I’ll Take Difficult but Necessary for $100, please, Alex

On Sunday the 15th the board members who were present met after church, and we decided to cancel all our church events until April 5th. Not an easy decision, but clearly the right thing to do.

Where does that leave us? Ok, I’m glad you asked!

For the next two Sundays, Paula and I will offer a service via Facebook Livestream. Just the two of us, and Bob Sleczkowski has graciously (bravely?) offered to be the cameraman on those days. I’m working on a simpler, briefer service that will offer some music, meditation and a talk. Maybe even a virtual offering! More on that in a subsequent letter.

Our Facebook stream is live, real time. From there, the video is transferred to our website, usually within a day or two.

The Sunday services on line:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/UnityChurchoftheMountains/videos/?ref=page_internal

Church, here’s where you can help: if you are on Facebook and you know of a congregant or friend who is not, please reach out and help that person get signed up. Or, make a phone call or email and just share this information.

Also, please make it a new habit to share our Facebook posts. That one quick step really makes a difference.

We are committed to communicating clearly, honestly, transparently and often!

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March 15th at Unity Church of the Mountains – ‘A Question of Balance’

When we talk about balance in our lives, in our days and hours, we’re usually thinking about time. Time spent doing this, or time spent doing that. There are approximately 2.3 million books on the market that deal with time management. And that’s a good thing. Maybe. 🙂

Today, though, I invite you to shift your thinking just a little and think about balancing your life in terms of energy. Of flow, intuition and an awareness of the Holy Spirit moving in your life.

Play and pray with that for a bit, won’t you? We’ll talk more on the 15th. 10:30 am.

And remember to wash your hands – yeah, we’ll talk about that too. Aware but not afraid, that’s us.

2309 Murphy Highway
Blairsville, GA 30512

White Stone Ceremony with Mike and Paula Davis on January 5th

On the first Sunday of the new year, we come together for another special service that offers you the opportunity to envision more good, more joy, more prosperity and more love in your life.

As you enter the church, you’ll be presented with a small white stone and a pencil or pen. The service is centered around a time of meditation that will help you connect with your highest understanding of God.

As we enter into the meditation experience, you are invited to ask for guidance on choosing a word that will represent your highest intention for the new year. It may be a theme, or it may be a name that you hear for your new spiritual identity.

You can write then that word or name on the white tile, and keep it throughout the year as a reminder of your intention.

Please join us for this powerful experience! Open your heart to a deeper understanding and a closer connection with God and the people in your life.

“Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it.” – Revelation 2:17

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Unity Church of the Mountains
2309 Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512

Affirmation for Good Health

Every meal is holy. Every meal is communion.
Every meal is an opportunity to connect with God and feel the Presence.
I eat with intention, awareness and gratitude.

Every movement of my body in exercise, work and play is a holy practice.
Every movement is an opportunity to connect with God and feel the Presence.
I move with intention, awareness and gratitude.

Every thought that I have about my physical self is a reminder that God created me.
Every thought is an opportunity to connect with God and feel the Presence.
I bless my body. I remember. I give thanks.

I live each moment in the present, and in the Presence.
I am connected, healthy, vibrant and wholly whole.

Thank you, God. And so it is. Thank you, God. Amen

‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13

Cozy Christmas at Unity Church of the Mountains

Our Cozy Christmas Celebration is warm, loving and fun! We’ll have food, music, art, readings and stories. All created by members of our congregation and guests from our community. Old faces and new, and a few surprises too!

This is a great time to invite friends and family. See you there!

Thursday December 12th at 6 pm

2309 Murphy Hwy
Blairsville GA 30512

What are you reading? And how?

Every now and then I pick three or four familiar favorites off the shelf and just browse through them. A paragraph here, a chapter there.

That doesn’t work so well with a new book, but these are, for the most part, books that I’ve read and re-read. It’s like visiting for a few minutes with old friends.

And it’s uncanny: I can open to a random page and zero in on a paragraph that will yield a new insight. Very often it’s something I missed when I read the book straight through previously, and very often it’s something that’s useful and uplifting to me right now, today.

At the moment I’ve got these in a kind of loose rotation:

‘Living Buddha, Living Christ’ by Thich Nhat Hanh
‘Everyday Grace’ by Marianne Williamson
‘Breakfast With Buddha’ by Roland Merullo
‘Think Eat Move Thrive’ by Dr. James Rouse

What are you reading? And how?

Angels Among Us

Paula said, “I was surprised that you wanted to do a talk about angels. I don’t know that you’ve ever mentioned them before.” I said, “I’m surprised too, but I felt a strong pull to go with it and see where it leads. Was that an angel guiding me?”

What do angels look like to you?
Are there guiding angels in your life?
Do you feel that angels watch over you?
Are you an angel who watches and protects others?

Please join us at 10:30 am on December 1st at Unity Church of the Mountains for ‘Angels Among Us.’ After the service I’ll present a brief class on one of our core Unity principles, followed by a Q and A.

2309 Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512

Three Quotes

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some absurdities and blunders no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We’re all just walking each other home.” — Ram Dass

A serious conversation with Rev. David Torres …

“Hey David, what’s your topic for the 13th?”
“I Must Be Out of My Mind”
“I know that, but what’s your topic for the 13th?”
“I Must Be Out of My Mind”

We looped around that one a couple more times, Abbott and Costello fashion. High level stuff! And seriously, it is going to be high level, ’cause that’s how this guy rolls.

Come check it out Sunday at 10:30
Unity Church of the Mountains
2309 Murphy Hwy, Blairsville, GA 30512

Music by yours truly and the Unity Mountain Singers 2.0 – see you there!