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UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
3300 S 8th Ave Yuma, AZ 85365
 located in the south end of Westward Village; for more info contact: (928) 276-2526
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The mission of Unity Center of the Desertis to love, serve and inspire all people

by celebrating

our connectedness

to God and to one another.

We are committed to letting our light

shine and to

bringing the light and the Unity teachings

to all seekers

in our community

and beyond.

WE HAVE A  FACEBOOK PAGE–FIND US AT
UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT

or at

www.unityofyuma.com
phone number:
  (928 ) 276-2526
The Prayer of Protection
by

James Dillet Freeman

The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
The presence
of God watches over us;
Wherever we are,
God is!

YOUR SOUL IS WELCOME HERE!

Unity Center of the Desert is a welcoming and affirming spiritual community! Bring your friends and neighbors

so they can feel and experience love and oneness in their lives, too!

 

Words of Wisdom
 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”
~Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2
 
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“Order is the first law of the universe. Indeed there could be no universe unless its various parts were kept in perfect harmony.” 
~ Charles Fillmore 
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“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm, and harmony.”

~ 

Thomas Merton
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“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order ,we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
Confucius
 
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UNITY CENTER OF 
THE DESERT
VISUALIZES FINANCIAL BESSINGS
WE SEE IT COMING TO US RICHLY AND ABUNDANTLY.
SEPTEMBERS
BUDGET REPORT
Beginning Balance   $8038.01
Total Expenses         $2448.10
Deposit                     $2022.18
Outstanding cks        $ 236.00
Bank ending Bal       $7848.49
Cleared Last Mo           $50.00
Reconcilation Bal      $7898.09
Gain or Loss            -$425.92
Daily Inspiration From Unity:
published by Unity, offers insight and inspiration to help people of all faiths live healthy, prosperous and meaningful lives. See our treasurer, Gene Thaden to purchase the latest 2-MONTH issue for only $5.
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SILENT UNITY
“Silent Unity. How may we pray with you?”
Do you have a prayer request? There are several ways to contact Silent Unity, the 24/7 prayer ministry:
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CALL: 1-800-NOW-PRAY
                          (669-7729)
**uPray mobile prayer app
**WRITE: Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001
***Online prayer request form at
http://www.unity.org/prayer
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“The unity Online Radio Network is a platform for spiritual and New Thought discussions. The programs on the network are a powerful voice in providing the consciousness, clarity, and common vision necessary to create transformation in the world today. We call it “The Voice of an Awakening World.”
To listen to music and discussions, go to
http:/www.unity.fm
POWER FOR NOVEMBER:
ORDER
 
AFFIRMATION FOR NOVEMBER
“I give thanks that divine order is the right and
 natural state of my affairs.”
 
 “By the power of order, I follow the clear path. I go through the open door. I choose an orderly course of thought and action. I bring about order moment by moment, choice by choice.”
From
Divine Audacity
Linda Martella Whitsette
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LOOKING AHEAD TO
DECEMBER…

Betty Bennett 

, LUT. Rev. John Caffey, Connie Glaysher,
and Rev. Lucky King
 deliver special messages in December.
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FUNDRAISER
December 3rd 11AM-1PM
Sombrero’s

Grab some flyers and bring friends and neighbors to eat after our 10 AM
 Service. Unity Center of the Desert will receive 20% of the proceeds.
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December 10th
Pet Blessing
Rev. Lucky King
Rev. John Caffey
Held here at The Villiage

N 

oon to 1:00 PM
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COMING UP–CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE LED BY CONNIE AND LUCKY FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS GOODIES!!
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After the service is a great time to discuss the talk, meet new people, socialize, and grab a cup of coffee and a snack. Or join us on the days we pop into a nearby restaurant
to enjoy lunch together.
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COMMUNITY  REWARDS PROGRAM
Register your Fry’s card online at
 and every time 
you shop at Fry’s Food stores, a percentage is donated to Unity Center of the Desert! If you have already registered, you do not need to renew this year. For more information, talk to Lynn Lizarraga
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NEWSLETTER TEAM:

CYNTHIA MURRAY
LYNN LIZARRAGA
**events may change**
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November 2017 Newsletter

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Decently and in Order
by Betty Bennett, LUT and Spirit-Centered Coach
 
“But all things should be done decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40).
This New Testament declaration, in a way, could be marching orders for me.  Because I am the queen of “unclutter”.  I truly am almost obsessive about ridding my environment of clutter.  Even in my office, which occasionally piles up with this and that-books I’m consulting for a talk or article, or leftovers from a speaking engagement trip. It too faces a deep cleaning, or rather straightening at some point, to get the ball rolling again.
 
You see, I just can’t work, or really even think clearly, in the midst of clutter. Having briefly been a public school music teacher, I can tune out noise. I can forget whatever nagging obstacle has come up, to move along and get things done.  I can pretend the dust hasn’t floated in again, calling for the feather duster. But I just can’t ignore clutter.  I can’t even go to sleep without making certain everything is put away in my bedroom.  When I was in graduate school, working on research for some paper, with books and notes strung all over the living room floor and furniture, I would have to put everything in nice neat piles before heading off to bed at three in the morning.
 
Basically I live a pretty well-ordered life.  I meet my deadlines, I deliver what I promise. I have a pretty high standard of excellence for what I do.  As an example, for a period of time I was Worship Coordinator at a fairly large Unity Church.  When I went there I was told, “The Sanctuary is yours during worship services.” I was responsible for pulling everything together, all the many pieces from AV to music and the temperature in the room, to supporting the ministers in any way I could. I liked to think of myself as the producer.
 
Much of my time there, I was responsible for three Sunday services. Later it was two and a Wednesday night service. Add in the holidays, with nine special services, with multiples of some, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, as well as all the special services around Easter, and it was a pretty big job.  I also coordinated one of the biggest groups of volunteers in the church-the Worship Team which was composed of about 50 ushers and greeters who staffed all of those services.  I loved it.  It wasn’t the highest paying job I ever had, but It was fun, fed my soul, and it gave me the opportunity to put things in order. One of my gifts.
 
“You’re so organized,” is a statement I’ve heard many times in my life.  So I get Order. I mean, I really get it. And that’s why when I think of a couple of my drawers and a closet here and there, it’s enough to bring on nightmares.
I mean, they’re a mess!  And I am slightly aware that I go blind to them.  I don’t really look at them. I let them keep piling up until I can’t open a drawer, or close a closet door before I decide it’s time to clear them out and put them in order.
So sometimes I think that this is not that much different from my life. On the outside and to most everyone else, it’s in good order. Things are pretty much under control.  When I speak and give inspirational talks it’s pretty clear that I believe what I’m saying. And for the most part I do practice what I preach.  But what about those drawers and closets? What effect are they having on me?
Well, this is what I know.  When I do stop and take the time to clean one of them out I notice several things happening. And these have implications for my life.
 

First, there is a sense of great satisfaction.

                        It just feels good to get things straightened out. When something continues to be in the background reminding us that it needs to be addressed, it is like a dripping faucet. It’s not a huge life-stopping thing, but it is just always there, interrupting our focus, taking up our time.
 
Second, it never takes as long as I thought it would, and I wonder why I waited so long, given the rewards of having completed the job.
That nagging feeling of needing to do or complete something literally drains our energy. It can make us feel bad about ourselves. When we finally do it, it’s such a relief, and it took so much less effort than anticipated, we wonder why we have wasted all that energy. So it makes it all the more important to just get it done as soon as we can after we realize it needs to be done.
 
And third, I always realize that the positive hit I get from just putting things back in order, filters through my life, giving me energy, making me feel more authentic. I talk to people every week about how to have the wonderful life they want.  I truly believe the words I’m saying. But when I know I have something out of order in my life while I’m asking them to put their lives in order, it makes me feel like something of a hypocrite. So I am more and more aware of my need to always do my spiritual work, especially in the areas I highlight in my talks and workshops.This is infinitely good for me and my life, and I am blessed by it.
Looking back on the verse I quoted in the beginning, there is a little thing hanging out there.  It says all things should be done “decently and in order”.  What about that word “decently”? Well, to me that means a couple of things.  First to be decent is to be kind and loving in everything I do. And it also means to me that I need to live up to my own standard of excellence. If I can’t do that, then perhaps it is not mine to do.
 
Order is one of the spiritual Powers Charles Fillmore put forth.  It is about making adjustments and bringing things back in balance.  It applies to our work, our environment, and most importantly our lives and spiritual paths.  It keeps us in the Divine Flow, always connected to our Oneness with Spirit.
So maybe it’s time to put the closets and drawers of our lives back in Order. Not just the wooden ones, but those spiritual ones.  The ones holding the secrets that we’re not addressing. The obstacles that keep us from moving on down our path to our most wonderful life. Open them all up, and take a good long look. Meditate and pray on them, and begin that process of getting it done decently and in Order.
 
Betty Bennett is a Licensed Unity Teacher and a Certified Spirit-Centered Coach who assists people who find themselves stuck, by helping them identify their innate ability to find their own answers, set positive at intentions,and create their most wonderful life.

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 Sunday Service Topics 
November 5th
“Order and the Divine Plan”
Betty Bennett, LUT
You may not realize it, but you have a divine plan unfolding in you at this very moment. God, or Divine Spirit, exists in perfect Order. And since we have total access to this Spirit at all times, we are able to produce a divine plan of our own. And to do this we need special tools. We have just that in the spiritual power of Order. This power helps you bring everything in your life into balance and to see how your life plan fits into the bigger spiritual picture. When we put God first in any circumstance, it has no choice but to fall into perfect Order.
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 November 12th
“Spiritual Law and Order”
Rev. Lucky King
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November 19th  

