2000’s – Settling Down and Creating Our Home: Phase III
Unity conducted a vision exercise and people were asked to envision the ideal site. They envisioned 5 acres with trees in Palm Harbor. We did a search and the current property was found at a cost of $352,000 with payment of $2,400 per month. Records showed that the realtor had looked at this property 10 years earlier as a possibility for Unity, but it was not immediately available because it was tied up in the court. Everything came together this time and UCPH closed on our current property in April 1999 and took occupancy the first Sunday of July 1999. (Almost to a person, everyone that was involved realized that we had been very blessed because the likely hood of obtaining such a wonderful property that matched with the ideal vision seemed very unlikely.)
At our first Sunday service we did not have a certificate of occupancy (COO) so we meet under the car port. As it was the peak of summer we had four big construction fans. We were blessed in that it did not rain for the four Sundays we meet under the car port. It did rain 20 minutes after the last service under the car port.
We obtained the COO and met in the living room of the house – now Fellowship Hall. We had chairs and seating for 80 people in the main room with and additional chairs and seating for 32 chairs in the adjacent rooms.
During this period Sunday School Teacher, Bob discovered that he had all the prerequisites to become a Unity Minister. He was ordained in a service in 2002 with over 200 attended. UCPH now had a minister and to celebrate we had lunch at the adjacent elementary school.
Our Campaign Slogan was: “Ready and Committed. Building in Faith.” – A list of those that contributed is on the wall on the left side of the church foyer.
We had the first service in the new sanctuary on Good Friday and then the official dedication on Easter Sunday, 2007.
Since then we have continued to grow in membership and spiritual consciousness.
Today we are much more than a Church. We are a spiritual Community providing these services to the community, our members and those seeking to meet their deeper spiritual hunger.