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  • In Gratitude for Service - Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday, November 22 (3)

    cornucopiaOn Sunday, November 22 we will honor and express deep gratitude for all those who serve in our community. The Board of Directors will coordinate and lead our annual Thanksgiving Fellowship Feast right after service. This is the perfect time to celebrate and express our gratitude for Life, for our spiritual community and especially those who serve to make it all happen. Everyone is invited to bring a delectable dish to share. There will be a sign up sheet on our table outside the sanctuary. 

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  • Celebrate Your Loved Ones - "Day of the Dead" Sacred Service on November 1

    dayofthedeadaltarDay of the Dead is a lively holiday observed throughout Mexico and other Latin American cultures, which celebrates the lives of the deceased. This year it begins on Sunday, November 1 and ends on Monday, November 2.. Last year we held a Day of the Dead sacred service during our regular Sunday service time and it was very well received. This year we will again hold this special service on Sunday, November 1. During this time together we will honor and celebrate the lives of our loved ones who were important to us. 

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  • Make the Message Stick After Service


    Meet after service this Sunday beginning at 12:15 pm to discuss how to apply the Sunday message to your life over lunch. This is open to everyone. You will engage in interesting conversation and meet new people. Try it once or be a regular, it’s up to you. See Ruthie Brew or Brandy Mertes if you are interested. 

  • 12 Spiritual Gifts Class Begins October 15 - Register Now!

    12 Powers of Man bookFaith…Imagination…Will…Understanding…Wisdom Power… Love…Order…Strength…Release…Life… Zeal

    As your birthright, did you know that you are blessed with 12 As your birthright, did you know that you are blessed with 12 spiritual gifts from God? Do you know what they are and how to use them skillfully?

    Using the book, The Twelve Powers of Man, by Charles Fillmore  and How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God by William Warch, we will learn about each of these powers and how to make full use of them for truly abundant and healthy living.

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  • Aaron English Featured Artist on Sunday, October 5

    Aaron EnglishOn Sunday, October 5, Aaron English of Seattle Washington joins us as a featured guest musician. Aaron has been a regular featured artist at Seattle Unity and Seattle Center for Spiritual Living playing his own highly acclaimed brand of Americana and adult pop/rock along with interpretations of songs from the four corners of the world. Aaron's songs are soul-searching, eloquent, lyrical, uplifting and thought provoking with a spiritual quality. Read more about Aaron here.

  • Maggie Mitchell Joins The Grateful Living

    Maggie MitchellOur band, The Grateful Living, continues its evolutionary unfoldment. In September, Maggie Mitchell - who has been a favorite guest vocalist at Abundant Life - joined the band as lead vocalist. Maggie is an amazing talent and we are grateful to have her. She can be found singing the National Anthem all over Chicagoland at sports games and special events. She is a recurring guest artist with Girl Group Chicago and other Chicago based bands. She produced a Holiday album in 2013, and co-produced and performed as lead singer for the Chicago all female cover-band, GIRLBAND.

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  • Four! Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, September 28

     imagesOn Sunday, September 28 we will celebrate our fourth anniversary during our regular service at 10:30 am. Our theme is "Make Your Passion Happen!!" Our band, The Grateful Living, will be joined by some of Chicago's best musicians and will perform with a full band sound. We will also honor our newest members of our community as part of the service. After service, we will have a potluck picnic in the pavilion behind the Patty Turner Center.

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  • Pray for Chicago Monthly Gathering

    Light.of.the.worldA seed prayer group at Abundant Life Spiritual Center has formed with the intention to positively affect our neighbors and communities in the City of Chicago. We meet monthly on the first Sunday of the month from noon to 1 pm. 

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  • 12 Spiritual Gifts Class Begins October 15 - Register Now!

    12 Powers of Man book

    As your birthright, did you know that you are blessed with 12 spiritual gifts from God? Do you know what they are and how to use them skillfully?

    Using the book, The Twelve Powers of Man, by Charles Fillmore  and How to Use Your Twelve Gifts from God by William Warch, we will learn about each of these powers and how to make full use of them for truly abundant and healthy living.

    This class will be taught by Rev. Carol Saunders and Licensed Unity Teacher candidate, Bonnie DeMartini, and will be offered for Spiritual Education and Enrichment (SEE) credit through Unity. You may choose to take it for credit or for personal enrichment.

