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Our 1st Candidate Weekend!
"
Spiritual Homecoming"
with Reverend Nancy Oristaglio


The dictionary defines the word "home" as both a point of origin and a destination.  Our Spiritual Homecoming is an inward journey that takes place within our own consciousness.  As we come home to ourselves through Love, we discover that we are not only home in God, but we are home to God.  In "Spiritual Homecoming," Rev. Nancy Oristaglio offers spiritual tools, stories and humor as ways to navigate the journey that all of us are making Home.


Following the service, at 12:00 in harmony hall, we will have an opportunity to get to know Rev. Nancy a bit better and ask any questions we might have for her at the
Potluck Q & A / Meet & Greet Event.

  So fire up those crock pots and we shall see you there!


More Information About Our 1st Candidate
   

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.  

 

 

 

 
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 the door. 

 

We hope to see you all there! 

 

 

T3 - Time - Talent - Treasure

We at Unity Church of Overland Park are so grateful for the overwhelming demonstration of commitment that took place here last Sunday.  We thank you for your support of this spiritual community.

For those who would like to know more about our T3 Culture here at Unity Church of Overland Park, please visit the T3 page of our website here.

If you are ready to grow spiritually and make a commitment yourself, you may do so at any time while at church, or right here online.
Our 2nd Candidate Visit - November 23

Reverend Brandon Nagel

 

 

is a lifelong Unity student, first introduced to Unity by his grandmother and mother as a young child. Brandon began his work in church ministry right here at Unity Church of Overland Park in 2007. Over the course of the past seven years, Brandon has worked in both congregational care and adult education; however he worked the longest as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry. Brandon is currently serving as the Associate Minister of Educational Programing where he oversees all aspects of the ministry's educational classes and events.   

Brandon graduated in June of 2014 from Unity Institute and Seminary and was ordained by Unity Worldwide Ministries at that same time. Having grown up not just in Unity, but at Unity Church of Overland Park, Brandon is passionate about fostering a strong community based family environment here at Overland Park. He currently lives in Spring Hill, KS with his wife, Sara, and their new baby daughter, Harper.


Rev. Brandon will give the lesson and meditation on November 23.  Following services at noon, we will have another Potluck Q & A / Meet & Greet Event where you will have the opportunity to ask Rev. Brandon any questions you might have for him with regard to the lead minister position. 

 


 
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.

 

Thanksgiving Day Potluck Dinner

All Church Potluck Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, November 27th

 

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family, share a wonderful meal and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. For all those who may not have other plans, we invite you to join with your church family in harmony hall for this special occasion. The doors will open at 10 am so we may set up and prepare our food until 12 noon. At noon we will pray-in and Thanksgiving dinner will be served. We'll enjoy dining and conversation until 1:15 and then begin clean-up so that we can lock building by 2 pm. Please bring a dish to share (or more) to serve 10. This is an all church, all community event. Please contact Gary Spaulding at grspauld@yahoo.com for additional information or talk with him at church. Secondary contact, Linda Riggs 913-634-5359. Reservations are not required but it does help us with planning. So please contact one of us if possible.
"Share the Joy" Christmas Outreach

The UCOP "Share the Joy" Christmas Outreach Program has begun!
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.
  
YFM Christmas Program
Youth & Family Ministry 
Christmas Program

 

December 14 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary

 

This year's program will be a wonderful blend of drama and music featuring a special performance of  
"A Partridge in a Pear Tree" by Lowell Swortzell. Join us for this fun-filled evening of comedy and music as we celebrate the Christmas season in YFM. Following the performance join us downstairs in harmony hall for a Christmas Cookie Potluck and visit from Santa.       (Love Offering) 

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.

 

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.
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.
The Hidden Potential of Therapeutic Gems
 
The Hidden Potential of Therapeutic Gems

7:00-9:00 pm - Tuesday, December 2

with Greg Pregon

 

One of the world's most powerful forms of energy medicine is gem therapy. In this class you will learn extraordinary new information that reveals how we can harvest greater amounts of the life force energies held within crystals. Discover their hidden potential to improve your energy and vitality; bring physical healing, emotional nourishment, mental improvement as well as spiritually uplift. We will go over how and why gemstone energy works and how important shape, purity, quality and size are when selecting gemstones as therapeutic tools.

 

Suggested Love Offering:      $10

 

Greg Pregon has been attending UCOP for the past 4 years. He has served UCOP as a prayer chaplain and is one of our Youth and Family volunteers serving as a classroom teacher. He is an educator and has taught children and adults alike. He has served in several school districts across the metropolitan area and taught at UMKC and the Metropolitan Community College at the Longview campus. He has worked with adults with disabilities, children in behavioral health centers, children from preschool through high school and is currently working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the last year his diverse interests and abilities have led him to studying and working with gemstones for health and spiritual growth. He has completed Gemstone Energy Medicine Foundation and Advanced Color Ray Healing Color Dynamics classes. Greg wants to use his newly gained knowledge and abilities as a way to serve our community.
An Evening with the Angels

As we turn our attention toward the light of the season, angels naturally come to mind. Their warm radiant presence somehow seems very personal with the affection of one who knows us, really knows us- and still likes and even loves us! Angels have historically been depicted in art and lore as messengers from God. You are invited to share an evening appreciating the beauty of angels in art, sharing actual "angels on earth" stories and participating in a guided meditation aimed at clarifying the connection between you and the angels. You will leave this time together knowing that you are never alone and have 100% access to the divine energy of angels. Please join Karen Marie and Alice Brink for this special evening.

