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  Easter Sunday
"No Greater Power"
 
We invite you to join us this Sunday at 9 or 11 am for our very special Easter Sunday celebration services!  Reverend Brandon Nagel and Reverend Bob Barth guide us through the final leg of our journey through Holy Week.  We shall explore
two of Jesus' most profound teachings:
Love and Faith 
And we shall discuss how instrumental
each one is in fully experiencing the
resurrected Christ Presence within
.  


We look forward to seeing you there!
    

   

Two Additional Parking Areas will be available:

 

 

Good Friday Service - April 3rd at 7 pm

Good Friday Service
April 3 at 7 pm
with Rev. Brandon Nagel and Rev. Jan Stromseth

Holy Week continues this Friday evening with a very sacred service involving a communion and candle lighting ceremony.  Please join us.
Board of Directors Applications Due Tuesday, April 7


 

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,
Jason Haney, Amy Elliot or Evelyn Criswell (Board Liaison).

 

 

 

 

Women to Women Empowered Sharing Circle
Thursday, April 2
7 to 9 pm in the peace chapel

The Women in Unity welcome you to a sacred time of empowered sharing each month where we may deepen our connections and offer unconditional support to one another.  For questions please email
womeninunity@ucop.org or call Heather at 828-553-4156.

 

Church & Bookstore Hours Next Week
The church will be closed on Monday, April 6 and will re-open for regular business hours on Tuesday, April 7.

The Bookstore will be closed all next week for inventory and will re-open for business on Sunday, April 12. 
 
 
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 

 

 

Anne Tabor Returns to UCOP April 12!

 

Sunday, April 12 we welcome guest speaker, Anne Tabor, presenting a message entitled:  

"Live Long and Prosper" 

 


You don't have to be a Trekkie to appreciate the words of wisdom from the most popular half-Vulcan on the planet.  After all, that would be highly illogical! Thanks to Leonard Nimoy, his iconic Star Trek character, Mr. Spock, became one of the most human creations to ever grace the screen. Spock touched lives and spoke simple spiritual lessons that encourage us all to look at life from a different perspective. Join Anne Tabor for a message celebrating the deeper meaning behind classic "Spockisms" and how they can inspire you to boldly go where you've never gone before. LLAP


Anne Tabor is a 3rd year ministerial student at Unity Institute & Seminary, and will graduate in June.  She hails from Atlanta, GA, and Los Angeles, CA, where she was a television producer for over 15 years before answering her call to ministry. Since August of 2013, Anne and her husband, David Hart, have been leading the Wednesday Evening Love Lift at Unity Temple in the Charles Fillmore Chapel.

 

Millennials in Unity Icebreaker
Sunday, April 12
Our Millennials in Unity Group (that's those of us in the 30 to 45ish range) are getting together to get to know each other a little better. Join us on April 12th following both services for a little food, coffee (or tea or water) and maybe play an ice breaking game or two. Feel free to call Sean Maxwell at 816-977-4230 with any questions or to let us know you are coming!

 

Men's Group Breakfasts Are Moving to 3rd Saturdays

Men's Breakfast - 8 to 10 am, Saturday, April 18 in harmony hall

"Naked in Public: Dream Symbols Revealed" with Kathryn & Patrick Andries

 

Dreams can be bizarre, fun or even scary. Whatever your experience, they each have a message for you. You can learn what these message are and use this inner wisdom to improve your life. You will sleep for about one-third of your life. That is twenty years by the time you are sixty. Isn't it time to make use of this vast hidden resource?

 

Kathryn & Patrick Andries are the authors of Naked in Public: Dream Symbols Revealed. They also write a column on dreams for Aquarius Monthly. They have taught metaphysics for over 20 years. Kathryn's other books include Soul Choices: Six Paths to Find Your Life Purpose, Soul Choices: Six Paths to Fulfilling Relationships, The Dream Doctor and The Big Desire.

 

Table of Faiths


www.kcinterfaith.org 

 

Tickets are $35 and include a small plate buffet, entertainment and the opportunity to dialogue with people of 20 different faith communities in our area.  For many years, The Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC) has been a not-for-profit organization striving to break the barriers amongst all faiths and religious traditions by creating a community based on cultural knowledge, respect, appreciation and trust. The Council strives to provide engaging and educational programs about the many diverse faith philosophies represented in Greater Kansas City by joining religion, spirit and community.  

We are excited about the 2015 Table of Faiths and hope you can  

join us for this inspiring evening.

For more information or to order tickets, please see the website of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council (GKCIC) at www.kcinterfaith.org or contact Peter Jarosewycz at prj148@yahoo.com or 816.941.3575.

 

April is "Love the Earth Month"
Earth Day is April 22 and the Green Team has several events planned to help us all be the best stewards of the environment that we can possibly be.
Starting with...

The Great Recycling Round-Up  April 2015 - in room 211

Youth & Family Ministry is always in need of craft supplies for their Sunday morning activities. You can do your part for the environment by recycling certain items that often come in handy for these craft projects. Please be sure that all items you bring in are THOROUGHLY WASHED and "craft-ready" before putting them in the recycling boxes in room 211.  

Below is a list of acceptable items for reuse:

 

Toilet paper rolls

Paper towel rolls

Gift wrap tubes

Oatmeal containers with lids

Cardboard spacers from computer or other electronics boxes

Cereal boxes

 

Plastic tubs from mushrooms

CD towers

Frozen food trays

Cool whip tubs with lids

1 and 2 liter bottles

Coffee cans

Useable clean plastic toys like:

Cars, shovel and pail

Building blocks

 

Baby food jars with lids

Clean cans with NO sharp edges

Plastic and metal lids- all sizes and colors


"Stream Clean Day," Saturday, April 11th, from 8 am to 12 pm. What a great way for the whole family to get involved! Trash and litter pollutes the water and can cause harm to wildlife. You can help remove harmful pollutants, plastic materials, metals and organic debris from Indian Creek, one of Johnson County's 70 miles of pristine streams and wooded areas. We'll meet at the Shannon Valley Park shelter, 11100 Grant Drive (Grant Drive at 115th Terrace) for bagels, donuts and juice prior to starting. Sign up at the Green Team table in harmony hall after services. For more information, contact Mike McCord at 913.907.4061 or michael_mccord@sbcglobal.net

Movie Presentation:

"The Wisdom to Survive"

Tuesday, April 14 - 7:00 to 8:30 pm in harmony hall 2

presented by the Green Team

 

This film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society and the lives of billions of people. This deeply moving and profoundly engaging film has the potential to change lives by providing a vision of how we can open ourselves to the beauty surrounding us and get to work in the face of massive environmental changes.


"Help Save Monarch Butterflies"

with Angie Babbit of "Monarch Watch" -presented by the Green Team

 

Tuesday, April 21 at 7 pm in harmony hall 2

 

The monarch butterfly may be the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its distinct orange, black, and white wings. These little friends of ours pollinate flowers, fruit trees and other many other valuable plants while adding immensely to the magnificence of the world around us. Every winter, millions of these strikingly beautiful creatures undertake an incredible 3,000 mile journey in search of a few specific mountaintops in the fir forests of Central Mexico. But the monarch butterfly is in trouble. Their numbers are down 80% of what they were in 1992. And the Milkweed plant population, which is indispensable to the Monarch, is also down 80%. The correlation is obvious.

Join the Green Team on Tuesday, April 21 to hear Angie Babbit of "Monarch Watch" explore the reasons for this decline and discuss how anyone, from the beginning flower gardener to the master naturalist, can help boost the monarch population by planting Milkweed gardens that can be both beautiful to the human visitor and vital habitat for monarchs. Angie will explain the benefits of growing the various species alongside nectar sources and how the simple act of planting monarch habitat will have positive, cascading impacts. She might even bring some butterflies and a few chrysalises and caterpillars. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how you can help make a better world!

 

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.

 

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.
I AM ENOUGH

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.

REGISTER HERE 

 

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

REGISTER HERE 

 

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

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.
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.

REGISTER HERE 

   

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:  Insulate your attic to R50.     

Average reduction of CO2 emissions: 2,142 pounds per year.

 

Why: One of the greatest sources of energy efficiency in a home is to insulate your attic to R38 or R50 if you have an electric heater.

How:    This can pay for itself within about five years.  Find out more by contacting the U.S. Department of Energy's Consumer Guide or the Kansas City Home Performance network program of the Metropolitan Energy Center at 816-835-7593 or email energy@kcenergy.org.  Renters: Get with other residents and ask your landlord to upgrade the insulation in your unit.  Point out the benefits that they will save money in energy costs, help residents be more comfortable and reduce air pollution from power plants.    

 


 

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!)

 

 
New Spotlight Gallery Artists
 

 

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."

 

 
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. 
  

       

April 5th - Hy-Vee 8501 W. 95th Overland Park -

(breakfast buffet or any food station)

April.12th- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers 7111 W. 95th St. Overland Park

April. 19th- The Peanut 7938 Santa Fe Dr. Overland Park

April 26th- Jose Peppers 10316 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 Unity books in April!   
 
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.