Inspiration from Rev. Betty

God, Our Help in Every Need

Matthew 11:28 & 30 ~ “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

During the time that Jesus spent on this earth, he taught that God is our Loving Parent and desires only good for us, His Children. It is not our Heavenly Father’s Will that any of His children should suffered. Jesus encouraged his followers by speaking words of hope and encouragement.

To be heavy laden is to be burdened with mortal beliefs and cares. At that time, the people were burdened by their beliefs and cares. Jesus showed compassion for them and gave them hope. He taught them the Truth of their being–that they were created in God’s Exact Image.

With all that is happening in the world around us, we might, indeed, feel heavily burdened; but I believe that Jesus meant his words of hope for then and for ever more.

Denial: I deny everything in this world that is unlike God.
Affirmation: I affirm all is Spirit. Only the Good is True.

Psalm 54:4 ~ “Behold, God is my helper.”

Provided by Rev. Betty A. Tarpley

Breath of God

04-14-2020 ~Inspirational Thought from Rev. Betty

Breath of God

We have just observed Lent, Palm Sunday, and the Easter Resurrection. This year, due to the pandemic, we haven’t been able to gather together for our usual observance. For me, during this time, I have turned to spiritual hymns, the Bible, and on-line services. One hymn, in particular, keeps going over and over in my mind—“Breathe on Me, Breath of God.” I share with you the first verse:

Breathe on me, Breath of God, Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love, And do what Thou wouldst do.

This reminded me of Jesus’ resurrection and when in the evening of the same day, the disciples were hiding, fearful of the Jews; and Jesus came and stood in the midst of them and said, Peace be unto you. John 20:19. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. John 20:22. This is an Aramaic idiom; “He breathed on them” means “he encouraged them.”

The disciples were discouraged when Jesus was crucified, but when he “breathed on them” after his resurrection, the disciples were empowered. At this time in our earthly journey, we can sing, read Scripture, and be encouraged, knowing we have the Faith, Peace, and Power to move through this experience. We include all people in our thoughts of Perfect Peace.

Isaiah 26:3 ~ “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee…”

Health Tip

There are many things we can each do to prevent the spread of viruses. One of the best things is hand washing. We are asked to wash our hands often with soap and water–before handling food or touching our face, after handling food, before and after contact with someone, before and after using the restroom, …. And we are told that we should wash our hands for at least 20 seconds. There are lots of 20 second songs to sing or hum as a way of timing the 20 seconds. ‘Happy birthday’ is one of them. How about singing the second verse, “God is blessing you now”. to get in a 20 second prayer boost while getting clean hands.

If soap and water isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer with a base of at least 60% alcohol. And, guess what? That should be rubbed vigorously for 20 seconds! You can affirm God’s blessing then, too!

Classes and Study Groups

We will continue to hold our Wednesday Prayer and Meditation. However all other groups are being held at the discretion of the facilitator. Please check with your facilitator. The office may not be aware of any recent change.

Blessings to Rev. Linda

As we bid farewell to Rev. Linda Taylor, we are profoundly grateful for her many blessings to our congregation and community in her eight and a half years with us.  Among her accomplishments are: helping us navigate through a major renovation and expansion, introducing a brilliant fundraising idea that paid for our new roof, creating and leading several year-long Disciples study groups, facilitating a Mastermind focus group that lead to a new and refreshed vision and mission statement and Spirit Groups, rigorously developing and monitoring a realistic budget, increasing our income by inviting new like-minded people to our church through hosting the annual Body, Mind, Spirit Fest, and gently but steadily moving us forward on our spiritual paths into a community-lead consciousness.  

Through all of this she remained open, accessible, and humble – a true demonstration and example of walking the path of Spirit.

We love and bless her as she continues to follow her own spiritual path, wherever that leads, knowing that we are better for her time with us and are also prepared for our next exciting step in spiritual evolution.  Because of her efforts, we are ready to welcome in a new leader that is our vibrational match.

Join me in sending love and blessings to Rev. Linda Taylor and her husband, Riley, as they begin their new, spirit-guided adventure back to Texas and family.  We are a better, stronger, more Spirit-led and capable due to her eight and a half years with us.  She is a shining example of walking the spiritual path with grace, humility, insight, vision, practicality, and intuition.  We send them on the wings of prayer, knowing that we are all held in the hands of God. 

Happy New Year to all,

Sue Frankel

President, URV BOD

The Forever Angels

A new study, a new book, a new challenge to what we think we know about life and death, reincarnation, and the life continuum. This presentation will both surprise and startle you! The book, The Forever Angels, Near-Death Experiences in Childhood and Their Lifelong Impact, is like nothing else you’ve ever read! It is a groundbreaking study of the lifelong effects of near-death experiences in the newly born, babies, toddlers, and children up to age five.

 P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., is a distinguished researcher of near-death experiences, prayer chaplain, spiritual counselor, and visionary. She is the author of 15 books including Children of the Fifth WorldBeyond the Indigo Children, and The New Kids and Near-Death Experiences. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. This event will include a PowerPoint presentation plus Q&A. Books will be available for sale.

 The Forever Angels

September 15, 2019

1:00pm-3:00pmSanctuary

$20.00

The Magic of Manifestation

The universe is always operating in divine balance and manifestation follows these universal laws. Learning this language will free you to create a life you are in love with. Join Deborah Steddom for a two-hour interactive workshop exploring the pleasures and pitfalls of creating your own reality.
Learn how to free yourself from old patterns; experience the power of your thoughts; and expand self-trust and understanding!

Workshop fee $20

Energy Healing Expo

 
Energy Healers of the Roanoke Valley, including some
of our Myrtle Fillmore Holistic Healing Center
practitioners, invite you to join us for an
 Energy Healing Expo
 April 13 1:00PM to 5:00PM
 Gathering Room
 
Come learn about and experience the many different
 types of energy and holistic healing available in the Roanoke Valley . We will have many different modalities available for you to experience including Massage,
 Access Bars, LaHoChi, Reiki, Spiritual
 Psychotherapy, and more!
 
We will be selling tickets for $20 for 20 minutes of services($1/minute for additional time) Gift certificates
 will also be available.

Easter Celebrations at Unity of Roanoke Valley

Join us Sunday, April 21, for any or all of our Easter Celebrations. Start the day at 7:00am for our Sunrise Service held in the beautiful Rose Garden (weather permitting). We follow that with breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Next is our Communion Service at 9:00am which is followed by a second breakfast. At 11:00am, we offer a Celebration Service in the Sanctuary while our youth have an Easter Party in the Youth Ed Building. And the final celebration event is an Easter Egg Hunt for our youth. See the Calendar for more details.