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Jan/Feb 2008 Volume #8, Issue #1

First Unity Campus | 460 46th Ave. N. | St. Petersburg, FL 33703 | (727) 527-2222 |

Express Yourself

“Prayer is the most effective method of renewal and transformation,

prosperity Gratitude

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Love In All Things


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because in prayer humankind associates with God and not with the problem.” —Catherine Ponder What’s Happening: pg 5— Rev. Jim Rosemergy to speak at First Unity

pg 7— Leap into spirit and express yourself at our upcoming talent show!

pg 16—It’s the 5th Annual $10,000 Dance!

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We move in rhythms and cycles. We experience joys and sorrows, ease and discomfort. I have told my sons - young men now - that life will surely put something distasteful on our plate from time to time. Life is like that. Our job is to figure out how we want to respond. Our job is to see the opportunity for transformation and step into the possibility of co-creating a life of joy, freedom, peace, and compassion. The Sufi poet and mystic, Rumi, tells us

Beverley McLain Board of Trustees past President

Welcome difficulty. Learn the alchemy

4T: Tithing of Time, Talent & Treasure for Prosperity and the Fullness of Life with Rev. Temple Hayes begins January 28. This 12-week program is a course in commitment and prosperity transformation, that is truly lifechanging!

true human beings know:

The moment you accept what trouble you’ve been given, the door opens.

Change is not easy. Letting go can be the hardest thing we do. Accepting what is, embracing it, and loving it for what it can bring us? Whew! It’s why I take classes and attend Spirit Expressing groups. To be reminded of my power. We say that we believe we are spiritual beings. We say that we are children of God. I need reminding of what that means. Often. Before I knew what co-creating meant, I cocreated a home for my family. Yes, I manifested an actual house. I was practicing “Ask and It is Given” before I knew that book existed; before The Secret was out; before I attended my first 4T class and learned the process.

I know now that I was on the exact emotional wavelength needed to attract what I wanted. I visualized, I allowed myself to feel what it would feel like to live in a home of our own. I cut out pictures and pasted them on poster board. I prayed in gratitude for the gift of a home in which to raise my sons after their father and I divorced. After the bankruptcy, the foreclosure, and the repossessions. After being laid off from a wonderful job. After all the things had happened that should have made such a gift impossible. But it did happen. Ask Carol Hasbrouck. I met her in 1997 when she was willing to take a chance on me and worked to get me a mortgage. Just part of the “how” that God was taking care of. So, by the time this newsletter is printed, I trust that I will be enrolled in the next 4T class. It will be my fourth. Because I need to be reminded of the power inherent in my spiritual nature. Won’t you join me? Let’s practice some alchemy together! Beverley McLain

“Thank You, God, for Your unlimited abundance, which flows through Unity and creates new paths of growth for our service to the world.” First Unity Church tithes each month to the following: Association of Unity Churches, Association of Unity Churches Living Curriculum, Silent Unity, Southeast Unity Ministries.

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Year to date 10/30/07 Total Revenues $544,186.96 Total Expenditures $580,452.47 Net Total $(36,265.51)

Good to Great in 2008...


Wow, what a year it has been, and what an incredible Spirit Expressing program we had! We were committed and extremely involved. Many of us experienced a shift in our consciousness.

New relationships were formed in the home study groups, while others clearly experienced On Monday, January 28 at 7 pm our 4T the time which Dr. Joan Borysenko talked program will begin. 4T is the largest attended about…the time between the “no longer” and class of the year and has been named by many the “not yet.” truth students as the single most profound event Get ready for an to change their lives. Students Tell me, and I won’t remember. Show exciting January learn the spiritual value of tithing and February me and I may recall. Involve me and their time, talent and treasures. at First Unity I will understand. -Chinese Proverb The 4T Prosperity Program is a Campus with a 12-week, church hosted, spiritual ministry which program dedicated to the idea of develops, nurtures and expands our spiritual living an abundant life — awareness. For three weeks in January, we will “Free of the feeling of fear and insecurity. study and discuss the book, The Prayer Chest, a Free of thoughts of lack and limitation. novel by August Gold and Joel Fotinos. To fully experience the benefits of these Centered in the abundance of God.” teachings, I strongly advise you to read the book before Sunday, January 6, as we When that connection with God is made, explore the concepts of The Prayer Chest on wondrous events occur and people experience January 6, 13 & 27. Learn more about this a deeper spiritual awareness, enhanced dynamic novel in the book review written by relationships, job satisfaction, financial security, Sharon Jebens, Wings Bookstore manager, on self-esteem, and better health. page 4. February will bring to us many ways to open According to The Prayer Chest, all prayers our hearts and allow the love to deepen within are answered with what is prayed for, or what our being. We will look at ways to love and stands between you and what you’ve prayed for. appreciate the relationships in our lives in a Do you feel your prayers are generally answered? more significant way and honor the diversity After reading The Prayer Chest, you will clearly of humanity. We will celebrate UNITY in see how any circumstances in your life right now commUNITY. might be leading to an answer to your prayer. Thanks to all of you who continue to open The first week we will explore: PRAYER IS your heart and bring such beautiful energy ANSWERED THROUGH YOU. to our spiritual campus. We are involved and The second week we will explore: PRAYER together, we are evolved. IS ANSWERED WHEN YOU LISTEN. The third week we will explore: PRAYER God is good, all the time. IS ANSWERED WHEN YOU WELCOME EVERYTHING. Loving life, These concepts will not only involve you, they will change you to accept and allow greater good Temple into your lives.

