October 2, 2019
Up to me    

Sunday, the ensemble sang, "If it's to be, it's up to me!"  How does it feel to say that out loud?  Lonely?  Overwhelming?  Or empowering and motivational?  
John Mayer sang "Waiting on the world to change"; which I kind of want to ask how that's working for him.  When we wait on others to bring peace, end violence and spread love, we are at their mercy.  They do or they don't and we can't control it.  Who is the only person we have control over?  The one in the mirror.   
What might happen if everyone, every single one of us, decided to love one another with no exceptions?  However distant or impossible that might seem, it cannot become possible until some of us, individually, make the choice to begin. If peace and harmony are  to become manifest, it's up to me!  Our ULV Vision is to co-create an awakened world of peace, harmony and abundance.  How can we work towards this creation unless we awaken ourselves?  This is the power within us.   
One theme that came up in last Sunday's FIRE work was modeling the Unity principles--living the Truth we know.  We already know that if it's to be, it's up to me! 
We are the church.  Each and every one of us.  Let us consider how we grow forward in this, our 40th year!                       Reverend Joy 

Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 10/2

Thursday 10/3
Friday 10/4
Office Closed

Sat 10/5
 9am: ULV Board Retreat
Sun 10/6
10am :  Rev  Joy  "Rumbling with Vulnerability " and guest musician Mike Holliday. 
5:30pm: CoDA Step Study*
7pm: CoDA*
Mon 10/7
Office Closed

6:30pm: A Course in Miracles *

Tuesday 10/8
6pm: Recovery Dharma (Buddhist practices & principles to heal the suffering of addiction)*

  ULV Board Meeting

* indicates non-Unity event
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Our October Fall Faith Series  
Join us for the 4 Sundays in October as we return to author BrenĂ© Brown and explore her newest book, Dare to Lead.  
Do you think we are waiting for leaders in our world?  We are the ones we are waiting for!   
Class will be from 7pm to 8:30pm  
Sign-up in advance is appreciated   
Love offering basis  
For more resources or if you are not familiar with the author, CLICK HERE  
If you plan to attend class, please read through page 52 before the first class.   Materials will be provided in class so please sign-up so we have enough copies for everyone.   

Charley Thweatt in Service and in Concert
There will be a potluck lunch between the service and the concert
so plan to stay and enjoy this special day!


 What exactly is abundance?  It is one of ULV's core values.  It centers us in a feeling of "more than enough", a feeling of contentment  and peace.   
Developed by Reverend Joy and formatted and printed by PostNet, journals will be available beginning October 6th for just $10, to benefit ULV.  Journals can be used during the 43 days (begin Oct 20th) leading up to Advent as we traditionally focus on gratitude and thanksgiving.  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.  There will be a sign-up sheet downstairs to reserve your journal.  Journals can also be used for a Lent practice or as gifts to support anyone's spiritual journey.  Get your journals NOW!  

Changes and Opportunities

Beginning in October we will offer Youth classes downstairs during the service on the FIRST, SECOND and THIRD Sundays.  There will be no classes downstairs on the Fourth or Fifth Sundays.  Youth are welcome to stay upstairs in the sanctuary on those Sundays.   
Would you like to become a part of what is unfolding for our YFM program?  Here are some ideas for  you to consider:
1.  Make it a point to learn the names of our youth and speak to them on Sunday.  Follow up on what they report doing downstairs and engage is learning more about their spiritual journey.
2.  Volunteer to lead/coordinate an inter-generational activity.  Family yoga, outside projects in the community, art activities, games... What is your passion and how can we engage all ages in a single activity?    
3.  Consider committing to being a "part-time" YFM volunteer on our Sundays.  Whether it is to substitute for an absent regular volunteer or taking on 2 to 6 Sundays a year on a specific date, this supports our regular volunteers to avoid burn-out! This is your opportunity to do an activity you love just with the youth.  Background checks are required but the church can provide if you don't already have one.   
4.  Include our YFM program in your daily prayer and meditation practice.  

multi_ethnic_babies.jpg Supporting Families with our donations

ULV in partnership with LCC

Last spring, The Lehigh Conference of Churches received a grant to help those who have Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). This program provides support for those engaged in treatment and recovery to prevent overdose-related deaths. Many of the people being helped have young children or are pregnant and need baby and toddler clothing and supplies for their children.
ULV is collecting  diapers (except for newborn size), formula, baby wipes and shampoo as well as baby and toddler clothing. New or gently used clothing would be welcome. The collection box is inside the doors as you enter from the back parking lot through October 13 .   
Thank you to TerĂ© O'Malley for taking on coordination of this service project.  

Have you designated your charity on AmazonSmile as Unity of Lehigh Valley?  We appreciate you!

What are you grateful for?
 THANK YOU to everyone who showed up and participated in Finding Our Fire!  Thanks to Marisa for being our excellent scribe!   

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

Oct 27: New Member Sunday 

Nov 24: Holiday Potluck  

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