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Colonial Family  
 

We express our sympathy to the family of Ruth Young, who died April 20 at age 100. 

  
 
Tuesday Book Group Meeting Online   
 
Colonial Tuesday Book Group meets every week on Zoom now, 9:30 a.m. Want to catch up on some reading, great discussion? Please contact info@colonialucc.org for an invitation and information about the current book.  

 
Colonial Women Book Group 
 

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

  
 
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.  
   
 
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.  
   
 
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.

Prescription Bottles Delivery Suspended
 
Because of the stay-at-home directive, Art and Marianne Foster are unable to pick up and deliver the medicine bottles to the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City . They ask that you recycle them until such time as we are back together and they can resume deliveries.

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

Stay up to date with what's happening
at Colonial through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can share your photos and comments related to Colonial too.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/colonialucc
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 26             
                   
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?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09
 
"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. 
 
 
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.  

Kelly Hansen was interviewed by KCUR on her work as a hospital chaplain during this time. Read the story here

Marylee Griffiths has knitted scarves for Molly's Table.

Lowell Ferguson modeled her Easter dress that she didn't get to wear to church.
 
  
Let us know what you are doing. To join the group and see what your fellow Colonialites are doing or to share your story, click here .    
 
 
  
Come to Thursday 10:30 a.m. Study Group      
 
We're going to read Hebrews 4:14-5:14 this week. It has some of the oddest phrases in Hebrews, and it deals with the concept of Jesus as high priest. Aside from this chapter of Hebrews, also check out Genesis 14:18-20, which may help.

This group is open to everyone. You can connect online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09 with password 7039 or call in by calling 669-900-6833 with Meeting ID: 879 646 5039

 
 
Ramadan Post-Fast Dinners 
 
The Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan is April 24 - May 24, with opportunities to learn more about the meaning and beauty of the celebration that includes followers fasting from sunrise to sunset. As the sun goes down, families and friends traditionally gather to share a fast breaking dinner.  
 
The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City invites you to join this year in a  virtual fast-breaking dinner through YouTube, Zoom or other technology methods.  If you would like to share a meal with a family, contact the Dialogue Institute (786-978-1307) to be put in contact with a Muslim family to share a meal on one of the nights during this month.  Or you may go to You Tube (bit.ly/2VpuTRp) and click "live" at 7:30 on one of the evenings to share a meal that will include speakers on the meaning of Ramadan traditions from participants living in various parts of the United States.  
 
We look forward to hosting a fast-breaking dinner in the social hall again next year, but this will allow us to touch base with old and new friends and learn more of Islam now.
Donations to Cross-Lines Community Outreach   
 
Colonial's Whitey Ackley has been in our back parking lot each Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. to collect food for Cross-Lines. You can see above some of what has been collected. Whitey is delivering today to Cross-Lines and will be back next Tuesday so come by with your donations. You can see a list of what is needed here. Thanks to all who have donated! 

A financial donation to Cross-Lines is also helpful because Cross-Lines is working directly with food suppliers and can get better pricing and exactly what they need during any given week because the need constantly changes! You can give through our website here.

 

 
Ways to Help During the Pandemic   
 
For ways to help in addition to Cross-lines, click here

 
Colonial Women 2021 Board 
 
Meeting online, Colonial Women approved the board of 2020-2021. New officers are: 
President:  Martha Wofford
Treasurer:  Linda Moses
Recording Secretary: Charlotte Drayer
Finance: Marylee Battaglia
              Cindy Burgdorfer
Publicity: Mary Penrose
Kitchen: Lin Vaughn                
Activities: Kathi Cook
Sisterhood Baskets: Sally Huggins    
Members at Large: Linda Cunningham
 

 
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.

 
  
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,
Moderator
 
 
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
 
 
Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
 
Happy Birthday! 
April 
23    Carsten Mortensen 
24    Diane Brown, Esther Sunderland 
25    Thomas Akright, Kirby Drayer
26    Dianne Starcke
27    Jim Cosgrove 
  
Happy Anniversary!
23    Brad Fairchild and Patty Kluding  
  
Calendar

Wednesday, April 22
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039

Thursday, April 23
10:30 a.m.-Bible Study
https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09

Sunday, April 26                 
8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Worship with us online at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/
10:45-11:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. 
https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09
 
Wednesday, April 29
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