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Fall Faith 2014 -Week Four
"
Living In Flow Motion"  


Fall Faith continues this Sunday as we further explore
Eric Butterworth's book, Spiritual Economics.
Reverend Brandon Nagel discusses the power
that one may experience when "living in the flow"
as expressed in Psalm 1:1-3:

He is like a tree
planted by streams of water,
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

And it's a Molly Hammer Double Header!  Her astounding voice inspired us last week and she is back again this Sunday with Fred Albers and the UCOP Band!

  We'll see you there!


The candidates are coming!

The Board of Directors is pleased to

announce that we have three excellent candidates  

for the position of Lead Minister 

at Unity Church of Overland Park.

 

After thorough review of all the applicant submissions, the Board of Directors has discerned three highly qualified candidates for your consideration in the coming weeks. There may be a 4th candidate, as the Board received an application late last week from a candidate they would like to consider.  Further details may be announced soon. However, for now mark your calendars for these three Candidate Weekends!

 

Each out of town candidate will fly in on the Friday evening of their weekend and be met by a member of our Board of Directors who will take them to dinner.  Saturday, the candidate will meet at length with the board in the morning.  They will have the latter part of Saturday to prepare for their Sunday lesson.  Sunday morning, the candidate will present the meditation and lesson for that day.  Following the 11:00 service, there will be a congregational potluck.  And once everyone has gotten their food and has settled into their seats, we will begin a Q & A/Meet & Greet session with the candidate.  Congregants may get to know the candidate better and ask them questions. Then everyone will have an opportunity to fill out a congregational evaluation form giving their impressions and opinions of the candidate throughout the Sunday events.  This form will be available in printed form or online to fill out.  On Monday morning the candidate will meet with the staff and then fly out Monday afternoon.  Our board will review all the evaluation forms from congregants and take that feedback into consideration as they continue to discern who is most qualified to lead this spiritual community in the direction we've determined that we would like to go.

 

We invite you to visit our website HERE to read more about  

each individual candidate.

 

 
"Change For Change" Rides Again!

With two, possibly three, ministerial candidates coming from out of town very soon for their candidate try-out weekends, we have pulled out the old "Change for Change" bowl once again.

You may recall that last year,after we had collected the "Change for Change" funds and selected a new senior minister without having to use them, we asked you all to vote on how you would like those funds used. And you voted for a Guest Speaker Fund. So, thanks to your generosity last year, those funds were used to bring 15 guest speakers in this year!

 

And now we need your help again to fund the costs of bringing these new candidates to town. So we invite you to save your spare change in one of our nifty "Change for Change" cups (available in the lobby) and then bring that change in to deposit in the bowl on Sundays. Our new giving kiosk also has a button for you to select the "Change for Change" program if you'd prefer to donate that way. You may also give online. And if you would like to cover the cost of a specific item, such as the cost of one plane ticket, or one lunch, or one nights' hotel stay, you may do so by speaking to the board member standing by the "Change for Change" bowl on Sunday.   We are so grateful for your support in this exciting time! 


 
Fall Faith 2014 Event - Friday, November 14th

This year's Fall Faith Event is our gift to you for your commitment to this spiritual community. This year marks our 40th anniversary.   

 

The evening will begin at 7:00 pm with a sacred ceremony in the sanctuary to commemorate the last 40 years of Unity Church of Overland Park and to bless the next 40 years.

 

Then from 8:00 to 11:00 pm we will head down to harmony hall for a fun-filled evening of food and drink and dancing the night away! 

 

Everyone is invited to the commemorative ceremony, but if you plan to attend the food and dancing portion of the evening, please claim your tickets for a

Love Offering at Sunday services or Wednesday evening Fall Faith circle times. 

 

We hope to see you all there! 

 

 

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 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
Small Group Ministry
A member of the Small Groups Ministry will be available after services this Sunday in the lobby to talk with you about small group opportunities that are currently available, as well as how to start your own new small group.

Men's Group Breakfast - Saturday, November 1st

Men's Breakfast

Saturday, November 1

8 to 10 am in harmony hall

 

Mike McCord, leader of the UCOP Green Team will speak this month on the subject of "The Environment - What we can do as individuals, as a church community and as citizens." Mike will also speak on "Leadership - One Step at Time" and the lessons he has learned.    

 

In 2003, Mike started the Green Team at Unity Church of Overland Park and was the co-founder of Unity Worldwide Ministry's EarthCare Program in 2008. Mike is the author of the EarthCare Connections newsletter and a periodic contributor to Unity Leaders magazine.  Mike's life experiences demonstrate how he believes "everything is possible." In 2001, Mike experienced a series of devastating personal tragedies that turned his life upside down. These included a broken neck and damaged spinal cord as a result of a home accident that left Mike a quadriplegic with a 10% chance of ever walking again. About the same time, Mike experienced job loss and divorce. Thirty months later Mike climbed Mt. Elbert, the highest mountain in Colorado. His book, "One Step at a Time, Memoir of a Former Quadriplegic," chronicles his life with emphasis upon this dark period of time, his ultimate triumph over these adversities and the lessons learned as a result. 

 

Unity Garden Crop Mob rescheduled due to rain!
It's Crop Mob time!! The Unity Garden is planning a crop mob, blitz workday  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!
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 in-depth exploration of knowing your inherent peace. 

  

Suggested Love Offering: $10 

 

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.
Guided Meditation -November 4

 Come experience an hour of guided meditation.  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
Angels Among Us with Stephanie Barton

Join Steffany as she delivers messages from departed loved ones. The connections made to those in Spirit are sometimes surprising, often delighting and always for good. Angels ARE among us. Experience their love. Tickets are $20 and available at the door.  Or visit www.angelsinsight.com for more information or purchase advance tickets. 
One Homeless Night for the Y.O.U.

 

"One Homeless Night"

Friday, November 7th

 

The Youth of Unity (Y.O.U.) groups throughout the KC metro area, Omaha, NE and Springfield, MO are participating in "One Homeless Night" with Synergy Services on November 7th. "One Homeless Night" is an experiential event for raising consciousness about teenage homelessness. We do that by learning about the homeless, participating in homeless simulation activities and sleeping outside in boxes for a night. We also want to raise funds for Synergy Services, the metro area's premiere teen homeless outreach organization, teen homeless shelter and creator of OHN. Please come to harmony hall Sunday, October 26 and November 2 to help sponsor our Y.O.U. group as they commit to spending one night homeless. All money raised will go to Synergy Services.

 


 

Chakra Balancing with Crystals

Chakras are an energetic reflection of your physical and emotional health. They assimilate, receive and express energy from yourself and the Universe. When a chakra becomes unbalanced it tends to affect the way we feel. Join John Cartwright for this special one night workshop to learn how you can work with crystals and other gemstones to increase energy flow, bring these chakras back into balance and help life flow smoothly.

 

Suggested Love Offering:      $10

 

John Cartwright has been working with gemstones for more than 15 years. John was inspired to increase his work with gemstones after going for a session with a teacher seven years ago and realizing the impact it had on his own life. John currently has a successful healing practice in Florida and has been supplying gemstones for our UCOP bookstore for the past few years.
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 Boy Who Cried Wolf

 

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.


 

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.  

 www.olathevisualartists.com   

 

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 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
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