Voices in Unity
February   2020

Last Month at  
Unity Christ Center!!! 
Rev Greg sharing his message. 
Lily Thatcher sharing her talents.

The Children's message is always special.

Monthly Burning Bowl ceremony. Sending the prayers to spirit.

About Us

Sunday Service: 10:00am
Sunday School: 10:00am
Youth of Unity: Wednesdays 6pm

1808 Folsom Street
Eau Claire, WI 54703
(715) 836-0010

General Email:

Timothy Haukeness
Administrative Coordinator
Office Hours (Subject to Change)
Mon-Thurs: 9:00am - 3:30pm

Silent Unity Dial A Prayer:
24-Hour Prayer Vigil

Unity Village, MO
Unity.fm (online Unity radio)
Board of Trustees

Sue Carlson, President

Eileen Potocnik, Vice-President

Steve Friede,  Treasurer

Elizabeth Jacobs, Secretary

Larry Metzenbauer, Member

Rob Harrington, Member

February Transition Journey Update
A group of Unity EC members, Board members, those in a leadership role and those   looking to become more involved here at Unity Eau Claire were invited to attend an  interactive workshop facilitated by Rev. Greg Coles, our Unity Regional Representative,  on January 25, 2020. Entitled Growing through Change, this workshop came about   because our Board of Trustees was looking for a way to support our members during this  transition period of having a minister, to not having a minister.
                       As part of this workshop Rev. Greg Coles facilitated:
  • The Empowerment Dynamic, which is learning to shift from reacting to choosing our response to life events. This moves us from drama to empowerment.
  • Developing a Collaborative Agreement to make sure every voice was heard at the workshop.
  • He encouraged us as individuals to consciously see our history and unfold our own story which will lead us to develop a more informed and intentional path forward. He encouraged us to not be satisfied with the status quo. When there is conflict it is an opportunity for growth.
  Take-aways from Unity members in relation to the workshop:
    "This process is spirit lead, so we have the highest and best outcome - but we don't know ahead of time what that will be, so we're in this awesome adventure and we need to follow Spirit.  Amen. And so it is." [Jeannine]
     "We need to engage the people that we already have and grow ourselves, everything else will fall into place!" [Kathy]
     "The workshop helped me to shine a light on my limiting beliefs, to let go of self doubt, that I didn't fail in some way, to see instead that everything is right on schedule. I can say that I trust even more in a benevolent loving Creative Source. Do I want a quick decision or do I want to build community? I realize that the process will continue to dredge up old beliefs that need release and I'm ok with that. My heart is now at ease, such a relief!" [Mary]
     "Judgement, and the desire to fix someone else, is a human condition, but not a workable solution.  We can only work on our own growth and that is what fixes us and allows us to give love to all." [Eileen]
     "Blaming has an inverse relationship with accountability. Our (Unity EC) stability will not be the same as it used to be; It will become a new Normal."[Sandi A.]

     "Basically, all churches are losing people and the income that falls as numbers shrink. We are not abnormal in that regard. Greg pushed to make the point that Unity-inclined people are what the church needs to grow, not just sheer numbers."   [Dennis A.]
   "Love always trumps logic - always.  Time spent 'trying to figure t hings out' is better spent in finding love in self and others." [Carol]
   " Confidentiality: When people share with you, unless they give you permission, it's their story to tell. If you share without permission, it is gossip." [Sue]
So how do we learn and grow from this? People still have questions and a want to know. Blame is discharging our own discomfort and pain and is very corrosive in relationships. When we blame we miss our opportunity for empathy.

We don't have all the answers but we are willing to learn. As we travel this period of transition we listen to Spirit to lead us to the right and perfect outcome. We are already the right community. We don't need to hurry to make decisions. Whatever is next for us will come.

Written by Sue Carlson, Board President

Prosperity Update

Profit and Loss
January 2020

Income:                             $4,217.00
Expenses:                         $5,323.02
Net Income: (shortfall)     ($1,106.02)

Ongoing Classes & Events
All events receive a love offering unless otherwise noted. Group/class dates can change, please watch for notices. Check Unity foyer for more information and sign-up sheets. Community events are posted on bulletin board in hallway.

9:30-10:45am         Yoga
with Kathy Boone ($10/class, pkg available)
6:30-7:30pm           Healing Space (See Flyer) (02/24)

10:00-11:30am         A Course of Love (Ongoing)
10:45am-2:30pm     Integrative Bodywork with Duree Thatcher (Fee)
6:30-8:00pm            The Seat of the Soul (Book Club) (Ongoing)
6:30-8:30pm            doTERRA Oils Meeting (Ongoing)
7:30-8:30pm            S.A. 12-Step (Meditation room, closed)

9:30-10:45am          Yoga with Kathy Boone ($10/class, pkg available) 
6:00-8:00pm            Power Up Class facilitated Sandi Anderson (02/12 to 03/18)
6 :15-7:15pm             Y.O.U.

