"I'll Light a Candle in Your Name"   
We invite you to join Reverend Bob Barth this Sunday for a very special Memorial Day service.  Before the picnics and barbeques and fireworks get under way, let us take a moment to honor those who have gone before us, those for whom this sacred national holiday was created.

  Soloist Eboni Fondren will join the amazing
UCOP Band for a moving and reverent service
you'll not wish to miss.  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:

Graduation Day Approaches!

Annual Membership Meeting



Please Join Us at Our Annual Meeting


Hear ye hear ye! Our Annual Membership Meeting will be held after services at 12:30 pm on June 22.  Everyone is invited to attend to hear a board report of all the highlights and accomplishments of our past year, and plans for the future in the ministry. Church members will be allowed to vote for our board nominees. Your vote is important so please join us June 22.


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.


If you are unable to join us that day, absentee ballots are available through Sandi Keeler.  She may be contacted at skeeler@ucop.org or call 913.649.1750 x-3004.  All absentee ballots must be received by June 17. 



"Meet the Nominees" Ice Cream Social!

There are two spaces open for new board members this year and we have some wonderful nominees to choose from.  Take time to visit with and get to know the nominees a little better on June 8 after both services in harmony hall.  Then come to the annual membership meeting on Sunday, June 22 and cast your vote (only members are allowed to vote).  After the 11 am service on June 8, the Y.O.U. is sponsoring an ice cream social during the "Meet the Nominees" time.  So grab some ice cream, visit with the nominees, make a love offering to the Y.O.U. and have a great time.  All proceeds from the ice cream social will support Y.O.U.ers attendance at Legacy Rally and I.Y.O.U. 

Membership Class

Membership Class

7 to 9 pm

Monday, June 2

with Rev. Bob Barth &

Reverend Jan Stromseth  

If you would like to make a deeper commitment to your spiritual community, then you are invited to attend our Membership Class. 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.  'Unity Basics' will be waived if you have completed the 'Unity for Today' class. In addition, all participants are required to be in attendance at one of the celebration services on Membership Sunday, June 8.


Pre-registration is strongly requested and appreciated.
Practical Spirituality


Practical Spirituality is a meditation class designed to bring more clarity, peace, empathy and compassion into your life through connecting with the Divine Energy of universal human needs; e.g. belonging, abundance, love, growth. After the meditation, there will be some time for debriefing, sharing and questions. Through these meditations, participants will learn to be more aware of the aliveness within and understand new ways to get needs met that value everyone's needs. We will be using the four-part Nonviolent Communication Process developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, founder of NVC and a meditation process developed by Mary McKenzie, co-founder of the NVC Academy online.  



Jan Stanley has been engaged in her passion and joy: facilitating, teaching and practicing Nonviolent Communication (also known as NVC or Compassionate Communication) since 2001. Contributing to peace and attunement with the Divine Energy through prayer, meditation and mediation (being a peacemaker to parties in conflict, whether inner or outer) is the expression of her mission of "teaching the world to sing" or, in other words, to live with vibrant abandon, deep self-connection and authenticity. Jan has taught NVC and heart connection practices to administrators, teachers and students in schools. She is also a 3rd year graduate of the NVC Mediate Your Life program as a student and a coach. Jan is intent on making space in the world for all voices and perspectives to be heard and understood.


Suggested Love Offering: $10
Guided Meditation

Chris Foster's Traveling Coffee House

Four New Thought songwriters join us in harmony hall for an evening that blends musicians, music, coffee and treats. It is a close comfortable atmosphere that allows each artist to share their music with a bit of  audience interaction, letting you to get to know each artist better. There are also humorous activities that will create lasting memories of this unique musical experience.  This Show will feature Chris Foster along with emPower music artists Richard Mekdeci from Virginia, Sue K. Riley from Clearwater Florida and Melinda Wood Allen from Fort Worth Texas. Free admission but a suggested love offering of $15 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. 


