"When I See You...

In this month, we declare "I AM...Visionary."
But is our vision sometimes clouded?  Reverend Bob Barth invites you to join him this Sunday as we explore
the way we see ourselves vs. the way others see us.
And most importantly, how does God see us? 
Who are we in Divine Mind?

Vocalist Joel Morrison joins Fred Albers
and the UCOP Band. 
We look forward to seeing 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... Curious... Adventurous... Lighthearted...Outrageous... Limitless... Connected... and Sacred

In the month of September, let us affirm together:

Fall Faith 2014 Begins October 5th

The spiritual journey that we are on is about to take a quantum leap forward. Our Fall Faith series this year is a reexamination of Eric Butterworth's pivotal book, "Spiritual Economics."  Copies of the book are available in our bookstore right now.  Our intention for this year is to take action and to go deeper. This series paves the way for us to do just that as we will move into a deeper sense of spiritual well-being, while taking the steps to live in the consciousness of God.

The time is now and the place is here at Unity Church of Overland Park. Join with others in small groups and then with hundreds of others in this spiritual community to make a commitment to a higher way of living. Experience an exponential increase of peace of mind, joy of heart and abundance of life.

Also, mark your calendar for our Fall Faith event being held on Friday night, November 14th, here at the church. This experience will be like none other as we conclude the Fall Faith series, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Unity Church of Overland Park and welcome the next 40 years.


Fall Faith Circles are forming right now.  You may sign-up after services in harmony hall, or you may allow Spirit to assign you to the right and perfect circle by filling in and submitting THIS FORM.  We will let you know which circle you've been assigned to.


"Wherever two or three are gathered together in an interaction of minds, a very real energy force is projected into the world. If it happens to be a prayer group or a positive discussion group, then there is a healing or prosperity influence." Spiritual Economics (p. 116)



Fall Faith Kick-Off Concert with Teri Wilder!

Teri Wilder will be our Sunday morning vocalist on October 5th,  

as well as our featured performer, along with the fabulous UCOP Band, for that evening's Fall Faith Kick-off Concert at 7 pm.  

Purchase your tickets for a love offering at tables in the lobby  

and harmony hall after services, or HERE on our website 

(to be picked up at Will Call the night of the show.)


Teri Wilder spent almost 11 years on the air in Kansas City radio (Oldies 95, 101 The Fox and Star 102). She then left   radio and began to pursue her first love - music - full-time, coming out with her first self-titled CD in 2002. In 2005, she began writing specifically for the New Thought churches where she'd been singing for a decade, including UCOP. From her current home in San Diego, she continues to write music for churches, retreats, seminars and conferences. Her passion for sound healing brought her to the gong, which has transformed her life with a new depth of vibrational experiences. Now a Gong Master, in 2013 she recorded Mystical Gong Meditations, a CD of 4 gong-only meditations. Never one to sit still, Teri travels the country singing at churches, giving keynote concerts, presenting play-shops and gong meditations and has also created a line of inspirational jewelry called "Wilder Things" (a.k.a., "Spiritual Bling"), available at her live performances. Her dedication to raising the vibration of the planet is a theme running through all she chooses to pursue. Her infectiously positive personality and quick wit will hold your attention and open your heart.



Women in Unity Meeting - September 20

As we move into the Fall season, we will want to resonate with the positive qualities of that season - reaping the benefits of the harvest planted in the other seasons. Positive qualities of this season include nurturance, acceptance, groundedness and abundance. When we resonate with these qualities and not our problems, we live our lives with greater joy and happiness. When we are out of sync with this element we may find ourselves expressing and living from a negative state of mind and missing out on the abundance of what is there for us. Resonance Repatterning is a system that will allow us to realign ourselves so we can fully enjoy the positive qualities of this Fall season.


