Wayfarers Unity Newsletter

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THIS WEEK AT THE CHAPEL - May 23, 2017


SUNDAY AT THE CHAPEL

This is Memorial Day Weekend, and Dee Daley will bring us a message appropriate to the holiday incorporating the spiritual aspect into the secular celebration. Chris Casses will provide the music. And I heard that he may be joined by one of our musically inclined Wayfarers!

 

LAST SUNDAY'S MESSAGE

Brenda Strickland, our special friend from Unity Atlanta, was our guest speaker. There were some thoughts she introduced that we might wish to carry with us through this week. First, and my favorite notion, was “What has become more clear to you recently?” And secondly, “Each ah-ha moment is a graduation of sorts”…a commencement (new beginning.) My invitation to you this week is that these two ideas guide you through the coming days. First, “What has become clearer to you recently?” and tagging along with that, “How have you embraced commencement that came with each “ah-ha” realization. Make some notes. In the stillness let these ideas guide you

 

MEDITATION IN ROSE-MARY'S CHAPEL

Carol Christa will lead a special Mountain Meditation on Sunday morning from 9:15 to 9:45 in Rose-Mary’s Chapel. If you are new to meditation, please arrive by 9:00 for information and support.

 

ACOUSTIC EIDOLON *** Special Notice ***

Do you have your tickets yet? They are going fast!! The much anticipated return of Acoustic Eidolon is getting closer. The concert will be on Sunday June 25 at 2:00. The cost for this world class performance is only $15 per person. Reservations are now being taken. If you purchase tickets prior to the concert, you will receive guaranteed seating. 

We anticipate a sold out performance, so act now, to be sure you are part of this special event. You may reserve your space by cash or check (made out to Acoustic Eidolon.) Any member of the Board can take your reservation, and I can also help with that. The Board members are listed below with their contact information.

 

MORE SUMMER MUSIC

A new addition to our wonderful music program, “Second Sunday Afternoon Concert and Picnic Series at Wayfarers,” will kick off on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30. The first featured band will be Silly Ridge Roundup, a group from the Highland’s Area. This concert series is free and open to the public. You may bring a picnic or snack, sit by the river and listen to great music. More specifics will be in the upcoming newsletters. And as always, everyone is welcome to join us. Tell your friends and neighbors.

 

QUARTERLY REPORT FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A new addition to our wonderful music program, “Second Sunday Afternoon Concert and Picnic Series at Wayfarers,” will kick off on Sunday, June 11 at 1:30. The first featured band will be Silly Ridge Roundup, a group from the Highland’s Area. This concert series is free and open to the public. You may bring a picnic or snack, sit by the river and listen to great music. More specifics will be in the upcoming newsletters. And as always, everyone is welcome to join us. Tell your friends and neighbors.

 

The Board wants to be sure that each member of our Wayfarers family is aware of the work they are doing in your behalf. Here is their quarterly report to you. They welcome your ideas and suggestions as to how you will be better served.

Following the first Sunday in May Service, the Treasurer of the Board, Marie Dunkle, presented a brief update of the financial status of Wayfarers Unity Chapel. The report is for the first quarter of 2017. A copy of the complete budget update will be emailed to you separately.

Based on the report, it is apparent that Wayfarers Unity is on sound financial ground. In addition to a firm financial foundation, two other aspects of our ministry, physical and spiritual, are equally strong and growing. 

Looking first at the physical aspect of our ministry; it is important to note that we were able, through donations and an anonymous, most generous matching contribution challenge, to reach our goal in record time of more than $15,500 to rebuild the foundation of Rose-Mary’s Chapel,. 

Rose-Mary’s Chapel’s foundation has been rebuilt, and will withstand another 100 years or more of use and love. It is the cornerstone of our ministry begun by Rose-Mary Hatfield, and now we can use it for meditation, small group classes and support groups, private meditation and study using the extensive library it houses. What a treasure it is!

We have had adequate funds to do other ongoing maintenance requirements that come with the caring for our spiritual home. Recently the deck has been stained and sealed. The windows washed inside and out. And just like your home, other needs are constantly raising their hands as they ask for help. A gutter is stopped up on the back side of the building, so we will be addressing this issue ASAP. Without your generosity, these day-to-day maintenance issues would go unattended to. 

Our grounds are lovingly cared for by our Opelske group. It is an arduous task especially at this time of the year when all of God’s exquisite expressions are growing at brake-neck speed.

The group meets once a month to “love up” – the translation of the Norwegian term Opelske especially as it pertains to tending to the garden- to care for the grounds around the Chapel which is home to 100’s of native plants.

The three person core Opelske group could surely use your help! If you can make any suggestions as to a way in which we can make this service opportunity more accessible to those who would be interested, please contact Joyce Oliver – text or call her at 828-200-9160. To be a part of this special ministry is a gift which you will find extremely rewarding. Consider this as your contribution to our Chapel life. Your help is needed!!

Spiritually, we strive to provide a nurturing spiritual space for all who enter. There is a tangible, community of love and support that is apparent to all as they step through the door. No one leaves our Chapel feeling that they went unnoticed.

For the past twelve plus months, Wayfarers Unity Chapel has operated as a “Lay-led” ministry. A core group of five or six of our spiritual family members stepped up to provide insightful, inspiring and uplifting diverse messages each week. This, by the way, made our building of a sound financial foundation possible. Special (paid) guest speakers have come forward and blessed us with their wonderful contributions to our growth. You may be sure that there is abundant love reaching out to us and supporting our dream. 

