NOVEMBER   2017
ADVENT




Advent comes from the Latin word meaning "Coming".  Advent is the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.  It is a beginning of an era.  Synonyms include dawn and birth.  

Christian tradition with the Roman calendar has marked the four Sundays preceding Christmas as a time of "Advent" or preparation for the birth.  Just as Lent is a time of preparation for the death and resurrection.  Advent is the first season in the church year.  

Unity is not a liturgical church that pays much attention to many of the traditional Christian rituals.  The traditional Sundays are Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.  In recent years Unity has transformed Hope into Faith.  We'll talk a bit about that transformation this Sunday.  

As you move through the busy-ness of the holidays, you may find your heart is longing for more than presents and bows, parties and jingling bells.  The "coming" we prepare for has already happened-the Christ is there within us from before our birth here on earth. What may dawn upon us is a deeper understanding of the power of this Christ consciousness.  To prepare for this dawning, we focus our attention on the four concepts of Faith, Peace, Love and Joy.  We may find these four ideas in the celebrations and preparations of the season and we may find them in the silence.  

Join us for the special services and events at Unity of Lehigh Valley.  May you discover the gifts of Advent within you.
 Rev Joy Wyler-Bradburn
Calendar for this week
Wednesday 11/29
Thursday 11/30 Noon:  Pause for Peace

7pm Choir Practice
Friday  12/1
Sat  12/2
Sun 12/3
10am: Advent: Faith with Rev Joy

11:30am New Member Reception

4:30pm:  Iglesia Emmanuel Service*



7pm:  CODA meeting*
Monday 12/4
office closed

6:30pm  A Course In Miracles*
Tuesday  12/5 7pm: Iglesia Emmanuel Service*


Listen to Last Sunday's sermon  Brave Faith with Rev Joy Website LINK
 


Dates to Remember:
December 3rd, New Member Sunday with reception afterward
Holiday Schedule:
Christmas Eve, Sunday Dec 24th 10am service
Burning Bowl, Sunday Dec 31st 10am service




THE GIVING TREE
Benefits 7 Generation school families 

Take a tag, contribute to Christmas in our community! We just have a couple tags left!!






The Giving Tree is set up downstairs at Unity of Lehigh Valley.  Please consider how you can participate in the holiday spirit of anonymous giving.  

We have 5 children, age 8 to 16.  We hope to give each child three gifts of clothing and toys.  If this calls to you, take a tag from the tree, write your name on the sheet beside the tag you took in case the tag gets lost.

Return the UNWRAPPED gift with the tag to church 
by DECEMBER 17.  Any questions or concerns, contact Reverend Joy.

Thanking you in advance for generous Thankful Giving!



High Tea and Book Social 

Saturday, Dec 9th, 4 to 5:30pm 






Join us on Saturday, December 9th at  ULV for an afternoon of tea, sweet and savory snacks in the tradition of high tea in merry ol' England.  As we enjoy our time together, we'll discuss the books we've brought and exchange books.

The book theme this time is Spirituality not written by a Unity minister/author.  Bring a new or gently used book to exchange and we will all have a new book to enjoy for the holidays. 

Please sign up on the sheet by the church office or let Karen know you plan to attend, so we have plenty of food on hand.  Suggested love offering of $15 benefits ULV's ongoing renovations.   

Remembering 
at the Holidays
December 10th noon
 
As the holidays approach, do memories bring a tear?  






Join us on Sunday, December 10th at noon in the sanctuary of ULV for a time of remembrance.  Please bring a remembrance token of loved ones such as a photo or small memento to place on the altar.  With music, readings and sharing of memories, we bring the love we carry in our hearts into this holiday time of love and light.  

In addition to time for individuals to remember their loved ones, we will pause as a community to share memories of two congregants, Louis Savenelli and Alice Anne Miller.



Winter Solstice Meditation Retreat
 
Saturday, Dec 16th 10am to 3pm


Our quarterly meditation retreat is a time to create a quiet and sacred space in our busy lives.  The winter solstice is the time of the shortest amount of daylight and an opportunity to explore the mystery of the darkness as well as the light we carry within.  

Advance registration is required and forms are available outside the church office.  You may also register and make payment online at our website.  $25 registration fee include all materials and a light lunch.  Please wear comfortable clothing, bring cushions as needed for your comfort and bring beverages.  Water (hot and cold) will be available.


 
 
Keeping Warm 
 
Thank you Unity Community!
Let us remember the homeless as we gather together in our homes for the holidays.



Thank you for filling and overflowing our donation tub!   Your contribution is a gentle reminder to a homeless person that someone cares.  We gratefully radiate our good out into the community!
Please return your renewal form! 

 
Membership renewal forms have gone out in the mail. If you did not receive a form, please contact the office and make sure we have a current address. 

Please return your renewal forms by the end of the year.  Our bylaws require an annual renewal to maintain active membership and renewals must be returned in person or via the mail.  Our Annual Meeting will be in February and you must have your renewal form returned to the office by the Friday prior to the meeting to be eligible to vote.    
 

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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE for 2017

Christmas Eve, 
Sunday, Dec 24th 10am
This will be a participation
service!  If you would be willing to read a brief passage and maybe light a candle, please                                                                 contact Rev Joy!
                                                         
Burning Bowl
 Sunday, Dec 31st     10am

White Stone Service
Sunday, January 7th     10am

There will be no Christmas Eve evening service this year.


 






What are you grateful for?










Thank you to Mark Eutermoser for his invigorating and inspiring songs about faith. 

Welcome back home to Gladys Fernandez and thank you for the yummy soup!

Thank you to the visitors who brought donuts and thank you to Rick and Sandy Stober for taking the remaining sweet treats to share with others.  

If you are grateful for something at ULV, send a message to the office: unitylv@rcn.com   



CHECK OUT RETREATS AT KIRKRIDGE 
Just north of us, Kirkridge offers great opportunities for renewal and spiritual exploration.  Check out upcoming programs at their website by CLICKING HERE


  

Contact:
Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N 3rd, Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-3036

Administrator: unitylv@rcn.com
Reverend Joy: revjoy@rcn.com