November 6, 2019
Change, Growth and Failure         
 
It is interesting to me how differently humans judge themselves compared to the models we see in nature.
 
Especially as we move through the change in seasons, the cycle of life we see as perfectly acceptable for a tree is to lose its leaves and spend a season barren before returning to a new cycle of growth.  Bears are allowed to take time off and hibernate.  When something dies, it becomes a part of the soil of new life.   
 
Humans view change suspiciously and if we lose something we readily label the experience a failure.  We need to be constantly productive without real seasons of productive inactivity.  If we try and it doesn't work out, we spend little time celebrating the  trying, honoring the growth and learning and instead, dwell on the idea we failed.  I wonder why this is?  And I wonder what might happen if we viewed life more like nature?   
 
 Change and growth are ongoing.   Sometimes it looks like letting go and sometimes it looks like inactivity and sometimes it looks like moving in new directions.  We could celebrate each season as wholeness and holy.  We could love ourselves and the ways we grow and the ways we support one another.  We could remove the idea of failure from our vocabulary and accept that sometimes we learn as much from what doesn't work as from what does work.   
 
Be like a tree: Accept change, let go with grace, rest and begin anew.  Honor whatever season appears in your life in this moment with gratitude.
 
  Reverend Joy 


Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 11/6
7pm: Dare to Lead class
Thursday 11/7
 
Friday 11/8
Office Closed  

Sat 11/9
 1:00pm: Zentangle
Sun 11/10
10am:  Reverend Joy: What is Abundance?  

 
  5:30pm: CoDA Step Study*
7pm: CoDA*
 
Mon 11/11
Office Closed  

Tuesday 11/12
6pm: Recovery Dharma (Buddhist practices & principles to heal the suffering of addiction)*

7pm:
ULV Board of Trustees



* indicates non-Unity event
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   Click to listen to Charley Thweatt's talk, "Flow, Flow, Flow Your Boat" from 11/03/19. 

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Guest Speaker:
Reverend Beth Hitesman
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reverend Beth returns on November 17th with her message of Spiritual Growth and the Inner Critic.   



Annual Holiday Potluck
 
Join us Sunday, November 24th for our annual holiday potluck after service.  There are sign-up sheets downstairs at church or contact Karen in the office with what you'd like to bring.  Thank you to this year's hosts, Rick and Sandy Stober, and all the volunteers that make this happen every year!  Sign up today and plan to attend!  
 


ABUNDANCE PRACTICE
JOURNAL

    
 It's NOT TOO LATE to get your journal!
 
THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS LAST YEAR'S JOURNAL  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Developed by Reverend Joy and formatted and printed by PostNet, journals are available NOW for just $10, to benefit ULV.  Begin whenever you want. Now is the perfect time to focus on abundance.   With writing prompts and space for reflecting on what abundance is and how it shows up in your life, this journal is a journey in abundance consciousness.   


Return your forms NOW!
 
Forms have gone out in the mail.  If you are a member and did not get a form, please contact Karen in the office.   Be sure to note any teams you'd be willing to serve on and how you maintain your active participation.
   
 
If you are interested in becoming a member of ULV, Membership classes will begin in January.  Look for the schedule of 6 classes to come out in December.   

 
 

Welcome to the world Benjamin Charles!
 
Teré O'Malley is celebrating the arrival of her newest grandchild, Benjamin Charles.  He arrived October 25th, weighing 7lbs, 13 ounces.  Teré is delighted about the addition of this new life to the family and grateful for all the prayers supporting his safe arrival. 
 
 


 
After Giving Thanks, after Black Friday, after Shop Small Business Saturday and after Cyber Monday is GIVING TUESDAY! 

Many people consider "end of year" giving during the holidays.  We are setting up a Giving Tuesday campaign on our Facebook page to provide a giving opportunity to those who feel blessed by our work throughout the year but we never see them in person.  IF YOU FEEL BLESSED by our Wednesday email messages and the work Unity of Lehigh Valley does in the world, and you are looking for an opportunity to give, CLICK HERE to donate via our website donation page or go to our Facebook page and donate through Faceback.  We appreciate all your support! 
 
 

What are you grateful for?
 
We are grateful for the amazing energy and message from Charley Thweatt!  We are blessed and encouraged.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the potluck. We appreciate the ensemble for helping with set up and clean up.  Special thanks to Eva Burkhart for coordinating the Hospitality! 

Thank you to Alicia Burkhart for stepping in and running the audio for Charley's "Tell Me Stories" concert.  

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




 
December: Our Advent series will include Interfaith messages of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy.  We'll end the year celebrating Kwanza and January 5th will be our Burning Bowl service. 



Join Jo "Bomba" Sieger Saturday, November 9th for the monthly drum circle



Our own Anthony Young is part of the Lehigh Valley Chorale!
   

 

 
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