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Remove the Mask This Sunday!!    
   
Join us this Sunday as our new
Lead Minister, Reverend Robin Ferguson continues our Fall Faith exploration of
 how the courage to be vulnerable can transform the way we live, love and
lead as we work our way through
the book Daring Greatly by Bren Brown.
This week, Reverend Robin will 
encourage us to embrace Gratitude 
and "Remove the Mask" 
this Hallowe'en season! 
Kelly Potter returns as our soloist
this week! So we invite you
to join us Sunday on this amazing adventure in faith.
Do you dare?
         

k potter  

    
We look forward to seeing you there!
Everyone who wears a Hallowe'en costume gets some CANDY! 

  

And so we conclude our minsterial search process.
A Letter from the UCOP Board of Directors:

  

Dear Friend,

  

About 6 months ago, we all stepped on the path of transition as a church community. Along the way, Spirit called us higher leading us from transition to transformation. It was in that consciousness of transformation that this spiritual community came together to envision the qualities we wanted in a new senior minister. The Ministerial Search Team and the UCOP Board of Directors held this awakening consciousness of our church family as we called forth the right and perfect ministerial leadership to guide UCOP on its transformational journey.

  

What we began to realize as we looked at potential candidates was that our community was calling for broader leadership. So we had an opportunity to create a new paradigm to shepherd this transformation that your vision was calling forth. The board realized clearly and decisively that we had two of the most qualified ministers here at UCOP to carry out our broader vision.

  

Therefore, we would like to announce a new Executive Ministry Team with Reverend Robin Ferguson as our Lead Minister of Spiritual Growth and Development and Reverend Bob Barth as Minister of Operations.

 

Rev. Robin brings a great deal of experience to our ministry, having founded a new Unity church where she led for 6 years and then worked with hundreds of churches during her time at Unity Worldwide Ministries. And, of course, Rev. Bob brings his 38 years of ministry leadership to this team as well. Together they will hire an associate minister in the coming months to support other areas of growth for the ministry. We believe that it is through this spirit-led and dynamic team leadership that more can be accomplished to realize our highest visions for this church community.

 

And the Ministerial Search Team will become the new Ministerial Support Team, calling them higher into leadership and service. And you are all being invited to step into this field of community connections, leadership or whatever is calling to you at this unique time of transformation. We are all here to support each other.   Please let us know if you have questions.

 

With love and gratitude,

 

Staci Cross

President, Unity Church of Overland Park Board of Directors

?? Questions ??
 The Executive Ministry Team will address some of the questions that have arisen since last Sunday's announcement during service this coming Sunday.  For those who may have questions or concerns beyond that regarding the decision of the Board and Minsterial Search Team, please plan to join the Board of Directors in the peace chapel Sunday, November 3rd.  They will be available after both services.    
Fall Faith EVENT and WORKSHOP! 

    

This year's Fall Faith Event will be somewhat different than in years past. We will begin the evening with an Opening Reception in harmony hall at 6:00p.m. and enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Everyone will have an equal chance to win fabulous prizes in our FUNd-raising Drawing! Each entry in the drawing costs $5 (or get 5 entries for just $20).  The drawing will be held  in the sanctuary, right before our evening's entertainment gets under way.
Then at 7:30, comedian and motivational speaker, Kyle Cease, takes the stage in a show called "Life Is a Playground."  Kyle was ranked #1 in 2009 on Comedy Central's Stand-Up Showdown. He is also a highly sought after motivational and inspirational speaker who uses comedy to get his message of consciousness out into the world.  ( www.kylecease.com )
Following the comedy event, we will head back down to harmony hall for Dancing and a Dessert Reception from 9:00-11:00p.m.
  
Kyle will also offer a workshop called "Evolving Out Loud," on Saturday the 16th, following the event. This will be a 5-hour motivational workshop with lunch from Jason's Deli included. Benefits from this talk and workshop will include minimizing, if not ending stage fright, writers block, hesitation, doubt, fear and moving towards what you really want in your life, moving to a place beyond where you are now.  Money, health, relationships, all that stuff can be improved as you move towards your core.  Kyle will guide you in the art of allowing and letting go and in the unlimited art of playing.  He'll also discuss adding humor to your life and work.  The workshop will be open to Fall Faith participants, as well as the greater community. So if you know someone who might be interested in, or benefit from the workshop, by all means, tell them about it!

 

Tickets for the Event and the Workshop, as well as entries for the

FUN-draising Drawing are all on sale NOW after services,

or you may

  
Living the Empowered Life!
     
  Our focus in October is upon Authenticity.  
  
"My essence lights up the world."  
Snack Angels needed for Youth & Family Ministry
 

Can you help support Youth and Family Ministry (YFM) during our rehearsals for the big Christmas show as a Snack Angel? It's a long day for our kiddos... church in the morning and then rehearsing until 3:00. Having a simple, healthy snack can go a long way. You can support us by bringing any of the following up to the YFM resource room on the second floor any Sunday. Juice Boxes, Granola Bars (Oats & Honey, variety pack), Fruit like oranges, bananas or grapes.

If you would like to supply sub sandwiches or pizza, please contact Brandon Nagel at 913.649.1750 X3009 or Bnagel@ucop.org.   We have a small refrigerator so we can keep things cold.
  
Drum to your own rhythm! TONIGHT!
  

Join this improvisational percussion jam as we express our rhythm with drums, shakers, diggers, voice or whatever else you want to bring! Empowered to release your inner critic and inner child, you are supported in discovering and developing musical freedom. No experience needed. Bring your instruments or just come! Extra instruments will be provided. Children are welcome.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

 

Evans is an improvisational musician, with over 10 years of experience inspiring musical freedom in people of all ages through drum & dance circles, creative workshops, Native American fluting, rhythm, percussion and improv. He facilitates with talent, versatility and an open heart, igniting musical inspiration and unleashing your spiritual gifts. 

Give Blood This Sunday!
 

The Community Blood Center will conduct a Blood Drive in harmony hall, sponored by the Men's Group, from 8 a.m . to 1 p.m. THIS SUNDAY October 27.  You may sign up on-line at www.savealifenow.org or by contacting Peter Jarosewycz at 816.941.3575 or mensgroup@ucop.org. Or you can just drop by the check-in table in harmony hall this Sunday morning and tell them you'd like to donate.  For medical eligibility questions, call 800.245.7035.   

Men's Group Breakfast November 2nd
 Saturday November 2, 8-10 a.m. harmony hall. love offering. 
 

Author Kathryn Andries will speak about her book, "Soul Choices: Six Paths to Find Your Life Purpose", which explores six unique methods of self-awareness including past lives, astrology, numerology, iris analysis, birth order and palmistry. Kathryn contends that people will view responsibility from a totally different perspective when they realize they chose everything in their life. As they understand why they made certain choices, they will gain a deeper appreciation for the people and opportunities in their lives. She attends Unity Church of Overland Park and is the co-founder of the School of Intuitive Arts and Sciences, where she lectures and teaches extensively on the life purpose method. For more information about her work, please see her website,  http://www.discoveryourlifepurpose.org/.

 

Credentialing Pathway Class starts next week!
  
 

SUPER SATURDAY - Spiritual Education and Enrichment

Metaphysics II Part 2

Living the Empowered Life: Proving the Unity Truth We Know

with Rev. Barbara Hadley

10am-4pm (1 hour lunch, bring a sack lunch or go out)

Saturday, November 2 and Saturday, November 9

Join Rev. Barbara Hadley for two SUPER SATURDAY classes about how we demonstrate metaphysical truth in the world we live in every day.  During this course you will explore some of the fundamental Principles of Spiritual Law and how they can be applied to your life for greater love, health, and prosperity. By studying the quotes of prominent Unity writers, as well as specific metaphysical and theological views presented in Heart-Centered Metaphysics, you will be encouraged to awaken your awareness and understanding of spiritual Truth. Through the consistent use of these practical principles, you will realize more of your spiritual potential and find that your life is transformed!

Recommended Texts:

         Heart-Centered Metaphysics, by Paul Hasselbeck

         Applying Heart-Centered Metaphysics, by Paul Hasselbeck and Cher Holton.

         Talks on Truth, by Charles Fillmore

This class qualifies for 10 S.E.E. credits for MS 823.  There is no prerequisite class although prior Metaphysics classes are recommended.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $50 per session

 

Rev. Barbara Hadley is an ordained Unity minister.  She teaches SEE in the field, trains peacemakers internationally, and facilitates Alternatives to Violence programs in State and Federal prisons.  Barbara has also served at Silent Unity, written for the Daily Word, and is published in the Unity House book Sacred Secrets.Barbara recently completed a one-year residency in hospital chaplaincy at Research Medical Center in Kansas City.
Interested in Membership at UCOP? 

 membership

 Classes required for membership at Unity Church of Overland Park are offered two or three times a year. Membership classes culminate with a sacred blessing from our spiritual community during our celebration services on Membership Sunday! To become a member, attendance is required at all three classes and on Membership Sunday. Class pre-registration is strongly requested. Click here to register for any of these classes.

 

1. Unity Church of Overland Park and You - 6 to 8 p.m.,

Monday, November 4 with Rev. Bob Barth.

The materials presented will offer the history of Unity and UCOP. Additionally, the class will offer opportunities to learn about the many ways to get involved with Unity Church of Overland Park.

 

2. Unity Basics - 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, November 11

with Rev. Robin Ferguson.

Gain an understanding of Unity's basic teachings and principles including the five basic teachings. Focused attention will be given to prayer and meditation and the positive, affirming ways which they are taught and utilized by Unity. This is the class where you get to ask all those burning questions you might have about what Unity really is. 

3. Membership Class - 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, November 18

with Rev. Bob Barth and Rev. Robin Ferguson.

We will explore what it means to step into membership at the church, discuss the Vision, Mission, and Values of Unity Church of Overland Park, review the church governance, and join together in a sacred circle of sharing of what membership in our ministry means to you. To become a member, prior attendance in the 'UCOP and You' and 'Unity Basics' class is required.

4.   Membership Sunday - December 8th.

 

People who have completed all three membership classes are invited to be present at one, or both, of the services on Membership Sunday where they will be blessed into membership by the entire congregation. 

New Class with Cathy Combs starts next week!
  
 

Quantum Prayer: It's Already Answered! Quantum Reality: It Already Exists!

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, November  5, 12, 19 & 26

with Cathy Combs

 

Join UCOP congregant and author Cathy Combs as she shares from her recently published book, 'Quantum Prayer: It's Already Answered! Quantum Reality: It Already Exists!' In an interactive and experiential format, participants will discover God, prayer and ego from the perspective of the Unitive Principle. If the reality that 'there is no adversary' intrigues you, come and enjoy as Cathy offers her perspective on this idea. This class will offer you an inspirational and uplifting view of yourself and your world.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

 

Cathy Combs is passionately devoted to Unity, UCOP, personal empowerment, spiritual community leadership development, and public service. Her background is in education and counseling, having received an MA in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California. She has been in Unity since 1974 and has been a very active volunteer at UCOP for several years. She loves and lives Gandhi's statement: 'Be the change you wish to see in the world.'

Relax... find peace...
   
Creating Your Dreams with Art Journaling
"Creating Your Dreams with Art Journaling"
November 7th, 7-9 p.m.
with Bhasweti Gewhas  
  

You will learn to visualize your goals using both sides of your brain - the reasoning mind and the creative mind - together. You will be guided through deep meditation and contemplation of your values to discover, evaluate and embrace your goals. You will be motivated to create your dreams with art journaling and a variety of art materials. 

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10    

($5 additional supply fee)

 

Bhasweti Gewhas, Ph.D. is a certified hypnotherapist, past life therapist, Reiki master, EFT practitioner, Theta healer, Feng Shui consultant, ordained minister and life coach. She has spent over 10 years engaged in extensive research and continuous training and education in India and the United States with master level practices in stress reduction therapy, holistic health and alternative therapies. You can visit her website www.stressfreetools.com for more information.  
 
Transform Your Life on Friday November 8

An Evening with the Enneagram: Music Meditation and Mindfulness

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Friday, November 8

With Nhien Vuong and Victor Dougherty

 

All-Church All-Community Thanksgiving Potluck 
Thanksgiving Day, November 28th
Sponsored by the Singles Group
  
Join the Singles Group in harmony hall to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Doors open at 10:00a.m. - Pray-in is at noon - Dinner is served at 12:15.  Bring a potluck item, enough to serve 10 people.  Please RSVP to Linda Riggs at 913-634-5359 or Gary Spaulding at 999-4508 by November 24th so they can be prepared for the appropriate attendance.  They will also need volunteers to help set up and clean up.
  
This has been a very successful event in the past!  Please consider joining us!
  
Yoganetics Fall Series
yoganetics 

  (Fee-based class  -  first class free for new students!)   

Singles Group Sunday Brunch 
Singles Group

Want to connect with other singles at Unity Church of Overland Park? Each Sunday at 12:30 this group meets at various local restaurants. Put these dates and locations on your schedule for the rest of June. We'd love to have you join us. 

 

October 27th - Old Chicago  117th & Metcalf (east side, north of 119th)
November 3rd - BRGR - 4038 W. 83rd St. Prairie Village
November 10th - Jose Peppers - 103rd & Metcalf
November 17th - Elephant Bar - 119th & Metcalf
November 24th - Houlihan's - (MOVED! 11600 W. 95th St - Oak Park Mall lot
 whereT.G.I.Fridays used to be)
  
Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359 
  
An Evening of Kirtan

   

A magical evening of prayerful chanting and deep meditation was enjoyed by the many beautiful souls who attended Jai Spirit's Kirtan last Thursday evening in harmony hall. We are so grateful to everyone who came to sing with us. We look forward to sharing another beautiful experience with you again soon.

 

Band members left to right: John Mark Aladeen, mandolin and flute;

Clark Jamison, percussion; Mark Gossman, vocals, guitar;

Alison Dishinger, acoustic bass & didgeridoo; Gina-Nina 'Namaste', vocals, harmonium

New Part-time Facilities Position Available
 
Our Facilities Team is looking for a part-time, on call employee for the weekends.  The ideal candidate would need to be available on call for facilities set-up on Saturdays and Sundays, 2-10 hours per week.  Full training will be provided.  If interested please click here to contact Jane Sauve, or call 913-649-1750 ex. 3012.  
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Unity Church of Overland Park
10300 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, Kansas 66212
913.649.1750, www.ucop.org
 
We offer practical, spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living.