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Nov/Dec 2008 Volume #8, Issue #6


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

October 26–November 23 W’ H pg 6

Holiday Services at First Unity

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Follow Your Dream with Vy Higginsen

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Buddy Helm's Healing Drumming


From Your Board of Trustees November is an especially exciting time here at First Unity. November is the month we hold our annual Town Hall meeting where you will have an opportunity to meet with Rev. Temple and the Board of Trustees to discuss all the exciting things happening at your church home in 2008 and beyond.

Jim Swayne President, Board of Trustees

In addition, the board will provide a comprehensive look at the church financials for 2008 and our forecasts for 2009. Finally and most importantly, this is your opportunity to vote for three new members to serve three-year terms on our Board of Trustees. We have a talented and committed group of nominees who are asking for your support, so that they can serve you.

The Board of Trustees works for you and depends on you. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 16 at 12:30 pm in the Sanctuary. As a final note, it has been my great privilege to serve as your Board president in 2008. First Unity is my spiritual home, and you are my spiritual family. I am eternally grateful for the friendship and fellowship we have shared. In Friendship, Love, & Unity, Jim Swayne

F U C R  E S “Thank You, God, for Your unlimited abundance, which flows through Unity and creates new paths of growth for our service to the world.” Each month First Unity Church tithes to: Association of Unity Churches, Association of Unity Churches Living Curriculum, Silent Unity and Southeast Unity Ministries.

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Living the Greater Life How appropriate that we are creating a series right after Spirit Expressing to carry us into the Thanksgiving/Holy-day season. So many of you through the years have asked, ”Why stop here? Let’s go further.” It seems to me when we move into the Holycreated an energy that declared, "This church day season, we seem more inclined than ever to reflects where I live…this is where my soul share our good with our fellow human beings, calls home….I want to place a value on this." I our communities and our spiritual homes. We started asking the leaders of my church, "What are fortunate in this human body that at times can I do for you? Where do you need my talent, our good can be immediately measured, such as my time and my treasures?" the attitude that we carry with us on Christmas David Owen Ritz, creator of Keys to the Day….stopping for a stranger, giving money to Kingdom said, “Giving to our church home the homeless, or sharing more abundance with is a statement of the priority we place on our our spiritual sources. Often we say, "Wow, if spiritual growth.” people could just There is be this way all year an old axiom “In your spiritual quest you are seeking long!" The Holywhich says, days often feel “When the to establish yourself a unitive relationship like the mantra at student is with the divine flow. You can never really ready, Disneyland, “The the happiest place on teacher will achieve this level of consciousness until earth.” A simple appear.” Most spiritual gesture of a giving becomes the main thrust of your life." people see this smile has immediate as two separate – Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics results, for the individuals, energy of the smile and it certainly brings a welcomed smile in return. The Law of can be. However, think of it as you, the same Reciprocity is always working in our lives. person. Spirituality is so amazing when the We are ever-evolving at First Unity Campus teacher within you and me appears and we start ,representing a thriving group of amazing to live the life as leaders and role models. We people and talents within our church home evolve beyond the theories and into the “proof and our organization. Our church reminds me is in the pudding.” often of my church in Fort Lauderdale where So for those of you that have been asking, I attended actively as a ministerial student. For "Rev. Temple, what can I do for First Unity?" the first couple of years, it was evident that I my answer would be for you to be part of our was looking from the paradigm of “What’s in five-week series "Living the Greater Life, Faith this for me? How can I heal, how can I change, in Action" beginning October 26 and ending will the chaplains be available to me, will the with guest speaker Mary Manin Morrissey on minister be here for me?"…all part of a quest November 23. as a spiritual seeker. However, the day came This series and all the activities which will go when a shift needed to occur within me, which with it are designed to change all of our lives,

Rev. Temple Hayes

"...the day came when a shift needed to occur within me, which created an energy that declared, 'This church reflects where I live…this is where my soul calls home….I want to place a value on this.' I started asking the leaders of my church, 'What can I do for you? Where do you need my talent, my time and my treasures?'"

