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"Rock & Roll Sunday"
       
We invite you to join us this Sunday as vocalists Molly Hammer, Kelly Potter and Terry Swope join Fred Albers and the amazing UCOP Band for a
rockin' and rollin' good time, with inspirational message from Reverend Brandon Nagel
woven within the fabric of the music.

"I play the notes as they are written,
but it is God who makes the music." 
~ Johann Sebastian Bach ~  
       
We look forward to seeing you there!
    

 

 

Community Outreach Partnerships & POTLUCK!

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that our Community Outreach Partners for 2015 are Community Linc (www.communitylinc.org) and Heart to Heart International (www.hearttoheart.org).  

 

Community Linc's mission is to end homelessness, impact poverty, and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for families in the Kansas City area. Heart to Heart International's mission is to improve global health with initiatives that connect people to resources. They help with disaster relief and are active in Haiti and Liberia.  

 

And we are overjoyed that two incredible servants have stepped forward to co-lead these partnership initiatives. Dan Beckett and Julie Randolph are both deeply passionate about service outside the walls of UCOP.  
Dan  will be the point person for all the activities with Community Linc (localoutreach@ucop.org).

And Julie Randolph will organize all the wonderful opportunities with Heart to Heart International for all that are called to this area of service (globaloutreach@ucop.org).


Community Outreach Church-Wide Potluck- March 1
Please plan to join us in harmony hall after the 11am service on March 1 to celebrate the fantastic cooks in our community at our church-wide potluck. This will also be a chance for you to sign up for the community outreach opportunities that speak to you. Monica Enloe from Heart to Heart International and Teresa McClain from Community Linc will be available, along with Dan Beckett and Julie Randolph, our outreach team leaders, to answer questions and discuss the upcoming opportunities for you. It will be a fun way to explore how we can come together as a community and take our Light out into the world!  
Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Able-Bodied Volunteers Requested
Do you have a strong back and wish to serve your spiritual community in an upcoming project?  We will be changing out all the light bulbs and re-focusing stage lighting instruments in the sanctuary very soon.  To do so requires moving a very large 25 foot, 3-story, A-frame ladder that weighs 150lbs around the sanctuary so that we can get up there and fix these lights. 
Volunteers will not be asked to climb this ladder, just move it around.  We really need at least 4 able-bodied volunteers to maneuver this thing.
If you are willing to help, please contact Jane Sauve as soon as possible at 649-1750 x-3012 or jsauve@ucop.org
 
Women in Unity 3rd Saturday Gathering

Women in Unity Saturday Gathering

10 am to 12pm, February 21 in harmony hall 2

 

This month we will bring the energy of our White Stone intentions into the gathering. We will be exploring the words and intentions that we received at the White Stone ceremony in January in a creative and hands-on way! Do not worry if you do not have a white stone, you will be guided in discerning your intention. Please bring a snack to share with the group! For questions or to RSVP email Suzanna at  connectwithsuzanna@gmail.com or Heather at hbeckettnc@gmail.com .

 

Easter Basket Outreach Gets Under Way!
'Tis the season to bless our community with lovingly filled Easter baskets. The Easter Basket Outreach Project gets under way Sunday, February 22 with a time to gather together and prepare the 150-170 adoption tags we will have. If you would like to help prep the adoption tags, please plan to gather in harmony hall 3 on Sunday, February 22 at noon.

Then everyone will have the opportunity to adopt the tags and fill their baskets full of love and goodies beginning Sunday, March 1 through 15, with all baskets due back to the church by March 22. This year we will be supporting Little Sisters of the Poor, Lake Mary Center and members of our own UCOP family.


Board Informational Meetings - March 1


Board of Directors Informational Meetings

10:30 am & 12:30 pm, Sunday, March 1

 

Have you ever considered serving on the Unity Board of Directors?  We are looking for people who have been a member of UCOP for at least one year, regularly attend worship services and other activities, support the ministry with their time, finances, love and prayers, are conversant with Unity teachings and strive to "walk the talk" of our mission and goals. Board members are a tremendous blessing to the church. People who have  

served often say how they were blessed by being in service in this way.  

