Voices in Unity
April   2021

Last Month at  
Unity of Eau Claire!!! 

We are back in person with Rev. Sandra on March 28th.
Sue Orfield and Randy Sinz will be here for Easter and for a Garden concert with Yata in July!!!

Teresa and the team did an excellent job welcoming in the spring equinox.  

The Easter Tree welcoming us!
About Us

Sunday Service: 10:00am
In person or 
Facebook Live Stream

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, 

Eileen Potocnik, 

Vice-President Open
Jacquie Staebell, Secretary

Rob Harrington, 

Teresa Luginbill,
Christine Fink, 

Brandon Mondlock,


High centering is a term I hadn't been familiar with, until tonight.
Imagine, you are negotiating a narrow craggy dirt tractor path, up a precipitous incline, barely wide enough for the vehicle in which find yourself, and suddenly both right side wheels and tires slide into a deep and in escapable rut. This "Path" is what Ralph and I have since affectionately referred to as "Winch Road". Then imagine, as you work to move the vehicle onward out of this morass the left side tires and wheels fall into another rut- leaving the car suspended with the center of the car resting on high ground and the tires on both sides dangling in the ruts to the left and right. You are now... High Centered.
It's 2 am, we are driving my dad's 1972 Ford Pinto in the rocky foothills east of Escondido. Of course, we have no tools, no flares, no first aid supplies, no food, no communications equipment, and no warm clothing. We are stuck at least 15 miles from... I have no idea. Haven't seen a human since we left town and all we have really is each other, determination to get home and a special 'Divine something else' that I wasn't to fully understand until much later.
Ralph, (my long time, childhood best friend), and I found ourselves in this predicament over and over and over again. Sometimes with our friend Tim and sometimes with our friend Laura, (we four were real troublemakers).
Now that I can look back over the years and survey our activities and actions, it almost seems as though, when we would go off on these excursions, the purpose was to go until we got stuck. We would inevitably determine how to engineer a solution, then work to manifest the solution and eventually succeed if even it took hours to do so, and it usually did. Often after one of our nightly forays into the wilderness we would dump Laura off on her doorstep at 3 or 4 in the morning and bolt out of there before receiving the wrath of her Dad.
Once stuck, and I mean stuck, high centered, no traction, no NOTHIN... and the decision was made that we were in-fact, no doubt, unequivocally, and indubitably stuck- the most amazing phenomenon would occur.
As I recall, \we would climb out of the Pinto, usually hysterically laughing, and immediately begin to survey the situation. You could almost hear the engineering wheels begin to whir, (read here- the God Brain, the Divine channel to infinite wisdom began to process and produce solutions). How do we free the chasis from the high center? How can we excavate the earth to fill the voids of the ruts and make a drive path for the tires of the car? How do we create a ramp on which to drive up or down slope? How do we create space to gain momentum to make that drive?
There is a beauty and elegance in the lessions I learned from these jaunts. Never ever was there any doubt about the outcome. I always knew we would get out/get home. It may take an hour. It may take two days. I may have to walk to a farmers house, (which we occasionally did), to call and let the folks know we were alright and would be home soon. We always knew we would get out even if we had to call a tow truck or call the National Guard... we would get home safely.  
Once stuck, the rules of the game would have to change. None of this home by midnight stuff. But I knew that in a week, I would be looking back at this period and thinking wow what a mess- but I made it.
When we got out of the car and saw the predicament, we saw that we were high centered there was no whining, no pessimism about what if we had done something differently, no "Oh my God we're doomed - we'll never get out. Here we are stuck, irretrievably stuck 15 miles from nowhere, at 2 am, in the cold... we might as well just curl up and...",    NO- - NOT ON OUR WATCH!!!
We simply figured out what needed to be done and got to work. The excavation crew started digging out and filling in the ruts, the traction crew began collecting brush to put under the tires for traction, the survey crew scouted the correct pathway and the entertainment brigade tuned the radio to the appropriate music. And soon, 20, 30, 90 150 minutes or three days later we started to test our work and move the car. Slowly she started to move and we nursed her out of the "stuck".   Very excited about our victory we piled back in and either continued on our way deeper into the morass- or backtracked out toward highway 78 and headed home. Beat up, dirty, clothes ripped to shreds, bedraggled, exhausted, and yet elated at another victory and already manufacturing the story of this expedition and how we would tell it once we reached civilization.
There was never any discussion of failure. What would failure mean? Death? Just stay stuck and know that some future explorers would eventually find our bodies and the hulk of the Pinto? They'ed probably say, "Hmmm... they must have high centered and just given up- after all, no one can extract a Pinto after it's been high centered- poor kids"...   Maybe we would just resign ourselves to being rescued by the National Guard, (occasionally a considered option)? No- Not ever!!!
Our lexicon did not contain any concept of failure. We knew we would find an end to our predicament and clearly we did- my sitting here writing this paragraph is testament to the fact that I did make it our of Winch Road alive.  
No matter how stuck I am, (you are), once you survey the situation and see what needs to occur to get unstuck... you set in motion the plan to do just that. There is no mystery to what needs to be done. Let's not fool each other Ok. You've heard this 10 thousand times. There is no secret formula to get unstuck. You just climb out of the car and go to work. Listen- We got dirty, beat up and bloodied but we made it out every time.   You do too... You know how I know that? Cause you're sitting here reading this article right now. You made it!
Now, as I look back at my experiences with Ralph and the others on Winch Road, the lessons are so clear. We were guided by and protected by providence. We didn't know it at the time but our faith and our confidence in ourselves came from a higher source. We thought we were just studying the situation then diving in to solve the crisis. We trusted our instincts. We trusted our skills and abilities. We trusted each other.   And all the while... we were trusting the GOD in us, around us and as us. Each of us had an innate confidence in our God selves. We were demonstrating Unity principle number two, 'I am a child of God - I am of God'.
Not only this, but we were sending our thoughts out to the Divine source, detailing exactly how we would get "unstuck" successfully. We saw the method and the pathway to success. We envisioned it and talked about it. We were telling the universe the vision we were working toward. This is Unity Principle number three, 'Thoughts are things- your words have power'.
I've told the story of 'Winch Road' many times. Each time it gets better and better. The ruts get deeper, the danger to life and limb gets more intense and the stink from Tims feet becomes unbearable, (he took his boots off on one excursion and my eyes watered it was so bad). But the lessons learned become more deeply ingrained in my soul. I am a child of God
As are you.