Shirley Collins, LSCSW, a member of Unity Church for over 15 years, will be offering Seasonal Repatterning for the Unity Women's Group on Saturday, September 20.   It will be in her home with a potluck luncheon immediately following the group repatterning. The address is 10608 Bluejacket Street, Overland Park, KS 66214. The house is located just south of 103rd St. & Nieman Rd.   If you have questions or need clarification on directions, call Shirley at (913) 341-2704. womeninunitygroup@gmail.com
UCOP & You - September 22

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 learn about various ministry staff members and their individual roles and responsibilities at the church. Participants will be provided 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! 


Rachel Asbury is the Volunteer Coordinator here at UCOP. Rev. Jan Stromseth is our Associate Minister of Congregational Care.


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 Baker is a spiritual counselor, energy worker, Reiki Master, Oneness Blessing Giver and teacher who has been helping people heal their lives since 1988.  A gifted medium and intuitive, Debra is the author of Amazing Intuition, Expanding Your Most Important Resource, which is available in the UCOP bookstore. 

Exciting Local Author/Artist Event - September 28

We have a number of talented authors and musical artists in our local area.  This is your opportunity to meet them, purchase their books or CDs and get these items signed by the authors and artists themselves.


We are excited to host these artists and authors:


Fred Albers

Tom Anderson

Kathryn and Patrick Andries

Debra Baker

Steffany Barton

Dr. Rima Bonario,  Cathy Combs, Dr. Julie Connor,  Nancy Cramer,  Jeannine Fox, Lee Harris,

Karen Marie,  Lark Mason, Craig McAndrew, Mike McCord, Michelle Robin, Roderick Townley,  Wyatt Townley, Poet Laureate of Kansas,  Jay Woods and Millie Webb


The Vision Workshop - September 28

  • Do you want to discover your true dream or purpose?
  • Would you like to eliminate fear, doubt and worry and move toward your goals with confidence?
  • Do you want to increase prosperity and stay in complete harmony in all elements of your life?

In 1853, Henry David Thoreau wrote a famous essay called "Walden," in which he included a hidden code for prosperous living. During this dynamic Vision workshop you will unlock this code so that you can harness your life's purpose and the prosperity you deserve!


You will learn:


*           Two essential keys for tuning into your purpose

*           A 5-point test for determining whether your dream is right for you

*           Simple thinking-strategies that will guard you from fear, doubt and worry

*           What wealthy people do that creates sustained success

*           The number one factor that causes people to lose steam when going after a dream, and how to stay motivated and override it

*           A proven method for dissolving resistance you may have to prosperity so you can attract higher levels of results and abundance

*           The one critical thing you must give up in order to reach your dream


Suggested Love Offering: $30

Register here! 


Lois Hootz was the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Temple, TX. She has been involved with Unity teachings for over 17 years. She brings the richness of experience gathered from hospital chaplaincy, social work as a child abuse investigator, a teacher, a trainer and a minister. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Divinity Degree. She has served in Unity churches as a board member and board president, a prayer chaplain and trainer, workshop leader and Sunday school teacher. 
Healing Service September 30
Join us for a healing service and worship experience that offers you restoration of mind, body, and soul, through loving music, a short message and a lengthy time of prayer and meditation. Chaplains are available for prayer before, during and after the service. This healing service is designed to help you deepen your sense of well-being and expand your awareness of your innate wholeness as you move forward on your spiritual journey.


In August of 2013, Anne and her husband David, teamed up with stellar keyboardist, Alex Cordero, to lead the Wednesday Evening Love Lift (the W.E.L.L.) at Unity Temple, in the Charles Fillmore Chapel. Early this year, they added a monthly healing service to their mid-week services and now consider it to be the heart of their ministry. Anne leads the service with an insightful message and meditation while David and Alex create a transformational music experience.  Anne, a third year ministerial student at Unity Institute and Seminary, was a television producer for over 15 years before answering her call to ministry. David, a veteran actor, is best known for his portrayal of the lovable Sgt. Parker Williams on the groundbreaking TV series "In the Heat of the Night." In fact, their twenty-one year romance began while working on this show together!

