"Claim the Light You Are"  


Reverend Jan Stromseth explores the
power and possibility available to you
through affirmative prayer.

  Joining Fred and the Band this Sunday
is the amazing Willis White!! 
We look forward to seeing you there! 
Last few days to help bring the Ring kids home to KC!

Many of us know Alfred Ring and his wife, Adhol. Alfred was one of the "Lost Boys of the Sudan" who came to America after many years in a refugee camp in Kenya. He became a US citizen in 2010 and he and his wife have built a life here in the US. Now they, and their UCOP sponsors, are trying to bring their 3 children over from Kenya as well so the whole family may be reunited at very long last. If you would care to learn more, or help fund their efforts, you may visit the following website before the fundraising deadline of August 14:





Women in Unity August Meeting

  Women in Unity August Meeting

Saturday, August 15 in harmony hall

2:00 to 4:00 pm (This is a different time than usual)


This month's meeting will be a time of sharing ideas about our vision for the women's group going forward.  Please join us to share your ideas about what you'd like to see happening each month when we meet.  For questions contact Suzanna at connectwithsuzanna@gmail.com


YFM Move-Up Sunday, August 16
Attention Parents
This Sunday, August 16th, Youth & Family Ministry
will have its annual, "Move Up Sunday" ceremony
for the children.
As the school year gets underway, we want to celebrate each child's year of growth and support them as they move up into their respective grades. Please consider attending church and bring your child. Each child will be recognized and given a small memento to support and inspire them on their new adventures at school.

Annual Recirculation Day Event - August 23
Recirculation Day
Sunday, August 23
after each service in harmony hall
We're cleaning out our closets at UCOP. Come browse this fine selection of "treasures" in harmony hall. And if you find something you like you can take it home for a love offering!

Rev. Bob Barth's Final Sunday Lesson-August 30

Singer/Songwriting Duo, StoweGood - September 6

Grammy-nominated/hit songwriters and recent TEDx presenters, Stowe Dailey and Karen Taylor Good, share their message in music - "How Adored You Are." This song-inspired, heart opening service will lead you on a journey to remember the beautiful child of God that you are.
Stowe Dailey is a singer-songwriter, best-selling author and recent cancer survivor. She co-wrote the hit song, "Long Time Comin'" for the group Shenandoah. She has co-authored five books, including Flying High, which was featured at the "I Can Do It!" conference in Toronto and is now available through Guideposts Magazine's new inspirational book line.

Karen Taylor Good is the Grammy-nominated songwriter of "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye" and other radio hits by Patty Loveless, Al Jarreau, & Melissa Manchester, to name a few. She has recorded albums and movie soundtracks with Willie Nelson, Al Green and Dolly Parton. Her songs are used by Childhelp USA, the Compassionate Friends and the National Hospice Foundation.

When you put these two together, they are StoweGood! Recent presenters of a TEDx talk, Karen and Stowe have shared their musical keynotes, workshops and concerts across the US, Canada and Ireland and are thrilled to join us at Unity Church of Overland Park. www.StoweGood.com
Check out this great video to see StoweGood in action!

Church Picnic has been RESCHEDULED!
We all know that UCOP feels like "family." So we are throwing a good old-fashioned "Family Picnic" to celebrate how much we love this community! There will be delicious food grilling (brats & burgers and such) so everyone can 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, 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, September 12th!
Of course, an event of this size requires a lot of folks to help out. Carla Wakefield 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. If you would like to sign-up to help in some capacity, please contact Carla by email at carlawakefield@gmail.com. If we all pull together and do a small part, we can create a great big wonderful event for everyone to enjoy! 

UNITY Bubble Soccer Challenge- September 19
Bubble Soccer Challenge
September 19
10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Gillham Park,
Gillham Rd, KCMO 64110
Game on! Join us for the first ever UNITY Bubble Soccer Challenge.
Unity Temple on the Plaza has challenged Unity Church of Overland Park
to a bubble soccer match! That's where you play soccer
inside giant inflated bubbles! Come join us.
Visit the UNITY Bubble Soccer event page on FaceBook at : https://www.facebook.com/events/656228931179778/ to RSVP
and let us know, using the poll on this FaceBook page, whether you plan to
 (1) play, (2) cheer lead or (3) bring refreshments!
All players will need to sign a waiver on the day of the event. There's no age minimum but anyone under 16 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
And children must be over 4 feet tall or their feet might not stick out
the bottom of the bubble!
$10/player (collected the day of the game) 
We are playing from 11AM - 1PM but please start gathering by 10:30AM so we can figure out teams!
Questions? Email Reverend Nhien Dougherty at nhien@unitytemple.com
or FaceBook her!
And if you want to see videos of how fun Bubble Soccer can be,
check out this wacky footage!

"A Taste of Haiti" Dinner & Reception-September 26

Get your tickets for "A Taste of Haiti"- an amazing Haitian dinner and reception hosted by Chef Gary Hild, his culinary companions and Touching Hearts in Haiti volunteers. All proceeds go to help support Touching Hearts in Haiti volunteer housing, interpreter and island transport fees. Have some great food, fun, fellowship and show your support of UCOP's global initiative.  


Entertainment includes Haitian Drumming Music by Mark Gossman & Friends!  


Tickets are only $25 per person (or $45 per couple) available  

through "Flo" (our giving kiosk), or on our website RIGHT HERE,  

or in the lobby after some Sunday morning services.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the event for $5.


Check out this fabulous menu!