As one person described it, serving on the board was "the most  

spiritually uplifting experience I have ever had."   

If you would like to be nominated as a candidate for a position on the board, or simply want to learn more about it, you are invited to attend one of our informational meetings, to be held Sunday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This is a casual question and answer meeting and will cover board duties, time commitments and a general sense of the overall experience as a board member. Applications will be available March 1 - April 5 and the deadline for submitting applications is 12:00 noon on April 7. The election will be on June 28 at our annual business meeting. Please feel free to talk with any member of the Nominating Committee - Shirley Hill (Chair), Ellis Megee, Amy Elliot or Evelyn Criswell (Board Liaison) -if you have further questions.

 


 

Hawaiian Ho'oponopono

The ancient Hawaiian practice of Pono is "being at one with everything"--being right with yourself, with Spirit, with others and with all of creation. Daily living often pulls us out of alignment with ourselves and our world. During this three week series you will explore the process of Ho'oponopono, a way of returning to the harmony that is natural to your spirit greatness. In addition, you will learn how to use your HA (Sacred Breath) to deepen your Pono (unity with all) and live the essence of Aloha.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

REGISTER HERE! 

 

Ilene Kimsey, Ph.D has been working in the field of human development and spirituality for over forty years. She is an intuitive mentor/coach, seminar leader, song writer and author of the Evvy Award-winning book, Golden Wizdom Beyond the Emerald City: A Conscious Journey to Wholeness.

As an Ancient Hawaiian Wisdom practitioner she is honored to impart what she experienced during twenty years of living, working and studying the sacred culture of Hawaii. Ilene joyfully inspires people to claim their magnificence and express their essence in the world. She knows each person has a unique contribution to the evolution of humanity.

 

Gemstone Class with Greg Pregon!

Awaken to your true spiritual essence! The primary focus of some therapeutic gemstones is awakening and developing higher consciousness. Working with these gems can help heighten spiritual awareness, abolish impediments to higher states of consciousness and strengthen the intuition. By wearing certain gemstones you can become more aware of the fluidity of the physical universe and of your ability to master all situations. Join Greg Pregon on February 23 to learn about these gemstones and how to use them for your own spiritual growth.                                                                Suggested Love Offering: $10

REGISTER HERE!    

 

Greg Pregon has been attending UCOP for the past four 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 also taught 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.

 

2015 Midwest Unity Men's Retreat

 

On Friday evening we will also have a sacred ceremonial drumming circle as well as live music, both led by our very own Mark Gossman. 

 

What does it mean to be a man? As your life unfolds and you continue to grow through the various roles of a man (partner, father, son, worker, teacher/learner, leader/follower), what do you use as your guide for understanding and becoming your true self? As a connected group of men, what agreements can we put into place to allow us to be vulnerable so that we can help one another in our continual journey of rediscovering our true self?

 

Reverend Albert Wingate has been exploring this topic and would like to share his thoughts and experiences. Albert is an avid storyteller. He uses the power of experienced story-telling to facilitate an active learning process that promotes connection and relationship building. Large group and small group discussions and activities will be used to facilitate this process. The goal is to deepen our understanding of developing as a man of wisdom and spirit through the various stages of our lives.

 

To register please contact Jason Haney at 816.825.1676 or
stop by the registration table in harmony hall. 
You may also register online right here!  
Space is limited, so please register soon!


LADIES... Consider giving the gift of the Men's Retreat to your special guy
for Valentine's Day this year!

 

SoulCollage

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.

  

REGISTER HERE! 

