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Weekly Update
October 17, 2018
Contents

Section 1 - Articles
Time Change
Shirt Stories
Now You Can Do More...
Lynn McTaggert Small Group Discoveries Beyond The Intention Experiments

Unity In The Community News
Talk Titles - November

Section 2 - Events
Used Book Sale
The Power of Eight
Unity In The Community
Kirtan
Thanksgiving
Giving Tuesday
Event Form

Section 3 - Sacred Service
Choir Rehearsal
Hospitality - Recipe for you!
Grade-a-thon and video
Get Involved Link
Fall Food Drive
Sacred Giving
ARTICLES
Time Change
November 4th

Remember to set your clock back,  "Fall Back" on November 4th!  

On a side note, we always talk about not having enough time.  We have a "free hour"!  What are you going to do with it?  Here are some ideas.
  • Spend extra time with a loved one
  • Spend it volunteering somewhere
  • Spend it in prayer and meditation
  • Spend it resting
  • Spending it doing a hobby you "never have time for"
  • Get a few of those "honey do's" done.  You know, the ones that don't take long but we procrastinate for whatever reason.

Stories of the Shirts
1st edition - Kelly Brietzke

 
Have you been wearing your Unity of New Braunfels “Love” shirt out in the community? Well, I have and it has received some very positive attention! I bought myself two more just so I can wear them as often as I can! Several other congregants have come back to purchase additional shirts so they can wear them more often too. Because of the shirts and the Y.O.U. attendance at the San Marcos Pride event, one of our neighbor families has been attending UNB. I have sold a t-shirt to a friend’s coworker and to a friend of Quinton’s. And I’ve had comments from people in the community such as, “Oh, I like what your shirt says!” and “What a nice message from a church!” 
 
The word is getting out.  Keeping with our Core Values:


In UNITY, we are SPIRIT-FILLED and OPEN-MINDED, welcoming all. We share a POSITIVE space; EMPOWERING others and creating PROSPEROUS lives,

we are no longer the best kept secret in town!
 
Have fun wearing your shirts and SHARE your stories! Email your stories to Leslie at
info@unitynb.org and she will publish them.
 
T-shirts are for sale for $20 and benefit the Y.O.U. See any Y.O.U.er or Kelly Brietzke to purchase a shirt. They are available in the foyer most Sundays.


Now You Can Do More ...
 
Our online pictorial directory has been upgraded to a members forum, which means that you can now initiate new topics for discussion there in addition to seeing the photos, sending private messages, and writing on each other's walls. It is still as private as ever, so those of you who like to keep a low online profile can be assured that only members and regular attenders of our church will be able to view discussions. Conversation does not have to be church-related — just whatever you choose to share as a way of getting better acquainted with fellow members. Think of it as our secluded Facebook without the clutter and noise. 
 

https://unbfamily.org/hub/members/
 
If you haven't yet been added and assigned a password, Mary Boren will be taking pictures on the first Sunday of November. Or you may register and upload a photo via a link on that page to the submission form.

Lynne McTaggart
Small Group Discoveries Beyond The Intention Experiments

By Holli Sharp

IS GENUINE ALTRUISM THE ANTIDOTE?
   As a seasoned investigative journalist and natural skeptic, Lynne McTaggart had no logical explanation for what she was witnessing and scientifically documenting. The power of human thought frightened and excited her at the same time.
   Could a small group of strangers – joined together to focus on one intention in mindful meditation and prayer – be the cause of spontaneous healings for individuals within the group?
   Is authentic altruism the antidote for physical and mental illness, fractured relationships and, on a broad scale, tragedies like terrorism, war and violence?
   McTaggart confesses that it took her nine years to surrender to her research and “The Power of Eight,” the latest book born through her and released in the fall of 2017.
   “Honestly, I kind of hated it,” she says, smiling. “I have been a reluctant apostle. I thought it was going to undermine my credibility, but I carried on with my research and the workshops. I knew we were onto something in these small groups, and every time, I was scared.”
   In fact, it was so confounding that McTaggart didn’t want to talk about it publicly for years. “As a journalist,” she explains, “I buried the lead. I needed to understand why. I wanted to keep investigating. I still don’t completely understand or pretend to. I’m learning with everyone who participates.”
   McTaggart has witnessed firsthand the impact of group intention and meditation. She has recorded measurable, scientifically observable outcomes. The people from across the world in her thought experiments have proven that by wanting good for another, personal and global healing can be accelerated.

THE WORLD’S LARGEST THOUGHT LABORATORY
   Her curiosity more than a decade ago created thousands of different thought and intention experiments.
   This journey began in 2005 when McTaggart asked some basic questions about the power of thought: Can we use intention to heal the world? And what happens when lots of people are thinking the same thought at the same time? Does it magnify the effect?
   To objectively find answers, McTaggart, editorial director for the long-running health journal What Doctors Don’t Tell You, enlisted her readers in an ongoing scientific experiment beginning in 2007.
   Working with a large and respected consortium of scientists highly experienced in consciousness research, she developed the world’s largest global laboratory to test the power of mass intention to heal some of the world’s major issues.
    She estimates that several hundred thousand of the journal’s intentional readers have anticipated, with intention-setters from nearly 100 countries joined individual experiments through her website and online TV presence.
   In the 29 experiments she’s conducted to date, 25 have evidenced measurable, mostly significant change. All three of her coordinated global Peace Intention Experiments had positive outcomes in lowering violence in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C.

