"Surrender to the Light"
a Palm Sunday Celebration  
  We invite you to join Brandon Nagel  
this Sunday as we begin our Easter Series  
with an exploration of what it means to
walk into the challenges of our lives,
knowing when and how to let go and
trust in the Christ Light within
to guide us through.
Soloist Kelly Potter joins Fred Albers
and our amazing UCOP Band!

And following both services the kids will get to
enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt! 

We look forward to seeing
you there!

Easter Series

2014... the Year of "I AM"
The words "I AM" are a holy expression for the name of God - the highest aspect of yourself. This year, we explore the highest possibility for our lives by choosing a quality each month to focus on and express. In every moment know that you are the living expression of the Christ!

This year we invite you to consider empowering your life
with the following affirmations:

"I AM"...
Boundless... Real... Courageous... Curious... Adventurous... Lighthearted... Outrageous... Visionary... Limitless... Connected... and Sacred

In the month of April, let us affirm together:

Conscious Conversations
Our first round of conversations went very well. Thank you to all who took part. We welcome everyone to be a part of the conversations around how we want Unity Church of Overland Park to grow and emerge going forward.  Every person in our spiritual community is an integral and important piece to the overall whole.  We want every voice to be heard in expressing how Unity Church of Overland Park can be supportive of one's spiritual journey now and in the future.  We also want to hear ideas that you may have for sharing your passions with our ministry in a way that will move us into greater service as we "awaken and express the Christ nature in ourselves, our families, our communities and the world."  To facilitate the listening process, we will have small groups of ten meeting in "Conscious Conversations" all around the UCOP campus from 10:15 to 11:00am and 12:30 to 1:30 pm on April 27th.  Plan to attend one of these sessions. 
Sign-ups will be in the lobby this Sunday.  Lunch will be available on a love offering basis.  Child care will be available, too!  We want you to be a part of the conversation.  Please join us!
for your prayerful consideration...

Dear Friends,


While it is beginning to look and feel like spring, one look back on the last 3 months shows us that the harsh winter affected our church revenues.  We have been hit hard by the weather with Sunday attendance and offerings down by 40%.  At the same time, our utilities and snow removal expenses increased by 36% and 51% respectively. 


We are writing to ask if you would consider making a special contribution to help in these extreme circumstances. If everyone contributes what they feel comfortable in giving, I believe we can rise above this temporary setback and move through the year on solid financial ground.


I thank you for your consideration in this matter and I feel blessed to be a part of your spiritual family.



Love and blessings,
 Reverend Bob Barth

Click here if you would like to visit our giving page. 

Easter Basket Outreach-Baskets due Sunday!
 Thank you to everyone who so generously filled an Easter basket with love and candy and needed personal care items for children and folks in need in our community.


All Easter baskets are due back to the church by Palm Sunday, April 13.  


If you would like to serve on the Easter Basket Team to help deliver these baskets to their intended recipients, please contact Glenda Analla at 913.593.5380.

The Return of Mulch Madness!

Are you ready to get grubby, get some exercise, soak up some sunshine and vitamin D and do a great service for your spiritual community?  Then we invite you to join us Saturday morning, April 19th, when we have two big truckloads of cedar mulch arriving to spread around the grounds in our flower beds.  Help us beautify the campus before our big Easter Sunday.  Bring any wheel barrows, rakes, shovels or other implements suitable for mulch distribution with you from home (if you have them).  And if you'd like to help but can't physically wield a rake or shovel, we could use your help in providing munchies and water for our mulchers.  If you're interested in helping out, please stop by the Mulch Madness table in harmony hall after services to sign up. Or you may contact Jane Sauve here

Many hands make light work so come join in the fun!



Prayer Chaplain Informational Meetings

Have you been discerning the call of Spirit to go deeper with your spiritual practice and life? We would invite you to take into prayer the opportunity of becoming a Prayer Chaplain. Informational meetings for the 2014-2015 Prayer Chaplain team will be on May 4th and 18th at 12:30pm in the peace chapel. We will go over the role of a Prayer Chaplain as well as the training process and dates. For more information please see the Prayer Chaplain Program brochure in the lobby or contact Rev. Jan Stromseth at jstromseth@ucop.org.
Awaken the Healer Within

Join Dr. Jonah Yakel as he shares more practices from the mystical tradition of Sufism to help you awaken to the divine healing presence that resides within.    Whether you are a beginner or experienced this class will help you tune to the source of all healing.  This class is great for both healers and those seeking to heal.



Suggested Love Offering: $10


Dr. Jonah Yakel is a healer, teacher, speaker, chiropractor and flow practitioner. In 2002 he awakened to his life's calling, abruptly leaving his career as an electrical engineer, to pursue his dream of being an alternative health care practitioner.  Guided by the knowledge that the body has an innate intelligence and contains a potential for healing far greater than any outside source could ever provide, he obtained his doctorate in chiropractic in 2006.  He has studied with leaders in the field of chiropractic and natural health including Dr. Lance Wright, founder and developed of Flow, and Dr. Donald Epstein, founder of Network Spinal Analysis.

Dr. Yakel has owned health and wellness clinics in Tucson, AZ, and Scottsdale, AZ, and is currently serving his community in Overland Park, KS.  In addition to providing the best chiropractic care possible, Dr. Yakel writes, lectures, and teaches within the community on natural health and healing.

New Prosperity Class Coming Up!

Would you like to open your heart to greater consciousness, energy and abundance in your life?  Would you like to access the depths of your spiritual mind in new ways and create a vision of your life bigger than it is right now?  Would you like to carry that heart and vision into every activity of your life?  And what about doing this with a like-minded group of spiritual friends?  Here is a place to do it!


This 7 week class is for all of us-those who have taken prosperity classes before and those who are hearing for the first time that you can create the life of your dreams by choosing your thoughts.

This class will combine spiritual lessons with small-group discussions and powerful exercises and experiences that will take you to a SOUL level.  You will discover and release limiting thoughts and plant the seeds of PROSPEROUS GROWTH in your consciousness.


Rev. Barbara Hadley is an ordained Unity minister and a master teacher who brings creativity, heart and soul to life.  Her passion is to guide individuals and small groups through discovery processes that lead to greater self-awareness, providing tools that deepen students' intuition, insight, relationships and experiences.

Register here!

In the Presence Meditation

This meditation provides the opportunity to go into a deep, deep experience of the Presence. Meditation does wonderful things to our human bodies, giving them time to revitalize and heal themselves. At the same time, our souls experience their real, true selves, going to the place inside that is timeless and eternal. After the meditation, there will be a sacred prayer circle to share and honor one another's prayer intentions. You'll experience such serenity you'll want it to go on forever.


This month, the class will be offered on the fourth Tuesday of the month, rather than the third Tuesday.


Debra Darpel Baker has been helping people to heal their lives for 25 years as a spiritual counselor, energy worker, Reiki Master and teacher.  She is a gifted medium and intuitive whose readings have been described as "life changing," "profound" and "extremely accurate."

Listening to Your Soul



"When the soul wishes to experience something, she throws an image of the experience before her and enters her own image." - Meister Eckhart



During this 3-hour workshop you will release the transformative power of intuition as your soul gravitates to images that have meaning for you.  SoulCollage® is a process for creating a personal card deck that you can use daily to listen to your soul wisdom.  Making and using SoulCollage ® cards, you gain insight and answers for whatever questions you have, wherever you are on your journey.  This is a profound practice that gives you access to your inner compass and your highest wisdom.

Invite a friend to join you for the workshop or come and make a new friend who shares your interest in the mystical and magical.  You don't need any artistic ability; the cards are made with simple cutting and pasting skills.  Everything you need is already within you, waiting to be discovered through this simple "soul-tending" process.




Rev. Barbara Hadley is a certified SoulCollage® facilitator and has trained with Seena Frost, the originator of the process.  She is an ordained Unity minister and also works as a professional chaplain at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, serving in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Mother & Baby units.  In addition to chaplaincy, Barbara speaks in Unity churches on a regular basis, teaches spiritual education classes and facilitates the Alternatives to Violence program in state and federal prisons. A native of Kansas City, she has been a member of Unity Church of Overland Park for over 25 years.  She and her husband, Tom, have two grown children and two tiny dogs.
UCOP & You

This class has been designed for those who are newer to Unity and/or Unity Church of Overland Park.  The materials presented will offer the history of Unity and UCOP.  In addition, participants will hear about the various ministry staff members and their individual roles and responsibilities. They will be provided information pertaining to volunteer teams, outreach programs and teams and affinity groups.  The class will offer opportunities for attendees to uncover and begin offering their gifts through stepping into service for the ministry in some way.  As with all classes, participants will begin to build relationships and community with one another. 

Green Team Event

Americans consume more than half a billion bottles of water every week. Learn the lesser-known environmental impacts of bottled water, from fossil fuel and water consumption, to solid waste issues ranging from recycling to plastic marine debris. Explore myths about water quality and the social and economic problems stemming from water shortages.  


Jennifer Byer received an M.A. from KU in English and serves on the boards of the Kansas Natural Resource Council and True Blue Women and chairs the True Blue Women environmental committee.  Beyond her interest in the environmental impacts of bottled water, Jennifer is focused on energy issues, climate change and solid waste reduction. 

Women in Unity April Breakfast

Breakfast will be prepared for a love offering by the Women in Unity leadership team, although any help in the kitchen in preparing and cleaning up would be greatly appreciated.  The breakfast will be followed by "Shuusshhh......Let's Not Talk About Money," an event focusing on money and the issues surrounding that subject - childhood, cultural and society  programming with regard to money. Radha Tubati will facilitate the discussion and group exercises (taken from "Peak Potentials" seminars she has attended) about issues around women and money in order to raise greater awareness and thus manifest more abundance in our lives. 

C.O.P.P. Spring Event


Many volunteers are needed for this event, which supports the very poor of our community with food and clothing needs.  If you would like to volunteer or  have friends and family who would like to volunteer, please contact Jon Schuley at jon4copp@gmail.com or  913-871-6436 or contact Peter Jarosewycz at prj148@yahoo.com or 816.941.3575. For more information, please visit www.coppinc.com.  The Men's Group will be staffing an informational/sign-up table in harmony hall after each service on Sunday, April 13 at which you may:

  • obtain detailed information about volunteering for the event on April 19 or for the two days of preparation prior to the event
  • donate personal hygiene items, clothing suitable for spring/summer and monetary donations, for which you may receive a tax deduction to the extent allowed by law



Akashic Records Event with Steffany Barton

Join Steffany to learn about the Akashic Records, the eternal record of your spirit. Explore your soul's path and discover your life's purpose.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


event cost $10, please register at www.angelsinsight.com

AIDS Walk Kansas City
AIDS Walk KC 2014 is around the corner!  This year it's on Saturday, April 26 in Theis Park.  A fantastic program with music and fun begins at 8:30am.  Then at 10am we start walking!
You can participate in this event by either donating money to the organization and/or joining the walk.  Either way, you will be contributing to a great cause!  
Contact Jessica Dubinsky at (913) 558-8194 for more information or stop by the table in harmony hall following services to chat with Jessica about the event.
Unity Garden Plant Sale!

Spring is coming!! Help support Unity Garden as we kick-off our much anticipated annual plant sale. Healthy, organic transplants of vegetables, herbs and flowers will be available for purchase downstairs in harmony hall on Sundays after each service starting April 27 and continuing May 4, 11, and 18. All proceeds help keep Unity Garden sustainable. Great selection and helpful advice will be available. Please contact Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org or 913-649-1750 x3010 for more information.
Green Team Gift for Earth Day!

Youth Camps Return This Summer!


It's not too early to start thinking about summer camp for your children! UCOP has a number of awesome opportunities for all ages. 

Pre-K Camp will be held June 16 -18 
"Tropical Adventures Camp"
We will enjoy a tropical adventure and mix in plenty of nature for our little ones.  There will be palm trees, music, dancing, planting flowers, fun and games and wonderful crafts for the children to express their imaginations and talents. And we will add to our raised garden this year with two new beds!  Participants must be at least three years old and potty trained.

Boys Camp (1st-6th grade) held June 30- July 2 "Master Builders Camp"
Our young men will explore all things building.  They will be supported by the Men's Group in learning building basics.  A fun "hands on" experience for our boys 1st grade through 6th.  They will have a project to take home at the end of camp.   

Girls Camp (1st-6th grade) held July 14- 16. "Girls Can! Camp"
Our young ladies will have the opportunity to discover their inner power and creative abilities.  There will be lots of fun creating artful projects, talking and snacking.  Girls can do anything!  Open to girls 1st through 6th grade.

"Budding Stars Theatre Camp" (K- 6th grades) held July 28- August 1
Our very popular camp is back! This year we will choose some short one-act plays and develop them for a showcase performance for friends and family on Friday night, the final night of camp.  Lots of fun parts for all levels of talent for children kindergarten through 6th grade.

Pre-K Camp runs from 6:30-8:00pm.  All other camps are from 6:30 to 8:30pm and include a healthy snack each night.  Grade levels listed refer to the grade already completed.
Pre-K, Girls and Boys Camps cost $30 for all three nights, or $15 for a single night.
Budding Stars Theatre Camp costs $50 for all three nights, or $15 for a single night.

For more information, please contact Brandon Nagel, Director of Educational Programming at 913-649-1750
x 3009, bnagel@ucop.org or Kelly Sturgeon, YFM Assistant at x 3010, ksturgeon@ucop.org

Register online here!  


Host an Exchange Student!

Host families are needed for high school exchange students for the 2014-2015 school year.  The students will arrive from Europe, Asia and South America in mid-August 2014 and will stay with the host family for one semester or until the end of the school year.  They are in need of caring American families (with or without children) to provide a home and share with them this unique experience.  The host family provides a bed, meals, friendship, understanding and a genuine desire to share the American way of life with a student from overseas.  The students speak English, are covered by medical insurance and have spending money for their personal expenses.  Approved families can view online student applications and select the student that best matches their own family.  For more information, please call Wilma Fast at 316-681-1236.


Yoganetics Spring Classes

The New year is a great time to begin-or to restart if you've been away. You can feel better, function better, and look better with this gentle yoga system that moves you away from pain and stiffness toward freedom of motion and a toned physique. People with back pain, arthritis, and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.            


The new Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt has been teaching for over thirty years. Her Yoganetics book was deemed an "Editor's Choice" by Yoga Journal, and her work has been featured in Self, Dance Magazine, Parents, Body and Soul, and The New York Times.


For more information, call (913) 381-1984 or visit www.yoganetics.com. (Fee-based class - first class free for new students!)
Bible Overview: The Hebrew Scriptures

This course introduces the rich history of the Hebrew Scriptures, known in the Jewish tradition as Tanakh, and provides a framework for future study. Learners will explore the history and development of the Hebrew Scriptures through stories, exploration of events and discussion of the perspectives from which the books of the Law (Torah), the Prophets (Nevi'im) and the Writings (Kethuvim) were written. The course identifies the main story lines and historical periods of the Hebrew Scriptures. It begins with the allegories of Genesis and traces the history of the Hebrew people from the call of Abraham through the Patriarchal period, the Exodus, the period of the Judges, the United Kingdom, the Divided Kingdom, the Exile and the post-Exile periods.



Required texts:

'The Bible' (New Revised Standard Version required)

'Reading the Bible Again for the First Time' by Marcus J. Borg


Suggested Love Offering: $10 per class - Class is available for SEE credit


Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner holds a doctorate in religious studies from the University of the West in Rosemead, CA.His interests involve religious pluralism, inter-religious dialogue, multiple religious identity and  Buddhist-Christian relations.  He has been involved in   interfaith work in local communities for years, maintaining an ongoing dedication to furthering the interfaith movement through teaching,  research, writing and social action.




Do You Shop on Amazon?

Many of us do our shopping these days from the comfort and convenience of our own homes using the Amazon marketplace. Did you know that if you go to our website first, and then enter the Amazon site through our link, the church will then get a small percentage of that purchase?  It's like free money for the church!  And it doesn't have to be a spiritual book or something church-related either. We will get a small percentage of anything you purchase on Amazon, if you go through our site first on your way there. How cool is that?!  It doesn't cost you anything to help support your spiritual community because you were going to shop anyway, weren't you!  Now you can do it and help UCOP at the same time. Just click here and it will take you to the UCOP Amazon access page.  You can also find the Amazon access page from a link on our Homepage as well at www.ucop.org.   So happy shopping and thank you for your support!  We truly appreciate you.

Memorial Service for Laurie Grow
A memorial service will be held April 12 at 3:00pm for UCOP member, Laurie Grow, who made her transition January 1st. Services will be held at Mount Moriah Funeral Home at 10507 Holmes, KCMO 64131.
Couples Brunch
The UCOP Couples Group meets for brunch the 2nd Sunday of every month at the First Watch restaurant at College Boulevard and Highway 69 in the private dining area.  It is fun, food and fellowship.  Please join us... it is very important that you RSVP to Couples@ucop.org.  And also let us know if you would like to be added to the eVite list.
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. 


April 13th - Fronteras Mexican - 7779 Quivira

April 20th - Old Chicago - 117th & Metcalf - Happy Easter!

April 27th - Bo Ling's Chinese - 9055 Metcalf 


Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
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Kyle Cease Workshop CDs Available
If you were one of the folks who really wanted to attend Kyle Cease's Saturday workshop last November as part of our Fall Faith event weekend, but weren't able to come that day, you are in luck!  Kyle has given us permission to sell copies of the audio recordings of that 5 hour workshop.  This 4-disc set of inspirational musings by one of the funniest motivational speakers in the country can be yours for $14.95 in the bookstore.  The sets can also be ordered online here and shipped to you, or you can download the electronic files for $9.95. 
About Us
Unity Church of Overland Park
10300 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, Kansas 66212
913.649.1750, www.ucop.org

Office Hours:     Monday-Thursday:  9am to 5pm
Building Hours:  Sunday  8am to 1pm; Monday-Thursday: 9am to 9pm
We offer practical, spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living.