Care Team
Team Leaders: Dale and Jacquie Staebell

The Hospitality Team consists of several families and individual members of Unity who have given Sacred Service to host after a Sunday service. The hosts, usually a family along with another individual, set-up, provide treats of their choice, coffee and tea and clean-up afterward. Dale has produced an easy-to-follow table including names, phone numbers, e-mails and assigned date to work. We ask volunteers to arrange a trade if the date doesn't work for them. The schedule is posted on 3-month intervals with volunteers working once or (at the most) twice during that time. There are no workers assigned for the 5th Sundays (4 per year) because they are reserved for our Potlucks and everyone helps out! The time involved in setting up the schedule is minimal since we simply rotate each quarter. As Team Leaders, we produce monthly reports for Timothy to print for the Board of Trustees.
Congregant Care is also a part of this team and was initiated by Heather Larson. We took over when she and Dennis moved to Tennessee. Unity has a website called Blue Mountain cards. E-cards are sent to members and friends of Unity on their birthdays, get-well, thinking of you or on other significant days. Dale has done most of the on-line work and has written step-by-step instructions for using this service. As a Sacred Service, Jacquie purchases cards and postage for those members who do not have e-mail. Many of us have emails so the cost of card(s) and postage doesn't amount to much. We estimate that this takes less than one hour per month of our time.
Dale and Jacquie are looking forward to handing leadership of both parts of this committee on to a deserving individual or family within the next year. If you are interested, please let us know.

Spring is here so it's time for a grounds update and annual cleanup.