Rev. Temple Hayes

“Get ready for an exciting January and February at First Unity Campus with a ministry which develops, nurtures and expands our spiritual awareness.”


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The Prayer Chest


I’d like to tell you about an unlikely book. Unlikely, because it may not fit into that big-newest-spiritual/metaphysical-energy-busting category that should be a prerequisite for a featured book review.

Sharon Jebens, Bookstore Manager

“Treat yourself to a copy of The Prayer Chest...and you will easily have finished it before Rev. Temple begins her Sunday series on January 6.

The Prayer Chest gives your mind a rest from the blockbuster excitement of some of our newest books. The Prayer Chest has a sweetness and homegrown heartfelt-ness, sort of like comfort food for the soul. The thing I liked best was the gentle way it presents and embodies so many of our Truth principles within its story line. The Prayer Chest, by August Gold and Joel Fotinos, is a novel. The front cover features the ubiquitous key on a red background that has become a common symbol since the release of The Secret last year (could it be possible that The Secret is but one year old?) But this key is different. This short story is about prayer, and how prayer works. It is rich in romance, symbolism, and spiritual insight. Spanning at least three

generations, the story allows the reader to observe the wisdom that passes through generations of a family, by way of the secrets held in a hand-carved prayer box with a golden key. Many readers will identify with Joseph Hutchinson's story of misfortune, fear, and adversity. Unity and New Thought readers will not be surprised at how his life turns around as he begins to trust the secrets he uncovers in the prayer box. Treat yourself to a copy of The Prayer Chest right after the holidays, and you will easily have finished it before Rev. Temple begins her Sunday series on January 6. May all your prayers be answered, Sharon

The (Star)Bucks Stops Here Wings Bookstore NEW HOURS Beginning January 4, Wings Coffee Bar is open at 8am! Just drive right on past those big green coffee signs to the north and to the south, and get your morning brew from Wings. Fresh hot Joffrey's coffee and Italian roasted espresso drinks. Creamy chai blends and iced fruit tea smoothies. Wake up, at WINGS!

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Living Beyond Disease On January 20, First Unity welcomes back one of our favorite authors, Michele O’Donnell. Her first book, Of Monkeys and Dragons, has been one of the best-selling books at our bookstore since Michele first began speaking at First Unity in 2001. In October 2002, we sponsored Michele’s first weekend retreat at Eckerd College, which included a Wellness Walk that raised the funds to begin her “Living Beyond Disease” radio program on the air in Tampa. Since then, the Living Beyond Disease retreat has become an annual event each February near San Antonio, Texas. And the radio program, which airs here each Sunday at 9am on WHNZ 1250am, continues to gain popularity and inspire listeners. Michele has since become a sought-after speaker at Unity churches all over the country, including many appearances at Unity Village, MO. Wings Bookstore is a major sponsor of the radio program, and the First Unity/Michele

O’Donnell connection continues even stronger, as Tampa Bay listeners make the connection between her inspiring program and Unity truth principles. Michele will be speaking at both First Unity services on Sunday, January 20, followed by a workshop at 1pm that afternoon. Afternoon admission is minimum $30 love offering. Proceeds go to support and sustain the Living Beyond Disease radio show in Tampa. Meet the author on Saturday! Michele O’Donnell will be at Wings Bookstore on Saturday afternoon, January 19, 4 - 6 pm to sign books.

Michele Longo O’Donnell

The Prayer that God Prays


Have you ever considered the idea that God prays? I had never thought of such a possibility until one night, during a time of prayer and meditation, this thought drifted through my mind: Your life is a prayer that I am praying.

This one affirmation sent me on a journey into prayer and the kingdom of God that has blessed me in countless ways. On Sunday, February 24, I am honored to serve as your guest minister for the 9 & 11 am services, and at 1 pm I invite you to join me for my workshop “The Prayer That God Prays.” During our workshop, I would like to share with you the journey and its fruits. It is a mind-

and-heart expanding experience to consider that our lives could actually be God’s prayer. Come and join us as we journey into uncharted territory of mystical prayer, for it brings us the life of love, peace, and joy for which we have always yearned. This workshop is based on my book, The Prayer That God Prays, available at Wings Bookstore.

Rev. Jim Rosemergy


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Karen Taylor-Good


Nashville singer/songwriter Karen Taylor-Good will bless us with her inspiring music on Sunday, January 6, and you won’t want to miss her concert on Wednesday, January 9, immediately following the Healing Service, which begins at 6:30 pm. Plan now to bring your friends to hear this amazing artist!

Karen Taylor-Good

Karen’s concerts combine motivation and entertainment. Using her award-winning songs and her inspirational stories, she oers a dynamic, moving experience. Karen has won numerous awards for her music. She has been nominated for both a Grammy award and a Country Music Association (CMA) award. She has had many international radio hits, with songs recorded by such artists as Laura Branigan, Melissa Manchester, Al Jarreau, and Patty Loveless. Karen’s book and CD On Angel’s Wings has been featured on Home Shopping Network.

Karen has been heard on national radio and television jingles. She has recorded with famous singers, and as a solo artist she has had nine nationally-charted singles. Her songs have been adopted by several nonproďŹ t organizations and are used by ministers, therapists and counselors in their healing work. She regularly donates a percentage of her sales to non-proďŹ t and charitable organizations. Karen is a popular keynote speaker for women’s, health care, and business organizations. She sings and speaks at churches and synagogues across the country.

Join the Choir!

OUR GREATEST HOUR RADIO SHOW New Thought Talk with Tammy Taylor “Your Manifestation Muse�


The Hour God’s Light Shines in Us All

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Are you ready for a new adventure this new year? Join the First Unity Choir! We make a joyful noise together each week at rehearsal, where we enjoy singing, socializing and spiritual time. Rehearsals are Thursdays from 7–9:15 pm, and performances are once a month at Sunday services. Come see what all the buzz is about! Rehearsals for the winter/spring 2008 season begin on Thursday, January 10. Please contact Choir Director Garry Miller for more information: 527-2222 x 108 or choir@ďŹ

Leap Into Spirit—Express Yourself Calling all singers, dancers, artists. musicians, comedians, painters, crocheters, and any other expressive spirits. First Unity is putting on a show on Friday, February 29 with its first annual talent extravaganza—Leap Into Spirit! For more information or to sign up to participate, contact us at Please include your name, email and phone contact, talent, and interest in performing and/or exhibiting.

Mark your calendars for this exciting event! Stroll through the exhibit of visual art in Friendship Hall from 6:30-9:30 pm. The performances will be from 7-9 pm in the Sanctuary, with an intermission for coffee and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults, children are free. All proceeds benefit our Creative Arts ministries. Your generous donations and participation will help us to continue to improve and expand the Unity message in our community! Ticket sales begin February 2008 at Wings Bookstore and on Sundays in Friendship Hall. Tell your friends and family — we promise this is an event not to miss!

Join Rev. Temple Hayes representing First Unity Campus at the nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. Leadership Breakfast.

Monday, January 21, 2008 7:30 am St Petersburg Coliseum 535 4th Avenue North Call the church at 527-2222 x107 for more information and to attend and represent First Unity.


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JIM & JOY WAMBOLDT May-Oct (828) 678-9126 Nov-Apr (727) 822-7606 Cell (727) 542-0463

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The “Next Generation”


Sometimes in our lives, young adults need a space and time to put aside all the stress of college or work or personal relationships and re-center ourselves. We need a place to go where we can let go of all the outer tensions and remember how joyful it is to be a young and powerful child of God in this beautiful world. And it helps if there are others like us there to share it with. And maybe food.

The Next Generation of First Unity (NGU) provides just that for us! Our purpose is to empower ourselves through service, prayer, and personal education to embrace our spiritual potential. Service to our church and community enriches the lives of all involved. Prayer and meditation help us throw off those pesky adult stresses and reconnect with our inner mystic child.

And every so often we do stuff just to have fun and be with friends. We invite everyone from the ages of 18 to 35 to join us on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in Rm #301. We do try to provide food for these weekly meetings as often as funds will allow. Please come join us and help build a group which will enrich our lives and community!


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As the saying goes, you have to “know to grow.”

THE JOURNEY WITHIN: Embracing the Gifts of God

Alight Weight Nutrition Facilitator: Bonnie Castellano Saturday, January 5, 10 am to1 pm Location: Rm #301 This free introduction to Alight Weigh Health Plan is a brief overview of a complete weight reduction program made just for you. A well-balanced family diet using whole foods and generous caloric intake based upon present and declining weight. Calculated food portions for each individuals daily caloric intake. This is a calorie-based program without calorie counting. Also includes low-impact exercise program based on body weight. Learn more at

Discover Unity Facilitator: Rev. Temple Hayes Monday, January 7 & 14, 7 to 9 pm Location: Friendship Hall Whether you have been involved in Unity for a while now, or are new to the movement, our two-part Discover Unity class will offer insight about Unity’s co-founders, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore and the history of First Unity Church. Rev. Temple Hayes will cover the development of the Unity movement, basic Unity principles, and good reading and reference materials. Board and staff members will share information about their experiences at First Unity Church. If you’re new to First Unity, this class is also a great way to meet new people! New members will be formally accepted during Sunday services after classes are completed. Attending this class does not obligate you to become a member of First Unity Church, but attendance at both sessions is required for prospective members.

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We invite you to expand your mind, body and spirit by taking your own “journey within.” Our Spiritual Education Program offers various ongoing classes, workshops and support groups. For more information, please visit our website at, or register at the Information Station located in Friendship Hall.