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  • Rev. Jacqueline Triche Atkins - Guest Speaker on Sundays, August 17 & 24

    Rev. JackieOn Sundays August 17 & 24, Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Triche Atkins will be our guest speaker. She will present a two-part series on "The Perfect Continuum: From Spiritual Intimacy to Eternal Security.” Using the 23rd Psalm, Rev. Jackie will share her ideas on having an intimate relationship with God supported by the gifts of Divine Will and prayer.

    Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Triche Atkins, affectionately known as Rev. Jackie, is a licensed and ordained minister. She is the Founder and CEO of ShoVal & More, a service organization that exists to assist people to come to new or renewed awareness of their intrinsic greatness through conferences, classes, workshops and spiritual counseling.

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  • The Work of Byron Katie - A Sunday Message on August 10

    Paul Zavagno2On Sunday, August 10, 2014 Paul Zavagno will be our guest speaker. He will present a talk called, “Experiencing Freedom."  Using 'The Work' of Byron Katie along with A Course in Miracles, Paul will invite you to and awaken your mind to freedom. Paul spoke to our community last summer and his message was enthusiastically received.

    Paul Zavagno, MEd, is a retired educator who worked for over 30 years as a teacher and administrator. He is a certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie and currently teaches classes and sees private clients. Paul also serves at Abundant Life Spiritual Center as a Prayer Partner, Sunday service reader and workshop leader. We are blessed!

  • Summer Church Is Here – A New Earth!

    A-New-EarthFor the next few weeks we will take a fun, interactive and more laid back approach to our summer services. Join us beginning Sunday, July 6 for our summer series on Eckhart Tolle’s book,  A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life Purpose. Rev. Carol will come prepared to share her insights and create space for dialogue for those who are willing to share theirs.

    “This book is about you. It will change your state of consciousness or it will be meaningless,” writes Eckhart Tolle.  A New Earth was published in 2005, and selected into Oprah Winfreys’ Book Club in 2008. Bring your book on Sunday or order one after service July 6 if you wish. Or come without one at all!

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  • Deerfield Famiy Days - See You on the 4th

    Abundant Life Out in the CommunityAbundant Life will be at Deerfield Family Days to spread some love, meet people in the community and have some fun!  If you've visited our web site, have seen our signs in the neighborhood on Sundays but haven't had a chance to meet us yet, stop by and see us.  We'll have a table at the event in Jewett Park on Friday, July 4th, starting at 9 AM.  


  • Deerfield Farmer's Market - Saturday, October 4

    Abundant Life Out in the CommunityAbundant Life will be tabling at Deerfield Farmer's Market to spread some love, meet people in the community and have some fun! If you've visited our web site, have seen our signs in the neighborhood on Sundays but haven't had a chance to meet us yet, stop by and see us.  We'll have a table at the Metra commuter lot at Deerfield Road and Robert York Avenue from 8 AM to noon.  


  • Make the Message Stick After Service

    Make-it-Stick-TileFor those who are interested in connecting after service and discussing the Sunday message over lunch, Ruthie Brew and Brandy Mertes facilitate a lunch gathering on the second Sunday of the month at Whole Foods in Deerfield. There is social time at 12:15 and the discussion begins at 12:30.  This is a monthly social gathering that is open to all. 

  • Abundant Life ‘200’ Celebration Picnic on Sunday, July 20

    PicnicJuly 20, 2014 marks our 200th Sunday service since we started our community in September 2010. And we're going to celebrate with a community picnic! Bring friends and family to service that day as we have a wonderful line up of musical line-up and inspiring message. The Grateful Living will be joined by guest musicians and we will be blessed with a full band sound. After service our celebration picnic will take place in the pavilion behind the Patty Turner Center from noon to 4 pm. We will have games and activities for children and adults alike. Please bring side dishes to share.  Let's have some summer fun! 


  • The Work of Byron Katie: A Four-Week Experience of Freedom - Wednesday mornings in July

    Paul ZavagnoAt Abundant Life we learn that there is nothing that separates us from God and each other. In meditation and prayer, in Sunday celebration services and sometimes at other times in our lives we experience a deep sense of peace and freedom that this truth brings.  At other times we have almost no awareness of it. What happens? How do we lose that which we know is ever-present? 

    This four-week class will introduce you to The Work of Byron Katie, a way to discover and undo what is blocking your awareness of peace and freedom.

    You will learn to identify and question the thoughts about the people and circumstances in your life that appear to disturb your peace. Learn the four questions and the turnarounds that can change your life.

