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July 2022

Sunday Morning Service 10 AM

July 3rd -  Title To Be Announced: Paul Christian
July 10th - Forgiveness: Rev. Karen Shepherd
July 17th - Title To Be Announced: Paul Christian
July 24th - Title To Be Announced: Bruce Price
July 31st - Title To Be Announced: Bruce Price

 
 
Dear Congregants, Members, and Friends,
 
First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to Reverend Ric for his five years of dedicated and inspiring leadership to our congregation.  On Sunday, June 19, we celebrated with a party for Reverend Ric and Heather after Sunday services. It was a wonderful time with food, cake, pictures, and gifts. Ric’s last day will be June 30th.
 
In our recent special board meeting on June 16, we met to discuss how we plan to handle the administrative duties that were provided by Reverend Ric. He was present and made suggestions regarding how we might proceed.
 
According to our By-Laws, in the event of a vacancy in the leadership position, the responsibility of the leader will be fulfilled by the Board on an interim basis. We have within the past several months gone from a full-time minister serving 40+ hours per week and a part-time administrative assistant to recently, only Nicole, as part-time administrator. 
 
Nicole has done and continues to do a wonderful job in providing resources and support for our church, yet in the absence of our minister (administrative director), she is not authorized to make administrative decisions or schedule events without administrative approval.
 
Nicole has recently shared with our board, documents used by the Unity church in Girard that allow leaders and congregants to fill out information about proposed events, meetings, services, and fundraising that make it easier and streamlined for board review and consideration. 
 
We believe that by using and incorporating these forms we can better serve the needs of our congregation by having written documentation of the proposed new request and coordinating times, dates, and possible conflicts with ongoing services, meetings, and special events currently in the calendar (as well as times scheduled for use by the Hispanic church).
 
It is also important that requests be submitted with sufficient lead time so that the board can discuss and grant approval for the event during our monthly meeting.
 
Our next Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Sunday, July 17, 2022. We hope to see you all there.
 
We, the board, are dedicated to doing our very best to uplift our church and its goals. It is our privilege to serve you, and, as we move forward, we plan to continue our progress with the church leadership teams in addressing the current and future needs of our congregation.
 
Blessings, 
Stephen Cosby

 

          What does it mean to be “purpose driven” as a church and individually.  When we are purpose driven, we have to stay focused on our goal and what is important to us. To that end, I used the acronym F.O.C.U.S. which simply means, “Focus On Course Until Successful.  Being purpose driven and staying focused means setting goals and priorities.  Otherwise, we would not know what is truly important to our success. 

          I found this story on Alan Cohen’s website. It’s a great lesson on priorities.  By setting priorities, we can live on-purpose easily, naturally and joyfully. 

 “The rascal sage, Nasrudin, stood on the bow of a ferryboat next to a pompous professor. "Have you ever studied astronomy" asked the professor. 

     "I can't say that I have," answered the mystic.  

"Then you have wasted much of your life," the scholar declared. "Knowing the constellations, a skilled captain can navigate a boat around the entire globe." 

A while later the intellectual asked Nasrudin, "Have you studied meteorology?"  "No," answered Nasrudin.  

"Then you have wasted most of your life," chided the academician. "Methodically capturing the wind can propel a sailing ship at astounding speeds."  

Another while passed, and the professor continued to quiz Nasrudin, "Have you ever studied oceanography?"  

"Not at all." 

"My, how you have wasted your time! Awareness of the currents helps sailors find food and shelter." 

A few minutes later Nasrudin approached the professor and nonchalantly asked him, "Have you ever studied swimming, doctor?" 

"Haven't had the time," the professor answered haughtily.  

"Then you've wasted all of your life. The boat is sinking." 

          This story is a wonderful illustration to consider before setting out on a project, relationship, career, or life.  We must set our priorities.  Each of us must decide what is important and what is a mere detail. Mere details are expendable. Then, simple as it sounds, the success of our endeavor depends on remembering what is important and what is a detail.  The affirmation that Alan Cohen uses is: “The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing.” 

