July 2017 Minister’s Message

Dear Friends and Family,
The fullness of summer is here! The sun is shining bright and strong. The trees are dense with leaves, their green gorgeous against blue sky. Gardens are in bloom. Summer is often a time of activity. It is a time when seeds grow into maturity.
What spiritual truths are maturing within you? From the bright, strong light radiating from you I know Spirit is expressing.  Just as the cycle of season unfold the divine cycle of Mind, Idea, Expression also unfolds. Your inner work will burst out in Beauty. Immerse yourself in the Beauty. Allow the Beauty to heal you, to bring comfort and to be a source of peace and joy.
Enjoy the summertime!
Rev. Chase
 
Dear Friends,
 
Take time this summer to practice being in the now. Revitalize yourself through rest, reading, reflection.  Myrtle Fillmore wrote: “Truth’s ever-shining light is for all alike and sends its messages of divine splendor to all.  Keep your soul open to the shining light of Truth by denial of past or future claims upon you, for you live in the now. Affirm the now as your only active eternity.”
This July perhaps you’d enjoy reading Myrtle Fillmore’s How to Let God Help You. This book will guide my Sunday morning messages and our study on Tuesdays at 10am.  You are invited to join us any Tuesday to explore and discuss these writings.  Let the Light of Truth fill your mind and heart as the light of the sun brightens your days.
Blessings, 
Rev. Sue
  
  
Our prosperity affirmation:
 
God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.
 
As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.
 
I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

June 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friend,

At Unity of Dayton, we’ve been doing a lot of clearing out lately. Up in the attic, literally hanging over our heads, we found books, magazines, office supplies, and even some old roof shingles from the old red roof we used to have! You may have noticed the extra chairs stacked against the wall in the Sanctuary. We also cleared out the storage unit where we paid a monthly fee to store our old furniture-Rev. Bette’s massive old wooden lectern among other things. We released broken down things that we would never use again.

As I courageously decided what to keep and what to release, it made me wonder how much energy we spend holding onto the past. We spend the vital energy of today to store broken down memories of yesterday. I also noticed how good it feels to clear out the old piles of papers and magazines that were kept “just in case” someone might want them some day!

The first step in freeing up our energy is taking inventory and sorting through the “stuff.” This is as true with our possessions as it is with our thoughts and memories of the past. As I prepare to begin a three month Sabbatical on June 7th, I know I’m going to be taking a personal inventory and sorting through the memories, lessons, and blessings of the past five years. And with that done, my energy will then be freed up to deepen my spiritual journey-it is a time for spiritual renewal.

Many have asked me, “What are your plans while you’re gone?” My truthful response is this… “I’m going to sit on a rock and listen to God.” There’s a pond within walking distance of my home and I’ve found myself drawn there recently. An enormous, flat-topped boulder sits by that pond, and I’ve taken great joy in climbing up there and just sitting… breathing…listening…. For the next few months, I’ll release my usual activities in order to open up and make room for the Divine.

I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support of Unity while I’m on Sabbatical. Thank you for continuing to attend, continuing to serve, and continuing your financial support. Without you, Unity of Dayton would simply cease to be. With you, we co-create a safe and sacred space for personal transformation and spiritual unfoldment.

If you see someone sitting on a rock by a pond this summer, it just might be me. Thank you for this time for renewal. I’m holding you in my heart and in my prayers, knowing that this may be a time for your spiritual renewal as well. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, June 4th for the 11 am Celebration Service and our Unity Family Picnic. Let us celebrate together, for the best is yet to be!
In gratitude and love,

In gratitude and love,

Rev. Cindy

Our prosperity affirmation:

God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.

As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.

I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

May 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friend,

Maya Angelou once wrote, “Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time.” It’s easy to become discouraged, and it takes great strength and determination to become encouraged. And yet, I believe that is what we are being called to do. Right now, the world is asking us, “Can you look at this situation… and that one… and that one… and still stand in your faith? Do you have enough courage to trust love one more time?”

On Sunday, April 30th, our Gospel Choir blessed us with their singing. It takes courage to stand upon a stage and sing in public. Each person who sang was trusting love one more time, and we were blessed by their courage.

We also welcomed new members to Unity of Dayton on Sunday. It takes courage to publicly make a commitment to your personal spiritual journey. Those who do so are trusting love one more time, and we are blessed by their courage.

Each Sunday, in the face of doubt, disheartenment, and seeming obstacles, you arise and make the decision to add your love and energy to our spiritual community. You courageously come to learn Who and What you are in relationship to God. Each Sunday you are trusting love one more time, and our community is blessed by your courage.

