What's Up at Unity

WHAT'S UP AT UNITY - March 21, 2019

Creating Community
10 AM
Sunday Service Message by Rev. Carmela: "Keep A True Lent"
**The Intergenerational Service has been postponed to a later date. Additional information to be announced.**

10 AM &
12-2 PM
Sunday Service Message by Dr. Dana Marrocco, followed by a workshop from noon to 2 PM: "Beyond Self-Deception: An ACIM-Inspired Workshop"
10 AM & 
12-3 PM
Sunday Service Message by Carol Bemmels, EFT Practitioner, followed by a workshop from noon to 3 PM: "Introduction to Tapping (Commonly Known as EFT)"
10 AM
Palm Sunday
Sunday Service Message by Rev. Carmela
Beyond Self-Deception:
An ACIM Inspired Workshop
By Dr. Dana Marrocco
Sunday, March 31st
Sunday Service Message at 10 AM
Workshop - Noon to 2 PM
Join Dr. Dana, an Educational Psychologist, for an energetic, humorous and inspiring workshop on the self-deceptions we share and how to overcome them with grace and joy. As a
stand-up comedian, Dr. Dana's presentation will
include original exercises, a guided meditation
and time for Q and A.
Dr. Dana's book is available in hardcover for $20.
 For more information:
Call 908-730-8792 or

Join us for Unity Spiritual Center's 
30th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, August 3, 2019, 6:00 to 10:00 PM
Mountain View Chalet
154 Route 173, Asbury, NJ 08802
For 30 years, Unity has been helping individuals and families to discover and live their spiritual potential and purpose, as well as serving the greater community.
Re-connect and reminisce with old (& new) friends. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a buffet dinner, dessert, beverages, and cash bar. Frolic on the dance floor to music performed by popular NY-based band, "Who are Those Guys."
 We're welcoming back
Special Guest Speaker Rev. Audrey Palmer,
both at the celebration dinner & 8/4 Sunday service
Photo by Chris Polacco, Picture Perfect Designer Photography

Don't miss the March 31st deadline to purchase tickets at 
early bird pricing!
Adults: $70 per person
Children (up to age 10): $35 per person
**after March 31st, prices increase by $10 per person**
30th Anniversary Celebration Journal
To honor all of the ways in which Unity Spiritual Center has touched the lives of its members, we will publish a full-color Celebration Journal for the event. Members, friends, and local business owners are invited to purchase ad space that celebrates and commemorates USC's 30 years. For more details, click the link below.
If you prefer to download, print, and submit paper forms to the USC office, please click on the links below:
For more information, call 908-730-8792 or email unity@unityspiritualcenter.org
A Workshop by Carol Bemmels, EFT Practitioner
Sunday April 7, 2019, 12 - 3 PM
Pre-register by April 4th: $45 per person**
Pay at the door: $50 per person
**Because attendees will be working in pairs, a minimum of 16 participants is required for this workshop.
EFT (also known as tapping) is a universal healing aid which works by gently tapping on head, hand and upper body points of the energy meridian system while focusing on the problem you want to eliminate. Based on the ancient wisdom of acupuncture, EFT combines modern psychological techniques with acupoint tapping, and the result is rapid relief from painful emotions... without the needles! When the emotional distress leaves the body, so does the physical discomfort and accompanying negative beliefs and behavior. You're then left with a new sense of emotional freedom. It's that easy. This introductory training includes the history and science of the technique, fascinating stories, and a chance to try it out yourself.
Carol Bemmels learned EFT in 1999, and it completely changed the way she helps people. As a Masters' level counselor, she's worked in many settings...a battered women's shelter, hospitals, schools, and other community agencies. She's lectured and trained people internationally in peace and peer counseling techniques. She presently has a private practice in Hopewell, NJ and also (thanks to Skype) has clients worldwide.
For more information: Call 908-730-8792 or Email Unity@UnitySpiritualCenter.org

By Eric Butterworth
A 6-Week Book Study
Facilitated by Dan Cavanaugh
7:00 - 8:45 PM
In his book In the Flow of Life, Eric Buttterworth states: "getting in the flow of life allows you to live life from within out, receive the wealth of the universe, find guidance for every need, and let go of your anxieties about death."   
Pre-registration is required along with pre-payment of $75 by Thursday, March 28th. No one is turned away due to a lack of funds. This class satisfies the "Unity 101" requirement for voting membership at USC. The class will be closed after the second week. If you need a book, contact Dan at 908-303-0583.
Our 3rd Annual 
2019 Easter Basket Fundraiser Has Begun!

