Unity On The River News
November 12th, 2021

PMB #207, 203 Washington Street,
Salem MA 01970
Our Vision
Centered in love, we joyously co-create a world of
Oneness, peace, and harmony

Our Mission
We are a vibrant spiritual community that celebrates the
Presence in all and awakens humanity to its divinity.

  • In-Person Service With Stephanie Roy
  • Holiday Wreath Auction - Wreath Bidding Opens!
  • Thanksgiving Potluck

IN-PERSON and Zoom Hybrid Sunday Service at the Ahavas Achim Synagogue

November 14th, 2021 -- 10am ET

“Betrayal & Forgiveness”

With Stephanie Roy
featuring music by

Meg Rayne * Brian Doser * Keith Bickford 
Cherie Gaudet * Kristine Malpica * John Hyde
and the UOTR Choir

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88442394798
  • Meeting ID: 884 4239 4798
  • Passcode: Unity2020

To join by phone call 646-558-8656
  • Meeting ID: 884 4239 4798
  • Passcode: 666630740

Watch on Zoom, our website, or our YouTube channel

About Our In-Person Services

From the month of June onwards we will be holding in-person services every Sunday at the Ahavas Achim Synagogue in Newburyport 53 1/2 Washington St, Newburyport, MA 01950 at 10 AM (ET). Each service will be a hybrid event with the option to attend over Zoom for those who are unable to gather in-person. Those who just want to Zoom in to services can continue to use the Zoom link located near the bottom of this page. 
COVID-19 REGULATIONS - Because we will be gathering in person we all must abide by the regulations in effect for COVID-19. The MA DPH says that: "Effective July 30: The Department of Public Health has issued a new mask advisory in light of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s updated guidance. Fully vaccinated (as well as unvaccinated) individuals are advised to wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is an unvaccinated adult." On Sundays we will observe these following rules:

  1. We recommend that EVERYONE wear masks, there are some in our congregation who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. We want everyone to feel as safe and as welcome as possible
  2. Social distancing of 6 feet encouraged
  3. Please ask if a hand shake or hug is welcome before touching

Parking can be found at the nearby Cushing Park and on-street parking is also permitted without restriction.

Connect live with other members of our spiritual community

Every Sunday at 11 AM (ET) or around 15 minutes after that day's service.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89221959265
  • Meeting ID: 892 2195 9265 
  • Passcode: Unity2020

To join by phone call 646-558-8656
  • Meeting ID: 892 2195 9265 
  • Passcode: Unity2020

Prayer Chaplains are available for one-on-one prayer in a private break-out room during Zoom Hospitality.
Zoom and Virtual Attendees Email Group
We are developing a virtual participant-related email group for those who regularly engage through in Zoom, YouTube, or Facebook services as well as Zoom Hospitality. If you or anyone you know would like to be included in the group you can email Annabel, the UOTR Communications Director, at annabel@unityontheriver.org.
Committee Kick-off
  • The Property Search and Minister Search committees have been kicked off and meetings are to be scheduled soon

Familiar Faces!
  • Mendhi Audlin, founder of the Spirit Group home program, is confirmed to be our guest speaker on Sunday, December 26th and will probably use Zoom to attend
  • Rev. Shipley Allinson will be our spiritual speaker for the month of January, with a UOTR Visioning workshop/meeting after one of the services to fine-tune UOTR's vision and goals for the future
November Affirmations
Wreath Bidding Opens!
The Holiday Wreath Auction currently has five beautiful wreaths and more are on the way! You can see them in person this weekend at Amesbury Open Art Studios. Renee is at 12 Oakland St, #207 (road next to the Cumberland Farms). Please observe the minimum and bid in increments of $5. Contact annabel@unityontheriver.org with your bids. We will also be dedicating a page on our website to displaying the wreaths so keep an eye on the front page of our website!

For our outstanding wreath donors, please have your wreath(s) delivered by Friday, November 19 or bring them to the next few Sunday services. Renee will be at her studio this weekend and late afternoons during the week. She can be contacted at rd2fly@comcast.net or (978) 335-0403. The Wreath ID Form that artists must hand in alongside their works can be accessed and printed HERE

For those who haven't yet you can sign up in-person this coming Sunday or contact Nancy at njreiss1@gmail.com.

The most recently crafted wreath, "Silver Starburst," is pictured above and starts at a minimum bid of $35. Watch for more!
Thanksgiving Potluck
Come celebrate Thanksgiving on Wednesday the 24th at 6PM! While our location is currently TBD the meal will be potluck style so get ready to prepare your best Thanksgiving favorites. For questions about assisting in meal preparation or to sign-up email Barbra Wioncek at bwioncekyahoo.com or find her after a service.

