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Fall Faith 2015 
"Authentic Be-ing:  
Living from the Truth of What You Are"
   

Week Four:  "Universal Benevolence" 
 
This Sunday, Reverend Brandon Nagel continues
our Fall Faith series with an examination of
Robert Brumet's most recent book, Living Originally.
This week we explore the practice of
"Universal Benevolence"
which is about extending goodwill and kindness
to all people, those we know and love as well as
those we perceive as enemies or with whom we
simply do not see eye to eye.  This practice invokes
 the Buddhist prayer: "May all beings be happy, may all beings be well and may all beings live in peace."

Molly Hammer, recently named "Best Jazz Singer in Kansas City" in The Pitch Weekly's "Best of Kansas City 2015 issue, will be our featured vocalist Sunday.   
  
We look forward to seeing you there! 
  
More Information about Fall Faith 2015!


Join us October 4 through November 13 as we explore
"Authentic Be-ing: Living from the Truth of what you are"
  
We are studying Robert Brumet's newest book,
Living Originally, available now in our UCOP bookstore
for $12, less than you can get it on Amazon!
BIG NEWS!  Robert Brumet will be sharing the platform with Rev. Brandon  Nagel for our sixth and final Sunday Fall Faith message on November 8! 
Be sure to catch this opportunity to hear the
 author of our Fall Faith book in person!
 

 
FALL FAITH EVENT: Then mark your calendars for
Friday, November 13,  from 6 to 11 pm 
6 to 11 pm at The Ritz Charles
(9000 W. 137th St. O.P., KS)
 
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! There will be great food, a cash bar, a live and silent auction, entertainment and, of course, DANCING!  Check out the menu for the evening here!

Tickets are on sale right now!

$50 per person or 2 for $90.
Tickets are available to purchase online here (Monday - Friday)
and in person at the church on Sunday mornings. 
 
Comedian, Ned Kelly, will be our keynote speaker at the Fall Faith Gala. Ned is a team member of Silent Unity Prayer ministry - working for the past six years in various roles. In addition to many, many other accomplishments and interests, he plays with Comedy City, Kansas City's longest running improv troupe.
Ned will share his quirky insights into life - Unity style.
 
Fall Faith Silent Auction News
Fall Faith Silent Auction
The fall faith gala is just around the corner.  Former board member, Allen Carl has donated some photography,  Fred and Brandon have continued the tradition of a golf outing, with lunch included, and Dr. Michelle Robin has donated a basket of goodness that includes some autographed items!  We have Teri Wilder and Daniel Nahmod's CD's and, drum roll please........ new this year we will auction off an opportunity to be "Minister for the Day"!!  If you are the lucky bidder,  you will participate in the planning session and all other aspects of bringing your own Unity message to the congregation.  You will work with a speech coach and delve into every aspect that it takes to be prepared and deliver the message that burns in your heart.    Keep those auction items coming and stay tuned for the next update!  With your help the fall faith auction is going to be a whole lot of fun this year.  

Please send inquiries to Connie Shidler at FallFaithAuction@ucop.org.  You may deliver your item to Sandi Keeler at the church during the week, or to the auction receiving table in harmony hall on Sundays.

Check out what we have so far for the auction!

LIVE AUCTION ITEMS
 
Golf for two and lunch with Rev. Brandon Nagel and Fred Albers.  Value $100
 
Brunch with Rev. Brandon & Sara Nagel prepared by Chef Gary Hild
with Fred Albers providing piano ambiance.     Value $250
 
"Minister for a Day" -  give the talk you've always wanted to give to the congregation of UCOP. You'll meet with the staff the week before your Sunday and walk through the final planning for the service, get coaching from Rev. Brandon, Bruce Woodruff and Jan Chapman prior to your presentation, then fly like an eagle!  This item is non-transferable.
 
