Voices in Unity
October 2020


Last Month at  
Unity of Eau Claire!!! 
 
Sue helping with special music, as Eric sang and played the violin!
   
Rev. Sandra facilitating the labyrinth at the World Day of Prayer. 

Howie Nelsen using his talents as the worship leader. 

 
Can you do this at 82 years old? Lois can!!
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
1-800-NOW-PRAY
1/800-669-7729

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

Sue Carlson, 
President

Eileen Potocnik, 
Vice-President

Steve Friede, 
Treasurer
 

Jacquie Staebell, Secretary

Rob Harrington, 
Member

Elizabeth Jacobs,
 
Alternate



 
Thank you for such an awesome Unity World Day of Prayer this month of September. Unity World Wide did a great job of providing speakers and music virtually - starting Wednesday night and going through Thursday night. The affirmation for this prayer day: "STANDING IN TRUTH, I MOVE FROM FEAR TO FAITH," was the theme thought the 24 hours. The guiding prayer for World Day of Prayer 2020 is still available online if you are interested. Thank you to all who participated either at the physical place of Unity of Eau Claire or from their own homes. After all, there is no time or space with prayer. Timothy was right on the ball with the technology necessary. Kathy Boone arranged some beautiful bouquets to add to the atmosphere. Thank you to Sandra McKinney for leading the labyrinth walk on Thursday morning. UWW provided (on screen) the number of countries participating and the number of candles lit to signify participation from around the world. There is so much to be grateful for with our local and worldwide Unity Spiritual Centers and the respect and honor that is given to prayer.
 


 
Thanks for a fun event!! Here are the totals Kings $679.25 and Queens $330.32. 


Your gift demonstrates your understanding that God does provide every blessing in abundance, and now you have shared it with the world. This last quarter, Unity of Eau Claire gave $400.00 to the following organizations; Feed by People, Fierce Freedom  and Sojourner House. We are able to model Unity's abundance principles because of your generous tithes each month. How blessed we are by your cheerful giving to the work of our home community. Through it, we truly share a message of strength and hope despite the appearance of chaos in our world.
 
 fiercefreedom.org 





Sunday Talk Titles

For the month of October 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 unityeauclaire@gmail.com
                      
10/04   10am 
 Rev. Ronnie Roll 
                         "Faith As My Shield"                
  Greeters: Mari Jackson
  Worship Leader: Sandi Anderson
  Special Music: Fred Hable 
                     
         Birthday Sunday   
                 
10/11   10am 
 Lou Longmire
"Prosperity"
          Greeters: Marnie Hersrud
          Worship Leader: Howie Nelsen 
         Special Music: Peter Phippen and Victoria Shoemaker

10/18   10am      

  Rev. Lyle Schlundt
                          "The Desert Never Lies"
  Greeters: Jacquie Staebell
  Worship Leader: Sharon Smith
          Special Music: Josh Gallagher  

10/25   10am

           Rev. Sandra McKinney
                                   "The Art of Listening
                                    Greeters: Christine Fink
                                    Worship Leader: Mari Jackson
                                    Special Music: Rob Harrington
            Baptism for Eli Joseph

            Burning Bowl Sunday
Ongoing Classes & Events
All events receive a love offering unless otherwise noted. Group/class dates can change, please watch for notices. 

MONDAYS
9:30-10:45am         Yoga
with Kathy Boone (In building with social distancing)
                              
TUESDAYS
10:00-11:30am         A Course of Love (Zoom Meeting and in building)
1:00-3:00pm            Board Agenda Setting Meeting (10/08/2020)
4:45-6:45 pm           Special Board of Trustees Meeting Ministerial Recruitment (10/13/2020)
4:45-6:45 pm           Board of Trustees Meeting (10/21/2020)
7:30-8:30pm            S.A. 12-Step ((In building with social distancing)

THURSDAYS
9:30-10:45am           Yoga with Kathy Boone (In building with social distancing)

FRIDAYS
7:00-8:30pm             Power of Now
 (In Person with social distancing and Zoom)
SUNDAYS
10:00-11:00am         Sunday Service (In Person with social distancing and Facebook Live)

Children's programs will be outside or inside with guidelines during our service.

Updates of worship details will be in This Week at Unity to be added to the list, email  unityeauclaire@gmail.com


The Misplaced Generation: 
Bringing Home Our Young Adults
 
Message from Sue Carlson. I attended a class via ZOOM which was offered through Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) called The Misplaced Generation: Bringing Home Our Young Adults. UWM conducted a survey with 75 young adults ages 18 - 35 years old providing feedback.
 
