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

A Labor of Love"
with Reverend Bob Barth

Reverend Brandon Nagel
& Reverend Jan Stromseth

This Sunday, we conclude our Advent series, breathing in and breathing out, feeling the expanse of the growing Light within.  

We joyously birth into this world  

God's infinite blessings in all moments  

and aspects of our lives!      


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!
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.
More Special Services Coming Up!

Join us on New Year's Eve at 7:00 pm before heading out on the town to ring in the New Year!  This service provides a wonderful opportunity to release all that no longer serves your highest good, write it all down and watch it burn in the sacred Burning Bowl Ceremony.  Start the year fresh by letting go of the old baggage!

Then join us Sunday morning, January 4, 2015 at 9 and 11 am for our annual White Stone service.  You'll have the chance to "claim a new name" and discern a fresh intention to take with you into the New Year, writing it upon your white stone.
Guest Speaker, December 28
Join us the Sunday after Christmas, December 28, for services at 9 and 11 am to hear guest speaker, Reverend Chris Jackson give a message entitled "Believe It or Not." Rev. Jackson is a third-generation Unity student with a lifetime of service in the worldwide Unity movement. He is former Executive Vice President of Unity's World Headquarters, where he served for twenty-six years until his retirement in 2001. Chris has been a keynote speaker at Unity events throughout the United States and in Europe and Mexico. His writings have been featured in Daily Word magazine and Unity Magazine and he is a contributing author to the book New Thought for a New Millennium, published by Unity House. He is the former minister of Unity of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, and currently serves as Senior Minister at Unity on the Bay in Miami, Florida.
Rev. Jackson will be in town over the holidays visiting family and has offered to share his gifts with our congregation while in the area. 
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.

Holiday Business Hours

"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!
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!



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.




SoulCollage Returns in January!

Using images, scissors and glue, attendees design a 5" x 8" card depicting something unique about themselves-a gift from their Soul. Whether you make one card or many, you will have a great time and create inspired pieces. Making SoulCollage® cards with others is a powerful way to answer life's questions. Insights are shared in a circle of safety. Participants are inspired by, and feel acknowledged and supported in the community. Each member benefits from the perspective of the community's individuals. The world needs everyone's wisdom.


Nancy Oglesby (http://www.healthworkskc.com) is a health educator, speaker and group facilitator who guides her clients and students in becoming energetic, healthy and happy, using a holistic approach addressing all aspects of a person. Her mission is to inspire people to choose a lifestyle that nourishes their body, mind and spirit. Nancy is a UCOP prayer chaplain, is studying Quantum Touch energy work and was recently trained as a SoulCollage® facilitator by Audrey Chowdhury.


suggested love offering: $15, which includes a $5 material fee
Find Your Perfect Match!

Are you yearning for a healthy relationship? Trying to figure out what it might look like? Wondering if it will ever happen to you? This interactive workshop is designed to help you internalize techniques to prepare you for and help you recognize your ideal partner. Walk with Sue as she takes you through the process she used after years of trying to find "the right one." Using some of the concepts in Kathy Freston's book, Expect a Miracle, Sue will take you on the journey which opened her arms to the man who later became her gift from heaven, her husband.


Suggested Love Offering: $10


National Presidential Award winning teacher, transformational life coach, motivational speaker and author of The Journey Through Metamorphosis Workbook, Sue Gibson-Wilson's intuitive, energetic and creative workshops have made her a successful "go to" person for those wishing to change old behaviors. Using spirituality as the basis for her work, Sue has developed and implemented powerful tools, based on research, to empower those who struggle with many issues. Sue has a Master's degree in Education, a BS degree in Science Education and has taught in public high schools and coached athletic teams for twenty four years. As a dynamic, successful high school science teacher, Sue was a recipient of several local, state and national awards. She maintains her Kansas Licensure in Education. Sue is currently facilitating two extensive Twelve Step Studies, teaching workshops and coaching individuals, as she builds trusting relationships with those willing to step out of their comfort zones and grow with Spirit.


Yoganetics Spring Series Starts Soon!

Begin again in the New Year by coming home to the body, giving it the nourishing motion it craves. Our gentle-yet-deep approach promotes greater flexibility, less stress and a stronger core. People with back pain, arthritis and fibromyalgia have found relief with Yoganetics.  


Poet Laureate of Kansas, Wyatt Townley, has been teaching yoga 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 or to register,  call (913) 381-1984 or visit www.yoganetics.com. (Fee-based class-first class free for new students!)