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including the abundant life of our Unity Campus. Life is forever evolving, and we as Unity students want to exemplify to all of humanity the Christ within us being born over and over again, realizing our Divine magnificence. Thank you, God, for the most amazing church, bookstore and

community which not only teaches the practices of selfempowerment, greater sense of actualization, a life of abundant living...yet also reflects this in everything we say, live and do. Loving Life, Rev. Temple Hayes

L T G L A Five-Week, Life-Changing Program

G- October 26 — “Look for the Good” R- November 2 — “Relationship with the Infinite” E- November 9 — “Energy & Health” A- November 16 — “Acceptance of Yourself & Others” T- November 23 — “Your Greatest Treasure” Rev. Russell Heliand from North Carolina joins us as our guest speaker on November 2. And we welcome Mary Manin Morrissey as she visits us Sunday, November 23. As we end our five-week series, join us for a “Progressive” Potluck lunch on Sunday, November 23 at 12:30. More details will be in the November calendar in your Sunday bulletin.

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4 Secrets to an Authentic Life A dynamic Unity speaker and minister, Rev. Robin Reiter uses her gifts for storytelling and her signature flair for the dramatic to create powerful and transformative messages. Robin is an author and founder of Sacred Abundance Ministries. She is dedicated to transforming the planet, one heart at a time. Robin will present the message at both services Sunday, November 30, and that afternoon at 1:30 pm she will present “4 Secrets to an Authentic Life,” where you will find out how to: t Learn your particular style of communication. t Stop struggling with yourself and others. t Learn how to get your needs met and meet the needs of others in a healthy, productive way. t Transform your relationships. t Dramatically reduce the amount of stress in your life. t Relate to the world in a whole new way. t Stop sleep-walking through your life.

Rev. Robin Reiter

A “value-based” offering will be taken. For more information, go to

Happening at

Living Beyond Disease

An Experiential Introduction to Energy Psychology Energy psychology is one of the most promising and most controversial developments of the past decade in the psychology and personal growth areas. On Monday, December 15 from 7-10 pm you can learn from one of the field's pioneers why both are true, and experience enough about the method that you can judge for yourself. David Feinstein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist, has written three awardwinning books (including the U.S. Book News' 2007 Book of the Year, Psychology/Mental Health category) on the topic of energy psychology.

Open Mic Night Come join us for an evening of pure, creative talent every third Thursday of the month, hosted by Karmene at Wings Bookstore. The show starts at 7 pm; come early to sign up and get a seat! Whether you choose to share your talent or just sit back, relax and sip on a cup of your favorite beverage, we'd love to have you join us.


Michele O'Donnell New Thought Truth Principles Every Sunday at 9 am on 1250 am

Meet Michele O'Donnell in person at First Unity on Sunday, January 25, 2009!

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Holiday Services 2008 T D S — T, N. ,   Bring your family and start Thanksgiving Day with a celebration service, highlighted with music by Devotion and a message by Rev. Temple Hayes. You’ll leave with a grateful heart, counting your many blessings! Child care will be provided. A potluck lunch will follow. (Sign-up in Friendship Hall November 9-23 if you'd like to attend the potluck.)

"A B N C" H M D —F, D. ,   Join us for an inspiring theatrical production by First Unity’s Drama Ministry, starring Kate Griffin, Xander Norman, and Miguel Serio. This drama follows a busy family as they prepare to attend the dress rehearsal of their church’s annual Christmas pageant. They are running late, but they still have to stop at Grandma’s house to adjust her Christmas tree (which is falling into the aquarium), pick up costumes at the cleaners (due to a mishap with a bowl of eggnog), run an errand at the mall and get dinner somewhere, fast! Lost in the scurry is the joy and the reason for the season. In the end, it all comes together, after a series of humorous mini-disasters threaten to spoil everyone’s day. If you find that

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your holiday season tends to be filled with anything but “heavenly peace,” you’ll love this hilarious dramatic presentation! Highlights of this musical program include the singing of beloved carols, the reading of the Christmas story from the Bible, and music by First Unity Choir, soloists and the Unitones Band. This is one of the most popular services of the entire year, so make plans now to be there and bring your friends and family. Come early to get a good seat! Child care will be provided, and a love offering will be taken. This event is the Creative Arts Ministry’s largest fundraiser of the year, with all proceeds benefiting First Unity. After the program, enjoy desserts and holiday cheer at our annual Dessert Social in the Friendship Hall. This is a great time to connect with loved ones and make new friends, while enjoying yummy holiday treats. Look for more details in the December calendar in your Sunday bulletin.

C’ C  C —S, D. ,     During the Sunday services, our children will present a humourous skit about the true meaning of Christmas. The service will also feature music, a meditation and a message of holiday inspiration by Rev. Temple.