Advanced Vision Mapping Facilitator: Lore Raymond Saturday, January 12, 9 am to 3 pm Sunday, February 24, 1:30 to 5 pm Location: Rm #301 (Jan), Friendship Hall (Feb) Jump start your great 2008 with Lore Raymond! Learn more at The three essential benefits: t Focus intentions t Increase creativity t Enhance happiness & success Did you know that The Secret, the international sensation, strongly recommends creating a “vision board”? This advanced process combines Feng Shui principles, sacred geometry, numerology and a shamanic guided visualization. It builds on the classic VisionMapping, using collage and storytelling to create a proven tool to support the desires of any individual or organization. Participants need to please bring magazines, good scissors, catalogs and magazines, and a photo of themselves. Suggested Love Offering for this one-day intensive is $55. This class begins promptly at start time; please come plan to join us up to a halfhour earlier for coffee.

Healthy Cooking

Estate Planning Seminar

Facilitator: Jackie Hill Tuesday, January 15 & February 12, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Location: Friendship Hall

Facilitator: Edward Castagna Jr., Esq. Sunday, January 27, 1 to 3 pm Location: Friendship Hall

Learn about the art of creating dishes with tantalizing avors using marinades, herbs, and spices from around the world. These monthly classes will be fun and informative, and you will get to enjoy a full meal that you helped to prepare. Children are welcome. Instructor Jackie Hill has owned and operated two successful restaurants in St. Petersburg and now operates Saron’s Gourmet Catering. She has spent more than 20 years in kitchens creating healthy and tasty foods. She believes healthy food does not have to be bland! Suggested Love Oering for this class $35.

Discussion will focus on wills, estates, trusts, charitable planned giving, living wills and other pre-need designation of health care surrogates and powers-of-attorney. Material covered will be on a basic to intermediate level and is appropriate for single people, childless married couples, single and married people with children and retirees. Opportunity for a question and answer period will be provided. This one-day workshop is free. Mr. Castagna previously worked as a gift and estate tax lawyer for the Internal Revenue Service and was in-house counsel for Shriner’s Hospitals for Crippled Children in Tampa, Florida and O’Dell & Associates, an international architectural ďŹ rm in Charlotte, NC. He is currently in private practice in Clearwater, Florida.

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Introduction to Akashnic Records Facilitator: Gabrielle Orr Sunday, January 27, 12:30 to 1:30 pm Location: Rm #301 This is a free introduction to the Level One Akashnic Records class. Acquire a tool that will forever be a source of profoundly illuminating growth, insight and guidance.


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4T: Tithing of Time, Talent & Treasure for Prosperity and the Fullness of Life Facilitator: Rev. Temple Hayes Monday, January 28, 7 to 9 pm (12 week series) Location: Friendship Hall The 4T program is a course in commitment and prosperity transformation. The student who participates in this course can expect a renewal of mind—and a changed consciousness that expresses in the manifest realm. More than 20,000 students can attest that this program is life-changing. To be a participant in this prosperity class, each student commits to tithe time, talent and treasure—that is, to attend church services and the prosperity class weekly, to meditate daily on the ideas of prosperity, to do some volunteer work for the church or some other volunteer organization during the 12 weeks, and to tithe 10 % of his/her income to the church during the 12 weeks. Satisfaction guaranteed. First Unity guarantees that your life will be more abundant at the end of the 12 weeks, or your money back!

Create Your Divine Space: Attracting Loving, Cherished Relationships

Say “I Doâ€? to YOU Facilitators: Terez Hartmann/Ken Donaldson Saturday, February 9, 4 to 9 pm Location: Sanctuary/ Rm #300,#301 Say “I Doâ€? to YOU! The ULTIMATE self-empowerment EXPERIENCE! Why marry YourSELF? t HARNESS the Law of Attraction in a whole NEW way to DRAMATICALLY ACCELERATE RESULTS! t REALIZE, REMEMBER, and CELEBRATE the POWERFUL YOU! t UNCOVER & RELEASE OLD HABITS and live the LIFE YOU DESERVE NOW! t DISCOVER THE SECRET to taking your MARRIAGE/ RELATIONSHIP to a whole new level! t ATTRACT your SOUL-MATE and/or IDEAL BUSINESS & PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS! Included in this workshop: interactive seminar with author of Marry YourSelf First, Ken Donaldson; workbooks with takehome tools; customized “vowsâ€? & certiďŹ cate of completion; group “weddingâ€? oďŹƒciated by Rev. Kathryn Morrow, DD; high-energy, Rock My Spirit! concert EXPERIENCE with Terez; food & refreshments and MORE! This workshop is $97 when you pre-register; $147 day of event.

Facilitator: Lore Raymond Saturday, February 2, 9 am to noon Location: Friendship Hall

Akashnic Records-Level One The three essential beneďŹ ts: t Create new energy t Increase health, wealth, happiness & relationships t Enhance harmony This fun and helpful program with Lore Raymond ( will help you to declutter, organize, and use Feng Shui principles. Attracting romance and positive relationships will be a focus along with basic Feng Shui information. Lore’s stories as a compulsive paper collector, notorious stacker, and compulsive thrift store shopper will inspire you — and her check lists provide “perspiration powerâ€? that will help you make changes! Participants need to bring a nPPSQMBOPGUIFJSIPNFPSBSFBUIFZXBOUUPBEESFTT Suggested Love Oering is $45. This class begins promptly at 9 am, please come early for coee at 8:30 am.

