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"The Individuality of a Spiritual Path"
with guest speaker, Remya Meixner
 
  
This Sunday our guest speaker, Remya Meixner, will draw upon her own experiences during the three years she spent in India seeking a spiritual path; the challenge of overcoming the past and emotional barriers; the significance of small acts of love; the need to walk through doors as Spirit opens them; the need to minimize distractions; the importance of 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. There were extreme physical, emotional and social challenges. These challenges without the distractions so prevalent in the western world forced me to dig deep into the truth of the human experience, starting with my own. 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 - 1:30 to 3:30 pm
in harmony hall 2 (Class fee $20)
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.
 

We look forward to seeing you there!
 
  
"Share the Joy" Christmas Outreach Project
There are still 119 tags left to adopt.  Pick yours up this Sunday!  If you'd prefer to donate toward the purchase of these gifts and have us do the shopping for you, we do accept cash/check/credit card & kiosk donations as well.

The UCOP "Share the Joy" Project has begun with wish tag adoptions continuing through this Sunday, November 22 and 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.

 
A Message about Community Outreach ...


"Winter Wear Drive"
to benefit the families of Community Linc
November 1-29
 
Community Linc is a wonderful organization that works to help homeless families get back on their feet again, giving them skills to find new jobs and affordable safe housing of their own. As the cold wintry season approaches, you can help these families keep warm and healthy with donations of new or gently used winter wear; coats, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. You may bring your donations to the church anytime during business hours in November until the 29th. Weekday donations may be left at the reception counter. There will also be a volunteer to receive your donations in the lobby on Sunday mornings. Thank you for sharing the warmth of your heart with the families of Community Linc.
 
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."

 
Bookstore Holiday Open House

 
Please come to our Bookstore Holiday Open House following both services on November 22. Enjoy cake and cookies, sign up to win prizes and take advantage of
20% off all
 gifts and jewelry.

 
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.

 
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 cookinggroup@ucop.org with any questions. Reservations are not required but it does help us with planning. So please contact Gary if you plan to come.

 
Join us for Advent November 29 - December 20


with Rev. Brandon Nagel & Jan Chapman
 
Join Reverend Brandon and The Storyteller (Jan Chapman) on Sunday mornings throughout the season of Advent for an imaginative exploration of favorite Christmas tales. November 29, we'll explore Love through the sharing of
O Henry's, The Gift of the Magi, and Peace on December 6 through Maya Angelou's Christmas poem, "Amazing Peace." December 13, we celebrate the power of Joy and its ability to warm the coldest of hearts with How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The final Sunday of Advent, December 20, brings a story of great Hope from Leo Tolstoy, Papa Panov's Special Christmas. You won't want to miss a single Sunday of this wonderful blend of delightful story, inspirational message and fabulous music from our incomparable music team!
Be there with bells on!

 
Got some holiday shopping to do on Amazon?

Many of us do our holiday 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.


Giving Tree for SafeHome
Giving Tree (Sponsored by Women in Unity)
November 29 - December 13
 
Calling all warm hearts! You can help warm the bodies and spirits of those in need at SAFEHOME. Approximately 7,500 individuals are helped at SAFEHOME each year. SAFEHOME provides a healing atmosphere where survivors of domestic violence can gain inner strength, build self-esteem, explore options and establish a life free of violence. You can help by "decorating" our Giving Tree in harmony hall with hats, gloves and scarves. The tree will be in place as of November 29. As you make your lists for your holiday shopping, please consider adding this gift of warmth, love and support.

The Remembrance Tree
On the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 6, we'll take a moment to breathe within this busy season and explore the theme of Peace. Ritual can be a effective tool in bringing a more peaceful, centered feeling within. So we invite you all to take part in the decorating of our Remembrance Tree. During the service on December 6, you may come forward with an item you wish to place on the tree in memory of some person or experience that resonates strongly in your memory at this time of year. This item can be a cherished ornament, or one you've created especially for the occasion. It can be a picture or a note, whatever is meaningful to you that will hang from a Christmas tree branch. You will not be asked to share the meaning behind your ornament. That is for your heart alone.
It is our hope to add to this Remembrance Tree each year, so we would like to keep these ornaments and pack them away safely to put up again next year. You may, of course, take yours home with you after the January 3rd White Stone Sunday service if you would prefer. Just attach a tiny tag to it with your name and phone number before you hang it on the tree.
 
