Minister's Letter
On Sunday, we probably had the shortest annual meeting in history. At the time the date was set we were unaware that it was going to be the day for the Democratic caucus in Maine. We had lots of folks who were planning to attend their caucus. To accommodate them, we moved the starting time up to noon and rearranged the agenda to get everything that needed their consent or vote on the front end and it worked well. We now have bylaws that are aligned with Unity Worldwide Ministries recommended bylaws. We have two new members to the board. Peter Clark was voted to a full term and Yvette Nadeau as an alternate, a one-year term. Returning to the board is Pam Mills to a full term and Barbara Kowalska as an alternate. Attached please find the President's report and the Minister's report, which were not read at the meeting. We are looking forward to continuing with the energy of love, compassion and nonviolence that this community emulates.
 
I am so excited that we are hosting Paul K. Chappell this weekend. Paul is an international speaker with a message unlike many. It is a message that peace is possible in the 21st Century. Paul offers new and practical solutions...he shares his own struggles of growing up with childhood trauma, racism, and his own rage. He leaves us with strategies, tactics and leadership principles to resolve inner and outer conflict.
 
If you haven't signed up to attend...COME...lunch will be provided each day and the workshop and lunch are offered on a donation basis...we want to make this available to everyone. We feel so strongly we are being called into a greater service to peace at this time in history and we need you to help us. If you have been wondering what is my purpose? or what is mine to do? come check this out!

Now a brief recap of Sunday's message. The topics covered were affirmations, spiritualizing the intellect and conscious and subconscious mind. We are using the book Keep a True Lent written by Unity co-founder Charles Fillmore for this talk series. 
 
A little sidebar here. In the early 1900's Mr. Fillmore wrote Unityas a handbook of Christian Healing and Christian Psychology. The purpose of Unity is not to found a new sect, but to give people a practical application of what they already have through their church affiliations. Unity therefore stands independent as an exponent of Practical Christianity, teaching the practical application of the doctrine of Jesus Christ in all the affairs of life; explaining the action of mind, and how it is the connecting link between God and man; how mind action affects the body, producing discord or harmony, sickness or health, and how it brings man into the understanding of Divine law, harmony, health and peace, here and now. Unity explains how this power of mind action works by every man and woman, for it is as operative today as it was two thousand years ago (Fillmore, 1921).
 
Here is what Mr. Fillmore says about affirmations, "The affirmation of any good statement of Truth puts us in conscious contact with the Christ Mind and quickens and releases the light and energy stored up in the subconscious mind; then the process of redemption begins."
 
A great denial and affirmation is: "Fear has no power over me...I am safe in God and I am fearless".
 
Mr. Fillmore has this to say about spiritualizing the intellect, "As spiritual metaphysicians, we find that the Christ Mind is the Mind of Spirit. In the consciousness of man it functions as two states of consciousness: one in the flesh, the other in Spirit. But Spirit is the source of all." 
 
"With this understanding as the basic principle of our thought, and realizing the power of thought to impress itself on the sensitive plate of man's mind, this prayer is invaluable: 
 "I separate myself in consciousness from the mind of the flesh, that I may enter into the mind that was in Christ Jesus."
 
And now, for the conscious and subconscious mind I invite you to listen to the talk by clicking here or visiting our website at www.unitygreaterportland.org
You are a blessing in my life,
 
Pat's Signature  
Rev. Patricia Bessey
 
If you are having a birthday in March, I have a gift for you.  It is meeting with me and completing an Annual Spiritual Checkup.  This can be done in person or by phone.  Let me know when your birthday is and that you would like to schedule a time to receive your gift.  You can email me at revpatbessey@gmail.com or revpatb@roadrunner.com

P.S. Attention all members...if you were not at the annual meeting you did not receive the new membership renewal form...it is available in the office...this is a yearly practice to let us know that you want to continue your membership here at Unity of Greater Portland. 
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Prayer Shawl Team Meeting
 March 13, 12:15 - 1:45 pm
    
The Prayer Shawl Team will meet on the second Sunday 
of the month. Please join us, no experience is needed. If you do not know how to knit or crochet we will teach you and get you started.

