"Restoration" March 21 Online Worship
Lent Worship Series - February 21-March 28
Throughout our Lenten series called “Broken Vessels,” we’re going to come back to the imagery of beach glass. Beach glass begins as something whole, and somewhere on its journey it is broken and discarded.

The healing that needs to take place is greater than any one person. Creation itself is groaning, and God's Spirit gives us the power and ability to respond.

This Sunday, we welcome our guest preacher, Rev. Caela Simmons-Wood to proclaim Good News!
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 

Online Children's Sunday School. This week's Sunday School Bible story will go live on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Online Coffee & Conversation. Grab your coffee, your tea, your beverage of choice and join your fellow Colonialites in our Coffee & Conversation Zoom Room. We will be connecting with each other between our worship services. Stop in for a quick minute to catch up with each other! You can connect at https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon
Easter Lilies for Altar
Easter lilies will be placed on the altar as a backdrop for our online worship on Easter Sunday, April 4. You can dedicate a plant in memory of or in honor of a loved one. Cost is $20 each. Click here to fill out the form and pay online. Or you can print this form and mail it with a check payable to Colonial Church. Deadline is March 28.
Sea Glass for You
Each week our lenten worship will include an action using beach glass so we have pieces available for you to pick up outside the church exterior office door.
Coffee with the Pastor     
We are now meeting in the Heritage Room at Colonial. See you on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Podcast Discussion Group
Do you love podcasts? Do you like sharing what you love about podcasts with friends? Let’s form a podcast discussion group! Think book club, but for podcasts. We can share our favorite podcasts or listen to specific podcasts and discuss, or both. If you are interested in learning more, sign up at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/form/ad0190444 and we will poll the group to determine the best time to meet.

Pastor Aaron Email Scam
Someone pretending to be Pastor Aaron is emailing people in the church community with a message with the subject line: PEACE!! Don't respond to the email. It's a phishing scam. It's been reported to Google, since the scammer's using Gmail. Contact Heather is you have questions.
AIDS Walk Kansas City
Please join the Board of Outreach in participating in AIDS WALK Kansas City virtually on Saturday, April 24. AIDS WALK Kansas City raises money to provide shelter, medical care and emergency services for more than 5,700 men, woman and children in Kansas City suffering from HIV/AIDS. AHH (Artists Helping the Homeless) also receives funds from the walk to provide HIV testing for their members.

Go to aidswalkkansascity.org and select Colonial UCC team when joining the walk or choosing to donate to a team member. The distance you walk is up to you. Grab a friend to join you!

For questions please contact Shawn Boelter or Stacey Algren.
Ramadan Break Fast Dinner
You are invited to join friends from the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City for a Ramadan break fast dinner on April 27. We will meet virtually at 7:30 p.m. in the comfort of our living rooms to hear more about the month of Ramadan and the fasting custom. You will then visit with a Muslim family somewhere in the world to share the meal that each of you have prepared. RSVP to julie.luttman@colonialucc.org or mariamfleming@gmail.com 
The link will be forwarded to you.
Urgent Help with Meals Needed
Our friends living at Safehome need some help with meals this month. If you are able to make a casserole that can be simply reheated, please bring it by Colonial Church (7039 Mission Road, 66208) between 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Call ahead (913-362-7735) to let us know what time you're stopping by. Last week we gave 10 casseroles. This is a great way to be a blessing! Keep up the good work. Veggie casseroles are appreciated as well as traditional casseroles.
Candidates for Colonial Council Needed
The Colonial Church Council is looking for a few good people to fill upcoming vacancies, beginning in June. Finding a new Board of Property Management chair is critical to allow for time to overlap with current chair Jim Cook. The chair works with Heather in the office and custodian Edson and they take care of all the routine building needs. Another position is that of Assistant Moderator. That position simply serves on the council and Administrative Board, and works with Bill Sanderson to learn the ropes of being Moderator. When Bill steps away in June 2022, the assistant becomes the new moderator. Other positions may open but these are the most pressing. Please consider serving the church in one of these capacities if you are approached by a Council member. Please email Bill Sanderson (bills043@gmail.com) if you have questions or comments.

Colonial Women Activities

Note: All Colonial Women activities are now virtual. You can attend through the Zoom links below. We need to connect now, more than ever! 

Colonial Women Book Group - 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 26 via Zoom. We will discuss "The Secret Lives of Church Ladies" by Deesha Philyaw. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83417614293?pwd=b1BCVC91R1BWZm1oSHVTZ20rTlJDUT09

Colonial Women Coffee - 9:30 a.m. on April 5 via Zoom

Colonial Women Blue Moose - 5:30 p.m. on April 13 via Zoom


One Great Hour of Sharing 2021 Special Offering

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare structural inequities that contribute to increased poverty and injustice. On full display is the plight of the working poor who have lost jobs, are on the brink of homelessness, and are waiting for hours in long lines at food pantries. The 2021 One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering theme is “Let Love Flow.” When you share your gifts to OGHS, you Let Love Flow.
Your generosity ensures that, even in the midst of uncertainty, the transforming power of love will continue to change the lives of those who are most vulnerable among us. Thank you for your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing, as together we build a just world for all.

You can donate at any time here. Choose One Great Hour of Sharing in the drop down menu. Click here to download and print the One Great Hour of Sharing calendar, which can help you save for your donation on March 21.
Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. - Youth play Among Us on Zoom
  • Sunday, March 28 - Youth driveway chalking

For more information, email or call Heather in the office.
Your Support Matters

Even though we are not worshiping in person, our work together matters - to each other and to the community. Your pledges help Colonial do its work. You may mail in your pledge checks, as well as 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. Click the donate button below.

If you have any questions, you may email or call Heather in the office or Jayne Quimby, Financial Recorder.
Colonial Women Rummage Fundraiser
Because of concerns about COVID-19, Colonial Women is hosting a rummage collection rather than the usual sale. The goal is to raise $1,000, which means about 5,000 pounds of items! Savers will pay us by the pound for quality items. To reach that requires 250 13-gallon white trash bags of soft goods and 200 boxes of hard goods. We are also collecting boxes of books for a book sale. So far we have collected 165 bags of soft goods, 48 boxes of hard goods and 25 boxes of books. Let Marylee Battaglia know how many bags or boxes you have collected so we can see progress toward the goal.

Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.

Happy Birthday!
17 Lisa Tierney
19 Allan Weil

Happy Anniversary!
21 Michael & Sue Callahan
23 Paul & LeAnn Russell, Robbie Robinson & Lin Vaughn

Calendar

Thursday, March 18
10:30 a.m.-Thursday Morning Study Group via Zoom

Friday, March 19
9:00 a.m. Quiltmakers, Social Hall

Sunday, March 21          
8:30 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
9:15 a.m. Coffee and Conversation https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School. https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos
10:15 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
11:30 a.m. Council/Administrative Board
4:00 p.m. Youth Play Among Us on Zoom

Monday, March 22
1:00 p.m. Colonial Women Board via Zoom

Tuesday, March 23
9:30 a.m. Book Group via Zoom

Wednesday, March 24
9:30 a.m. Coffee with the Pastor, Heritage Room
 
Full calendar at Colonial Calendar.  


Colonial Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. Aaron Roberts
Bell Choir Director: Hayden Ferguson
Organist: Dr. Joseph Kern
Communications Manager: Sally Huggins
Building Maintenance: Edson Palacios-Castrejon
913-362-7735