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Facilitator: Gabrielle Orr Saturday, February 23 & 24, 10 am to 4 pm Location: 301 This two-day intensive class is oered to enable you to access your own Akashic Records. Acquire a tool that will forever be a source of profoundly illuminating growth, insight and guidance. You learn how to contact ancestors and loved ones. You learn how to retrieve information regarding any given event in the past, present or possible future. You learn how to identify and track patterns that no longer serve you, ďŹ nd the origin of these patterns, and how to release them. You learn how to ground yourself, and how to have an open heart. You learn how to gain insight regarding familiar and unfamiliar subjects. And so much more! Suggested Love Oering for this two-day workshop is $250.

Redirecting Children’s Behavior Facilitator: Gordon Martin Wednesday, February 23, 2 to 5 pm (5-week program) Location: Friendship Hall Redirecting Children’s Behavior is hands-on training for the parent who accepts his/her responsibility head-on in regard to their role in influencing their child’s character. More accurately, we will learn how to support and honor their inherent divinity. Specific, on-going challenges that seem irresolvable (sleeping through the night, homework, eating habits, temper tantrums, curfews & dating, etc.) are addressed in this class. We also establish an understanding of some exceptionally important principles. When parents have consciously chosen betterment in this area, life truly becomes more harmonious and therefore enjoyable. With education, practice, and renewed hope, challenges melt into the background, making way for peace and cooperation and while we’re at it, more genuine love! Suggested Love Offering for this five-week program is $100. Workbook and text also available at first class.

Ongoing Classes Energy Medicine for Healthy Living Study Group Facilitator: Melanie Smith, DOM, AP First Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm Location: Sanctuary Explore deeper realms of Energy Medicine in a practical handson environment. Learn to use a variety of ancient healing systems to balance your own energy. Discover your body’s miraculous design for natural self-healing. There is a deep wisdom locked into the energies that flow through your body — much like the blood that courses through your veins. Energy Medicine allows you to tap into this wisdom. It teaches you how to work with your body’s energy to increase your everyday zest and vitality, overcome chronic health problems and enhance the simple pleasure of living in your own body. Open

to everyone interested in better health. $10 per class at the door. Recommended text: Energy Medicine by Donna Eden (available at Wings Bookstore.)

Hatha Yoga Facilitator: Janet Maddox Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30 to 7:00 pm Location: Rm #401 Hatha Yoga brings balance, strength, and a sense of well-being to the practitioner. Each class is followed by guided meditation with Tibetan bowls. Bring mats and wear comfortable clothing. The Suggested Love Offering is $10 per class.

Deeksha/Oneness Blessings Facilitator: Michael Milner Wednesdays, 7 to 9 pm Location: Friendship Hall Rev. Michael Milner presents regular Oneness Blessing/Deeksha sessions every Wednesday evening. Cost is $20 per person requested (no one will be turned away.) Call Wings at 522-6657 for more information.

Qigong Facilitator: Lisa Rathgeb Mondays, 6 to 7 pm Location: Rm #200 QiGong (pronounced chee-gong) is a form of martial arts for ultimate healing. It includes advanced breathing techniques and slow movements to expand your magnetic “Qi-Energy.” This Qi-Energy has a profound effect on blood circulation, longevity, strength and deep levels of awareness. On a spiritual level, it awakens your evolutionary process and deepens your God connection. It is an ancient, scientific system of healing that awakens, aligns and directs the body’s own electromagnetic healing force. Only an open mind and heart are required to experience the immense benefits of this exercise. It is important to wear comfortable clothing while doing this practice in order to allow for maximum Qi-Energy flow. QiGong shoes are nice and can be purchased from any martial arts store. A yoga mat or blanket may be required at times. Suggested Love Offering is $10 per class.

*DATES and LOCATIONS of classes may occasionally change. Please call the church at 527-2222 or Wings at 522-6657 or visit for up-to-date information. SPIRITUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Charitable Giving— the Spirit of Sharing


