Help Us Be a Blessing

Our Colonial Church leaders have been considering many options and needs around our facility so we can continue to be a blessing to our community. There are a number of areas where we feel improvements to our facility could make our outreach and service stronger.  

In light of this, we are asking every person in our church community—youth and adult—to please take a brief survey. This survey will only take a few minutes and will help the leadership team discern if now is the right time to move forward with a Capital Campaign. Please complete the survey by February 6.
2021 Colonial Church Budget – Congregational Meeting February 7

The Colonial Administrative Board and other members of the Council met on January 9 to review, discuss and agree on a recommended budget for 2021. Read the minutes here. Review the proposed budget here.

A congregational budget approval meeting is scheduled for 9:15 am on Sunday, February 7. Join the meeting at 
January 31 Online Worship
Sunday Worship Online
Connect to online live worship service at 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 

Online Children's Sunday School. This week's Sunday School Bible story will go live on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. 
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

Online Coffee & Conversation. Grab your coffee, your tea, your beverage of choice and join your fellow Colonialites in our Coffee & Conversation Zoom Room. We will be connecting with each other between our worship services. Stop in for a quick minute to catch up with each other! You can connect at
Colonial Women Activities

Note: All Colonial Women activities are now virtual. You can attend through the Zoom links below. We need to connect now, more than ever! 

Colonial Women Big Biscuit - 9:30 a.m. on February 1 via Zoom

Colonial Women Blue Moose - 5:30 p.m. on February 9 via Zoom

Colonial Women Book Group - 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 26 via Zoom. We will discuss "The Vanishing Half" by Brit Bennett.
Colonial youth have some upcoming opportunities to participate in activities with youth from Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence.
Living the Questions Pro Future Class
Our seminarian, Paula Arbuthnot, will teach an online class designed to help people wrestle with the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century. The four-part series includes videos and discussion time on topics like bringing ancient religion into today's world with science and technology.
Please let us know your interest and we will determine a day and time once we have a list of participants.
Justice Action Needed
Just as we can’t stop supporting Cross-Lines and donating food to Artists Helping the Homeless and other food pantries, we can’t stop speaking out for justice as COVID-19 continues to ravage our country. 

Since May, 8 million Americans have become impoverished. Faith communities and private charities cannot fill the need. That is why Bread for the World urges its members (Colonial is one of them) to contact their elected representatives to support a 15% increase in SNAP (formerly food stamp) funding. In 2020 when he was in the House of Representatives Roger Marshall supported a Global Nutrition Resolution. Maybe as a Senator he could introduce similar legislation. Maybe even convince Senator Moran to co-sponsor. 

Just maybe Colonial members and their friends could convince them to take action – and make a difference. At the very least they will know Kansas constituents care about hunger. Call or email them. Updated bookmarks with contact information will be available soon. Meanwhile, go online.
Your Support Matters

Our work together matters - to each other and to the community. We are needed more than ever in this difficult time. 
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. Click the donate button below.

If you have any questions, you may email or call Heather in the office or Jayne Quimby, Financial Recorder.
Coffee with the Pastor
You can still chat with Pastor Aaron on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. but we are currently meeting via Zoom.
Colonial Family
We express our sympathy to Kathy Flentie on the death of her father, Joe Saragusa, on January 21.
Scam Alert
If you receive any suspicious email or text messages purporting to be from Pastor Aaron, please do not respond and instead call the church office (913-362-7735). Some have reported requests for gift cards.
Pemberton Giving Update
Colonial families responded with creativity and generosity to the Christmas initiative granting $100 from the Pemberton Charitable Foundation to support a charity or need of their choice. Families could spend the money wherever they wanted, as long as it helped someone.
The church distributed the funds – a whopping $6,800 – to both individuals and groups serving in these general categories:
  • Animal welfare
  • Children’s opportunities
  • Community service
  • COVID workers’ families
  • Domestic violence
  • Education
  • Fine arts
  • Homelessness
  • Hunger
  • Hospice
  • Incarcerated people
  • International aid
  • Prostitution
  • Racial justice
  • Utility payments
In addition, some Colonial members contributed additional funds totaling $700 as well as time.
Watch for articles and videos in the coming months showing why Colonial families chose the groups they did and how the money was used.
Colonial Women Rummage Fundraiser
Because of concerns about COVID-19, Colonial Women is hosting a rummage collection rather than the usual sale. The goal is to raise $1,000, which means about 5,000 pounds of items! Savers will pay us by the pound for quality items. To reach that requires 250 13-gallon white trash bags of soft goods and 200 boxes of hard goods. We are also collecting boxes of books for a book sale. So far we have collected 120 bags of soft goods, 44 boxes of hard goods and 23 boxes of books.

Let Marylee Battaglia know how many bags or boxes you have collected so we can see progress toward the goal. The collection is April 11, 2021. Note nothing will be stored at the church.
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.

Happy Birthday!
29 Johnny Keane

Happy Anniversary!
30 Glenna & Jim Loomis
Feb 2 Dan & Shelley Runion
Colonial Member Directory

We have updated the Colonial directory. This is a private directory for the Colonial Church community as an easy way to communicate with members of our church community. We are making this available because you are unable to come to the church to pick up a directory.
Please do not share this directory with people outside this community for private or commercial use.

Thursday, January 28
10:30 a.m.-Thursday Morning Study Group via Zoom

Sunday, January 31           
8:30 a.m. Worship Online  
9:15 a.m. Fellowship Time via Zoom.
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School.
10:15 a.m. Worship Online  

Monday, February 1

Tuesday, February 2
9:30 a.m. Book Group via Zoom

Wednesday, February 3
9:30 a.m. Coffee with the Pastor via Zoom
Full calendar at Colonial Calendar.  

Colonial Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. Aaron Roberts
Bell Choir Director: Hayden Ferguson
Organist: Dr. Joseph Kern
Communications Manager: Sally Huggins
Building Maintenance: Edson Palacios-Castrejon