"A Taste of Haiti"


Shrimp Creole

Shrimp in Red Creole Sauce over Rice & Black Beans


Slow Roasted Pulled Pork

Seasoned with Allspice and Peppers on Corn Chip Coins

with Pikliz (Spicy Haitian Slaw) topped with Shredded Cheese


Fresh Grilled Vegetables

from Unity Garden brushed with Olive Oil, Basil & Garlic


Caribbean Chicken Wings

with Sauteed Plantains and Papaya Salsa


Dessert Table

Mango Cheesecake

Chocolate Banana Custard



Mint Infused Lemonade


Beer and Wine (additional $5 each)


$25 per person or $45 per couple


Haitian Drumming Music provided by Mark Gossman and Friends

"Will work for food!!"



Facilitator Sought for A Course in Miracles

Joe Schmitz has been facilitating    our Thursday evening ACIM meetings to discuss this foundational book.      A Course in Miracles meets on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm. Joe Schmitz will be stepping down soon from leadership of the group and would like to find someone qualified  to carry on as facilitator.
If interested, please contact Joe directly at 913-631-2106.


Open Staff Position: Volunteer Coordinator

Staff Position Available:

Volunteer Coordinator (25 hrs/week)


If you would like to use your talents and gifts to serve this ministry as a member of our staff, we are currently seeking a new Volunteer Coordinator. The ideal candidate would be a strong "people person," highly detail-oriented, efficient and patient. The position involves 25 hrs/week, which includes Sunday mornings.


Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Rev. Brandon Nagel and Jan Chapman at bnagel@ucop.org and jchapman@ucop.org. Interviews will begin immediately. We hope to have the position filled in August to allow training time with Rachel Asbury before her departure on September 1 for her new job.

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.
Wholehearted You!


Discover what you love about yourself and how to show it. Find the strength in confidence and ways to cultivate it in your own life. Live a life of your values and   learn how the bravery to be authentically you will deepen your connections to others, to the world around you, and to your own beautiful, true nature.



Class fee: $15  REGISTER HERE 

Rachel Asbury MA, LPC, NCC, CDWF is a public speaker, teacher and Licensed Professional Counselor. She opens pathways to overcoming self-doubt, finding purpose and creating meaningful connections. With over 20 years of speaking experience, Rachel brings heart and wit to any occasion. By marrying research with observations and experiences in everyday life, Rachel inspires and teaches you how to work, live, love and connect with your whole heart, divining passion and purpose in each day.


UCOP & You

This class has been designed for those who are newer to Unity Church of Overland Park. The materials presented will offer the history of Unity and UCOP. In addition, participants will hear about the various ministry staff members and their individual roles and responsibilities. Participants will be provided information about volunteer teams, outreach programs and affinity groups. The class will offer opportunities for attendees to uncover and begin offering their gifts through stepping into service for the ministry in some way. As with all classes, participants will begin to build relationships and community with one another.


Suggested Love Offering: $10


This class is a prerequisite for membership at Unity Church of Overland Park.


Reverend Jan Stromseth is Associate Minister of Congregational Care here at UCOP. And Rachel Asbury is Volunteer Coordinator.


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 reviewed, along with an exploration 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

This class is a prerequisite for membership at Unity Church of Overland Park.



Reverend Brandon Nagel is Minister of Spiritual Growth & Development and Reverend Jan Stromseth is Associate Minister of Congregational Care here at UCOP.


Membership Class

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. To become a member, prior attendance at 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, September 27th.
Pre-registration is strongly requested and appreciated.
Suggested Love Offering: $10
The Grief Recovery Support Program

The Grief Recovery Support Program uses the time-tested Grief Recovery Method® in a step-by-step format. It creates a safe environment in which to look at learned beliefs around dealing with loss and provides specific steps to help participants reclaim their lives, whether their grief is from death, divorce, loss of job, loss of health, loss of finances, or even safety and trust. Please visit www.griefrecoverymethod.com to learn more about this wonderful program.
Materials fee: $13 - Participants will work from The Grief Recovery Handbook, which will be supplied at the first class and payment will be collected at that time.
Class fee: $15 per session
Jonna Templar is a life coach and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
Please contact her with any questions at jtemplar@kc.rr.com.

Kids Clothing Drive for SafeHome

Clothing Drive


to benefit the children of SafeHome

July & August


SafeHome is a local agency that provides vital support and safe harbor for families experiencing domestic abuse. At this time, their inventory of clothing for children is running quite low. If you would like to help, please consider bringing in to the church any gently used children's clothing you might have. They need clothing for all sizes and genders. The UCOP Bookstore will accept your donations at any time during business hours and on Sundays and see that they are delivered to the families at SafeHome. Thank you for being Divine Love in action!



Men's Group September Breakfast
Men's Breakfast
Saturday, September 12
8 to 10 am in harmony hall
"The Body Says What the Mouth Cannot"
with Wil Aych
Join the Unity Men's Group Saturday, September 12th, for a traditional breakfast with pancakes.Good food and conversation will precede a provocative discussion in which Wil Aych takes a somewhat comical look at the metaphysics of nonverbal communication.
Two groups on hiatus for the summer

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!
Couples Brunch this Sunday, August 16

 The UCOP Couples Group meets for brunch the 3rd Sunday of every month at the First Watch restaurant at College Boulevard and Highway 69 in the private dining area. It's fun, food and fellowship! Please join us and RSVP to couples@ucop.org
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. 


Aug. 16 - KMachos, 11741 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park

Aug. 23 - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers,7111 W. 95th St., Overland Park

Aug. 30 - Macaroni Grill, 9292 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  
Crystals in August!   
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.