May 8, 2019

(from by Mallory Herrmann) 

Many of us have a tendency to accumulate stuff. We hold on to it. We hoard it. We worry about not having enough of it. We often get caught up in wanting to have, do, or be more.However, when we look outside ourselves to the world around us, we remember that we already have everything we need. Reconnecting to nature is an opportunity to slow down, to heal-to appreciate what we do have instead of only worrying about what's missing. Nature reminds us of our spiritual foundation and to see that we are enough.

Stan Slaughter, the Eco-Troubadour, suggests that humans are the only animal that has a problem with "enough." While we come from a long line of survivors, we only use a fraction of our ingenuity to create meaningful and fulfilling lives. An avid floater in the Ozarks, Slaughter describes the power of rivers. With the sun above you, the air around you, the banks beside you, and the water supporting you, you're at the boundary of all four elements. We may engage in this frenetic sense of "not enough," but we have everything we need right here. "There's more in us than we know," he says.

We often forget this. When we lose our spiritual foundation, Slaughter says, it's like horses who suffer from hay belly: When they're given low-quality feed, they just keep eating more and more in an attempt to make up the deficit in nutrition. They end up overfed and undernourished. Like those horses, when we become disconnected from our spiritual center, we become clingy, greedy.

Instead of jumping to conclusions that we're suffering from a lack in material abundance, recognize it as a craving for more meaningful connection. Whether you're floating down a river or digging in the garden or simply letting go of what you no longer need, we can support our spiritual foundation by reconnecting to nature and to ourselves.

Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 05/8

Thursday 05/9
7:00pm: Choir Practice
Friday 05/10
Office Closed

Sat 05/11

Sun 05/12
10am :  A Visit from Mother Fillmore!

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

Mon 05/13
Office Closed 

Tuesday 05/14
7:00pm:  ULV Board Meeting

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

To listen to the opening prayer (Anthony Young), an original song by David Brooks and the meditation (Anthony Young) from 5/5/2019,  please  Click Here

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 Special Mother's Day presentation

   A Visit with Myrtle Fillmore: On this Mother's Day, we will journey back in time with Myrtle Fillmore, Mother of Unity  as she shares her healing journey, her life with Charles, and the early years in the development of Unity.

 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 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!  

IronPigs ULV Group Tickets

Friday evening game on June 28th at 7:00pm

Tickets on sale now through May 26th are only $11 each and we have reserved a section just for us!

There will be fireworks after the game.  

Join us for this yearly fun evening and see our name on the Jumbotron!

Invite friends and family and purchase your tickets in our section.  

May 26th is a firm deadline; we have to have the exact number of tickets to the stadium that Tuesday. 

The IronPigs play the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. They are a Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. It's sure to be a great game and a great time for everyone to get together and have FUN!  

Tickets can be purchased through the office Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:00pm or on Sundays from Jo Sieger, Anthony Young or Karen Esbensen. To pay online through our website PayPal account, CLICK HERE

New Book Study
Begins May 22
Join Reverend Joy and your fellow congregants as we explore Richard Rohr's newest book, The Universal Christ.  
Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30pm at ULV

Each session will be interactive with 8 weeks total.  We'll finish up July 17th.  The more sessions you can attend, the deeper your experience but it's ok to miss a class or two. This class is open to anyone so invite people from the community who might be interested.  Suggested love offering is $10 per session. 

The book can be purchased through Amazon and if you use Amazon Smile ULV can benefit!  
Please read chapters 1 & 2 in advance of the first session.

For a video trailer of the book CLICK HERE
To hear a longer introduction of the book by the author, CLICK HERE

What are you grateful for? 

From Anthony: 

Thank you everyone for the blessing and celebration of my 5th anniversary as Music Director at ULV. 
Thank you to all of our phenomenal singers.  Your voices and spirits always inspire me and lift me up.
Thank you to David Brooks for sharing your fun, exhilarating and amazing song. A delight, please come back soon.  
Thank you John Thomas for providing extra mics and doing the final sound set-up for our Music service.
Thank you to Ed Buchman for coordinating and monitoring all the mics for the service.
Thank you to Walt and Rob for resetting the keyboard and initially setting up the mics. 
Thank you to Karen for creating the wonderful and massive slide presentation and thank you to Steve Gunn for doing an amazing job running the presentation.
Thank you to Katie for bravely helping to demonstrate our Clavinova. 
Thank you to Eva Burkhart for facilitating the celebration refreshments and thank you to Karen for picking up the cake.  
Thank you to Rev Joy for confidence, resources and support. 

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

June 2nd: Celebrating 40 years of ministry at ULV with a Church Blessing and Dedication

This Saturday, 5/11

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

Reverend Joy: