The mission of Unity Center of the Desert
is to love, serve and inspire all people
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
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The Prayer of Protection
James Dillet Freeman
The light of God surrounds us;
The love of God enfolds us;
The power of God protects us;
of God watches over us;
Wherever we are,
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!
“Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.”
“Zeal–Intensity, ardor, enthusiasm, the inward fire of the soul that urges humankind onward, regardless of the intellectual mind of caution and conservatism.”
~ Charles Fillmore
“When you are laboring for others, let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.”
“Real zeal is standing still and letting God build a bonfire in you.”
~ Catherine Doherty
Dr. January Suarez returns to our center as a guest speaker September 24th.
You are invited to hear her discuss her unique healing techniques and develop your own mindfullness strategies.
Those who have had treatments are feeling more energized, freer from pain and old hurts, and loving ourselves and others more compassioately–after only two sessions!
Private sessions uniquely combining chiropractic care, body synergy, netwok spinal analysis, and theta healing are available Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th.For more information or to gift yourself by booking a private session, contact Lynn Lizarraga at email@example.com or 760-791-3449.
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.
“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:
**uPray mobile prayer app
**WRITE: Silent Unity, 1901 NW Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065-0001
***Online prayer request form at
“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
THEME FOR SEPTEMBER:
AFFIRMATION FOR SEPTEMBER”
“Joyously I say YES I CAN to whatever I am led to undertake.”
“Spiritual zeal is the harnessing of ethusiasm as a propellant into purposeful living. Zeal is an attitude of forwardness and courageousness. Zeal is single-minded devotion to one’s purpose. Zeal is our rightful power of enthusiasm, audacity, and devotion.”
Linda Martella Whitsette
deliver special messages in September.
COMING UP: SERVICE, LUNCH, AND A WORKSHOP WITH OUR NEW THOUGH SISTER CHURCH–A DAY TO GROW, LEARN, AND CELEBRATE WITH UNITY, YCSL, AND REV. ARTHUR HAMMONS
stay after the special meditation service to enhance and extend your worship experience by going deeper into theta and body synergy healing with a private healing session. Contact Lynn Lizarraga at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 760-791-3449 for information.
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.
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
WORK DAY SATURDAY SEPT. 2ND 9:00 AM
There are many needs in and for our center.
If you feel moved to bless us with time, talents, or a gift, we would love it! Many hands make light work, work divided is joy doubled, and we needeveryone’s great ideas to make our space more beautiful and functional.
WHERE WILL YOUR CALLING BE?
needs all of us.
Coffee and snacks will be available–we’d love to see you!
**events may change**
September 2017 Newsletter
by Betty Bennett, LUT and Spirit-Centered Coach
Unity author and teacher Eric Butterworth suggested that we not accept the idea of “growing old”, but rather we should simply grow onward. He further encourages us to not necessarily plan for our “ending” or retirement in a way that includes our definition of getting old. The key to living an abundant life is to experience the fullness of every single moment and to keep doing what it is we are here to do, as long as we’re here to do it.
At the age of 94, Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore got up one morning and declared, “I fairly sizzle with zeal, energy, and enthusiasm; eager to do that which ought to be done by me today.” What made this possible for him?
An old Scottish prayer says, “O Lord, keep me alive as long as I live.” What is really important is what you actually do with your day. In his essay Live Forever and Enjoy It, Butterworth said, “This day you are young or old according to your thought.” I find this to be the absolute Truth.
I am at “that age,” shall we say, when lots of folks think I should be retired. Living a life of ease, they say. But for me that would be a fate worse than death, literally. I like to say, ‘as long as we’re here, we’ve got stuff to do!’ I can’t imagine being retired in the sense that most people mean it. I believe that there will always be things that “ought to be done by me.” And I believe that since they are mine to do, Spirit will show the way to do them.
The only problem with espousing that ideal is that then I have to prove it by doing something. And,hopefully, that something is a good, or even great, something. And if I want to follow Butterworth’s and Fillmore’s leads, then I have to be happy and excited about it.
This is not always a small job. There have been times in my life, especially when embarking on something new, maybe something that wasn’t exactly what I had planned, that what I was doing didn’t seem to lead to as much joy as I would prefer. Then the challenge becomes to see if this is just a step toward that thing which sparks the enthusiasm I seek, or something that I will grow into with time and experience. But I can say, without exception, everything I have ever embarked upon in my entire life has either led me to something wonderful, or has morphed into something amazing. It truly has worked together for Good. Always! I truly believe that there is no end to Joy in life. That we can have it every single day. As long as we believe in it, it is there. Maybe some days in shorter spirts, and smaller amounts, but it is always available, and willing to grow for us when we’re ready.
In that same essay on enjoying life, Butterworth gives us a hint about how to be excited about what we’re doing. He says, “Make a career of youthfulness through a persistent curiosity into the why of things and a relentless quest for knowledge of yourself and the world in which you live…Your mind will continue to expand if you provide a constant flow of challenges. When you stop learning you begin to grow old.”
So there’s a key to living deeply, as Butterworth says, and not just living long. Don’t stop learning. And there is so much to learn. Every day, it seems, I have some new revelation or epiphany that causes me to think and look more deeply into my spiritual self and what I truly believe. Who I truly am.
And this is what I’ve decided. It’s the sizzle that we want. The sizzle is the key ingredient to staying interested in life and to really living life, rather than just watching it go by. So where’s your sizzle? What lights you up? Follow that, and if it’s not apparently in your life now, create it. In your meditation times ask for the surest, easiest, quickest way to find and live in the sizzle.
Deep within us we have hopes and dreams, no matter what our age. Some of us have to actually resurrect them. But they are there, for sure. Make them happen. What you truly believe in and truly want is yours. It’s a promise. So go for it. Get the sizzle and keep it!
(Labor Day Weekend)
“I’m So Excited!”
Betty Bennett, LUT
Are you? Excited that is. If so, good for you! Enjoy! If not, why not? How do we get excited and stay that way? At the age of 94, Unity cofounder Charles Fillmore got up one morning and declared, “I fairly sizzle with zeal, energy, and enthusiasm; eager to do that which ought to be done by me today.” What made this possible for him? Let’s explore that sizzle at Unity Center of the Desert on September 3 as we celebrate Labor Day Weekend together.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE
“Peace in Our Midst”
Pray Peace: Nancy Cleavenger
Be Peace: Cindy Murray
Do Peace: Parker Loomis
“Using Your Superpowers for Good”
So, you’re all revved up about it. But is it worthy of your time, energy and resources? Are you using your superpower of enthusiasm for Good? Or are you spending it on something that drains, rather than creates energy. Let’s look at just how we use our spiritual power of Zeal and what will bring us the most successful and joyful life.
“Zeal is the Spark: Letting the light of Christ Consciousness flow through us”
Dr. January Suarez
If you want to listen again to any of the Sunday talks you can download them from our website. Please visit:
|FROM THE ARCHIVES: “Happy Birthday to the Fillmores”
In commemoration of the August birthdays of Unity founders Myrtle and Charles Fillmore, the Treasures of the Archives series looks at the early lives of the Fillmores, and the importance of birthdays as expressed in Unity teachings.
“Remember that your physical birthday is a blessed event because it is the symbol of a much more important birthday, your spiritual birthday,” wrote Lowell Fillmore, the Fillmores’ oldest son, in a February 1939 issue of Weekly Unity.
Myrtle Fillmore was born August 6, 1845, as Mary Caroline Page, the seventh of eight children, to Lucy and Marcus Page. The large family lived relatively comfortably on a farm in Pagetown, Ohio. Her father nicknamed her “Myrtilee” and as she grew, she chose Myrtle as her preferred name, as told in The Story of Unity by James Dillet Freeman.
Her bright young mind was recognized by many around her. So not surprisingly, Myrtle took advantage of any education offerings available, including enrolling and graduating from Oberlin College. At that time, the college offered a one-year program for women, “Literary Course for Ladies.”
Charles Sherlock Fillmore was born in a log cabin August 22, 1854, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, to Mary Georgiana Stone Fillmore and Henry Fillmore, a trader with the Chippewa Nation and a second cousin to U.S. President Millard Fillmore. Charles was 7 when his father moved out of the family’s home and into a cabin about 10 miles away, leaving his mother to raise him and his younger brother Norton in the wilderness.
“It was a kind of Huckleberry Finn existence,” Charles Fillmore later wrote. “Hunters and trappers came and went, and roving bands of Chippewa and Sioux Indians passed by the cabin.”
Unlike Myrtle, Charles had little formal education. He attended an all-ages one-room school for a few years but it was in session only three months a year. When he was 19, he left home for Caddo, just north of the Texas border in the Indian Territory that is now Oklahoma, to “clerk” for the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway.
Both Myrtle and Charles shared early life health issues. Charles was 10 when he fell on an icy pond and dislocated his hip. The injury, first diagnosed as rheumatism, developed into tuberculosis and Charles endured a series of grueling experimental treatments. “I was bled, leeched, cupped, lanced, seasoned, blistered, and roweled,” he wrote in September 1896.
