A shout out to Rev. Matt Purinton for his beautiful message on Sunday, using Unity principles to live a fearless life. Thanks, Matt for your words of wisdom. If you missed the service, you can watch it here.
I was away this past weekend and enjoyed time at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, New York. It was a wonderful experience and a time for renewal.
I love how the Universe works things out in perfect order… the following is a communication from Mari, our new Youth and Family director, that I can pop into the space where I normally share. This is important and exciting to hear what the children are doing and planning. Here goes…
Greetings from the wonderful world of Unity’s children!
How time flies! The children’s program has been back in session for about a month already!
I’d like to share with you how we’ve been doing.
We’re making friends with each other and making mindful connections with nature. Each week is a unique delight. We’ve spent much of our time outside enjoying the sunshine and the blooming flowers. We walked the labyrinth, learned about the butterfly’s metamorphosis, identified patterns within nature and our inner spirits, played games, and tended our children’s garden bed – which involved a lot of water-works and resulted in mud pies!
We do expect to get messy here sometimes … after all, life is messy! – But it all works out in the end! Especially when we place our trust in God and lead with compassion.
This past week, following the Sunday service, the children announced an exciting new fundraiser! We’re collecting donations for Misfits Rehab, a local non-profit that rescues orphaned, sick, or injured wild animals with the goal to release them back into the wild. The children have such big, open hearts for animals. They have especially expressed care and concern for turtles and snakes – but we love them all!
Our fundraiser is just one step toward environmental stewardship, which we have a goal to do much more of in this program. If you would like to help us with our fundraiser, would you please leave a donation in one of the children’s decorated envelopes? They are on the back table in the dining hall. They will say “Misfits Rehab” on the back. Envelopes can be given to Mari or Rev. Pat on Sundays, or in the “Office Mail” box in the hall outside the office. This is an ongoing fundraiser until we reach our goal! Thank you so much.
Another way to help us reach our $500 goal is through our website. Go there and use the donate button and follow the directions on PayPal. There is a place to “write a note,” and if you would just put “Misfits,” we will know it is for this awesome fundraiser.
All are welcome to join us next week! We will be making biodynamic gardening “potions.” (I recommend packing spare clothes!) Parents pick up their children following service at 11:15 a.m., which is when they resume supervision of them.
However, the children have expressed a request to re-introduce lunchtime during coffee hour. So, if you’d like to join, pack a cold lunch and sit with us. It is a time to gather families in community. (Please be mindful of food allergies!)
As you can see, we’ve been busy having lots of fun! We’re learning both spiritual tools and practical skills through nature connection, we’re being of service through fundraising for wildlife, and we’re promoting community building through food and connection at lunchtime.
If you’d like to volunteer, we would love to have you on board! All are welcome! You can email me, Miss Mari, anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This coming Sunday, join me for the fifth lesson in The Third Coming by Rev Jim Rosemergy… it is learning about the cocoon.
See you soon!
Have a fabulous week… enjoy summer… we wait for it for a very long time…
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey