OCTOBER   2017
Setting the bar

In the world, we find lots of rules and regulations.  Just as we find much of the Old Testament focused on rules (Ten Commandments, purity laws of the Hebrews).  Yet Unity views the Bible as a story of our evolution in consciousness.  In the New Testament, Jesus condenses the commandments down to love: Love God, Love others, Love yourself.  Jesus' teachings are focused on personal responsibility; being accountable to your own integrity for your own choices.    Our evolution is from being told what to do and what is right to discerning what feels in alignment with our spiritual guidance and acting on that guidance.  This gives us the freedom and the responsibility to question what we are told and seek a deeper truth that resonates with us.

I feel this is an evolution we are being called to more and more in our outer world.  The bar goes up and down in regulating how we treat employees, how we treat our environment, and what government dollars support. Perhaps we have two very different paths related to setting the bar.  One path says we vote to elect a candidate in alignment with our guidance.  We participate in our governance.  The second path does not depend on elections or rules.  We set our own bar.  

We set the bar for how we treat employees and one another.  Minimum wage is a minimum.  How do we share the wealth in arenas within our control?  We set the bar for how we treat the environment.  We are one with all that is and we are woven into the outer expression we call earth.  And we control what companies we economically support based on their environmental standards.  It is a little more work to find the information but some companies go beyond the regulations.  If governance is withdrawing economic support for important programs, we affirm the infinite abundance of the Universe and look for ways to provide funds for the programs to continue.  We open to the creative ideas of Spirit for something even better to arise.  

I am not trying to "politicize" our spiritual community.  I am looking at the ways we fail to walk the talk, to live our beliefs, when it is convenient to separate ourselves from the outer world. We are called to ask ourselves, "Where do I try to do the minimum required? Where, in my life, could I set the bar higher and live more fully into my potential?"  "If anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile." Matthew 5:41  The second mile is within your control and draws forth more of who you came here to be. 

Rev Joy Wyler-Bradburn  

Calendar for this week
Wednesday 10/11 7pm: Braving the Wilderness class
Thursday 10/12 Noon:  Pause for Peace
Friday  10/13
Sat  10/14

7pm: Mark Eutermoser Concert "Waves of Light" - Public Welcome
Sun 10/15
10am: What Changes Us? ~ Rev. Joy
Guest Musician: Sarah Winston

11:30 Healing Service

4:30pm:  Iglesia Emmanuel Service*

6pm:  CODA Step meeting*

7pm:  CODA meeting*
Monday 10/16
office closed

6:30pm: A Course In Miracles*
Tuesday  10/17 7pm: Iglesia Emmanuel Service*

Listen to Last Sunday's sermon 
What Divides Us by Rev. Joy Wyler
Website LINK

Dates to Remember:

Oct 15th: Guest Musician Sarah Winston

Oct 27-29: ULV hosts the Eastern Region NGU, Open Mic Night on the 27th

Nov 11th: Concert with Mike Holliday and Charles Lee

Nov 19th: Annual Holiday Potluck

Dec 10th:  Our annual Remembrance Service, including a time to honor Alice Anne Miller and Louis Savenelli

Braving the Wilderness 
starts tonight!!
Wednesday evening 7-9pm
Oct 11th through Nov 15th

The polarization in our world has not produced a sense of belonging, even as we sort ourselves into homogenous groups.  Using Brene Brown's newest book, Braving the Wilderness, we will explore "The quest for true belonging and the courage to stand alone."  

This 6 week class will be facilitated by Reverend Joy on a love offering basis.  Please get your book early and read chapter 1 in advance.  Invite your friends into a new dialogue about belonging.

Turn Puerto Rico Green Again

Wear Green THIS SUNDAY in support of our Unity communities in PR

The ministries on the island are designating this Sunday, Oct 15, as TURN PUERTO RICO GREEN AGAIN Sunday. They invite EVERYONE to wear green and hold the vision for recovery.

