In This Issue
Colonial Family        
We express our sympathy to Kar Woo whose mother, Ching Lee, died June 7. 
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.    
Exterior Locks Change
In response to the pandemic, we recently changed the locks on our exterior doors so we can better schedule and disinfect the building. This allows us to do contact tracing if needed. If you have a key to the building, hang on to it because we plan to return to the old locking system once it is safe to do so. If you have any questions, contact Heather. 

Ways to Help During the Pandemic   
For ways to help in addition to Cross-lines, click here

AA Groups   
AA groups that meet at  Colonial  on Tuesdays and Thursdays are meeting in person again at another location.  If you would like more information, contact  Heather  and she will put you in touch with the organizer. 

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:

Colonial Stays Home Group  
We have a Facebook group called Colonial Stays Home for you to share what you are doing during this stay-at-home period. Please share your stories and photos, whether it's something for a charity or a cause, schooling your kiddos, home improvements, whatever you may be doing. To join the group and see what your fellow Colonialites are doing or to share your story, click here .     
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.
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Twitter: #ColonialUCC 


Annual Meeting Via Zoom This Sunday 
Colonial's annual meeting will be Sunday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82825937016) 

The annual report will be presented and the new Council members accepted. An email was sent last week with the slate of new Council members and the annual report attached. If you have not already voted, please click here  to place your vote now. Click here for the annual report.

Justice March in Prairie Village Today
Stand Up for Black Lives has organized a march and rally for today (June 10). Gather at 6:00 p.m. at the Prairie Village Community Center/City Hall, 7720 Mission Road and march north on Mission Road to 71st Street. There will be a short rally in Macy's parking lot and then the march will head south back to the community center. Colonial Church's restrooms will be open for marchers during the rally.
If you plan to go, wear masks and observe social distancing as we make a public witness for Christ's inclusivity and justice in our community.
We are planning to display rally signs in our front lawn along Mission Road. Drop off a sign today outside the office entrance if you would like to be a part of the display. Or you can stop by the back parking lot this morning at 9:00 a.m. when Nick Kromnacker will be there with supplies to make signs. Nick and helpers worked on signs yesterday too. Jim and Kathi Cook will also have our rainbow banner at Macy's but if someone would like to carry it for the walk, contact Kathi.

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.
  • Desperate Desiring - June 14
  • Sweet Surrender - June 21
  • A Good Lamp - June 28
  • Accountability IS Sustainability - July 5
  • 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
Sunday Worship at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m.
Connect to worship live at https://colonialucc.online.church/ at our usual worship times of 8:30 or 10:15 a.m. Or, you can watch our service anytime after 8:30am on Sundays via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos.

Fellowship Time 
Join with others to chat 10:45-11:15 Sunday morning via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85633168336  

Sunday School Online                        
Camille is leading Sunday School online now. See the video on Sunday morning at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos. Each week, she sends out the curriculum materials via email. If you know of kids who might enjoy taking part, have their parents contact Heather in the church office to be on the list to receive the weekly materials.

Food Drive Concert with "Mr. Stinky Feet"
Join us Sunday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. on the front lawn of Colonial Church for a free, family concert by Jim "Mr Stinky Feet" Cosgrove. Bring your own blankets or chairs. Please respect social distancing practices by keeping 6-10 feet apart from one another during the event. We will be collecting food donations for Cross-Lines Community Services. For a complete list of needs visit: https://www.cross-lines.org/how-to-help/needs-list.html 

Colonial Pub Night
So...the pubs are closed. Let's grab a cold drink and get together in Zoom. Join in the conversation at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.  

Colonial Celebrations on the Road

Colonial Church has a new opportunity to support one another during the pandemic and beyond. Inspired by the birthday and graduation parades that have replaced in-person celebrations these past few months, we created a Colonial Church version called Celebrations on the Road. We will gather in our cars decorated with balloons and banners and provide cheers, honks and more! If you are interested in joining the list of volunteers, or if you have an upcoming celebration like a birthday, anniversary or new baby, please let us know. Contact Heather for more information. 

Moisture Problem in Lower Level  
The Council is making progress on a solution to the moisture problem in the lower level of the church that we have been facing for some time. Jim Cook, Chair of the Board of Property Management, working with both structural and environmental engineers, has determined that the drywall in the lower level underneath the offices and Chapel on the south side of the building has moisture in it above normal saturation levels. Jim has recommended and the Council has approved taking the next step, which is to have a contractor remove any of the drywall in that area that has been affected, inspect the walls for structural damage, decontaminate any microbial growth, encapsulate the area to prevent further growth, and fog the area with a microbial solution to reduce/eliminate airborne spores. This expenditure, which will cost approximately $8,500, will be covered by a donor who has designated funds to cover contingencies such as this one.  
After that step has been completed, we will need to determine next steps to restore the area for safe usage. No matter what we find, the total cost of the project will exceed the $10,000 threshold and therefore need to be approved by the congregation. The Council will formulate a plan and set a date for a special congregational meeting to discuss what needs to be done and how to finance it. The congregation will receive at least two weeks notice before that meeting is held.  

