"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 guest speaker, 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.

Anne Tabor, and her husband, David Hart, moved to the Kansas City area two years ago for Anne to become an ordained Unity Minister.  She is a third year ministerial student in the Master of Divinity program with Unity Institute & Seminary and will graduate in June. Anne also holds a B.A. in Journalism from Georgia State University. Before entering the Ministry Path with Unity Worldwide Ministries, Anne was a television producer for over 15 years.  She produced regional and national TV commercials in her hometown of Atlanta, GA, before moving to Los Angeles, CA, where her primary focus was post-production in network television.  A few of her TV credits include: Damages, The Twilight Zone, Soul Food, and In the Heat of the Night (where Anne & David met!). Since August of 2013, Anne and David have been leading the Wednesday Evening Love Lift (the W.E.L.L.), at Unity Temple in the Charles Fillmore Chapel. 

We look forward to seeing you there!



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.


Women in Unity Saturday Gathering - April 18
 Saturday, April 18
10:30 am to 12:30 pm(new time)
in harmony hall

This month we will explore the themes of Easter and the budding season of spring! Renewal, rebirth, transitions and growth. We will share where we are in our own resurrection process and we will support each other by addressing specific ways to nurture the seeds we've planted into fruition! 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
Y.O.U. Sunday April 19 & 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.


Table of Faiths



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!


UCOP Church Picnic - Saturday, May 9

We all know that UCOP feels like "family." So we are throwing a good old-fashioned "Family Picnic" to celebrate spring, Mother's Day and how much we love this community! We'll be grilling delicious food (brats & burgers and such) and everyone is invited to bring a yummy side dish to share. There will be all sorts of fun carnival-type games, including a bouncy house for the kids! And what's a family picnic without a Cake Walk?! And to celebrate all the mothers in our community, we will hold a special drawing for their chance to win great prizes! And, for a love offering, you can try your aim in the Pie-in-the-Minister's-Face contest! There is just no end to the fun we will all have on Saturday, May 9th!

Of course, an event of this size requires a lot of folks to help out. Carla Wakefield (carlawakefield@gmail.com) is the picnic coordinator and she is requesting volunteer support to help run games and events, as well as folks who would like to contribute to the various expenses of the event. There will be a table in harmony hall each week starting April 12 where you can sign-up to help in some capacity.  You can also email Carla to sign up. If we all pull together and do a small part, we can create a great big wonderful event for everyone to enjoy!


Prayer Chaplain Informational Meetings

Prayer Chaplain Informational Meetings

Sundays, May 3 & 17

12:30 pm in the peace chapel


Is Spirit nudging you to go deeper in your spiritual practice? Do you desire to serve your congregational family is a spiritually meaningful way? Perhaps it is time to give prayerful consideration to becoming a Prayer Chaplain. Informational meetings will be held May 3 & 17 in the peace chapel at 12:30 pm after Sunday morning services. These informal meetings provide you the opportunity to obtain more details and ask questions about the chaplaincy program. These meetings are intended to help you discern whether becoming a prayer chaplain is the next step on your personal spiritual journey. No further commitment is required on your part. More information about the program can also be found in the brochure rack.

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.


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.


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.


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:  Drive smoothly.     

Average reduction of CO2 emissions: 2,500 pounds per year.


Why: This is a free way to reduce your gasoline use and money spent at the pump while reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of your car or truck, which make up one third of all American GHG emissions. 

How:    Drive as if you have no breaks.  That means no sudden starts and stops.  Accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.  Write yourself a small note on the steering wheel or dashboard to remind yourself.     



Wake Up to Your Dreams! A Youth Workshop Ages 7-16

YFM has a children's class coming up for ages 7-16! Kathryn Andries, educator and author, brings her workshop, "Wake Up To Your Dreams!" based on her book The Dream Doctor. This workshop is an engaging educational experience that will stimulate the imagination. Through unique music, drama and multimedia presentations, students are taken on an incredible journey into the world of dreams. Participants will learn how famous people benefited from their dreams, how to decode dream symbols and how we can use dreams to expand our imagination and gain greater self-awareness. Participants get to make a dream catcher.  

There is a materials fee of $8 plus a suggested love offering of $10.


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!


Wholly Health Empowerment

Sundays, 12:15 to 1:00 pm in the library

starting April 19 

with Barbara Gintzel


Can you improve your health, prevent disease and stay healthy with spiritual and natural activities? Join us after church on Sundays for 45 minutes or so as we pool our knowledge, our skills and our prayer power to raise each other to greater awareness of ways we can bless our bodies and help each other achieve our personal health goals. The focus of each meeting will be to discuss our individual health goals (as desired) and one health topic. The health topic for the first time we meet on Sunday, April 19 will be:

"What is positively the most valuable thing I can do for my whole health?" Hint...it's FREE! and can be done at no expense!
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.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

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 



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.