Fall Faith 2014 Begins This Sunday
The 8th Deadly Sin"  

Fall Faith is one of the most exciting and spiritually expanding times of our year here at Unity Church
of Overland Park.  As a community, we will spend
the next six weeks exploring Eric Butterworth's
pivotal book, Spiritual Economics. We invite you
to join Reverend Bob Barth this Sunday
as we kick-off the Fall Faith series
with a look at "lack."

Vocalist Teri Wilder joins Fred Albers and the
nationally renowned UCOP Band for Sunday morning services as well as the Fall Faith Kick-off Concert
later this Sunday evening, October 5th at 7:00 pm.
We'll see you there!

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.



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)



October is Fair Trade Month

Fair Trade Month is about raising awareness of buying and using socially and commercially sustainable Fair Trade products.   When you choose to purchase Fair Trade products, you endorse an economic system that provides opportunities for international farmers, artisans and workers to lift themselves out of poverty.


The Overland Park Fair Trade Steering Committee is campaigning to be the first Fair Trade Town in Kansas. The criteria to become a Fair Trade Town includes getting a commitment from community organizations (i.e. schools, places of worship, businesses, offices) to use or serve TWO fair trade products. If you work for an employer in Overland Park, or belong to an OP organization that is willing to use or serve two fair trade products, you could help Overland Park become the first Fair Trade Town in Kansas!


Stop by the bookstore and learn more about how you can make a difference.

Or visit bookstore page on our website where you can read

this interesting article on Fair Trade.


Fall Blood Drive-October 12

Sunday, October 12, the Men's Group and the Community Blood Center are teaming up again for the Fall Blood Drive! Someone in our area requires a blood transfusion every five minutes. Please consider giving the gift of life by donating blood. Sign-up at the Men's Group table in harmony hall on October 5 or online at www.savealifenow.org and enter sponsor code: UCOP. For medical eligibility questions, please call 800-245-7035.

Auditions for the YFM Christmas Show-October 12
Sunday, October 12
12:45 to 2:30 pm in the sanctuary 


Believe or not, the holidays are just around the corner and that means we need to get ready for another Christmas performance! We will be expanding the children's Christmas performance to include a one-act comedy called "A Partridge in a Pear Tree," based on the traditional Christmas carol. Unity Church of Overland Park's YFM ministry will be holding auditions on October 12th from 12:45- 2:30pm in the sanctuary. If your child loves to act or sing and would like to be a part of this wonderful performance, contact Kelly Sturgeon, Youth and Family Assistant, at 913-649-1750 x3010 or ksturgeon@ucop.org to secure an audition time slot. We are also forming our children's choir for the performance. Rehearsals start soon! Sign up today!

Women to Women Circle

The women will meet this month in harmony hall 2 at 6:30 to watch the movie,
"The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

The November 6th meeting will be back in the peace chapel from 7 to 9 pm.
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!
Pet Blessing - October 18th

The unconditional love we share with our animal companions is one of the most special and sacred experiences we have. All of God's creatures are worthy of blessings, including our furry, scaly, feathered friends. We invite you to bring your animal companions to receive a special blessing as well as a pet blessing certificate! We will also have a special blessing at the bridge at 11:30 am for all those companions that have made their transition. Please join us for this special day. Please bring all animals on a leash or in a carrier. If you prefer not to bring your pet you can bring a picture.
Renovate to Elevate Team Is Back In Action!

Saturday October 25th, you can make a difference!

The Renovate to Elevate Team of UCOP is planing to renovate two houses this year. If you are interested in helping in any way, please save the date. If you can fix lunch or scrape and paint from a 3rd story ladder, or anything in-between, we can use your skills and your positive attitude. Are you willing to help Floyd & Gloria, an elderly couple with disabilities and a home in need of repairs to help them stay warm this winter? Or can you help Sandra, a 55 year old woman with disabilities and several windows that are missing their lower glass panes? These folks are looking at a mighty cold winter without some help. Stop by the Renovate to Elevate table in harmony hall after services on October 12 & 19 for more information about the projects planned at each location. We'll form teams of angels with hammers and other implements of construction to meet up at the church on Saturday morning, October 25, at 8:00am and then head out to do some good in our community.


Contact Larry Gordon HERE if you have questions. 


Floyd & Gloria of Kansas City, KS

Floyd has Alzheimer's disease and Gloria takes care of him. Both are 73 years old. Gloria has had cancer twice. She beat it the first time and is working on the second go round. Gloria was very active and very artistic until lately when she had knee surgery three weeks ago. Now she just can't do those things she used to. They have wind that blows through the house in the winter and they can't keep the home warm.

           What is needed:

           Replace the front door with exterior door casing kit & threshold replacement

           Repair the back door with new weather stripping & threshold replacement

           Build a plexiglass storm window for a 91.5 inch X 50 inch window

           Install molding at kitchen & breakfast room ceilings

           Caulk ceiling molding

            Paint ceiling molding


Sandra of Kansas City, KS                  

Sandra is a 55 year old woman who can't use the upstairs of the home because of her disability. Sandra has five double hung windows that don't have the bottom glass. It's might be a cold winter if you don't help.

           What is needed:

           Replace the glass in the 5 windows

           Scrape & paint the trim around all exterior windows - some windows are 3 stories up

           Replace a garage door & replace all the casement around the door

           Re-roof a back porch that the washer & dryer are sitting in

           Replace sheet rock that is on the ceiling of the back porch
Help the Green Team Fight Plastic Pollution

While plastic is a modern miracle with a myriad of uses, plastic pollution is adversely affecting wildlife, wildlife habitats and humans. Products such as plastic bags and bottles not only create environmental problems but reinforce the perception of a wasteful society. Learn more about this serious threat to the environment and what you can do about it at the Green Team table in harmony hall on October 19th.  
Be sure to ask for your free sample of a biodegradable bag and where you can purchase more.  



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.
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.
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 Tortoise and the Hare


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.

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. 


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 all Fair Trade items   
in October  
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.