The doctors concluded he’d have to live with one leg three and a half inches shorter than the other and he’d be lucky to make it to his 40th birthday.
Myrtle contracted tuberculosis at an early age, and the disease “lay like a dark cloud over much of her youth,” as described by Neal Vahle in The Unity Movement: Its Evolution and Spiritual Teachings.
The couple met in 1878, in Denison, Texas, and married on March 29, 1881, in Clinton, Mo., where Myrtle was a teacher. They would later move to Kansas City, Missouri, where at the age of 40, Myrtle would discover her life’s work as a spiritual teacher and healer.
An 1886 lecture in Kansas City by Christian Science practitioner Eugene B. Weeks changed Myrtle’s life. Soon after, influenced by Myrtle, Charles also found inner spiritual power in Practical Christianity, through silent meditation, a practice that would be shared by both.
In 1889 Charles quit his real estate business to publish a periodical eventually titled Modern Thought. The magazine’s growing popularity led to the formation of a small prayer group that focused on spiritual solitude in silent prayer, eventually called “Silent Unity.”
Myrtle enjoyed writing to Charles, especially for his birthday and other special occasions. On his 55th birthday, August 22, 1909, she sent him a ruby gem with a note:
“I wrote you this morning and wanted so much to have something to send you that would express my appreciation of this date. And tonight, I came about that I could do so. The little package I am sending you, is a demonstration-and though you don’t general care for jewels you will always love to wear this, for it is a genuine ruby and is your birth stone, and glows with warmth and love of August-as well as symbolizes a love that never grows cold or faileth.”
She signed it, “From your old pard and lover.”
Elizabeth Harbison David wrote this birthday poem, which ran in a July 1928 issue of Daily WordÂ®:
I measure not thy life by year on year,
Nor do I mark thy stature or thy face;
I see thee only as thou dost appear,
As perfect being, full of health and grace.
I do not crave for thee the gifts of earth,
For as a child of God, thou art possessed
Of things eternal; and by right of birth
Thou art already of His kingdom, blessed.
I only wish to greet thee on thy day;
To pledge anew the love I bear to thee,
And bid thee happy God-speed on thy way
Toward the fulfillment of thy destiny
In November 1928, Daily Word editor Frank B. Whitney shared his prayer honoring birthdays:
“EVERY DAY is a special day for someone. Every day is a birthday, an anniversary, or some particular occasion for rejoicing. Whenever the day is special for someone dear to us, let us give him this blessing:
Child of God, you walk in love; your pathway is clear.
Child of God, you speak with faith; your word brings cheer.
Child of God, you see the good; your vision is bright.
Child of God, you hear the Truth; you are attuned to right.
Child of God, you serve in joy; your service is a blessing.
Child of God, you live in beauty, and through you beauty is expressing.
Child of God, you are not alone; in our Father’s love you are at home.
Child of God, friends and strangers, too, behold the Christ who dwells in you.”
In his June 1990 “Life Is a Wonder” column in Unity magazine, James Dillet Freeman wrote that birthdays are meant to celebrate “the beginning of us.”
“There is nothing in the universe more necessary and important to us than us. We are important, not only to us, but to the universe. Without us the universe would be less than universal. So let us celebrate ourselves, for our birthday is as good a day to do this as any other.”
YOU ARE INVITED!
TO OUR TBTBS EVENT
WHAT: POTLUCK LUNCHEON
WHEN: Following our 10 AM service Sept. 3rd
WHERE:Unity Church, 3300 S 8th Ave Yuma, AZ
COST: $2.00 love donation
Ham, Kammann’s sausages, condiments, and rolls will be provided. Bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share as we celebrate Labor Day
UNITY WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Live-Streaming Events During #WDOP17
Experience World Day of Prayer 2017 from anywhere you are! The following events will be streamed on Facebook Live for all to enjoy:
Wednesday Evening, September 13
7 p.m. Opening Ceremony keynote speaker, Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, with music by
“I Am, the Power of Peace!”
Thursday Morning, September 14
7:30 a.m. Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
11 a.m. Silent Unity Prayer Service
Thursday Evening, September 14
7 p.m. Closing Keynote Concert with Jana Stanfield. “Peace in the Midst: A Global Perspective.”
|Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett, vice president of Silent Unity, invites us to participate in the 2017 World Day of Prayer and explore how to live from a peace-centered consciousness.
Monthly Board Meeting
followed by lunch out together at a local restaurant
In keeping with following our Divine Guidance, UCD
Midweek Meditation has been placed on hiatus June to September. We are exploring new paths to enhance our enlightenment and Spiritual Growth.
The exciting new program will
begin in early October.
UNITY CENTER OF THE DESERT
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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