          We can ask ourselves two questions, “What is my main thing?  Am I living true to it? For example, my main thing might be to teach myself and others how Universal law can bring continued soul-growth so that we may express more of the richness in life.  It’s rather like a vision statement. Vision statements give clarity to what a person is shooting for in life. However, we sometimes find ourselves paying more attention to a mere detail. Fill in the blank to this statement. I’m too old/dumb/tired/inexperienced to _______________.   That’s how mere details deflect our attention from the “main thing.” 

          Just like the professor in our story, we can assume that our field of intellectual knowledge is the main thing.  In pursuit of more and more knowledge or our ambition to succeed, we may lose our heart connection with people.  As spiritual beings having a human experience, our purpose is always to be a “revealer” of God’s love.  How this is carried out is different for each person.  One may be a mother, or a teacher, or a scientist.  If it’s what our “main thing” is, and we’re doing it most of the time, then we will feel joy most of the time. 

          No matter what our past experiences have been or even what our present situation we are in, we can live on-purpose.  Here’s a great statement of truth by Alan Cohen: “Your past is not a fixed reality; it’s what you choose by focus and interpretation. Interpret your past through the eyes of appreciation, and it will become only a blessing.”   

           Each of us has a purpose.  Every day we have many opportunities to be true to it, or to put it on a back burner. Alan Cohen writes, “You can tell how true you are living to your purpose by how much joy you feel. The equation is simple:  Live purpose- feel joy.  Deny purpose - feel empty.”  Each day practice living more and more of your purpose until joy becomes your dominant vibration. Then your boat will be unsinkable.       

Abundant Blessings,

Rev. Rose 



 
Helping Hearts is hosting a Basket Raffle benefiting Children of Ukraine beginning Sunday, June 26th-July 10th.  Tickets are 10 for $5. 

On Saturday, July 2nd, it will be open to the public from 11:00-3:00, so invite your friends to participate! There is no need to be present for the drawing on Sunday, July 10th.

Please contact Carol Bailey Floyd or Chris Gilley for more info and to get your tickets!  

 



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Next Collection, Sunday July 3rd.

Good Neighbors Tallmadge is fully stocked with peanut butter right now.  Please continue with the cereal, but omit the peanut butter.

 
 

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I Have Come Into The World To See This




Hafiz

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men’s hands even at the height
of their arc of anger

because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His – the Christ’s, our
Beloved’s.

I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as
we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way
to even a greater being of soul,

a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play
with Him.

I have come into this world to hear this:

every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in
the Divine’s womb and began spinning from
His wish,

every song by wing and fin and hoof,
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock,

every song of tool and lyre and flute,
every song of gold and emerald
and fire,

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity
to know itself as
God;

for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching –
only imbibing the glorious Sun
will complete us.

I have come into this world to experience this:

men so true to love
they would rather die before speaking
an unkind
word,

men so true their lives are His covenant –
the promise of
hope.

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men’s hands
even at the height of
their arc of
rage

because we have finally realized
there is just one flesh

we can wound.



 
From ‘Love Poems From God’ by Daniel Ladinsky


Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c.1320-1389) is the most beloved poet of Persia and is considered to be one of history's greatest lyrical genises.  Though hi is still little known in the Western world, many notables including Emerson, Goethe, Garcia Lorca, and composer Brahms and even Nietzche were deeply affected by him. Emerson once remarked that "Hafiz is a poet for poets," and Gothe wrote that "Hafiz has no peer." The range of Hafiz's work is astounding, striking a chord of recognition in people from every stratum of mind.
 
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Sunday:
Monthly: 1st Sunday, Prayer Circle meeting at 11:30 AM
Monthly: 1st Sunday Peanut Butter & Cereal for Tallmadge Good Neighbors
Monthly: 2nd Sunday, Helping Hearts meeting at 11:30 AM
Monthly: 4th Sunday, Senior Lamplighters at 11:30 AM
Monthly: Last Sunday, Lunches for St. Bernard's after service


Wednesday:
Monthly: 1st Wednesday's, Sisters In Spirit 6:30 PM

Thursday:
Weekly: Thursdays, CODA meeting at 7:30 PM
Bi-Monthly: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, Three Principles meeting at 7:30 PM
 

The Prayer Service from Unity for July has not been published as of the creation of this publication.  You can check this link for the latest prayer service:
https://www.unity.org/en/article/monthly-unity-prayer-services
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