Each moment that you see beyond the world of appearances, you are trusting love one more time. When you affirm the Truth you know and your mind is changed at depth, you are trusting love one more time. When your thoughts, words, and actions reflect the love that you are, you are trusting love one more time, and one more time.

Trust love and be blessed my friend!

In gratitude and love,

Rev. Cindy

Upcoming Events:
Metaphysical Bible Interpretation Class, 7-9pm, Tuesdays May 9-June 6
Town Hall Meeting, Sunday May 7 at 12:30 pm
Mother’s Day-Bless you for your nurturing spirit!, Sunday May 14
Bits & Bytes-Visitors and Newcomer’s Meeting, Sunday May 28 at 12:15 pm

Our prosperity affirmation:

God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.

As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.

I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

in all my ways. Thank you God!

April 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friend,

I’m so excited! David Roth is our guest speaker and musician tomorrow, April 1st, at Unity of Dayton. No April fooling! If you experienced David when he was here in 2014, you know what a blessing he is. If you’ve not experienced David before, you are in for a treat! I hope you’ll come out for the 11 am service and stay for his 1 pm concert. There are no tickets to buy. We will receive a love offering during the service and the concert. Give as much as you feel you’ve received. So you can stay in the good vibe, Unity is also providing lunch on a love offering basis.

Life doesn’t always seem to offer so much for so little. Unity, however, is different. Unity was founded on the prosperity principles taught in Scripture. The Law of Giving and Receiving means that, as we give, so shall we receive. Actually, giving and receiving are the same, for we are all one in Spirit. What do I mean? Have you ever given a gift anonymously? The sheer joy you feel confirms it…a blessing you give blesses you even more.

Imagine if we could live our lives from that understanding. We would be tripping all over ourselves to give of our time, talents, and treasures! And yet, when we feel worried about our finances, rather than open our purse strings, we tighten them. This cuts off the very flow of good we hope to receive!

When finances are tight, I invite you to find a way to give. Although it could be a monetary gift, it doesn’t need to be. Start wherever you can. Clean out your closet and give away those old clothes. Give some of your time to an organization or cause you want to support. Pay it forward by paying for the coffee of the next person in line. Give a few extra moments of your time and attention to your loved ones. In prayer and meditation, give some time to God.

Each day is another opportunity to be a giver to life. Tomorrow, give yourself the gift of David Roth’s message and music. You can learn more about him here: David’s Webpage and hear a sample on Youtube: Practice Makes Progress

Be blessed my friend. You are in my heart and in my prayers.

My love to you,
Rev. Cindy
Upcoming Events:
April 14th, Good Friday, at 7 pm, Rev. Sue and the Prayer Team will begin our Easter experience with a special Taize Service.
April 16th at 11 am, on Easter morning, we will share an Easter experience of resurrection and light.
April 16th, following the Sunday Service, children of all ages are invited to an Easter Egg Hunt.
April 30th, Gospel Choir performs and Unity of Dayton receives new members.

Our prosperity affirmation:

God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.

As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.

I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

March 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friend,
 
Even though it’s only late winter, the daffodils in my front yard are ready to bloom! When the sun first warms the ground, the early spring flowers break through. The weather turns cold again, but those flowers stand strong even under snow and ice.

I’m reminded of the boundless energy of Spirit ready to spring forth in our lives. Like the sun, Spirit warms us and invites us to grow. Even though we don’t feel fully ready for the changes that come our way, the life and light of God in us gives us strength to stand strong through the difficult times. And when the time is right, we blossom!
Whether you are feeling like you’re buried under, or ready to push through to new growth, the spiritual principles and practices you learn at Unity will give you the strength and courage to transform and rise above the situation. That’s what kept me coming back to Unity year after year. When I faced a challenge, I had support from like-minded friends, along with tried and true spiritual tools for building a higher consciousness. I learned to grow through my challenges!
This year we’re getting back to basics at Unity. Our Sunday lessons will help you rediscover the Truth of who you are and what you’ve come here to be. In March, Rev. Sue will be teaching a five week class based on H. Emilie Cady’s book, Lessons in Truth. If you ever wanted to know more about Unity’s foundational teachings, this is the class to attend! In May, I’ll be facilitating a class about Unity’s approach to Metaphysical Interpretation. When you’re ready to push through the hard times, stand strong under adverse conditions, and blossom to your fullest potential, Unity teachings are here to support you.
Though the world around us may seem filled with turmoil, we turn to the words of Emmet Fox. “Stop thinking about the difficulty, whatever it is, and think about God instead.” Though the cold winds of winter still blow, we know spring is coming. Spirit is springing forth in you, in me, and in our nation. With our faith in God’s presence and power in our lives, we stand stronger together. My friends, now more than ever, this is a time for Unity.
You are in my heart and in my prayers.
My love to you,
Rev. Cindy
 
Our prosperity affirmation:
 
God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.
 
