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Giving Statements     
Giving Statements will be emailed for contributions from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020.  This email will be sent approximately July 9.  Those members who do not have an email will receive a statement in the mail.

If you have any questions about your statement, you may email or call J ayne Quimby, Financial Recorder or Heather Winker in the church office.
 
   
 
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   
   
 
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:


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Back to In-Person Worship with a Few Changes     
 
What to Expect with In Person Worship
What to Expect with In Person Worship
 
Returning to our building for worship will be a little different in order to make it safe for everyone. We all must wear masks, practice social distancing and follow some new guidelines. Here are a few other things to know:
 
Coming and going
Enter through the sanctuary doors on the main level. You may park in the back and walk around to the front or use the circle drive for drop offs in front, then drive around to one of the parking lots.
Exit through the main doors in the lower level.
The elevator will be available.
 
Masks and sanitizer
Please bring and wear a mask from home. If you forget your mask, they will be available as you enter. A greeter will be at the entrance with hand sanitizer for all.
 
Restrooms and drinking fountains
Use the lower-level restrooms - the restrooms on the main level will be closed. Drinking fountains have been shut off.
 
Narthex
Proceed to the sanctuary when you arrive, no gathering in the narthex in order to maintain social distance. A hospitality table volunteer will be in the narthex.
 
Sanctuary/worship service
We ask you to space yourselves throughout the sanctuary unless you are members of a household. Every other pew has been taped off and Bibles, hymnals and clip boards removed. We will not use offering plates and ask you to drop off donations in a box in the narthex.
 
Greeting the pastor
Pastor Aaron will not stand in the narthex after service. Instead, he will walk outside at the circle drive, so please drive by to say hello.
 
Children and Youth
No Sunday School, Colonial Tween Squad or Youtz gatherings for the time being. The nursery is closed.  
 
   
8:30 Online Worship on July 12
 
You may still connect to worship online live at https://colonialucc.online.church/ at 8:30 a.m. Or, you can watch our online service anytime after 8:30 a.m. on Sundays via YouTube at https://bit.ly/CCYouTubeVid

Online Coffee & Conversation at 9:15 a.m.
Fellowship in our Zoom room is moving to 9:15 a.m. starting this Sunday. Come say hi to our church community at https://bit.ly/CCCNC.  
 
Online Children's Sunday School
Camille Breckenridge teaches the week's Sunday School Bible story on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. 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.
  • The Chicken or the Egg - July 12
  • 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

Colonial Celebration Brigade
The Celebration Brigade has arrived. 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!  
 
Colonialites celebrating residents at Mission Square. 

"White Fragility" July Thursday Morning Study Group

We're going to begin a new study at 10:30 a.m. Thursdays in July using materials developed for church communities.
  
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. To dismantle racism in our nation, white people must come to terms with our own and others' fragile, defensive, and coded responses when a conversation turns to race.
 
This July, our Colonial Church Thursday Study Group is going to read and discuss Robin DiAngelo's bestselling book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
  • July 9 - "Facing White Supremacy"
  • July 16 - "How Race Shapes the Life of White People"
  • July 25 - "Disrupting Racist Patterns" 
3 Steps to Participate:
  1. Signup to take part in this study group at https://bit.ly/CCStudyGroupSU.
  2. Order the book at https://bit.ly/CCWhiteFragility.
  3. Meet online at 10:30am on Thursdays via Google Meet at https://bit.ly/CCStudyGrp. 
 


  "Your vote is 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."
 
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 be registered by July 14.  You can do it online.
 
Kansas Election calendar
July 14 - voter registration deadline
July 15 - Advanced voting by mail begins
July 20 - Advanced voting in person begins
July 28 - Advanced ballot application deadline  (Download from jocoelection.org if you have not received application.)
August 4 - Polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m
 
To preview candidates and issues on the ballot starting 20 days before the election go to vote411.org and type in name and address.
 
If you do vote by provisional ballot at the polls on August 4, you can always call the Johnson County Election Office (913-715-6800) the following week to ensure your vote was counted.
 
If voting by mail, be sure to sign on the envelope.

 
Highlights from June 28 Council Meeting
 
July 12 has been set as the first Sunday the building will be reopened for in-person services. Colonial will adhere to state COVID-19 rules regarding gatherings, so if the situation changes, the church will comply.  Rules on wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing, etc. will be shared in the Crier and a "what to expect" video from Pastor Aaron.
 
The Board of Property Management has two projects underway: remodeling the Heritage Room kitchen and remedying the moisture issues in the basement. Future projects under consideration include resurfacing areas of the parking lot and repairing or replacing the sanctuary roof. Other recent efforts include rekeying the exterior locks and installing security cameras and doorbells.
 
Due to the pandemic, Parish Life suspended all events including Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas activities and Colonial Women cancelled the annual Rummage Sale.
 
The Colonial Church PPP Loan application was not approved, but the church will receive a reduction in payroll taxes resulting in a savings of approximately $17,000.
 
For full minutes, click here
 
   

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.     
  • Blue Moose Tuesday. Tuesday, July 14, 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, 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. 
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! 
9    Sabrina Korentager
12  Julie Welch
14  Rosalie Henry
15  Jane Pronko 
 
Happy Anniversary!
11   Howard & Marti Lee
   
  
Calendar

Thursday, July 9
10:30 a.m.-"White Fragility" Study Group https://bit.ly/CCStudyGrp

Sunday, July 12                 
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/CCCNC 
10:15 a.m.-Worship, Sanctuary  
Worship any time after 8:30 online at https://bit.ly/CCYouTubeVid.  
 
Tuesday, July 14           
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom    
 
Wednesday, July 15  
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops
 
Thursday, July 16
10:30 a.m.-"White Fragility" Study Group  https://bit.ly/CCStudyGrp
 
 
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