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

Week Five:  "Compassionate Communication" 
 
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
"Compassionate Communication"
which a
llows us to authentically connect with ourselves and communicate with others in a manner that allows both people to be heard and have their needs met.
   
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 through November 8. 
 
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. 

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.

 
"Share the Joy" Christmas Outreach Project
The UCOP "Share the Joy" Project will begin with wish tag adoptions November 8, 15 and 22 with all gifts due back to the church by November 29. The Share the Joy project is a wonderful, rewarding way to find deeper meaning and purpose in the Christmas holiday. We will be providing gifts and Christmas cheer for children and adults through Hope Care Center, Kaw Valley Center, Cornerstones of Care, Community Living Opportunities/ Marty Lane House and our own UCOP family.   An outreach project of this size really does take a lot of energy, dedication and LOVE to be successful! If you would like to volunteer to help you can contact Volunteer Coordinator, Deb Filby at 649-1750 x3025 or dfilby@ucop.org.

 
Guest Speaker, November 22
Our guest speaker will draw upon her own experiences in seeking a spiritual path; overcoming the past and emotional barriers; the significance of small acts of love; walking through doors as spirit opens them; the need to minimize distractions; focusing in before focusing out; and how to take the truth of self and apply it externally.
 
Remya Meixner holds a BS in Education and an MA in Developmental Psychology. In 1989, when Remya was employed at a residential treatment center for emotionally disturbed children in Baltimore, she met Sri Mata Amritanandamayi (The Hugging Saint). Not long after this meeting, Remya found herself in India living as a Hindu Renunciate. She says "I needed the India experience to come face to face with my Ego.  My three years in India were spent burning as much ego as I could possible get out of my system. It was a painful process."   Since returning from India, Remya sees a common thread in all of her experiences. "It all comes down to moving through the world with love as the guiding principle."   She hopes in sharing her extreme spiritual journey in India that she can awaken something in others and be of help in some way.  
 
Workshop following services from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.
Remya will be joined by Janalea Hoffman, music therapy consultant and spiritual seeker, for an experiential workshop to explore your personal spiritual path. Janalea won the Madonna Spirit award for her innovative work with music and medicine. Using the energy and inspiration from Remya's talk and incorporating different kinds of music to help each individual go deeper within, new insights are gained about your own personal spiritual path and how to proceed. Remya saw first hand many miracles occur in India and she brings her stories and the healing energy of Amma with her to UCOP.

Mata Amritanandamayi is known throughout the world as Amma, or Mother, for her selfless love and compassion toward all beings. Her entire life has been dedicated to alleviating the pain of the poor and those suffering physically and emotionally. Throughout her life, Mata Amritanandamayi has embraced and comforted more than 34 million people. Amma inspires, uplifts and transforms through her embrace, her spiritual wisdom and through her global charities, known as Embracing the World. When asked where she gets the energy to help so many people, she answers: "Where there is true love, anything is effortless."
While Amma is widely regarded as one of India's foremost spiritual leaders, Amma says that her religion is love. She has never asked anyone to change their religion but only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and to try to live accordingly. Amma tours the U.S. each year to hug thousands of her followers.

 
Thanksgiving Day  Community Potluck
All Church Thanksgiving Day Potluck
Thursday, November 26th

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family, share a wonderful meal and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. If you have no family in town, we invite you to join with your church family in harmony hall for this special occasion. The doors will open at 9:30 am so we may set up and prepare our food until 12 noon. At noon we will pray-in and Thanksgiving dinner will be served. We'll enjoy dining and conversation until 1:15 and then begin clean-up so that we can lock building by 2 pm. Please bring a dish to share that serves 10, remembering that our large refrigerator is currently out of commission, so plan your potluck item accordingly. This is an all church, all community event. Please contact Gary Spaulding at grspauld@yahoo.com with any questions. Reservations are not required but it does help us with planning. So please contact Gary if you plan to come.

 
Men's Group November 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. 
 
Women in Unity November Meeting
Saturday, November 21
10:30 to 12:30 pm in harmony hall

Kevin Kelly will be our guide with "Seeking Heaven: Beauty and Prayer." This is a meditative flower arranging event similar to "The Art of One Flower."

 
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.
Elevate Your Consciousness
Are you ready to experience a shift? What would it be like to live more connected to the Universe with a deeper sense of fulfillment, fun and peace of mind? Are you ready for a greater experience of health, wealth and happiness? Attend this transformative workshop and learn more about how the greats use energy to create shifts around them: Jesus, Gregg Braden, Donna Eden, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Dr. Emoto...

The concepts of "where 2 or more are gathered..." and "thoughts held in mind produce after their kind" are mighty powerful to transform our lives. Coming together in community to explore these ideas (and more) takes us all higher in consciousness!  This powerful, yet fun workshop will positively affect every area of life. Learn how to clear your energy, set the tone for your day, align with others more deeply and let in your good!  It is time to shift our thinking to a higher order, one that will allow us to live more expansively. It is time to elevate our consciousness so that we can show up in the world as who we have come here to be. We are at a crucial point in time. What we know about the power of energy can change our lives and make the world a better place!
 
Class Fee: $15
REGISTER HERE
 
Recommended text: Pam Grout's book, E2
 
Diana Kennedy has been in the Unity movement for twenty-five years and currently serves at Unity Worldwide Ministries. She is a Unity Minister, a Certified Q Coach, and an Energy Alignment Mentor. A powerful speaker, Diana is passionate about sharing spiritual teachings and supporting individuals on their journey. Her approachable style inspires her students to dive in deeply and get the most from her transformative workshops.
 
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."

 
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
November and December,
we feature the works of
The Senior Arts Council


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. 
  
                 
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  
Gifts & Jewelry   
in November!   
 
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
 
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