April 17, 2019
Letting Go  

Most of us are anxious for the light, the flowers, the sense of renewal that Easter morning brings.  Few of us wait eagerly each year for the crucifixion of that preceding Friday.  But do we get to our new beginning without letting go of the past, the old and that which has died?   

In Keep A True Lent, Charles Fillmore says, "The word crucifixion means the crossing out in consciousness of certain errors that have become fixed states of mind; it is the enactment by a master of the final extinction of carnal mind, the giving up of the whole personality in order that the Christ Mind may be expressed in all its fullness. This is represented by the crucifixion of Jesus. Every time we give up error there is a crucifixion." 

Every time we give up error!  Most of us have been through times of darkness.  Some brief and some that make us question when light will truly break through again.  Although we can willingly give up error beliefs, often we do not step easily onto  that path. So our greatest breakthroughs and times of transformation may also be those long, dark nights of the soul in which we struggle.  What if we came to accept that if we find ourselves in darkness, it is a call to let go of some error belief that is keeping us from our greatest peace?  What if we could remember that the time in darkness is the preparation for the new light seeking room to expand within us?   What if the caterpillar could KNOW the glory of wings that awaited once the time in the cocoon was complete?  

During this holy week, take a moment to reflect upon those times of transformation in your life.  Maybe right now is one of them.  What error and limiting thoughts are you called to let go of?  Life is eternal; love is unconditional; we are always One.   Leave the false beliefs in the tomb and know they are without power and life as you step into the Light of Christ Mind. 

Reverend Joy
Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 04/17
Office Closed
Thursday 04/18
6:30pm: Maundy Thursday Service
Choir Practice
Friday 04/19
Office Open

Sat 04/20

Sun 04/21
10am :  Rev Joy: Trip a Little Light
11:45: Marisa Lenci & Tina Fritzinger Wedding - All Welcome!

5:30pm: CoDA Step Study*
7:00pm: CoDA*

Mon 04/22
Office Closed 

Tuesday 04/23
Office Open

* indicates non-Unity event
Check out Community Events at the bottom of the page

To listen to Rev Joy's sermon, The Gospel of Mistakes (Palm Sunday), from 4/14/2019, please click on the link.   
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Extended Bidding!!
Winners announced after Service April 28th

Service Auction Bids winners will be announced on Sunday, April 28, 2019 after church. Members of the Service Auction Committee will take your payment for the items you won at that time.  Service Auction bidding will end on Thursday April 25, 2019 at 2:30 pm.  People can come into the church on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week to continue to bid if they like while the office is open.

You are invited

 Marisa Lenci and 
 Tina Fritzinger 
invite you to stay after the service on Easter Sunday, April 21st, to witness their wedding vows. Your presence is a gift.


 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.

 Easter Flowers  

If you ordered flowers for Easter, they will be available to take home after Sunday service.  Please plan to take your flowers with you!


 Contribute to our memory book

Whether your first Sunday was in 1979 or 2019, you have been a part of the ministry of Unity of Lehigh Valley.  As we celebrate 40 years of ministry on June 2nd, we would like to know 
"How has ULV  made a positive impact on your life?"  

There is no cost to contribute to this collection of memories.  Please submit a Word document or email to Reverend Joy at revjoy@rcn.com by May 15th.  Submissions should be around 150 words maximum and may be subject to editing.  By submitting you are giving ULV permission to publish your memory in the book.

We plan to make a memory book available as a fun-draiser for our anniversary.  

Plan to join us on June 2nd for a Blessing of the Church!  

What are you grateful for? 


Big Thanks to Jutland Medina
 for deep cleaning the kitchen and heading up our Palm Sunday Brunch.

We are grateful for all the contributions of food, the helping hands setting up, serving and cleaning up, and the joyful fellowship of our annual Palm Sunday Brunch.

Thank you to Sandy Stober for being flexible and spending time with our youth.  

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!

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.  

Saturday, August 10th Stand Up for Humanity                              at the Lincoln Reflecting Pool hosted by Unity of Washington, D.C.  
Click Here for their 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.  

Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N 3rd, Emmaus, PA 18049
Office Hours: Tue-Thur 8:30am--3pm
Closed Mondays and Fridays

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