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22 Dec 2019 11:00 AM Candle Lighting Service

22 Dec 2019 12:00 PM Candle Lighting Dinner

29 Dec 2019 11:00 AM Burning Bowl Service

31 Dec 2019 12:00 PM White Stone Ceremony & Meditation

Dona Gilsdorf served at Unity Church of Royal Oak for thirteen years as YOU Sponsor and Youth Director. She also started a young adults’ group there. Additionally, she was the first YOU/YAU Coordinator for the Great Lakes Unity Region.

Dona became a Licensed Unity Teacher in 1973.

She pioneered Unity Church of Rochester in 1972 in a joint venture between three churches and restarting it in 1974 as a study group and later satellite of Unity Church of Royal Oak. She was ordained in 1985 in a ceremony at Unity Church of Rochester.

Dona was active in both the region and in the Association of Unity Churches. She served as President of the Great Lakes Unity Region. She also served on these Great Lakes Unity Region committees:

  • Expansion,
  • Chidren’s Education,
  • Nominating,
  • Conference Program,
  • Scholarship,
  • Finance,
  • Conflict Management, and
  • Matching Funds.

Additionally, she served on the following Association of Unity Churches committees:

  • Expansion,
  • Field Licensing,
  • YOU Research,
  • Young Adult Resource, and
  • YOU Task Force.

She served on the License and Ordination Committee for the Urban Ministerial School in Detroit.

After more than 46 years leading Unity Church of Rochester, she made her transition on January 11, 2019.

This position is currently vacant, and the board is conducting a search for a new minister who will be a good fit at Unity Church of Rochester.

Danielle has attended UCOR since 1999. She became a Licensed Unity Teacher in 2012. Danielle facilitates our Tuesday afternoon book study group, conducts Sunday Lessons, and performs various other duties within the church.







Unity Church of Rochester’s office manager is Tonya Trasatti.

PresidentSean Donovan
Vice PresidentSylvia Haikio
SecretaryDarlene Marks
TreasurerSheilagh Mathis

Rick Swalley

Linda Whitehead

Any church runs on volunteers, and Unity Church of Rochester is no exception. We welcome your participation in these teams that support our spiritual community:

Silent Prayer Ministry

Each week this group joins together to pray over the requests that are placed in our Prayer box. They first center themselves in the Christ consciousness, and then bless each and every request before sending them on to Silent Unity. When a prayer letter is requested, the team will write and mail a letter confirming their prayers to the requestor. Requests are kept in the prayer box for thirty days and then sent to Silent Unity, where they are kept for an additional thirty days.

Book Room Ministry

Thanks to the efforts of this team, our bookroom welcomes you with a large selection of books to expand your mind, open your heart, and warm your soul. Visit often, as we continue to add new selections. Also available are the Daily Word, Unity Magazine, and other Unity pamphlets and information.

Music Ministry

Every Sunday we enjoy vocal and instrumental sounds led by Jackie Cole. We are blessed with an extremely talented group of soloists who ensure that each service contains uplifting and spiritual music. We also enjoy the sounds of the Unity Singers during holiday times. For more information on current musical events, go here.

Welcome Ministry

When people enter our sanctuary, whether they're new to Unity or regular attendees, this team is there to warmly meet and greet them. They are a group of friendly faces that exhibit and affirm the Christ light we are!

Other Activities

Some other ways that our volunteers participate are:

  • Newsletter
  • Nursery
  • Lending Library
  • Transportation
  • Food Preparation
  • Youth Education
  • Visiting Shut Ins
  • Annual Fall and Spring Cleanings

If you would like to participate in any of these activities or have other skills you would like to contribute, let us know: contact@unitychurchofrochester.com

Recycle your printer cartridges through us. Bring your empty printer cartridges to the church office. When we return them, the church will receive a donation from the company.

Register at Kroger. Kroger has a Community Rewards Program wherein they contribute a small percentage of all purchases from registered Kroger Plus Card holders. You can register into this program via the Web.

Invite a friend to come visit us. You can call them or e-mail them or knock on their door Sunday morning. You can also send them a note through this service: Flockfinder. That link will open another window and take you to another site.

Shop at Amazon by first clicking through our link. At the bottom of each page of this site, there is a link called, “Amazon Store” If you click there to go to Amazon and then put items in your shopping cart, the church will get a small percentage as advertizing fee on most types of merchandise. If the items are already in your shopping cart, we do not get any credit. It does not change your price on items.

To become a member of Unity Church of Rochester, the requirements are as follows:

  • attain the legal age of eighteen years,
  • attend the Orienting Class,
  • be a student of Truth and have been an active participant and supported Unity Church of Rochester for the six months prior to applying,
  • fill out and submit an application form,
  • be approved by the board of trustees,
  • receive Spiritual Baptism.

The membership Orienting Class is held approximately every six months. It will be announced from the pulpit, in the programs, and here on the Website.

After the board of trustees votes on new membership applications, there will be an induction ceremony for the new members at a Sunday service where the new members are blessed with words and music by Dona and our congregation.

Membership allows one to:

  • vote at all business meetings including the annual meetings,
  • run for the board and, if elected or appointed, serve on the board of trustees,
  • receive discounted rates on all weddings, christenings, memorials and any special services performed for you, and
  • receive discounted rates on the use of the building for any of the ceremonies listed above.

Unity Church of Rochester
1038 Harding Ave,
Rochester Hills, MI 48307-2512.

Office phone: (248) 656-0120.
Dial-a-Prayer: (248) 656-0121.
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