C E  —W, D. ,   Join Rev. Temple Hayes, lead chaplain Daybree Thoms, and musicians Mindy Simmons and Al Koehn as we celebrate

the ancient tradition of Advent. At this candle-lighting service, we honor the mystical experience by which the Son of God, the Christ ideal, is born in the manger of the human heart and can be born in each of us. Come early to get a good seat at this favorite service. Child care will be provided and a love offering will be taken.

B B — S, D. ,     As we stand on the threshold of a new year, we accept the opportunity to create ourselves anew. We let go of worn-out conditions, beliefs, relationships and mistakes of the past as we embrace the gift of a fresh start. Join us for this unique and special ceremony, which includes affirmations and meditation, inspiring words by Rev. Temple Hayes, music by Garry Miller, and the tradition of writing a Letter to God.

“A B N D” — S, J. , ,     Start your New Year the best way — with Rev. Temple Hayes, First Unity’s Music Ministry and with your church family!


Musical Guests Devotion They have become like family here at First Unity, and we get to spend an exciting week enjoying Devotion’s music this fall. Devotion is a dynamic vocal duo from Colorado, whose rich harmonies are second to none. Their songs include pop, rhythm & blues and inspirational music. Devotion's mission is to contribute to "an increasing global movement of beings desiring to be in touch with a Divine source of miracles and hope." Devotion will provide music for: t A vocal master class for First Unity Choir on Saturday, November 22 t Sunday services, November 23, 9 & 11 am t Prayer & Healing service on Wednesday, November 26 at 6:30 pm, followed by a concert of Devotion’s music. A love offering will be taken.

Lori & Robert, Devotion

t Thanksgiving Day service, Thursday, November 27 at 10 am

Follow Your Dream Our guest speaker on Sunday, December 14 will be Vy Higginsen, an interfaith minister who is also a noted author, playwright, magazine publisher, and radio and TV personality. She has won many awards for providing excellent products and services to African-American audiences.

Vy Higginsen

Knoelle Higginsen Wydro

Vy will present the message "Follow Your Dream" at the 9 & 11 am Sunday services. Her afternoon workshop, "We Have Not Because We Ask Not," will teach attendees to connect their thoughts with their dreams. The workshop will be in the Sanctuary, 1:30–4:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Wings Bookstore or online at Vy spent a decade behind the microphone at major New York radio stations, and she founded Vy Higginsen's School for Gospel, Jazz and R&B Arts, which trains talented singers, musicians, and arrangers. In 1983, Vy co-wrote, produced and directed the classic black Gospel musical, Mama, I Want To Sing. This show ran for eight years with 2,200 Off-Broadway performances; a two-year national tour of the US; and several national tours. It is known as the longest running black

Off-Broadway show in history. Vy Higgensen's daughter, Knoelle Higginsen Wydro, will be our guest musician at the Sunday services and the workshop. Knoelle has performed at theaters in the US, Japan, and Europe, thrilling audiences with a powerhouse voice that belies her age. Knoelle is Associate Music Coordinator at The Mama Foundation for the Arts in Harlem, where she teaches theater, music and provides vocal instruction for young aspiring singers. She is currently working on material for her first CD. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Vy in person prior to her appearance on Sunday. She will be making an appearance at Wings Bookstore on Saturday, December 13 at 4 pm. She will be signing books and CDs and sharing an inspirational story or song (or two!)


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! T  S T G " We invite you to join us in sharing your gifts and talents during the holidays in helping others.

There are a lot of ways this season you can make a difference and touch other people’s lives. Here is how…

T As in the past, First Unity Church will provide Thanksgiving dinners to 25 families in the community. You are invited to participate in this wonderful experience in gratitude. There are several ways to help… t Make a $30 donation. Through the SHARE program we are able to provide a complete dinner for one family. Make cash or check donation in Friendship Hall, payable to First Unity Church, and specify that it is for a “Thanksgiving Dinner.” t Identify a family who would be blessed by a gift of a Thanksgiving Dinner. Sign them up at the Information Station in Friendship Hall. t Donate canned goods or other non-perishable food items on Sundays from November 2-16 in Friendship Hall. t Sign up to volunteer to assemble and deliver dinners on Saturday, November 22 from 10 am-1pm. If you would like more information about this outreach project, contact Barbara Braga at 735-2214.

