November 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friend,

Give Thanks

The weather has turned colder and change is in the air. As some of you know, Steve recently resigned his position at Unity of Dayton. He has successfully started his own business and now he is a man on the move! We sincerely wish Steve well in all of his endeavors.

I’m very pleased (downright delighted in fact) to announce that we have hired Victoria Haren to be our new part time office assistant. Victoria brings a wealth of spiritual understanding and previous church office experience to Unity. This feels like a Spirit-led decision and that feels very good!

During our October meeting, your Board of Trustees did our quarterly review of our budget and finances. If you’ve been looking at the Sunday bulletin, you’ve probably noticed that our expenses have been exceeding our income more months than not. In order to balance the budget, we considered reducing salaries and eliminating positions. And then… we came to our senses. We remembered the Truth that we know-there is no lack in God. There are many channels, and only one Source of our good. We live, move, and have our being in limitless spiritual Substance. We will not contract in fear. We release thoughts of lack, become open and receptive, and allow abundance to flow freely in our experience. Thank you God!

In November, you’ll be receiving a year-to-date donor statement so you can better plan your tax deductible gifts for 2017. Please call the office if you have any questions regarding your statement. You will, as always, receive a final donor statement in January, 2018.

I also wanted to remind you that Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are both on Sundays this year. We will not have evening services on those Sundays. The Christmas Eve Candle Lighting service will be on December 24th at 11 am during our usual Sunday service. Likewise, the New Year’s Eve Burning Bowl Ceremony will be on December 31st during our usual Sunday service at 11 am.

I believe there is a powerful shift in energy happening right now. So many people have mentioned that they really feel the energy here. A visitor recently commented, “I loved being part of this service. The presence of God is truly here and so filled with love.” That person was feeling God’s love-through YOU! Thank you for sharing your good vibes in this community.

Let us prepare ourselves for the coming holiday season by consciously awakening to spiritual Truth and our True Nature as children of the Most High-living expressions of the Divine. God bless us every one!

In gratitude and love,

Rev. Cindy

 

NOTE: Our office hours have changed. New office hours are Monday and Tuesday 10 am to 4 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!

October 2017 Minister’s Message

Greetings Friend,

At Unity of Dayton, the beauty of autumn weather is upon us. The nights are cool and the days are warm. In the next few weeks, we’ll also enjoy the beauty of the leaves changing color. Every year, without fail, the trees release their leaves to the earth. For the trees, letting go is a good and necessary part of the ongoing growth process.

Though we may not always accept change so readily, the same cycle of release and renewal is vital to our own spiritual unfoldment. A tree doesn’t try to hang onto the old leaves. It simply doesn’t benefit them to do so. Nature has it planned so that new leaves will grow abundantly in the right season. The same is true for us. Letting go of the old makes room for the new! So, each fall season I like to ask myself, “What am I holding on to that is no longer serving my highest good?” If nothing else, there must be some summer clothing that I can give away! Perhaps I might also have some old beliefs that are ready to be released.

In October, we are beginning a new lesson series based on The Keys to the Kingdom: An Advanced Course in Prosperity Consciousness Building by David Owen Ritz. One of the Keys to the Kingdom involves making room for the new by letting go of the old. This “Law of Circulation” is true for material things, and it’s even more important regarding our old limiting beliefs.

Whenever you feel as though life has lost its joy, you’re being called to change some old belief. The good news is, you can gently release the old, simply by appropriating-taking hold of-new beliefs that are in alignment with your True Nature as a spiritual being. And because a belief is just a thought that you keep thinking, you can change your thoughts. Your new thoughts will change your life!

If there’s something in your life that you wish would “fall away,” I invite you to begin the process by taking hold of the new. You are a co-creator with God. The past has no power over you! As we study The Keys to the Kingdom, I invite you to affirm a new thought and form a new belief in True Abundance. Join me each day by stating Catherine Ponder’s affirmation… “I am open and receptive to my highest good now.” Commitment to this process of change is the first Key to the Kingdom.

As the dried and spent leaves are falling from the trees, may you remember that your old limiting thoughts are also gently dropping away. This autumn, may you find yourself immersed in bountiful blessings! See you next Sunday for the second Key to the Kingdom.

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!

September 2017 Minister’s Message

Dear Friends of Unity of Dayton,

School has started for many families and individuals. Unity of Dayton will resume Youth Ministry classes Sunday Sept. 17, 2017. Our Youth and Family ministry will have a positive impact on youth and their families. Invite others into our loving community. We teach universal Truth, practice spiritual principles and live life abundantly.  Here is how our Youth and Family Ministry will do this.

