in spirit. Thank you Donna Benjamin, Ande Cardwell, Chris Tippets, Clare Kubota, Jillie Nishball, Jen Acorn, and Anna Naguris for an amazing Spirit Group. More Spirit Group opportunities will be coming early next year. Learn more about Spirit Groups HERE.
A Christmas Message From Eric Butterworth
“The true Christmas, … the Christmas of the inner self, deals with giving oneself which actually involves a giving way to our greater potential. It’s a kind of birth of the Christ in the manger of consciousness. A commitment to the continued unfoldment of the greater possibilities of our nature.”
Images from last Sunday’s Service…
Have Something You Think We Should Include in Our Newsletter?
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