Unity Church of Positive Living November/December 2009 Creating a New Vision We have a New Home with new surroundings and ambiance. There is a new feeling of joy and happiness flowing through our community. The time is ripe for us to create a new vision for our Unity Church of Positive Living. What is God calling us to do and express as a spiritual community in this new environment we find ourselves in? The future is open for us to create a new perspective in our church. The Divine Spirit is flowing in each of us in a unique way. It is calling us to create a deeper relationship with God and with one another. What is our next step as a spiritual community? We just celebrated our 15th anniversary as a church community. It was an honor to have Rev. Maxine Shutt, our founding minister, to speak on that occasion. She shared the history and development of Unity in southern Utah with us. What a wonderful event! The desire for Unity teachings is alive and well in St. George, Utah. After our celebration I spoke with Maxine and asked what her vision was when she started Unity as a study group in the basement of the Daughters of Pioneers building, just down the street from our present location. This vision for the group had four basic components: 1) Establish a metaphysical church in the area so people would have a choice in expressing their spiritual beliefs; 2) Help the St. George community grow in its religious diversity of religious beliefs; 3) Raise the consciousness of people through spiritual teachings; and 4) Create a spiritual community where the Unity principles would be established and practiced. Maxine stated she feels that vision has been accomplished. “Speaking at our 15th anniversary service was very satisfying and fulfilling for me,” she said. She cautioned me that the church is a work in progress and not to be discouraged by its ups and downs. She had her own difficulties along the way but counseled me to “Never Give Up.” We stand on the shoulders of Rev. Maxine and all those folks who helped the church grow and evolve to its Present Place. How do we continue moving the church forward to its next level of spiritual development? After speaking with Maxine, I took time to reflect on our next steps as the present generation of Unity Church of Positive Living. What is ours to do? What is God calling forth within us to re-create our Unity church and to serve his people? With the help of Maxine, here are some suggestions for our future growth: 1) Deepen our relationship with Divine Spirit (both individually and collectively), through prayer and meditation. Rev. Maxine has volunteered to lead a meditation class for us. 2) Work together as a team. Teamwork and cooperation among all fosters growth in all arenas. 3) Commitment and ownership. Every member has a stake in the wellbeing of a church community. 4) Share the vision. Creating a new vision for the church is a shared endeavor, with everyone helping to discern the future direction. The opportunity is ours to move forward and deepen our commitment to make our Unity Church an inviting positive spiritual force in St. George. Creating this new vision is a dynamic process that takes lots of time, intention, cooperative effort and prayer work. We’ll begin the process at the HOME program on November 8, 2009 after the Sunday service. Let’s come together and share our thoughts and ideas regarding the future vision of our church community. Everyone is invited to participate. Come and let your voice be heard! Peace and blessings, Luigi Our new Unity space: 198 N. 100 East Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 910043 St. George, UT 84791 To contact Unity Church: Phone: 435-674-5025 (office) 435-229-7242 (Luigi) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: unitychurchofpositiveliving.org BOARD NOTES from President, Nancy McClain At the October meeting a myriad of topics were discussed, including: Utilities bill (now that there are renters in the back of the building, there will be some changes), Projected Love Offering Commitments, Housekeeping, Membership Committee, Helping Hands Program, Potluck, and 1+1 Program. The majority of these will be discussed in more detail in the coming months and at the HOME Meeting, on November 8th. Come find out what is happening in your church! UPDATE ON FINANCES Sept. Income $3,635 Sept. Expenses $3,790 Oct. Income $3,435 (Includes $1,000 transfer from savings) Oct. Expenses $3,790(Estimate) UNITY WISHLIST Small (2 drawer) file cabinet Large white board & markers Heavy soundproof door for Sunday School room Dimmer switches (and installation) for sanctuary & meditation room THANK YOU! To Janis Wick again for her help with typing & computer input. To Maxine Shutt & David Tate for offering their talents as guest speakers this fall. To Nancy McClain for her help in designing our Helping Hands Family program. To Sylvia DeVoss for assembling newcomer visitor packets. To Carmen & Joe Gomez, Marianne & Dave Ayers, Sylvia DeVoss & Dave Dougherty for agreeing to head up Helping Hands Families. To Gaylene Knoke for organizing & MCing the community Peace concert & ALL musicians & helpers. To ALL who provide goodies for our hospitality “Happy Hour” and help to set up & clean up on Sundays. To ALL helping to move our church forward, giving generously of your time, talent and treasure. To ALL of you who make our Sunday services run smoothly. HEALING CIRCLE The Unity Healing Circle meets on 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. All are welcome. Wendy Ensley will teach the next classes in Nov and Dec: ovember 24 - Healing through the "Field of Love". Learn to release judgment and love unconditionally. Heal yourself and the world will follow! December 22 -Healing through Truth. Learn simple tools to recognize truth in your life and set yourself on a path of physical and emotional healing. Explore kinesiology and the use of pendulums. Music, Music Music from Gaylene Knoke The Peace in the Park Concert in the Town Square was such a success! Thank you to all who participated as singers, accompanists, behind the scenes movers, shakers & sound managers! I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to learn new congregational songs from the hymnal. Luigi has expressed interest in a variety of other songs that we could