Send festive gift containers full of treats to USC community members, and at the same time help us raise much-needed funds for Spring projects and other operational expenses.


For more information or to receive an introductory letter, email us at unity@unityspiritualcenter.org 
or call 908-730-8792
Unity's Tree of Love
Unity Spiritual Center has installed a beautiful "Tree of Love" plaque in the sanctuary as a permanent way to honor memories and to celebrate milestones - etching in time the people and events that are significant to our spiritual community. This is an ongoing project that will raise capital for future USC needs. The tree was installed to coordinate with the upcoming 30th anniversary of Unity Spiritual Center and will be formally dedicated on August 4, 2019. The pricing below is offered for the first phase, and is subject to change.

1 Engraved Leaf - $120.00
1 Engraved Stone - $480.00

Please consider purchasing one or more leaves or a stone in honor of yourself or a loved one. We also invite you to contribute to the Honor Stones for USC founders Walter and Kathryn Chauncey and for Rev. Audrey Palmer.
Inscriptions can be up to 3 lines with up to 25 characters and spaces per line. For example:
Eric Butterworth Lending Library
CD of the Week: 
The Law of Acceptance (CD #64)
Eric Butterworth
In this weekly Avery Fisher Hall Service, Eric makes the following points:
  • Webster defines the word 'accept' as "to receive with a consenting mind."
  • The Law of Acceptance can be stated: "you will never experience anything in the world of your body or your affairs that you have not previously accepted, in one form or another, in your mind and heart."
  • We react to the world by creating limiting laws such as "at my age, you have to expect this sort of thing" or "I'll never make it, no matter what" or "I'll catch a death of cold".  Many of these laws are created out of fear and often unconsciously and then later we say, "Why did this happen to me?"  
  • The Law of Acceptance is closely related to Jesus' saying "Agree with your adversary quickly."  The adversary is not the person or the problem, the adversary is your thoughts and feelings about it.  So "agree with your adversary" means to settle with it immediately in your consciousness to get your thoughts right about it.
  • We always have the opportunity to say "no" to these things that we don't want.  We can receive them with a "dissenting" mind.  We can say, "I don't agree with the fears that are running rampant, I agree with God only." When you agree with God only, you turn fear into faith and an awareness of the activity of God that is dynamically present. (Article submitted by Pete Haugk) 
All 97 CD's are available for lending on a Love Offering basis in our Compassionate Listening Room at Unity Spiritual Center. Check out the CD you want on the clipboard form by signing your name, the date you borrowed the CD and when you return it, just add the date you returned it.
All proceeds go to Unity Spiritual Center.
Youth & Family Ministry
From September to June, youth classes will meet 3-4 Sundays per month at 10 AM during the regular adult service.  On non-class days, children are invited to join the adults in the sanctuary.  
CLICK HERE for a REVISED schedule of 2018-2019 classes.
2018-2019 CURRICULUM
Based on the book The Simple Truth by Mary-Alice and Richard JaFolla, former directors of Silent Unity, this curriculum is an exploration of metaphysics designed especially for children and young teens.

New to YFM? CLICK HERE to register your child for the 2018-19 school year.
Compassionate Listening Prayer Ministry
We're here for you!  
If you are in need of prayer
 before or after Sunday Service, 
please see a member of our 
Compassionate Listening Team:
Ann Anderson
Jim Basil
Dan Cavanaugh
Fran Polacco
Allison Madden
Rev. Carmela
* * * * * Unity News* * * * *           
During the 3/17 St. Patrick's Day Service, we were all "O'Basils!"
Pictured is the talented Jim Basil playing his Irish Pipes.

