Category: Ministers Message

Just Around the Corner

time for change Greetings Friends,

Does anyone know what happened to Spring? Where did it go? The beginning of June feels like the middle of summer! I’m actually appreciating extra hours of daylight and feeling the sun’s heat soaking into my skin. Isn’t it wonderful to live in a climate with four seasons, where change is always just around the corner?

Change is Happening!

That’s certainly the way it has been here at Unity lately. There’s some serious change happening! As you may already know, we replaced the flat roof in April. Thank you God! We haven’t seen any more leaks and aren’t expecting any. Very soon the work begins on the new steps to the entryway. There has been a slight delay due to the weather, but we believe it will be done within the next two weeks. Thank you God!

Out behind the building there is even more change. In April, we submitted a plan to the city of Huber Heights which would allow us to turn the back two to three acres of our property into a native wildflower prairie with walking paths. Huber Heights approved our plan and the path has been mowed! I invite you to put on your sneakers and check it out. Later this year we’ll be planting native wildflowers that will attract beautiful butterflies and birds. Stay tuned for how you can help by providing plants and seeds for the area.

More change is coming…

Rather than continue to replace the old front parking lot light bulbs, the Board of Trustees recently voted to replace the old lights with new LED fixtures. The cost savings will be significant over the next few years, and the parking lot will be brighter as well. We are prosperous and we lighting up our lives at Unity!Another big change (yes, there’s more!)…, we’ll soon be painting the Social Area and hallway leading to the classrooms. The paint has being donated and the work will be done by volunteers who love to paint! What next, cleaning up the popcorn ceilings? YES!

It feels like all of this is leading up to something big, doesn’t it? Change is in the air and we are all sacred witnesses to the power of Love in action. We really feel the power when we ask ourselves, “What am I growing in my life? How much good can I do?”

God is Moving in and Through Us

Whatever seeds we plant in the new prairie will grow. We won’t get daisies if we plant thistles. Likewise, in our own minds and lives, when we plant thoughts of growth, goodness, and grace, we are open to the power of God moving in and through us. God planted you, a God-seed, in this world. May you grow in goodness and grace, and enjoy the beauty that’s being made manifest in your life!

Light and Love to you,

Rev. Cindy

Spring’s Finally Here!

children running through a field with a ballGreetings Friends,

Finally. It is finally Spring! With the longer days, we have more light. As the northern hemisphere of the planet leans toward the sun, we have more warmth. In our neighborhood, the warmer weather has brought with it the lovely sound of children laughing and playing each evening. There is a rising energy of life within and all around us at this time of year, and it does a body good to get outside and play!

Perhaps this is true for you – I know it is for me – sometimes I become so focused on “adulting” that I forget to go out and play. There will always be dusting, dirty dishes, and drudgery, but we don’t always have the fresh air of Spring, the sweet sound of the birds, and the feel of sunshine on our faces.

The Story of the Frog

You may have heard the story of the frog that died in the pot of hot water on the stove. The water was cool when he jumped in the pot. When it started getting hotter, why didn’t he just jump out? Because the temperature increased so gradually that the frog didn’t notice until after it was too late. Are you in a pot of stress about all that’s happening in your life? Would you, like the frog, not notice the heat because it has risen so gradually?

These days, more than ever, it’s so important that we remember to do things that lift our spirits and soothe our souls. With our busyness and the steady barrage of negativity from the news, we’re like the frog in hot water. We’ve forgotten how it feels to be carefree, light, and fluffy! If you listen to the children, their laughter will remind you.

Check – In

I invite you to take a moment and check in with your feelings. Does your inner child long to go out and play? In a time of prayer and meditation, be still and allow the Spirit of Life itself to fill you up. If you’re feeling sad, frustrated, or overwhelmed by all that’s going on right now, perhaps it’s time to get out of that pot of hot water. Spirit is calling to you, “Come on, let’s lighten up. Let’s go out and play!

