Last Month at
Unity of Eau Claire!!!
|Marion getting our worship service started with prayer!|
|Blue Moon over Unity on Halloween. |
|Kelly making a point as she presents at Unity. |
Beauty all around us when we worship!
I Want Life to Get Back to Normal
How often have you heard those words in the past months? I have also heard from our members that they wish things at Unity could get back to normal. God has blessed us during this pandemic in many ways that enable us to stay connected with each other here at Unity. Our Prayer Partners make wellness calls to every member each month. Many people have told me they are sending cards and calling each other. Our technology team of Dale, Timothy and Dennis work to keep us connected through live streaming Sunday service. Classes continue with some in-person and others attending via Zoom. Let's thank each other for what we all do to keep our Unity center vibrant and alive during these times. It truly takes a village.
Another aspect of this pandemic is finances. Many families are struggling and so are businesses and non-profits. We too at Unity are feeling the effects. It is understood that people need a certain amount of their income for essentials. If you are one of the fortunate ones who have some discretionary income please put some thought into how your donation could help. Is Unity an important part of your life? Is it an aspect of your life you want to support? A few members have shared with me that since they are not coming in person they are forgetting to give monetarily. Please know that though you aren't attending in person we continue to need to meet the expenses of our building and our staff.
The prosperity/finance team will be meeting in December. It's difficult to budget not knowing what our income will be. I am sure many of you feel the same way about your household. A way that you can help us with developing a realistic budget is to use our Auto-Giving program. Before I started using the program I was a bit anxious to commit my donation. What if I needed that money for something else? I quickly came to the realization that one of the things I need most in my life is Unity; the principles of Unity, the Love and Energy I feel when I connect with my fellow Unity people, the connection I feel at Sunday service to just name a few. I feel supported by Unity and I want to support Unity so that others too can feel the Love and Energy we have to share.
Blessings and love to all of you.
Sue Carlson, President of the Board of Trustees
The Power of the Unity Teachings
As we move towards the closing of a year no one of us could have ever imagined (well maybe in the minds of science fiction writers), we all hope closing the door on 2020 will mean closure also to a pandemic and its devastating results. That doesn't appear to be the case, as our numbers continue to increase. November and December are supposed to bring family gatherings, joy and a coming together like we don't experience any other time of the year. Already Thanksgiving and Christmas are looking very different for everyone.
While we'd like to slam the door shut on this year, the dictionary defines 20/20 as seeing clearly; normal vision. Was this year and its ensuing never-before imagined experiences, a piece of guiding us to our awakening, to seeing more clearly? If so, what then was it we were awakening to; needing to experience and learn? The last two months of any year, at least in northern Wisconsin, prepare us for winter's hibernation. A time nature recognizes as important; a going within and getting ready for a new growth season. To that we may respond-enough; I've had enough time for introspection nine months of it since mid-March. Hmmm, nine months; well that is the time of gestation for a human being.
New Thought and Unity have taught, since their inception in the late 1800's, the importance of living in the moment, that all we have is today-and to make it the best day ever. We may want to continue to plan for the future, a future none of us can now predict. If we hadn't learned that before, 2020 certainly taught us about future planning. I've seen it with couples wanting to marry and families wanting to travel.
Eckhart Tolle wrote a phenomenal best-seller titled The Power of Now; that may be a book to revisit. All we have is now-this moment-and our thoughts and actions can make it the best moment by embracing gratitude and thanksgiving. Giving thanks for this experience-an opportunity to search deep in our inner being to know, however society wants to label it, that we are awakening to a New Earth (Tolle's second book).
As we move thru these last two months of 2020 our prayer is that we all have the courage, the fortitude and hope to embrace, welcome and give thanks for whatever 2021 wants to share with us. We stand strong in knowing with God all things are possible.
Rev. Sandra McKinney
Ministerial Recruit Team... on a Roll
Mari Jackson, Steve Bircher, Carol Craig and Steve Friede have been 'teaming up' for Unity of Eau Claire to ensure everything is in order for prospective part-time ministerial candidates. As you may remember, all the required paperwork was submitted to Unity Worldwide Ministry (UWM) in June, 2020. To date, we have had one formal request for the position but that candidate decided to seek other spiritual paths.
Over the last couple months, the MRT has been busy communicating with UWM to seek ways to make our position at Unity of Eau Claire a bit more attractive. Staff at UWM and Rev. Ray (who has been an invaluable resource) basically say that there are more positions open than there are candidates to fill them; that it is not unusual to have a long wait for candidates; that a part-time positions tends to be in less demand; that most candidates are from 'warm states' and it will be the "right and authentic " Spiritual Leader that will be guided to winter in Eau Claire for a part-time position.
Based on the above, MRT has made a couple recommendations to the Board regarding compensation offers and marketing of Unity of Eau Claire. The Board has agreed to resubmit the initial paper work with a different compensation plan and marketing information regarding the 'really cool' attributes of Eau Claire/Chippewa Valley. The form already is full of great things about Unity of Eau Claire!
Lastly, we recommended that we get an interview team "up and ready" knowing that the right and authentic Spiritual Leader will arrive in Divine time. The tentative Interview Group met October 21st, and will likely consist of Jan Swanson, Steve Bircher, Brandon Mondlock, Teresa Luginbill, Sue Carlson and Rev. Ray. Another meeting is scheduled on Nov. 4th to finalize the Interview Group and begin frame-working possible interview activities and procedures. Please feel free to contact anyone on the MRT with ideas or questions - we're still "rolling along"! Also please hold in prayer those at Unity who are accepting the responsibilities associated with hiring a new minister - your prayers are every bit as important (maybe more?) as the many meetings and discussions of the MRT, Unity Board and Interview Group.
