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Unity of Bandon June 18 weekly update:
Dear Friends,
Last Sunday, the Board met and reviewed recommendations from the CDC, various church organizations, and most importantly recommendations from our church liability insurance company. Maintaining the recommended physical distancing in a sanctuary of our size means that only 13 people (which includes minister and support staff) could safely attend services on any given Sunday. In addition, there are many protocols and procedures that would need to be in place a detailed list was sent out yesterday.

It was determined that we will not be reopening Unity of Bandon for the foreseeable future. Does that mean we won’t open until late summer? Fall? Winter? Next year?? Honestly, we don’t know. While we all desire to resume regular activities, the safety of our congregation, most of whom are in high-risk groups, is of the utmost importance. Be assured as conditions change, we will reassess our decision.

The entire Board is very clear that this is the right path to take at this time and I know this is the right decision for our community. Am I disappointed? Yes! Do I want it to be different? Yes! Do I miss everyone? YES! I must admit, that each time we have discussed the possibility of meeting in person, I thought, “well, it’s just for another few weeks, maybe a month…” This time – after three months of being online only – it really sunk in that reopening isn’t going to happen in the next few weeks. Yes, I am slow to accept some things!

I find myself feeling grief for all that we have missed experiencing together – the Easter flowers, Earth Day, singing and celebrating and the many other ordinary and extraordinary moments of connection. I long to be with you all as we witness the chaos and transformation happening in our world so we can discuss, wonder, comfort one another, laugh and cry together. It’s not the same speaking to my iphone’s camera in an empty room – and no one laughs at my jokes! Seriously, your presence and energy are what helps co-create our Sunday experiences.

I’m not one who believes that everything happens for a reason, but I do believe that we can bring reason to everything that happens. This is a time of deep healing individually and as a human family. Things are breaking open, breaking through, coming forth into the light. Our entire world is transforming and that kind of shift isn’t pretty or comfortable. Now is the time when the rubber hits the road. What are the spiritual principles that will guide my thoughts and how will I convert these ideas into the words I speak, the actions I take, the things I build, the way my very being moves into expression? And isn’t that what life is all about?

I know it’s hard to be separated but I also know deep in my soul that we are truly connected in heart and spirit! We will persevere. Remember our vision: We are God’s Love in action, dedicated to a life of love and a love of life.
To quote Karen Drucker, I hold you in my heart. You are my family. You are the face of God.

With Love,
Reverend Robin

Please reach out if you have a need – your Minister, Board, Prayer Chaplains, and Care Team are still here for you. ©

Please consider joining in the Community Connection time on Zoom or attend Wednesday meditation (links to click on are below)– it is such a delight to see one another! If you don’t want to be seen, you can keep your video off and no one will know you are in your pajamas. And if you want to try it out beforehand, let me know and I’ll meet you in our “room” so you can see how it works. J

-Summer Women’s Gathering – on Zoom Friday, June 19 at 6 PM will be hosted by Barbara Bethke.
Bring to gathering (in your home in front of computer/tablet/phone)
• Dinner for yourself
• Large paper, any color, any kind, that you can write on. Preferable not lined.
• Pencils (colored and not), pens, markers, etc
• A compass if you have one, if not you can free hand a circle as best you can. You may want a ruler to make lines.
• Your willingness to be open.
• Wear something fun.
We’ll have our dinners at 6 and then about 45 minutes later start our project focused on gratitude.
Link to Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83454014999
Meeting ID: 834 5401 4999 OR by phone only: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Prayer Requests can be emailed to prayer@unityofbandon.org to be distributed to our Prayer email list. If you prefer a private prayer request, email revrobin@haruna.com
Prayer Chaplain Training: Love & Light Ministries, founded by Unity minister, Lei Lanni Burt, is now offering online Prayer Chaplain training. This is the training that Dorothy and I attended and brought back to Unity of Bandon. For more information: https://lightandloveministries.org/schedule-%26-registration
Our Prayer Chaplains are available for prayer support by phone. They hold sacred space, lovingly listen, and hold what is shared in confidence. They do not judge or advise – their role is to pray. Prayer Chaplains: Barbara Bethke - 541-400-0081; Doug Froman - 541-329-2037; Laura Graham - 541-603-5595; Dorothy Tharsing - 541-290-8372 Please leave a message and they will get back to you!

Community Connection on Zoom is available after service each Sunday at. Stop in and say hi! Join Zoom Meeting link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/856169141…
OR enter Meeting ID: 856 169 141 Password: 909683
Midweek Meditation Wednesdays at 11 on Zoom: Set a reminder on your phone and be sure to join us!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81682847005…
OR enter Meeting ID: 816 8284 7005 Password: 491946
As above, it’s a joy to see one another, but you can choose to keep your video off!

Blessings,
Reverend Robin

Unity of Bandon is here to support you in your personal and spiritual growth. During these challenging times, it is our sincere desire to bring comfort, safety, and a sense of community to your life. Please reach out if there is some way this spiritual community can be of support.

 

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