"Ministers Q & A" 

 This Sunday you're in for a treat! Not one...
not two...but THREE ministers on the platform
doing their best to answer all your questions about Unity or spirituality in general. 
The Q & A session will conclude with a
sacred time of prayer for our community.

Vocalist, Molly Hammer, will share her divinely inspired voice as well.  

Happy 4th of July and we'll see you Sunday!! 
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... Curious... Adventurous... Outrageous... Visionary... Limitless... Connected... and Sacred

In the month of July, let us affirm together:

Congratulations to our Newest Board Members!

                     Evelyn Criswell and

                  Donna Crosswhite


Evelyn has been a member of the church for 6 years and brings with her 20+ years of business experience and an extremely positive attitude. Her personal motto is:  "Love one another, have faith and show up! Repeat! Repeat! Repeat!"




Donna has served on many boards in the Greater Kansas City area and is passionately committed to the success of UCOP. She brings to the table 20+ years of business and legal experience, as well as tremendously strong skills in collaborative problem solving.  She lives by her personal motto... "take an active role in shaping the footprint you will leave."


We are fortunate to have two such qualified and spirit-led individuals joining our wonderful board of directors to leave their own unique footprints on the legacy of this spiritual community! Welcome Evelyn and Donna.


Youth Camps Return This Summer!


Parents please take note of the registration deadlines posted below.  We must have a minimum of 5 children registered for each camp by these deadlines in order to hold the camps.

Girls Camp (1st-6th grade) held July 14- 16. "Girls Can! Camp"
registration closes July 9
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
registration closes July 23
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.

All camps are from 6:30 to 8:30pm and include a healthy snack each night.  Grade levels listed refer to the grade already completed.  Girls Camp costs $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 Rev. Brandon Nagel, Associate Minister, at 913-649-1750 x 3009, bnagel@ucop.org or Kelly Sturgeon, YFM Assistant at x 3010, ksturgeon@ucop.org


Pack-a-Backpack for a child in need!

Summer may have just started, but kids will be returning to school before we know it, early to mid-August in fact.  And once again, UCOP's Pack -a-Backpack Team is partnering with Community Linc, ReStart, Operation Breakthrough and SAFEHOME to help supply needed school supplies to returning students.  So stop by the tables in the lobby or harmony hall after services and select a tag for a child in need.  Then pick out a super-cool backpack and fill it with all the supplies that child will need for a successful year at school!

All backpacks are due back to the church by July 27th.


 If you would like to serve on our Backpack Team, please contact team leader, Kae Kesler, at backpacks@ucop.org or contact  

Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Asbury at rasbury@ucop.org or call 913-649-1750 x-3025.     


Summer Blood Drive July 13th

 Women In Unity will be working with the Community Blood Center this summer to sponsor a life saving blood drive event here at Unity Church of Overland Park on Sunday, July 13,  in harmony hall 2 from 9 am until 1 pm.  Someone needs a blood transfusion in our local area hospitals every 4 minutes.  37% of the population is eligible to donate but only 7% do.  Please be part of that 7%.  You never know when it will be your life that needs saving.  Furthermore, each donor is eligible to win a Disney World Family Adventure package!  You can sign-up for the blood drive on June 29 and July 6 in harmony hall after services.  Or you can also sign-up anytime by visiting the CBC website www.esavealifenow.org then enter sponsor code "UCOP."   For more information please contact Vanessa Green at 913-596-8493 or vanessa@opgreens.com .

Save a life... and maybe even win a vacation ... WIN-WIN!

New Featured Artist in our Spotlight Gallery

Bhasweti Gewhas returns to our Spotlight Gallery as the featured artist for the months of July and August. Bhasweti gives the following explanation of her artwork:


Sanctuary of Peace

"My paintings are depicting different environments; beauty of United States. I create my colored papers for making collages. My paintings are mixed media paintings using paper collage, water colors and dry pastel works. Originally from India, now citizen of US, my art, integrates two very rich but different cultures. My work is inspired by a folk art form from India - Sisha Work- where artisans use broken mirrors, sequins in their artwork.  I am experiencing my ongoing spiritual journey through my art. As an energy healer, I work with life force energy. In my art, I use brilliant colored sequins to represent dazzling, alive, fresh healing energy of nature - the life force energy. Symbolically, I blend it with plants, water, stars, sun, birds and raindrops to bring the dynamics of the healing energy of nature. These art works will be able to bring the healing touch in your home and life. They will be your Sanctuary of Peace."  