The Prayer Shawl team has Shawls, "Lapghans"(suitable for use with wheelchairs), and Prayer Squares available. All are available free of charge to anyone you feel would appreciate one. There is a book in the music room where they are stored that needs to be filled out before you take a one. This is for the Team to track where the prayer shawls and squares go.

They are made with Love and are never SOLD. However, we do appreciate monetary donations to purchase supplies, as well as donations of yarn.

Contact Jan Strout at unityprosperity101@gmail.com. with any questions.  

A.A.
Women's Big Book Meeting
Monday Evenings
7:00-8:00 pm

What's new?!
A Women's Big Book Meeting Monday evenings at Unity of Greater Portland. This means that the book Alcoholic Anonymous (the Big Book) is the text for these meetings. Meeting time is 7:00-8:00 pm in Unity Hall.


Stop into the bookstore this week to see our new shipment of scarves and earrings -- including beautiful, handmade earrings from our very own Christine Wolf!

Also, remember that Paul Chappell books are available at a 10% discount. 

Feedback for the bookstore? 
Please email Steph Plourde at unitychurch@roadrunner.com.

We appreciate your business!!

Bookstore Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-3:00
Sunday before and after service

 
Unity Kindness Revolution 
Upcoming Activities: 

MARCH DATES
March 2, 11:00 am - Singing at Florence House
March 11, 6:00 pm - Pizza and Sing at Logan Place
March 14, 10:30 am - Preble Street Soup Kitchen
March 16, 11:00 am - Singing at Florence House

APRIL DATES
April 6, 11:00 am - Singing at Florence House
April 8, 6:00 pm - Pizza and Sing at Logan Place
April 11, 10:30 am - Preble Street Soup Kitchen
April 20, 11:00 am - Singing at Florence House

 Sign up on Bulletin Board at church 
For more information contact Rev Elizabeth Peterson at:
unitykindnessrev@gmail.com    

Saturday, June 4
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Please sign-up on Bulletin Board for 
Volunteers, Crafters, and Healers.

NEW CLASSES / WORKSHOPS / BOOK STUDIES 
SPECIAL SERVICES / MOVIES / RETREATS:


THE WAY TO PEACE:
A Spirituality of Compassion and Nonviolence
Led by Jack Seery

Tuesdays February 2 - April 12
(Except February 16 and March 15)
           6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
 
As part of the Season for Nonviolence this class is being offered with the purpose to engage in a process of personal and communal transformation through the deeper understanding of silence, compassion and nonviolence. Through readings, presentation and discussion, participants will understand the breadth and complexity of these concepts and their application to our lives. We will support each other as we enter into this way to peace. 
 
Readings:
            Michael Nagler         The Search for a Nonviolent Future
            Karen Armstrong      Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life
 
Class is offered on a love offering basis. 
Books are available in the bookstore at a 10% discount. 
Open to all; not a closed class.

Keep a True Lent 
With Revs. Pat & LeRoy
February 10 - March 16
Wednesdays 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Why take this class?
  • To draw Truth out of the material presented and to recognize and apply these teachings in your own life.
  • To acquaint you with Charles Fillmore's teaching of practical Christianity
  • To have a realization during the six weeks that will take this material from an intellectual experience to an awareness experience.
Offered on a love offering basis
Books will be available for purchase in bookstore for 10% discount
SEE credit available
Open to all; not a closed class.

Peace Leadership
in  Difficult Times

2-DAY TRAINING...MARCH 11 & 12, 2016
9:30 am - 4:30 pm (both days lunch included)

UNITY OF GREATER PORTLAND
54 RIVER ROAD  WINDHAM, MAINE (I/2 mile over the Westbrook line)
PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED...SEATING LIMITED...207-893-1233 X5

Cost:  Donation                                       www.unitygreaterportland.org
 

-- The Foundations and Skills of Peace Leadership

-- Conflict Resolution in a Workplace or Social Movement

-- How to Combat Deception and Dehumanization

-- How to Be Persuasive and Go Beyond Preaching to the Choir

-- Learn the Power of Waging Peace

-- The Tactics and Strategies of Effective Action

 

Paul K. Chappell is a West Point graduate, Iraq War veteran, and former army captain who serves as Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Part African-American, part Asian, and part Caucasian, Chappell grew up in a violent household in Alabama with a father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Chappell's most recent book in his seven book Road to Peace series is The Art of Waging Peace.




