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"If This Is My Last Song"  

    


Join us this Sunday, August 30, 
 for a very special message from the platform.  Reverend Bob Barth will be retiring from ministry November 15.  This Sunday he gives his final Sunday morning talk in which he poses the question: "If this is my last song, what have I done to make 
 the world a better place?" 

Reverend Bob will continue to serve this ministry daily until November 15, but this is the last opportunity we'll have to hear him speak.  Please join us.
 

  Joining Fred and the Band this Sunday
is the Marvelous Molly Hammer!

We look forward to seeing you there! 
  
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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcB7ln7EPsA

 
World Day of Prayer - September 10

Unity Celebrates the 22nd Annual World Day of Prayer
 
Thousands of people will join Silent Unity® - a global, transdenominational 24/7 prayer ministry - and Unity churches and centers around the world on September 10, 2015, for the 22nd annual Unity World Day of Prayer. The theme of the 24-hour prayer event is "Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World." This year's affirmation is "As I pray, I connect my highest thoughts with my deepest faith."
 
World Day of Prayer gives us an opportunity to come together in celebration of our oneness with God, each other, and the world. Through prayer we foster peace and wholeness in our community and in our individual lives.
 
The 24-hour prayer vigil will begin the evening of Wednesday, September 9, and continue through Thursday, September 10. Unity invites people of all faiths to join in this sacred prayer activity. Names can be submitted for prayer online at www.worlddayofprayer.org.
The theme 'Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World' will be visibly expressed at Unity World Headquarters in Unity Village, MO. The 24-hour prayer vigil traditionally begins with a beautiful candlelight walk across the central courtyard. We invite all people to pray with us from wherever they are, and as a symbol of their prayers, to light a virtual candle at www.worlddayofprayer.org. The candles will be displayed as points of light on a global map. The virtual candle lighting experience will continue through September 10.
Details about the 2015 Unity World Day of Prayer events at Unity Village and in other
communities are online at www.worlddayofprayer.org. Information is available in Spanish at www.diadeoracionmundial.org. World Day of Prayer information is also available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/silent.unity.
 
This year also marks the 125th anniversary of Silent Unity. Go to www.silentunity.org/125 to learn about the history of the prayer ministry, and share stories of answered prayer and ideas for the future of Silent Unity. Watch for updates and new features throughout the year as this milestone anniversary and the power of affirmative prayer are celebrated.
 
About Unity
Unity was founded in 1889 and helps people of all faiths apply positive spiritual principles in their daily lives. Unity World Headquarters at Unity Village publishes Daily Word®, a magazine of inspirational messages distributed to nearly 700,000 people in more than 100 countries. The Unity prayer ministry, Silent Unity, offers prayer support 24/7. Silent Unity receives about 2 million letters, telephone calls, and online requests for prayer annually. Anyone in need of prayer support at any time may call (800) NOW-PRAY (669-7729) or visit www.silentunity.org. Unity World Headquarters is located at M-350 Highway and Colbern Road (1901 NW Blue Parkway), near Lee's Summit, Mo.

 
Church Picnic - Saturday, September 12
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
UNITY
Bubble Soccer Challenge
Saturday,
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!

 
Guest Artist, Lisa Bell - September 20
Guest artist, Lisa Bell, joins us Sunday, September 20 with her own brand of feel-good music to rock the world! Lisa inspires the listener to take heart and take action with music that is fun, fresh, upbeat, inspiring, transformational and empowering. For the past 12 years, she has been writing and performing songs that make a difference through positive, empowering lyrics at venues across the country and internationally. Her latest CD, The Italian Project, is her fourth and the first transatlantic project that included a writing collaboration with her friends and immensely talented musical colleagues in Italy.           www.lisabellmusic.com  
 
"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

 

Beverages

Mint Infused Lemonade

Water

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!!"

 

 

Fall Faith 2015 is just around the corner!

Join us October 4 through November 13 as we explore
"Authentic Be-ing: Living from the Truth of what you are"
 
We will be studying Robert Brumet's newest book,
Living Originally, which can be purchased now in our UCOP bookstore for $12, less than you can get it on Amazon!
  
CIRCLES:  Our Fall Faith circles will be a little different this year. Rather than the majority of groups meeting at the church on Wednesday evenings, our 2015 Fall Faith circles will meet on different days, at different times and in different locations. You're sure to find a small group circle that meets at a convenient time for you! And it is our hope that these small group circles will continue to meet even after Fall Faith is concluded, continuing the exploration begun in our Fall Faith series and launching into new territory and new curriculum with each season, thus building strong relationships and community through these small groups. Registrations for the Fall Faith circles will be completed entirely online this year beginning September 13. Assistance will be available in the lobby or harmony hall after services for those needing help to register online.

