'Nehemiah days' planned to rebuild Unity grounds

All are invited to join us at Unity of Westlake's first annual Nehemiah retreat/rebuild days.

One of the lesser-known Biblical figures, Nehemiah was a cupbearer to Persian King Artaxerxes I in the fifth century. Hearing about the damage to the entire city of Jerusalem, he wanted to do something about it. After getting permission from the King, knowing that people were his greatest resource, he enlisted and united the people and started to rebuild the walls of the Holy City.

What a success story! People worked together to accomplish their goal, and rebuilt the capital of Judah in 52 days.  Nehemiah led, organized and motivated his people into getting up and doing, not whining or complaining, but participating in a sacred service, that served and blessed thousands in years to come.

Building the damaged walls to an entire city in the fifth century, without modern tools, couldn't have been an easy task. Toiling outdoors, lifting and placing heavy stones, for weeks at a time, there must have been moments when thoughts of giving up crossed many minds. Overall, each person must have worked in the Spirit of knowing that the individual gifts they could bring would combine and lend to a greater endeavor, an accomplishment that fortified an entire city, the Holy City of Jerusalem. 

Today over 3.5 million tourists, most from the U.S., visit Israel, with the city of Jerusalem the most visited city, the Western Wall the most visited site.

Motivated by Nehemiah's call to action where needed, Unity Spiritual Center is seeking help to refresh its three-acre property. All with a green thumb, including tree-huggers, great gardeners, flower enthusiasts, nature lovers, and superb weed-pullers are invited to join us on our retreat to spruce up the grounds at Unity. All ages welcome, starting Friday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. and again on Saturday, June 6, anytime after 7:30 a.m.

Tools will be provided, or bring your own; especially needed items are rakes and shovels. Stay the whole day, or a few hours. Rather work indoors? There will be indoor tasks to sign up for as well. There will be plenty of food, starting with a Friday evening potluck (bring a dish). Saturday snacks provided; at the end of the workday on Saturday there will be a catered dinner. 

Come for fun, friendship, food and renewal at Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake, 23855 Detroit Road. Call 440-835-0400 with questions.

Sharon Fedor

I am Secretary on the Board of Trustees of Unity Spiritual Center. I enjoy writing about USC's events, and everyone is welcome at Sunday services, or our numerous classes, and worshops!

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.02.2015