"Where Two or More Are Gathered"
Small Group Sunday

This Sunday, May 31, Reverend Brandon Nagel explores the power and importance of community
 to our spiritual growth. 

We look forward to seeing you there!    
Church-wide Potluck Sunday, May 31

Following services this Sunday at noon, we invite you to bring a yummy dish to share and join in a congregation-wide potluck in harmony hall!


After everyone has eaten, we hope you'll stay to join in a discussion around the future of small groups here at UCOP. We would like a high level discussion of what has taken place with small groups so far and the current groups and their successes. We'd like you to help specify what the pros and cons are of the current small group program from your perspective or experience. What changes would you like to see in the small group program? We invite you to consider making a list of the small groups you would participate in and becoming a launch leader for a group that strongly interests you.  And there will be a time to signup for the small groups we have  

and the ones we envision together during this process!


Please everyone join us for this time of building community,
 both large and small.

CD Signing with Ken Lovern - May 31

CD Signing with Ken Lovern

Sunday, May 31 after each service in the lobby


"New Standards for the Green Lady" is the third album length release by the Kansas City-based Organ Jazz Trio (OJT). While previous releases featured jazz standards and original compositions, "New Standards for the Green Lady" is a collection of OJT's organ jazz arrangements of familiar pop songs. Selected, arranged and performed over two years for audiences at Kansas City's Green Lady Lounge,
OJT plays the music of Steely Dan, The Beatles, Tears for Fears, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, The Grateful Dead and even Katy Perry.
OJT continues its Wednesday and Saturday night house band gigs
at Green Lady Lounge with no end in sight.


Board of Director Nominees- Annual Meeting June 28
This year's nominees to our 2015-2016 Board of Directors are:

Steve Birge   -   Rosie Dominguez   -   Randy Fikki   -   Cathy Fisher
Tom McNamara        and           Greg Pregon

Photos and biographical information about each nominee
is available online here. 

Everyone is invited to the Annual Membership Meeting on Sunday, June 28 after services.  You will hear about our accomplishments the past year and our plans moving forward. All church members will then have the opportunity to vote for the Board of Directors. 
Childcare is available during the meeting and the children will have a special movie presentation complete with popcorn while we
conduct our business meeting.

If you are unable to attend on June 28, absentee ballots are available through Sandi Keeler as of June 3, Monday-Thursday during business hours and must be received by June 23.  Sandi may be contacted at skeeler@ucop.org or call 913-649-1750 x-3004.
Meet-Your-Nominees Ice Cream Social!

We have some wonderful board nominees to choose from in our upcoming elections at the Annual Meeting June 28. Take time to visit with and get to know them a little better on June 14 after both services in harmony hall.  

After the 11 am service, enjoy an ice cream social  

during the "Meet the Nominees" time.

Information about each nominee can be found on flyers at the
reception desk as well as online HERE!


Youth & Family Ministry Summer Camps!

Pixies, Pirates and Fairies! The Little People's Camp,

scheduled for June 1-3 for ages 3 through Kindergarten,   

has been POSTPONED due to insufficient enrollment.
Stay tuned for rescheduled dates and times.


Budding Stars Theatre Camp

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

Ages 6-13

A unique and fun-filled camp for kids K thru 6th grade who love to express themselves through acting, movement and voice. Games, story-telling activities and healthy snacks will be provided. This group will be our core troupe for our upcoming 2015 Christmas performance. The final night of camp will showcase our kid's efforts and talent. Come join the fun!!!

Camp Fee: $50 for full 5 night camp or $15 per individual night.

REGISTER HERE!  Registration ends June 12 at 5pm.


Master Builders Boys Camp

June 29-July 1   6:30- 8:30 pm

Ages 6-13

It's our second annual Master Builders Boys Camp! A camp designed for boys who want to discover their talent of working with their hands and raising their self-esteem and creativity. We will once again be joined by members of our UCOP Men's Group, who are masters in their own right at designing and building. The boys will gain a stronger connection to the men of our church and come away with new skills and appreciation for their own abilities. Participants will receive an awesome take home surprise if they attend all three nights! Healthy snacks served.

Camp Fee: $40 for full 3 night camp or $15 per individual night.  

REGISTER HERE! Registration ends June 25 at 5pm.


Power Girls Camp

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

Ages 6-13

This is our second year to host our amazing power-filled girl's camp! Our camp will have a "retreat" like theme, where each girl is celebrated for her uniqueness and reminded of her inner divinity. We will have creative activities and games to explore how we can tap into our beauty, strength and resourcefulness as Power Girls! There will be plenty of time for chatting and expressing our ideas. Each participant will receive a very special gift if they attend all three nights! Yummy, healthy snacks will be provided.