It is Spring, and there is a rising energy of life within and all around us. Let that Spirit of Life you up! Come home to Unity where we love to pray and play together. We’ll see you on Sunday.

In Light and Love,
Rev. Cindy

 

Thank You God!

thank you godGreetings Friends,

At the moment I’m writing this, I’m hearing loud pounding and banging noises overhead. Things are literally going flying off the building here at Unity. Thank you God! These sounds and sights are truly welcome because I know that workers are busily replacing the 32 year old flat roof above my head. Congratulations and thanks to all who’ve contributed to our “Raise the Roof” campaign! To celebrate, the Board of Trustees is throwing a party on April 22nd following the Sunday service. We’ll be cooking out on the grill, having fun, and enjoying the manifestation of our good! I hope you’ll be able to stay and celebrate with us.

The Roof is Being Replaced!

The roof is being replaced now, and as we know in Unity, the real work began long ago. It started with the belief that we are constantly being sourced by God, the Source of all good. Just as we can’t see the Spring flowers in December, we often don’t seem to have the money that we need. Our work is to give what we can and hold to our faith that the rest is coming at right time and in a perfect way. And so it has, and so it is!

Now, we’re going to keep the momentum going with our next big project. Last Autumn, we created an affirmation to replace the crumbling entryway to our building:

I am open to God’s giving abundance in my life. We are open to God’s giving abundance in our lives. Unity is open to God’s giving abundance in our church. Thank you God for our wonderful walkway!

I invite you to join me in stating the affirmation daily as we prepare to replace the wall, curb, and steps to the entryway. If the weather cooperates, we’re looking forward to having that work begin soon after the roof is finished.

Outer change can only occur where there’s been inner transformation. Clearly there’s some great and growing energy here at Unity of Dayton. Thank you for being part of it!

In Light and Love,
Rev. Cindy

NOTE: Our 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!

Manifestation

march manifestationGreetings Friends,

Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, wrote, “All is finished first in consciousness and mind then rests, in faith, from further mental activity. This ‘rest’ precedes manifestation.” This means we ask in faith and then rest from worry about the “hows” and “whens.” We simply pray and move our feet as guided by Spirit. And that’s just what we’ve been doing here at Unity.

Raising the Roof!

In August, 2015, we obtained estimates to replace the three flat portions of our roof. As soon as the “sticker shock” wore off, we began a capital campaign to raise the funds. My friends, we are now close enough to our goal that the Board of Trustees is calling for a vote to move forward. Whenever we plan to spend more than $25,000, our Bylaws require a vote of the membership during an official membership meeting. That meeting is tomorrow, March 4th, at 12:30. I invite you to attend the meeting and be a part of this Spirit-led process.

There’s another big project that the Board has been building in consciousness as well. We haven’t spoken about it before, but it’s very exciting and I’ll explain it in detail during the Annual meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, though only active members can vote on ballot issues.

Conscious Manifestation

The process of conscious creation begins with knowing who you are and your relationship with God, our Source. We are creative creations co-creating. Made in the image and likeness of Infinite Spirit, we are spiritual beings having a human experience! It is our greatest joy to express our love and creative power for good. We, as a spiritual community, have been building a consciousness of sacred community, spiritual purpose, and selfless generosity. We’ve prayed and acted in faith. And now, we’re blessed to be sacred witnesses to the unfolding of Spirit at work in our spiritual home.

This is the Year

In the six years that I’ve been honored to serve as Senior Minister here, I’ve seen so much positive change. I want to give special thanks to those who’ve served on the Board with me during the past two years. Our meetings begin with meditation and prayer. We are Spirit-led in our discussions and decisions. We live the Unity Principles in sacred service. As we’ve rested from any fear-based mental activity, our roots have grown stronger and deeper. There’s a rising feeling that this is the year for seeing even greater manifestation of outward and upward growth at Unity of Dayton. Let us give thanks and be joyful!

In Light and Love,

Rev. Cindy

(Originally posted March 3, 2018)