FRIENDS & FAMILY DAY POTLUCK: Sunday, October 4, we encourage you to invite your family and friends to church in the morning to help us kick-off Fall Faith with a great big community potluck!  In keeping with the theme of the book,
Living Originally, we invite you to consider bringing a potluck dish of some original family recipe to share.  Then, of course, invite those same family and friends to come back later that evening for...  
 
KICK-OFF CONCERT:To kick-off the Fall Faith season, we welcome the incomparable Teri Wilder back to town for an amazing concert on Sunday, October 4th!  
Join us in the sanctuary at 7:00 pm and get ready to "authentically be rockin' that Truth of what you are!"   Tickets are $20 and will be available for sale online, through "Flo" (our giving kiosk) and after Sunday services beginning September 13 as well.
 

FALL FAITH EVENT: Then mark your calendars for Friday, November 13,  
and plan to join us for a magical evening of dinner and dancing at the
 Ritz Charles to celebrate the end of a fabulous Fall Faith series and the continuation of our thriving new small groups! Tickets for the Fall Faith Event
will go on sale in mid-October.

 
Volunteer Opportunities for Fall Faith
Several volunteer opportunities are available for our Fall Faith activities this year.  If you would like to step into sacred service in support of this wonderful community-building season, please look over the volunteer needs below and contact our Fall Faith Coordinator, Brenda Brock, and Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Filby, at fallfaith@ucop.org.

Circle Sign-up Volunteers
 
Sept 13, 20, 27 and Oct 4
4 volunteers with their own laptops or tablets to assist people after each service with the online circle sign-up process
 
Kick off Concert
 
September 20, 27 and October 4
2 volunteers after each service to sell tickets for the concert
 
October4
3 volunteers to take tickets at the concert
1 angel for Teri Wilder
3 greeters at the concert
 
Fall Faith Event at the Ritz Charles
 
October 25, November 1 & 8
2 volunteers after each service to sell tickets for the event
 
November 13
4 volunteers to decorate at the Ritz Charles for a few hours in the afternoon prior to the event
3 volunteers to help Jane Sauve at the event - taking tickets, check in for auction #s and payment for auction items.
1 volunteer to assist the auctioneer at the live auction
1 volunteer to be the lead for the Silent Auction
2-3 volunteers to support the silent auction at the event
 
If you would like to volunteer for any of these opportunities for sacred service, please email  fallfaith@ucop.org.

 
 
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

REGISTER HERE 

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.

REGISTER HERE! 

 

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
REGISTER HERE

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
REGISTER HERE
 
Jonna Templar is a life coach and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.
Please contact her with any questions at jtemplar@kc.rr.com.

 
Yoganetics Fall Series begins soon!


This gentle-yet-deep yoga system is a breath-based, core-based, slow-motion approach to increasing flexibility, reducing stress and relieving chronic pain.                
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.
 
To learn more and to register call (913) 381-1984 or go to www.yoganetics.com.
(first class free for new students!)
 
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

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.
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.
 
If you missed it the last time she was here, now is your chance to
experience the deepest and most profound level of relaxation as you bathe in the vibrations of this ancient therapeutic instrument, helping 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
~ Regular seating is also available
~ Wear comfortable, loose clothing
Teri's Gong Meditation CD's will also be available for purchase at the event.
No prior experience, effort or practice is required to participate. Everyone is welcome!

Admission: $20   (REGISTER HERE early as space is limited) 
 
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!

 
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.

Next month join us on Saturday, October 3rd for a fascinating look at handwriting analysis with Curtis Wilson. 
 
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.

 

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. 
  
                 
Aug. 30 - Macaroni Grill, 9292 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Sept. 6 - Hy-Vee, 8501 W. 95th St., Overland Park
Sept. 13 - Granite City- 15085 W. 119th St. Olathe
Sept. 20 - Le Peep, 7936 Quivira St., Lenexa
Sept. 27 - Bo Lings, 9055 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park.
Oct. 4 - BRGR, 4038 W. 83rd St., Prairie Village
Oct. 11 - KMachos, 11741 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
Oct. 18 -The Thai Place, 9359 W. 87th St., Overland Park
Oct. 25 - Old Chicago Pizza, 11721 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
 

Contact Linda Brozanic for more information at 913-219-7538.
Please arrive at the restaurant no later than 12:45. 
  
CommUnity Books & Gifts
20% off all  
Crystals in August!   
 
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.