Unity On The River News
April 23, 2021

14 Cedar St., Suite 203
Amesbury, MA 01913
978-834-7830
Our Vision
Awakened To, and Transformed by, Divine Love, we are an
Expanding, Compassionate, Inclusive Beacon of Light

Our Mission
Transforming Lives and Inspiring People to
Make a Positive Difference in our World

IN THIS WEEK'S NEWSLETTER
  • Rev Ogun's Final Service: "In Gratitude"
  • Rev Ogun Special Farewell in Zoom Hospitality
  • Unity LIVE!

Virtual Live Sunday Service
April 25, 2021 -- 10am ET

"In Gratitude"

Rev. Ogun's Final Service at UOTR
featuring music by

Meg Rayne * Brian Doser * Keith Bickford * Kristine Malpica
L and Cherie Gaudet L




Watch on our website or YouTube channel

SPECIAL ZOOM HOSPITALITY

Join us after the service at 11:00am for Rev Ogun's special farewell in Zoom Hospitality! There will be sharing of memories and happy moments to send Rev Ogun off:

Zoom link -- https://us02web.zoom.us/j/696054975
  • Meeting ID: 696 054 975 
  • Passcode: Unity2020

To join by phone call 646-558-8656
  • Meeting ID: 696 054 975 
  • Passcode: 666630740

Prayer Chaplains are available for one-on-one prayer in a private break-out room during Zoom Hospitality.
UNITY LIVE!

Don't forget that you can now join us LIVE every Sunday Service on Zoom at 10am ET using the Zoom link below!

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88442394798
UNITY ON THE RIVER SUNDAY SERMONS PODCAST
Listen to Sunday talks anytime on your smartphone by subscribing to Unity On The River Sunday Sermons podcast on your favorite podcast platform like Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and more.
COMMUNITY CORNER
We miss you and we want you to join us during our Virtual Sunday Service. Introducing Community Corner, a few minutes of our service in which we feature a video message from you to the rest of the congregation or a short conversation with Rev Ogun. Share things like how you're feeling, what you're missing, how you've been spending your time, what's new, what's making you smile and opening your heart. If you're interested, please email Annabel Dryden - annabel@unityontheriver.org
EVENTS & CLASSES
Rev Ogun Special Farewell
We'll be honoring Rev Ogun with a special Farewell during Zoom Hospitality This Sunday. We hope you will all be able to attend to give Rev Ogun a special send-off message. Rev Ogun will be returning to the area for a short visit in June and we will schedule an in-person event for that time. More details coming soon.
Midweek Meetup & Meditation
Join Rev Ogun on Zoom Wednesdays at 9:00am ET for a time of connection, conversation, and contemplation. During this time as do our part to slow the spread of Coronavirus by staying at home, let us continue to connect and spiritually support each other. We can turn social isolation into spiritual inspiration. Spiritual Community can never be cancelled.

Going forward Midweek Meetup & Meditation will only take place on Wednesday mornings.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89643778966 -- Meeting ID 896 4377 8966

Four Hundred Souls Book Study
Liberating Your Divine Identity: A Spiritual Conversation

Created for the LGBTQIA+ community, this online event from Unity Village provides an opportunity to come together in a safe space to explore the rich and complex intersection of queer identity and spirituality.

April 29, 2021, 7 pm (CT)

Uniteen Adventure 2021-Online: By The Light
Hosted by Unity Eastern Region, By The Light is a virtual escape room adventure for teens of Unity. Majority vote during registration will determine the adventure: “The Moon?” or “The Lighthouse?” Uniteen crews will use the Unity Principles in action along with music, art, and fun to guide your way to safety.

May 22, 2021, 3 pm (ET)

Global Pride Spiritual Summit
Hosted by Unity Village, this virtual gathering will engage in the spiritual side of Pride. Much more than an online event, this interactive virtual experience, hosted by Mark Anthony Lord and co-hosted by Sunshine Daye, will lead attendees on an inspiring journey of love, healing, and transformation.

June 11–13, 2021

Save The Date: Unity Convention 2021
June 14-17

Unity's 2021 convention will be a virtual event. While the schedule is still being finalized, it will include all the things that you love about the convention: keynotes, workshops, awards, memorial service, and more!
MINISTRY NEWS
Our new and temporary administrative office is located at
14 Cedar St., Suite 203, Amesbury, MA 01913

Visit us Tue-Thur 11am-4pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Call 978-834-7830 to schedule a visit and please wear a mask.
Please do not drop by without an appointment to ensure social distancing.
Evening appointments also available on request.