As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.
 
I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

February 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friends,

Did you ever set a goal for yourself and then become discouraged because you weren’t able to achieve it? I recall a time when I very much wanted to go to Ministry School, but I wasn’t able to take all of the classes required before I could even apply. I didn’t get off work until 7:30 pm, and the classes I needed at Unity all started at 7:00 pm. Even though it felt like a powerful calling and God-given desire, I didn’t see a way for it to happen. What you and I know, and may not always remember, is that even when there seems to be no way, God makes a way! As I faithfully held to the vision, doors opened, resources became available, and soon I was taking classes at Unity Village in Missouri. And, it was five years ago this month that I began ministry at Unity of Dayton. With God ALL things are possible!

It is with that spirit of possibility that I invite you to hold to a vision for Unity of Dayton. I was thinking the other day that it seems like a very long time since we began to raise money to replace our roof. Though you have all been very generous, the “raise the roof prosperity train” seems to be stalled in its tracks! Are you beginning to wonder if the roof really all that bad? The flat, rubber portion of the roof is now 31 years old. Not many roofs are in good shape after 31 years! Thank God, the patches are holding for now.

Have you begun to wonder if we’ll ever have enough to replace it? Yes, we will! When will that happen? I don’t know all of the answers, but one thing I know for sure. When there seems to be no way, God makes a way!

We get to remember our spiritual principles and our power of mind action. We must believe it before we see it. We must use our faculty of Imagination to visualize the work being done. Even before the roof is replaced, we must feel the joy of having a new roof. Thank you God! Even more importantly, we get to feel the joy of knowing that we are co-creators with God and we can call it into creation. With God all things are possible!

The good news is, we don’t have to know all of the details about HOW it will manifest. We could have a large increase in small donations. We could have a small increase in large donations. It could be some way we haven’t even imagined! When we stop thinking about the “how’s” and each begin asking ourselves, “What is mine to do?” we are moved by Spirit to take inspired action.

The Board of Trustees, Rev. Sue, and I are meeting weekly for a time of prayer and meditation to raise consciousness and visualize the completion of the new roof. Would you please join us? I invite you to set aside fifteen minutes (or more!) each week to visualizing our new roof. Feel the joy as we celebrate the success of this co-creative process. With God, all things are possible. And so, the “raise the roof prosperity train” rolls on! Thank you God!

My love to you,

Rev. Cindy
Our prosperity affirmation:

God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.

As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.

I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

January 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friends,

The old year is gone and today we are starting with a clean slate. Happy New Year! If you’re like me, you are ready for a whole new perspective and set of experiences in 2017. The past was released during the Burning Bowl Ceremony on New Year’s Eve, and I don’t know about you, but I was certainly ready to release 2016!
The past year had its challenges and also brought special blessings. The health challenges I experienced brought to me a deep appreciation for the power of prayer. Thank you for all of your prayer support! The change in my health feels like a miracle! Through the experience I was blessed to gain a greater understanding of the power of my thoughts in healing the body. Thoughts of health and wholeness brought a sense of peace, which greatly assisted the healing process. If you’re ever experiencing disease or illness, remember…no matter what the physical condition, God’s power to heal is greater!
Are you ready for a fresh start in 2017? A great way to start is with the White Stone Ceremony at 11 am on Sunday, January 8th this year. The white stone is an ancient ritual and is based on Revelations 2:17. “Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.” In our ceremony, we listen with an inner ear to hear the still small Voice that is always inviting us to a closer walk with God. I hope you will be able to join us for this sacred ceremony.
Though it seems hard to believe, March 2017 marks my fifth year as Senior Minister at Unity of Dayton. It has been my blessing to walk this journey with you, and a time is coming for me to go apart awhile. Beginning in June, I’ll be on sabbatical for three months to go deeper within-a time for spiritual rest and renewal. What exactly is a sabbatical and why does a minister need so much time off? More information will be forthcoming in the next few months. While I’m gone, you will be served by Rev. George Whitton, Nancy Whitton, LUT, Rev. Sue Bryan, Rev. Chase, Douglas Blue Feather, among other wonderful guest speakers. You are loved and will be blessed!
Finally, I want to thank each one who was part of this spiritual community in the last year. Whether you were able to be here physically or were supporting Unity of Dayton from a distance, your love and energy continue to bless all who attend and will attend in the future. We live in uncertain times, but we can be sure of this…God will see us through every trial. God gives us the strength to stand together in unity and in love. We are here to be a light in this world and nothing can dim the light of God’s Light shining through us.
God bless you and yours in this new year!
My love to you,
Rev. Cindy

 

 
Our prosperity affirmation:
 
God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.
 
