"Five Alive: Spiritual Principles for Life!"

We invite you to join us this Sunday as guest speaker, Steffany Barton, shares her message of the five most important spiritual nutrients we must have daily to live
an inspired life.

Steffany Barton is a longtime UCOP congregant, a registered nurse, Reiki instructor and well-known intuitive, as well as the author of a number of inspirational books, all of which will be available  
for sale after services this Sunday. 

We look forward to seeing you there!



Celebrate Easter at Unity Church of Overland Park

Palm Sunday, March 29 at 9 & 11 am

     * Easter Egg Hunt for the kiddos on the front lawn after services

Good Friday, April 3 at 7 pm - Communion & Candlelight

Easter Sunday, April 5 at 9 & 11 am


Our journey to transformation reaches its conclusion with Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Join Rev. Brandon on Palm Sunday as we explore why and how, just as it seems that we have reached the full embodiment of our divine nature, we are hit with "Just One More Thing" to experience and grow us deeper before we are able to fully realize our true potential.

Then Reverends Brandon and Jan will be back for a very special evening on Good Friday, including the sacred ritual of communion and candle lighting, as we will continue to explore this idea of transformation and how, ultimately, we must each go through these experiences of transformation alone with only the presence of God to support us.

Finally, join our entire team for a joy-filled celebration of Easter as Reverends Bob and Brandon explore the spiritual qualities of Faith and Love and their role in our ability to see the resurrected Christ nature that each of us truly is.


Last Sunday to Adopt Easter Basket Tags

'Tis the season to bless our community with lovingly filled Easter baskets for children and adults in need. You will have the opportunity to adopt the tags and fill baskets full of love and goodies through March 22. All baskets are due back to the church by March 29. This year we are supporting Little Sisters of the Poor, Lake Mary Center, Community Linc and members of our own UCOP family.


And you have a wonderful additional way to serve during the Easter Basket Outreach Program. It takes many volunteers to support the adoption tables each Sunday, to help organize and inventory the baskets, and most fun of all... to help deliver these beautiful baskets to their grateful recipients! Basket deliveries are scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 1 at 5pm and Saturday morning, April 4 at 9 am. If you would like to give of your time and love by serving on this team, please contact team leader, Glenda Analla at easter@ucop.org or call 913-593-5380.



Mulch Madness Returns March 28!

It's time to put on your work gloves, grab those rakes and shovels and wheel barrows and move some mulch around again to help beautify our campus landscaping. We would also be appreciative of some volunteers to graciously provide snacks and water for our mulch movers. If you can help out please contact Jane Sauve at jsauve@ucop.org or 913-649-1750 x-3012.  


Volunteer Appreciation Healing Fair - March 28

 In celebration of your sacred service, all who have served in a volunteer position this last year are invited to join with us in taking a pause to revitalize, relax, rejuvenate and heal in our Volunteer Appreciation Healing Fair on Saturday, March 28 from 2-6 pm in harmony hall. Indulge in a myriad of healing arts provided to our volunteers as a thank you from UCOP and the healers in our own spiritual community for your willingness to step into the flow of service.
Healers Requested

Are you blessed with a healing gift or have you studied a form of healing? Are you a massage therapist, energy healer, chiropractor, yoga instructor, intuitive, manicurist or a practitioner of any other healing art? Are you willing to share your gifts and knowledge at our Volunteer Appreciation Healing Fair on March 28th? Then please contact Rachel Asbury at rasbury@ucop.org or call 649-1750 x-3025 for more details on how you can donate your time and talent in gratitude for the service of our UCOP volunteers..
Global Outreach Meeting with Heart to Heart International

Global Outreach Meeting  

with Heart to Heart International

12:30 - 1:30 pm Sunday, March 29 in harmony hall 3

This will be a general meeting for interested congregants who would like to learn more about service opportunities in Haiti and serving with Heart to Heart International. Travel participants must be in good health and able to withstand long travel times. Service opportunities include (but are not limited to) skilled and non-skilled labor, planting and/or education.  Contact Global Outreach Team Leader, Julie Randolph, at globaloutreach@ucop.org for more information.