T A G T Our angel tree will be in the lobby from November 30 – December 14 with angels displayed on it. The Giving Tree program provides gifts to families and children at Christmas, so they know someone out there cares. We invite you to pick one or two angels on the tree, shop

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for a gift (no gift is too small), and deliver it to the church by December 14. This program supports agencies like CASA, Coordinated Child Care, Foster Parents Association, and Operation PAR. If you are interested in volunteering to support this outreach project contact Helen Harvey at 527-2222 x110.

H S/E Get involved by participating in the holiday cheer! t Christmas Decorating Team. We are looking for people who like to have fun and decorate. We will be decorating our beautiful church for the holidays on Thursday, December 4 at 10 am. If you would like to join us contact Dianna Collins at 527-2222 x107. t Christmas Musical Program on December 12 ¸ Ushers/Greeters ¸ Information Station ¸ Dessert Social Volunteers (setup and breakdown) ¸ Bake & donate your favorite dessert and bring it to the Dessert Social to share with everyone; sign up at Information Station. You can make a difference this holiday season in any of the above ways. Just stop by Information Station located in Friendship Hall and sign up or contact Dianna Collins for more information at 527-2222 x107,

Expand mind, body and spirit! Our Spiritual Education Program offers various ongoing classes, workshops and support groups.

THE JOURNEY WITHIN: Embracing the Gifts of God

Akashic Records I Facilitator: Gabrielle Orr Saturday, November 1, 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, November 2, 1 to 4:30 pm Location: Rm #301 This two-day intensive class is offered to enable you to access your own Akashic Records. You will acquire tools that will forever be a source of profoundly illuminating growth, insight, guidance, and how to contact ancestors and loved ones. Also, you will learn how to retrieve information regarding any given event in the past, present or possible future, including tracking patterns. As you learn how to ground yourself and open your heart you will gain insight regarding familiar and unfamiliar subject…..and so much more. Suggested love offering for this workshop is $250. Gabrielle Orr is a licensed healer in massage therapy, shiatsu and Reiki. She has been communicating with the Akashic Records throughout her life in various ways. She is a certified Akashic Record Consultant since 2002 and gives readings internationally.

Drawing I: Awakening Your Artistic Creativity Facilitator: Karmene Lusis Mondays, November 3 – December 8, 10 am to noon Location: Rm #301 Come and explore your creative side and open up to the unlimited possibilities with the art of drawing. Drawing offers many benefits such as increasing clarity and focus, deepening your sacred connection with Source and creating a greater sense of peace. Suggested love offering, $65 for six classes or $12 per class.

Registration is easy! Visit us online at, call us at 527-2222 x101 or sign up in Friendship Hall.

Karmene Lusis, a working artist, brings to us her gift for spiritual connection and evolving consciousness in our community as she guides you to connect heart to heart and soul to soul. No experience necessary.

Sacred Movement and Meditation Facilitator: Karmene Lusis Wednesdays, November 5 – December 10, 7:15 to 8:30 pm Location: Rm #401 Explore the powerful journey of Sacred Movement and Meditation as we join together weekly in a safe, gentle and relaxed environment that allows us to nurture ourselves by coming into spiritual alignment and balance. As we move into this experience we can feel harmony, peace and well-being throughout our body, mind and spirit. Wear comfortable clothing. Suggested love offering, $10 per class. Karmene Lusis is a spiritual counselor/teacher, workshop/class facilitator, speaker, writer, dance instructor, and Reiki Master. She offers her gifts in a safe environment to help transform lives as we connect together and with Spirit.

We are the Light Facilitator: Rev. Virginia Martin Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10, 3 to 4:30 pm Location: Rm #301 In preparation for the celebration of our renewal of Christ consciousness, this experiential class is focusing on Light. We will study what Light is, how it works and its therapeutic continued on next page... SPIRITUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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T In Gratitude

“To everything there is season, and a time for every purpose under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 I feel deep appreciation and gratitude during this holiday season and every day. How wonderful it is to live in a world full of possibilities and opportunities! How great it is to live in a country of diversity, where we can make choices for our own personal freedom. How fabulous is it to be part of a community here at First Unity that is growing and expanding, loving and accepting of each of us, right where we are in this moment. I am grateful for the teachers who show up and are willing, committed and excited to share their wisdom and knowledge and to support and encourage each of us as we walk our paths in consciousness. How grateful I am for all the students who feel and respond to the urging of their spirits to come to class where they are

open to receive and to give of their own unique energy to infuse and create a class synergy. Imagine such a place! It is right here for you. Whatever you are seeking – truth, creativity, prosperity, health, new friendships, stronger relationships, loving connections, how to connect with God in a deeper way, meditation and prayer, new ideas, letting go what doesn’t serve you, dreams and desires, a safe place to be you. Tune in to your heart's desire. You are invited to join any of the multitude of classes we offer. We are thrilled to welcome you and share your precious time as we learn and expand together.