Anne & David and Alex are delighted to bring their Spirit-Led passion for leading this healing service to Unity Church of Overland Park.
Unity Basics

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 reviewed, along with a listing of '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.


Suggested Love Offering: $10

Register here! 


Reverend Brandon Nagel is an associate minister here at UCOP and the director of educational programming. Sandra Duncan is currently studying at Unity Institute as an LUT candidate (Licensed Unity Teacher) and hopes to enter the path to ministry upon completion of that certification.
Fillmore Healing Class Available

Join us as we explore the spiritual principles that support the expression of health and wholeness in our minds, bodies and affairs. We will be working with Myrtle and Charles Fillmore's interpretation of how Jesus used and demonstrated those principles in his own life. Such principles will be presented to support participants in developing a practical understanding of Myrtle and Charles' theology as heart-centered metaphysicians. The goal will be that through the development of such practical understanding, participants will be inspired to also become heart-centered metaphysicians in their own lives. We also expect them to develop a "tool kit" for using healing principles in their daily lives and in supporting other people in their own healing process.


Suggested Love Offering:      $10

Register here! 


Required Texts: "How to Let God Help You," "Myrtle Fillmore's Healing Letters," "Christian Healing" and "Jesus Christ Heals"


Lois Hootz was the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Temple, TX. She has been involved with Unity teachings for over 17 years. She brings the richness of experience gathered from hospital chaplaincy, social work as a child abuse investigator, a teacher, a trainer and a minister. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Divinity Degree. She has served in Unity churches as a board member and board president, a prayer chaplain and trainer, workshop leader and Sunday school teacher. 
Men AND Women's Breakfast-October 4

Saturday, October 4 from 8 to 10 am in harmony hall 

The Men's Group AND the Women In Unity will meet jointly this month for breakfast and they invite ALL men and women to join them to hear a fascinating presentation by Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner.


"Are the New Testament scriptures reliable?" Rev. Dr. Tanner will explore the question "Can we trust that the New Testament texts reflect the original manuscripts? To what extent did oral transmission in the early church distort Jesus' life and teachings?" Through the tools of textual criticism and cultural anthropology, Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner explores the best evidence and challenges certain trends of understanding that undermine confidence in the New Testament and the historical Jesus. 


Rev. Dr. Tanner is an ordained Unity minister and professor of scriptural and religious studies at Unity Institute and Seminary. He holds a Master of Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL where he studied New Testament Greek, textual criticism and early Christian history. Jesse also holds a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of religion from the University of the West in Rosemead, CA where he focused on interfaith encounter as a form of interpretation and the power it has to bring transformation. His areas of personal and scholarly interest include religious pluralism and identity, interreligious dialogue, theological hermeneutics and Christian origins and history. He has published in several scholarly journals as well as more popular forums on religion and spirituality. Jesse is involved in a variety of ministerial and social justice activities and participates in interfaith community gatherings regularly. You might wish to visit Rev. Dr. Tanner on http://theunitychristian.blogspot.com.  


Membership Class

Monday, October 6 - 7 to 9 pm 

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. In addition, all participants are required to be in attendance at one of the celebration services on Membership Sunday, October 12.


Pre-registration is strongly suggested and appreciated.  Register Here! 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

Guided Meditation

Come experience an hour of guided meditation. Offered on the first Tuesday of the month, 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 to experience the presence of God in you.


Suggested Love Offering:      $10       Register Here
Join the Crop Mob for Unity Garden!
It's Crop Mob time!! The Unity Garden is planning a crop mob, blitz workday on Saturday, October 11, from 9am to noon, to get the garden ready for winter. We will be planting garlic and applying compost and mulch to our beds so they are in good shape for next spring. A Crop Mob is a term used when there is a task that needs a lot of people to help (sort of like the old fashioned barn raising.) If you would like to participate, contact Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org or call 913-649-1750 x-3010 for more information and directions to the garden. We will also enjoy a potluck picnic afterwards. Bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. Come enjoy good company and help our garden stay sustainable!

