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August 2022

Sunday Morning Service 10 AM

August 7: Rev. Rose Houston
August 14: Mary Faktor
August 21: Rev. Karen Shepherd
August 28: Bruce Price

Hello congregants, members and friends of Unity!  

First, I wanted to take a moment to recognize the Helping Hearts team for successfully fundraising $1122.00 from the Basket Raffle, exceeding their goal for the Children of Ukraine through UNICEF!  They have graciously decided to also tithe 10% of funds raised back to Unity Chapel of Light!  We are so blessed to donate to this one of many important world issues we face. UNICEF has ramped up efforts to deliver aid to hundreds of thousands of children and families to provide escalating and urgent needs for safe water, health care, nutrition and protection.  It's wonderful to know that we are making a difference in some small way!

Additionally, your Board of Trustees has been busy!  We are working with Joanne Burns, a Ministry Wellness Consultant from Unity Worldwide Headquarters, to navigate through Rev. Ric's retirement and the search for a new minister.  We have had and will continue to have a terrific lineup of speakers and hope you are enjoying the Sunday messages from each unique person!  The Platform Assistants and Ushers are also back in full force and the music has been amazing!  Kevin is always signing with a smile of course for our hearing impaired friends.  How lucky we are to have him!  We couldn't do this without the help of our Technology team, we appreciate each of you and what you bring to our services each week! Thank you ALL! I can't forget to send kudos to Nicole for all that she does! We are so grateful!

Lastly, I want to acknowledge some very real feelings, emotions, and vulnerability that many of us are having through this transition.  I just want to validate that we see you and we hear you!  Collectively, we experience life as a tapestry in which all threads and patterns are woven together. Our church is part of that too! As we move forward, it's good to know that we have many resources and we have each other!  Thank you for your TRUST in US!  We appreciate your support and patience during this time of change!

~Christine Moncheck
Vice President, Board of Trustees

Spiritual Wealth

In my youth, I spent a lot of time reading this wonderful book called “Wisdom from World Religions” by John Templeton.  I came across a phrase called Spiritual Wealth several times.  It intrigued me, and I thought if anyone knew about spiritual wealth it should be this man who is so well known for his generosity.  So, I gave a lot of thought to spiritual wealth.  It seems we build spiritual wealth by doing spiritual work.  That makes sense, of course.  We study, we pray, we meditate, we give, we forgive, we do service and in doing these things we build our spiritual wealth. I like the idea that I am building on my spiritual “bank account.”  Mr. Templeton wrote, “By giving, you grow (spiritually).”
Then I began to wonder how we know the status of our spiritual wealth.  When we want to know what we have in our material bank account, we go online or we get a statement in the mail that gives us an accounting of our finances.  However, what would a spiritual bank account statement look like?
As I often do, I went to the “Revealing Word” for an answer.  Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, wrote, “True wealth or spiritual wealth is a state of consciousness, the consciousness of God as our supply.  Spiritual wealth expresses itself as Faith, Love, Wisdom, Substance, Joy and so on.  Material wealth expresses as worldly riches, and possessions of an earthly nature.”
Notice that Mr. Fillmore writes that spiritual wealth expresses “itself.”   Therefore, I made the jump in consciousness to understanding that our Spiritual Wealth Bank Account sends us a statement, too.  The statement shows the dividends we have earned as the gifts of Faith, Love, Wisdom, Substance, Joy and so on.  When these things just naturally show up in our lives, we know our spiritual bank account is on the plus side. 
If we feel we need more spiritual and/or material wealth, we look to see where a blockage in our giving has arisen. Are we fearful of not having enough? If so, it is well to quickly examine what we are withholding. It could be as simple as forgiveness or withholding love. Or it could be more complex. For example, the rate of inflation has increased so much that we may be come fearful of not having enough, and we decide to reduce or even eliminate giving altogether. These things create blocks in our consciousness, and it inhibits the flow of God’s Inexhaustible Substance.
We speak the Truth every Sunday as we affirm this offertory blessing:
  “Divine Love through me, blesses and multiplies,  
  all that I am, all that I give and all that I receive. 
  I give in Love, and I trust in God. Amen.”
We have an opportunity to build our spiritual wealth when we give of our tithes and offerings to any spiritual work.  be aware that as they go in the offering bag or plate, our gifts are transformed and deposited into our spiritual bank account.  We can never lose anything we give to God whether it’s our time, our money, or our talents.  It all counts. 
As we begin to understand that we can never outgive God, tithing becomes a joyful event and giving of our time and talent feeds our souls as we engage in acts of service. Something wonderful happens as we practice this great discipline. We find we have more than enough or new opportunities to bring in more income magically appear. Mr. Templeton wrote, “You are sought after if you reflect love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” These attributes are simply a Bible reference to the fruit of the spirit found in Galatians 5: 22 - 23.
As we experience the results of practicing the ideas and concepts of giving, we will gladly express our gratitude to be able to participate in the great law of giving and receiving ~ also known as, The Law of Circulation.
Abundant Blessings,
Rev. Rose


