August 28, 2019
Noticing my noticing  
What we focus on expands. Once we commit to noticing something-anything-we begin to feel like there is more of it.  This works pretty much the same no matter what you focus on.  If I decide to notice yellow cars, I will be amazed at how many yellow cars there are (mine will still be red).  
Sometimes we let this operate a little unconsciously.  Once I start noticing the errors in grammar, they are everywhere.  I can become annoyed if I allow the grammar police to patrol unchecked.  Does NO ONE have this class in school?  My noticing becomes a source of judgment and agitation.  Once I notice (observe) this about my noticing practice, I have a choice.  I can continue on this path or I can commit to noticing something I'd like to have expand in my world.  I can notice acts of kindness.  I can notice butterflies.  I can notice all the little things I have to be grateful for.  I can notice how often I think of a friend and a connection is made.  
This week, pay attention to what it is you focus on and how that affects your body and mental attitude.  If you don't like how you feel or what you believe is expanding in your world, commit to noticing something you'd like to expand.  Shift your focus and begin to see a new world.               Rev Joy   
Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 08/28

Thursday 08/29

Friday 08/30
Office Closed

Sat 08/31

Sun 9/1
10am :  Rev Joy "Metaphysical Bible: Liar, Liar "
5:30pm: CoDA Step Study*
7:00pm: CoDA*
Mon 9/2
Office Closed
6:30pm:  A Course in Miracles

Tuesday 9/3
6:00pm: Recovery Dharma (Buddhist practices & principles to heal the suffering of addiction)*

* indicates non-Unity event
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Click to listen to Rev Joy from  8/25/19, " Metaphysical Bible: Transformation"

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Planning on Joining Us for the Annual Picnic?
Get your tickets now!

WHEN:  September 8th, 11:45 or after Sunday Service
WHERE:  Emmaus Community Park, North  Pavilion

We'll once again enjoy great food from Dickie's Barbecue in Bethlehem including pulled pork, smoked turkey, veggie burgers and hot dogs with baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw. 

Please sign up  for desserts or extras you'd like to bring.
We also need a couple coolers of ice. Church will provide drinks. 

Cost remains $15 for adults and $5 for youth under 12. 

Get your tickets on Sunday from Reverend Joy or one of our board members, or through the office during office hours or online via PayPal. ADVANCE TICKET SALES help us order the correct amount of food.  

Our New
Intention Circle

Meeting the last Sunday of the month

Join Mary Etta Lea and Beverly Sullivan in the sanctuary after service for an additional time of prayer.  Here is their process: We come together to hand over our concerns about the world and offer our desire to be of service to Humanity and Earth.  After a brief statement of intent, we invite in Divine Presence and then sit in silent mediation or prayer for 15 - 30 minutes.  People may leave silently when inwardly guided to do so.
The first Intention Circle will be September 29th.   

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 will be 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.  

Chaplain Training in September

If you are a member of ULV and have been thinking about becoming a chaplain, NOW is the time!  Our next chaplain training will be September 7th.  Contact Wilma Alvarez or Rick Stober if you are interested in joining the dynamic, prayerful energy of this team!    


Join our chaplain team
for our World Day of Prayer Service

Thursday evening, Sept 12th from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the sanctuary  
Whether you join us in the sanctuary or join Silent Unity online or simply join in the prayer consciousness wherever you are, you can light a candle to represent your LIGHT!  To light your candle on the world map.  



September 13-15

Our Women's Retreat at Dewey Beach is only a few weeks away!
It's time now for the final $80 deposits.

We also have 2 cancellations we'd love to fill . Please contact Ginny Stanglein if you are interested or wish to invite a friend and if you'd like to lead any informal group event during the retreat.

An email will go out about organizing the Friday night dinner, Saturday breakfast and if any plans are desired for Saturday dinner.


Phone for calls or texts:  610-217-8827

Sunday, September 29th our Sunday Service will be an exploration to find the fire within Unity of Lehigh Valley and within each one of us.  Are you ready to come alive?  Are you open to be transformed?  Plan now to join us at 10am. 

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

What are you grateful for?

Karen Esbensen would like to thank Joyce Buchman for the "cup of gratitude".  Joyce said she wanted to give it to me just "because".  That is the best reason to receive a gift, just "because".  Thank you so much, Joyce, for your consistent kindness.   
Ginny Stanglein is grateful for the upcoming marriage of her son Nate Stanglein and Chrissie Mondschein.  We join Ginny in holding a vision of a delightful beginning on September 7th to their new life together!    
Kennedy Spencer would like to express gratitude for the support and encouragement she received for her trip to Spain.   She would like to send an extra thank you to Rev. Joy for allowing her to share her experiences after service.   She sends much appreciation to all who attended to hear about her journey, her lessons, and the impact of her trip.
Jen Hertwig would like to thank all who stay for healing services.
It is a really beautiful way to connect with fellow congregants who also seek harmony and balance.  Your participation is appreciated!

If you are grateful for something at ULV, send a message to the office:   

Oct 6: Fall Faith Series: Dare to Lead  (get your BrenĂ© Brown book now and read ahead)
Nov 24: Holiday Potluck  

Spiritual Quick Start is a way to learn the Connection Practice in 4 hours over 30 days using magnetic boards and online training. If you miss any part of the online training, you can watch the recording. After signing up, you participate in a live learning webinar with me. The second step is a coaching session with a master Connection Practice coach so you can experience this synergistic combination of empathy and insight. After that, you receive a Group Support video call and a Celebration video call. 

This program is valued at $497 but we are making it available to Unity folks for $197 plus 10% back to your church. All you need to do is put in the discount code: "spiritscholarship" and the name of the church for you and your church to receive the offer. Under organization name at checkout, write the name of your church or congregation. Discount code at checkout: spiritscholarship ($300 discount)   
Learn more about the Spiritual Quick Start HERE !  
Sept 30th to Oct 3  Unity Eastern Region Conference 
It's that time again! 2019 Eastern Region Fall Conference! This year, the conference takes place at the  Seaview, a Dolce Hotel in beautiful Galloway, NJ. With golf courses that host professional tours, presentations on a variety of topics, new and familiar musicians and always the opportunity to connect with other Unity churches the fall conference is a worthwhile investment with easy travel.  For more information and to register CLICK HERE

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

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