Heart Thoughts: How Blessed Are We

What an extraordinary service we experienced this past Sunday! A heartfelt thank you goes out to Todd Glacy and Deana Gurney for orchestrating such a profoundly moving event. The central theme of the day was peace, and Todd led us through call and response chants, insightful readings on peace, soulful performances of songs by both him and Deana, and a unique meta peace meditation focused on loving kindness. The climax was truly special, as everyone rose to their feet, singing and dancing to the harmonious tune of “Give Peace A Chance.”

As people departed the sanctuary or lingered over coffee, the prevailing sentiment was that this service had been deeply moving. Gratitude filled the air as attendees expressed how privileged they felt to have been a part of it. For those who missed it, you can catch the entire experience here.

Let me delve further into the extraordinary nature of our recent events. We’ve been overwhelmed with generosity as donations for Giving Tuesday continue to pour in. While our initial goal was set at $15,000, we’ve already surpassed that milestone. Additionally, we’ve introduced new avenues for contributing to our community. Venmo is now operational; you can find us at Unity Church@Unity-Church-1. If you prefer Electronic Funds Transfer, commonly known as bank to bank, please contact us for the necessary form.

Several years ago, your Board of Trustees implemented a policy involving allocating a portion of our 10 percent tithe, which our ministry practices, to set aside 2 percent for local charities aligned with our values. I am pleased to inform you that this week we have disbursed checks to the following organizations:

1. Jewish Community Alliance – Refugee Relocation Fund
2. NAMI Maine
3. It Takes A Village 207
4. Maine Community Foundation – Lewiston-Auburn Response Fund
5. Maine Needs

We feel incredibly blessed by the generosity you have shown, enabling us to extend our giving to benefit others in our community.

With the arrival of the Christmas season, we marked the first Sunday of Advent this past Sunday. Now, we embark on a journey of self-renewal in preparation for rebirth within ourselves. This upcoming Sunday, though not centered around a Christmas theme, promises to be beneficial for everyone, regardless of the season. Rev Barbara Kowalska will lead a workshop on affirmative prayer, a signature teaching of Unity, from 11:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

This Sunday will be focused on Hope/Faith and the talk will be “A World of Hope.”

Know that you are so very loved and appreciated.

You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey

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