Why don't young adults attend Unity?
  • 54% - not enough people my age
  • 33% - felt left out or abandoned "in the big church" after Y.O.U.
  • 31% - the Unity message no longer resonates
  • 28% - the presentation style does not resonate
  • 28% - the time of the service or event doesn't work for them
 
What do young adults wish was present in the Unity Centers?
  • More people their age
  • Better or current music
  • Experiential/interactive type of worship during service
  • Welcome everyone equally, they feel disconnected, smile and engage them in conversation
  • Multiple services as they cannot always attend on a Sunday
  • Small groups to meet people, name tags
 
What activities do young adults want to participate in?
  • Retreats with weekends being the best time in the spring/summer/fall, be mindful of the cost
  • Volunteering
  • Breaking bread together
 
Best method to reach young adults.
  • Instagram
  • Facebook
  • Family and friends
 
How do they find a Unity Center?
  • Family and friends
  • Google search
 
The conclusion: We need to welcome and celebrate youth.
  1. Is our information accessible; are we on the internet with our address, service time, and live stream link? From a marketing standpoint our name needs to be seen four times for a person to consider coming to Unity.
  2. Is our environment safe emotionally as well as physically? Is our environment engaging? Post pictures.
  3. Do they see people that look like them? Bring in speakers, musicians and interns that are young adults.
  4. Does the message resonate? Anecdotes only for older adults go right over their heads. Provide familiar music, add a video clip, meet after for socialization, use Facebook and Zoom for discussions.
  5. Is there something to get behind? Causes, justice, social activism. Tell the public what we do.
  6. Are young adults made to feel valued and appreciated? When they walk in do they hear we are glad they are here? They are willing to tithe their time and talent. Give them the opportunity and space to do so.




Unity of Eau Claire's Bookstore has made 
another donation to the operations of Unity. 
The total for the year's donations are $1,000.00. 
Thank you!
 

The wellness prayer call lists are in the process of being updated. Sandi Anderson, Kathy Boone, and Jeannine Colburn will be doing the calls. It is such a privilege and gift to be able to make these calls. Every once in a while, in the Daily Word, the topic is Pray for Others. It is so true that when we pray for others, we receive so much - so powerful. When October, 2020, comes around and you have not received a wellness prayer call, please notify Timothy, Sandi, Kathy, or Jeannine. Or if you no longer choose to receive a wellness prayer call, please let us know about that.

What is Affirmative Prayer?

When most people think of prayer, they think of asking God for something.
Not so in Unity.

Unity uses "affirmative prayer." Rather than begging or beseeching God, this method involves connecting with the spirit of God within and asserting positive beliefs about the desired outcome. Affirmative prayer is the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, "So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24).

If, for example, one were to pray traditionally, one might say: "Please God, help me find a job." By contrast, an affirmative prayer might be: "I am now guided to my right and perfect employment."

Affirmative prayer reflects the certainty that we are each being led to our highest good, despite any temporary appearances.

Metaphysicians believe that thoughts transmit magnetic energy and this energy attracts other energy of the same frequency. Whether you are conscious of it or not, your thoughts are transmitting energy that is attracting more of the same. When you remain focused on your intentions, you will draw those things into your life


Thank you to Mari Jackson and her team for a wonderful autumnal equinox. 
Twenty people came, released energy, prayed, drummed and shared wisdom. 




Come join a Zoom room full of folks from the Chippewa Valley who stand alongside JONAH's values of equity and ending oppression for all.

We will share updates on all of JONAH's current work, hear from local speaker and UW faculty member David Shih (title: "Asian American Is Not a Culture."), have breakout groups to learn more about our various issues, and give you the opportunity to speak out as well.

Here are the breakout groups, everyone will get to attend two:
- An Immigrant's Journey: Connections via Relationship
- Environmental: Healthy Lawns
- Environmental: Single-Use Plastics
- Eviction Reflections: Real or Imagined
- How Could City Staff Create More Affordable Housing?
- WI 2020 Alice Report
- WI K-12 Education Budget
- Constant Reliable Public Transit
- Equitable Access to Transit: Para Transit
- Criminal Justice Reform
Fundraising will be done throughout to help JONAH get through a tough year and ensure we can tackle injustice thoroughly in 2021. Fun is planned as well!

(register before October 10 - contact us at 715-497-8732 if you are registering after that)

Everyone who registers will be automatically be entered for our door prize drawings! 

These items come from businesses run by people of color and JONAH merchandise. 

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
 
THE UNITY OF EAU CLAIRE COMMUNITY IS HERE FOR YOU!









Go to our website and click the donate button on the upper right side of the homepage www.unityeauclaire.org

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 October is "ZEAL"

Affirmation: I enthusiastically accept my good and go forward to achieve my purpose.

Zeal: The inner flame that burns brightly for all to see.

The disciple is Simon the Canaanite. He represents motivation and the desire to accomplish great things.

The corresponding color is orange, and the location is the back of the head.




Prosperity Update

Profit and Loss
Jan-Sept 2020

Income:                             $53,598.61
Expenses:                        ($53,819.42)
Net Income: (shortfall)          ($220.81)

Profit and Loss
Jan-Sept 2019

Income:                             $64,866.90
Expenses:                        ($81,550.79)
Net Income: (shortfall)     ($16,683.89)


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.

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JONAH

"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 Saturdays,
 
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.