April 3, 2019
10 Years of Growing Together  



Ten years ago Unity of Lehigh Valley had been without a minister for about 9 months.  A couple people knew this teacher out at Unity Village and she interviewed and tried out.  The board and congregation invited her to come and minister to them.  And so began our journey, growing together. 

At that time, a number of ministers had come and gone at ULV.  This new minister had never piloted a church on her own.  So we began with all the uncertainty of a fresh adventure.  

Change is a constant.  People have moved in and out of the spiritual community we call Unity of Lehigh Valley.  When I reflect on the past ten years I notice there aren't huge dramas.  We're in the same building, although it has been renovated.  We have created mission, vision and core values that steer us.  We have celebrated births and weddings and mourned deaths.  Together we have cultivated a culture of transparency in communications and integrity in our transactions.  Keeping our "Agreeing to Disagree in Love" covenants, we have navigated bumps along the way.  Our policies establish competency expectations for our members and accountability for our governance.  We have served countless people in countless ways through our community activities, our tithes and our webcasting, although the way we serve continues to evolve with the community changing around us.  

I hope that we have worked to maintain a balance between stability and evolution; roots and wings.  I hope that whoever joins us for however long they stay finds both the acceptance of a warm welcome and the challenge and support to grow.  May we not grow weary of doing good and may we find comfort in our times together.    I feel blessed by the last ten years of doing spiritual community with Unity of Lehigh Valley and grateful for the work Spirit has done through all of us.    


Reverend Joy
Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 04/03

Thursday 04/04

Friday 04/05
Office Closed

Sat 04/06

Sun 04/07
10am :  Guest Speakers and Musicians: Answer the Muse
11:30am: Salad Potluck
11:30am: Prayer Chaplain Meeting
1:00pm: Concert - Answer the Muse
5:30pm: CoDA Step Study
7:00pm: CoDA 

Mon 04/08
Office Closed 

Tuesday 04/09
7:00pm:  ULV Board Meeting


* indicates non-Unity event
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To listen to Rev Joy's sermon from 3/31/2019, The Tao of Pooh, please click on the link.   
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SERVICE AUCTION 
NOW through April 14th
Winners announced at Palm Sunday brunch

Buy your bid number for $5 from any of the committee on Sunday. Questions or ideas may be directed to the Auction Committee: Jeanette Egan, Eva Burkhart, Jeanne Shipe and Ginny Stanglein.  

Here is a sample of offerings which will be available to bid on.  


Mary-Etta Lea
1-Hour Tarot Card Reading

Mark Neely Amateur Tree Service - Will Cut down/trim trees in your yard

Brian Dietz Custom/handmade Olive-wood pen with the inscription: Faith, Hope, Love

Arlene Eltringham/Renay Eutermoser Labor to paint 1 room in your home


Karl Hertwig
Guided hike of the Poconos or Delaware Water Gap

Sandy & Rick Stober
Formal dinner for 6 in their home.  Appetizer to dessert, served on the best china and all the amenities.  Accommodations for special diets can be made


There are currently 44 different offerings of service plus 8 gift baskets with various themes designed by Cindy Gunn.  

Please come in to see the amazing amount of offerings available!  Something for EVERYONE!  

Every cent collected during this incredible FUNdraiser is being donated to Unity of Lehigh Valley.   



Salad Bar Hospitality THIS Sunday

If you missed the sign-up sheet on Sunday, just email the office to contribute to our Salad Bar on April 7th.  ULV will provide Greens, cooked chicken, and dressings.  Desserts, tortilla chips and additions to the salad are welcome!  Please bring your items to church by 9:40am on April 7th so we can get the salad bar set up before service!    

  


Palm Sunday Brunch

We have a sign-up sheet on Sunday or just email the office if you can contribute to our annual Palm Sunday Brunch on April 14th.  ULV will provide ham.  Breakfast casseroles, sides and desserts are welcome!  Please bring your items fully prepared (warm dishes warm and cold dishes cold) to church by 9:50am so Hospitality can get the food set up! There is also a sign-up sheet for cleanup/breakdown.  Come join us!     

  


Looking for ways to serve?