It is said that one is remembered not by the resources one has left at the end of one’s life, but rather by what one has given away during one’s lifetime. Such gifts include the simple, intangible things - love for family, friendship with those of similar mindset, a desire to assist those less fortunate – as well as tangible gifts to the charitable organizations of our choice. Each of us supports our chosen church which, in turn, supports our community. Some of us do this by volunteering and others by contributing to the financial needs of the church. It’s funny. When we were younger, we did not believe that we could change the world in which we lived. The adults made every decision. Local culture dictated behavior. It seemed like the only way to make a difference was to do the opposite of what was expected of us. If short hair was in, long hair was what we wanted. If conservative clothes were the norm, then paisley prints must be the right choice. Somewhere along that path, as our hair got shorter and our clothes got more expensive and conservative, we realized that the culture in which we lived was normal after all, and truly reflected the people living in it. We learned that things are done the way they are not to keep people from being themselves, but rather to foster an environment where more people can enjoy the world and each other. But who creates this environment? Now we know that we all do. The actions chosen by each one of us do make a difference. We realize that we cannot let others take responsibility for our community. We must take responsibility for the world and the community in which we live. It is our voices; it is the pledge of our time and efforts; and it is the funding of institutions like our church that make a true difference in the community. Our church is a focal point for those who share the same ideals and goals, a beacon for those who have lost their way and an incubator for the youth of our community. It is a temporary respite on Sunday morning where meaningful words (rather than music on the radio and the media’s bombardment in creating artificial needs for this sneaker, that shirt, that electronic game) are allowed to permeate our thoughts and our hearts. This house of God, your church, has the same financial needs as your own family and your own household. You hear about and read the financial reports. The electric bill is due. The water bill is due. The landscaping needs to be maintained. The roof needs repair. There is a mission to fund.

by Edward C. Castagna Jr., Esq.

It is up to you to support your church, to make a difference in this community. And there is no better time than now, at the end of the year, to make those charitable gifts. Donations made to your church will provide you with a tax savings to keep your money in your own backyard rather watching it funnel away to the government. The technical side of charitable giving is fairly easy: Cash - This is the most convenient method and this will, of course, provide a deduction which you can itemize on your income tax return. Credit card – Yes, you can use your credit card to make a donation to your church. The gift is considered completed as of the date that the charge is made to your credit card. The IRS considers a credit card payment the same as a cash donation. Checks - Contributions paid by check are considered to be completed when you put the check in the mail. Your check mailed and postmarked on December 31, 2007 would be treated as a 2007 gift for purposes of a charitable deduction. Stock - If you have stock that you have held for more than one year, this might be the time to consider donating it to the church. Appreciated stock would give the donor a charitable deduction for the value of the stock and avoid payment of capital gains tax. Say, for example, you obtained stock many years ago for which you paid $500. It is now worth $15,000. If you donate this stock to the church, you would get a total deduction of $15,000; plus, you would pay no capital gains on the $14,500 in appreciation. This charitable deduction can be used to offset other gains on the sale of other stock held in your portfolio. There are some limitations, but there is also a carryover for the benefit of any charitable contribution which will not be fully utilized in the same year. Additionally, stock that has lost value can provide you with another opportunity for tax savings as you can deduct the loss in value of your stock and obtain a charitable deduction for the current market value. IRA’s – IRA accounts provide a special tax deduction of $100,000 if you meet certain requirements. Insurance Policies - You can donate an insurance policy to your church and get a charitable deduction for the cash value of the policy. Employer Matching - Many companies have an employer matching program where you can identify your church and the ...continued on pg 16

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Chaplains of First Unity are fired up! Our group of more than 30, both active and Emeritus Chaplains have recently completed their annual Chaplain retreat and dedication and are so excited about the new year! We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this church community and for the avenues of spiritual growth that are continually revealed to us as individuals. Being fully present is a gift anyone can give to themselves at any time – taking just a moment to sit still and breathe in deeply, and then releasing. The mind is quieted and the heart is soothed and calmed, as we connect with our Christ self. Each time you ask a Chaplain to pray with you, you are giving them the gift of being present with you – being present with their Christ self. We are so uplifted by the experience of the spiritual sharing that takes place. We’re asking for your assistance as we begin this new year. Our goal is to connect with every member of the church each month

as we make our prayer support calls. Information changes as individuals move and change phone numbers. To help us update our member files, please complete the perforated section of the weekly church bulletin or call the church office at 527-2222 x505 if you have moved or changed your phone number in the last couple of years. We don’t want to miss anyone. Thank you for the loving support you have given the Prayer Chaplain program. We feel your love as we continue to grow, expand, and embrace our Oneness with all that is – with you.

Prayer Chaplains have completed a minimum of 50 hours of training and are available for one-on-one prayer before and after each Sunday service. All that is shared is kept in strict confidence. The Prayer Chaplains also conduct a Prayer & Healing Service every Wednesday evening from 6:30 – 7 pm in the Sanctuary. If it’s a quiet, meditative space you are seeking, this is the service for you. Join us!

What Unity Means to Me


A statement I love from author Joel S. Goldsmith is “I always practice the Presence.” Before coming to First Unity, I had deep roots in Religious Science. The first time I entered First Unity in 2002 I knew I was where I needed to be based on the messge I received and the powerful energy and loving atmosphere. I say “thank you, First Unity” for that day. In 2003 I knew it was time to make my connection from head to heart, which is only 18 inches. Unity has always given me love, support, encouragement and most of all prayer, along with wisdom to overcome any challenge in life, knowing Unity’s loving presence is

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always there. Unity never limits love or prayer, and I appreciate the powerful Chaplain program. In consciousness, I know I am connected to a wonderful Source that is always available, always reliable, because I live in a constantlyevolving universe which knows no limitations. There are no obstacles to my success. I thank Unity for giving me the gifts to uncover my spiritual nature and my connection to God and the universe. I would like to say again thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your presence. And thank you for your love. Always. And so it is! PRAYER & UNIT Y

