In This Issue
Church Building Is Closed      
As of now, the church building is closed and all meetings are canceled. Contact the church office if you have questions.  
Food Donations
The need for food is greater than ever. Please be generous.  Since we can't fill the red wagon at Colonial each week, consider these methods of donating: 
Monetary donations to Cross-Lines Community Services are always welcome.  
Harvesters - The Community Food Network is encouraging the community to help by donating money. Every dollar donated helps ensure they have the food and resources on hand to meet any additional demand. It also helps get the food out more effectively and efficiently. 

Daily Devotionals
Our denomination, the United Church of Christ, provides an excellent daily devotional, written by the "Still Speaking" writers group. To have  the devotions emailed to you daily go to:

Watch Our Weekly Services and Sermons  

You can watch our worship services on YouTube here. Sermons are available here.

Colonial Stays Home Group  
We now have a group on our Facebook page for you to share what you are doing during this stay-at-home period. Please share your stories and photos, whether it's something for a charity or a cause, schooling your kiddos, home improvements, whatever you may be doing. Click here to join the group and see what your fellow Colonialites are doing!   
Help Our Youth!   
The Colonial Youth Group is raising funds for their activities. Mail a check to the church office with Youth Event in the memo line.    
Altar Flowers Suspended
Because, like so many other small businesses, Dalton Flowers has to close as a non-essential business we will not have altar flowers until we worship again in our sanctuary. 
Follow Colonial on Social Media

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at Colonial through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can share your photos and comments related to Colonial too.
Instagram: colonial_ucc
Twitter: #ColonialUCC 


AA Groups     
AA groups that meet at Colonial on Tuesdays and Thursdays have suspended in-person meetings. Information about online meetings is available here. If you would like more information, contact Heather and she will put you in touch with the organizer.

Sunday Worship: April 19            
The worship service will be a video available beginning 8:30 Sunday morning. We encourage you to watch at 8:30 or 10:15 to continue the practice of worshiping and praying together, though we are in different locations. The link is https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/ 
Fellowship Time 
Join in on Coffee and Conversation 10-45-11:15 Sunday morning via Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/8796465039 

"Heart of the Matter" Breakfast Worship Series   
"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people." -Acts of the Apostles 2: 46-47

In the weeks following Easter, we are creating a "temple" of worship in our hearts, whether we can be physically together or not. By sharing in words and music and breathing and eating and moving together, we will stay connected. The earliest Christians worshiped in their homes before they had churches, and so will we, until we can meet again at Colonial Church. Because at the "heart of the matter," we are connected through the Spirit that makes us one in love.
  • Waffle Worship - Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • Bagel Breakfast Worship - Sunday, April 26, 2020
  • Egg-cellent Worship - Sunday, May 3, 2020
  • Challah Mother's Day Worship - Sunday, May 10, 2020
  • Muffiny Sunday Worship, May 17, 2020
  • Oatmeal Worship - Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 24, 2020
  • Pancake Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020
As we connect over breakfast at 8:30 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. each week, we have a suggested item to eat together in our homes. During worship, we'll praise, pray, and dance (yes, each week has a dance number! ). Our worship is designed to help carry us through these days apart until we can be together again. 
Coffee with the Pastor Now Online       
The weekly Coffee with the Pastor that usually is at Einstein's at 9:30 am on Wednesdays has moved online. So, put on a pot of coffee and join Pastor Aaron at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039 from your computer or mobile device. You can also call in from your phone by dialing 669-900-6833 with Meeting ID: 879 646 5039.  
Solar Flash  
Although our 34 panels have been quarantined on the Chapel roof, they have produced the most electricity yet during March. They provided about half of the electricity for the church this month, reducing our power bill by over $250, and so far this year we have kept 6,800 pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere. We've planted the whopping equivalent of 170 trees. 
Ways to Help During the Pandemic   
As we practice our sacred duty to stay safe and stay home, our call and conviction to help our poor and vulnerable neighbors continues. Here are some ways we in this church community can work with our mission partners to help:

Support the Pastor's Discretionary Fund
This fund provides immediate support to people in need. Recently, we helped a pregnant woman who was homeless, helped a family get electric power restored to their home, and got a coat for a man on one of the coldest days of the year. Make a donation here by selecting Pastor's Discretionary Fund from the dropdown menu.

Provide Clorox Wipes and Masks for Health Care Workers
Our health care workers are in desperate need of protective gear.  If you have extra Clorox wipes or extra medical masks (even painters masks would do in a pinch)-take them to the home of Drs. Stephanie and Jason Graff (4141 W 111 Terrace, Leawood KS 66211). Leave them in the box on either porch. They will be distributed among area hospitals. And if you're crafty, you can even work on making some. Here's instructions for making a good mask: https://twitter.com/marklewismd/status/1240850124273672197

Artists Helping the Homeless
AHH needs help for the 65+ people at their 4 houses. Colonial Church is dedicated to supporting Kar Woo's ministry.  If you have any household cleaning items, you can drop them off outside the Colonial Church Office entrance in the bin located there.

