Unity On The River News
April 2, 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
  • Unity Live!
  • Rev. Ogun’s Final Services
  • Memorial Service For Patricia Devine

Virtual Sunday Service
April 11, 2021 -- 10am ET

"All Good Things"

with Rev. Ogun Holder
featuring music by

Meg Rayne * Brian Doser * Keith Bickford * Kristine Malpica



Watch on our website or YouTube channel

Join us after service at 11:00am for

ZOOM HOSPITALITY


Connect live with other members of our spiritual community

Zoom link -- https://bit.ly/33RQLcj
  • 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!

Starting this Sunday you can join us LIVE! on Zoom at 10am ET - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88442394798 or you can watch on YouTube and Facebook.
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 call or email Rev Ogun. 978-834-7830 - revogun@unityontheriver.org
EVENTS & CLASSES
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

Memorial Service for Patricia Devine
A memorial service will be held over Zoom for our dear congregant Patricia Devine. The service will take place on April 11th at 12:30pm ET, and include songs, a short eulogy, and the opportunity for everyone who has been touched by Pat's kindness and gentle spirit to share their stories and memories.

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)

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
Rev. Ogun’s Final Services

Be sure to tune in for Rev Ogun’s final three services as Unity On The River’s minister. On April 18th he will answer any of your questions in his last “Ask The Minister.” Send your questions in advance to revogun@unityontheriver or ask them in real time on Zoom, Facebook, or YouTube/

April 11 - “All Good Things”

April 18 - “Ask The Minister”

April 25 - “In Gratitude”
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


The UOTR Social Justice Team is here! A group of congregants (including both long-time and new) have stepped up to ask what is ours to do to create a world of justice, equality, and equanimity that works for all.

The team's Mission Statement: "We are passionately committed to bringing awareness to social, environmental and economic injustices. We respectfully invite and engage ourselves, the community and the greater world in education, conversation and action to put our spiritual teachings into practice and live the Truth that we know in service to the disenfranchised and the marginalized."

During these beginning stages the team will connect via Zoom every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:30pm ET. If you're interested in joining the team please email Lynette Culverhouse and let her know - lculverhouse@gmail.com
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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AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.

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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.