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“Charitable Giving�...continued from pg 14

TWO LUCKY WINNERS! *UTUIBUUJNFBHBJOPVSUIBOOVBM %BODF JTIBQQFOJOH'SJEBZ 'FCSVBSZ BOEZPVSFJOWJUFE It’s a fun and magical evening you won’t want to miss. Here’s how it works: Purchase a rae ticket, your own or with a group, before tickets are sold out. Only 200 tickets will be sold, at a price of $100 each. Many other cash and door prizes will be awarded. 0OFMVDLZXJOOFSXJMMHPIPNF SJDIFS, and the church will beneďŹ t from the other $10,000. You need not be present to win. Tickets are for rae only. Admission to the dance is $5 at the door. For more information call 527-2222 x100 or visit www.ďŹ Doors open at 6:30 pm. Grand prize winner will be announced before midnight. Dance will be held at the St. Petersburg Country Club, 2000 Country Club Way S.

“True prosperity is not making money, or putting out good. It is determining what our individual soul requires in order to cause it to unfold more and more of God; and then how to harmonize its expression with the needs of our fellow man so that all are really beneďŹ ted and inspired to unfold and express more of their inner

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spiritual resources.� —Myrtle Fillmore, Unity co-founder

employer will match any contributions you make up to a certain amount. Real Property Donation - If you have held real property for more than one year, you can donate it to your church and obtain a deduction worth the full fair market value of the property. This is subject to a limitation of 50% of your adjusted gross income, but any excess deduction can be carried forward for up to ďŹ ve years. In fact, you can donate your home to the church and retain a life estate for you and your spouse and possibly qualify for a charitable deduction equal to the residual value of the home. Tangible Personal Property - You can make donations of artwork, coin collections, stamp collections and other items of value. If you have a collection that you feel your family members may have no wish to continue, the collection can be donated and a charitable collection obtained. If you have a piece of sculpture or artwork which is not to your taste, perhaps a donation of this asset would be a good use of its value. Charitable Trust - Charitable trusts can provide income for your life while providing a donation to the charity of your choice. There are a number of dierent kinds of these vehicles. Charitable trusts allow you to transfer assets to the next generation at a reduced cost. Charitable gift annuities allow you to make contributions while retaining a ďŹ xed annual income. A charitable remainder trust is a great way to provide for your family and its needs now and for the church in the future. The trust can be used with highly appreciated assets that may not generate a lot of income. Very often the income can be signiďŹ cantly increased while avoiding capital gains and still remain entitled to a total deduction on the rate of return in the trust. We will talk more about charitable trusts and how they can be easily structured later. This is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal, tax or ďŹ nancial advice. You should consult with your legal and tax advisors when considering charitable gifts. May the spirit of sharing be with you during this joyous holiday season.


The Art of Pilgrimage First Unity Church – Power of Peru tour – August 7 – 17, 2008 (optional five-day extension to Lake Titicaca)

“Pilgrimage is an art which brings peace to the soul. Pilgrims are bearers of love, which they carry to special places of the Earth. By holding a joyful consciousness of this love and of the beauty of these places, pilgrims encourage the natural energies of the earth to flow harmoniously. Pilgrims are guided by a wisdom based on both intuition and an understanding of the energy routes and sacred places of power in the world. The gifts of love, hope and joy are inestimable. They have the power to be a friend with the earth, with the divine and with all levels of life.” -Peter Dawkins

Explore the mysteries - discover yourself with First Unity minister and shaman Temple Hayes and tour guide Jorge Luis Delgado. Peru is a place that calls to the heart of those who are ready for a spiritual awakening. It is said that a journey to Peru is a journey to find yourself. This small group tour for First Unity will focus on the inner power within each person as we spend time at ancient temples, sacred sites and the crystal city in the clouds, Machu Picchu. Travel and share the journey with Rev. Temple and other like-minded people on a personal and spiritual quest in this church travel experience. Tour organizer Gayle Lawrence, Rev. Temple Hayes and Jorge Luis Delgado, Peruvian shaman and guide will share ceremonies, group experience and healing work during this journey. In this mystical land, deep inner knowledge awakens as you are surrounded by the soft beautiful energy of the Apus, spirits of

hear the voices of the ancient ones in the wind. This 10-day program from August 7 to 17 costs $2,540 per person (based on a group of 30 travelers) including domestic airfare in Peru. Single room supplement: $540. Price includes: t Services of Jorge Luis Delgado, author & spiritual guide, and private ceremonies. t 8 nights accommodation at 3 and 4 star hotels, double occupancy t Day room at Miraflores hotel Lima t Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 7 dinners t Domestic flight from Lima to Cuzco t All transfers airport / hotel t Train to Machu Picchu t 2 days entrance fees and bus tickets to Machu Picchu t Entrance fees to all other archeological / sacred sites t Private bus land portion of the tour t Private despacho ceremony with Quero Elders Does not include international airfare (group airfare can be arranged), meals not specified in itinerary, personal expenses, laundry, phone calls, alcohol beverages etc., tips and extras, airport departure taxes or travel insurance.

the Andes mountains, valleys, rivers, ancient energetic sites, and the gentle hearts of the Peruvian people. This beautiful land is steeped in magic and mystery, and in Machu Picchu you can

For more information about this church travel adventure to Peru with Rev. Temple Hayes, please visit or call Gayle at 785-5563. A deposit is required to reserve your space. We’ll see you in Peru!