First of all I'd like to invite you to join the garden team. Being on the team means you would be on an email list and be notified when we are having an organized work time.  No commitments just come when you can. Every little bit helps.

Our first work day will be Saturday April 10 at 9:30. We may have another on April 17. We'll be cleaning up the flower beds and raking the path etc. bring gloves and any tools you like. We have some here too.

Last fall we got much more buckthorn cleared and now have openings between us and the neighbors we'd like to screen. I have many pine trees that can be transplanted into those spaces. But I'll want help. Please contact Mari if you'd like to help with that and or join the team.

Contact the office at 715-836-0010 or unityeauclaire@gmail.com, or Mari at 715-530-3256 or mandtoutpost@gmail.com

Thank you!
Mari Jackson

Silent Unity, the worldwide prayer ministry of Unity, has been praying with people seeking spiritual support for 125 years. The 24/7 prayer ministry-which responds to prayer requests via telephone, postal mail, online, or via the uPray free mobile app-serves people of all faiths from all parts of the world. 
Silent Unity prays affirmatively, believing that God is everywhere present and active in and through all lives, and serves with sensitivity, compassion, and confidentiality. From the moment a prayer request is received, the sender is lovingly enfolded in prayer. After a response has been provided, the prayer request is placed in the Silent Unity Prayer Vigil Chapel, where prayer is continuous, for 30 days.

In the sacred space of the Prayer Vigil Chapel, located beneath the light beaming from the cupola of the Silent Unity Building at Unity Village, all prayer requests are enfolded in prayer. Here someone is praying 24 hours a day-praying as a kindred spirit, in a consciousness of oneness with God.

The ever-shining light in the Silent Unity cupola is a reminder that you are never alone-not even in your darkest hour. Silent Unity is as close to you as a prayer. It is the light that shines for you!
The Silent Unity prayer ministry is supported primarily by freewill offerings. Every prayer request is held sacred and confidential and receives the same loving attention, regardless of donation or ability to donate. No matter how you contact Silent Unity, you will first receive personalized prayer and then a letter of support.

The Small Business Administration  has granted us a (PPP) Payroll Protection Program Loan.  Thank you Dennis Anderson and Sue Carlson for your hard work on this. We were blessed to receive $4,000.00! This is a loan that will be forgiven over time. Thank you.

The labels on the music stands say. 

Gift from the Eric Schansberg Music Fund. Thanks for sharing your gifts of music with us Eric!
Sunday Talk Titles

For the month of April our services will be live in person if you are comfortable being at Unity of Eau Claire or on Facebook Livestream. We are also having Facebook Live streaming through our Facebook page. Check out  "This Week at Unity" for more information, if you are not getting this information email unityeauclaire@gmail.com
04/04   10am 
 Rev. Sandra McKinney  
                         "THE EASTER STORY"                
  Worship Leader: Timothy Haukeness
 Special Music: Sue Orfield and Randy Sinz

  Birthday Sunday   

04/11   10am 
 Lou Longmire
          Worship Leader: Mari Jackson
          Special Music: Joe Thielen
04/18   10am     

   Rev. Lyle Schlundt
  Worship Leader: Sandi Anderson
  Special Music: Therese Schutte
04/25   10am
                                    Rev. Sandra McKinney
                                    Worship Leader: Howie Nelsen
           Special Music: TBD                                                                   
                                    Burning Bowl 

If you need to help set up Facebook Live Stream, call Timothy at 715-533-3260.
Ongoing Classes & Events
All events receive a love offering unless otherwise noted. Group/class dates can change, please watch for notices. 

9:30-10:45am         Yoga
with Kathy Boone (In Person)

10:00-11:30am         "Michael Mirdad" The Heart of a Course in Miracles 
                                   (BOOK CLUB) (In Person and Zoom)
1:00-300pm              Agenda Setting for Board of Trustees (TBD)
5:00-7:00pm             Board of Trustees (04/21/2021)  (Zoom and in person) )
7:30-8:30pm            S.A. 12-Step (in person)

10:30am to noon    Wednesday Coffee Talk (Zoom) (See login info below)

10:00-12:00am          EXCUSES BEGONE (Book Study) (Zoom)
9:30-10:45am           Yoga with Kathy Boone (In Person)

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

10:00-11:00am          Sunday Service (Facebook Live in person if you feel comfortable)

Children's programs and childcare are cancelled at this time for the safety of the child.

