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Colonial Family       
                       
An online memorial service for Morris Martin will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 17. You can watch it here:  
https://colonialucc.online.church/
Jane Pronko will be able to see the messages you share during the service. Memorial contributions may be made at  https://bit.ly/ColonialDonation   
 
 
Help Honor Educators on August 30      
                       
Pastor Aaron will give the annual teacher blessing during our worship service on Sunday, August 30 and we need your help. Please provide names of educators in our Colonial family and include the grade level or subject they teach. All educators face challenges this fall and with that in mind we want to bless these special people in our lives. You can also share the name of your child's classroom teacher or other educators to include in our blessing. Please send this information to Heather by August 25.  
 
 
Rummage Collection Will Be April 11      
                       
The planned October collection of rummage has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 11, 2021.
 

2020 Colonial Holiday Bazaar Canceled
 
The annual Holiday Bazaar normally held in November has been canceled for this year. We'll see you in November 2021!  
 
 
 
Coffee with the Pastor     
 
We are meeting back at Einstein Brothers - at the outside tables, if weather permits. Otherwise, we'll go over to Colonial Church and meet in the Heritage Room. See you on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m   
   

Complete the 2020 Census Questionnaire
 
It is a pivotal election year and a census year, and your voice-your action-matter! Participate in the 2020 Census and encourage others in your community to participate. Filling out your census form helps determine how many books and computers our kids' schools can afford, whether seniors in our communities can afford heating in the winter, if there are bus routes where we need them, and whether communities have fair political representation.
You can complete the questionnaire online or by mail. Go to https://censuscounts.org/participate/   
 
 

Cross-Lines Gala to Feature Mr. Stinky Feet
 
Singer, writer, and entertainer, Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove will emcee Cross-Lines Community Services' first-ever virtual Gala on Saturday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. You won't want to miss Jim and the 45-minute Live Stream Program that will feature stories, laughter, and some toe-tapping tunes! Register at https://one.bidpal.net/hopeathome/welcome. The gala, the organization's biggest annual fundraiser, had to go virtual this year and will include an auction.  
 
 

Grants Available for COVID-19 Initiatives
 
The UCC Kansas-Oklahoma Conference is offering grants from $500-1000 for new initiatives related to the challenges associate with COVID-19.   
  • Be the Church Community Outreach Grants are available to churches with existing or new efforts to meet community needs related to the challenges associated with the pandemic.
  • Keeping Your Church Family Connected Through Technology Grants will provide funding to support technology upgrades and enhancements to provide virtual means of keeping members and others connected to worship, fellowship, study groups, and other church activities that contribute to the sense of community and belonging so vital to sustaining and nurturing faith.
Click here for information about applying for a grant. 
 
 
 
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:



Colonial Celebration Brigade
 
Celebration Brigade is a Colonial volunteer crew that will bring a motorcade past your house, provide a serenade at your window, or perform a surprise ballooning on your yard! It is up to you which path to take. If you would like to volunteer to be part of the brigade, please contact Julie at julie.luttman@colonialucc.org or text her at 913-749-7415 and start having fun!  
 
 
Watch Our Weekly Services and Sermons  

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

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

 

August 16 "An Alternative Mind" Online Worship
 
Sunday Worship Online
Connect to online live worship service at https://colonialucc.online.church/  at 8:30 or 10:15 a.m. 
 
Or, you can watch our service anytime after 8:30 a.m. on Sundays via YouTube at https://bit.ly/CCYouTubeV 

Fellowship Time at 9:15 a.m.. Immediately following our 8:30 online worship service, grab a mug and come over to our community's Coffee & Conversation online. You can connect at https://tinyurl.com/ColConv
  
Online Children's Sunday School.Camille Breckenridge teaches the week's Sunday School Bible story on Sunday mornings at https://bit.ly/CCYouTubeVid 
If you know of kids who might enjoy taking part in our Sunday School, invite their parents to signup to be on the list to receive the weekly materials at https://bit.ly/CCSSOnline.
 

