"Where Love Begins"   
This Sunday we celebrate Mother's Day with a very special message from Reverend Jan Stromseth exploring the nature of Divine Love and where it all starts within each of us.

Soloist Kelly Potter will join Fred Albers and
the band.  We hope to see you there!

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... Aware... Adventurous... Lighthearted... Outrageous... Visionary... Limitless... Connected... and Sacred

In the month of May, let us affirm together:

Annual Membership Meeting



Please Join Us at Our Annual Meeting


Everyone is invited to attend our annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, June 22.  You will hear about our accomplishments this past year and our plans moving forward.  All church members will then have an opportunity to vote for the Board of Directors.  Childcare is available during the meeting and the children will have a special movie presentation complete with popcorn while we conduct our business meeting.


2014 Board of Director Nominees


Evelyn Criswell           Donna Crosswhite      Cathy Fisher     

Debra King     Tom McNamara


There are informational flyers at the reception desk for those of you who wish to read more about each of our nominees.  This information can also be found online here.  Members will vote on our nominees at the annual meeting on June 22.


Everyone will have an opportunity to meet our nominees and get to know them better at an Ice Cream Social planned for June 8 after services. Stay tuned for further details on that informative and delicious event! 

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. 

Guest Speaker, Cyndi Swall, May 18
Raised in Unity, Cyndi Swall is a highly requested speaker and coach throughout the Unity and new thought movement for her insightful application of our principles and light-hearted approach to life.  A seasoned and credible executive consultant, Cyndi also runs a spirited life coaching business where she is known as a "Bliss Mentor" to woman across the globe.  She has worked with dozens of Unity Boards and congregations nationwide, yet hails from Overland Park and has been a member of our community for over 20 years.  Cyndi managed a three year thriving ministry pilot for Unity Worldwide Ministries called The Transformation Experience and brings to us a wealth of experience and best practices from hundreds of Unity churches.

Sunday, May 18, Cyndi will present: 


Intentional Transformation: The Shift from "Me to We"


Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people. The most powerful contributor to success in any positive change is paying homage to who you are "being" in the experience, not just focusing on "doing" the activities required.  But it is the subtle shifts that move mountains, both within a community and for us personally.  The key to your successful transformation is setting the intention that you will no longer "react" to change, but truly "become" the change that you hope to see in your life...and in your community.  That can be easier said than done, but New Thought Leadership Coach, Cyndi Swall, will show you how.  Be there and be inspired!


Following Sunday services on May 18, Cyndi will present  

an afternoon workshop from 1:00-3:00pm in the sanctuary:


"I'll Have What They're Having": UCOP - Building Together

Envision a world at UCOP where all leaders and members truly engage from a place of enlightened consciousness! We know through transformation that, it's not only what we do and how we do it, but the inner source from which we operate. Our spiritual community can only thrive when the community as a whole is actively engaged, not just in service, but in shaping our culture.  We are now ready to move from visioning and input...into action!   And we can't do it without YOU!  As we shift to more community centered ministry, we prepare the space for a spiritual leader that will thrive here as well.  "If we build it, they will come..."


Please join us after the second service where New Thought Leadership Coach, Cyndi Swall, will lead us on a fun and insightful journey together to harness the passion and commitment that will lead us into our next great adventure!  NOW is the time and WE are the ones!


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. The next informational meetings for the 2014-2015 Prayer Chaplain team will be on May 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.
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!)  


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


You will be paired with an Intuition Partner who will help you for the duration of the class.  It is continually amazing how Spirit selects the perfect partners.  

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.


Women in Unity May Breakfast

Join us and bring your favorite dish to share! Rosie Dominguez will be speaking with us about her ministry, Mother to Mother. There is always a need for donations for Mother to Mother of clothing, shoes, household goods and baby items.  Feel free to bring a donation with you to the breakfast! 
For questions email womeninunitygroup@gmail.com or
call Heather at 828-553-4156. 
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."

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 

Chris Foster's Traveling Coffee House

Join us for a night of music from three New Thought songwriters. These are songwriters in the round featuring some of their best songs  

in a created coffee house setting.

Free admission but a suggested love offering of $10 is appreciated and  

snacks will be available for sale along with select blends of coffee.


