Week Three of our Advent Series,
"A Joyous Birth"

Loading the Donkey"
with Reverend Bob Barth


This Sunday, we continue our Advent series with a look at how, like Mary and Joseph, we are making a journey to a wondrous new birth.  How would you pack if you had to travel 80 miles by foot from Kansas City to experience a wonder like you have never experienced before.  What would you put in a suitcase, or load on your donkey to take the trip to a deeper spiritual experience?  Come and join us this Sunday as we talk about "Loading the Donkey."    


We look forward to seeing you there!   


A Holiday Invitation from the Ministry
Click on the video link below to view a personal invitation to our upcoming special holiday services!
Advent Series, November 30 - December 21

We invite you to join us for the season of Advent which began Sunday, November 30 with our series "A Joyous Birth."
We are preparing for a joyous birth here at Unity Church of Overland Park. During the season of Advent we are exploring the power and meaning in the story of the birth of the Christ and discovering how each one of us is pregnant with the potential for God's infinite blessings in all moments and aspects of our lives.



Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Our season of Advent culminates with a very special Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  We hope you'll gather your family and friends and join us for this joyous and sacred evening as we celebrate the birth of the Christ within each of us.  Services will be held at 5, 7 and 10 pm.  During the 5 and 7 pm services, the Youth & Family Ministry will provide crafts and merriment for the children upstairs!

This is one of our most popular services
so additional parking will be available.
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) 

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!!


Will You Be Shopping on Amazon this Christmas?

Christmas shopping season is upon us.  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.

The Giving Tree


The Women in Unity invite you to bring in hats and gloves and mittens and scarves and warm PJ's in all sizes to trim our Giving Tree in harmony hall.  All items adorning the tree will be given to SafeHome for Christmas.


Thank you for your generosity!


Merry Christmas!



Women in Unity White Elephant Gift Exchange

Women In Unity White Elephant Gift Exchange

Saturday, December 13th - 10 am  

at Vanessa Green's Home


Join the Women in Unity to celebrate the Christmas season with friends, while making new friends! Bring a fun little gift for the white elephant gift exchange and your favorite winter holiday dish to share as we enjoy one another's company. Just to add some visual flavor, wear your most festive Christmas sweater.


We are looking forward to celebrating with you in the home of Vanessa Green at 9720 W. 121st Terr. O.P. KS. 66213
Happy Holidays!
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

Wednesdays, January 7 - March 11, 7 to 9 pm 

with Robert Jones & Marty Tidings


We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely and much more!

FPU classes meet for about two hours each week for nine weeks. More than 1.5 million families have taken FPU. The average family completing the course pays off $5,300 in debt and saves $2,700 in just 90 days. That's a $8,000 change in position! Whether you're struggling to make ends meet or you're a millionaire, Financial Peace University has something for you. This isn't some stuffy economics class! You'll laugh as you learn money skills from Dave and participate in entertaining class activities.


Robert Jones and Marty Tidings will be available to talk with you about the class and answer any of your questions at a registration table in harmony hall after services every Sunday beginning December 14.  

You may also learn more about and register for this amazing class HERE.


Preview Class: Sunday, January 4 at 12:30 pm


Rob Jones, MS, MAEd, AFC, CSA is a financial counselor and educator for the Hutchins & Haake CPA firm. Rob holds two master's degrees - one in family financial planning and the other in adult education. He is an Accredited Financial Counselor and specializes in helping families set financial goals then uses proven techniques to help folks reach those goals through dumping debt and planning for the future. Rob is a long-time member of Unity Church of Overland Park and volunteers to coordinate the Financial Peace University course as a way to share his time and talent with the church and community. We offer FPU at this time of year because folks are focused on their New Year's resolutions of getting their financial life in order and getting organized and Financial Peace University can be a great benefit in reaching those goals. If you have questions about the course, you can reach Rob at 913 620-7148.


Marty Tidings has a masters in financial planning and has been through Dave Ramsey's Financial Counselor training. She is retired from the State of Oklahoma as a Food Safety Inspector and from the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. Currently she works at Innovest Financial Partners as an assistant financial planner. Taking Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University course totally changed Marty's life. Not only does she no longer have any consumer debt but, as a result of following this plan, she was able to move back to the Kansas City area after 30 years in Oklahoma to assist in the care of her mother in 2011. Getting out of debt allows us to have options that are not available when we are so weighted down with debt that we can't breathe. Taking Ramsey's class was the best thing Marty ever did for herself and she wants to pass that information on.




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

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.


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

Register Here 


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.


"Frozen" Fun Day for the Kids!

 Parents, do you need a little more time to help Santa with his shopping? We have the solution. On Saturday, December 20th from 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM, we will have a fun-filled time planned for the children with a double-feature film, including FROZEN! Along with the movies we will have cookie decorating and crafts planned for the kids. Contact Kelly Sturgeon, YFM Assistant at 913-649-1750 X3010 or email at: ksturgeon@ucop.org to let us know you will attend so we can better estimate for supplies. Happy Holidays!
T3 - Time - Talent - Treasure

We at Unity Church of Overland Park are so grateful for the overwhelming demonstration of commitment that took place here on Commitment 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.
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!

Recent News from the Entrepreneurs group:

The Entrepreneurs-in-Spirit small group meets on the last Friday of each month at 7:45 AM in the conference room of Cohen-Esrey, LLC, at 6800 West 64th Street, Overland Park, KS. The Cohen-Esrey offices are located in Building 8 of the Cloverleaf Office Park. Parking is on the north side of the building. Due to the holidays, the December 2014 meeting will be held on Friday, December 19. Launched on June 18, 2014, the EiS small group has met consistently to discuss a wide range of ideas and issues that are experienced by entrepreneurs and those aspiring to be entrepreneurs. Among other things, we have explored techniques for visualizing success; how to manage risk; the utilization of meditation to stimulate creativity; the discovery of our WHY which leads us to our passion, and the various resources that are available for entrepreneurs in the Kansas City area. We welcome new participants into our vibrant group who desire to build relationships with others in the entrepreneurial field. During upcoming meetings we'll be mentoring each other by identifying specific issues we are facing and brainstorming ways to deal with them. We have an awesome interactive website at www.entrepreneursinspirit.com For more information please e-mail us at entrepreneurs@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. We'd love to have you join us. 


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. 
CommUnity Books & Gifts

20% off Everything in the Store     
in December!    
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.