Fall Faith 2014 -Week Five
Tithing Schmything"  

Fall Faith continues this Sunday as we continue to
explore Eric Butterworth's book, Spiritual Economics.
Reverend Bob Barth discusses the purpose and practice of tithing as a tool for personal spiritual growth.

And the incomparable Willis White is back in town and we are blessed to have him as our featured vocalist this weekend with Fred Albers and the UCOP Band!

  We'll see you there!

Remember Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night before you go to bed, or you might be really early for church on Sunday!
Our 1st Candidate Weekend - November 16

Our first candidate for the position of Lead Minister 

at Unity Church of Overland Park  

is Rev. Nancy Oristaglio.


Sunday morning, November 16, Rev. Nancy will present the meditation and lesson for that day.  Following the 11:00 service, there will be a congregational potluck.  Everyone is invited to bring a yummy potluck dish to share and once everyone has gotten their food and has settled into their seats, we will begin  

Q & A/Meet & Greet session with the candidate.  Congregants may get to know her better and ask her questions. Then everyone will have an opportunity to fill out a congregational evaluation form giving their impressions and opinions of Rev. Nancy throughout the Sunday events.  This form will be available in printed form or online to fill out.  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.


Rev. Nancy J. Oristaglio has served for ten years as the Sr. Minister of Unity Church of Antelope Valley in Palmdale, California. (www.unityav.org) From 2006-2013, she served as the elected Regional Representative of all the churches of the Southwest Region of Unity Worldwide Ministries. She also served as a member of the National Standards Ministry Team of UWM. In 2009, she was chosen as one of five candidates selected internationally for the Unity Worldwide Ministries Board of Trustees. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Unity Alhambra Foundation in   Alhambra, California from 2007 to the present. She is also a member of the Licensing and Ordination Team of Unity Worldwide Ministries. In June, 2014, her ministry received a large Google Adwords Grant for the online audio meditation series she wrote and recorded. Her meditation series, "Your 12 Powers," contains fourteen articles and audio meditations based on The 12 Powers, the book written by Charles Fillmore. The meditation series is a free course on the church website and has been visited by thousands of people from all around the world. She also writes a column for the Religion page of the Antelope Valley Press.  



"Change For Change" Rides Again!

With two 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 here. 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. You may also purchase your tickets online here


We hope to see you all there! 



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!
Thanksgiving Eve Service

Thanksgiving Eve Candlelight & Communion Service

Wednesday Evening, November 26 at 7 pm

with Rev. Brandon Nagel & Rev. Jan Stromseth


Join Rev. Brandon Nagel and Rev. Jan Stromseth for a very special Thanksgiving Eve candlelight and communion service at 7 pm on November 26. It will be a time to celebrate all that we are grateful for heading into the holiday season. During the evening we will honor our connection to Spirit through sacred ritual, meditation and celebration of all the blessings for which we give thanks. All are welcome to participate as we reframe the ritual of communion to remind us of the sacred connection to God that is with us in every moment.


Renovate to Elevate Team News

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

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.
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.



"Share the Joy" Christmas Outreach

The UCOP "Share the Joy" Christmas Outreach Program will begin on Sunday, November 9 with a meeting at 12:30 in harmony hall to fill out wish tags for the four agencies we will be serving this year. Feel free to stop by the table and pitch in with this fun preparatory event!
Wish tag adoptions will be held November 16, 23 and 30 with all gifts due back to the church by December 7. The Share the Joy project is a wonderful, rewarding way to find deeper meaning and purpose in the Christmas holiday. We will be providing gifts and Christmas cheer for 165 children and adults through Hope Care Center, KVC, Cornerstones of Care, Community Living Opportunities/Marty Lane House and our own U.C.O.P. family.   An outreach project of this size really does take a lot of energy, dedication and LOVE to be successful! If you would like to volunteer to help you can contact Marcianne Wagner-Heaton at (913) 851-8848 or marciannejwh@aol.com.
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.
Women in Unity Clothing Swap-November 15

Please join Women in Unity on November 15th for a clothing swap. We will be meeting from 10 am - 12 noon in harmony hall. Bring gently used clothing, shoes and accessories plus a potluck dish to share while we "shop". The love offering and any clothing items we don't swap with each other will be donated to Newhouse, a shelter for victims of domestic violence. (www.newhouseshelter.org) We look forward to spending this time together. If you have any questions, contact Sarah at sarahkanesta@yahoo.com.


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: 


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. 


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 Gifts & Jewelry    
in November   
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
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