Camp Fee: $40 for full 3 night camp or $15 per individual night.

REGISTER HERE!  Registration ends July 9 at 5pm.


Space is limited for all these camps so sign up soon!

For questions please contact  

Kelly Sturgeon at ksturgeon@ucop.org  

or 913.649.1750 x 3010



Women to Women Empowered Sharing Circle Tonight

Women to Women Circle

Thursday, May 28 

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.


Sheets & Towels Drive -Last Week to Donate

The homeless and displaced families served by Community Linc often find themselves without the very basics of self-care, such as bed and bath linens. So for the month of May, UCOP is collecting new, or gently used, sheets and towels. Sheets should be twin and/or queen sized sets (fitted, flat & pillow cases) and towels should be bath towels or sets (with bath towel, face towel & wash cloth). You may bring your sheets and towels to church anytime during business hours.
On Sundays, there will be a counter in the lobby to receive your gifts. During the week,
you may leave them at the reception counter. Thank you for making a real difference
 in the lives of Community Linc families!


Exciting Tesla Event - June 10

Hunter Johnston, the Sales Manager of Tesla Motors of Kansas City, will talk about energy, batteries and the Tesla. Plus... the first 20 or so people who come in the door will get to test drive the Tesla! Here's your chance to get behind the wheel of an all-battery powered car!


This is a community wide event presented by the Men's Group.
EVERYONE is invited to hear about the possibilities for our future.
Zero Emissions - Zero Compromises - Battery Technology and the possibilities of Solar Power in the automotive industry!


Church-Wide Night at the T-Bones Baseball Game

All UCOP congregants are invited to enjoy a summer evening together at the ballpark.

Tickets will cost about $11 and parking is free.  Please RSVP to Curt Straub at (913)362-3332 or email him at curt@aquaticconsultantsinc.us by June 10. Curt will order (and pay for) tickets for everyone so we can all sit together as a community.

Please note: if you RSVP and then don't go after all, you are naturally still responsible for reimbursing Curt for the price of your ticket.

Women in Unity Meeting - June 20
Women in Unity June Meeting
Saturday, June 20 in the Y.O.U. classroom
10:30 am to 12:30pm

You don't want to miss this month! And if you haven't joined us yet, this is the perfect time to come for the first time! We will be sipping "mocktails," listening to Django Reinhardt and creating unique floral centerpieces with fresh flowers for you to take home and enjoy or give to someone special.
Larry Wheeler, florist extraordinaire of the Intercontinental Hotel, will be giving us a demonstration and expert advice. Check out the Women's Newsletter, coming out at the beginning of the month, for more detailed info! For questions contact Suzanna at connectwithsuzanna@gmail.com or Heather at hbeckettnc@gmail.com.


Sacred Gong Meditation with Teri Wilder

Quiet your mind in this meditation and feel calm, centered and balanced.

Relax your fears away with the soothing sound vibrations of the gong.

Let go of what's keeping you in the past and experience joy now.

Allow your body to restore itself to optimum health.

Go from feeling stressed to feeling blessed.


Experience the deepest and most profound level of relaxation with this gong bath meditation. The vibrations of this ancient therapeutic instrument help you release negative emotions and fears that can cause illness, dis-ease or blockages in your body. The gong's vibrations will gently and safely guide your body into a state of bliss and harmony. There is nothing you need to do but relax  

and let the gong do the rest.


~ Bring a yoga mat, blanket, pillows (for under head & knees) and water bottle

~ Wear comfortable, loose clothing

Gong Meditation CD's also available for purchase.

No prior experience, effort or practice is required to participate. Everyone is welcome!


Tickets: $20  REGISTER HERE! 


Teri Wilder plays a Paiste 30" Symphonic gong named "Om"
and a Venus Planetary gong named "Charlie."
The symphonic gong contains within it all of the sounds of creation, allowing for a more powerful meditation!


Jesus' Teachings with Rev. Jesse Tanner, Ph.D.
In this course, students will use the Gospels, as well as ancient literary sources outside biblical canon, to discover both the concepts that have been reported that Jesus taught and the methods he used to teach his disciples. Students will learn to build a strong spiritual foundation based on what we believe Jesus actually taught rather than what others taught about him and his work.


Text: Charlesworth, James. The Historical Jesus: An Essential Guide. Abingdon Press, 2008.