Colonial Women Activities Resume! 
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. Although we are not able to meet in the way that we are accustomed to, we are developing new ways to continue to support one another.  
  • Book Group. Friday, June 19, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. We will discuss "The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain.
  • Coffee. Monday, July 6, 9:30 a.m., Colonial Church front lawn. Bring your chair and your coffee. 
  • 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.
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. To get notified of changes, signup for the contact list at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/form/931187 
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.  
In the past few months, together we have:
  • Helped stock the Cross-Lines Community Outreach food bank,
  • Reached out to each other and the community through Care Partners,
  • Provided a pizza party for Sheffield Place moms and some of you have helped by purchasing items on their wish list, and
  • Supported Kar Woo's homeless efforts even when we can't serve meals ourselves. Colonial Women provided the funds for the meal for Artists Helping the Homeless in April.
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. The link you use is https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/give/online

To see how to donate online, click below.
Donate to Colonial Online
Donate to Colonial Online

If you have any questions, you may email or call Heather in the office or Jayne Quimby, Financial Recorder.

Ways to Buy Fair Trade Coffee 
Colonial Church supports the Fair Trade movement. We usually sell coffee, tea, and chocolate on Sunday mornings, and now we're expanding it with the online store and have it delivered directly to your home. It's simple: 
  1. Go to https://shop.equalexchange.coop/
  2. Create an account (as you join the rewards program, be sure to specify the UCC Project under the Coffee Project dropdown)
  3. Order your delicious Fair Trade coffee
You can also buy fair trade coffee locally at Ten Thousand Villages in downtown Overland Park. 
Pastor Aaron's 10th Anniversary 
Happy Anniversary to Pastor Aaron, who joined the Colonial community as our senior pastor on June 1, 2010. We will celebrate with him in the fall, possibly in conjunction with Gathering Sunday, when we will present him with a special gift as well as funding for sabbatical and/or continuing education purposes. You can donate online at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/give/online and select "Aaron's 10th" from the dropdown menu or mail a check to the office with "Aaron's 10th" in the memo. Any amount - $5, $10, $25, $100 - is welcome. Help us show Aaron our appreciation. 
Online Bible Study       
The letter to the Hebrews was written to show that you can't go back to an earlier stage but must press on eagerly to that which is yet to come. Read Hebrews 11 for June 11. Faith is a journey. There are stretches of new realizations and growth, and there are other times. We have mentors along the way, and in our conversation this week we're going to reflect on that in our Hebrews reading. Our study is open to everyone. You can join the Zoom Bible study at 10:30 a.m. Thursday online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09  with password 7039 or call in by calling 669-900-6833 with Meeting ID: 879 646 5039.   
Supporting 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.  
The current social distancing lifestyle makes it necessary to adapt this contribution. Fortunately, the residents of Bodhi House are willing to purchase the ingredients for us and prepare a sack lunch that can be distributed following the current guidelines, though they have mentioned that they miss the home-baked cookies that are included from our kitchens.  
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. Please be generous.  Since we can't fill the red wagon at Colonial each week, consider these methods of donating:   
  • Monetary donations to Cross-Lines Community Services are always welcome.  Remember Whitey Ackley is in the Colonial back parking lot on Tuesdays from 12:30-3:30 p.m. to collect food for Cross-Lines, which he then takes to them. 
  • Harvesters - The Community Food Network is encouraging the community to help by donating money. Every dollar donated helps ensure they have the food and resources on hand to meet any additional demand. It also helps get the food out more effectively and efficiently. 

In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
Happy Birthday! 
11  Judy LeVeau, Lois Tormohlen
13  Bruce Wofford
15  Kirsten Phillips
16  Sean Lu, Carrie Roberts
17  Marty Sample 
Happy Anniversary!
12  Jim & Carla Mattson
14  Don Sander & Edna Hamera   

Wednesday, June 10
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops

Thursday, June 11
10:30 a.m.-Bible Study  https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09

Sunday, June 14                 
Worship any time after 8:30 online at https://colonialucc.online.church/
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School. https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos  
10:45-11:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. 
11:00 a.m. Annual meeting via Zoom
Tuesday, June 16       
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom   
12:30-3:30 p.m.-Food Collection, Back Parking Lot  
6:00 p.m.-Pub Night via Zoom
Wednesday, June 17       
9:30 a.m.- Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village 

Thursday, June 18
10:30 a.m.-Bible Study
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