Wine dinner for 8 at Unity Village with Charlotte Shelton, CEO of Unity
 
A Spiritual Sailing Get-Away for four people, with Captain Paul Heath, for three nights and four days. Talk with Paul about your sailing location.  DOES NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE         Value $2000    
 
Condo in Colorado for a weekend in March donated by Byron & Maribeth Pric
 
SILENT AUCTION ITEMS
 
ELECTRONICS:
  •  Citizens Ladies Ecodrive watch donated by Barbara Alley
HEALING/COACHING/PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT:
  •  Three 2-hour financial coaching sessions with Rob Jones
  •  One-on-One business coaching and lunch with Lee Harris
  •  Haircut/color & basket of hair products donated by Christopher Soelter
  •  Nail wrap package by Lindsey VanTrump
  •  Dental services with Dr. Tanner
  •  Domestic legal services consult with Penny Reeves
  •  Kids haircut by Lindsey VanTrump
  •  3 month basic membership to Genesis Gym
  •  Certificate for counseling with Cheryl Schroeder
  •  Patent Legal services consult with John Gibson
  •  Business Legal services consult with Rick Geir
  •  20% discount on wedding ceremony site rental (up to $300) donated by Unity Village
  •  A gift basket of Unity books/CDs/DVDs donated by Unity Village
  •  Awaken gift certificate for a spa service donated by Awaken Whole Life Center
  •  Awaken personal training package donated by Awaken Whole Life Center
  • One 1/2 hour Angel Reading donated by Steffany Barton
  •  Books (signed by Dr. Michelle Robin) and gift certificate for a wellness consultation with Shelly Murray donated by Dr. Michelle Robin
  • Strength/toning package from Crossfit 913
  •  Raindrop Massage session with essential oils donated by Glenda Analla
  • One Resonance Repatterning Session with Shirley Collins
     
    ENTERTAINMENT & DINING:
  • Baked Alaska donated & prepared by Jane Sauve
  • $100 gift certificate for time at Timber Creek Resort donated by Tom Jacobs
  • Golf for two at Unity Village golf course donated by Unity Village
  • Three nights stay at Unity Village Hotel donated by Unity Village Hotel
  • Guided tour of trails and lakes at Unity Village donated by Unity Village
  • Guided tour of the Archives and key buildings at Unity Village (including an oral history of the campus/movement) donated by Unity Village
  • Gift Certificate for a service at Your Wellness Connection donated by   Karen Kipp
  • Gift certificates from 33 Overland Park Restaurants
  •  Music CDs donated by Daniel Nahmod
  •  Gong Meditation CDs and one meditation eye mask donated by Teri Wilder
  • Two tickets to see the Trans Siberian Orchestra, 3 pm December 26 at the Sprint Center donated by 99.7 The Point     Value $125
     
    COLLECTIBLES & MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS:
  •  A gift certificate and/or basket of products from the Unity Village Bookstore ($100 value) donated by Unity Village Bookstore
  • Photography by Allen Carl
  • Baseball signed by Frank White (in a case) donated by Deb & Jim Filby
  •  Diva Christmas Basket with wine glasses, chocolate and more donated by Brad & Karen Wikoff
  • Handmade quilt donated by Joan Dods
  • Wood cutting boards handmade by Jim Bany
  • Tulle wreath in white and gold donated by Teresa Shidler
  • Tulle wreath in red and green donated by Teresa Shidler
  • Snowman Tulle wreath donated by Teresa Shidler
  • Two Christmas picture frames donated by Teresa Shidler
  • Oil painting entitled "Too Much Fun" by Cheryl Schroeder
 
YFM Celebrates Halloween This Sunday
UCOP Youth & Family Ministry Presents...


Sunday, October 25th
It's our annual Halloween celebration with plenty of carnival type games,
prizes, crafts and, of course, CANDY!
Mischief and mayhem will be the order of the day!
Our 9 & 11 o'clock services will be full of Ghoulish Games,
Spooky Snacks and Freaky Fun!
(Not too scary for the little ones)
Have your child dress up as their favorite Halloween creature or character
 and join us this Sunday!
 
When witches go riding and black cats are seen, 
The moon laughs and whispers, 'tis near Halloween! 
 
October is Fair Trade Month!

Watch this great video!

Celebrate Fair Trade Month in the Bookstore!
Enjoy 20% off all fair trade products during the month of October.
 
Unity Church of Overland Park will soon be one of the first 15 churches in the US to be designated a Fair Trade Congregation.


UCOP now serves fair trade coffee and sugar in harmony hall. Support fair trade. Help families improve their lives with fair wages, safe working conditions and access to healthcare and education. Look for products in stores with the fair trade logos on them.
 

 
Fall Blood Drive - October 25


Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 pints of blood daily
(that's 140,000 pints annually) to meet the needs of our local Kansas and Missouri hospitals because someone, somewhere needs a blood transfusion every four minutes. Blood is a precious commodity with a limited shelf life. Red blood cells must be used within 42 days. Platelets must be used within five days.
 
