Minister's Moment

As a child, attending the Episcopal Church in Kellogg Idaho, I looked forward to attending Palm Sunday. One reason for my excitement was receiving a palm leaf at the start of service. Although this may seem to be an insignificant detail today, at the time, receiving a palm leaf in this way was quite remarkable. For me personally, the texture and feel of that leaf was quite intriguing. It represented something foreign and mysterious. Charles Fillmore said that, palms, metaphysically speaking, are realizations in the physical of an unlimited resource of strength. Palm Sunday is named after the palm branches that were placed by the people of Jerusalem along the path that Jesus used as he entered the city. They honored him in this way to celebrate the miracle that he had performed in raising Lazarus from the dead after 4 days in the tomb. They believed that he had fulfilled a prophecy from the book of Zechariah which said, “Rejoice, greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout O daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass.” The crowds of people, who followed Jesus, were energized by witnessing or hearing about the miraculous deed he had performed.

By entering the city, Jesus was consciously declaring his destiny. He was going public, despite knowing the political reality that by doing so he would put himself in great peril. In a sense, he was thumbing his nose at both the religious leaders of Judaism and the political leaders in Rome. He must have known that he could have played it safe by continuing to wander around the countryside teaching and healing. Yet, he chose to directly challenge the societal authorities; knowing that there could be significant repercussions including the potential destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans. This threat, of destroying the temple, was one of many used by the Romans to keep the Jewish people in line. This represented a significant threat to the Sadducees and Pharisees whose lives and Jewish faith centered around the temple. Therefore, for Jesus, choosing confrontation was an act of “Making the Big Commitment” to his teaching and to what it meant to live a spiritual life.

“And the multitudes going before Him, and those who followed after were crying out, saying, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!’”
~ John 2:12

We have a very special ensemble of vocalists and musicians this week. The vocalists are Julie Croteau, Davis Hill, Mark Soss, Mark Wilson, Laura Wineteer, and Reini Yarrow. They will be accompanied by LeeAnn Aerlyn Moore, George Conrad, Steve Croteau, Gary Edwards and Jim Turner.

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Palm Sunday with a musical extravaganza that tells the story of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the ensuing events that led to his crucifixion. With music from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR , you will be transported back to the events of this timeless story. It is an uplifting experience for the whole family that you won’t want to miss. If you can’t spend Sunday with us in person, watch the service through our live-stream at 11 am or catch up on any of our services through our on-line archive . Thank you for your interest in Unity and may your spiritual path be one of joy and fulfillment.

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Celebration Services at 9 and 11 AM each Sunday. 
April 14, 2019
Celebration Service
Palm Sunday: Journey to Freedom

Join us this Sunday as we celebrate Palm Sunday with a musical extravaganza that tells the story of Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and the ensuing events that led to his crucifixion. With music from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, you will be transported back to the events of this timeless story. It is an uplifting experience for the whole family that you won’t want to miss.

“And the multitudes going before Him,
and those who followed after were crying out, saying,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David:
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest!’”
~ John 2:12

Presented by: Reverend Steve Towles
With music by: Our Unity Ensemble
Happenings
Check out these events and activities.
FEATURED EVENTS
Spring Rummage and Plant Sale
Friday-Saturday, April 26-27
9AM-3PM

We hope you are making plans to contribute items to our Spring Rummage and Plant Sale. We had a very successful sale last Fall and are hoping to repeat that success again at our Spring sale. To avoid having a lot of unsold items at the end of our event, we have set some parameters regarding what is acceptable to bring. See the event flier for details. Please plan to bring your donations to the Spiritual Center during the week prior to the sale. You can also volunteer to help with pricing items or assist with the sale. Volunteers will be provided lunch. If this opportunity is appealing to you, sign up to help in the hallway.

MORE HAPPENINGS
SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION
Mondays
1-3PM
PEACE YOGA
Mondays
5-6:15PM
MEN'S GROUP
Mondays
6-8PM
COMMUNITY NEWS
Here are the latest opportunities to support and connect with the community.
COMMUNITY GARDEN MEETING
Sunday | April 14 | 12:30PM

Anyone planning to garden at Unity is encouraged to attend a meeting to review garden rules and expectations. Plots are available for $35.
FAMILY PROMISE WEEK
April 21-27

It is time once again for USCNI to serve Family Promise of North Idaho. We are hosting families at 1st Baptist Church in CDA. Sign up to bring dinner or serve as an overnight host.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL
Deadline for renewal is Sunday, April 30

In order to remain active and vote at the Annual Meeting, members must complete a renewal form for the new fiscal year. The forms are available in the hallway.

SACRED SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

T here are opportunities to put your unique skills or passions to use by serving our community. We have specific roles to fill including Nursery Attendant, PowerPoint, Sound and Youth Education roles during our 11AM services. You can indicate your interest by completing our online volunteer form and we will contact you.
UNITY T-SHIRTS
We have Unity T-Shirts for sale. The sizes are S, M, L, and XL's and the price is $15.00 each. If you would like to purchase one, see Roye Ely or put your name on the sign up sheet in the hallway. The caption on the back reads:

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