Class Fee: $15 per session



Jesse Tanner is an ordained Unity minister and professor of Scriptural and Religious Studies at Unity Institute and Seminary. He holds an M.T.S. in New Testament and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Religion. His research interests are centered on religious pluralism, interfaith dialogue and textual interpretation. Jesse enjoys conversation, coffee, hiking, playing music and spending time with his wife and son.
Spiral Dynamics

Spiral Dynamics is a psychological/spiritual model that presents a new framework for understanding the dynamic forces at work in human affairs, looking at the history of humankind and how the same forces are reflected in the psychological development of individuals. It is based on decades of research, real-world applications and the latest findings of both organizational theorists and neurobiology. Spiral Dynamics is a useful model to understand one's personal values and one's current levels of consciousness, to better understand what is happening in the world today, as well as what is happening in individuals, organizations and communities.


Class Fee: $15 per session



In 1988 Rev. E.J. Niles retired from 30 years as a career civil servant and entered Unity ministerial school. After being ordained in 1990, she entered church ministry in Bandon, Oregon. In 1993 she became the minister at Unity of Fairfax, Virginia where she stayed until 1998. In January 1999 she founded an alternative ministry called "Embracing the Bible" and, with her husband, Harv Morrow, toured the country doing classes and workshops. In June 1995 she came to Unity Institute as the Bible instructor until September 2011. She continues to serve as adjunct at Unity Institute teaching part time. The alternative ministry continued under three different ministers and went through several changes. It is now called "Spiral Pathways" and Rev. Niles is again the minister and teaching classes and workshops at a number of Unity churches.


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.


Class Fee: $15



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.
Unity Basics - June 1
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 reviewed, along with a listing of '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! 
Unleash Your Inner Genius

Everyone has genius in them. Most of us don't know it or don't even know what it is! When we uncover and step into our unique genius, life become easy, success naturally follows and we live more satisfying lives. Join Tamie in this experiential workshop as she helps you tap into your unique genius. You'll walk away with a blueprint for implementing a way of living and working that's free from limitations and sets the necessary foundation to live your full potential and thrive in all you do.

Class fee: $15      Register Here! 


Tamie Rising is a speaker and GENIUS coach, best-known for helping purpose-driven entrepreneurs and high-performers who struggle with jam-packed calendars and are overwhelmed with what steps to take next to get more done with less effort, increase performance and impact and have way more fun! She is the host of the Live Unleashed! event and the creator of the "Unleash Your G.E.N.I.U.S." 6-step formula. She is acutely aware that to have uncommon results requires an uncommon approach to life and work.


Membership Class - June 8

If you would like to make a deeper commitment to your spiritual community, then you are invited to attend our Membership Class. We will explore what it means to step into membership at the church, discuss the Vision, Mission, and Values of Unity Church of Overland Park, review the church governance and join together in a sacred circle of sharing what membership in our ministry means to you.  

Prior attendance in the 'UCOP and You' and 'Unity Basics' class is required.

In addition, all participants are required to be in attendance at one of the  

celebration services on Membership Sunday, June 14.


Pre-registration is strongly requested and appreciated.

Suggested Love Offering: $10
Register Here!


I Am Enough, Part II

(No class on July 2)

Join us as we explore Brené Brown's last five Guideposts in her book, The Gifts of Imperfection and her Oprah Life Class. Each week we will uncover new ways of letting go of comparing, anxiety and always being in control. We will refocus on being creative, having fun and figuring out where we are headed in life. 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 five weeks of Rainbow Reminders that I Am Enough as we delve into questions like:

*           Who has earned the right to hear my story?

*           How can I give myself permission to be imperfect?

*           What is holding me back from __?

*           How do I incorporate fun into my life?

*           and many more!


Come and try the first week. You will discover your soul urging you to return. You do not need to have completed Part I to take this workshop.

Suggested book: The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown


One Time Materials Fee: $10 This includes a take home 7x10" multimedia journal, photo printing and use of art supplies.     Class Fee: $15 per session  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 taught Science in public high schools for twenty four years. Sue is currently facilitating two extensive Twelve Step Studies, teaching workshops and coaching individuals to step out of their comfort zones and grow with Spirit.
Another Gemstone Class with Greg Pregon

The Hidden Potential of Therapeutic Gems

12 to 2 pm - Saturday, June 20

with Greg Pregon


One of the world's most powerful forms of energy medicine is gem therapy. In this class you will learn extraordinary new information that reveals how we can harvest greater amounts of the life force energies held within crystals. Discover their hidden potential to improve your energy and vitality, bring physical healing, emotional nourishment, mental improvement as well as spiritually uplift. We will go over how and why gemstone energy works and how important shape, purity, quality and size are when selecting gemstones as therapeutic tools. After our discussion you will have a chance to experience one of many different gemstone treatments. So come and join in the fun and treat yourself to a wonderful experience with gemstone energies.


