July 4,  2018
Celebrating Freedom 

On Sunday our youth discussed the idea of freedom and responsibility.  As adults we debate what "freedom" looks like and the theology of "free will".  We were created in the image and likeness of the divine creator and yet we were given the ability to choose our thoughts and words and action.  At least that is Unity's teaching.  Some philosophies tie humans to the wheel of karma where we work out our debts of bringing harm to self and others until we earn our freedom.  Some schools of thought doom humans in the beginning and set out paths to freedom which is a reward in some distant time and place.  Those are all philosophical discussions.  There is another whole discourse based on the physical limits of our bodies and conditions in the world.  Many cannot conceive that a person using a wheelchair or without physical sight could claim freedom.  Many cannot conceive that people living in prison or in conditions of extreme poverty or harsh governmental restrictions could possibly breathe freedom. 

I invite you to reflect on what freedom means to you this holiday.  Who do you see as not free?  Is there another perspective?  How do we free ourselves from belief in bondage, as we discussed on Sunday?  How do we contribute to a sense of freedom throughout the world?  

Enjoy a time of relaxation and renewal.  Claim your freedom!
Rev Joy



Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 7/04/2018
Office Closed for the Holiday
Thursday 7/05
Office Open
Friday 7/06
Office Open
Sat 7/07
4pm: Tea and Book Social
Sun 7/08
10am:  Rev. Joy Wyler Power of Power and the Constitution

4:30pm:  Iglesia Emmanuel Service*

7pm:  CODA meeting*
Mon 7/09
Office Closed

 
Tuesday 7/10
 7pm  ULV Board of Trustees

* indicates non-Unity event


Reverend Joy's sermon "Let Freedom Ring" will be up on the website on Thursday.
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Save the Date!
 
 
Sept 9th: Annual Picnic
 
                              

If you purchased tickets to the game on July 13th, the tickets are available for distribution.  If you will not be at church over the next couple of Sundays, and would like your tickets mailed to you, please contact Karen in the office at 610-965-3036 or by email


                               
YFM Activities

We need two volunteers for July 15th! Contact Kari Wyler if you can help out!

Our youth value their time together and the spiritual lessons enjoyed downstairs.  Without volunteers, our youth will be upstairs.  Think about making a difference for our youth.  

 
                               
Discover the Power Within You

Join Reverend Joy for an exploration of this classic Unity text by Eric Butterworth. 

Class will be  6 Wednesdays,
7-8:30pm beginning July 18

We will have fun as we learn to put our principles into practice.  Lots of basic Unity ideas are explored in this book so whether you are a beginning student or long time practitioner, join the class.  Love offering basis. Some copies of the text may be available in the Unity Lending Library--first come, first serve.  Read the first 3 chapters for the first evening class. Sign up outside the church office or call the office to register.
                               

Love to sing? Thought about joining the choir but just weren't sure about a long-time commitment? Now's your chance. Try out the choir for the summer. 
 
Join the choir for our 7-week summer session beginning July 12. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening 7-8:30 pm. For more details contact our music director Anthony Young

Our Next Series of  
New Member Classes  
Begins July 8th!!



12 Powers Summer Series

The 12 Powers in American History

Begins July 8th!  


Our 12-Powers summer series for 2018 will be "The 12 Powers in American History" and will begin on July 8th with the Power of Power and the Constitution.  

Each power has its own color and you are invited to join in the fun and dress with the color of the power we are discussing.  Here is the order for the month of July:

July 8th: Power is  Power  and the color is purple .  
 
July 15th: Power is Wisdom and the color is yellow.

July 22nd: Power is Love and the color is pink
 
July 29th: Power is Understanding and the color is gold
 
One Heart

A Benefit Concert Dedicated to Healing and Reconciliation

Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:00 PM

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

Enjoy an evening of inspirational music with Steve Gunn and the One Heart Band to raise money to support the philanthropic work of Soldier's Heart in Vietnam.
 
The One Heart Band
  • John Christie, lead guitar
  • David Monahan, bass
  • Jo Sieger, percussion
Special Guests
  • Singer, song-writers John Thomas and Tom Church
  • The Unity of Lehigh Valley Choir under the direction of Anthony Young

How did this project get started?
Steve went on a Soldier's Heart Journey of Healing and Reconciliation to Vietnam in 2016 and 2017. On the 2016 journey, Steve met Madame Le Ky. The love and forgiveness that Le Ky expressed brought healing for Steve and the other veterans on the journey. In 2017 when Steve became aware that the walls and roof of kitchen in Le Ky's house were in danger of collapse, he set a goal to raise the $3,000 that would be necessary to repair the structure. Le Ky's kitchen is the structure to the right in the photo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
There are Three Ways to Contribute
  • Attend the concert and bring a donation as the price of entry.
  • If you are unable to attend the concert
    • Send a check to Steve made out to Soldier's Heart:
Steve Gunn,
247 Spruce Street
Emmaus, PA 18049
  • Or click on the Donate button on the Soldier's Heart website at www.SoldiersHeart.net.  Donate through PayPal and be sure to insert a note that says "Madame Ky Fund."
 
Why Should I contribute?
Take one small, sweet step to contribute to reconciliation with a former enemy and contribute to the work of Soldier's Heart, an organization dedicated helping our warriors heal their invisible wounds. Soldier's Heart works with members of the military and military veterans as well as the police and first-responders who protect us here at home.   
 
How will the donations be used?
100% of the $3,000 will go directly to the project which will be managed by Soldier's Heart. The repair project will be managed by Tran Dinh Song, the interpreter for Soldier's Heart in Vietnam. If we raise more than $3,000, 100% will be applied to the work of Soldier's Heart in helping our warriors heal their invisible wounds.
 
 


 
 
What are you
grateful for?
 


 
 
 
Reverend Joy is so grateful for the gift of her time on sabbatical and for the generous service of everyone who made sure Unity of Lehigh Valley ran so smoothly in her absence.   Special thanks to Karen Esbensen, Kari Wyler, Anthony Young, our Board of Trustees and all our wonderful guest speakers and musicians!  


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















Fillmore Festival at Unity Village: August 16-19  For more information and registration: CLICK HERE







 
August 19th
12 noon - 6pm 
Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, PA
 
Admission: $5, children ages 12 and under free, youth 14-21 can earn a free ticket to pride through participation in Project SILK.

 

 

Pride in the Park is a smoke-free event. Smoking, vaping, juuling, and chewing tobacco are not permitted anywhere at the festival. 



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


Bradbury-Sullivan Center Classes, Workshops and Support
 
Check out the many activities.  Go to their website by CLICKING HERE   The Center is located at 522 W Maple Street in downtown Allentown.  
Contact:
Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N 3rd, Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-3036

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