Sunday, March 13, 2016
Sunday Service 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Paul K. Chappell
West Point Graduate, Iraq War Veteran,
Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Workshop 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Offered on a love offering basis


BEGINNING THE JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
A Stop at Mary and Martha's House
   
Join Rev. Pat Bessey, Rev. Jesse James 
and Wiley Beveridge
Friday March 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm

As they recount the days just before Jesus triumphant ride into Jerusalem... this journey is not only Jesus' journey but it is our journey. Using spiritual interpretation, meditation, ritual and music you will begin the preparation for the week that changed the world.
Offered on a love offering basis
Sign-up on church bulletin board

THE WAY OF SILENCE
Led by Jack Seery
 
Saturday, March 19
9:30 am to 3:00 pm

This is an invitation to join with members of the Unity of Greater Portland community for a day of silence in community at Unity of Greater Portland. It is an opportunity to withdraw from the constant noise and demands of our lives and listen to our inner voice, the inner voice of our authentic self, the inner voice of God, however experienced. Being in community creates a supportive atmosphere that allows us to surrender into that silence. Being in silence creates a deeper sense of community. 
Lunch will be provided
 
This will be offered on a love offering (Retreat and Lunch)
Sign up on church bulletin board

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 20 - 10:00 am
 
Come celebrate the beginning of the Holy Week by attending this service. As part of the service an adult Spiritual Baptism will be offered to all who would like to participate. We will walk the palms to signify the journey to Jerusalem. Palms will be available to take with you.

Special Music will be Cali Crowley singing "The Holy City".

 
March 20, 2016
12:15 pm

Our roster is full! Please join us for some great entertainment.

Sponsored by Unity's Youth Ed  
 
Love Offering 

Holy Thursday Celebration
  
Join us as the Unity community celebrates the conclusion of the 2016 Season for Nonviolence with the ritual and feast of Passover on Thursday, March 24, from 6:00-8:00 pm in Unity Hall.
 
The Seder (Passover ritual and meal) recounts the Hebrews' flight from slavery in Egypt to freedom in Canaan (The Land Flowing with Milk and Honey). Jesus of Nazareth was celebrating Passover (as had been done for thousands of years and is done by Jews to this day) with his disciples in an Upper Room in Jerusalem on the Thursday between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. It was at this feast we call the Last Supper that Jesus instituted Communion as he blessed the bread and the wine. So, this day is important to both Jews and Christians.
 
In New Thought, Egypt symbolizes ignorance and the flight to the promised land represents our willingness to be led out of this bondage. At the Last Supper, Jesus promised that giving his life and body would lead to regeneration of his people by using bread and wine as symbols. Paraphrased from "Keep a True Lent", Charles Fillmore.
 
The evening will include the traditional Passover ritual, hand-washing, and a 3-course meal. The cost is $10 to cover the ingredients. Reservation required...by either signing up on the bulletin board or by emailing unitychurch@roadrunner.com so we will know how much food to prepare. Limited seating reserve today!

Easter
Sunday, March 27, 2015 - 10:00 am
 
We invite you to join your Spiritual Community for a joyful celebration of Easter.  It will be a time to honor the resurrection of our Christ Consciousness and includes a flower ceremony.
 
Easter Egg Hunt
 
The Youth Ministry will be having the traditional Easter Egg Hunt. 

Silent Retreat
Led by Jack Seery
April 14 - 17, 2016

There is still room to join us at the retreat.

Thursday evening - Sunday lunch
 
Location will be at Marie Joseph Spiritual Center at Biddeford Pool. 
 
