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Colonial Family     
 
We express our sympathy to the family of Norma Jean Chennel, who died July 24.     
   

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!  
 
 
 
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   
   
 
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.

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 

 

August 2 "Skillful Means" 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 .
 

"Your vote is you're your voice.  Don't give it up!" So urges the United Church of Christ. " Voting is a natural extension of faithful action.
 The decisions made by our representatives have a wide reaching impact. We have enormous potential to make positive change.  
 
"We must engage our legislators, vote, and encourage everyone in our communities to do the same. Our faithful voice is needed.  It is tempting to disengage from the political process. As people dedicated to creating a just world for all, we know we must be involved."
 
So, make sure you are registered to vote. Go to jocoelection.org to check. If you have moved since the last election, you must re-register to vote. To vote in the August 4 primary elections in Missouri and Kansas, you must have registered by July 14. 
 
Kansas Election calendar:
August 4 Primary - Polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. To preview candidates and issues on the ballot go to vote411.org and type in your address.
 
If you do vote by provisional ballot at the polls on August 4, you can always call the Johnson County Election office to ensure that your vote was counted.
 
If voting by mail, be sure to sign on the envelope.

 

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.
  • 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 25 (please note change of date) 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.  
 
For a detailed list, click here
 
 
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
     

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, 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.
  • Book Group. Friday, September 11, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will discuss "Sometimes I Lie" by Alice Feeney.
     
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! 
Aug. 1   Stacy Kern
2           Jerry Uppman 
  
Calendar

Thursday, July 30
10:30 a.m.-"White Fragility" Study Group via Zoom
 
Sunday, August 2                 
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 3
9:30 a.m.-Colonial Women Coffee, Colonial lawn
 
Tuesday, August 4              
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom    
 
Wednesday, August 5     
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