As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.
 
I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

October 2016 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friends,

Being in Balance BookAutumn is here and I’d like to tell you about some wonderful opportunities to share our hearts and minds in our spiritual community. Our Fall Faith series begins on the first Sunday in October and runs until the first week of Advent in November. We’ll be looking at Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book, Being in Balance. If your life isn’t as satisfying and fulfilling as you had hoped it would be, Dr. Dyer teaches ways to bring your habits and desires into balance. If you’d like to look at the ideas in greater depth, join me for a relaxed Book Study group on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. Don’t have the book yet? If you order it tomorrow in our Book Nook book store, we should have it for you on Tuesday.

Many of us have beloved dogs, cats, fish, guinea pigs, and other pets. If you’d like to have your pets blessed, bring them (or a picture of them if they aren’t able to be present) to church on Sunday, October 2 at 2 pm. It is my joy to bless the animals that bring such joy to our lives. We’ll also have a special blessing for pets who’ve made their transition in the past year. We’re planning for nice weather, so the blessing will be outside behind the church. Drive around and park in back and I’ll see you there!

Unity of Dayton is getting out and about! We’re exploring new ways to make ourselves known and be of service to the greater community, so we’re setting up a booth and giving free goodies and hugs at the Yellow Springs Street Fair on Saturday, October 8th from 9 am till 5 pm. David Hall is offering face painting on a love offering basis, so bring out your little ones (or your own sweet face!) and join in the fun. We’ll be located at Nipper’s Corner, the intersection of Xenia Avenue and Corry Street. Stop by to say “Hi!”

Sunday, October 9th, is New Member Sunday and there also is a Town Hall Meeting following the 11 am service. The meeting will be informal and informative. It’s a time for you to ask any questions you may have for the Board of Trustees. ATTENTION those of you who’ve purchased raffle tickets for Bob Coates’ sculpture, “Body, Mind, and Spirit.” All thirty tickets were sold and the winning ticket will be drawn during the Town Hall Meeting. Thank you Bob, and all who purchased tickets for a total of $1500 toward our new roof. Our roof fund total so far is $17,705.00.

Have you attended one or more of our monthly Saturday healing services? On Saturday, October 15 from 4 to 6 pm, Victoria Haren will present “Energy and Frequency Healing.” This fun and informative opportunity to learn about working with healing energy is provided on a love offering basis. You won’t want to miss it!

There are so many wonderful things happening at Unity in October. Perhaps you’re thinking, “… if only I could find my way through the construction!” Chambersburg Road has been blocked on the West side since mid-August, and the expected completion is mid-November. There’s a map showing the detour in our weekly “Unity News, Classes, and Events” email. If you want more assistance, please feel free to call us at 233-7516. Bravo to those of you who’ve courageously found your way around the barricades.

Finally, I want to thank each and every one of you who have held me in prayer, asked about my well-being, or supported me in other ways as I’ve continued my healing journey. With a totally gluten free diet and the healing power of Spirit, I’m feeling stronger every day! I expect to make a complete and total recovery from gluten intolerance and I’m giving thanks for feeling better now. I believe with all that I am that there are no limitations for those who put their full faith and trust in the healing power of God. That power is within me and within you… and with God, all things are possible!

Thank you for being the Light that you are in Unity.

In loving service,

Rev. Cindy

Our prosperity affirmation:

God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.

As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.

