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Colonial Family     
 
We express four sympathy to Jane Ackley and Rusty Mann on the death of their mother, Anne Mann. Services will be in Illinois.   
   
 
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   
   

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!  
 
 
 
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.

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July 26 "Payback Time" Online Worship
 
There are people who twist words of forgiveness into a weapon or a trap. Recovery involves making a list of all persons we have harmed, and becoming willing to make amends to them all. It's so direct and specific, and yet becoming willing and able to reach out can be so difficult. This Sunday, we are going to consider Christ's call for all of us to make amends - work for healing with one another. 
 
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.
  • 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. 
  
 

Rummage Collection Instead of 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.
     

Black Lives Matter Campaign 
Our Colonial Church Council is encouraging you to donate to MORE2 to have your name included in this year's MORE2 annual program booklet on the Black Lives Matter page. The booklet will be published in October with one full page that has at the top in bold letters: "BLACK LIVES MATTER." To lend their name and support to this statement, donate $30 each name.

This isn't just a fund-raising scheme. By supporting MORE2, we are actually supporting racial justice in the Kansas City area in Missouri and Kansas in tangible and direct ways. To give, click here. Please include a note in the address field to connect your gift to BLM, and list your name as you want it publicized. Or, you can mail a check to MORE2, 3151 Olive, KCMO 64109.
   
 

Highlights from July 19 Colonial Council Meeting
 
The Board of Property Management reported all mold and damaged wallboard have been removed in the moisture abatement project on the lower level. We are now waiting on updates on what to do with three cracks in the south wall. The wall is structurally sound, but leaking.  
 
The Board of Outreach discussed a "Get Out the Vote" campaign.  
 
The Board of Worship reported in-person worship is on hold, but procedures are in place to allow it to start up when it can be done safely following the White House guidelines on reopening.  
 
The Council approved encouraging members of the congregation to donate to Black Lives Matter through MORE2.  
 
Next steps in repair of the building and use of various donations and funds to finance these projects including the Heritage Room remodel were discussed.   
 
Bill Sanderson, moderator 
 
Read the full minutes 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.
 
 
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! 
23   Kirk Carson
27   Doug Welch, Heath Latham, Lin Vaughn
29   Allan Flentie, Stacy Brunner 
 
Happy Anniversary!
29   Bob & Cindy Burgdorfer 
   
  
Calendar

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 

Sunday, July 26                 
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/   
 
Tuesday, July 28             
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom    
 
Wednesday, July 29    
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops
 
Thursday, July 30
10:30 a.m.-"White Fragility" Study 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