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meeting at:

First Congregational Church

Corner of Main and Front Streets

Binghamton, NY 13905

at 11:45 AM in the Eden Room  

Fellowship & refreshments shared with FCC at 11:15 AM in the Parlor

This Week at Unity 6-24-18

Please join us as we welcome back Rev. Art Suggs!  When asked about his topic for this week, Rev. Suggs replied “There are a number of passages in the Bible that really stretch our credulity.  Some people take issue with some of the stories (Jonah and the Whale, for example), and don’t think that such a think really, literally happened.   Others have some problems with the miracles.  Some openly doubt, and others rather secretly wonder of such things really happened, and whether they really could happen again in our time.  I would like to look at three passages that aren’t fictional teaching stories, nor are they miracles, but rather passages that really stretch their believability, and then examine whether what they say really could be true”.

You won’t want to miss this one!

Unity in the Southern Tier Baseball Night:

Tickets are available for Unity in the Southern Tier night at NYSEG Stadium.  This will occur on Monday June 25 at 6:35 PM at NYSEG stadium where it’s the Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs Trenton Thunder (AA Yankees).  Rev Diane Sickler will be up for the game with some of her friends. Come join us. Ticket price only $7.00 Contact JerryNeary @ or 570 396 4398. 

Upcoming Workshops:

Saturday June 23, from 3-5:00 pm

Rick Gridley presents “Unconventional Approaches to INNER INTIMACY.  In his workshop you will learn how to:

  • Balance Unpleasant or Intense Emotions
  • Experience Deeper Intimacy with Yourself

Extract Pleasure from Nothing

This workshop will be held in the Eden room at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main street, Binghamton, NY. 

Cost is $25 in advance; $40 at the door.  To Register, contact Rick Gridley at 607-323-7425.

 Vera’s Videos:

Vera Scroggins has taken several videos of recent Sunday Services.  To find her videos of Rev. Diane Sickler, Rev. Art Suggs, musical guests & others: 

 First, type in youtube in your search engine.

 When youtube comes up type in her name, Vera Scroggins, in the search bar on top of page.

 Click her name and face to get to her channel.

 Look for Rev. Sickler’s name in a picture icon and look across icons till you see

Rev. Suggs picture icon.  Click on those to view the sermons and live music.

 Vera can send you a link if you prefer as she wasn’t able to send links in the Unity email.

 Anyone with questions can call or write Vera Scroggins:

veraduerga@gmail (dot com) or 607-237-9685.

New Board of Trustees & Officers:

At our annual meeting on May 6, 2018, the membership participated in election of Board members.  The newly elected board consists of:

Jerry Neary, Nadine Schaub, Vera Scroggins, Karla Hill, Valerie Zehl, and Sharon Shadduck. 

The Board then met on May 13, 2018 and elected officers. Here are the results:

President:  Karla Hill

Vice President: Jerry Neary

Treasurer: Nadine Schaub

Secretary: Vera Scroggins

Affirm with us: 

The Christ Spirit is at work in Unity in the Southern Tier to bring abundant prosperity and overflowing good.

 Honoring Diversity:

   We believe that all people are created with sacred worth. Therefore we recognize the importance of serving all people within the Unity family in spiritually and emotionally caring ways. We strive to reach out to all who seek Unity support and spiritual growth.      Our spiritual community is free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. 

The Courage To Imagine

The 2018 Unity yearly theme is The Courage to Imagine. It is through the power of imagination that we can transform our lives. Whatever outcome we envision, we can achieve. Using this gift, we can release limiting thoughts and realize our divine potential.

The 5 Basic Principles of Unity Teachings

Unity encourages you to explore and apply Unity teachings based on your own spiritual understanding. We believe this spiritual understanding is enhanced through reflective prayer and meditation. The five basic ideas that make up the Unity belief system are: 1) God is the source and creator of all. There is no other enduring power. God is good and present everywhere. 2) We are spiritual beings, created in God’s image. The spirit of God lives within each person; therefore, all people are inherently good. 3) We create our life experiences through our way of thinking. 4) There is power in affirmative prayer, which we believe increases our connection to God. 5) Knowledge of these spiritual principles is not enough. We must live them.

Do You Know About the 12 Powers?

The Twelve Powers are core abilities within each of us that we are using whether we know it or not. We consciously use them to handle every life situation so we can be the best we can be. Each of our Twelve Powers has a focused use and purpose, and we use them together, in concert, to master the art of living. They are faith, strength, wisdom, love, power, imagination, understanding, will, order, zeal, elimination, and life.- Rev. Kelly Isola

What is Affirmative Prayer?  (from

When most people think of prayer, they think of asking God for something.

Not so in Unity.

Unity uses “affirmative prayer.” Rather than begging or beseeching God, this method involves connecting with the spirit of God within and asserting positive beliefs about the desired outcome. Affirmative prayer is the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, “So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours” (Mark 11:24).

If, for example, one were to pray traditionally, one might say: “Please God, help me find a job.” By contrast, an affirmative prayer might be: “I am now guided to my right and perfect employment.”

Affirmative prayer reflects the certainty that we are each being led to our highest good, despite any temporary appearances.

Metaphysicians believe that thoughts transmit magnetic energy and this energy attracts other energy of the same frequency. Whether you are conscious of it or not, your thoughts are transmitting energy that is attracting more of the same. When you remain focused on your intentions, you will draw those things into your life.

Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of Prayer Works, states that affirmative prayer “sets into motion the forces that enable us to manifest what we pray for.”

She adds, “Prayer is ineffective when it is accompanied or followed by negative thinking, or the endless repeating of affirmations. We have to put power and intensity into our thought, change our thought, and believe in the guidance we are receiving. If we spend energy on negative beliefs and feelings, we will get negative results, even if we and others pray daily for us. For example, if you pray for a job and then complain to others that you have no job or can’t find one, you are undermining your prayer.”

By using an affirmative prayer approach, we can visualize and plan for the future with faith that the power of God is continually blessing our lives with unlimited possibilities. Affirmative prayer leads to an awakening of our spiritual selves. In faith, we pray giving thanks in advance that the Universe is meeting our every need.

Our Unity Prayer Request Box

We encourage you to make a list of all of your prayer concerns for both yourself and others, and to put it in the prayer request box either before or after the service on Sundays.  Prayer requests will be sent on to Silent Unity where they will also be prayed about every day for 30 days.  Feel free to bring a new prayer list every Sunday.


Silent Unity … May We Pray With You? 24 Hours A Day

1-800-NOW-PRAY (669-7729)


   Download the free mobile prayer app from Silent Unity


Hal Fischbeck’s Phone Ministry

Hal Fischbeck is essentially the founder and “Father” of our Church.  He has revitalized his phone ministry called Unity Thoughts, and the phone number is (607) 757-0009. He changes the message a couple of times each week. Call the number anytime you need a spiritual lift or a blessing.



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