Wednesday, January 6, 2021
ULV Weekly Update
We will consider practical ways to work with the flow of life, instead of against it and gain a deeper understanding of what it truly means to live abundantly.

 “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” -John 10:10





This is the Year

David Roth

1/3/21

As we enter a new year, David sang and spoke about new beginnings, service to self and service to the world.
Prayer Support
Silent Unity Prayer Partners are available to pray with you. Call 1.800.669.7729 (1.800.NOW.PRAY). You can also submit a prayer request online.

Our prayer chaplains continue to be active while we are social distancing, and not able to gather together. Whether you have a joy to multiply or a sorrow to divide, our Prayer Chaplains join you in prayer.  Feel free to reach out to your prayer chaplain. If you are not sure who your prayer chaplain is, please contact Karen in the office.

Our transitional consultant, Rev Sandy Butler, is available for prayer support as well. Please email her at butlersandra01@gmail.com to schedule a call.
Greeting Time
Please join us for "greeting time" in our live-stream service!
 
Live-streaming will begin at 9:55 am! You can join the video and in the comments say "Good Morning" and send greetings to your fellow congregants as we countdown to our service beginning at 10:05.  
Moving Forward
We invite you to take a look at the exciting guest speakers we have coming up in the first quarter of 2021.

Connecting with Others
Rick Stober is inviting you to join him on Zoom for a daily "coherence call" at 11:30am each morning. Feel free to join once a week or every day!
 
Please join Rick for the Coherence call via Zoom.
 
 
Meeting ID: 321 012 0432
Password: Rasur2020
Get Involved

Read the Daily Word for our Sunday Service from the comfort and safety of your own home


We are inviting people to video-record themselves reading the Daily Word for playback at Sunday service. Karen will be maintaining a schedule in the office. Please contact her at unitylv@rcn.com if you would like to be part of the service by reading the Daily Word. You can click on the link below to read the schedule to date.

Here's how it works: You will receive the text for the Daily Word for the Sunday you choose, you record it on your phone and send the video via email. Your video will be incorporated into the Sunday Service!

We are trying very hard to keep everyone connected until we can resume some kind of normalcy for our Sunday services.
Once you select your date, and have the Daily Word for that day, you can record yourself and send it in to the office. You do not need to wait. The recording will be stored to be played on your day of choice.
Podcast/Book Club
A group of people from Unity of Lehigh Valley are participating together in a book/podcast club that meets weekly on Monday nights. 
 
Each week we discuss chapters from a selected book or podcast. We select content that has a spiritual flavor. 
 
The virtual meetings are conducted through Zoom. You can jump in at any time. 
 
Please join us Monday January 18th from 7 to 8 pm to discuss ”Happiness Begins with Gratitude” This is an interview conducted by Oprah Winfrey (on her Super Soul Conversations series) with Br. David Steindl-Rast, recorded on January 7th 2018.  

This group discussion is available to anyone who cares to join. If you have questions please contact Tom Eltringham at 484 695 8423 (phone or text).
 
Link to the podcast is below.
 
If you have questions please contact Tom Eltringham at 484 695 8423 (phone or text)
 
Meeting ID: 983 6596 4900
Passcode: 154400

Note: The group is NOT meeting on January 11th.
Sunday Services
Services are live-streamed at 10:00am on our Facebook page.

 
Our Sanctuary is open to 4 or 5 congregants at this time.  

If you would like to attend in person, you will need to reserve your spot by calling or emailing the office at 610-965-3036, Option 1 or unitylv@rcn.com

Reservations, masks and 6-foot distancing required
Minister Affirmation
Join together in affirming our right and perfect Senior Minister will appear to us easily.
Donations
Unity of Lehigh Valley continues to incur routine bills, even while we are not meeting in our sanctuary. Your continued gifts assure the ongoing work that we do and maintaining our building to return to.

Ways to Give
 
  • Click the secure Donate button on our website & use credit card through PayPal

  • Send a check by mail to 26 North Third Street, Emmaus, PA 18049

  • Set up recurring donations with your bank's bill pay

If you have a question on how to get your donation to the church, please contact the office.
Weekly Offering Report
Dec 30-Jan 6
 
Offerings Received = $2819
 
Required for Expenses = $2,365
·    
Variance = $473.00
 
 
Variance for January: $473.00
AV Team
Are you interested in helping with our live-stream services? If so, the AV team is looking for volunteers!