Please share your gift of life with local hospital patients who need it by donating at the Fall Blood Drive here at UCOP on October 25 in harmony hall 2. Donations can be made from 9 am to 1 pm that Sunday. You may sign up for your time at the Men's Group counter in the lobby after services on Sunday, October 11 and 18.
Or you may sign up online right now at www.esavealifenow.org and then
use Sponsor Code: UCOP. For additional details please contact Dave Shepherd
at 913-649-5156.
 
For a listing of medical requirements to give blood, please go to http://www.savealifenow.org/_pdfs/Medical_Requirements_2.0.pdf
 
 
Community Bonding & Building Opportunity!


Carrabba's Italian Grill wants to give back to the KC community for patronizing their restaurant. So please consider dining at Carrabba's on Sunday, November 8th, after church anytime from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. Give your server the
Carrabba's Cares flyer (which you can print off here) and the church will
 then receive 15% of your total meal ticket that day!
You'll get great food, a chance to hang out with your UCOP family
while helping to raise money for the church at the same time!

 
Rev. Bob Barth's Retirement Sunday November 15
  
"Here's to You, Bob!"
 
Let us all join together as a spiritual community on November 15 to honor Rev. Bob for his lifetime of ministry in the Unity movement. We are privileged that he chose to share his light with us here at UCOP for the last several years. And we are blessed for having known him. Let us all come together November 15 to wish him well in his retirement and say,
 "Bob...Thanks for the Memories."

Thanksgiving Eve Service


Join Rev. Brandon and Rev. Jan for a very special Thanksgiving Eve candlelight and
 communion service at 7 pm on November 25. It will be a time to celebrate all that we are
grateful for heading into the holiday season. During the evening we will honor our
connection to Spirit through sacred ritual, meditation and celebration of all the blessings
for which we give thanks. All are welcome to participate as we reframe the ritual of
communion to remind us of the sacred connection to God that is with us in every moment.

 
Men's Group October Breakfast
Men's Breakfast
Saturday, November 7
8 to 10 am in harmony hall

Join the Unity Men's Group Saturday, November 7, for a traditional breakfast with pancakes.Good food and conversation will precede a presentation about "Men's Health" with Nancy Oglesby. 
 
Prepare to Land: Navigating Your Retirement Glide Path

Join us for the first course in our Practical Prosperity financial education series.       These courses will be taught by experienced financial educators and other subject
 matter experts with the true heart of a teacher. Our first course in this series will
 focus on the social, emotional, physical and financial aspects of retirement planning.
This isn't your typical boring sales pitch designed to get you to purchase
some financial product of questionable value.
 Here you'll learn how retirement planning is similar to landing an aircraft. You need to have a checklist and a solid plan to get it right. Whether you are cruising along with many years to go until retirement, preparing for "final approach" as you get ready to retire, or are currently in retirement, this course has something for you.
Rob, Mickie and Jeff are pros at making courses fun and informative. As a bonus,
we'll take an optional field trip on November 2 to see a nationally known speaker from the Dave Ramsey organization give you his view on retirement planning. If you'd like to attend the optional class on November 2, please contact Rob Jones at 913 620-7148
 for info on how to purchase tickets to that event.

Class Fee: $15 per session    REGISTER HERE
 
Rob Jones, financial counselor and educator with the Hutchins & Haake CPA firm holds two master's degrees - one in adult education and the other in family financial planning. An active member of UCOP, he coordinates our Dave Ramsey financial education courses. If you have questions about the course, you can reach Rob at 913 620-7148.
 

Mickie Schroder is an adjunct faculty member at Avila University and has many years of teaching experience as a corporate trainer for Sprint Nextel before she and her husband Jeff retired and started BOOMERangs Retirement Coaching. She served for two years as a prayer chaplain for UCOP and currently attends Unity of Kansas City North. Jeff Jans was also a corporate trainer and executive coach for Sprint Nextel and has served as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Unity of Kansas City North.

 
Bible Interpretation - SEE Core Credit Class

 


















In this course students will experience the rewarding process of Bible interpretation. Students will explore the basic principles involved in interpreting texts and making meaning from a theological perspective. They will learn what metaphysical interpretation is, how to interpret a Bible story metaphysically and apply the meaning to their lives. Selected stories from Acts to Revelation will be read and interpreted from a variety of modern critical and contemplative viewpoints.

class fee: $15 per session    Register Here!
 