Shirley Mae Gates

6/19/1931 - 6/27/2022

Memorial Service

Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Unity Chapel of Light
503 Northwest Avenue
Tallmadge, OH 44278

Shirley M. Gates, age 91, passed away on June 27, 2022, in Orlando, FL, with her family and friends by her side, of complications from a stroke. A wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend is at peace. Her love and kindness will remain in our hearts and carry us on. Shirley was always impeccably dressed, never a hair out of place and perfect makeup (the powder room is now free). There were never strangers in her life, only future friends.

Shirley was born in Akron on June 19, 1931, and resided in Orlando, FL, since 2011. Shirley's passions were her deep love of family and friends, fashion, and helping others succeed.

Shirley was a graduate of Garfield High School and began her career in downtown Akron at O'Neil's department store and Scott's Five and Dime store as a manager and head cashier. Her life changed when she met Albert at jitterbug dance clubs called Puffy & Louie's and East Market Garden.

Shirley retired from the Professional Bowlers' Association and Edward Elias Celebrity Management Agency. She was in communications with such people as bowlers Don Carter and Dick Weber, golfer Chi Chi Rodrigues and entertainer Phil Donahue. She also retired from Rainbow Furs & Boutique Company where she worked side by side with the late Rainy Gates Stitzlein and was involved in the sale of fur coats with such celebrities as Marlo Thomas. Her enthusiasm, love of fashion, and organizational skills contributed highly to the success of these organizations.

She will be missed but not forgotten for her generous loving heart and loyalty to her family and friends. Preceded in death by her father and mother Stanley and Alice Miller; brother, Stanley Miller, Jr; husband, Albert Jeremiah Gates, Jr; and grandson Maximilian Gates; she is survived by her children Belinda (Rob) Boucher of Stow; Albert J. Gates III of Cuyahoga Falls; Lawrence (Jacqueline) Gates and Jennifer (Mark) Renert of Florida; grandchildren Linnea and Katrina Edorsson; Robert (Abby) Boucher and Rainy Boucher; Ella and Taylor Gates; great grandchildren Abel and Augustin Boucher; niece and nephew Beckey and Douglas Miller; and many other nephews and nieces.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in Helping Hearts with our recent Basket Raffle. We had a lot of fun while making a substantial amount-$1,000 which was sent to the children in Ukraine, who are in need of help and assistance, via UNICEF USA. The feeling of community was strong, and it was a relevant reminder that Unity Chapel of Light CARES! Our gratitude extends to the store Tuesday Morning in Stow which provided generous donations.


Senior Lamplighters

The Senior Lamplighters will be celebrating May, June, July and August birthdays, on Sunday, August 7th at 12:30 pm at the Royal Buffet and Grill.

They will also be taking a trip to the Portage County Fair in Randolph on August 26th.  If you wish to join them they will be meeting in the church parking lot at 10:00 am.  Admission for seniors is free.  

Contact June Dockus for more information.


Next Collection, Sunday, August 7th

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


Eric Butterworth (1916–2003), considered one of the great Unity writers, was the author of hundreds of essays, articles, and numerous best-selling books including Spiritual EconomicsDiscover the Power Within You, and The Universe Is Calling. He was a Unity minister in New York City and conducted services at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for more than 35 years. To read more and hear recordings, visit the Eric Butterworth Collection.

This excerpt is from the book, Spiritual Economics.

When Jesus says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32 KJV), he implies that our bondage in life is caused by our acceptance of erroneous beliefs. A Greek philosopher, Zeno, says, “The most important part of learning is to unlearn our errors.”

In the study of spiritual economics, nothing is more basic or more rife with mistaken beliefs than our attitudes toward work.