Is the Silent Prayer Team Calling You?
Reverend Jan Stromseth is expanding the Silent Prayer team and looking for committed pray-ers. Team members will receive a new list every other week of approximately 30 first names to hold in prayer each day. Rev. Jan will offer a training for team members on Tuesday evening, March 31 at 7:00 pm in the peace chapel. Please e-mail Rev. Jan at  jstromseth @ucop.org or call 913-649-1750, ext. 3056.


New Spotlight Gallery Artists

Both of these fine artists will be available in the gallery after each service this Sunday to chat with you about their artwork. 


Cindy Baker's love of watercolor began early in high school. Growing up in northern New York's Adirondack Mountains fostered a love of nature. She has been painting for over 40 years. She supports the local art community and belongs to many national art associations. Cindy is a member of Northland Exposure Artists' gallery in Parkville, Missouri. Cindy's work has been featured in national juried shows and galleries, corporate and private collections. She is an award winning artist who creates paintings in water-media. Her inspiration comes from observing nature's textures, colors, patterns and shapes. Her vivid paintings reflect her love of nature as many paintings are floral and landscapes. Her paintings are interpretive with the use of color and movement, capturing the fleeting moments of time.


Evelyn Misner is a collage artist and photographer. A lover of words, color, fabric and nature, she collects all manner of small things. Her love of beauty and language, and her gifts of creativity and imagination are combined with paint, paper, fabric, natural objects and words to create detailed collages to inspire and delight. Dabbling in sewing, painting, calligraphy, floral design and having her own photography business provided rich and varied experiences to draw from when creating her collages. Her philosophy reflects Thoreau's who said, "To affect the quality of the day . . . that is the art of life."

Bookstore Position Available

Do you love spiritual books and possess excellent customer service skills? There is a new opening in the bookstore for a part-time Assistant Manager. Our beloved assistant is moving. Enjoy the peaceful music, wonderful volunteers and being more involved in UCOP. Must have excellent math and computer skills, organization and customer service skills. Position is 15 - 18 hours per week and includes Sundays. The position involves ordering greeting cards, managing consignments and inputting inventory into our computer system. A job description is available in the bookstore. Please send a resume to Karen Marie at kmarie@ucop.org.


On-Call Weekend Facilities Position Available

This job involves setting up and tearing down after weddings,receptions and workshops, as well as cleaning meeting rooms & bathrooms.


If interested, please contact Jane Sauve at jsauve@ucop.org or call 649-1750 x-3012


Board of Directors Applications Now Available


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."   


Applications are available now through April 5. Please CLICK HERE to visit our website and fill in your application. Or you may pick up a printed application at the reception counter in the lobby. 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 if you have further questions:  Shirley Hill (Chair) hill@ku.edu or 913.732.2027,
Ellis Megee, Amy Elliot or Evelyn Criswell (Board Liaison).





Carpet Remnants Available

Renovations continue and this week we began pulling up and replacing carpet in the church. If anyone would like to claim the old carpet for a love offering, this is what we have available:


*   1 foot square pieces of the sanctuary carpet (for keepsake purposes) will be available after March 21st.

*   The large square pieces in the lobby will be taken up in one section, you may claim one square or both.

*   The carpeting in the peace chapel will also be removed intact as large sections (as much as possible). The peace chapel and lobby carpeting is available now.


If you would like to claim a piece of UCOP history and take some of this carpet off our hands, please contact Jane Sauve before March 31 at 649-1750 x-3012 or jsauve@ucop.org.


Women in Unity Meeting - March 21
Saturday, March 21 - 10 am to noon
Get ready for a continuation of February's meeting as we work with our white stones and our intentions. We will continue our exploration of the masks we wear, how they serve us, how they limit us and how to work with them to continue to bring the power of our intentions into our lives and our community using paper, scissors, glue, feathers, color, sparkles and music! We are going to get creative!!   Please bring a snack to share with the group! We will meet this time in the Y.O.U. classroom.
For questions or to RSVP email Suzanna at connectwithsuzanna@gmail.com
or Heather at hbeckettnc@gmail.com


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



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



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



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.

