Voices in Unity
September 2019

Last Month at  
Unity Christ Center!!! 
Helen Wright sharing a children's talk and releasing Monarch butterflies.
Volunteers digging out the
berm & swale drainage system.

Volunteers from the center painted
Classroom B.

Rev. Alden presenting in Peace Garden.

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
Office Coordinator
Office Hours (Subject to Change)
Mon-Thurs: 9:00am - 2:30pm

Silent Unity Dial A Prayer:
24-Hour Prayer Vigil

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

Rev. Alden Studebaker

Carol Craig,  President

Heather Larson, 
Vice  President

Steve Friede,  Treasurer

Eileen Potocnik, Member

Sue Carlson, Secretary

Larry Metzenbauer, Member

Helen Wright, Alternate

Message from the Minister

Message from the Minister
Dear Unity Community,
Last month at the budget update meeting, someone asked the question, "How do we get more people to come to church?" This began a creative discussion. I remember saying something like, "Do you remember what brought you to church?" For most of us, someone invited us to come. In my case, it was my mother. 

I was a typical 15-year old kid who didn't have much use for organized religion. We used to attend the Unitarian church, but stopped when their youth director asked my parents to leave my brother at home. They were told that his appearance (he had a severe birth defect) would upset the other children. I know, not very Unitarian! Eventually, my mother found the Unity church and began attending regularly. When she invited me she said, "It's not what you think it is. It's different." She was right. I had expected the minister to lay some old-time religion guilt trip on everyone, but was surprised to hear a message that was positive, uplifting, and relevant.
How can we get more people to attend our center? Invite them, your unchurched friends and family. But, warn them, it's not like traditional church, but don't tell them too much. Let them experience the service without expectations. If what we offer strikes a spiritual chord in them, you won't be able to stop them from returning.
Each of us is an ambassador for Unity Christ Center. Its success is up to each of us. The more inviting we are, the more welcoming we are, the friendlier we are, and the more we open our hearts to those seeking an accepting spiritual community, our garden will indeed grow.
With richest blessings,
Reverend Alden Studebaker is available to support you through spiritual counseling, prayer, hospital and other visitation, weddings, funerals/memorials, christenings, and special blessings. His office hours are variable depending on the week, but he is consistently in his office on Tuesdays - Thursdays. To make an appointment, call the church office at 715-836-0010, or email him at revalden@aol.com. In case of an urgent need, call his mobile no. 715-450-1868.


Prosperity Update

January through July

Income:                             $54,686.98
Expenses:                         $63,631.47
Net Income: (shortfall)       ($8,944.49) 

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)
2:00-4:00pm           Unity Board of Trustees (09/09)
5:30-6:30pm           Singing Bowl Meditation (09/09)
6:30-8:30pm           Finding Deeper Meaning Class (5 weeks starting 09/16)

10:45am-2:30pm     Integrative Bodywork with Duree Thatcher (Fee)
1:00-2:30pm            Forever Young Choir  (09/10-09/17-09/24) 
6:30-8:30pm            doTERRA Oils Meeting (No meeting on 9/10)
7:30-8:30pm            S.A. 12-Step (Meditation room, closed)

9:30-10:45am          Yoga with Kathy Boone ($10/class, pkg available) (No Yoga on 9/9-9/11-9/12)
12:30-2:30pm          Closed  Meditation Group
6:15-7:15pm            Y.O.U.
6:30-8:00pm            Monthly Drumming Circle (09/25) 
7:00am-9:00pm       World Day of Prayer Vigil (09/12)
9:30-10:45am           Yoga with Kathy Boone ($10/class, pkg available) 
7:00-8:00pm             A.A. 12-Step Big Book (closed)

9:00am-noon           Berm & Swale Workday (09/06)
5:30pm                     Jones and Scheps Rehearsal (9/27)
7:00-8:30pm             Power of Now (Book Club)

1:00-4:00pm            Choir Workshop (09/07)
9:30am-2:00pm        Community  Table (09/14)
10:00am-noon         Introduction to Mindfulness (09/21)
3:00pm                     Jones and Scheps Wedding (9/28)

10:00-11:00am         Sunday Service/Childcare (Weekly)
11:00-noon               Fellowship and refreshments (Weekly)
11:30am-2:00pm      Unity Chicken Dinner (9/22)
11:15-11:45am          Burning Bowl Sunday (09/29)
11:15am                    Potluck Sunday (09/29)