Updates of worship details will be in This Week at Unity. To be added to the list, email 

Mark your calendars!!

 Friday July 23rd from 7-9pm  
Yata, Sinz and Orfield
Unity of Eau Claire in the Garden. 
$15.00 adults and $10.00 for youth at the door. 
(Rain or Shine) 
If it rains it will be in the center's sanctuary

This group brings an unexpected and masterful mashup of blues, folk and swing jazz with vocals, guitars and tenor sax.  Combined, these veteran musicians have won music awards in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Washington.  
A special chemistry moves as they combine their songwriting and performing skills, presenting a powerful and entertaining performance.  They bring humor, and pathos to their show with musical expertise and passion.
Sue Orfield (saxophone), Randy Sinz (bass) and Yata (guitar) have recorded one CD, Dancing in the Light, with 12 beautiful, original songs.

Now that the Holidays are over......
It's a good time to sort through those holiday decorations you no longer want or need and to clean out those closets and cubbies.
Unity is looking for these items
1) The book and gift store will take your used jewelry (even if not in good shape or broken) to re-purpose or sell for cash. Drop off in the office in a package marked 'Sue Carlson'. All proceeds from the book and gift shop go toward our Unity expenses.
2) It's time to start saving your unwanted treasures for our annual summer and November Holiday thrift sales. Please place your items in covered boxes. If you do not have space to store the boxes bring them to Unity and Sue will store them for you. No clothing will be sold. No furniture will be stored at this time. This was a profitable fundraiser for Unity in 2020 so let's do it again in 2021. Tell your neighbors and friends you'll take their items for our sale too.

Is Automatic Giving for you?
Unity of Eau Claire 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. 

The Power for April  is "LOVE"

Don't misunderstand love

Affirmation: I am a center of love.

Love-The ability to attract, desire, and unify.

The disciple is John. He represents unconditional acceptance and forgiveness.

The corresponding color is pink, and the location is the heart.

We ask that participants taking Classes and attending Book Clubs make a donation to Unity of Eau Claire. $5 per class is suggested.

 When classes are in person in the building a basket is set out and participants make cash donations. When classes are on Zoom, the ways to donate are through the donate button on our website or mail a check. 

You may ask why a donation is necessary when the building isn't open. Though our building is closed, we continue the need to meet our expenses for our staff and utilities. Our Administrative Coordinator continues to perform his job duties with the added duty of setting up and hosting our Zoom meetings. There is a yearly fee to have a Zoom account enabling us to have unlimited access to meet our needs. We have received many responses from people attending our classes and book clubs saying they have benefited from our classes. We want to keep Unity functioning so we have the ability to continue to offer classes and Book Clubs. We thank the facilitators of our classes, most of whom donate their time. 

We appreciate whatever donation you feel called to give. Again, the $5 per class is a suggestion. We will not turn anyone away if they are unable to donate. 

Thank you,
Unity of Eau Claire Board of Trustees
The Prayer Team is available when you have a request!

Do not be afraid to reach out for support. Call the office at 715-836-0010 or Timothy's cellular phone 715-533-3260 if you have an immediate need. Also, send us an email prayer request at unityeauclairepray@gmail.com. Remember

Unity Gift & Book Store

Bookstore OPEN and ready for you to get some good deals.

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 of Eau Claire.

Unity 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 liaisons to JONAH is  Larry Metzenbauer and Dean Schmitz 
For more information on how to get involved with JONAH, contact 
Larry at  kingdomnow2@charter.net715-382-3414 
Dean at  prism1976@hotmail.com or 715-514-3363
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 of Eau Claire 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 are.

May 8, 2021
August 21, 2021
November 13, 2021

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