“Stories” March 7 Online Worship
Worship Series Holy Vessels: A Lenten Season of Recovery

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.

All of us have our stories. We hide some of the stories out of shame.

Yet, there is power in truth telling. There is healing when we share our truth.

God takes us as we are, and this Sunday we will honor that truth as we 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 

Drive-Thru Communion
9:30-10:00 a.m. in the front drive.

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
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.
Urgent Help with Meals Needed
Our friends living at Safehome need some help with meals this week. 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. today or tomorrow (Thursday) this week. Call ahead (913-362-7735) to let us know what time you're stopping by. This is a great way to be a blessing!
Family Card-Making March 7
Join Marylee Battaglia on Zoom as she walks you through how easy and fun it is to make hand-crafted greeting cards on Sunday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. This is a fun, kid-friendly activity using materials you have around your house. Sign up at https://tinyurl.com/Colonial-cardmaking and you'll get information to get ready for the class.
Holiday Hundred

Hear Heather, Nora and Tessa Brasel talk about how they used the $100 from the Pemberton Fund in December.

For a list of recipients of the Holiday 100, click here. If you participated in the Holiday Hundred and would like to make a video about your donation, please contact Heather.
Candidates for Colonial Council Needed

The Colonial Church Council is looking for a few good people to fill upcoming vacancies, beginning in June. The most prominent are chair of the Board of Property Management, a position currently held by Jim Cook. Jim has been in that position off and on for 20+ years and wants a well deserved retirement. 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 later, 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 Blue Moose - 5:30 p.m. on March 9 via Zoom

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

One Great Hour of Sharing 2021 Special Offering

Joshua Mumbi used to spend much of his time collecting water.

When it rained, he would collect water running in the streets. Often he would spend much of the day walking to a local water source and carrying back buckets. Sometimes he would even travel to the water source with his family the night before, spending the night there so that they could bring back water in the morning. His mother, Josephine, did not like to make the journey alone — it was not safe.

There was not much time to go to school. And when he did go to school, Joshua Mumbi was very tired during the day. It was hard to focus; it was hard to learn.

But thanks to your gifts through One Great Hour of Sharing, Joshua Mumbi and his family — and all of the other families in his village — have a safe, clean water source close to home. With a new solar-powered borehole well, they have water for cooking, water for drinking, water for bathing and keeping things clean and sanitary. Because you let love flow, water brought new life to a whole community. Now children like Joshua Mumbi and his siblings can go to school every day, and a whole world of opportunity is open to them. Now the whole community is empowered to provide for their needs, plan for their future, and pursue new opportunities for growth.
So that more communities can experience this new life, please give generously, and let love flow.

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

Our work together matters - to each other and to the community. We are needed more than ever in this difficult time. 
 
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. 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 160 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. Note nothing will be stored at the church.
Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.

Happy Birthday!
5 Benjamin Brasel, Judy Diamond, Vonda Van Pelt
6 Sophia Gardner
7 Adam Kern
8 Lisa Donnelly
9 Rheuben Johnson, Shannon Latham

Happy Anniversary!
5 Lou & Mickey Gehring


Colonial Family
An online memorial service for Colonial member Kirsten Phillips, who died January 5, will be livestreamed at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 5. https://colonialucc.online.church/


Coffee with the Pastor     
We are now meeting in the Heritage Room at Colonial. See you on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Calendar

Thursday, March 4
10:30 a.m.-Thursday Morning Study Group via Zoom

Friday, March 5
1:00 p.m. Kirsten Phillips Memorial Service online

Sunday, March 7           
8:30 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
9:15 a.m. Coffee and Conversation https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon
9:30-10:00 a.m. Drive Thru Communion, front drive
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/  
11:15 Board of Outreach

Tuesday, March 9
9:30 a.m. Book Group via Zoom
5:30 p.m. Colonial Women Blue Moose Tuesday via Zoom

Wednesday, March 10
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