Class fee: $15      REGISTER HERE! 


Greg Pregon has been attending UCOP for the past 4 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, including UMKC and the Metropolitan Community College at the Longview Campus. He has taught adults with disabilities, children in behavioral health centers 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 to as a way to serve our community.


Presentation on Solar Power

In this Research Solar seminar we provide you with what you need to know in a minimal amount of time and in a simple, easy to understand format.  

You can then make an informed decision if solar energy is right for you.


You'll learn about:

*   Electricity - The historical cost of electricity, the component costs today and what is driving the future increased costs and definitions used (e.g. kW, kWh)

*   Solar Technology - The different technologies that are available with solar energy: panels and inverters and costs associated with those differences.    

*   Manufacturing and Supply Chain - The international and domestic solar manufacturing market, channels to the consumer and the huge cost reduction that has occurred over the last several years and the near future.

*   How to Purchase Solar - A summary of the local installer market, factors to be considered for do-it-yourselfers, the different purchasing options and

purchasing groups being implemented across the county.

*   The Grid (or Off-Grid) - How utilities, net metering, the grid and future renewable and storage technologies can impact your decision to go solar.

*   Incentives and Regulations - Both nationally, in surrounding states and locally - including rebates, tax credits, tax exemptions, etc.

*   Financial Options - The various financing options available (loans, leases etc.)

*   Economic Considerations - Various ROIs, internal rates of investments, leveled cost of solar and how solar compares to other investments.

*   Legislation and Politics of Solar - The utility lobby, current legislative actions, current rate increases being sought, legal issues and judiciary rulings.


Class Fee: $15.00   REGISTER HERE! 


Don McClasky has been investigating new markets for over 30 years. As an Executive Recruiter his skills in market research, sales and consulting have resulted in his successful recruitment of high-level executives helping them find new positions with regional and Fortune 500 clients. He has experience in markets such as technology, engineering, software, out-sourcing, big data and solar energy. By directly talking with and interviewing key people such as owners, executives, salespeople and technical people, Don gains a unique perspective within a specific market. By understanding the people as well as the products and services, rare market insights are found. With his high level of experience in the energy renewable and storage markets, Don can provide you with unique insights into the solar industry.


Yoganetics Summer Session Starting Soon


Summer Class Series

Smart Yoga for Bodies in Transition

24  Mondays & Thursdays  

May 11 - August 3

Mornings: 9:30-10:45am

with Wyatt Townley, E-RYT 500


Yoganetics is a user-friendly, gentle-yet-deep yoga system. Its breath-based, core-based, slow-motion approach increases flexibility while reducing stress. 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 also been featured in Self, Dance Magazine, Parents, Body and Soul and The New York Times.


For more information, call (913) 381-1984, go to www.yoganetics.com or visit the Yoganetics table May 3 & 10. (Fee-based class-first class free for new students!)


New Spotlight Gallery Artist -Eugenia Ortiz

In May and June we feature the works of Eugenia Ortiz, a visionary, intuitive, light worker creating spiritually based artwork. She channels Divine Universal Energies that flow, express and communicate through her information and healing frequencies to raise the vibration and energy of the viewer and the space in which her work is displayed.


Eugenia and her spouse, Roman Bermudez, celebrate the opening of their new space, Jaguar Eagle Spiritual Healing Source in Olathe. Together, they will be offering many spiritual healing modalities for divine alignment, such as Resonance Repatterning®, Attunement, chromotherapy, sacred geometry activating, intuitive drawings, energy cleansing/balancing and life coaching, to name a few. They will have a grand opening of Jaguar Eagle Saturday, May 16th at 1pm located at 500 East Santa Fe, Olathe, 66061.


Eugenia has also been appointed to the City of Olathe Arts Master Plan Committee and is looking forward to brightening Olathe!


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 harmony hall 3 

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 month of May will be:

"What is really right for my body?"
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. 


May 31 - Jack's Stack  9520 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS     
June 7 - Carrabbas Italian Grill  10586 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
June 14 - Granite City  15085 119th St., Olathe
June 21 - Hy-Vee  8501 W. 95th St., Overland Park
June 28 - The Thai Place   9359 W. 87th St., 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 Fair Trade Items in May!   
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.