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Ongoing Groups


A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Meets at 10 am every Wednesday. A modern-day expression of the demonstrations and teachings of our beloved brother Jesus. This study group reads and discusses the book, which invites us to open to a richer, deeper experience of one’s spiritual nature. The course focuses on forgiveness (letting go of thoughts and pictures in our minds that cause us to suffer) as the path to happiness, love and joy. Suggested Love Offering is $5 per class. Rm #300. First Unity Choir. Join us in making a joyful noise! We rehearse Thursdays at 7 pm, and sing at Sunday services once a month. Contact choir Director Garry Miller at 527-2222 x108 or choir@ for more information. Friendship Hall/Sanctuary. Darshan/Meditation/Science of Spirituality. Meets at 1:30 pm on the 1st through 4th Sundays. Rm #300. Kiwanis of First Unity. If you have an interest in becoming involved with your community and giving your time to help the lives of children, please attend one of these heartfelt meetings. Kiwanis is dedicated to changing the lives of children, one child at a time. For more information and meeting times, please contact Kathi Timothy at 771-5059.

The following groups meet regularly at First Unity Church. Newcomers are always welcome.

Get Plugged In! Party. All are welcome to join us every 1st Friday at 6:45 pm for fun and community as we learn more about the opportunities available for becoming more involved at First Unity. Become a P.I.P. (Plugged in Person)! Friendship Hall. Ladies Auxiliary. Share lunch, fellowship and ideas at 11 am every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Everyone is welcome. Various guest speakers present monthly. Rm #301. Nonviolent Communication (NVC). This group is a forum to practice reframing how we express ourselves and how we hear others, participating in an honest dialogue where everybody’s feelings and needs can be identified and met. Meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 to 9 pm. As a practice group for individuals who have read or are reading the book Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg, our goal is to resolve conflicts by focusing our consciousness on what we are observing, feeling, needing and requesting. For more information, contact Mark Thielmann, 735-5811. Rm #200.* Sober Spirits. This Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 7:30 pm every Wednesday in Rm #200.* No smoking, please. * non-handicapped accessible

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Our mission: To encourage awareness of Spirit within and inspire a way of life that brings love, freedom, peace and joy.

Sunday Schedule

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Services ......................................... 9 and 11 am “Upper Room� Meditation ................. 10:15 am

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Nursery through age 2 ................... 9 and 11 am Connections to Creation, all ages .............. 9 am Sunday School, ages 3 -10 ....................... 11 am Uniteens, ages 11-13 ............................... 11 am Youth of Unity, ages 14-19 ...................... 11 am

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Wednesday Services

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Silent Unity Prayer Service ............... 12:10 pm

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Prayer & Healing Service .....................6:30 pm

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Church Information

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OďŹƒce Hours ..... Mon — Thurs, 9 am — 5 pm Website ....................................... Phone ......................................(727) 527-2222 FAX ........................................(727) 526-1277 Recorded Prayer .......................(727) 525-1757

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Hours ............. Mon — Sat, 10 am — 9:30 pm


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Unity Chaplains Daybree Thoms ................... chaplain@ďŹ

Licensed Unity Teachers Linda Carney Lynn Colt Nancy Joy Hudnall Gloria Paul

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LOOKING FOR SPIRITUAL COUNSELING? Visit us at 'JSTU6OJUZPSH and click on “Prayer & Care� for direct links to our counseling team. The editorial staff has made every effort to ensure that the information in this newsletter is correct; however we reserve the right to make changes to times, locations and teachers should the need arise. Please check our website regularly for updates about upcoming events or classes, and visit our home page to sign up to receive important emails about all of the exciting things happening here at First Unity Church.


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Please visit or call 727-522-6657 for information, fees, and details of all Wings classes and events. Wings…More than a Bookstore, located at 4500 4th Street North in St. Petersburg. Hours: Monday–Saturday,10 am–9:30 pm, Sundays until 6 pm. Coffee bar opens at 8 am.

What’s Happening at Wings Core Health series with Dr. Ed Carlson

January 13–February 24

Body Detective I Course with Dr. Patrick Price

January 11–13

Evolutionary Astrology with Imsara

January 5 & 19, February 2 & 16, March 1, 15 & 29

Book signing with Michele O’Donnell

January 19

Relationship series with David Essel

January 25, February 22

Deeksha Oneness blessing with Dr. Michael Milner

Every Wednesday

Lecture & book signing with Deborah Day Poore

February 10

Oceans of Gratitude cruise

February 16–24 *Wings will be closed January 1 - 3 for inventory.

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