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December 6, 2019

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December's Divine Faculty is Life

Life is the ability to energize, vitalize, enliven, animate, and invigorate.
I am filled with life, sweet life!

It's here!

The Alternative Gift Market is Tomorrow

Sat, December 7, 9 am - 2 pm.

Please join us on Saturday, as the market will not be open on Sunday.

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Advent Study Group

9:00 am - 9:45 am

December 8, 15, & 22

Sandra Leigh will lead a discussion group on Unity’s 2019 Advent booklet and topics around Christmas for the next three Sundays. Everyone is welcome on any or all of the Sundays.

This Sunday, December 8

Guest Speaker: Rev. Sandra McKinney

Peace: The Adventure of Spiritual Introspection 

Rev. Sandra McKinneyUnity has historically viewed the season of Advent as an inner search of mind and heart. Co-founder Charles Fillmore spoke of Unity and Advent on January 24, 1923, radio broadcast called “Christ Mind, the Second Coming of Christ.” He said, “Christ is an idea in the Divine Mind,” and highlighted the universality of the Christ, the divine essence that dwells in every human being. Fillmore said people with preconceived, human notions of the “second coming” are bound to be disillusioned. “They are simply looking in the wrong place to discover the Advent."

Rev. McKinney served Unity Christ Center in Eau Claire, WI as an Ordained Unity Minister for 13 years, retiring in 2016. She served at Silent Unity for two years prior to entering her path into ministry. Since retirement, she has been speaking at Unity centers and churches at St Cloud, MN, and Sheboygan, WI, while they were in the process of hiring, and she was a guest speaker last year at Unity in Shreveport, LA.  An Iowa native, raised in Davenport, IA and graduating from DeWitt, IA High School, Rev. McKinney has an eclectic background and many interests.  She currently serves on the Eau Claire County Board of Supervisors and says,  “I believe in the importance of bringing Unity’s message into all aspects of our lives and saying ‘Yes’ when asked to serve.”

Guest Musician: Jenub Wan

You may have seen or heard Jenub on the theatre stage, as he’s an accomplished actor, singer, and dancer, but we get to hear him right at our home at UCR!  Come listen to his beautiful vocal gift.

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in support of the Alternative Gift Market

Plan to stay for lunch and take home some baked goodies. All the money taken in will go directly to support next year's Alternat Gift Market which will be held on December 5, 2020.

TreeArtist of the Week

Lynda Black-Smith

Lynda will have photographs and graphic paintings, similar to those that hang on the walls of the small den off the foyer.  They will be for sale with 25% donated to UCR.  Lots to choose from, framed and unframed.

Christmas Decorating

Monday, December 9 at 10 am

It is Christmas Decorating time at Unity.  We would love volunteers on Monday (December 9) beginning at 10 am both morning and afternoon and also Tuesday morning.  Come when you can, join in the fun and get even more in the Christmas spirit.  Snacks will be provided.    
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Community Outreach for the Holidays

MittensThe Leadership Circle has chosen the Willis Dady Overflow Shelter as our holiday outreach this year.  They need many items for the Willis Dady shelter as well as the overflow shelter which just opened in the former Fillmore building adjacent to Abbey Center.  Portable snacks and any items for the homeless during the cold weather are needed…socks, mittens, gloves, scarves, thermal wear, joggers, etc.  See the poster in the foyer for details.  Place unwrapped items in gift bags or the boxes with the display.  Your gifts will be received up until Comfy Christmas on Dec 22.  Thanks for helping to keep others warm in this cold weather!

Sacred Grounds & Books

Team leads –  Janith Griffith and Susan Liddell
Description – This team maintains our bookstore inventory and lending library.  They help people select books or merchandise and they serve beverages before and after the Sunday services. They also support and coordinate artists who want to sell their products. If you want to serve with this team, contact Jan or Susan.

Healthy Holidays with Nina Frost Healthy Heart

11:15 am in Sacred Grounds & Books

This last class offers you healthy advice and easy hands-on cooking to support a healthy lifestyle during the holiday season.  We will be focusing on chocolate! 
  •  December 15, Discussion: Holiday Home-Stretch – managing stress with clean eating.
Taste and take home healthy treats in each class! $10 per class.  Taught by Nina Frost a Registered Nurse and Certified Health Coach.

Save the Date - Bingo!

Friday, January 10, 2020

UnityCR will host a community-wide BINGO evening of fun on Friday, January 10, 2020.  Doors open at 5 pm. We will need lots of Unity volunteers for this major fundraising opportunity. The team is busy behind the scenes, getting things organized, but plan to be there and sign up to help!

Make 2019 your year
of Connection at UnityCR

UCR has an abundance of opportunities available for you to make connections within your Spiritual CommUnity.

December Events

  • Dec 8, Rev. Sandra McKinney, 10 am
  • Dec 15, Josh & Mary Haun, 10 am
  • Dec 15, Healthy Holidays, 11:15 am
  • Dec 22, Comfy Christmas, 10 am
  • Dec 24, Candlelight Christmas Eve Service, 5 pm
  • Dec 29, New Year's Release & Renew, 10 am
See the Office Administrator, Ruth Geary, to find out how you can connect.  

Happy Birthday
to our UnityCR friends!

December 6 - 12
06 - Greg Hassman
07 - Larry Kennedy
11 - Mary Christensen

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