Rev. Helen Hornaday, Spiritual Education Director

Namaste, Rev. Helen Hornaday

manifestations. As this Light came into the world, we know that we are Light Beings. We will prepare ourselves to receive a new and powerful influx of Light and learn to see it, use it and offer it for healing ourselves and others. Suggested love offering, $10 per class. Recommended book, Love without End by Glenda Green. Rev. Virginia Martin became interested in healing and wholeness during her ministry. She has studied Spirit, the Word and Light extensively. For the past five years she has offered a therapy program based on Light, sound and motion and discovered we are truly Light Beings.

of wisdom, optimism and wellness. We will learn ways of listening for the Wisdom Whisper from the heart and points to the allembracing mystic path that enlightens and enlivens scripture from all traditions. Suggested love offering $125. Jeff Belyea is an artist and writer with a PhD in communications, a certified wellness coach, hypnotherapist and meditation teacher. He is an award-winning author of the book Taming the Lions of Fear and Doubt. He presents Living @Wow seminars all over the country to corporate clients, churches and wellness centers.

Living @ WOW

Introduction and Preview to Ten Years Younger

Facilitator: Jeff Belyea Saturday, November 8, 9 am to 4 pm Location: Friendship Hall

Facilitator: Dr. Steven Masley Tuesday, November 11, 7 to 9 pm Location: Sanctuary

Take an inner journey with an enlightened guide and learn how to live at WOW. This workshop offers specific techniques for tapping into intuition as well as attaining and maintaining a renewed sense

You are invited to an evening with Dr. Steven Masley, congregant of First Unity and author of Ten Years Younger, as he previews and shares what the Ten Years Younger Program is all about. This program is being offered starting in January for 10 weeks. There will


be a time for questions. The Ten Years Younger Program has been designed and proven to enhance markers of aging through adding health food, enhancing fitness, and better stress management. By following this program for 10 weeks, average results show loss in fat mass, gains in strength and aerobic capacity, improved cholesterol profile, and sharper mental performance. Dr. Mehmet Oz, seen on Oprah, says on the cover of Dr. Masley’s book, “Follow this simple 10-week plan and you’ll find yourself getting younger, day by day.” Steven Masley, M.D. is a board and fellowship certified physician, nutritionist, longevity researcher and award-winning patient educator. He is president at Dr. Masley’s Optimal Health Center. His passion is empowering people to achieve optimal health through comprehensive medical assessments and lifestyle changes.

Enneagram Facilitator: Peter Thibado Thursdays, November 13 and 20, 6:30 to 9:30 pm Location: Rm #301 This class is an introduction to the Enneagram as a spiritual path of self-understanding. The Enneagram informs us of the way in which we see ourselves and how others see us as our personality. The knowledge of this gives us an opportunity to drop old habits and judgments of ourselves and others to live a more free existence in harmony with our loved ones and our environment. A love offering will be taken. Recommended book as class text: Wisdom of Enneagram by Riso and Hudson. Peter Thibado served as a trustee on the board of Unity Church of Citrus County with Rev. Lauri Gist and taught this introduction to the Enneagram for board training as well as for the Suncoast Unity Ministers Association. Peter is in the certification process with Riso and Hudson at He has been teaching and using the Enneagram in men's group settings for about eight years. Peter is a master of the art of TaeKwonDo and has been teaching for more than 30 years and is a self-employed state certified building contractor.

Required materials are supplied. Pencil, pen, marker, tempera, watercolor, finger paint, as well as torn and cut paper collage and print making are explored at an individual, partner, and group level. Suggested love offering, $40. Charlotte Palmer, a seasoned teacher/learner, is a certified Brain Gym® Instructor who loves to share integrated movements that produce focused attention, relaxed well-being, and whole-brain thinking. Through noticing, goal-setting, and playful movements, she guides participants into a zone of satisfaction with their creative problem-solving consciousness expansion.