Summer Worship Series: Recovery
 
Sometimes you've got to get sick before you can start feeling better.
We all need to recover. We're been trapped in unhealthy living, and this virus has made it clear how sick we are. As individuals, communities, and a world, we need to recover. This summer, God's Spirit will speak healing words in our sermons inspired by the Twelve Step Program. The wisdom of this path may be exactly what we need right now.
  • An Alternative Mind - August 16
  • What Comes Around Must Go Around - August 23
 
Remembering Brad Fairchild with Love       
                       
Our church community was rocked this past week with the death of Brad Fairchild. Here is some information as we honor his life and resurrection in the days ahead:
  • Drive Through Visitation on Friday, August 14 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Church. As you arrive, you can watch the tribute video Brad's family created at https://bit.ly/CCYouTubeVid or listen to the music by tuning into FM 107.1. Please enter from the south parking lot.
  • Memorial Service Celebrating Brad's Life and Resurrection will be online at https://colonialucc.online.church on Saturday, August 15 at 10 a.m. Patty and the kids will see your messages of love as you share with them during the service.
  • You may leave a message of love or flowers for Patty and the kids during the visitation or at anytime this week at the cross in the Colonial Church yard, by the Founders' Chapel entrance. You can pin your message to the cross and leave flowers or battery powered candles (no open flame candles) at the foot of the cross.
  • Memorial contributions may be made at https://bit.ly/ColonialDonation
     
 
Support for Brad's Family:
 
 
 
Update Your Information for the Member Directory 
 
A new Colonial Church directory will be available soon so please check your listing in the 2019 directory and update address, children, phones, etc. If you haven't previously added a photo or need to update your photo, please send a horizontal one to info@colonialucc.org. You can also go to https://www.colonialucc.org/personal-account.html and update your information. Contact Heather in the church office for more information. 
 
 
Join the Colonial Church Virtual Choir       
                       
Join the Colonial Church Virtual Choir for the 2020-21 season. Kirk Carson has a summer hobby - learning to direct a virtual choir! For this coming year, the choir will rehearse and sing from home. You'd receive a "click track" with your part (and accompaniment).  You listen to that in your headphones/earpods, while recording yourself on your phone/audio recorder and send it to be included in the choir. So, if you'd like something fun and new to try - particularly as the months turn colder - signup today to be part of our choir at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/form/1f282c 
 
 

Pencil Boxes Delivered to Head Start   
                       
The Colonial Board of Outreach donated funds to help purchase 200 pencil boxes for the Wyandotte County Head Start Program. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, children will not be allowed to share supplies as in the past where they were taught them to share and how to say please and thank you.

This donation replaces Colonial's toothbrush and toothpaste drive from the past 5 years. The students will not be doing that standard when they return to in-person attendance but instead will have the school boxes to use for the year.

   


Colonial Women Activities  
                       
All women of Colonial Church are invited to gather with others in casual fellowship opportunities, whether you prefer breakfast, happy hour or discussing a book. Check out the options below. No reservations required.     
  • Coffee. Monday, September 7, 9:30 a.m., Colonial Church front lawn. Bring your chair and your coffee.
  • Blue Moose Tuesday. Tuesday, September 8, 5:30 p.m., Colonial Church front lawn. Bring your own chair, beverage and food as we gather - appropriately distanced - to talk and laugh together.
  • Book Group. Friday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will discuss "Sometimes I Lie" by Alice Feeney.
     
 
Helping Our Neighbors 
 
Artists Helping the Homeless: For the past few years, members of Colonial have purchased, prepared and helped serve an evening meal on the fourth Sunday of the month to support the program of Artists Helping the Homeless. We look forward to returning to our former way of contributing to this program soon, but until that time, please support our homeless population with a donation to cover the cost of the meal. Pay through our website by going to   https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/give/online Select AHH from the dropdown menu.
 
Food Donations:  The need for food is greater than ever. Consider donating to Cross-Lines Community Services or
 
For additional ways to help during the pandemic, click here
     
Your Support Matters  
 
Even though our building is currently closed, our work together matters - to each other and to the community. We are needed more than ever.  
 
Your pledges help Colonial to do its work. Counters are counting and we are making deposits.  You may mail in your pledge checks or any other payments. An easier alternative is to make contributions online.  You just fill in your banking information or provide a credit card and your name and email and what fund you are paying (Stewardship, food pantry, etc.) and the amount. Go to: 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.
 
Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
 
Happy Birthday! 
13  Missy Flachsbarth, Madelyn Henley, Loris Jackson, Tim Owens
14  Marcia Dodson
15  Bob Burgdorfer Sam Lewis
17  Ken Werne
18  Marsha Owen
 
Happy Anniversary!
16  Bruce & Marcia Dodson
  
Calendar

Friday, August 14
5:00-7:00 p.m.-Brad Fairchild Drive-Thru Visitation, back parking lot

Saturday, August 15
10:00 a.m. - Brad Fairchild Online Memorial Service
https://colonialucc.online.church/

Sunday, August 16                 
8:30 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School. https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos
9:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon 
10:15 a.m.-Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/   

Monday, August 17
10:00 a.m.- Morris Martin Online Memorial Service
 
Tuesday, August 18                
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom    
 
Wednesday, August 19       
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops
     
 
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