Why do you work? You may smile at the question, for it seems perfectly obvious that everyone works to make a living. However, if this is the only reason you can come up with, then it is one of the errors that needs to be unlearned. It is an attitude that may well be frustrating your creative flow.

What are you getting out of your work? If you respond in terms of salary figures, fringe benefits, and executive “perks,” then you are underpaid. Not that your employer is inadequately compensating you. That is something else. What we are referring to is that by the evidence of your narrowness of vision, you are shortchanging yourself.

Your prosperity will always be a reflection of your consciousness, the degree to which your thoughts are centered in the divine flow. You spend most of your life engaged in some kind of gainful employment; thus if your attitudes about work in general and your job in particular are not right, then truly you are working against yourself.

You may seek diligently to demonstrate prosperity, but unless you unlearn your error thoughts about work, you will forever be out of “sync” with the creative flow of the Universe.

A German educator, Friedrich Fröbel, had a refreshingly positive sense of the cosmic process at work within the individual. How good it would be if his ideal of work could be stressed in our modern-day educational system: 

“The delusive idea that men merely toil and work for the sake of preserving their bodies and procuring for themselves bread, houses, and clothes is degrading, and not to be encouraged. The true origin of man’s activity and creativeness lies in his increasing impulse to embody outside of himself the divine and spiritual element within him.

It is a tremendous realization. What if our young people could be graduated into their work life with a preconditioning of this awareness?

You may seek diligently to demonstrate prosperity, but unless you unlearn your error thoughts about work, you will forever be out of “sync” with the creative flow of the Universe.

You Will Prosper

Work is, and should be so considered by every worker, a giving process. Jesus said, “Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:3 KJV). In other words, don’t get trapped in the error of equating what you earn with the work you do. How easy and yet how mistaken it is to be influenced by the “another day, another dollar” syndrome.

Let your work, whatever it may involve, be an outworking of the creative flow, engaged in through the sheer joy of fulfilling your divine nature. You will prosper, and you should do so, but it will not be because you have “made money” in your job.

The work in the job is the means by which you build a consciousness of giving, which in turn gives rise to an outworking or “receiving flow.” It is a subtle distinction but an extremely important one. If the left hand (receiving your pay) knows what the right hand does (the work of your job) then there is no real giving, only a bartering. This is “selling your soul for a mess of pottage.” All the elements needed to fulfill the prosperity law for you are missing.

A distinguished professor at Harvard University once said, “The University pays me for doing what I would gladly do for nothing, if I could afford it.” Most persons might laugh at his naïveté. However, what he is saying is that his work is not just a place to tediously make a living but an opportunity to joyously live his making.

In other words, he is looking at his teaching work in terms of the privilege it gives him to grow as a person. And growth is what life is all about ... not just paychecks and fringe benefits, but growth. It is probably true that the best living is “made” by those workers whose chief motivation is to give themselves away …

A Divine Flow from Within

“No matter what your work, let it be your own. No matter what your occupation, let what you are doing be organic. Let it be in your bones. In this way you will open the door by which the affluence of heaven and earth shall stream into you.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a beautiful insight dealing with prosperity as a divine flow from within. When you work in the right consciousness, when your work becomes organically a part of your whole self, and when you do your work out of that commitment, no matter what other people do, no matter what the compensation may be, doing it for the health of your own soul, then you open the door by which the affluence of the Universe flows forth into your life.

It is a beautiful realization, but how quickly you forget, going to the office, reading the morning paper over your cup of coffee, and then plunging into a meaningless job, which offers little more than various levels of boredom through the day. And if this is the attitude, then it follows as night follows day that there will be a problem of financial stringency in your life.

It will do little good to run frantically to a Truth teacher asking for prosperity prayers.

God can do no more for you than God can do through you. As the Quakers say. “When you pray, move your feet.” In this case, move your hands. Begin to do what you do in the awareness that you are working with God for the releasing of your own “inner splendor.” And when you earn your wings in consciousness, “the affluence of heaven and earth will stream into you.”

Life’s Inmost Secret

In his classic work The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran says:

“When you work you fulfil a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.”

Life’s inmost secret is the divine pattern in you which you can only really know when you are giving yourself in service. You can work for money and prestige and climb to the pinnacle of success and still not know yourself, thus seeking other avenues of escape such as alcohol and various kinds of addiction. All this is because your work does not satisfy you. And the reason it doesn’t satisfy you is that you are not satisfied with or fulfilled in yourself.