Winter Solstice Facilitator: Barbara Bertucci & Kathi Wahls Sunday, December 21, 6 pm Location: Courtyard The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year and the day when the sun is the weakest. It is the turning point where the sun stops descending on the horizon and begins to ascend marking the end of the solar calendar and the beginning of a new one. Symbolically speaking, this is a time of rebirth. Come celebrate a wonderful ritual with us around a fire and under the stars. Bring your lawn chair, rattles or drum and dress comfortably as we gather in the courtyard at 6 pm. The ceremony starts at 6:15 pm. Please plan to attend regardless of weather conditions; we will move inside if raining. Barbara Bertucci has been a student of Shamanic practices for seven years. She has a passion for all living creatures and for Mother Earth and Father Sun. Come share in the celebration!

Double Doodle Play

Many classes require pre-registration, so we have made it easy for you!

Facilitator: Charlotte Palmer Saturday, November 15, 1 to 4pm Location: Rm #300

SIGN UP online at, in Friendship Hall or call 527-2222 x 101

Double Doodle Play provides an introduction to Brain Gym® through two-handed exploratory art activities that introduce participants to how their brain/body connection works to increase their competence and confidence. Activities address eyehand coordination, peripheral vision, shifting perceptions, and experimentation with line, shape, color contrasts, and pattern.

Payment for classes can be made in advance at the church or at the door. Cash, check and credit cards accepted. *DATES and LOCATIONS of classes may occasionally change. Please call Wings Bookstore at 522-6657 or visit for up-to-date information. SPIRITUAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

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Ongoing Classes Belly Dance Facilitator: Susan Rodriguez Mondays, 5:45 to 6:45 pm 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 11 am to noon Location: Rm #401 Enhance your mind-body-spirit connection with the ancient art of belly dance. Through isolated movements of the hips, arms, and torso, you will express the mesmerizing rhythms and enchanting melodies of authentic Middle Eastern music, both classical and pop. Yes, you can express your spirit, dance your heart out, and provide your body a healthy workout all at the same time! Learn the basic movements and put them together in short choreographies for a fun and invigorating workout every week! No previous dance experienced required. Recommended attire is leggings, a midriff or form-fitting top, bare feet or dance shoes, and a hip scarf, just for fun! $12 per class or purchase a package: five-class card for $50 or 10-class card for $90. Please see or call (813) 352-4882 for more information and important updates.

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 requested $20 per person (no one will be turned away.) Call Wings at 522-6657 for more information.

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 hands-on 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

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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 in the bookstore.)

Nonviolent Communication Facilitator: Mark Thielmann 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 to 9 pm Location: Rm #200 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. 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.

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 our 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 is 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.

Yoga Facilitator: Aria Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:45 pm Location: Rm #401 Are you looking for a workout program that’s easy to learn, requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body? If strengthening your cardiovascular system, toning and stretching your muscles, and improving your mental fitness are on your to-do list, then this ongoing yoga class is for you! Bring a mat and enjoy the benefits yoga brings to mind, body and spirit. Suggested love offering $10 per class.


'Twas the Month before Christmas...

t's true that the days are at their shortest, and a long winter's nap could happen, but here we are in Florida, celebrating with confidence that the moon will not display the beauty of a new fallen-snow this holiday season. And with the appreciation and gratitude of our balmy winters, Christmas at Wings cannot be confined to indoors this year. Meet us on the deck just outside the coffee bar, where fun, music, fellowship, and treats will be abundant, beginning Sunday, November 23. Watch for seasonal selections from the team in our Wings Coffee Bar—they're sure to delight us with drinks that reflect the taste temptations of the season...think pumpkin, or peppermint, or cinnamon...Sugar plums dancing in your head? New gift ideas are arriving each day. Be sure to stop in and bring your list. If you listen closely, you might hear the prancing and pawing of little hooves...that would be the residents of our new animal puppet department. Bring in the little ones to fully enjoy this experience! Wings will be open seven days a week for your holiday shopping and sipping pleasure. The coffee bar is open to serve you at 8 am, and the retail angels arrive at 10 am. We close at 9:30 pm on weekdays and at 6 pm on weekends. Your purchases will be cheerfully gift-wrapped by certified bookstore angels at no charge, beginning on Sunday, December 7.

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The store will be closed for inventory Dec 31 - Jan 3

You'll always find the perfect gift at Wings. And that gift is a gift to First Unity when you shop at our store!