ULV will continue to send our community tithes for the rest of this year to support those devasted by natural disasters. For more information on Unity communities affected and how you can help CLICK HERE
Waves of Light

An evening with Mark Eutermoser

Saturday Oct 14th
7pm to 8:30pm

Mark Eutermoser in Concert singing inspirational music to lift the spirit and lighten the heart! 
Songs by Jana Stanfield, Daniel Nahmod, Selah, and others
A Love Offering will be taken to benefit the ULV renovations.  Refreshments will be available at intermission.


High Tea and Book Social
December 9th, 

Due to a scheduling conflict, we are moving the date of our next High Tea to Saturday, December 9th.  Plenty of time to find your book and plan to join hosts Sandy and Rick Stober at Unity of Lehigh Valley for a fun afternoon of a variety of teas, snacks and a book social.  

Bring a spiritually focused book, new or gently used, that has made an impact on your life and is NOT by a traditional Unity author.  For the social, we'll discuss why we brought this book.  Then we draw names and take home a book.  

We suggest a $15 love offering to benefit ULV's renovations.  Bring a book and join in the fun!!


Open Mic Night with NGU
Friday Night 
Oct 27, 

Join the Next Generation of Unity gathered at our church for a fun evening sharing our gifts of music, spoken word, dance, drumming--whatever your gift is!  

There will be a sign-up sheet downstairs or see Kari Wyler to participate.  Our NGU guests will be sharing their gifts also with the theme of their gathering "Music of the Heart".  Open to all but please sign up so we know who to expect.  Reverend Joy says there might be a brief appearance by Guida!  Join the fun!

Praying Together

Prayer is the foundation of Unity
Join us daily as we claim the truth: May peace prevail in the hearts and minds of all beings.

Affirmative prayer is the foundation of Unity.  Claiming the good that is ours, even in the face of appearances to the contrary, we take action guided by Spirit.  There is no lack or limitation in the mind of God.

This week we continue praying with Bev Freeman for healing.  We enfold the ministries of Unity of Santa Rosa and surrounding communities and all the first responders fighting the fires in California in our prayers. 
If you have a prayer you'd like us to join our energy in praying with you, please let the office know by Tuesday of each week.  Please specify if you would like the prayer request published.  

Let us each look for new ways to express our gratitude! Thank you to:   
Mark Eutermoser for his dress rehearsal concert gift of music, Renay Eutermoser for her yummy intermission treats and all those who participated in contributing to the renovation funds .  Thank you to "Samba" Rob Sieger for Audio support and to Anthony Young for the music track to accompany one of the livelier songs!   

Thank you to Jo "Bomba" Sieger for leading the opening song last Sunday and to Brendan Thomas for playing the pre-service meditative music.

Unity Village, just outside Kansas City, offers great opportunities for renewal and spiritual exploration.  There are a couple flyers on the bulletin board downstairs at ULV or check out their website by CLICKING HERE
 Saturday, October 14th, 2pm  DRUM CIRCLE

TED Talks at Miller Symphony Hall, October 21, 1pm featuring our own Steve Gunn!  
If you were moved by Steve's sharing at the service in April, don't miss Steve's moment at the TEDxLehighRiver session in October.  

Click HERE for tickets: $40 adults and $15 students

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center is Celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary  
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center is Celebrating its 10-Year Anniversary with a Parkinson's Fundraiser on Sunday, October 22.  It is a momentous occasion because in only 10 years this center has become one of our country's most diverse holistic health centers.  It is also exciting because this success reflects not just our own efforts, but also a societal shift toward a more enlightened, common sense approach to health and wellness. More western cultures are embracing these approaches, and Twin Ponds Center is proud to have helped bring these resources to the Lehigh Valley community.
Please see the details below.  The proceeds from the fundraiser are being given to the two support groups in memory of Alice Miller.  
 Nov 4th, 4-6pm Introductory Workshop with Sacred Medicine at the Indian Culture Museum, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown.  Register by Oct 28th.  

 Please join Kim Wheatley, Ojibway Grandmother from Canada to explore the traditional sacred medicines focusing on tobacco and sweetgrass. Participants will explore the purpose and usage of traditional medicines and will be taught to make their own sweetgrass braid and tobacco tie. This interactive workshop is suited to those who are interested in understanding ancestral Native knowledge of the First People of North America. $25 includes materials.  Click HERE for Forms

Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N 3rd, Emmaus, PA 18049

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