YFM
: We have an opportunity for one or two adults who are passionate about sharing Unity Principles with the open hearts and minds of our youth to serve on the second Sunday of each month. 
Lessons and materials are provided. If you are interested please see Sunset Horon or Reverend Joy.

GREETERS:  We have an opening on the fourth Sunday of the month for someone eager to be the first smile someone sees on Sunday morning!  No equipment is needed.  Please see Karen Esbensen if this is your calling.  

CHURCH HOME: The Board is hoping to have the Church Home Committee active with a couple individuals willing to support our facility in prayer, gathering information for repair and maintenance and occasionally being present with contractors.  Please contact Marisa Lenci if you are called to serve.

    


FLOWERS FOR EASTER

Order your Easter flowers by April 7th!  

The flowers will decorate our Sanctuary on Easter Sunday, and then will be available for you to take home after the service! 

This year we are offering Lilies, Primrose, Dwarf Iris, Crocus, large-flower Daffodils and Tulips of varying colors! 

Order forms are at the church or you can download an order form from the link below!  
  
 



ANSWER THE MUSE

Join Answer the Muse on a highly infectious, positive musical journey that weaves together inspired original music, relevant theatrical moments, and audience participation with every spirit rising show. Breaking the audience/performer barrier, Answer the Muse invites the audience in, to share in the experience through movement, breath work, chanting and meditation.  Audiences feel moved, inspired, and "super happy"!  

On SUNDAY, APRIL 7th we welcome Answer the Muse to ULV.  They will join us for the Sunday service and plan to stay for their afternoon interactive  concert from 1pm to 3pm!

Feel free to share our Facebook Event or forward this email to invite friends! 

The concert is only $20 per person!  Family friendly and kids under 10 are free!  Sign-up downstairs or register and pay online by clicking on this link Pay Via PayPal Answer the Muse!   For a little listen to their music, CLICK HERE.  

 Plan now to join our Maundy Thursday Service 


April 18th, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary

Join Reverend Joy and the chaplain team as we engage the ancient rituals of hand washing and communion.  Lent is coming to an end. Good Friday and Easter weekend is upon us.  How do we allow these rituals to speak a message to us that is fresh and relevant?  Join us in the sanctuary for this sacred time.
  

What are you grateful for? 




Thank you to all our 5th Sunday volunteers and a special thanks to our new 5th Sunday greeter Sam.


Grateful for the Reader's Theater thespians: Renay Eutermoser, Bev Freeman and Sam Hann.  

We appreciate the wonderful music shared by Mark Eutermoser and the assist by Jo "Bomba" Sieger.  

Reverend Joy is feeling blessed by 10 years of ministry at ULV and grateful for the cake and the gift card from the Board. 

Thank you Ginny Stanglein and Arlene & Tom Eltringham for saying YES to joining our Welcoming Team as back-up greeters!  


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






May 5th: Music! Music! Music! with our ULV Choir
May 12th: A visit from Mother Fillmore
May 22nd: Book Study "The Universal Christ"
June 2nd: Celebrating 40 years of ministry at ULV with a Church Blessing and Dedication
June 28th: Iron Pigs Game with ULV--look for tickets to go on sale!





No Place for Hate Benefit Concert Friday, April 5th, 7-9pm, at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem.  Featuring Bakithi Kumalo (of the Paul Simon Band), Dave Fry (Dave Fry Music), Bev "BC" Conklin (of The BC Combo), Alyssa Allen (of Touchstone Theatre), John Huie, and Not For Coltrane. Admission is a $10 suggested donation; students are free. Donations may be made at GoFundMe, Click HERE .  




Saturday, April 20th, 6:30pm, Community Seder themes of Freedom and Social Justice.   Hosted by Congregation Am Haskalah at  Muhlenberg College, Seegers Union.  Led by Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein. $25/person  RSVP by April 10th to amhaskalahdirector@gmail.com or 610-435-3775 

SEE in the Field, Gaithersburg, MD June 2-7    This year's featured faculty include Robert Brumet, Paul Hasselbeck, Russell Heiland and Sandy Butler.  Tuition is $80 per course.  For more information and registration see Unity of Gaithersburg's website.  


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
  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
Office Hours: Tue-Thur 8:30am--3pm
Closed Mondays and Fridays

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