Transformational Workshop Opportunity!

What would life be like if you lived every minute of every day with the deep peace of knowing that nothing and no one is against you? Too often in life we believe that outer circumstances are holding us back, driving us crazy, or causing us pain. When we wait for others to change or for outer circumstances to adjust, we give away our sense of wholeness and our very freedom to craft the life our heart desires.  The Art & Practice of Living with Nothing and No One Against You Workshop and its transformational 21-day practice called The Q Process weaves together the latest research emerging from neurobiology, developmental psychology and quantum science with the wisdom of the world's mystical traditions to offer a powerful path to personal evolution.  


*           Learn how to take the most trying circumstances and put them to use in manifesting your magnificence.

*           Unlock the wisdom in your heart and learn to see the gift of Grace that is everywhere present.

*           Open to the full meaning of the spiritual principle: There is only one power in the Universe, God the Good, Omnipotent

*           Discover your conscious and unconscious exceptions to this principle that create incongruence and resistance

*           Learn how to differentiate your "True Self" from the myths, messages and beliefs that underlie patterns and conditioning that lead to suffering

*           Practice using the Whole-Heart Aware-apy Approach to cultivate lasting behavioral changes consistent with living life with nothing and no one against you


Created by Gary Simmons, author of the Unity book The I of the Storm, Jane Simmons, author of I of the Storm for Teens and Rima Bonario, co-author of Who Have You Come Here to Be, this series presents many mind-stretching concepts, heart-opening practices and real life tools to help you consciously reshape the way you experience life. Learn how to make the most of a "trying circumstance" and put it to use in understanding who you have come here to be! Are you ready to step more fully into expressing who you have come here to be? Then join Revs. Deborah Frownfelter, Diana Kennedy and Jane Simmons for this one-of-kind transformational workshop on Saturday, January 17th from 9am-4pm, followed up by 3 debriefing phone sessions on Tuesday evenings at 7pm - Jan. 20 & 27 and Feb. 2. The cost for this powerful 21 day program includes a workbook and is $75 for early registration or $99 at the door. Take your spiritual life to a whole new level with The Q Process!


"Since hosting the Art & Practice Workshop it seems that our community is in the middle of a quantum leap in spiritual maturity as we use these dynamic tools to prove principle. The synergy is powerful and palpable; the evidence is in the transformative stories I am hearing and seeing. Having our Staff and Board present and involved and now working with this God-sent set of life-changing tools has been a great gift to our church. It is as though the good that has been damned up for many is flowing freely and abundantly as we work the processes taught in the workshop. The potential is here for collective transformation that is real and lasting. I am heartened, excited and grateful!"  

-Rev. Steve Bolen, Sr. Minister; Unity Church of the Hills, Austin, TX


Fee Based Class: $75 for early registration or $99 at the door.


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


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.
New Spotlight Gallery Artist

We have a new artist featured in our Spotlight Gallery. The works of Cheryl Schroeder will be on display through February. Cheryl has attended UCOP since 1990 and currently serves on our First Voice team. She enjoys painting detailed portraits of people, animals and the countryside, working in both oils and pastels. Cheryl has been painting since 2006. The paintings on display are for your viewing pleasure, however, none of them are for sale.
Inclement Weather Information
In the case of severely inclement weather, please consult the following sources to determine if the church will be closed:
* Media sources (TV Stations) will be notified
* Call the church (913) 649-1750. If it has been closed there will be a recorded message stating as much.
* Check the website at www.ucop.org.  Any church closings will be prominently displayed on the home page.

In general, the church follows the same closing criteria as the Shawnee Mission School District.  If Shawnee Mission is closed FOR SNOW, we will also be closed.  If they are closed for extreme cold conditions, we may still be open, so check the above-listed resources.

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 Groups Webpage
You can view all the latest information on our new small groups 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 Groups 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.



Couples Brunch
The UCOP Couples Group meets for brunch the 3rd Sunday of every month at the First Watch restaurant at College Boulevard and Highway 69 in the private dining area. It is fun, food and fellowship. Please join us... it is very important that you RSVP to Couples@ucop.org. And let us know when you contact us if you would like to be added to the eVite list.


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 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

Does Unity Church of Overland Park feed you spiritually? Your gifts and tithes are greatly appreciated and lovingly accepted. Gifts are made through PayPal, a safe and secure way to make online donations. Make an online donation today. 
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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.