 

Suggested Love Offering:      $10

 

Karen Marie holds a master's degree in psychology, and is a certified Angel Practitioner. She has been offering angel readings and Akashic record readings for several years. She recently published her book, Archangel Miracles. Additionally, Karen is a graduate of Core Star Energy Healing School and works for the Kansas City Healing Project which offers complimentary energy healing sessions to cancer patients.

 

Alice Brink holds a BSED, is a member of the Heartland Chapter of the International Coach Federation and is in the Master's in Executive Leadership Coaching Program at Avila University. She has over 24 years of experience in education, bio-energetic field work and business as an entrepreneur, real estate broker and small business owner. Alice is also the proud mama of two exceptional adult children and enjoys making and appreciating art, hiking, reading, travel and exploration in general.
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!)
Great Bible Study Workshop for the Christmas Season

Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner leads a workshop discussion on the birth stories found in the Gospels of the New Testament. What actually happened at Jesus' birth? Are the Gospel accounts historical? How did the early Church understand and use these narratives? What are the most helpful ways to read and interpret them today? Join Dr. Jesse for a dynamic dialogue about the historical, literary and theological dimensions of the first Christmas in the Gospels.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

 

Rev. Dr. Jesse F. 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 publishes regularly in 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 often in interfaith community efforts.

 

I Bless My Body: Transformative Play-Shop for Women

In this powerful workshop, female attendees will get in touch with the negative beliefs and limiting patterns that have been holding them back from body freedom. In a safe and comfortable environment, we will use Unity teachings and other spiritual principles to help bring about a healthier relationship with the body along with vitality and beauty. If you have struggled with low energy, negative thoughts, heaviness or general dis-ease, this workshop will be a blessing!

 

Suggested Love Offering: $22

 

Rev. Diana Kennedy has been in the Unity movement over twenty years and currently serves at Unity Worldwide Ministries. She is a Unity Minister, a Certified Q Coach, an EFT Practitioner and an Intuitive Change Agent. A powerful speaker, Diana is passionate about sharing spiritual teachings and supporting individuals on their journey. Her approachable style inspires her students to dive in deeply and get the most from her transformative workshops.
Bookstore Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 14, join us in the bookstore for our Holiday Open House following both services. Sign up for prizes and enjoy a piece of cake. It's a great time to get some Christmas shopping done with EVERYTHING in the store at 20% OFF!!

 


a Meditative Holiday Favorite...

In the Presence "All Is Calm, All Is Bright" Meditation

7:00 to 9:00 pm - Tuesday, December 16

with Debra Baker

 

This month, experience the special "All Is Calm, All Is Bright" meditation, a traditional favorite for over the last ten years. Bring your family and friends for a transformational holiday experience. 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 vital 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 won't want it to end.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

 

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.

 

Gems of the 7 Color Rays

Gems of the 7 Color Rays

7:00-9:00 pm - Tuesday, December 16

with Greg Pregon

 

The Earth's gems play a surprisingly central role in how color functions. Color rays are the most fundamental building blocks of all living things. Just as visible light is comprised of the seven colors of the rainbow, so is the life force. Each of the seven color rays is particularly healing and nourishing to a certain system in the physical body. For this reason we can greatly benefit a particular system by wearing its corresponding color ray gemstones. For example the red ray nourishes and supports the muscles, tendons and fascia. Consequently, wearing ruby can help strengthen these parts and resolve certain conditions related to them. In this class you will learn about all the color ray gemstones and the physical systems that are nourished and supported by each color ray.

Suggested Love Offering:      $10

 

Greg Pregon has been attending UCOP for the past 4 years. He has served UCOP as a prayer chaplain and is one of our Youth and Family volunteers serving as a classroom teacher. He is an educator and has taught children and adults alike. He has served in several school districts across the metropolitan area and taught at UMKC and the Metropolitan Community College at the Longview campus. He has worked with adults with disabilities, children in behavioral health centers, children from preschool through high school and is currently working with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the last year his diverse interests and abilities have led him to studying and working with gemstones for health and spiritual growth. He has completed Gemstone Energy Medicine Foundation and Advanced Color Ray Healing Color Dynamics classes. Greg wants to use his newly gained knowledge and abilities as a way to serve our community.

 

Small Group Ministry Webpage
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. 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...    Check out the new page right here!
 
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.

"Change For Change" Rides Again!

With 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! 

 

 
Couples Sunday Brunch Cancelled This Month
The regular 3rd Sunday meeting of our Couples Group at First Watch will be cancelled for this month.  We encourage everyone to instead bring in a yummy potluck item to share for the Ministerial Candidate Q & A / Meet & Greet Event following services where everyone will have an opportunity to get to know our first ministerial candidate, Rev. Nancy Oristaglio, a bit better.

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. We'd love to have you join us. 
  

     

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  

December 7th - Bo Lings - 9055 Metcalf - Overland Park

December 14th - The Peanut - 7938 Santa Fe Dr - Downtown Overland Park

December 21st - K-Macho  - 1229 E. Santa Fe - Olathe, KS (I-35 to Santa Fe then west)

December 28th - Conroy's Public House - 5285 W. 95th St - Overland Park 

 

Contact Linda Riggs for more information at 913-634-5359.
Please arrive at the restaurant no later than 12:45. 
  
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10300 Antioch Rd., Overland Park, Kansas 66212
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