try. Please let me know if you have any favorites that you would like to include. I will check the schedule and coordinate new songs. If you have specific ideas for the special music that would be appropriate for the topic, your suggestions are also appreciated. Also, with Christmas just around the corner, I would like to have rehearsals for the "Christmas Concert." Please let me know what dates and songs would work, and we can have performers do a concert at the church. Please contact me by phone 635-9073 or email email@example.com Yours Musically, Gaylene May the blessing of light be on you, light without and light within. Irish Blessing PRAYER MINISTRY NOTES You may contact Rev. Luigi for personal prayer needs. Silent Unity at 800-669-7729 is also available for 24-hour prayer support. UNITY YOUTH PROGRAM from Marianne Ayers Next Youth of Unity Meeting will be November 22 at 10 – 11 AM for teens between 13 to 17. We will be planning a "song" to perform for the Christmas Service on December 20. Please join us for a chance to learn & share our "Spirit". Bring a friend. Contact Marianne Ayers at 435-628-7665 for any questions or comments. UNITY HIKERS NEWS from Dave Dougherty On Saturday, October 17th, intrepid Dave Dougherty led eager Unity hikers to the Anasazi Ridge in Ivins. The ADA-friendly trail has much to offer. Besides the beautiful scenery overlooking the Santa Clara River, there are signs indicating the whereabouts of many rock art sites, and even a developed archeological dig with an informative interpretive sign enclosing the remains of ancient puebloan structures. 12 of us explored this region with Dave that day and we look forward to discovering more fun hikes with him (see below for details) Report from hiker, Cathy Sylvia All are always welcome on the hikes! Remember to bring water and a snack. Saturday, ov. 14 Yellow Knolls Trail Three mile moderately difficult hike out Turkey Farm Rd. across rocks and much sand with 300 ft. elevation change. Meet at Unity parking lot at 9:00 AM to carpool. Saturday, December 12 Temple Quarry Hike Remember the pioneers and hike where carts carried rocks for the St. George Temple. See large rocks and beautiful views! Take Airport Rd. to 265 S. (Black Hill Park) to Donlee Drive. Meet at Trailhead at 9 AM. Call Dave Dougherty at 627-0966 for more details or to sign up. HELPI G HA DS PROGRAM Now that we have moved into a new site for out church, there are activities that need to be done so we all may appreciate and enjoy our service and fellowship. In our church family, we need everyone to help make our experience peaceful, loving and joyful. By people seizing opportunities their helping hands make light work for all to enjoy. The Helping Hands Program invites each one of us to be a helping hand four months a year on a rotating basis. This way everyone shares in the work and not just a few doing the work for all. There will be three Helping Hands groups, Peace, Love, and Joy. Each of us will be in one of these groups. As a group member each will volunteer to do a few tasks for each Sunday in a given month. Each group has leaders which will assist you and facilitate the process. The Board of Trustees members are stepping forward and asking you to join them as they volunteer their hands to help make light work of the activities of the church. What are You Reading? from Cathy Sylvia Written from a dog's point of view, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein was highly recommended to me. The dog, Enzo, owned by a race car driver, (thus, the reference to racing in title) believes that "when a dog is finished living his lifetimes as a dog, his next incarnation will be as a man." This intriguing statement is on the first page, so I felt this would be an interesting story. Instead, the story is rather predictable and seemed contrived to me. The author tried too hard. The extensive racing jargon and descriptions did not interest me, even though I could see that they were intended as metaphors for life. I wouldn't recommend this book, but I'd encourage folks to read it and form their own opinions. UPCOMING EVENTS Sun. Nov. 1 - Membership Sunday Mon. Nov. 2 - ACIM Overview 6:45-8 PM following regular class Wed. Nov. 4, 11, & 18 – 12 Powers video and discussion 7-8:30 PM Sat. Nov. 7 - Helping Hands Team Leaders Meeting 10 AM Sun. Nov. 8 – HOME meeting following service; Board Meeting Sat. Nov.14 -Yellow Knolls Trail Hike Meet at Unity Church at 9 AM to carpool. See hike news for details. Sun. Nov. 22 – 7th Annual THANKSGIVING POTLUCK; Bring side dish, salad or dessert to share and canned goods for Dixie Care & Share; Board will provide turkey. Tues. Nov. 24 - Healing Circle 7 PM Tues. Nov. 24 – St. George Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service 7 PM -Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 611 N. 2450 E. Wed. Dec. 2, 9, & 16 - 12 Powers video & group discussion 7-8:30 PM Sat. Dec. 5- Unity WORKDAY 10 AM Clean & décorate for holidays Sun. Dec. 6 - Board Meeting Sat. Dec. 12 – Quarry Trail Hike – Meet at Trailhead at 9 AM. See hike news for details. Sun. Dec. 20 – Christmas Program Tues. Dec. 22 - Healing Circle 7 PM Thursday, Dec. 24 – Chirstmas Eve Candlelight service 7 PM Thursday, Dec. 31 – New Years Eve Burning Bowl Service 7 PM ONGOING EVENTS Course in Miracles class - Mondays at 5:30 PM - Thursdays at 6 PM Byron Katie Group - Thursdays at 7:15 Date November Lessons Service Assistants Music Sunday 1st Power of Wisdom Howard Williams Tracie McFarlin Sunday 8th Power of Strength Nancy McClain B. & K. Briggs Sunday 15th Power of Understanding Marianne Ayers Lolita Hagio Sunday 22nd Power of Imagination Nancy McClain Sunday 29th Power of Power Open Guest Speaker, Marianne Ayers Date December Lessons Service Assistants Music Sunday 6th Power of Will Howard Williams Tracie McFarlin Sunday 13th Power of Order Nancy McClain B. & K. Briggs Sunday 20th Power of Life Marianne Ayers Lolita Hagio Thursday 24th Christmas Eve Service Open Sunday 27th Power of Enthusiasm Nancy McClain Sunday Services 10 AM at 198 North 100 East 435-674-5025 (church office) 435-229-7242 (Luigi’s cell) Unity Church of Positive Living P.O. Box 910043 St. George, UT 84791-0043 [___]PLEASE check the box if you no longer wish to receive this newsletter. Then mark return to sender.