Melinda Allen:

Melinda Wood Allen is a singer/songwriter/actress/choral director who performs in many genres, musical theatre to classical to jazz to gospel to folk.  She has performed with Fort Worth Opera, Southwestern Opera Theatre, toured widely with the Fort Worth Symphony's Best of Broadway series and joined the Texas tour of the Michael Martin Murphy Band, singing country music (and yodeling).  Since 1987, Melinda has served Unity Church of Fort Worth as soloist and then music director.  The all-volunteer choir she began at UCFW presently enjoys a membership of over 65 and has performed at New York's famed Carnegie Hall.  In addition, she teaches workshops and vocal and choral clinics at schools and churches around the country.

She recently completed a CD and songbook of the musical, Greater Things Than These, book by Ed Townley.  The musical had its premier in May of 2010.


Suggested Love Offering: $15




Looking for answers?

Do you feel like what you want in your life is so close, but just outside your reach?
 Or, are you unsure of what step to take next to have what you want and make the difference you desire? Sometimes in our attempts at being so perfectly spiritual we create a "spiritual bypass" and can easily overlook the clear answers that are just under our nose. To evolve spiritually is to master the human experience and all that comes with it. The answers we seek are quickly revealed as we give reverence and credence to the human experience. Tamie will share her own personal stories as well as solid practices of how to master human living and life itself, so that we can more fully express our spiritual essence, more easily manifest what we desire and make a greater impact on the planet. 


Tamie Rising is an empowerment coach, business accelerator and speaker who offers inspiring and engaging seminars and trainings around the country. Tamie's out-of-the-box teaching and coaching liberates clients to achieve new heights of success, meaning and aliveness. Tamie is a true optimist who is deeply committed to rehumanizing and revolutionizing our inner mindset and outer culture. Her mission is to empower individuals, leaders and teams to be more creative, happy, innovative and authentic contributors within our families, businesses, communities and on the planet.


Suggested Love Offering: $10
Lessons in Truth

We will be embarking on an exciting adventure to explore Truth with
Dr. H. Emilie Cady.   Dr. Cady was a physician and metaphysician in the New Thought movement.  The chapters that form Lessons in Truth are some of the very first metaphysical discussions published by Unity.  This book is an important foundation to the understanding of Unity metaphysics. This course will include
both large group and small group discussions of Emilie Cady's book Lessons in Truth. Over the course of this 5 week journey students will spend time exploring Cady's concepts of Truth including how human thinking determines humankind's expression of freedom and goal attainment. They will learn how to use this knowledge in their personal life as well as the purpose of denials and affirmations as an aspect of the role of prayer in the development of our wholeness.



Suggested Love Offering:      $10  

Set Yourself Free to Prosper

Do you long for your spirited dream job or dream business, where you radiate your innate God-given gifts, feel joyously fulfilled and make a difference and a great income all at the same time?   Sound all too blue-sky?  This short program guides you to discover and then start connecting all of these desired elements on the sacred journey of living your work life intentionally - and - it gathers all of these elements on the path from INSIDE-out!  As surprising as it may sound at first, the only proven and documented way to joyous and fulfilling, financially rewarding work you love is taking the route from inside-out (documented by millionaires and billionaires and a research case study of 1500 graduates).  In fun and experiential exercises, you will discover and begin integrating into your life, one by one, the 4 essentials that must be present to experience prosperous work you love.  You will also receive materials and a road map to take with you so you can continue following this sacred and joyous journey.



Jeannie Guillot's entire career life has been devoted to providing rich learning experiences, from elementary and Montessori teacher, to accelerated learning in corporate training programs.  After early years teaching, and 17 years in corporations as training manager, designer/facilitator, Jeannie took a leap. She followed her heart and Spirit calling and launched her own company in 1996.  She guides transformative experiences for people, often creative artisans and human services people, who want to discover and follow their dreams, especially in work life and career choices.  In her company, Your Dream StreamSM, she leads people on their sacred journey of purposeful dreams, using private mentoring, MasterMind groups and experiential workshops.  She is the author of an illustrated guide e-book, Light Up Your Power Purpose.         



Suggested Love Offering:      $10
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 five 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!  


Yoganetics Summer Session

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!)  


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.

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 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
Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday 12 to 5pm
Friday & Saturday closed /Sunday 8:30am to 1:00pm
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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.