THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL - August 15, 2017
SUNDAY AT THE CHAPEL
Two long-time Wayfarers spiritual family members will come from their home in Asheville this Sunday to bring their special message and music to us. Thea and Chuck (“The Green Man”) are our guest speakers / musicians. It is always a special treat to welcome them home.
A BACKWARD GLANCE
We had a busy and exciting weekend last Saturday and Sunday at the Chapel. On Saturday, a large group took part in the wonderful workshop presented by Kathleen Rehling and Carol Christa. We all came away with some new life tools which will help in both day to day practical application and in our spiritual growth.
On Sunday David Bothe, who is founder and director of a healing center in Athens, brought our Sunday message. It was a powerful experience beginning with a meditation that included his golden singing bowl and a quartz singing bowl. He led us through many ways in which to bring healing and health to our journey. I was able to get three of his booklets which help you with these practices. They will be on the shelf in the Chapel for you to borrow and study.
Sunday afternoon saw a crowd gathered on the deck for a free concert – the third in our summer series. Marie and Chris were the “warm up duo” playing swing music from the 30’s and 40’s era. They were followed by special guest Lisa Looks Twice and Filmer Kilby who entertained us with both old Appalachian ballads and original compositions.
It was a stellar weekend in our Chapel’s life!
YOGA WITH DANA
Wednesday afternoons gather with a group to share the benefits of Gentle Hatha Yoga led by Dana Thiele. This class is which meets from 5:00 - 6:15 is suitable for all levels of yoga proficiency.
The Qi Gong practice led by Kathleen Rehling, which so many of us enjoy, will be starting up again in September. I will have more details for you in the next week or so
The Opelske group will meet this coming Saturday, August 19, at 9:30. Bring your garden gloves and favorite tools to work together with others as they “love up” (translation of opelske) the grounds and native plants that make their home at the Chapel. Joyce Oliver and Crowe Capps lead this important branch of our ministry. It is a grand way in which you can connect with nature and benefit from her wisdom and peace.
COMING ATTRACTIONS ...
Our annual Founders Day Celebration will be on Sunday, September 17th. We remember those visionaries who dreamed of this Chapel and brought the dream to reality. It is always on the Sunday closest to the date of the first gathering of Wayfarers which was on September 16th about 35 years ago.
It will be a full morning of music (Ubuntus have been invited), lunch, memories and fellowship with our returning members whom we may not see every week. We celebrate where we began, where we have come and where we are going.
Joyce Oliver and I head up the event planning, and we can certainly use your help. Please let one of us know if you wish to assist with this important event.
UMMAS ANNUAL KANUGA RETREAT
I have information and registration forms for this amazing four-day event in September. I’ll be please to provide it to you if you have interest in attending an inspiring, fun and uplifting Unity event in the beautiful Western North Carolina Mountains. Garnett and I will be attending again this year. It is sponsored by UMMAS (Unity Ministers of the Mid Atlantic States) a group of Unity Ministers who form a sub-regional group serving our area.
CONTACT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Remember that the Board always welcomes your input. Our contact information is:
Dee Daley (404-219-8109) firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Dunkle (770-335-0967) email@example.com
Garnett Nash (706-782-7234) firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Oliver (828-200-9160) email@example.com
Everyone has challenges. Some challenges are simple, some more complex and some even life altering. But, call me a Pollyanna if you will, I see each of them – difficult though they may be – as an opportunity to grow and mature spiritually and emotionally.
I had one of those challenges come my way. It inched up on me unnoticed for a while, and then it simply knocked me to my knees to get my full, undivided attention. The knocking to knees part happened a week ago today as I finished writing the newsletter and completing other tasks that had come to me over the morning. It had been an intense few hours working at the computer, but certainly not in the category of damagingly stressful.
I left the computer when done, and sat down to tell Garnett of the items and issues I had addressed. But it was quickly apparent that the conversation I was attempting was jumbled, and making no sense to me or to Garnett. I attempted to describe my mental state, but without much success, because I had no point of reference from which to comprehend this new state I found myself whirling around in.
It was well past our lunch hour and so the two of us found something to blame the condition on – perhaps my blood sugar levels were very low. Lunch – something to eat – was our idea of what would right my confused state. We went to a familiar restaurant, as I was in no condition to put together a meal.
I picked up the menu and began to look through the selections. I knew that the words and pictures were things I had known, but try as I might I couldn’t relate anything like meaning to them. Now I’m frightened, but rather than spreading my fear to Garnett, I chose to order the same thing he did.
The confusion or disorientation (for lack of a better descriptive word) dissipated within a short time, leaving me feeling light headed, foggy brained and weak. The next morning I was in my doctor’s office and the next few days were spent undergoing a barrage of tests mostly to eliminate what it was not.
Although I did not exhibit the usually expected symptoms, I knew – somehow intuitively – what was going on. I confided my suspicions to a few trusted confidants…people I knew would not doubt the mind-body wisdom that I had somehow tapped into. It is wisdom that is always available, but one has to tune in to just the right frequency. I did this through deep meditation, relaxation and contemplative practice. I affirmed that I had the answer within, and that healing was mine to accept.
This morning the doctor’s office called with all the test results. They were read one by one, and followed each time with “normal” or “acceptable.” Then came the dreaded BUT …and then the only result producing a positive diagnosis.
My intuition had already provided the correct diagnosis! When I tuned in and listened, there it was clear as crystal. And now this phone call confirmed what my body had told me.
I said that I see challenges as an opportunity for growth, and this challenge of mine filled that description perfectly. I needed to trust my inner wisdom. No more self-doubt. No more second-guessing my “gut” feeling. Going forward I will nurture this connection I have with every cell that makes up the me that I am. I’ve grown in my trust and Self confidence. Yes, the capital S is intentional – I trust the intelligence of my True Self (not the false self of ego construct), and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to grow in this trust relationship.
Love, light and peace I send to each of you,
Wayfarers Unity Chapel is entirely supported by free-will offerings. We are richly blessed by the people in our fellowship who give, and we are grateful for your gifts. If you would like to contribute financially to support this ministry, please place your love offering in one of the donation baskets at the Chapel entrance.
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Tax deductible donations may also be mailed to Estatoah Wayfarers Chapel, PO Box 474, Dillard, GA 30537. There are self addressed envelopes at the Donation Center which may be used to mail your gift.
“Divine love thru me blesses and multiplies all that I have, all that I give and all that I receive.”