In This Issue
Colonial Family
Congratulations to Lin Vaughn and Robbie Robinson on their marriage March 23. Pastor Aaron married them in their home with family present.  

Altar Flowers Suspended
Because, like so many other small businesses, Dalton Flower's has to close as a non-essential business we will not have altar flowers for at least the next 30 days. We had been showing them next to Pastor Aaron in the online worship service. 

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.

Help Our Youth!   
The Colonial Youth Group is raising funds for their activities. Mail a check to the church office with Youth Event in the memo line.    
AA Groups     
AA groups that meet at Colonial on Tuesdays and Thursdays are suspending in-person meetings for at least two weeks and exploring remote meetings. If you would like more information, contact Heather and she will put you in touch with the organizer.
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Twitter: #ColonialUCC 


Sunday Worship: March 29          
The worship service will be a video available beginning 8:30 Sunday morning. We encourage you to watch at 8:30 or 10:15 to continue the practice of worshiping and praying together, though we are in different locations. The link is https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/ 
Fellowship Time 
Join in on Coffee and Conversation 10-45-11:15 Sunday morning via Zoom. https://zoom.us/j/8796465039 

Church Building Is Closed      
As of now, the church building is closed and all meetings are canceled. Contact the church office if you have questions.  
Report from the Colonial Church Council  
The Church Council met on March 22 via a video conference.  We decided that until the rules are relaxed on social distancing that the Church will remain closed except for mail pick-up and possibly some custodial work.  Heather is working remotely and can be reached by calling the church office or by email.  Aaron will be working remotely except for when he must be at the church; for example, while conducting Sunday services via YouTube.   
The capital improvement campaign that we had been considering has been postponed indefinitely.  In the meantime we are getting a structural engineer to assess the moisture problem in the lower level so that we can consider options on moving ahead with that project.  We are also obtaining bids on the completion of the renovation in the kitchen in the Heritage room.  We will keep the congregation advised on progress made on these two projects.  Much will depend on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn that will accompany it.   
Ancel Neuburger, Moderator
Giving at Colonial 
Even though the building is currently closed at Colonial, we are still picking up mail everyday. Counters will not be counting as often, but will still be making deposits.  Therefore, you may mail in your pledge checks, Easter Lily, One Great Hour of Sharing, or any other payments and they will be processed.

An easier alternative is to send payments online.  You just fill in your banking information ( routing number and account number ) 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

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

Colonial Care Partners
Our sacred duty to observe social distance is vital right now. So, is our need to maintain connections over the days and weeks ahead. Please signup to be a Care Partner. You'll be paired with another person to check on every 48 hours. This is not just for people in the church community, but anyone. So share this widely. Because, as we often say: We're Better Together.  
Order Easter Lilies 
Easter lilies will be placed on the altar for Easter Sunday, April 12. You can order a plant in memory or in honor of a loved one. If you wish to donate a lily, print this form - complete it, attach a check for $17.00 each (payable to Colonial Church), and return it to the church office. Easter lilies will be used as part of our Easter Sunday worship service. We will print a list of the donors and honorees in the Crier.
One Great Hour of Sharing     
"For we are co-workers in God's service; you are God's field, God's building"   1 Corinthians 3;9
One Great Hour of Sharing is one of the four UCC funds supported by all congregations. The theme is "Invest in the Future" and your contribution will allow UCC to continue working in communities worldwide, providing education to girls and boys, vocational training for adults, supporting microcredit lending and seeing people through to self-sufficiency by empowering families with skills to support themselves. These sustainable solutions offer support with dignity to all. We will be planting seeds for a new life to people all.  
Please make a generous contribution. Because we will not be worshiping together, please make your donations online at https://tinyurl.com/colonial-giving     
Thursday Morning Hebrews Bible Study     
Many Jewish Christians of the first century were regarded by still-skeptical family, friends and neighbors as dangerous, misguided and even disloyal to God. 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 is yet to come. Our weekly studies will be based on NT Wright's materials, we hope to find encouragement and assurance that pressing on, even in the face of such close and constant pressure to fall back, is its own reward.
Observing our sacred duty for social distance, we'll be meeting exclusively online - at least initially. From March 26-April 16, we'll meet at 10:30 a.m. online at https://zoom.us/j/8796465039 or call in by dialing (669) 900-6833 with Meeting ID: 879 646 5039    
Pastor Aaron's 10th Anniversary 
This coming June will mark Aaron Roberts' 10th anniversary as Colonial's pastor. To celebrate this occasion the Council is planning recognition of Aaron's service following the 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. worship services on June 7.

We will present Aaron with a special gift as well as funding for sabbatical and/or continuing education purposes. Anyone wishing to contribute to this effort is invited to make a donation through Heather at the church office, designating the gift "Aaron's 10th." Thank you for helping to honor Aaron.
Ancel Neuburger,
Colonial Women Activities 
All activities have been cancelled until further notice. 
Feeding the Homeless  
Due to Covid-19, our scheduled effort to feed the homeless will be re-evaluated for the month of April.    

Sunday, March 29                 
8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Worship with us online at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/
10:45-11:15 a.m. - Coffee and Conversation 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