We are in the process of rebuilding our AV team. Our team members should be comfortable with a computer and able to respond to internet "glitches" should they arise.

AV team members will be trained to operate our new camera equipment, operate the sound board and bringing in speakers via the Zoom platform into our FB live service.

Ultimately, we would like to have 3 volunteers for each Sunday. One to operate the camera, one to operate the slides and interact with the Zoom speaker and one member to focus on audio.

We have been so blessed and are so grateful to Bill Gastinger for bringing us into the 21st century for livestreaming. When Bill stepped up to volunteer, we were still recording our services on a cell phone! Bill has fine-tuned our practices and procedures to bring a quality live-stream event each Sunday, and we are thrilled that Bill will remain on our AV team, and is willing to train our new volunteers!

We will continue to live-stream even when ULV opens up to the public without restrictions. So, we need a pool of volunteers to help with this. The AV team is now even more critical to ULV than in the past.

Please consider joining the team. Please email Karen in the office, or call 610-965-3036, option 1.
Membership Renewals
Membership renewals went out in the US mail. Our bylaws require yearly renewal of membership. Please complete the renewal form and return to Unity of Lehigh Valley either by US mail, fax to 610-965-1100 or scan and email to unitylv@rcn.com
If you have not received your renewal, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen at unitylv@rcn.com or call 610-965-3036, option 1. 
Fellowship Meeting
Join us this Sunday along with Rev Sandy Butler for some fellowship time! The zoom link is below:

Join Zoom Meeting

To join by phone, please call:
646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 853 2330 0894
Gratitude
Thank you to David Roth for his message and music last Sunday.
 
Thank you to Jon Durn for reading the Daily Word.

Thank you to Peggy Shannon for being the Platform Assistant.
Five-Minute Renewing Meditation from Silent Unity
Take a break, relax, and renew your spirit with this meditation from Silent Unity's own Trayce Riley.
A New Year’s Resolve

Dear Friends,
It seems a little strange to write Happy New Year without the characteristic exclamation point at the end. After all, I usually greet the new year with excitement and wonder.

This was the first one I greeted with relief.

But just about everything is different these days, isn’t it? With that in mind, I’ve decided this is the perfect time to ditch New Year’s resolutions. I have never been big on them because mine usually centered around trying to change myself in unrealistic ways, and my willpower often flagged before the end of January.

This year, I’m going to focus instead on my resolve. The distinction may seem minor, but I don’t think it is. A resolution is something outside myself—maybe a goal or an ambition—but my resolve comes from within me, a determination, my faith in action.
 
When the End Is in Sight, But Not Quite

This is especially important these days. Like many, I have found myself dragged down by pandemic fatigue. Tiring of precautions, chafing against restrictions, growing numb to the magnitude of our shared tragedy. Some days it can feel hard to remain hopeful and mindful that the pandemic’s end may now be in sight.

But until that happens and the vaccine becomes widely available, the pandemic goes on. And we who long to gather together must endure our separations for a while longer.

Still, it’s a new year. And there’s something about a new beginning, even if it’s just the date on a brand-new calendar that kindles hope. Somehow, knowing that 2020 is over creates a container for it, makes it finite, puts it in the past.

It’s time to look ahead. Welcoming this New Year is glimpsing the flicker of light on the horizon, the break of dawn on a symbolic new day. It’s the hint, the whisper that better times are on the way.

And that’s where I’m focusing my resolve, my faith that when we close out 2021, we will be much closer to the lives we knew than we were when we rang it in.
 

Let Resolve Help


This resolve will keep me socially distant for a while longer, when I so want to hug the dear ones I miss. This resolve will keep me patient and in my house when I feel called to be in the world. This resolve is what will keep the mask on my face as long as necessary—even when I want others to me see me smiling at them and to see them smiling back.

I pray that you know this resolve as the dawn that breaks within you. May your faith equip you with resolve, keep you strong in adversity, and hopeful and expectant of the dawn during the darkest point of the night.

These earliest days of the new year are a reminder: Keep the light of hope on the horizon of your awareness. Have faith that light will grow ever brighter and lead us all to sunnier days ahead.


Blessings,


Rev. Teresa Burton
Daily Word Editor
Contact Information
Unity of Lehigh Valley
26 N Third Street, Emmaus, PA 18049
610-965-3036
 
 
Virtual Office Hours: 
Tue-Thur 8:30am--3pm
(Phone and emails answered during virtual office hours)
 
 
Office Administrator (Karen): unitylv@rcn.com