The Uniteens and Y.O.U.ers  (middle school and high school age group) will embark on a wonderful adventure studying and learning the principles taught in the book, The I of the Storm for Teens: Finding Peace in the Midst of Conflict written by Jane Simmons. The spiritual principles explored are invaluable to youth in the day to day stress of their world.  We are excited to be offering this transformative experience. Uniteens and Y.O.U.ers will learn the techniques to create peace and make a difference.

The pre-school and elementary class will explore the powerful beings they are through the What a Wonderful World curriculum. Themes include their unique gifts, God’s love is everywhere, what I think creates my world, God expresses through me, oneness and more. Each lesson is presented in a manner to draw out the wisdom they already possess, rather than to stuff them with beliefs and facts. Our cherished children will blossom and grow, nourished by love.

This school year the Unity of Dayton community at large will be spreading love, while stopping weekend hunger for children at Wright Brothers Elementary in Huber Heights. We have joined with other organizations to meet the basic need for food by providing weekend care bags known as ‘Love in a Bag’. We purchase supplies and pack bags that are distributed every Friday during the school year.

You are God’s unique gift to the world.You have unique gifts to give. To engage in and/or support our Youth and Family Ministry or Community Outreach Ministry please  contact  me  937.233.7516revchase@unityofdayton.org.

Peace,

Chase


 

Charles Fillmore wrote, “We may receive spiritual inspiration from within. By prayer and meditation on words of Truth in the silence we may so open our consciousness to the divine inner presence that the necessary understanding, love, and power may be given us to enable us to bring forth in our own lives the good results that we wish to see manifest.”   We have within us infinite wisdom and deep peace. Prayer and meditation are the keys that unlock the door to peace in the midst.  During your prayer time, hold the High Watch for people who are moving through times of struggle.  See the Truth of each individual expression of God, each spiritual being moving through a human experience.  Know with them and for them that there is more going on in any moment than we are capable of seeing or understanding.  God is everywhere present, all knowing, all powerful, and all loving.
As we watch daily media reports of people struggling to survive in unimaginable living conditions, fleeing violence, and being affected by natural disasters, it is easy to get caught up in the energy of wanting to fix the world around us.  If you find yourself asking, “What is mine to do?”  Consider this. Whatever else is yours to do, your role begins with taking time to connect with the peace that passes all understanding – to be the peace you would like to see in the world. Albert Einstein said, “I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.” Here are some things you can do. Maintain a prayer and meditation practice. Be present at 11am on Sunday, September 10 to welcome Rev. Cindy back from her Sabbatical and to hear her speak about the role of prayer in our lives. Attend our World Day of Prayer service on Wednesday evening, September 13 at 7pm.  Visit the church on Thursday, September 14 between 10 – 2 for silent prayer and viewing videos of WDOP services from Unity Village.  Join us for our Wednesday evening meditation service on September 27 at 7pm.  You are and are called to be peace in the midst of all matters.

Blessings,

Sue

 

August 2017 Minister’s Message

Dear Friend of Unity of Dayton,

When I think of August, I think of vacation – a time to explore area parks and rivers or to sit on the deck and watch the squirrels and birds. A different approach to taking time away is meditation. Today is as good a time as any to begin this daily practice that will lift your spirits, clear your mind, and energize your body. Find a quiet time and place where you can relax your body and your mind. Quiet your mind through listening to your breath. Choose a Divine Idea, such as Love, Peace, Joy, Strength, Compassion, and focus only on that idea. Then go within – invite your mind to rest, allow your body to become more peaceful, and let your soul reconnect with Source. Myrtle Fillmore writes, “…turn [your] attention to God, the indwelling Lord, with the happy assurance that all old, disappointing things are dropping away and the healing, peace-giving, joy-filling, prospering ideas of God’s love, life, and substance are filling the mind and heart, quickening, new energies in the body.”  As you spend time in the Silence, you create the space to feel God’s peace and love. Getting away from the busyness of daily routines renews the body, mind, and soul. You will find that there is nothing more fulfilling or satisfying than reconnecting with the Presence of God.  Peace,

Rev. Sue

 


New experiences and learning new skills are ways to refresh.  This August Unity of Dayton is offering you opportunities to explore, refresh, renew and connect.

Aug. 2, and 16, Healing Without Medicine book study group

Aug. 6, Dr. Shaye, a healer, guest speaker and workshop presenter

Aug. 9, 23, and 30, Meditation service

Aug. 20, Douglas Blue Feather, Native American Flutist, guest speaker and workshop presenter

Aug. 27 Victoria Haren, a healer, guest speaker and meditation workshop presenter

Everyday our labyrinth is available for you to walk. Each labyrinth walk is a different experience. Familiar routines and activities can renew when the presence of Spirit is invited in to the activity.  While you explore area parks and rivers or to sit on the deck and watch the squirrels and birds, carry Spirt into all you do and be refreshed. Whatever your activities this month know the life energy of God flows as you open up to the new. Peace,

 

Rev. Chase

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!