Soul Collage Returns!

SoulCollage® is a spiritual process that supports the journey through life by using images to express both the wisdom and the shadow-side of one's soul.  This is a time to gather together and make SoulCollage® cards.  There will be a meditation, followed by card-making time and then time to "read" our cards as a group.  All supplies will be provided for you, but you may bring special magazines if you would like.  Also bring any cards you have already made.  If you would like to purchase additional card blanks, they are available at the UCOP bookstore. 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.  If this is your first SoulCollage® experience, contact Barbara ahead of time and plan to arrive at 5:15pm.  


Rev. Barbara is a certified SoulCollage® Facilitator and has trained with Seena Frost, the originator of the process.  She 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.   You can contact her at www.YourSoulWorks.com.


Child Care is available; please indicate your request for child care with your registration.

Suggested Love Offering: $15, which includes a $5 material fee
Women to Women Circle

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.


Suggested Love Offering: $10

Register here 


Debra Darpel Baker has been helping people to heal their lives for 20 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."
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   

Register here 

Women in Unity July Meeting

 Please join the Women in Unity, Saturday July 19th, at the Overland Park Farmer's Market.  We will bask in the abundance of the market together and, for those who would like, we will enjoy a delicious lunch at one of the downtown restaurants.  We will meet at 10am at the corner of Santa Fe and 80th St. outside of the Ten Thousand Villages store.  If you would like to carpool, please be at UCOP at 9:30 and we will drive over together.  To RSVP or for questions call Heather at 828-553-4156, or email womeninunitygroup@gmail.com. 
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 various ministry staff members and their individual roles and responsibilities. Participants will also be provided with information pertaining to volunteer teams, outreach programs 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.


Suggested love offering $10

Register Here! 


Rev. Jan Stromseth is our Associate Minister of Congregational Care. 
Bible Class with Rev. Brandon Nagel!
Join Rev. Brandon for this one night workshop as we explore Marcus Borg's
"Reading the Bible Again for the First Time." Over the course of these two  
hours we will explore the lenses through which we have viewed the Bible over the years. As we examine the foundations we have created about the Bible, we will begin to explore how we can change our foundation and begin to take the Bible seriously, but not literally.


Suggested Love Offering: $10

Register here!  

Guest Speaker, Terry McBride - plus Workshop!

On Sunday evening, July 27 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Terry McBride will lead a workshop that will transform your life. He asserts that people have unlimited abilities that can be realized through conscious choice.  You will learn how you can tailor your choices to work for you the way you need them to. You will learn how to use choice, how to take charge of your life's creative process in a way that becomes fun and rewarding. You'll learn how to move toward what you want instead of just struggling and efforting against what you don't want. Charles Fillmore states that "you are a unique expression of the Divine and that is the Truth that sets you free." Terry shows you how that freedom allows you to step into your life with authority and use the same power Jesus used to create what you want.



Suggested Love Offering: $30

Register here! 


Terry McBride is an internationally recognized, highly sought after motivational speaker in the metaphysical movement because he lives his message. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book "The Hell I Can't!" - the story of how he cured himself of a supposedly incurable E.coli infection in his spine. From his early twenties to mid-thirties, Terry had 27 major surgeries on his spine and abdomen, and at times was not expected to live. Terry decided to fight that prognosis and through his study and practice of Choice, he created perfect health where once there seemed only disease. Terry can show you how to start right where you are and use choice so you can begin moving toward what you want. Believe in yourself and come listen to this inspired teacher.

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!)  


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. 


July 6th - Cinzettis - 7201 W 91st St (west side of Metcalf) 

July 13th - Bo Ling's - 9055 Metcalf

July 20th - Thai Place - 9359 W. 87th (Antioch to 87th, then left)

July 27th - Hy-Vee - 95th & Antioch - Brunch All-You-Can-Eat Menu (Please arrive before 1pm)  

August 3rd - Johnny's Tavern - 95th & Antioch

August 10th - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th& metcalf

August 17th - Jack Stack BBQ - 95th & Metcalf

August 24th - Jose Peppers - 103rd & Metcalf (FYI- most of the group will be attending the New Theatre - reservations are required for this by July 9th)

August 31st - Red Robin - 95th & Metcalf (just west of Metcalf) 



Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
CommUnity Books & Gifts

20% off all Unity Books & Pamphlets 
in July
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.