Required Texts: Bible (NRSV or NET preferred)
The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, by Charles Fillmore
 
Recommended Texts:
Be Ye Transformed, by Elizabeth Sand Turner
Wisdom for a Lifetime, by Alden Studebaker
 
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.
Workshop on Fair Trade

Marcia Brox is a life-long learner and educator. Upon her retirement from the Shawnee Mission School District, she has enjoyed volunteering at the Shawnee Elementary School library, reading and traveling. Her travels have taken her to meet with fair trade artisans in Nicaragua. Marcia has volunteered with Ten Thousand Villages in Overland Park for over 12 years and is a champion of fair trade in our community.
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.
Yoganetics Fall Series


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!)
 
New Abundance Core Value Stone Recipient

On October 4, Greg Ingels presented Dan and Heather Beckett with the Core Value Stone of Abundance.  He chose the Becketts because "Dan and Heather always have a cheerful smile and a warm hug.  Their presence and inner joy brings out the happy youth in all of us."

 
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.

 

Green Star Award
Green Star Award for Environmental Excellence
 
Nominations are being accepted now for the fourth quarter awardee of the "Green Star Award for Environmental Excellence." If you know a person or organization that has gone the extra mile to help the environment in three of the following four areas: (a) at home (b) at work (c) transportation and (d) other, please nominate them. Nomination forms are on-line HERE and in the brochure rack beside the community board in harmony hall.   Simply describe the action(s) taken by the nominee in one of these areas and either place it in the Green Team mail slot in the community room or send it to Mike McCord at michael_mccord@sbcglobal.net.
 
Recipients will be announced following review by the Green Team. Awardees will receive a certificate suitable for framing, be recognized at Sunday services and have their name added to the Green Star Award plaque in the foyer.
 
Be a steward of the environment. Promote awareness of our oneness with the earth.
 

"Touching Hearts in Haiti" Trip Rescheduled
Important News from our Global Outreach Team
 
The trip to Haiti through Heart to Heart International, originally planned for January, has been rescheduled to ensure the safety of the travelers and put them in there long after the Haitian election season is over.
As a result of this rescheduling, FIVE of the original participants are now unable to travel on the new dates, which are March 28 to April 3, 2016.
 
If you are able to travel at that time and would like an opportunity to serve on our Global Outreach Team working on special projects in Haiti, please contact Julie Randolph as soon as possible at globaloutreach@ucop.org.
 
Anyone wishing to go must have a valid passport (with 2 open spaces) and pay a $100 deposit to secure their space no later than November 1st. The total cost of the trip will be between $1700-1900, depending on flight cost flux and fundraising efforts. There will be a new payment schedule set soon, to which they must adhere, as total payments are required one month before traveling. 
 
Welcome our New Intern for the Fall!

Please welcome Sherrie Taylor-Jones.
Sherrie is currently a full-time third year Unity Seminary student who has been the director of her own consulting company for ten years. She has designed and developed customized courses in: Strategic Planning, Communications Skills, Conflict Resolution, Leadership Skills, Organizational Development and Computers. She is also a certified pastoral counselor from St. John's University in Nottingham, U.K. Sherrie has been an entrepreneur and owned a restaurant with her husband, Graham. Prior to seminary, Sherrie was also the Shelter Director at The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in NYC for 5 years. 
New Artists in the Spotlight Gallery


 For the months of September and October,
our featured artists in the Spotlight Gallery are
"Lynette Hayes and Friends"

Lynette Hayes is a Tonganoxie artist who works in pastels. 
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. 
  
                 
Oct. 25 - Old Chicago Pizza, 11721 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park
November 1- First Watch 9916 College Blvd, Overland Park
November 8 - Carrabba's Italian Grill, 10586 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
November 15 - Joy Wok Super Chinese Buffet/Hibachi Grill, 11920 Metcalf Ave, O.P.
November 22 - Red Robin, 7111 W. 95th St, Overland Park
November 29 - HyVee Buffet, 8501 W. 95th St, Overland Park
December 6 - Granite City, 15085 W. 119th St, Olathe
December 13 - Bo Lings, 9055 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
December 20 - Jose Peppers, 10316 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park
December 27- HyVee Buffet, 8501 W. 95th 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 October!   
 
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.