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The Good News, According to Phil

Rev. Phil Schlaefer

Rev. Phil Schlaefer

This is about the wisdom of senior softball.

I have been engaged in senior softball for 4 years, playing in Estero in the winter and Naples in the summer. In addition to the great physical exercise, e.g., running at full speed after hitting a ball, and bending when fielding a ground ball, I have learned some valuable lessons. (more…)

Opportunities to Connect, Grow & Give

Unity Church of Bonita Springs provides new opportunities every month to connect with friendly people, explore new ideas, celebrate, and grow spiritually. Please check our Calendar for complete information about all the ways we can bless you!

Gospel of ThomasGospel of Thomas
Saturday, April 30, 1-2:30 p.m.
Rev. Phil presents the teachings of this Gospel, rediscovered in 1947. It is a series of wisdom sayings and parables of Jesus. Some are familiar, as they appear in the four  Gospels as well.  But some are entirely new and surprising. They challenge us to move our mental and spiritual comfort zones, which was Jesus’ intention.

The established church did its best to destroy all copies of this Gospel. But one copy, on leather skin, written in the Coptic language, was discovered in Egypt in a village garbage dump. It was quickly translated into many languages, including English.

Rev. Phil believes The Gospel of Thomas is an authentic recollection of Jesus’ teachings, which someone heard and wrote down. Only now are we ready to receive this challenging material.

Jesus teachingThe Parables of Jesus
Saturdays, May 7 and 14, 1-3:30 p.m.
Rev. Phil presents two sessions in which we explore Jesus’ parables. These are earthly stories with heavenly meanings. These stories are unique to Jesus, and central to his teachings. The hearer is invited to consider deep spiritual truths that underlie seemingly simple stories, some of which are just a sentence or two in length, and some more extensive. Scholars agree that these are not productions of Jesus’ well-intentioned scribes, but authentic recollections of his actual teachings.

Miniature Golf
Thursday, May 19, 7-9 p.m.
Excursions, initiated by Candace Drury, have all been fun. So far, groups of us have visited Shangri La, taken in an FGCU women’s basketball game, enjoyed a boat brunch at the Conservancy, toured the PBS radio and TV studios, and experienced a salt cave. We get to know each other on a social level, and it’s good. It will miniature golf this time, and we’re open to suggestions after that.

Magic bookUnity Sisters
Saturday, May 21, 9:30 -11:30 a.m.
Thanks go to Corrine Besee for leading this great group this season. The last gathering is today. Joyce Luciani will complete her sharing on her published books, so it will be a worthwhile time. Joyce will share the wordings of an author.

Inner Peace – – I am a radiating center of love.  I am peaceful and free.
Guidance – Guided by divine wisdom, I soar to new heights of understanding.
Healing – Divine life renews every cell of my body.
Prosperity – Trusting the prospering power of Spirit, I am open to new and infinite blessings
World Peace – My expressions of love and compassion pave the way to peace.

Peace Path
The Peace Path, which winds through the woods behind the church building, was recently cleared and widened. About 20 of us enjoyed a walk along the path on a recent Sunday. There are 12 stone seats on the Path, each with a word on it.  Examples are “love,” “understanding,” and “faith.” At each station, one can contemplate that particular spiritual gift. You may walk the Path at any time.

Office Update
At this writing, the workers are putting on the roof. Soon the new Minister’s office will be complete. Then comes the fun of furnishing the office, with a desk, file cabinets, a small table and chairs for counseling and small meetings, and a bookcase. We have a group, led by Rebecca Link, that is choosing furnishings; feng shui is a consideration. It will be ready by this summer. The returning Snowbirds will enjoy a pleasant surprise, and Rev. Phil is ready to enjoy his new digs.

The furniture fund has brought in over $3,000 thus far, and we are open to more contributions. There will be a Wall of Honor, with the names of all the donors. Thanks to all!

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