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Your CommUniteam in Action A very big thank you to the First Unity community and to others in our neighborhood for your support of our outreach programs. With your generous support, CommUniteam was able to donate more than $8,000 to Help A Child, Inc. to help abused children in our community.

At the time of this writing we are beginning our homeless outreach program. There are many thousands of homeless people in Pinellas County, and the numbers of homeless are increasing. With so many foreclosures, many families are becoming homeless. They include children under 16 years of age. The homeless population also consists of veterans or mentally ill or substance abuse individuals. The agencies we are helping are ASAP Homeless Services and Westchase/Turning Point. ASAP provides many services including: walk-in help, emergency shelter, temporary and transitional shelter. Westchase/Turning Point provides emergency shelter for single men with substance abuse problems. CommUniteam is also planning an early morning feed for homeless day laborers who usually cannot eat before beginning work.

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size items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant [lite or scent free] razors, feminine hygiene products, hairbrushes, combs, and ponytail holders. Cash and checks are also welcome. The deadline for providing donated goods is early November. CommUniteam will then assist during our regular Thanksgiving outreach to provide Thanksgiving dinners to those in need.

COMMUNITEAM IS GROWING! We have grown in size from 3 volunteers to 27, and we can utilize many more volunteers to reach out and help others in the community and the world. Please watch your Sunday bulletins and listen for announcements regarding our next outreach project, which will focus on helping the elderly/special needs people in our community. The easiest way to get involved is to attend one of our regular meetings, which are the second Monday of each month from 6 to 7 pm in the Conference room. We hope to see you there!

Friday, November 14, 7 to 9 pm Experience healing deep trance with no stress with world class drummer, teacher, author, motivational coach, drum therapist and martial arts drumming instructor, Buddy Helm. He started in Santa Monica, California, at Seasons twenty years ago and continues to teach familiar rhythms that are ancient healing and manifesting tools. His drumming, singing and story-telling connects to Universal rhythmic power! Share the Groove! Russell Buddy Helm is classically trained since the age of eight. He has recorded, toured and played with many great musicians: Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, the Allman Brothers, Bethlehem Asylum, Wolfman Jack, Baba Olatungi, Mike Bloomfield, Ray Manzarek(The Doors), Big Joe Turner, Ron Howard, Billy Burnett, and many others. He wrote the Star Wars comic strips for George Lucas, and was post-production supervisor for LorimarTelepictures in Los Angeles. His videos and artwork have been in the National Festival of the Arts. Helmtone Drum Protocols is a unique form of drumming meditation that enhances the quality of life-releasing stress and trauma.

Rhythmically create the world we want.

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Ongoing Groups

The following groups meet regularly at First Unity Campus. Newcomers are always welcome! Darshan/Meditation/Science of Spirituality. Meets at 1:30 pm on the 1st through 4th Sundays. Rm #300.

A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Offered both morning and evenings, this group meets at 10 am on Wednesdays, or at 7 pm on Thursdays. ACIM is 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 our 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.

Debtors Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from compulsive debting. They meet every Friday at noon in Rm #301. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt. For more information, call (727) 954-6762. No smoking or fragrances, please.

Al-Anon. This always-open meeting happens every Thursday from 7 to 9 pm. Rm #205.

First Unity Choir. Join us in making a joyful noise! We rehearse Thursdays 7 - 9:15 pm and sing at Sunday services once a month. Contact Choir Director Garry Miller at 527-2222 x108 or for more information. Friendship Hall/Sanctuary.

CommUniteam. Want to help others in our church family, community and the world? Join the CommUniteam! Find a way to get involved in outreach at First Unity; we meet every second Monday from 6 to 7 pm in the Conference room.


Ladies Auxiliary. Share lunch, fellowship and ideas at 11 am every 2nd and 4th Friday of the

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month. Everyone is welcome. Various guest speakers present monthly. Rm #300. The Next Generation of First Unity (NGU). 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 pm in Rm #301. Sober Spirits. This Alcoholics Anonymous group meets at 7:30 pm every Wednesday in Rm #200, and 10 am every Thursday in Rm #300.* No smoking, please. * non-handicapped accessible Email or call 527-2222 x103 to place your ad.