Chris Foster:

Chris specializes in composing songs for other performing artists, individuals, civic groups or causes.  In 2006 Chris and co-writer Stacey Knights won the American Idol Underground songwriting competition (jazz category) with the song titled "Morning Monk".  In 2003 he was recognized by the Government of Key West Florida for his Composition titled "Storm of the Century" and his musical depiction of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane.  In 2002 his song "Palma De Mallorca" was recognized by the King of Spain.  He is noted for his great guitar playing skills.  For the last seven years he has been a frequent guest speaker for Unity Churches in and around Kansas City and Midwest, providing music and ministry. Chris enjoys using a combination of music and drama to make a statement. He has had a number of songs published through Unity Worldwide Ministries that are in use in "New Thought" churches around the world today.


Richard Mekdeci:

As President and Co-founder of emPower Music & Arts and as Sacred Music Resources Coordinator for Unity Worldwide Ministries,  Richard Mekdeci is at the epicenter of the budding new Posi Music industry supporting positive, uniting and healing music and it's spiritual offshoot, New Thought.  As a Licensed Unity Teacher and president of Itoi Ministries, Richard tours internationally with his interfaith ministry uniting diverse groups of people through the power of positive music. This award-winning songwriter and musician is a 22 year veteran of the Nashville songwriting community producing, writing and recording with such artists as Roseanne Cash, Kathy Mattea, Patty Loveless and others. Richard has spoken and performed at hundreds of churches and spiritual retreats worldwide,  teaching, giving concerts and presenting workshops on peace, self-worth and the uniting power of music. 


Sue K Riley:

Sue is Vice President of emPower Music & Arts with the mission of "Changing the World, One Song at a Time."  emPower hosts the yearly Posi Awards, which recognizes excellence in songwriting for artists who create songs with messages of peace, oneness and joyous living.  A prolific singer songwriter herself, Sue has created 6 CDs of original uplifting Posi music, along with numerous songbooks. She has been involved in the music program of Unity Church of Clearwater, Florida for the past 20 years where she currently oversees a band and a choir and continues to encourage the members of the music ministry to seek out their musical gifts and to find their own voices. Sue has also been the chair person for the Music Ministry Team of Unity Worldwide Ministries for the past 8 years.  Sue tours the country performing in the emPower "PosiPalooza" concerts which bring Posi Award Winning artists together in a unique, uplifting format where the artists swap songs in an organic musical conversation. 




Unity Garden Plant Sale!

Spring is coming!! Help support Unity Garden by shopping our 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 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.
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!  


Spotlight Gallery
 During the months of May and June, our Spotlight Gallery will feature an exhibit by the Senior Arts Council of Greater Kansas City.  The works of art displayed are done in various mediums including oils, acrylics, pastels and photography, etc. These works display the talents of the various artist members, many of whom have a lifetime of experience in art. The Senior Arts Council is made up of persons over 50 years of age and is open to anyone who wishes to join. For more information on the council and their meeting times you may contact Bryce Moore at 913-642-1447.  Many of these works of art are for sale and can be purchased through the bookstore.
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.


Film Event at Unity Village
Friday, May 23 at 7pm at Unity Village
Film screening of New Thought the Movie
followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, iKE ALLEN

This film features a plethora of well known visionaries in the New Thought movement such as Centers for Spiritual Living President, John Waterhouse, Unity President, Charlotte Shelton, Mike Dooley, Mary Morrissey, Bob Proctor, Rickie Byars Beckwith, Alan Cohen, Carlton Pearson, Fred Alan Wolf, Steve Farrell, Kenn Gordon, Marci Shimoff, Gay Hendricks, Kathlyn Hendricks, Joe Vitale, Roger Teel and more.
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.

Couples Brunch

 The UCOP Couples Group meets for brunch this Sunday at First Watch restaurant at College Boulevard and 69 Highway at 12:30 pm.  Meet in the private dining room and enjoy fun, food and fellowship!  An RSVP to couples@ucop.org would be very appreciated.
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. 


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.
CommUnity Books & Gifts

20% off all Fair Trade gifts in May

Visit our Fair Trade Open House
May 18 
Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday 12 to 5pm
Friday & Saturday closed /Sunday 8:30am to 1:00pm
Does Unity Church of Overland Park feed you spiritually? Your gifts and tithes are greatly appreciated and lovingly accepted. Gifts are made through PayPal, a safe and secure way to make online donations. Make an online donation today. 
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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
We offer practical, spiritual teachings that empower abundant and meaningful living.