Join us as we explore Brene Brown's 10 Guideposts based on her book,

The Gifts of Imperfection and her Oprah Life Class. Each week we will uncover new ways of letting go of thoughts such as the need to be right, worrying about what others think and the "shoulds" of daily life. We'll refocus on consciously cultivating authenticity, self-compassion, a resilient spirit, gratitude and joy, intuition and faith and meaningful work. We will venture into your creative spirit as we sing, dance and play using various art supplies (paints, stickers, stamping, glitter, your photos and much more). You will create your own six weeks of Rainbow Reminders that  

I AM ENOUGH as we delve into and discuss questions like:

*           Who has earned the right to hear my story?

*           How can I give myself permission to be imperfect?

*           What's the most courageous thing I can do for myself when I feel small and hurt?

*           What is holding me back from __?

*           And many more!

Come and try the first week. You will discover your soul urging you to return.


Suggested book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown


Suggested love offering: $10 per session, plus a One Time Materials Fee of $10.  

This includes a take-home 7x10" multimedia journal, photo printing and

use of art supplies.



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. 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.


Spiritual Improv Playshop

April 19 is Y.O.U. Sunday with guest speaker, Ned Kelley. Following services that day, Ned will present a unique playshop in which New Thought principles come alive through improv games and exercises. The art of listening and "Yes-And" - these are the primary skills of improvisational acting. By playing the fun and simple games which improvisers use to hone their skills you will expand your mastery and application of mindfulness, equanimity, imagination and co-creativity! Ned's goal is not to teach you proper acting techniques and he is not going to ask you to get up and perform in front of other people. We are not even going to try to be funny. Ned's desire is for us to journey from the head to the heart, to explore our spiritual practices and to play together!

suggested love offering: $20



Ned Kelley comes from the dynamic untamed background of being a high school mathematics teacher. He is also a fourth degree black belt in karate and was the owner and teacher of his own martial arts school. Ned has been studying and performing improv theatre for the past eight years. He currently plays with Comedy City, Kansas City's oldest running improv theatre group. He also works at Silent Unity prayer ministry. There he has served for the past six years in various roles as an internet prayer clerk, prayer associate and as a supervisor.


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.
Winning My Race

On her own health journey, Dr. Ashley Brumbaugh was on upwards of twenty medications by the age of twenty, told she was unable to have children, diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and given little hope. She started her own path to find the cause of her problems and a way to correct them without drugs or surgery. Through Maximized Living's 5 Essentials delivery system, she has been able to reverse disease, get off all medications and heal naturally. Her mission is now to share the 5 Essentials with every person, teaching them what it truly means to be healthy, to live the life that God has called them to and not just run their race, but win their race. Through maximized mind, nerve supply, nutrition, fitness and detox, people can truly be well, honor God and serve more people within their communities. www.kcwellnessinstitute.com


Course fee: $30 for book and kit (paid for at the class.)

Suggested love offering: $10.


Dr. Ashley Brumbaugh graduated from Parker University in Dallas, TX with a Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has partnered with Maximize Living and is on a mission to change healthcare, starting with changing and saving lives here in Kansas City. 
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:  Cut gasoline use by one quarter.    

Average reduction of CO2 emissions: 1,590 pounds per year.


Why: On average, a passenger car emits 11,400 lbs of CO2 each year - almost one pound of CO2 per gallon! Cars and light trucks are the top sources of emissions from transportation.  In the U.S. all transportation emissions account for an entire third of total national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


* Work from home (telecommute) two days a week

* Carpool to work from anywhere up to 75 miles outside of downtown Kansas City through the Mid-America Regional Council's RideShare program

* Use alternative transportation with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority or The JO

* Bike or walk to the local store for errands. Each mile you walk will save about a pound of carbon   


Youth & Family Ministry Summer Camps!

Parents grab your calendars and save these dates for the UCOP Youth & Family Ministry Summer Camps! More details about each camp will follow. To register your kiddos just contact Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org or call 649-1750 x-3010.


Pre-K Camp (ages 3 through Kindergarten - must be potty trained)

June 1-3   6:30-8:00pm



(Theatre, Boys & Girls camps are for 1st graders and up)  

Theatre Camp

June 15-19 6:00- 8:30pm



Boys Camp

June 29 - July 1 6:30-8:30pm



Girls Camp

July 13-15 6:30-8:30pm


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!)


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. 


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 A Course in Miracles in March!   
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.