 

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
Workshop with Guest Artist, Charles Holt


With every opportunity to step further into our greater good and life journey is the likelihood that something from our past will resurface. In most cases these events and memories have been hanging around in our minds for long periods of time... years even. It is inevitable, however, that these dangling participles make their way into our field of vision. They should not, by any stretch of the imagination, be the genesis of our undoing. In fact, these seemingly unwarranted mental and emotional intruders rise to the occasion in our mind to create an impulse for us to extract more of our true essence and character. Heavily laced within these somewhat vintage frames are principles that point us in the direction of becoming honest with our heart of reconciliation and our forgiving selves. Letting go of pain and hurt is noteworthy. And learning the practice to put these principles into action may be elusive and quite slippery. But the footing gained in our journey on the road to our personal best is made clearer in the process. The first step is being willing to walk the path... to say "YES" to that inner voice that is calling us forward to a greater way of being and becoming, a healthier way of living and a broader way of sharing our gifts in the world. Recommended reading: Between Me and Dad, by Charles Holt.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $20

REGISTER HERE 

 

Charles Holt is a gifted Broadway actor and dynamic inspirational speaker who inspires audiences around the world with his message of healing, empowerment and freedom. Charles is an accomplished vocalist. His debut album, I Am, as well
 as his sophomore album project, Rushing Over Me, garnered wide recognition and received high acclaim. Charles has authored two books. His first, Intuitive Rebel, chronicles his journey from small town Tennessee, to the bright lights of Broadway,
 to his spiritual awakening that lead him into the path of self-discovery. Between Me and Dad, released April 2014, reveals a personal, yet painful account with his father that was halted by a date with a courageous leap into faithful forgiveness and
patient journey with reconciliation. At his father's passing, Holt uncovers a treasure
of self-worth and wisdom that ultimately lead to a path of self-emancipation
 and freedom.

 

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.
Spiritual Marketing

It's time for a new paradigm in marketing. Attend this two part seminar and learn seven powerful ways to grow your holistic business. Monetize your message! What does that mean? Money is an energy exchange. Learn how you can get your message, service and/or products out into the world while you enjoy your work and make money doing it. You were meant to succeed! This class is based on spiritual principles combined with practical marketing tools. Seminar leader, Rev. Diana Kennedy has been teaching this material for over seven years and attendees have had great results!

 

The two-part seminar is $55 plus a $7 materials fee.

REGISTER HERE 

 

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
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.

 

Fillmores on Healing & Wholeness-Part 2


This is the second part of the course titled "Myrtle and Charles Fillmore on Healing and Wholeness." The whole course is based on the spiritual laws and universal principles that support the expression of health and wholeness in our minds, bodies and affairs. We will be working with Myrtle and Charles Fillmore's interpretation of how Jesus used and demonstrated those spiritual laws and principles in his own life. The purpose of the course is to support participants in developing a practical understanding of Myrtle and Charles' theology as heart-centered metaphysicians. It is our expectation participants will be inspired to become heart-centered metaphysicians themselves. We also expect them to expand their "tool kit" for using healing principles in their daily lives and in supporting other people in their own healing process.

10 SEE Core Credits available

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

REGISTER HERE 

 

Required Reading: How to Let God Help You, by Myrtle Fillmore, Myrtle Fillmore's Healing Letters, by Myrtle Fillmore, Jesus Christ Heals, by Charles Fillmore, and Christian Healing, by Charles Fillmore.

 

Lois Hootz was the spiritual leader of Unity Church of Temple. She has been involved with Unity teachings of over 17 years. She brings the richness of experience gathered from hospital chaplaincy, social work as a child abuse investigator, a teacher, a trainer and a minister. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Divinity Degree. She has served in Unity churches as a board member and board president, a prayer chaplain and trainer, workshop leader and Sunday school teacher.

 

Unity Basics

This class has been designed for those who desire a basic understanding of Unity's teachings and principles. Each of the five basic teachings will be explored, along with 'identity statements' that further expound upon what is meant by the teachings and how they are expressed by Unity as a spiritual movement. Focused attention will be given to prayer and meditation and the positive, affirming ways in which they are taught and utilized by Unity.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10

REGISTER HERE 

 

Rev. Brandon Nagel is the former Director of Youth & Family Ministries and the current Minister of Spiritual Growth & Development here at Unity Church of Overland Park. Rev Jan Stromseth is the Associate Minister of Congregational Care.