Would you like to be part of the team that helps find & select out new church home?
Email the Board and let them know - board15@unityontheriver.org
Yearly Community Meeting

The Yearly Community Meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, May 23rd after hospitality. Stay tuned for more details to come!
UOTR Social Justice Team Project
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO STILL DONATE! The UOTR Social Justice Team is very grateful for the hundreds of books that have been donated to children so far. This is an ongoing project and we welcome more donations of books in new and very good condition from early readers to young adults. Please spread the word in whatever manner you can.

So far we have already made two deliveries to an elementary school in Lynn and an after-school program in Salem, MA and the children have been delighted to receive books they can keep for their own. Thank you for your support! Contact Andrea at adowning0607@gmail.com with any questions.
We Need New Board Members

To facilitate a seamless continuation of operations, our previous treasurer Stan Wrobel has assumed to role and duties of Operations Director. We thank Stan for his service as Board Treasurer. In addition to his departure, some board members will be finishing up their terms, which means that we will have three open positions on the Board. If you would like to serve UOTR in a more meaningful way please email the board as soon as possible board15@unityontheriver.org
Property Sale Update

Funds from the property sale were finally released by the state. The final total is $945,000. Spirit On The River (our property management 501(c)4) issued Unity On The River $807,000. We will adhere to the plan we shared a few months ago:
  • Part of the property sale money will remain with SOTR to pay taxes, attorney fees and/or any unforeseen UOTR expenses before dissolving SOTR.
  • UOTR will pay off some outstanding debts
  • The remaining funds will be placed in an interest generating monetary vehicle until the new building search is completed.

Thanks again to the Spirit On The River team (Terri Naorian, Tom Paolini, Christian Hayes) for their outstanding work throughout this entire process. Click here to read all previous updates.
An Important Letter From The Board...

Dear Congregant,

We hope this letter finds you and your family well during these challenging times. Although we have not been able to gather in person for the past many months, spiritually we are always together in our thoughts and hearts. We sincerely miss seeing each and every one of you in person but first and foremost we value everyone’s safety and well being. We hope through our virtual Sunday Services you have been feeling the peace and the love, and we are always so excited to visit with everyone at the virtual hospitality following the service. While we are blessed to be able to stay connected in this way, it is not our preferred way of being together as a spiritual community. We all visualize the beautiful day we will be together again and in the meantime we continue our individual spiritual growth as well as the business of the church.

We are reaching out to you because as a community we have some upcoming important decisions to make together.
  • Collective Healing and Forgiveness work
  • Unity On The River Board Of Trustees
  • The 2021 Annual Meeting


Rev Ogun is Blogging Again!

It's been a while, but Rev Ogun returns to sharing his thoughts through inspirational and humorous long-form writing.

UOTR Prayer Chaplain Team Support

Would You Like a Prayer Chaplain Call?

The Unity On The River Prayer Chaplain Team would like to pray with you. If you would like a Prayer Chaplain to call and pray with you, please fill out the following form.

UOTR confidential prayer line: 978-834-7830 x 211

Prayer Request: prayer@unityontheriver.org

Silent Unity: Call 816-969-2000 to pray with someone at any time.
Do you need help during this time? Food? Help with groceries or transportation? Do you know someone who needs help?

Please Let Us Know. We Want To Help!

Call the office 978-834-7830 or reply to this email.
WAYS TO GIVE
Text GIVE to 833-702-4337. You will be prompted to complete a one-time account set-up. After that, all you'll need to do donate is text an amount to 833-702-4337. Works with both Apple & Google Pay. Try it today! And thanks for choosing to invest in your spiritual community.
DONATE WITH VENMO

UOTR Is now on Venmo. You can donate by downloading the Venmo app, opening your smartphone's camera and focusing it on the QR code on the left, then following the link that appears at the bottom of your camera's screen to UOTR's Venmo profile to donate.
GIVING ON AMAZON
Benefit UOTR While You Shop!

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ONGOING GROUPS
UOTR Men’s Group
Saturday Mornings 7:30 AM - 9:00AM

https://zoom.us/j/632945092?pwd=MG5sMHU2WnNrM2VQQ0k2UzY2czNMQT09

Meeting ID 632 945 092 || Password 958682
The Unity Business Alliance (TUBA)

Wednesdays 8-9am via Zoom.
All are invited to experience our spiritually based heart-centered networking. For more information or to sign up to attend a meeting contact brad@bradfanger.com.
A Course in Miracles

Sundays at 11:45am - 1:30pm via Zoom
with Chris Casanovas & Nancy Fitzgerald
Email nmeyerfitz@gmail.com for Zoom link.
What’s Good About Today
(Alcoholics Anonymous)

Mon-Sun | 7:00-8:15am
Zoom Id 886 756 436
Weather Related Cancellations  
Check for cancellation notices on UOTR Facebook and website or call the church for an automated message. We will update WCVB TV and WBZ TV when possible.