Minister's Letter
Paul K. Chappell was with us this past weekend presenting his Peace Leadership Training to over 35 of us on Friday and Saturday. He has brought to us a way to change the culture in our world: it is called Peace Literacy.
 
The question he poses is "what do people need that is more important than our basic needs of food, water, and shelter?" The answer is purpose and meaning, followed by belonging, self-worth, explanation, transcendence, nurturing relationships, and inspiration. Paul shared that purpose and meaning override the need for food. Many people have all the creature comforts imaginable, but without purpose and meaning, they have no will to live. We all need a why to live for...I saw this with my mother. When she was able to do all of the laundry and house cleaning she was vital and had purpose in her life. Think about yourself -- what motivates you?
 
Belonging is another important element that we all crave. This spiritual community provides a place to connect and belong. I hear from so many that they arrived on Sunday feeling depressed and left feeling uplifted. Why? Because they felt included and part of something greater than themselves.
 
As Paul was sharing these important needs in a person's life, I began to see them as a strategic plan for us as we move forward. As we develop constructive programming and planning for the future of Unity of Greater Portland, we will be sure these critical elements are included in whatever we are doing.
 
Paul left us with a wealth of information, as well as an invitation to stay in contact with him. If you were at any of his presentations, and would like to continue with this work, please join us on Tuesday, March 22, for a gathering to discuss next steps. If you were not at the service on Sunday, please click here to listen to the talk Paul gave -- and please do consider joining us for what I'm sure will be a rich discussion on the 22.
 
I would like to extend a hearty thank you to the team who worked tirelessly to bring this to us. They are Jack Seery, Pat Bartke, Trish Vogel, Cynthia Froehlich, Sandy Hobbs, Pam Mills, Steph Plourde and Rev. LeRoy.
 
As we look ahead, we are entering into the week that changed the world. It will begin on Friday evening with the visit Jesus makes to the home of Martha and Mary before heading to Jerusalem. This will be a service of music, meditation and metaphysics. Please join Rev. Jesse James, Wiley Beveridge, and me at 7:00 pm to set the tone for your spiritual journey through the days leading us toward Easter. This coming Saturday, you are offered a day of silence in preparation for what is to come. We will begin at 9:30 and conclude at 3:00. Lunch is provided. On Palm Sunday, Jesus enters Jerusalem to a cheering crowd waving palm fronds. You will have the opportunity on Sunday to walk the palms during the service and reflect on the meaning of these important days and rituals. I look forward to seeing you there.
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
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  IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: 
FOOD BANK SUNDAY
March 20
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Please remember that this Sunday is Food Bank Sunday.
When you go shopping this week just buy 1 extra item.
If everyone brought in one item we would fill up the box.
Thank You!
 

Next Meeting: Friday, March 18
Time: 1:30-2:30 pm
 
This group is for adults affected by cancer, their friends and family. If you know of anyone who has been affected by cancer and would like a little support in a safe, nonjudgmental and confidential environment please let them know this group is open to all.

Located: 54 River Road, Windham ~ for more info call 893-1233


UPDATE TO A.A. MEETING

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


The Women's AA Meeting on Monday evenings is a Step Meeting instead of a Big Book Meeting. This means that the book Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions is the text for these meetings. Meeting time is 7:00-8:00 pm in Unity Hall.



In this week: copies of Paul Chappell's The Cosmic Ocean and Will Tuttle's The World Peace Diet.
Bookstore Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-3:00
Sunday before and after service

Feedback for the bookstore? 
Please email Steph Plourde at unitychurch@roadrunner.com.
We appreciate your business!!

 
Unity Kindness Revolution 
Upcoming Activities: 

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.

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

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. Seating is limited, so reserve your spot 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 if 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 Step 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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