 

How to Pray Without Talking to God
Rev. Linda Martella-Whitsett is the brilliant author of the book
How to Pray Without Talking to God. In this book she shows us how to develop a true spiritual practice by re-forming the words of traditional prayers, by cultivating a habit of daily prayer and meditation, as well as by learning to pray with others. In this class you will know your Divine Identity, learn affirmative prayer, reform your language, develop or enhance your daily prayer practice and embrace Wholeness. Join us and allow your prayer consciousness to awaken to the next level and transform your life.

 

Suggested Love Offering: $10.00

REGISTER HERE 

 

Rosie Dominguez knew she'd found home the first day she walked into UCOP in 2009. The minister's words that day deeply resonated with her. She was thrilled to finally find a spiritual home with like-minded individuals. She challenged herself to learn the Unity teachings and understand the Principles at a profound level. She has attended numerous classes, workshops and retreats at UCOP and Unity Institute. She has served as a Fall Faith circle facilitator, Core Values Team member and is currently on the Small Group Support Team. She has a passion for sharing what she learns and therefore enjoys facilitating classes at UCOP. Rosie's journey has led her to understand prayer in a completely different manner. She grew up in a traditional church, which she practiced up until the week before walking into UCOP. Rosie is currently serving her third year as a prayer chaplain. Affirmative prayer has transformed her life and played a significant role in her awakening. Rosie has been married for 24 years with two grown children. She attributes being a better wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and all around person to affirmative prayer and the understanding, through prayer, of the Christ in her.
Environmental Fast Fact of the Week

 

Brought to you by your Green Team!

Scientists have concluded that when the amount of carbon in the atmosphere exceeds 350 parts per million, the effects of global warming result in rampant melting of arctic ice, drought spreading across the planet and rampant increases in diseases like dengue fever and malaria occurring in places where they've never been seen before. The bad news is that we've exceeded 400 parts per million.

 

Each week between now and April 5th, the Green Team will offer 10 "Environmental Fast Facts" highlighting something you can do to become a better steward of the earth as well as the average reduction in pounds of CO2 emissions each household will realize.

 

This Week: 

What you can do:  Weatherize doors and windows  

Average reduction of CO2 emissions: 621 pounds a year.

 

Why:  The barrier created around a house with windows, doors, insulated walls, ceilings and floors must be leak-free for a truly energy efficient house.  About one third of a typical home's heat loss occurs around and through the doors and windows.

How:   Make sure doors seal tightly and have door sweeps at the bottom to prevent air leaks. Find out how to weather strip doors from the US Department of Energy or by calling the Kansas City Home Performance Network  program at 816-835-7593 or email energy@kcenergy.org.  (If you're a renter, contact your landlord before weatherizing doors or windows.) 


 

Adult Bible Study - new ongoing class

Adult Bible Study

Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 am in harmony hall 3

with Dan Beckett, ministerial student at Unity Institute and Seminary

 

Join Dan Beckett for this weekly exploration of the Bible. Each week Dan will have a different topic for the group to explore. Together we will take a look at everything from historical foundations to traditional Unity metaphysical interpretation as we explore how to uncover the many layers of meaning that are contained within the Holy Bible.
This will be an ongoing class and is open for you to join at any time.

 

Yoganetics Spring Series

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!)

 

 
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 just click right here!

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. 
  

      

February 22- Cinzetti's Italian Buffet, 7201 W. 91st St - Overland Park 

March 1 - The Thai Place, 9359 W. 87th St - Overland Park

March 8 - Le Peep, 7936 Quivira Rd - Lenexa

March 15 - Conroy's Irish Pub, 55285 W. 95th St - Overland Park

March 22 - Jack's Stack BBQ, 9520 Metcalf Ave - Overland Park

March 29 - Old Chicago Pizza, 11721 Metcalf Ave - Overland Park 

 
Contact Linda Brozanic for more information at 913-219-7538.
Please arrive at the restaurant no later than 12:45. 
  
CommUnity Books & Gifts
20% off all gift items in February!   
 
Bookstore hours: Monday-Thursday 12 to 5pm
Friday & Saturday closed /Sunday 8:30am to 1:00pm

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.


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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.