We are currently looking for volunteers who can help with set-up and cleanup. If you would be able to assist you can contact Jane Bell, who will be in charge of putting together the volunteer teams, at jrbell13@msn.com.

There might also be an open-mic after the meal so stay tuned for more updates!
UOTR Social Justice Team Coat Drive
The Social Justice Team is joining with the Haslette Faith Community in Topsfield to collect winter coats to be donated to the Lazarus House, which serves people in need in Lawrence. They are also collecting Market Basket Gift Cards to provide Thanksgiving dinners. This Sunday November 14th will be the last chance to donate so bring donations to church this Sunday or email Andrea at adowning0607@gmail.com.
Christmas Concert
Sunday December 19th will definitely not be a "Silent Night" because it will be filled with the music of our Christmas Concert! The concert will take place at 5PM at the synagogue and the entrance charge will be $15. If you would like to take part in the concert or sing with the choir you can contact our Music Director Meg Rayne at megrayne@gmail.com.

New Local Event - Annual William Lloyd
Garrison Lecture
Join in-person (masks required for attendees) on December 10, 2021 at the Old South Presbyterian Church in Newburyport Massachusetts at 7 PM. Those who need to attend virtually can through the simulcast which is live on YouTube at lecture.porthistory.org
Local Happening - Sign Up to Become a Holiday Elf!
Our Operations Director Stan Wrobel has signed up to be an elf, supporting a four-member family for this Christmas. If you would like to help by donating gifts or Market Basket gift cards for holiday meals, contact him at operations@unityontheriver.org.

Peaceful Passing and Openhearted Events and Discussions About Dealing With Death and Grief
Did you know there is a "death positive" movement?

There are a growing number of people who are making it easier to talk about death, dying, and grief and who are encouraging others to release fear through education, inspiration, and community. 

That is one of the many reasons Unity created the booklet, Peaceful Passing, and an accompanying resource web page to offer spiritual guidance and support during the end of life. It's something we will all face.

Experience a Death Café
Join Unity ministers and end-of-life specialist, Barbara Karnes RN, for an open discussion online about death.

September 18th, October 19th, or November 20th

Our NEW temporary administrative office is located at
PMB #207, 203 Washington Street, Salem MA 01970

Visit us Tue-Thur 11am-4pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Call 978-834-7830 to schedule a visit.
Attending In-Person Services Safely
If you are concerned about being in close physical proximity during in-person services, bring a green, yellow, or red badge or name-tag to wear that signifies your specific comfort level with contact using the system above.
Financial Information Updates
For October:
  • Donations/Income: $13,588
  • Tithes: 2 times $680
  • Expenses: $14968
Help Volunteer at a Service!
We would really appreciate having some volunteers to help with our services! We could use readers, ushers, and anyone to help with collecting, answering peoples questions, and helping them around. It would also be wonderful to have someone to assist with Zoom interfacing and in addition to this, a virtual attendee who could serve as Zoom hospitality coordinator.

Anyone who would be interested in volunteering for one of these roles can email our Operations Director Stan Wrobel at operations@unityontheriver.org
Committee Information
As we make progress in rebuilding after the impacts of COVID-19, we are delegating the work to four separate committees. These include:

  1. The New Property Committee - For finding a new permanent property
  2. The Minister Search Committee - For searching for a new minister
  3. The BOT Nominating Committee - For nominating and vetting new board members
  4. The By-Law Committee - For updating the by-laws

Sequential Committee Timeline 

Rather than being attempted all at once, the goals of the The Mission & Vision, The New Property, and the The Minister Search Committees must be completed in progressive stages since each hinges on the prior's successful achievement. Below is the outline of the timeline by which these goals must be completed:

  1. Create Mission and Vision statements (community core values) Martha Creek advisor
  2. Property search - a building to support and serve our core values (value within our resource budget)
  3. Minister search - a minister aligned with our core values (financial resources monitored closely)

The objectives of our other two committees, Bylaws Revisal and BOT Nominating, may be carried out independently of this plan. The objective for the former is as follows: 

  • To review and revise the bylaws, then present them at a Community Meeting for approval 
Links For Those In Need
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 at 978-834-7830 or reply to this email.

You can also find links to local organizations dedicated to supplying such help on the "Helpful Links" page on our website.
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.
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.

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 to the left, then following the link that appears at the bottom of your camera's screen to UOTR's Venmo profile to donate.
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UOTR Men’s Group
Saturday Mornings 7:30 AM - 9:00AM


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

Wednesdays 8-9am via Zoom. Support and networking for heart-centered small business owners and practitioners.

Open house Wednesday, September 8th!

For more information contact Brad at brad@bespiritual.com.
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.