Sunday Talk Titles
09/01   10am     Rev. Alden Studebaker
                          Loving Your Work
                           Special Music:  Kathy Johns  
                          Labor Day Sunday
                          Birthday Sunday   
09/08   10am    Rev. Alden Studebaker
                         The Spiritual Practice of BPO
                         Special Music: Jim Phillips

09/15   10am     Rev. Alden Studebaker
                          A Case of Mistaken Identity
 Special Music:  Unity Choir

09/22   10am    Rev. Alden Studebaker
                          Losing Weight
                         Special Music: Unity Choir

09/29   10am     Rev. Alden Studebaker
 The Power of Appreciation
  Special Music: Unity Choir
  Potluck Sunday
   Burning Bowl Sunday

The Power for September is "Order"

Affirmation: My life is in balance and in order, and all is well.

Order:  The ability to organize, balance, sequence, adjust.

The disciple is James, son of Alphaeus. He represents the harmony and balance available through centering our awareness.

T he corresponding color is olive green and the location is the navel.

Establish a Center for Order
By Winifred Wilkinson Hausmann

Why is it that humankind, the highest form of life, seems to have so much difficulty establishing harmony, right relationships, and orderly growth, while the animals, plants and birds go right along living as they are intended to live?
All lower life-forms have a built-in intelligence that enables them to adjust to their environment, complete a cycle of growth, and produce the results which are expected of them by virtue of their nature. Yet humans seem to run into problems in adjusting to their environment, getting along with others, and fulfilling a worthwhile pattern in living. Why? How are humans different from the birds, trees, animals and plants?

The answer is that we have been given freedom of choice. ... Humans alone, as co-creators with God, can think consciously, make decisions, and determine the direction their lives will take. All other forms of life simply follow instinct. Only we can think for ourselves and say "I will" or "I won't."
We are charged to use this ability to think, reason and choose wisely to establish an orderly growth for ourselves as God's highest creations. ... We do this by awakening and training our center for order.
Order is one of our twelve powers, an essential part of our God-given potential. To develop divine order in our lives, we must learn to cooperate with spiritual law. ... It is the secret that will make our lives happy, harmonious and balanced.

... Order starts with the establishment of this concept in our thinking and then works from within out. ... Some people, in establishing order, think first in terms of urging their systems and methods on other people. This is not the purpose of this [Power]. We must first work on ourselves and then, from harmonious, happy feelings within, bring forth God-ideas into our immediate environment.

... In the case of order, once we have put ourselves in tune with God-ideas and are cooperating with divine Principle, we will find that we attract right relationships with other people, satisfying and fulfilling activities, time for all the things we need to do, and right growth and development of all our powers.

... Order is the outgrowth of our complete agreement and cooperation with spiritual law. This is a process that must be complete-in mind, in emotions and in actions.

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. 

 Duree Thatcher, Holistic OT
Integrative Bodywork
Appointments available
Tuesdays 10:45am-2:30pm
Meditation Room
Duree integrates a unique blend of mind/body/energy work including Myofascial Release, Qi Gong, Reiki & Yoga to meet your individual needs. RELAX in a nurturing space while you release stress, tension & pain, revealing greater peace, harmony & well-being.
Contact Duree: dureethatch@gmail.com
Call or text: (651) 402-7831

Unity Gift & Book Store

Unique gifts can be found in our Gift & Bookstore.
Used books/CD's for purchase are located on the right side of the bookshelf in the foyer and Unity books for borrowing are on the left side.

Come check us out.
  • Books by Unity based authors and others
  • Gifts for all occasions
  • Jewelry designed and crafted locally
  • Used books, CDs & DVD's for a nominal cost
  • We still have a few items for sale that help support the Tanzanian Women's Initiative in Africa
Thanks you for your purchases and your donations of used books, CD's and DVD's.
All sales help to support the monetary needs of Unity Christ Center.

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
September 14, 2019
December 14, 2019      
Unity's liaison to Community Table is Howie Nelsen at 715-833-9729 or howien27@gmail.com. Visit thecommunitytable.org for more information.

It Can Be Done Africa
Unity's liaison to ICBD is Sandi Anderson at dasandrson@gmail.com or 715-456-1391.

All donations can be made on the website at  www.itcanbedoneafrica.org. Credit cards accepted and now offering an automatic giving program. 

Thank you for supporting the Tanzanian Women's Acorn Initiative program by purchasing their products
Rev Sandy, Chris, Annie, LeeAnn & Barbara
found in the  Unity Gift & Book Shop. The products sold support the Acorn  Women's Initiative and 30% goes to Unity.