MIRROR, MIRROR: HOMOTHUMANDON ACTIVATED
In 2015, the experiment evolved. McTaggart aimed to observe whether smaller groups could effect meaningful, scientifically observable outcomes by sharing a prayerful intention.
   She assembled groups of eight (an arbitrary number that came to her mind) for a yearlong master intention class. Approximately 250 participants were set up for success with seven weeks of instruction monitoring for outcomes. Then it was time to assemble the facts.
   Of the people who stayed in their groups and met weekly, virtually 100 percent reported amazing transformations in their lives. And their thoughts seemed to be influencing the situations they were praying over, too.
   No matter who comprised a group, the results continued to be identifiable and “mind-blowing.”
 

   “It was obvious to me that there is a mirror effect that happens,” McTaggart says. “It was a human study, and we were totally making it up as we went along. We saw the senders getting as much as the receivers. It is the power of the same prayer being prayed at the same time.”
   In music, the term homothumadon means “with one mind, one accord, one passion.” These groups of eight have proven to be maestros of meditative thought, unleashing healing energy and intention into their own lives inadvertently.
   Through all her experiments with how our thoughts impact our realities, eight seems to be a magic number.

HELP THYSELF: PRAY FOR OTHERS
   McTaggart witnessed chronic fatigue, migraines and PTSD healed, dream jobs manifested, lifelong depression wiped away. More than one participant with vitiligo began seeing pigment return to the skin. Financial windfalls swooped in at the perfect time. People uprooted their entire lives begin again with a renewed purpose. A woman with crippling arthritis was able to stand at the podium.
   These gifts were showing up for groups who prayed together in person or remotely, over the phone or online. But why?
   “Maybe altruism is a big part of this,” McTaggart reflects on her findings. “It’s like a bulletproof vest. I’ve learned that probably the most selfish thing you can do is get off yourself and start thinking about other people.”
   She describes “The Power of Eight” as a book about her own journey to understanding. Not only did she use the facts behind the small group intention work, she also traveled around the globe and studied esoteric and indigenous traditions about altruism and its healing ripple effect. 
   Her husband, fellow journalist and What Doctors Don’t Tell You co-founder, Bryan Hubbard, asked her what the biggest effect of the intention experiments has been. Without a doubt, she says, it is the impact on the participants.
   They think while they are sitting there quietly focused that they are helping others. The miracle is that they are truly healing and transforming themselves at the same time – shifting their thoughts, habits and outcomes. 
   “I didn’t expect the extent of the rebound effects,” Mc Taggart says, “and I don’t ask questions anymore about why. Some things are beyond explanation and evidence.”

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EIGHT
The number eight was a completely arbitrary number for McTaggart that now, in a way defines this phase of her life-changing work. Though picking the number was a random choice, she feels it’s served as the optimum number for these small group experiments.
   It’s the number associated mathematically with infinity. The Egyptians used ”8” to signify balance and cosmic order. The Book of Genesis tells us that in the beginning, here were eight creative words of God in six days.

FIND YOUR GREAT EIGHT
   Anyone is a candidate for miraculous developments. You don’t need years of priming or disciplined practice on a meditation cushion. McTaggart offers helpful guidelines for individuals and churches centers and communities.
   Find more details, tips and videos at LynnMcTaggart.com and  LynneMcTaggart.com/church-Members.
   Get a group of eight together. Maybe it’s you plus seven from your church community. Expand your horizons and tap into a virtual group through Facebook or another connective outlet (Skype, Zoom or other online meeting forums).
   A good place to start is by picking someone who is facing a health challenge, in the group or not. Group members discuss the very specific intention and then join hands (or come together in silence on the phone or video conference). The statement is made collectively: “Our intention is _______________________.”
   Breathing rhythmically ad focusing on the desired outcome are the keys to a group healing vigil. Imagine the person well in every way. Explore how that wholeness and health feels.  Pray that the recipient has an open heart to receive the blessings.

---reprinted with permission of Science of Mind
April 2018

 
Talk Titles for November

Nov 4     God's Invitation Awaits Our Response
               Linda Gillispie, L.U.T.
Nov 11    "Abraham" from Mortal to Spiritual Consciousness
               Rev. Sondra von Gyllenband
Nov 18   Your Spiritual Toolbox
              Rev. Gary Canier
Nov 25   Gratitude Changes Everything
              Rev. Gary Canier
EVENTS
Annual Used Book Sale
October 21 - November 4
Donations accepted through Thursday, October 18th

 
Purchase your wonderful book(s) on a generous love offering basis in the foyer.  Proceeds will replenish Sacred Corner Bookstore inventory.
The Power of Eight
Sundays, October 21-Nov 18
1:30 - 4:00 pm in the Life Room
Facilitator: Cathy Oberkampf, L.U.T.