Book Signing with Roderick Townley - December 6


Praise for
A BITTER MAGIC:
"A magical adventure, a fascinating setting, and some chills that will please most middle graders looking for spooky fantasy." - School Library Journal
 
In this coming-of-age fantasy, twelve-year-old Cisley Thummel searches for her mother, who disappears during a magic act. Cisley's supernatural sense of smell leads her through shifting labyrinths, a band of gypsies, and a closet of whispering ball gowns to the darkest of family secrets-at the explosive crossroads of illusion and true magic.    
 
RODERICK TOWNLEY has published 16 books, 8 of them for children. Best known for THE GREAT GOOD THING (the first book of a trilogy) and THE BLUE SHOE (illustrated by the Harry Potter artist), Roderick has been likened by critics to C.S. Lewis for his spiritual, magical work. (www.RoderickTownley.com)              
Century Club Arts & Crafts Sale - December 6
Looking for a unique, handmade gift for yourself or someone special? Want to support the community with your Christmas purchases? Then stop by the Arts & Crafts Sale sponsored by UCOP and the Century Club after services December 6. The proceeds from your purchase will benefit Children's Mercy Hospital.
Youth & Family Christmas Show - December 13

It's Christmas time and the Youth & Family Ministry has a really great show just for you! It's an amazing evening of songs and dancing, funny skits and jokes to make you groan! Our kids have been hard at work rehearsing, making costumes and building sets and they can't wait to share their joyous efforts with all of you! Rumor has it that Harriet the Dancing Hippo may even make a return appearance, not to mention The Big Guy in the Red Suit. You know who we're talking about! So bring the whole family and join us for a fun-filled evening that will make your cheeks hurt you'll be smiling so much! And bring a batch of cookies to share at the Cookie Potluck downstairs after the show with the cast. We got hot cocoa too!
 
"Have a Sustainable Christmas"
December 13 there will be a table in harmony hall upon which you may donate Christmas cards, ornaments, Christmas lights, decorations, wrapping paper and other decorative holiday items for which you no longer have a need but that may be a treasure for someone else. At the same time, feel free to take whatever you can use (love offerings gratefully accepted, of course). What a great way to save time, money and reduce waste while giving new life to objects created to bring a little holiday cheer!
 
For more information, contact Mike McCord at 913.907.4061.

 
Keeping Christmas
Are you ready to experience the light of the Christ child in a deeper way?
Are you willing to try on the idea that love is the strongest thing in the world - stronger than hate, stronger than the appearance of evil, stronger than death? Are you ready to connect with and express the brightness of Eternal Love?
Then you can keep Christmas.
And if you can keep it for a day, why not always?  You don't have to keep it alone! Join this spiritual workshop and learn more about how the story of the blessed life which began in Bethlehem so many years ago is within your very own heart. You will carry this love year round as you learn to "Keep Christmas."

Class Fee $15   REGISTER HERE
 
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.

 
In the Presence Meditation
This month, experience the special "All Is Calm, All Is Bright" meditation, a traditional favorite for over the last ten years. Bring your family and friends for a transformational holiday experience.  
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!)
 
Changes to Couples Group Brunches
There will be no Couples group Brunches in November or December.  Brunches will resume in January 2016, but they will be on every SECOND Sunday, rather than on 3rd SundaysSo the first one will be January 10, 2016.

The UCOP Couples Group meets for brunch 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 contact couples@ucop.org with any questions.

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 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

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New Artists in the Spotlight Gallery
 
For the months of
November and December,
we feature the works of
The Senior Arts Council


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About Us
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.