However, when you are intimate with life’s secret, your work becomes your calling.

The word vocation comes from the Latin, meaning, “I call.” Begin to think of your work as a calling. The creative process is calling, singing its song in you and as you. However, it is not your song but the will of Him who sent you. So the work becomes easy and fulfilling, and you become prosperous and successful in it. There is no pressure, for “the affluence of heaven and earth streams into you.”

It is important to understand that it is possible for every person to be successful at work. Elbert Hubbard puts it emphatically: “Success is the most natural thing in the world. The person who does not succeed has placed himself in opposition to the laws of the Universe.” In other words, the only one who can keep you from succeeding is you by blocking your own creative flow.

You are not a helpless creature adrift on the seas of life, trying desperately to make something of yourself against impossible odds. The creative intention is vitally involved in you.

Thus your desire to get ahead, your urge to succeed, is your intuitive awareness of something within you that wants to succeed through you.




A self-proclaimed “perpetual wanderer” who did not taste the admiration of a wider audience until late in his life, Martin Matz was a streetwise poet who savored close friendships with Gregory Corso, Bob Kaufman, and Herbert Huncke. Like his comrades, Matz was an autodidact, whose love of intoxicating substances led to a long bit in Mexico’s notorious Lecumberri Prison in the 1970s, and like his friend Huncke, Matz was a gifted raconteur and storyteller with a keen appreciation of the surreal and absurd.

Martin Matz was born on July 16, 1934, in Brooklyn. His father died in 1944, and Marty spent is adolescence with his mother and her second husband in Nebraska. After a year at the University of Nebraska, Matz entered the army, serving as an alpine instructor in Colorado during the Korean War. While in the service, he was seriously injured in a car accident and spent nearly nine months recuperating in an army hospital. Following his discharge, Matz arrived in San Francisco, where he studied Buddhism and met Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady, and Allen Ginsberg. Just as he was becoming part of the incipient North Beach poetry scene in the late 1950s, Matz hit the road, traveling in Mexico and South America for the next 15 years. Alluding to his time in Mexico, Matz later recalled, “I got tired of it after the first year, but it took me 14 years to get out of the hammock.” After collecting pre-Columbian art for the film director John Huston, Matz began to collect for himself, occasionally returning to the States to sell some artifacts. He moved on to drug smuggling for which he was incarcerated in the abominable Lecumberri, which he described as “the closest thing to Hell to be found on earth.” Matz detailed the horrors he endured and his attempted escape from the prison in “The Escape Was Impossible,” a story (from his partially completed autobiographical novel) published in the Panther Books edition In the Seasons of My Eye: Selected Writings 1953–2001 (2005).

In 1978 Matz returned to the United States as part of a prisoner exchange with Mexico, and he again settled in San Francisco where he renewed old friendships with the city’s poets. Matz’s Time Waits: Selected Poems 1956–1986 was published in 1987. In the late 1980s, he married filmmaker Barbara Alexander, and they spent the better part of eight years in northern Thailand, living on Barbara’s inheritance. In a small hill tribe village north of Chiang Mai, Matz wrote a suite of opium poems that became pipe dreams (1989), a privately published gem with an introduction by Huncke, who wrote that Matz “draws support for the solidity of his statements from the earth, the soil—all of nature; trees, rocks and gems—upheaval and restless winds—strange, dream-producing flowers. His is an awareness of the endless mystery we are all so much a part of.”

In 1990 and early 1991 Marty and Barbara Matz spent eight months in the Chelsea Hotel, where they hosted a convivial salon which included Huncke, painter Vali Myers, poet Ira Cohen, and literateur Roger Richards. The Matzes separated in the late 1990s, and he again hit the road, living for a time in Oaxaca, Mexico. He found a warm receptiveness for his poetry in Italy, where he joined a “Beat Bus” tour of poets, including Ira Cohen, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Anne Waldman. In 2000 Matz found himself back full circle in his native Brooklyn. He recorded a CD of his poetry, A Sky of Fractured Feathers, with musicians Chris Rael and Deep Singh. Marty spent his final months on the New York’s Lower East Side, where he graciously received a new generation of admirers. He died on October 28, 2001, in the hospice unit of Cabrini Hospital.

Matz, Marty. In the Seasons of My Eye: Selected Writings
1953–2001. Edited by Romy Ashby. New York: Panther Books, 2005.
Laki Vazakas
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