August 8, 2018
Doing Nothing

We went to see Christopher Robin this week and it is a wonderful movie.  Although the movie features Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eyore and Tigger, it is not exactly what I consider a children's film.  One of my favorite lines from the movie is, "Doing nothing sometimes leads to the very best something."  Kind of a zen saying that makes you ponder.  And it is sort of descriptive of a phenomena I have been observing. 

I have decided it is not my job or even in my best interest to always try to keep up the pace of walking others engage in.  When I have had enough I just sit down.  I sit on a bench if there is one handy but the other day the benches were in the sun so I sat on a curb in the shade.  The interesting thing is that while I am doing nothing, sitting quietly, people stop and talk.  Really fascinating conversations about a woman's son in Ocean City and another woman's career in special education have unfolded because I sat down to rest. I sit on the patio amid my flowers and wildly growing cherry tomato plants and people stop to talk.  They pause in stride with dogs or exercise gear and admire the garden and engage in conversation about the heat or the color of the flowers or the dogs barking behind me.  I rather enjoy these random connections.

So my idea this week is to invite you to find a way to do nothing and see what kind of something unfolds.  It is bound to be a surprise, in the way the Universe has of creating a spectacular sunrise and then hiding it when few people are up doing nothing long enough to see it.  See if nothing is really nothing or more like something you like.  

Rev. Joy

Calendar for this week
TODAY:  Wednesday 08/08/2018
7pm: Book Study - Discover the Power Within You
Thursday 08/09
7pm: Choir Practice
Friday 08/10
Office Closed
Sat 08/11

Sun 08/12
10am:  Rev. Joy Wyler: "Power of Imagination and Walt Disney"
11:30am:  Overview Class - Prosperity
7pm:  CoDA*
Mon 08/13
Office Closed
Tuesday 08/14

* indicates non-Unity event

Rev. Joy's sermon from 08/05:
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Honoring Seven Years of Service
Thank You Kari Wyler

After seven years of spending nearly every Sunday with our youth, Kari Wyler will be stepping down from the YFM Director position effective September 15th.  

The Board of Trustees would like to express their deep appreciation for the heart and soul Kari has poured into the Youth and Family Ministry.  

Please join us for a Potluck Fellowship on 
AUGUST 26th, immediately following service.  Sign-up to bring the ingredients for a Taco Bar on sheets downstairs or let the office know what you will bring.  

In gratitude for the years together at ULV, we celebrate a new beginning for Kari.

12 Powers Summer Series

The 12 Powers in American History

Our 12-Powers summer series for 2018 is ongoing!   

Each power has its own color and you are invited to join in the fun and dress with the color of the power we are discussing.  Here is the order for the rest of August:
August 12th:  Power is Imagination and the color is Light Blue

August 19th:  Power is Zeal and the color is Orange

August 26th:  Power is Faith and the color is Dark Blue

Overview / New Member Class: 


This Sunday After the Service


New member class series.  If you have attended a class in the past, no need to repeat. If you missed a class or two or three, catch them now and be ready for membership at ULV.  Or, take a class to meet new people and participate with our new members. Or, take a class to refresh your memory about a topic. 

PLEASE NOTE we have changed the date for Affirmative Prayer!!

These are the classes we value as foundational for a healthy congregation and a healthy church. Join Reverend Joy and our Licensed Unity Teachers!

Aug 12 Prosperity
Aug 26 Positive Communication 
Sept 23 Affirmative Prayer
Sept 30 Welcome to ULV!

We welcome back singer/songwriter Michael "Not for Coltrane" Duck as our guest musician on August 26th!
Always a ULV favorite!

Are you the one?

We are seeking New Thought leadership for our YFM program.  It might be one person or a team!  It could be someone called from within the congregation or someone you have in mind with a Unity or New Thought background.  We prefer some experience working with youth.  If you are interested in this paid position, please submit your resumé to Reverend Joy at or fax to 610-965-1100. 

Join us for our Annual Picnic 
Sept 9th, 12 Noon
Emmaus Community Park

Just relax as the food is catered and set up by Dickie'  Barbecue.  We have sign-up sheet for coolers with ice, desserts and drinks, a green salad and some veggie burgers; as well as clean-up volunteers. 

Tickets are just $15 for adults and $5 for youth under 12.  Get your tickets from Karen on Sundays, email the office at, or you can purchase tickets on our website via PayPal at Picnic Tickets via PayPal

Plan now to be a part of this fun, annual gathering of ULV friends and family!


What are you 
grateful for?

Yes, it truly takes a church to be church on Sunday! Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for stepping up into roles this past Sunday: Jon and Jutland for ushering, Miranda Whitham for helping with our many youth, and Sandy Stober for reading the Daily Word.

Thank you to Eva and Alicia Burkhart for sharing the delicious Mission Barbecue as part of Fellowship Hospitality.  

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

August 19th - Healing Service 

August 26th - Overview / New Member Class: Positive Communication

August 29th - Pause for Peace Meditation

September 13th - World Day of Prayer

As we support and keep Ginny Stanglein in our prayers on the recent loss of her dad, Raymond E. Swett, Jr., here are the details for his memorial service which is being held  tomorrow.  

A Memorial Service for Raymond will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church  in Phillipsburg . A Visitation of family and friends will be held from 4pm until service time at the church.

St. Luke's Episcopal Church
500 Hillcrest Blvd
Phillipsburg, NJ, US, 08865

Unity Eastern Region Fall Conference

Pride in the Park

August 19th
12 noon - 6pm 
Cedar Beach Park, Allentown, PA
Admission: $5, children ages 12 and under free, youth 14-21 can earn a free ticket to pride through participation in Project SILK.

Pride in the Park is a smoke-free event. Smoking, vaping, juuling, and chewing tobacco are not permitted anywhere at the festival.  

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
Check out the many activities.  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

Reverend Joy: