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Y.O.U. Sunday
"Something To Do With Mirrors"   
 
  
Have you ever wondered what it would be like if kids ruled the world?  Well, this Sunday you'll have the opportunity to see what it's like when kids rule the platform. We are turning the keys to the church over to our high school aged Youth of Unity for a very special service you won't want to miss.  You'll hear the fresh vocal talents of X-Factor contestant, Sebastian McCarty, and enjoy ceremony and song and pageant and play with our Y.O.U. leading every aspect
of this unique Sunday experience. 

Come check it out!

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 this Sunday, 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, as will child care.  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. 



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.
 
Guest speaker, Rev. Eileen Stulak!

On  Sunday, May 4, Unity Church of Overland Park warmly welcomes Rev. Eileen Stulak back to our platform.  She will be guest speaking that day about letting go of our assumptions and embracing life's opportunities in her talk, "Trading History for Mystery."

 

Rev. Eileen Stulak moved to the Kansas City area in 2006 to enter seminary at Unity Institute.  During that time, she served on staff at UCOP.  She was ordained in June 2009 and then served as Associate Minister of Congregational Care and Ministry Programs at UCOP. In March 2013, she moved to Traverse City to serve as Senior Minister at Unity of Traverse City.  

New Prosperity Class!

 
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!

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.
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 through May 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!


Elderberry is a shrub native to Kansas that grows naturally along streams, in fence rows and in open areas where water is available but not standing. The shrub reaches a height of about 6-10 feet tall and is best known for its sweet fruit that is a favorite of both people and wildlife.  The sweet fruit is commonly made into pies, jellies and wine. The wood's pith is easily hollowed out and in the past was used to make whistles and neckerchief slides.  Stop by the Green Team table in harmony hall for your free Elderberry sapling and planting instructions.

 
Women to Women Circle
The Women in Unity group is excited to welcome you to a time of empowered sharing each month.  We will create a sacred time together to deepen our connections and offer unconditional support.  Please join us Thursday, May 1 from 7-9pm in the peace chapel.    (Note: This meeting will occur in addition to our regular 3rd Saturday events).  For questions please email or call Vanessa: 913-596-8493, Radha: 206-713-5104 or Heather: 828-553-4156.  
Men's Group Breakfast
Join our Men's Group on Saturday, May 3 from 8:00 to 10:00am for their monthly breakfast.   

"American Indian Spirituality" combines two major topics of special interest to Men's Group members: aspects of American Indian culture and other spiritual traditions, including Unity.  

Rev. Dr. Kara Hawkins, the director representing American Indian Spirituality on the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC), will be the presenter. 

 

She is also an ordained minister of the Alliance of Divine Love.

She will present the Native American cultural view with regard to spirituality and its intrinsic connection holistically in all aspects of life. She will discuss aspects of the faith that have commonality with other faiths as well as present some unique cultural views that could enrich each of us, regardless of our faith tradition.  In addition, Rev. Dr. Kara Hawkins will discuss how being born and spending much of his childhood on an Indian reservation in Minnesota may have influenced our co-founder, Charles Fillmore, and the teachings of Unity.

 

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. 
 

Unity Basics
Have you been considering membership at Unity Church of Overland Park?  Do you want to know what makes Unity a uniquely positive path to spiritual living?  This class has been designed for those who desire a basic understanding of Unity's teachings and principles.  Each of the five basic teachings will be explored, along with 'identity statements' that further expound upon what is meant by the teachings and how they are expressed by Unity as a spiritual movement.  Focused attention will be given to prayer and meditation and the positive, affirming ways in which they are taught and utilized by Unity.

 

Jeffrey Fowler is a second-year ministerial student at Unity Institute.  He has served at Unity Church of Overland Park as a prayer chaplain, service coordinator, small group discussion leader, volunteer for Uniteens and a meditation leader.  Having grown up attending an Episcopal church for the first twenty years of his life, he has a strong appreciation for the Christian tradition and also a deep interest in eastern religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.   He plays the saxophone and piano and loves many types of music, especially jazz and classical.  He also loves spending time outdoors, hiking and camping. 

 

 
Yoganetics Summer Session Begins Soon!


Why deny yourself something that feels so good and is so good for you? Yoganetics is smart yoga for bodies in transition-a gentle, therapeutic system that builds a strong core and increases flexibility while decreasing stress.  It's never too late to begin-or to start again if you've been away. People with back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.            

          

Now the Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt has been teaching yoga 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.  "This work," she says, "saves my life on a daily basis."

 

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

 

 
Guided Meditation

Come experience an hour of guided meditation with Karen Harrison Tuesday, May 6 at 7:00pm. Participants will experience various meditation methods and techniques as they are guided into a space of relaxation, peace and oneness with God. Give yourself the gift of taking time away from your
busy schedules. Allow yourself this time with God.
Courageous Conversations
about Diversity and Inclusion

 

 

Gloria Steinem said, "The art of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters." Although the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the U.S. and the Brown v. Board of Education decision ceased segregation in schools, prejudice continues to rage across classes and cultures. Courageous conversations about our similarities and differences demand mutual honesty and respect. Fear of sounding angry, offensive, ignorant or politically incorrect often leads to avoidance, misunderstanding and silence. However, dialogue provides channels that invite trust and greater understanding. Without a heartfelt grappling with the source of our own oppression, without naming the enemy within ourselves and outside of us, no authentic, non-hierarchical connection among oppressed groups can take place.

 

Dr. Julie Connor is a professional speaker, workshop presenter, passionate social justice advocate and author of the Dreams to Action Trailblazer's Guide. Julie has helped churches and schools, businesses and organizations articulate their dream, define their purpose, align their vision and mission with their core values and engage in courageous conversations about diversity and inclusion for more than 30 years. Dreams to Action Trailblazer's Guide is a workbook designed to help people discover their passion and create a plan of action with manageable goals. Her research related to minority student perceptions is used as research models at several universities. Julie is a lecturer at several local colleges and student teaching field supervisor at UMKC. Her areas of expertise include communication, conflict resolution, consensus, multicultural inclusion and celebration of diversity. More information at www.drjulieconnor.com.

 

Suggested Love Offering:      $10 

Expanding Your Amazing Intuition

If you have ever wondered how to access, tune into and trust your natural abilities, this class is for you!  Working directly from Debra's new book, Amazing Intuition, Expanding Your Most Important Resource, this class offers...

 

*    Practical, valuable information in an easy-to-use format

*    Awareness of the language of Spirit and how to clarify the information received

*    The chance to try out your skills with a partner in the class

*    Communicating with spirits on the 'other side,' channeling and automatic writing

 

At  the first session, you will be paired with an Intuition Partner who will help you on a daily basis for the duration of the class.  It is continually amazing how Spirit selects the perfect partners. Attendance at all four sessions and a commitment to the class are required.

suggested love offering $10 -  Register Here! 

 

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

The Art of One Flower: A Practice for the Soul

Enjoy a relaxing encounter with a flower. During this simple lesson held in quiet, you will write a brief poem and create an arrangement with one flower. The joy of this contemplative practice is experiencing a flower as it speaks to and for your soul. Feel free to join us even if you have taken this session before. Each time is a new opportunity to intimately enjoy a flower as it feeds your soul. 

 

Reservations requested by Thursday, May 8.  Online registration will close on May 8.  If you should need to register on Friday, please contact Sandi Keeler at (913) 649-1750 x3004.  Materials fee $8.00 plus love offering.

 

Kevin Kelly has been a professional floral designer for nearly four decades and is author of the book Letting the Lotus Bloom, the Expression of Soul through Flowers with forward by bestselling author, Thomas Moore.  Kevin has also been arranging the flowers for our platform each Sunday for 24 years.

Listening to Your Soul:
An Introduction to Soul Collage®


 

"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.

 

 

Awaken the Healer- Final Class


Join Dr. Jonah Yakel as he shares 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.

 

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.


Register here!

 

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."

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.
 

 

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.

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 27th - Bo Ling's Chinese - 9055 Metcalf  

May 4th - Johnny Cascones -6863 W 91st St (Metcalf to 91st then East)

May 11th - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th and Metcalf  (HAPPY MOTHER's DAY)

May 18th - Jose Peppers - 103rd and Metcalf

May 25th - Joy Wok Buffet (Menu Available) 119th and Metcalf

June 1st - Jack Stack BBQ - 95th and Metcalf

June 8th - Red Robin - 95th and Metcalf (West of Metcalf 1/2 Block)

June 15th - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th and Metcalf (HAPPY FATHER's DAY)

June 22nd - Margaritas -7829 Quivira

June 29th - Elephant Bar - 119th and Metcalf

 

 

Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
  
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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
 
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