“Living in the Flow”
Betty Bennett, LUT
Eric Butterworth’s book, “In the Flow of Life” develops his premise that there is a natural Divine Flow, and when we live in that Flow, everything is right and in balance. This leads us to the thought that Butterworth’s Flow might just be the epitome of the spiritual power of Order.  When we are out of the Flow we do not get what we profess to want.  Living in the Flow is living from the inside out. It’s about creating our own best life. It’s about a perfect Order that is whole and complete, not the perfectionism that we have grown to believe in. Living in the Flow, assisted by the spiritual power of Order helps us move gracefully along on our spiritual journey.
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November 26th THANKSGIVING WEEKEND
 
“Divine Order and Gratitude”
Members of the CommUNITY are welcome to share in and create the service: poems, prayers, praise, music, musings, and love. Potluck and decorating the church to follow.
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If you want to listen again to any of the Sunday talks you can download them from our website. Please visit:
www.unityofyuma.org
from the archives…

Tracking Time: The Unity Calendars
   Unity has become known for its beautiful and inspirational calendars since the first one was published in 1920.
   While always carrying positive messages, the Unity calendars through the years would vary in size, design, themes, and languages-and also functionality. There have been pocket-size calendars, special calendars inside Daily Word® and La Palabra Diaria, calendars with no dates, and desk calendars that included room for personal notes like a personal prayer list and special occasions.
   The calendars would reflect the ornateness, fonts, artwork, and mottos from other Unity-published literature of the time. Nature was a frequent theme, which continues today in Unity calendars. Color symbolism, from The Twelve Powers of Man by Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore, also was used to enhance the written messages on the calendars.
   For the April page in 1920, the calendar had an Easter quote by Phillips Brooks, an 18th-century Episcopal clergyman and lyricist of “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” as part of a design that combined green (for strength), yellow (for good judgment), and white (for Jesus Christ).
   The 1926 Unity Calendar used bright orange to represent enthusiasm, blue for faith, and white again, carrying the subliminal call for people to enthusiastically express from their faith in Jesus Christ.
   After creating calendars for a decade, Unity stopped doing so in 1930 because of the Great Depression and geopolitical strife leading up to World War II. It wouldn’t be until the mid-1960s before Unity started producing calendars on a regular basis again.
   In 1965 Unity produced a yearlong calendar with no dates. It had an inspirational message with a different drawing of Unity Village in the background. Its brown tone was used to mean renunciation. The nod to the “built environments” across the Unity Village campus would become common practice in the calendars that followed.
   In later years, the Unity Calendar added more functions and was seen as a tool for the organization, cited in Unity teachings as a key to prosperity. Lowell Fillmore promoted such with the creation of the 1967 calendar, “Unity Housebook,” which included a special prayer for each month, selected scripture, a special needs prayer list, space to write reminders, and commemorative days, such as birthdays and anniversaries.
To watch a video, click here:
Tracking Time--the Unity Calendars
Tracking Time–the Unity Calendars
 
November Calendar
 
IT’S HERE, IT’S HERE!!!!!

WHAT:     

UCD’S ANNUAL RUMMAGE SALE/HOT DOG FUNDRAISER
WHEN:  November 11  7:00 am-1:00 ?

WHERE: 

5334 E 33rd Lane
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YOUR DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED ITEMS WILL BE GREATLY APPREICATED
FOR PICK UP OF YOUR LARGE TICKET ITEMS CALL DAVE
928 271-1166
BRING YOUR ITEMS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9TH AT 10 AM, HELP SET UP AND PRICE OUR ITEMSTO BE SOLD, AND ENJOY SHARING FUN AND SNACKS.
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November 26th
 
THE DAY TWO HOLIDAYS ARE CELEBRATED! 
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SERVICE AT 10 AM–“Divine Order and Gratitude” You, as members of our commUNITY, are asked to share and create the service through poems, prayers, blessings, music, musings, or meditations about you, divine order, and gratitude.
POTLUCK AT 11:15–Bring your turkey leftovers or your favorite Christmas dish as we celebrate our blessings together.
DECORATING PARTY AT 12:30–We have a new home to decorate for the season–help us in the “hanging of the greens!”
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November 19th
Monthly Board Meeting
followed by lunch out together at a local restaurant
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UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
VISITATION/OUTREACH MINISTRY
The mission of the Visitation Ministry is to be a spiritual lifeline to nursing home residents, those recovering in the hospital, and those confined to their homes because of illness or disability challenges. If you or someone you know would like a visit and prayer, call Kat, the co-ordinator, at (928-920-4020).
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UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT  
PRAYER MINISTRY  
Betty Bennett,LUT
unitybettyb@bettybennett.net
Rev. Ada Bennett
adabennett4@gmail.com
Vivian Autry, LUT
(928) 801-9507
autry.vivian@yahoo.com
Lorna Bright
(928) 210-4630
lorna@lornabright.com
CarylAnn Minor
(928) 344-1781
carylannmoody@gmail.com
Kat Summerchild
(928) 920-4020
kumfykat@outlook.com
                Sometimes, all it takes is ONE PRAYER to change everything.religion_hand.jpg

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Unity Center of The Desert, 3300 S 8th Ave, Westward Village, Yuma, AZ 85365

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