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Colonial Family     
 
Congratulations to Hayden and Matthew Ferguson on the birth of daughter Vala Ray Ferguson on July 3.    
 
Dear Colonial members,
Thank you for the cards and prayers demonstrating your beautiful words for me and my family upon the death of my mother. 
Edson Palacios-Castrejon, custodian

   
 
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   
   

"White Fragility" Study Group

You still have time to join the discussion of Robin DiAngelo's bestselling book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism. The group meets via Zoom at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in July using materials developed for church communities.  Signup to take part in this study group at https://bit.ly/CCStudyGroupSU.

 
Church Building
Open by Appointment Only       
Out of love for the Colonial community, the building will be open only to staff or by appointment so we will not answer the door. If you have something to drop off, please leave it in the bin outside the office door and we will regularly move items indoors. Contact Heather to schedule an appointment. Edson, our custodian, is taking extra efforts to disinfect rooms after each use.    
   
Watch Our Weekly Services and Sermons  

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

 
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:


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 

 

July 19 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://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon 
  
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.
  • Why Do We Need to Ask? - July 19
  • Payback Time - July 26
  • Skillful Means - August 2
  • Is This Overkill? - August 9
  • An Alternative Mind - August 16
  • What Comes Around Must Go Around - August 23


The Board of Outreach is sponsoring a virtual Christmas in July to support Cross-Lines Community Outreach. As we anticipate the potential that there may not be a physical Christmas Store, we are directing all donations be given directly to Cross-Lines General Fund for their current needs, which are many. Click this link and choose "Cross-Lines General" from the drop-down menu: https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/give/online

Please give generously. 
  
 

Reopening Survey Results

Early in June, Colonial surveyed members about re-opening our church building for in-person worship during the Coronavirus pandemic. The results showed that about a third of survey respondents would not attend in-person worship services, regardless of any changes we made to protect the health and safety of worshippers. The majority of respondents who would be willing to attend indicated that disinfecting our spaces, face masks, social distancing, and a ban on shaking hands must be in place for them to attend. Most of those people were okay with eliminating other traditional worship elements like singing, social time, the receiving line, and communion. Nearly half preferred the service time of 10:15 over 9:30 or 8:30. Most respondents left comments detailing their thoughts.

A more detailed recap of the survey is available here
 

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!  
 
Dianne and Bob Starcke watched the Celebration Brigade. Below, brigade members were out of their cars admiring Dianne's garden at Brookdale. 
 

New Twist for the Annual Rummage Sale   
                       
Because of concerns about COVID-19 in October, Colonial Women has decided to host a rummage collection rather than the usual sale.
Bring your items on Sunday, October 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m. They will be loaded directly into a truck and taken to Savers the following day. Savers will pay us by the pound for good quality items. 
 
All items should be clean and good quality in bags (13 gallon to 42 gallon plastic trash bags) and labeled as "soft goods".  We will not store anything at the church. 
 
Soft Goods Accepted:
  • clothing - adult and children/infant
  • bed and bath items, towels/shower curtains
  • sheets, blankets, pillows/comforters/bed skirts/pillow shams
  • curtains, tablecloths, napkins, runners, placemats
  • shoes (all types) and boots/other cloth materials
  • hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, belts

 

All items should be clean and good quality in bags (13 gallon to 42 gallon plastic trash bags) and labeled as "soft goods".  We will not store anything at the church.   
  

 

Hard Goods - Size restrictions: 18" x 18" x 18"
Please place in boxes.
  • small sporting goods/small garden tools
  • small electrical items toasters, radio, power tools, irons, blenders, mixers, stereos/CD players
  • housewares: china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery, mugs, pots, pans, candles, utensils, glassware, silverware, stemware, baskets
  • small household goods and pictures/frames
Cannot Accept List: water-damaged or moldy items; make-up  and personal toiletries; hazardous materials - batteries, paints, chemicals, cleaning products; infant car seats, cribs restricted by law.
 
Books, magazines, CD and videos should be boxed separately and labeled to go to Half Price Book Store.
 

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.     
  • Book Group. Friday, July 24, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will discuss "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Michele Richardson.
  • Coffee. Monday, August 3, 9:30 a.m., Colonial Church front lawn. Bring your chair and your coffee. 
  • Blue Moose Tuesday. Tuesday, August 11, 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.
     
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.
 
 
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
     
Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
 
Happy Birthday! 
16   Johnnie Haines, Nick Kromnacker
17   Billy Keane
18   Bella Hayden, Bob Starcke, Jim Loomis, Lynn Sample, Veda Goudy
21   Kristal Yost, Martha Wofford, Michelle Turpen
22   Ancel Neuburger, LaVonne Grossman, Rich Korentager 
 
Happy Anniversary!
16   Matthew and Hayden Ferguson
17   Tim and Marion Taylor 
   
  
Calendar

Thursday, July 16
10:30 a.m.-"White Fragility" Study Group via Zoom

Sunday, July 19                 
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/   
12:00 p.m.-Council/Administrative Board
 
Tuesday, July 21            
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom    
 
Wednesday, July 22   
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops
 
Thursday, July 23
10:30 a.m.-"White Fragility" Study Group via Zoom  
   
Friday, July 24
7:00 p.m.-Colonial Women Book Group via Zoom 
 
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