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.


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


Personal Empowerment

Who are you? What is your purpose? How do you spot trouble? Your ability to answer these questions is your pathway to peace and joy! Knowing you are Spirit incarnate is your statement of I Am presence, knowing you are inherently good. Join Cathy Combs for this special introduction session as she helps you begin to unravel your own answers to these powerful questions.


Suggested Love Offering:      $10    Register Here!


Cathy is an author, poet, educator, counselor and workshop architect specializing in personal empowerment and spiritual community leadership development. Cathy has an MA in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in California.
Yoganetics FALL Class Series

Yoga is not about getting fit, it's about getting home. Fitness is a byproduct of giving the body the nourishing motion it craves. With its gentle yet deep approach, Yoganetics moves toward greater flexibility, less stress and core stability from within out. People with back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.            


Wyatt Townley, the new Poet Laureate of Kansas, 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!)
Small Group Ministry Webpage

So you've been hearing some buzz about new small groups forming?  You can view all the latest information on our new small group ministry on our website. Learn what groups have formed and how to get involved with them.  See the videos of the launch leaders' Sunday platform shares.  Learn what steps you can take if you're interested in forming a new small group yourself.  You can find the Small Group Ministry page under the "Get Involved" tab of our website homepage at www.ucop.org.  Or, you can...
New YFM Curriculum for the Fall
Youth and Family Ministry has a brand new Sunday curriculum this Fall! Our "Fall Fables & Fairy Tales" series runs through November 11th. Fairy tales and fables, like other wisdom stories, contain deep messages on how to live an empowered life. This knowledge will provide our children with a road map through life. Fairy tales help children learn that through these challenges or frightening experiences, all can be overcome and they are not powerless.

This Sunday's Lesson: 
The Three Little Pigs


New Artists in our Spotlight Gallery
In September and October we feature the works of... 

Olathe Visual Artists Association, which was formed in 1978 with the goal of expanding the enjoyment of fine arts within the Olathe community and to encourage and promote our local artists.  We offer group exhibits, educational opportunities including speakers and workshops, display equipment for art shows, and we provide community service.  


Member artists include: Jane Kirk, Phyllis Gardner, Cathie Thompson, Jan J. Stuart, David Stewart, Elaine Lierly Jones, Pam Humbargar, Norma Greenleaf, Michelle Wade, Lynda Sprowl, Carol Rubsam, Dinah Medina, Patty Page, Eddy Mora, Jim Walker, Rob Knudsen, Elizabeth Sullivan, Marvin Page, Vivian Bound, Cathy Sherman, Kathleen Kirch, John Burns and Karen B. Jones 


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 This Sunday
The UCOP Couples Group meets for brunch the 3rd Sunday of each month at the First Watch Restaurant at College Boulevard and 69 Highway. 
It's fun, food and fellowship in their private dining area.  Please join us! 
RSVP to couples@ucop.org.
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. 


September 21st - Hy-Vee - 95th & Antioch - Brunch Buffet ($11.99) -      All you can eat - please arrive before 1pm

September 28th - Conroy's Public House - 5285 W. 95th - east of Nall

October 5th - Cinzetti's - Italian Buffet ($14.99 no menu)

October 12th - BoLings - 9055 Metcalf

October 19th - Margaritas - 7890 Quivira Rd.

October 26th - Carrabbas - 10586 Metcalf

November 2nd  Red Robin - 7111 W. 95th St.

November 9th - Jose Peppers - 103rd & Metcalf

November 16th - Conroy's Public House - 5285 W. 95th - east of Nall

November 23rd - Old Chicago Pizza - 117th & Metcalf

November 30th - Hy-Vee - 95th & Antioch - Brunch Buffet ($11.99)- All you can eat - please arrive before 1 pm 


Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
Please arrive at the restaurant no later than 12:45. 
CommUnity Books & Gifts

20% off "A Course In Miracles" books  
in September  
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.