Welcome back and congratulations to Rev. Carmela, who just returned from a week-long trip to Unity Village. She successfully completed the first phase of her field ministry program requirements!
Remembering Those Killed in New Zealand
On Saturday, March 16th, members of the Unity community paused for a moment of prayer and silence at the beginning of Open Mic Night to honor the 50 Muslims killed in Christchurch, New Zealand. Following the moment of silence, John Beavin and Chris Polacco performed a touching rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."
That same evening, Rev. Carmela participated in a candlelight vigil held at the Islamic Center of Hunterdon County. Yaser ElMenshawy, President of ICHC, organized the event and sent a "Thank You" email to members of the Interfaith community who came in support and love:
Greetings All,
We held our vigil on Saturday as planned. It was a wonderful event. 
Lots of people came, and members of our FAFLA Clergy spoke.  This 
included Rev. Dan Lundquist, Rev. Benjamin Lee, Rabbi Eric Cohen, Rev. 
Carmela Vuoso-Murphy, Rev. Lee Zandstra and Rev. Seth Fisher. In 
addition, Sr. Pam D'Amato, a member of the Islamic Center congregation, 
said a few words and read an email from Rabbi Joe Forman. The mayor also 
came and spoke, as did Rabbi Andy Dubin of Washington, NJ. The words of 
unity and love were reassuring and healing. On behalf of the Islamic 
Center of Hunterdon County and our entire congregation, we thank you all.
The Squirrel and Acorns are Waiting...
More than half of the winter fund envelopes have been filled. Please help us fill them all!
While we are so happy to see the arrival of Spring, we can't deny that March came in like a lion this year! Join us in raising funds to meet our continuing Winter expenses. Take an envelope of the amount you would like to donate, insert cash or a check, and place in our love offering bags or give to the office staff.
Thank you!!
  • To Jim Basil for joining the music team on St. Patrick's Day & playing his Irish Pipes.
  • To Kathie Shannon for her festive St. Patrick's Day decor.
  • To John Beavin & Chris Polacco for leading another great Open Mic Night.
  • To everyone who brought in green food for Fellowship and participated in the "wearing o' the green!"





For this Sunday and upcoming Sundays, we are thankful for the volunteers who have offered to serve as our hosts for fellowship.  We would be additionally thankful for volunteers to sign up to help with clean-up or to bring a dish to share. Please sign up by clicking the link below:  
Ways to Give  

Unity Spiritual Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which relies on the generous support of individual donors and foundations. Your tax-deductible gift to Unity Spiritual Center allows us to serve the mission and vision of this spiritual community. Help us to expand our ever increasing circles of good. Partner with us in this process with your gift today; every gift makes a difference and we are grateful. 
  • Cash or Check (payable to Unity Spiritual Center) - mailed or hand-delivered
  • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)
  • One-time or recurring payment through your bank's online bill pay system
  • Authorized monthly credit card transaction - see office staff for authorization form
  • PayPal (via your PayPal account or debit/credit card) - Click below
Ongoing Classes/Meetings

A Course in Miracles Home Study Group
Meets Wednesdays 7-8:30 PM in Glen Gardner. Phone for info: 908-537-4448.

A Course In Miracles for Beginners
Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays  6:30 - 8:00 PM in Rev. Carmela's Office at Unity
Joel S. Goldsmith / Infinite Way Study Group
Thursdays at 10 AM EXCEPT for the first Thursday of the month - group meets at Unity.   
Silent Meditation
Thursdays 12-1 PM in the Unity bookstore.

Monthly Evening Meditation
1st Tuesday evening of the month - 7 PM at Unity.
Stepping Stones Journal

Coming Soon: check out this blog by Jean and Sherry - your friendly USC staffers.
Click Here for Stepping Stones Journal
Ongoing Fundraisers
USC offers ShopRite gift cards for sale at face value.  Available in denominations of $50 and $100.  Can be used at any local ShopRite grocery store.  USC receives a percentage of all sales.  Purchase cards on Sundays or during office hours. 
Donate to Unity Spiritual Center when you shop at amazon.com.  Just go to USC's website www.unityspiritualcenter.org, and click on the amazon link (on every page except the home page) to start shopping.  USC gets a percentage of all sales made through USC's website.
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