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  • Rev. Carol Teaches the Enneagram at Infinity Foundation - Tuesdays June 17, 24 and July 1

    enneagramKnowing yourself is a spiritual practice. When you understand the constructs of your personality, you have greater leverage to choose higher states of being. The Enneagram distinguishes nine personality types and is a tool that can help you identify the underlying motivations behind your behaviors and point the way back to your original Essence. It also can help you better understand other people in your lives and why they do what they do. When you discern your own type it can be a huge ‘aha moment’ because you begin to understand the self-defeating behaviors you’ve been living with! Transformation is then possible.

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  • Creating an Exciting Vision – Our March Member Meeting

    Bonnie headshot 2By Bonnie DeMartini, Board Treasurer

    Thank you to all who attended our first Annual Meeting of Abundant Life Spiritual Center. It was a time to put our thoughts together about what we are co-creating. We reflected on what we individually receive from Abundant Life and envisioned our community thriving. We prepared our minds and our hearts af for what it will take financially to support the vision we have for ourselves.

    During the meeting we held an open dialogue around what this community means to us individually. We heard from many of you that Abundant Life is a place where:

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  • Mastering Wealth Workshop - Sunday, June 8

    FeliciaSearcy-Portrait-v1What is your relationship to wealth? Wealth is a symbol of God's abundance, an outer form of Spiritual Substance. You are meant to enjoy wealth! While Abundance is all around us, most people just don’t know how to access it. Come learn how at Abundant Life Spiritual Center. On Sunday, June 8, 2014, Life Mastery Consultant Felicia Searcy will empower you to live your dreams. Her three-hour workshop based on the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill will yield powerful results in your life. 

    In the workshop you will:

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  • Cable TV Interview with Rev. Carol

    Rev. Carol SaundersRecently Rev. Carol Saunders was a guest on cable TV show, Inner Quest, produced by Infinity Foundation. During the interview, Rev. Carol provides a glimpse into who she is personally and shares what Abundant Life Spiritual Center is all about.  She discusses her passions, insights and her experience teaching Radical Forgiveness. The interview will be aired on cable channels 19 and 35 in late April and early May, 2014. It is also available for viewing online right here on our web site.

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  • Intentional Giving 2016

    treeIf you consider Abundant Life Spiritual Center a source of your spiritual inspiration, we invite you to seek spiritual guidance as you choose how you would like to financially support it each year.

    At our founding, we were blessed by some substantial donations from individuals and we have drawn upon those funds when needed. Now we are called to take full ownership of our spiritual center and to continue and expand the many wonderful programs and services our community has come to love and appreciate. Intentional Giving is a way to express that higher level of ownership. It is giving to God first.

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  • Rev. Darrell Jones Guest Speaker on Sunday, March 23

    Darrell JonesWorrying is rampant. We all do it and accept it as a way of life. Yet it can be so destructive and stifling to our lives. On Sunday, March 23, 2014 Rev. Darrell Jones will join as a guest speaker with the topic, “Don’t You Worry About a Thing!”

    Rev. Darrell is a favorite speaker at Abundant Life Spiritual Center. He is a licensed spiritual counselor and ordained minister and he holds a Masters degree in Consciousness Studies from Holmes Institute. You will find that Darrell has a big heart and he speaks genuinely from the heart. Every time he joins us, everyone goes away filled. Don’t miss this Sunday!

  • Prayer Sunday - March 30

    Holding light2On Sunday, March 30 we will dedicate the service to one of the most important spiritual topics: Prayer. Unity was founded on prayer. Abundant Life Spiritual Center was founded on prayer and is sustained by prayer. Your leadership regularly prayers together as do many groups within our community. We envision ourselves as being a community where ministry happens everywhere and where we hold each other in prayer as a regular way of life.

    During this special service dedicated to Prayer, we will introduce a newly constituted team of Prayer Leaders and demonstrate what happens when you ask for prayer from one of our trained Prayer Leaders after services.  As usual, the Grateful Living will provide beautiful music to complement this very important theme.

  • Prosperity's Ten Commandments Series Resumes

    imagesSo you want to live a prosperous life. We want that for you too! But what does prosperity have to do with the Ten Commandments? Just the term, “The Ten Commandments,” causes many of us to squirm. Some people feel they are antiquated, not relevant to today’s world. Others report that they feel the Ten Commandments provoke that awful feeling from childhood that God is scary.

    We began this series in late February, 2014 and interrupted it for a series of Easter lessons in late March. Rev. Carol will complete the series on Sundays, April 27 and May  4. You will experience the Ten Commandments like never before, for they hold underlying spiritual truths which show you how to live a  prosperous life.

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