Sunday Talk Titles
For the month of November our services will be live at the Unity of Eau Claire, with COVID safety standards in place. We are also having Facebook Live streaming through our Facebook page. Check "This week at Unity" for more information, if you are not getting this information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Scott Daniels
Greeters: Jacquie Staebell
Worship Leader: Timothy Haukeness
Special Music: Eric Schansberg
Rev. Ray Nelson
Greeters: Marnie Hersrud
Worship Leader: Howie Nelsen
Special Music: Mason and Silas Gorski
New Member Sunday
Rev. Lyle Schlundt
Greeters: Christine Fink
Worship Leader: Sandi Anderson
Special Music: Therese Schutte
Town Hall meeting after service (on-site and virtual)
Greeters: Mari Jackson
Worship Leader: Howie Nelsen
Special Music: Peter Phippen and Victoria Shoemaker
Rev. Sandra McKinney
"My Faith Lights My Path and Guides My Way"
Worship Leader: Mari Jackson
Special Music: Kelly Carlson
Burning Bowl Sunday
Decorating Sanctuary after Burning Bowl
Ongoing Classes & Events
All events receive a love offering unless otherwise noted. Group/class dates can change, please watch for notices.
with Kathy Boone (Masks and social distancing)
10:00-11:30am A Course of Love (Zoom Meeting and in classroom 3)
1:00-3:00pm Board Agenda Setting Meeting (11/10/2020)
4:45-6:45 pm Board of Trustees Meeting (11/24/2020)
7:30-8:30pm S.A. 12-Step ((In building with social distancing)
6:00-7:30pm Interview Team Meeting (Zoom or in Classroom 3)
9:30-10:45am Yoga with Kathy Boone (masks and social distancing)
10:00am-Dusk Thrift Sale (See details below) (11/5/2020)
10:00am-Dusk Thrift Sale (See details below)(11/6/2020)
7:00-8:30pm Power of Now (Zoom)
10:00-11:00am Sunday Service (In Person with social distancing and Facebook Live)
11:15am-noon Town Hall Zoom meeting (11/15/2020)
Children's programs and childcare are cancelled at this time for the safety of the child.
And you thought Thrift Sales were done for 2020!
You have another opportunity to donate your items to sell AND to come and purchase.
Sue Carlson and friends are taking advantage of our 60 degree plus temperatures this week to sell gently used Holiday Items
Sue Carlson's yard
2501 14th Street
Thanksgiving and Christmas Items
Thursday Nov 4th 10AM to dusk
Friday Nov 5th 10AM to dusk
Proceeds are for Unity of Eau Claire
(Cash only please)
This will be an outdoor sale. Masks are highly recommended, with tabling at safe 6' distancing, hand sanitizing, and touch free checkout availability.
We follow COVID19 safety procedures.
If you have items (only Thanksgiving and Christmas related items) you want to donate text Sue@ 715-307-4344 to set up a drop off time Monday Nov. 2 to Wednesday Nov. 4
If you are available to help sell items on Thursday Nov 5th
and/or Friday Nov. 6th text Sue@ 715-307-4344
It's exciting to have an opportunity to fundraise for Unity!
1) Looking for a "wardrobe" type cabinet for the children's toys. The size of the space is 6 feet wide and 6-7 feet high.
The goal is to make sure the toys stay clean and it will help the meeting room to be more generic looking for groups and weddings.
2) Sue is looking for used jewelry (even if not in good shape or broken) to re-purpose or sell, with proceeds going to the general fund. Drop off in the office in a package marked 'Sue Carlson' thanks.
l WAS AT A UNITY SERVICE IN PERSON A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, WHEN REVEREND LYLE WAS THERE - AND WOULDN'T YOU KNOW IT - I FORGOT MY HEARING AIDS. BEFORE THE SERVICE STARTED, I ASKED REV. LYLE TO PLEASE SPEAK LOUDLY, AND DALE OVERHEARD ME. HE HOOKED ME UP WITH ONE OF THE HEARING DEVICES THEY HAVE AT UNITY. (THANK YOU, DALE.) IT WORKED WONDERFULLY. WHAT IS SO HELPFUL WITH THESE DEVICES IS THAT THEY INCREASE THE VOLUME OF ONLY WHAT IS GOING THROUGH THE MICROPHONE, SO YOU DON'T GET ANY OTHER SOUNDS INTERFERING - NO AMBIENT SOUNDS. IT WAS SO EASY TO HEAR. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE DEVICES. THANK YOU ALL!
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 email@example.com. Remember
THE UNITY OF EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY IS HERE FOR YOU!
Town Hall Zoom Meeting!
Sunday November 15th, 11:15am to noon.
Board of Trustees will update you and answer questions.
Unity of Eau Claire Board of Trustees invite you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Town Hall Meeting
Time: Nov 15, 2020 11:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 886 2582 1634
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 November is "RELEASE"
Let go of what no longer serves you
Affirmation: I release anything and everything that no longer serves my unfolding good.
Release (Elimination)-The ability to let go.
The disciple is Thaddeus. He represents the expulsion of negative thinking.
The corresponding color is amber and the location is the abdominal region.
Unity Gift & Book Store
Open During Office Hours!
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
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 Saturdays,
Unity's liaison to Community Table is Howie Nelsen at 715-833-9729 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit thecommunitytable.org
for more information.