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Chaplain Corner The First Unity Chaplain program is celebrating its 5th anniversary! Yes, the first dedication of 19 Chaplains occurred on December 7, 2003. We have grown to a group of more than 30 active and emeritus Chaplains, and have grown in consciousness as our church congregation has continued to shift and move and grow and stretch their wings. On Sunday, December 7, we will hold a Chaplain orientation for those individuals who are feeling the call to step forward into this spiritual path and become a Chaplain in 2009. We will hold two orientations, and you need only attend one. December 7 or December 21, 12:45 to 1:45 pm in the Sanctuary. These sessions will describe in detail the one-year commitment which each Chaplain makes, the training session schedule, and the expectations of what being a Prayer Chaplain can mean to you. You will find Chaplain tables in Friendship Hall at various times prior to both orientation dates, with sign-up sheets and further information. Attending an orientation session does not obligate you to move forward with the program, but it is the first step toward that possible outcome. I look forward with excitement and delicious anticipation, knowing that those who respond to this inner calling are in the right place at the right time to make this leap of faith. I can promise you a deepening of your faith, an unfoldment of your divinity at a greater level, and a connection with others that are

Chaplain Orientation December 7 or December 21 12:45 to 1:45 pm there to love and support you on your personal, spiritual path. Being a First Unity Chaplain is an inner journey of discovery and growth. Are you ready for the bliss that awaits you? If you have been a member of First Unity Church for at least one year, take this to prayer and see if your heart is saying, “Yes!” In Love and Light, Daybree Thoms, Chaplain Coordinator

J R. T H  F U C    A D. M L K, JR. L B.

Monday, January 19, 2009 at 7:30 am St. Petersburg Coliseum | 535 4th Avenue North

Call the church at 527-2222 x107 for more information. Tickets are $25 and go on sale Sunday, December 7 in Friendship Hall. CHAPLAIN CORNER

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Barbara Bertucci, 727-360-9697 Linda Morris, 727-345-2722 OR

Weddings at First Unity Explore the beauty of the Unity Campus to create an extraordinary wedding! We provide a spiritual, non-denominational environment for weddings at an affordable price. Whether it is a large wedding or a more intimate group, we look forward to helping you create a memorable day. Contact wedding coordinator, Wendy Armstrong at 235-3770 for a free consultation and tour today!

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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.

S S

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Services ......................................... 9 and 11 am “Upper Room” Meditation ................. 10:30 am

Rev. Temple Hayes, Minister, x 106

Y E

Connie Barrett, Office Assistant, x 100

Nursery through age 2 ................... 9 and 11 am Sunday School, ages 3 -10 ....................... 11 am Uniteens, ages 11-13 ............................... 11 am

Ami Bowen, Communications and Design, x 103

W S

Steve Krugler, Youth and Family Ministry Director, x 109

Silent Unity Prayer Service ............... 12:10 pm Prayer & Healing Service .....................6:30 pm Youth of Unity, ages 14-19 ........................7 pm Next Generation Unity, ages 18-35 ...........7 pm

C I Office Hours .......... Mon – Thurs, 9 am – 5 pm Website ....................................... Phone ......................................(727) 527-2222 FAX ........................................(727) 526-1277

Dianna Collins, Administrator, x 107

Helen Harvey, Hospitality and Member Services, x 110 Rev. Helen Hornaday, Spiritual Education Director, x 101 Sharon Jebens, Bookstore Manager, (727) 522-6657 Andrew Mayes, Webmaster, x 103 Garry Miller, Choir Director, x 108

Recorded Prayer .......................(727) 525-1757

Jamie Norman, Audio/Visual Director, x 351

Silent Unity ..............................(816) 969-2000

Sandy Cromp, Communications & Design assistant, x 102

B I Website ........................... Phone .......................................(727) 522-6657 Hours ................... Mon – Sat, 8 am – 9:30 pm ..............................................Sun, 8 am – 6 pm

U C Daybree Thoms ...................

L U T Linda Carney Lynn Colt Nancy Joy Hudnall Gloria Paul

Diana Rankin Patricia Starwyck Mildred Tyler Joyce Volz

Laura Watts, Creative Arts & Programming Director, x 108 Barbara Zagaria, Bookkeeper, x 104

B  T Jim Swayne, President, Alan Armstrong | Donna Burnette | Nancy Devlin Laurie MacDonald | Nelah Parker | Daybree Thoms G. VanGils | Earl Wardrum Rev. Alan & Rev. Kathryn Rowbotham, Ministers Emeritus 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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