9:30-10:45am            Yoga with Kathy Boone ($10/class, pkg available) 
7:00-8:00pm             A.A. 12-Step Big Book (closed)

7:00-8:30pm             Power of Now (Book Club)

10:00-11:00am         Sunday Service/Childcare (Weekly)
11:00-noon               Fellowship and refreshments (Weekly)
11:30am-1:00pm      Valentines Luncheon (02/16)
11:15-11:45am          Burning Bowl Sunday (02/22)
Sunday Talk Titles
02/02   10am     Rev. Ray Nelson
                           "Trusting your inner GPS"
  Accompanist: Kathy Johns                         
 Special Music: Charlie and Lily Thatcher                          
          Birthday Sunday   
02/09   10am     Rev. Lyle Schlundt
                          "Living a Joyous Life"
          Accompanist: Kathy Johns                         
          Special Music: Sue Carlson

02/16   10am     Kelli von Heydekampf
                         "Aligning our bodies and mind to the Power of Love"
  Accompanist:  Teresa Luginbill   
 Special Music: Luginbill's 

02/23   10am    Rev. Scott Daniels
                         "Cultivating your home with God
                          Accompanist: Kathy Johns
 Special Music: Harry and the Night Crawlers

Healing Space

N ew Offering for Spiritual Growth

Starting this January 27, 2020 at 6:30pm (Monday night), we will start a new spiritual adventure - creating a "Healing Space". This will be modeled after Myrtle Filmore and her approach to healing - that all healing comes from Spirit. To quote Myrtle: "Sometimes we pray to a God outside of ourselves. It is the God in the midst of us that frees and heals. You need to think of God, the all-powerful Healer, as being already within you, in every part of your mind, heart and body." Elizabeth Gerard, Jeannine Colburn and David Gerard will be helping to facilitate this concept. Our intention is that people learn to become their own healing facilitator, just like Myrtle. This will be a quiet, introspective time. Please come and experience this healing space with us. We are currently scheduling this time on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm. There will be a love offering.

Unity Gift & Book Store

Unique gifts can be found in our Gift & Bookstore.
Used books for purchase, are located on the bookshelves in the foyer.

Come check us out.
          • Books by Unity based authors and others
          • Gifts for all occasions
          • Jewelry designed and crafted locally
          • Used books for a nominal cost
Thanks you for your purchases and your donations of used books.
All sales help to support the monetary needs of Unity Christ Center.

The Power for February is "Strength"

Affirmation:  I have the strength to accomplish all that is mine to do.

Strength- The ability to endure, stay the course, persevere.

The disciple, Andrew, represents the stability that lies at the foundation of every true character.

T he corresponding color is light green and the location is the small of the back.

Be Strong
By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann

Strength is not simply a physical quality. As with all the Twelve Powers, it expresses itself on three levels, each one complementing the others in this life expression on the earth plane.

In the physical realm, strength is vitality, endurance, the ability to persist. In the mental area of expression, strength is that quality of mind which enables one to lead, to accomplish, to follow through on decisions, to establish purposes in life, and to hold firm to spiritual principles in daily living. It expresses itself as stability of character.

The highest expression, and the one that should determine the direction of strength in the other realms, is the spiritual realization of this quality. Here strength is closely allied with faith. In the symbology of the 12 disciples and the 12 qualities of mind that we are to develop as Jesus encouraged and developed his closest followers, strength and faith are represented by the brothers Andrew and Peter.

Peter must be the first of our qualities to be unfolded in a spiritual way, because without faith there is no impetus to action and no foundation for a program of spiritual growth. Faith also is our innate ability to see the unseen, plus the desire to persist in order to bring it forth. But faith has to be established in strength. The "two brothers" must grow together, both under the loving direction of our own Christ nature, the "perfect human" idea within us.

Faith must continually be strengthened, and strength must be inspired to right action by spiritual faith. In a spiritual way, then, strength enables us to persist in prayer, to build a stronger and stronger faith in our spiritual nature and the activity of God through us, and to do the things that need to be done by us as a part of becoming the "fourth dimension" person that our Twelve Powers, spiritually developed, enable us to be.

The person who depends on physical strength alone is constantly being challenged by others in the human thought and eventually will be overcome by one who is stronger.  ... Mental strength alone-pitted against the strong mind of another-may result in a test of wills, a human contest, with the same results. Only spiritual strength remains nonresistant, triumphant, regardless of the challenge.

For the best results, both physical and mental strength must be rooted in the spiritual development of the strength faculty. ...

... Strength is a quality that we can and must develop if we are to bring forth our God-given potential. It is to be brought forth along with the other 11 powers, but it must be basic in our growth.

As you begin your development of this faculty represented by Andrew, declare quietly to yourself: Through the will and the work of [Spirit] within, my God-given potential of strength is developed and expressed-easily and in divine order. Remember that strength is to be developed easily, not with tension and strain, but with a relaxed, trusting attitude.

... As with all the powers, strength is consciously awakened first in the intellectual nature and then developed (through prayerful concentration on the idea) to be a spiritual realization of oneness with the Source of all strength.

Is Automatic Giving for you?
Unity Christ Center is pleased to offer you this option for Automatic Giving. Now you can have your gift deducted automatically from your checking or savings account, twice per month, on the 10th and 24th. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated.  
Benefits of the Automatic Giving:
  • Saves time - fewer checks to write
  • Ensures regular financial support to Unity Christ Center - even if you're on vacation or out of town.
  • Easy to sign up for, easy to cancel.
All you have to do is click the link below, print the form and drop it off at the office. Forms will be available in the back of the church also. 

Un ity Serving Locally & Globally
Unity Living Vision #4: We envision our innate desire to give to the larger community by living Unity principles through loving service.

"A grassroots organization, comprised primarily of diverse faith communities, seeks to bring people in the Chippewa Valley into relationships and empower one another to build a healthier and fairer community for us all."
Unity's liaison to JONAH is Larry Metzenbauer. For more information on how to get involved with JONAH, contact Larry at kingdomnow2@charter.net or 715-382-3415.
Like JONAH on Facebook and check out the website for JONAH events at www.jonahjustice.org.

Community Table
We serve our community by volunteering our time and contributions to the Community Table.

The following dates are when Unity Christ Center will be serving at the Community Table. Please join us. Sign up sheet will be available weeks before we are serving.  
Time of volunteering is 9:30 am to 2:00pm on the following Saturdays,
April 4
July 11
Sept 12
Dec 5

Unity's liaison to Community Table is Howie Nelsen at 715-833-9729 or howien27@gmail.com. Visit thecommunitytable.org for more information.