I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

September 2016 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friends,
Serene young woman with hands together in prayer pose in the deSummer vacations are wrapping up and we’re getting ready for autumn at Unity of Dayton. I’m excited to share some of the events we’ve been planning for September. Unity’s annual World Day of Prayer is this week and Rev. Sue and the Prayer Team have several activities planned this Thursday, September 8th. Remember to place the names of all those you would like for us to hold in prayer on the purple World Day of Prayer request forms. Look for more information on our website, www.unityofdayton.org, and join us for prayer. You will be blessed!
Unity of Dayton is joining other local organizations to promote peace through the 2016 Miami Valley Peace Heroes Walk on September 11th following our Sunday service. If you would like to support my walk, go to: Rev. Cindy walks for peace. If you would like to join us as we walk for peace on September 11th, go to the following link and sign up: Unity of Dayton Peace Walk.
The Infinite Grace Healing Sanctuary returns of Saturday, September 17from 4 – 6 pm. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the healing energy of Therapeutic Touch, this is your opportunity to be blessed by the gifted healing team of Craig and Shirls Hall. You are encouraged to wear white and allow yourself to be nurtured in the healing Love of God.
There’s a lot going on, but wait… there’s more! We’re hosting a PosiPalooza Concert on Saturday, September 24th at 7 pm! StoweGood and Sue Riley will join us for an evening of fantastic music and fun. On the following Sunday morning, StoweGood, (Karen Taylor Good and Stowe Daily) will provide the “Message in Music” at our 11 am service. It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!
Finally, on Wednesday, September 28th from 6 – 8 pm, Rev. Chase will facilitate an Affirmative Prayer Partnership Workshop. If you’ve wanted to know more about affirmative prayer, and especially the benefits of having a prayer partner, you’ll want to attend this special workshop. You don’t need to already have a prayer partner to benefit from attending.
In closing, I want to thank all of you for your prayers as I’ve continued my healing journey. With my new gluten free diet, I’m feeling energized and stronger every day. The body knows how to heal and I celebrate the healing power of God in every cell of my being! Yea God! Please hold Charles Phillips in prayer for healing to wholeness. He is feeling stronger and sends his love to all of you. If you, or someone you know has a prayer need, please let us know so we can add your names to our prayers.
Your Board of Trustees had a special meeting last week to look at our goals for the 2016-2017 year. We’ll be looking at three main areas: 1) Building Community, 2) Building (roof) Repair, and 3) Marketing Unity (getting the word out about Unity). We have a fantastic Board of Trustees and you can expect more good things to come!
Thank you for your love and support. Together we create a sacred space for spiritual awakening. Together we feel God’s loving Presence.
In loving service,
Rev. Cindy

 

Our prosperity affirmation:
 
God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.
 
As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.
 
I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!

August 2016 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friends,

a9f84acf-2451-46c1-bbee-81ca02d83b17Have you ever heard the expression, “When you least expect it, expect it?” We go along with the expectation that life will be the same day after day. There’s a certain sense of security in thinking of life as stable and predictable. And yet, some of our greatest joys result from the twists and turns in this journey we call life.

As some of you know, this year, when I least expected it, the path of my life began to twist and turn in a way that hasn’t been fun, to say the least. In April, I began experiencing severe abdominal pain within an hour or so after a meal. A couple of months later and a few pounds lighter, I learned that I now have a severe gluten intolerance and can no longer eat or drink anything containing wheat, barley, or rye. When you start reading labels, you find out that wheat is in almost all processed foods!

While I’m very grateful to know it isn’t something life threatening, I am missing my favorite foods and the ability to eat in all but a few restaurants. The good news is, my body has begun to heal and I’m feeling stronger now. The Unity teachings and affirmative prayer support have sustained me through this. I continue to affirm, “My body is the whole and perfect, constantly renewing Substance of God.’ Thank you for your understanding, love, and prayers as I take time to rest and return to wholeness.

By the way, Nancy and Ron Brown called the other day. Nancy is also in a healing process and is feeling much better. For all those in our community who are healing in mind and body, keep the prayer support coming! If you are having a health challenge, or would like prayer support for some other concern, please let us know. Rev. Sue is our Associate Minister for Pastoral Care and she is available for one on one support with prayer or spiritual counseling.

Upcoming events at Unity this month include the Keys to the Kingdom class beginning tomorrow evening at 7 pm, Hospitality Sunday on August 7, the Healing Drumming Circle on August 20th at 4 pm (you don’t need to know how to drum, or even have a hand drum, we have some to share), and the Bits and Bytes Orientation on Sunday, August 21 at 12:30 after the service. If you’ve ever considered membership in Unity of Dayton, or just wanted to know more about our history or teachings, stay for a bit of a snack and a few bytes of information!

You’ll also want to know that Joy Davis is working with the Music Team to brew up another steaming hot Coffee House Concert on Friday evening, August 26th. Bring your friends and get ready for some great music! Look for more information in our Sunday bulletin.

Thank you for all of your love and support. We come together in spiritual community to share our hearts and lives on the spiritual journey we call life. As you are a blessing, so may you be blessed!

In loving service,

Rev. Cindy

Our prosperity affirmation:

God is the Source of Unity of Dayton’s limitless supply.

As the Spirit of God works in, through, and as me, I gratefully receive and generously give.

I live in appreciation and am prospered in all my ways. Thank you God!