Cross-Lines Community Outreach
Cross-Lines is a place of hope for at-risk families, the elderly, and single individuals struggling to make ends meet. Here are ways you can help:
  • Drop off food - granola bars, peanut butter, canned beans, and canned tuna - with Whitey Ackley every Tuesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind Colonial Church.
  • If you can't make it on Tuesdays, you can place an Amazon order of items from this list - https://www.cross-lines.org/how-to-help/needs-list.html, and send the order directly to Cross-Lines at Cross-Lines, 736 Shawnee Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66105.
  • Contribute to the Cross-lines Food Pantry at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/give/online by selecting Cross-Lines Food Pantry from the dropdown menu

Mothers and Children in Need at Sheffield Place
Colonial Church helps empower homeless mothers and their children to heal from trauma and to become self-sufficient. We do this with Sheffield Place, and right now they need help with items that you can buy on Amazon that will be sent directly to the shelter - https://www.amazon.com/gp/ch/list/43-1532267/ref=smi_cl_ls_llol_lol

Connect with a Care Partner
Keeping a physical distance from people is vital, but it can create a sense of isolation. We need to maintain Signup to be a Care Partner at https://www.colonialucc.org/carepartner.html. You'll be paired with another person to check on every 48 hours. This is not just for people in the church community, but everyone.

Ramadan Post-Fast Dinners 
In order to stay within the guidelines of our stay-at-home lives during the year of COVID-19, your family can share a special meal with friends from the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest through Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime.  You will meet between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. or so one evening between April 24 and May 23 to break the sunrise-to-sunset fast that Muslims observe. Each family will prepare its own meal.  
You and your family members will have time to ask questions and learn more of the significance of Ramadan and of fasting in the Muslim religion and share information on your Christian beliefs - all of this as you sit in a comfortable chair with your loved ones. Call the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest at 786-978-1307 to find a date to connect with another family.  Watch for information on more opportunities to expand your knowledge of other religions.   
Giving at Colonial 
Even though our building is currently closed, we are picking up mail everyday. Counters will not be counting as often, but will still be making deposits.  Therefore, you may mail in your pledge checks, One Great Hour of Sharing, or any other payments and they will be processed.

An easier alternative is to send payments online.  You just fill in your banking information ( routing number and account number ) and your name and email and what fund you are paying ( Stewardship, food pantry, etc.) and the amount. The link you use is https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/give/online

If you have any questions, you may email or call Heather in the office or Jayne Quimby, Financial Recorder.

Thursday Morning Hebrews Bible Study     
Many Jewish Christians of the first century were regarded by still-skeptical family, friends and neighbors as dangerous, misguided and even disloyal to God. The letter to the Hebrews was written to show that you can't go back to an earlier stage but must press on eagerly to that is yet to come. Our weekly studies will be based on NT Wright's materials, we hope to find encouragement and assurance that pressing on, even in the face of such close and constant pressure to fall back, is its own reward.
Observing our sacred duty for social distance, we'll be meeting exclusively online - at least initially. From March 26-April 16, we'll meet at 10:30 a.m. online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039 or call in by dialing (669) 900-6833 with Meeting ID: 879 646 5039    
Colonial Women Activities 

Book Group. Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will discuss "The Cutting Season" by Attica Locke.

Pastor Aaron's 10th Anniversary 
This coming June will mark Aaron Roberts' 10th anniversary as Colonial's pastor. To celebrate this occasion the Council is planning recognition of Aaron's service following the 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. worship services on June 7.

We will present Aaron with a special gift as well as funding for sabbatical and/or continuing education purposes. Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort is invited to make a donation through Heather at the church office, designating the gift "Aaron's 10th." Thank you for helping to honor Aaron.
Ancel Neuburger,
Report from the Colonial Church Council  
The Church Council met on March 22 via a video conference.  We decided that until the rules are relaxed on social distancing that the Church will remain closed except for mail pick-up and possibly some custodial work.  Heather is working remotely and can be reached by calling the church office or by email.  Aaron will be working remotely except for when he must be at the church; for example, while conducting Sunday services via YouTube.   
The capital improvement campaign that we had been considering has been postponed indefinitely.  In the meantime we are getting a structural engineer to assess the moisture problem in the lower level so that we can consider options on moving ahead with that project.  We are also obtaining bids on the completion of the renovation in the kitchen in the Heritage room.  We will keep the congregation advised on progress made on these two projects.  Much will depend on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn that will accompany it.   
Ancel Neuburger, Moderator
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
Happy Birthday! 
17    Marylee Battaglia
19    Donna Owens
20    Stephanie Graff, Meredith Henley, Eleanor Knoll
Happy Anniversary!
21    Joseph and Stacy Kern 

Wednesday, April 15
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039

Thursday, April 16
10:30 a.m.-Bible Study

Sunday, April 19                 
8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Worship with us online at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/
Wednesday, April 22
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039 
Full calendar at Colonial Calendar.    
Colonial Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. Aaron Roberts
Sunday School Superintendent:  Camille Breckenridge
Music Director: Kirk Carson
Bell Choir Director: Hayden Ferguson
Organist: Dr. Joseph Kern
Youth Leader: Michelle Turpen
Church Administrator: Heather Winker
Communications Manager: Sally Huggins
Building Maintenance: Edson Palacios-Castrejon
Engagement Coordinator: Julie Luttman