You are welcome to join us for this silent retreat is Marie Joseph's Spiritual Center has room. The cost is $280.  If you are interested, contact Jack Seery, jseery@sacoriver.net or 207- 651-5990.
  ONGOING ACTIVITIES
Ongoing Activities
 
Sun    Morning Prayer Circle 9:15 a.m. in Unity Hall with Rev. Pat
Meditation 9:30-9:45 a.m. in Sanctuary
A Course in Miracles 12:30-2:00 p.m. Contact: Randall Sawyer 749-4205
Mon    * Preble Street Soup Kitchen (2nd Mon) 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
           AA Women's Big Book Meeting 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Tue     Men's Spiritual Progress Group (3rd Tue) 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Women Empowering Women (3rd Tue) 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
Wed    * Florence House Sing (1st and 3rd Wed) 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  
Prayer Circle 12:00 noon (bring lunch and stay to enjoy fellowship)
Fri       * Logan Place Pizza Party/Sing-along (2nd Fri) 6:30 p.m.
            Cancer Support Group (3rd Fri) 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Sat      Team Leader's Meeting (2nd Sat) 9:30-11:30 a.m. - closed group

* Unity Kindness Revolution Events

GENTLE REMINDERS
Winter Storm Cancellations
 

Storm Policy - If the local status is considered "winter storm watch", a decision will be made by 9:00 pm the night before by the Board President and Minister. As soon as the local status is "winter storm warning", we automatically close. This would apply to all activities at the ministry - Sunday and weekday events.
 
Definitions: A storm watch means that the weather has the chance of turning into a storm. A storm warning means that the weather has turned bad; and is headed your way.
 
Our policy is caution, we always want you to be safe in your travels. If you have questions about "IF" a class or service will be held due to weather conditions, you may call 893-1233 and press #4 for storm cancellation information. Of course, even if a class or service is being held possibly the weather is different in your location, so please, use your own best judgment and "Be Safe". 

Online Church Directory

Join our Online directory - It's simple. Just contact the office at unitychurch@roadrunner.com or call 893-1233 Tues or Wed, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and ask for Steph, or leave a message on box 1. We ask you have been actively attending services and/or classes for at least 3 months and if you no longer are attending to please let us know that you no longer want to be on the directory. We do have to pay for the number of people who are on it and would prefer to pay for those who are actively using the directory. 

 

You are welcome to join our online directory to be able to connect with one another for social and outreach reasons - We ask you refrain from using it as a marketing tool. Your compliance if appreciated. If we receive a spamming complaint, you will be removed from access to database.

God is our Source and provides us with many channels of supply. Some of those channels are the following:

   

When ordering through Amazon, if you go through Amazon Smile (smileamazon.com) and designate Unity of Greater Portland as your chosen charity, .5% of your purchase will be donated to Unity of Greater Portland.  It will show up as Unity Church of Truth, our official name, but it is us! This deal is not quite as beneficial as the old Amazon Associates Program but, if we use it, it will add up. This is a great way to still support UGP!  


Do you shop at Staples?    
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Many members of our Unity family shop at Staples and collect a few "Staples Reward Points" each month.  But if you're like me, they seldom amount to enough to really save me much money.  Then I found out that I can use the Staples Rewards Number for Unity of Greater Portland.  My points are added to those of many other members and help the church save money on much needed office supplies.

 

 

Staples Rewards Number for Unity Church

5000266261

   

   
Unity Recycles Ink Cartridges and gets reward for that too!

 

Also, if you want to you can drop cartridges at Staples 
and use our number and we get credit there as well. 

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When you pick up a Clynk bag in our bookstore and  

recycle your bottles in it, Unity gets a check!


Check out the gently used books in the hall by the Office.  
Leave a donation and enrich your library!

 

Thank you God for all the channels of supply 

you provide us with!  We are so Blessed!

Church Information

Unity of Greater Portland
Office and Bookstore are open from 
10 AM to 3 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
 
Prayer Support
Minister of Prayer:
Rev. Airin Wolf - unitygpprayers@gmail.com
UGP Confidential Prayer request and Prayer Chaplain Line: 
893-1233, EXT. 3
Silent Unity Prayer Support  
1-800-NOW-PRAY  (1-800-669-7729) or www.silentunity.org
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