 
Come explore and experience how group intention can heal our lives and change the world for the better. When individuals in a group focus their intention together on a single target, a powerful collective dynamic emerges that can heal longstanding conditions, mend fractured relationships, lower violence and even rekindle life purpose.  This class will follow along Lynne McTaggart’s book The Power of Eight. She shows that group intention has a boomerang effect, not only affecting the recipient but also reflecting back on the senders. Come experience this for yourself as we form our own groups and send intentions out for ourselves; friends and family; and the world.

Materials needed: The Power of Eight by Lynne McTaggart, journal
 
Cost for classes:
For credit $45 + love offering,
non-credit:love offering
 
Registration opens October 7th.
Register - Power of Eight
Unity in the Community!
We love to support our member and regular attenders! If you have a community event, email the details to the church office.
Kirtan is the singing of praise and adoration of the Divine in a call-and-response chanting.  Join us in the Sanctuary for this wonderful, prayerful, moving experience.  Generous love offering accepted.
Thanksgiving Day Potluck
at Unity of New Braunfels

 
  • Serving Time: 1:00 pm Thanksgiving Day
  • A-K bring sides, L-Z bring desserts
  • RSVP required by Nov 11th online or in foyer -- RSVP NOW
  • Extended family welcome
  • Special guests: 12 airman from the USAF
  • TV Room for football games – Outdoor activities as well
Events/Class Form
 
Do you have an event or class coming up? Do you have an ongoing event but the information is changing? Have you been thinking about an event and need to know where to start?  Click on the Event Form link below.

Our CommUNITY Life is full of ways to be involved and is continuing to expand.  In order to keep up with our busy, joyful, and very active community, this tool will help keep communication open and get all events publicized in a timely manner.
Event Form
SACRED SERVICE
Choir Rehearsal Begins

Sundays starting October 28th - December 9th
(Except Thanksgiving Weekend)
After the 11:00 Service


Come sing with us!
Performance Date: Sunday, December 16th at the 11:00 Service
 
HOSPITALITY AND GRATITUDE GO HAND IN HAND


The Hospitality Team has opportunities for you!  Do you like to bake?  Do you like to share...perhaps some goodies you bought or baked?  Click here to sign up to bring refreshments for Sunday mornings.

Our Thanksgiving gift to you is this wonderful recipe for Cranberry Brie Bites. 
Recipe
Grade-a-thon Sponsorship Opportunities
Youth In Unity (Y.O.U.)

Our youth get several opportunities throughout the year to attend rallies on a regional and national level.  These moments are life changing!  This is reflected in how they grow spiritually, handle life's struggles and celebrations, develop leadership skills.  You can be part of this wonderful ministry by sponsoring our youth through their Grade-a-thon fundraiser!

There are different levels of sponsorship:
  • Sponsor one or more or all youth a donate a specific amount per A and/or B
  • Sponsor the group with a set amount to give each grading period
  • Sponsor the group with a one time donation
Click on the button below to sign up as a Grade-a-thon Sponsor.  Also, check out the video our regional officers created about Y.O.U. below!

 
Grade-a-thon Sponsor
Right click above image then select open in a new tab.  Then hit the play arrow.
Looking for ways to be of service to Unity of New Braunfels? Click on the button below to be directed to our Get Involved page.
Get Involved
Fall Food Drive

Items needed for the Fall Food Drive are:
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cereal
  • Tuna
  • Beans
  • Rice
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Chili
  • Canned Stews
  • Canned Soups
  • Canned lunch meats
  • Full meals (canned or boxed)
  • Pop - top food items
Food drive collection boxes are located in the foyer.
 
Sacred Giving
Check out two ways to give to Unity of New Braunfels.  Amazon Smile and then, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is Giving Tuesday. Details below.

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Recurring Meetings

Sundays:    
9:15 am       Sunday Service in the Sanctuary
11:00  am     Sunday Service in the Sanctuary
12:30 pm      Reiki (2nd and 4th Sundays)
  7:00 pm      OA in the Life Room


Mondays
6:00 pm      CODA in the Life Room
Tuesdays:        
10:00  am    Prayer and Book Study : Life Room  More
  6:00  pm    SA in the Gratitude and Prosperity Room
  6:30  pm    Silent Unity Meditation in the Sanctuary
  7:00  pm    Pranic Healing in the Life Room
Wednesdays:    
1:00 pm      A Course In Miracles in the Life Room 
6:00 pm      Al-Anon in the Life Room
7:30  pm     AA in the Gratitude and Prosperity Room
                   Al-Anon in the Life Room
Thursdays
7:00 pm      OA in the Life Room
Fridays
7:00 pm      Wise Women (third Friday - time and location varies, see newsletter for details)

Saturday
8:00 a.m.    Men In Unity (2nd Saturday of each month)
                   Landscape Team Workday
                   (1st Saturday of each month October - April)
 

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