In the year that has passed, a number of new initiatives have come into being. Some of those include:
• Creation and enhancement of a Wayfarers Unity Website (www.wayfarersunity.org
Here you can keep updated on our events, listen to the Sunday talks, learn of special events, read and sign up for the weekly newsletter, donate, contact Board members and a plethora of other opportunities. Check it often.

We give thanks for:
• A huge resurgence in Wayfarers attendance and of members offering the gift of their time and talents to aid in the work of Wayfarers Unity ministry. We are welcoming and making use of these extrodinary gifts to enhance our ministry.

• Special guest speakers seem to be drawn to us. We have never lacked from day one the gift of those Unity and other teachers who are eager and willing to help us and support our ministry. 

• We have long envisioned a labyrinth on our grounds to serve the entire community in their quest for spiritual comfort. It, very soon, will be a reality. There has been no cost to the Chapel. Gifts from those who share this dream are making it possible. At this point in the realization of our vision, we need more and more rocks to line the paths that will guide us on our meditative, contemplative walks to greater peace and inspiration.

• Our music ministry has absolutely flourished. Talented musicians seem to always be on the ready to provide their gift of music each Sunday morning. The little Chapel rocks with the divine gift of music. 

• Our music program now expands with the addition of the Second Sunday afternoon picnics and concerts on our grounds beside the Estatoah River. This series begins on Sunday afternoon, June 11, at 1:30. This is a gift to all who wish to enjoy the variety of musicians who will participate in these events. Folks are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment and beauty of the grounds beside the Estatoah River. 

• The highlight of our music ministry this season is the return of Acoustic Eidilon on June 25th. This event will most likely be a sell-out. Tickets are $15 and purchases prior to the concert will guarantee you a seat. 

• There are several ongoing weekly opportunities in place with more to follow. Kathleen Rehling’s QiGong classes convene each Monday at 5:30 at the Chapel. Gentle Hatha Yoga classes led by Dana Thiele are meeting each Wednesday evening at 5:00 until 6:15. 

• On Sunday morning prior to the 10:00 service, Kathleen Rehling and Carol Christa facilitate a silent meditation time from 9:15 until 9:45 in Rose-Mary’s Chapel. They also periodically offer very popular workshops on emotional health and energy healing. The next one is on June 6 from 9:30 to noon.
You can see that this year has been filled with growth and renewal. We give thanks for the support and love that you have provided as we have traversed this unknown territory. 

In conclusion, Wayfarers Unity Chapel is alive and well and growing by leaps and bounds. Our mission to serve the community in which we dwell is becoming a reality. Your support has made this possible. For that we are grateful.

Remember that the Board always welcomes your input. Our contact information is:

Dee Daley (404-219-8109) deedaley@yahoo.com

Marie Dunkle (770-335-0967) mdunkle@mindspring.com

Garnett Nash (706-782-7234) gwnash@aol.com

Joyce Oliver (828-200-9160) joyousmo22@gmail.com 

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

As I wrote above, a question that Brenda Strickland posed to us in her talk Sunday was “What has become clearer to you recently?” Those may not be her exact words, but the question resonated deeply with me, and I hope you find it thought provoking. Pondering this idea of gaining a clearer perspective, understanding, insight, etc. is a great way to open up your inner spiritual dialog.

As soon as the question was spoken, I knew what my answer was. It had been the center of my thinking for quite a while, but only recently did it become clear. In the afternoon workshop Brenda facilitated on Sunday, I got to verbalize this new clarity, and that action of speaking it aloud solidified what had been the many different aspects of this understanding I’ve recently had. 

My clarity involved gaining a greater awareness of being one with all that is. That understanding went from an intellectual experience to a participatory experience. 
It was not like Paul’s sudden conversion experience on the road to Damascus. - You’ll recall that when he and his men were very close to that city where they intended to arrest new Christians and take them back to Jerusalem for trial, they were suddenly surrounded by a light so bright that it knocked Paul (then known as Saul) to the ground and he heard a voice calling to him. Neither was it like Moses’ experience of the burning bush which was burning but not consumed by the flames and a voice speaking to him from the bush. – No, this clear understanding has been more of a gentle flowing evolution.

I first noticed that something had shifted in my awareness during the reporting and TV coverage of the terrible attack on the Boston Marathon a few years ago. I felt strong compassion and deep, deep sorrow for those who were maimed and killed. I shared the world’s horror and pain. But then, as the pictures emerged on the media of the brothers who were the perpetrators of this atrocity, I quite surprisingly found myself feeling a deep and profound empathy for these two souls. I looked into their eyes and saw a reflection of all of humankind. These two children of God were me and I was them. I was the victim of the crime and the criminal. I could not separate myself to one side or the other.

You may be sure that my first thought was, “There’s something very wrong with me! I should feel hatred toward them.” And rest assured, I never felt comfortable sharing this until that experience blended with others, and my perspective began to shift to a different vantage point. 

I simply cannot declare that God is omnipresent – present in every particle of creation – and then be mentally selective about what and whom I include in that sweeping, inclusive truth. I can’t profess, we are all one, except that guy who commits heinous acts; he can’t be part of God like I am….but he is. 

So I quit thinking that my feelings of empathy, even toward the “bad guys,” were wrong in some way. In doing that it was as if a dam broke and the empathy, love, and oneness I felt rushed forward to embrace every small piece of God. It has been very freeing. 

As you go through the week, use the touchstone of clarity to see what insights have been revealed to you of late. Share your revelations with me if you are willing to do so. 

Namaste,

Mimi


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.

*Now you may donate on line clicking here and selecting the “Donate Now” option.

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.”