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Colonial Family    
 
I would like to thank everyone for the many cards and emails upon my sister's passingI greatly appreciate all of your kindness, support and prayers during this difficult time. It has been a comforting blessing to me! Julie Luttman 

 
Tuesday Book Group Meeting Online   
 
Colonial Tuesday Book Group meets every week on Zoom now, 9:30 a.m. Want to catch up on some reading, great discussion? Please contact info@colonialucc.org for an invitation and information about the current book.  

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

 
Colonial Women Book Group 
 

Friday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will discuss "The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain.

  
 
Coffee with the Pastor Online       
The weekly Coffee with the Pastor that usually is at Einstein's at 9:30 am on Wednesdays has moved online. So, put on a pot of coffee and join Pastor Aaron at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002845421 from your computer or mobile device.  You can also call in from your phone by dialing 669-900-6833 with Meeting ID: 850 0284 5421
   
 
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.  
   
Watch Our Weekly Services and Sermons  

You can watch our worship services on YouTube here. Sermons are available here.

 
Council Minutes       
 
Click here for minutes of the April 19, 2020 Colonial Council meeting.  
   
 
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:


 
Altar Flowers Suspended
 
Because, like so many other small businesses, Dalton Flowers has to close as a non-essential business we will not have altar flowers until we worship again in our sanctuary. 
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.
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/colonialucc
Instagram: colonial_ucc
Twitter: #ColonialUCC 

 

AA Groups     
 
AA groups that meet at Colonial on Tuesdays and Thursdays have suspended in-person meetings. Information about online meetings is available here. If you would like more information, contact Heather and she will put you in touch with the organizer.
 

Colonial Church Worship Online                 
                   
Each Sunday morning at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m., you can connect together with others live as we worship as a community at https://colonialucc.online.church/    During these services you can chat with others, make prayer requests, or even ask Pastor Aaron questions privately.

You can also view our worship service on YouTube at any time beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sundays at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos  
 
Fellowship Time 
Join with others to chat at 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 Colonial Church in Prairie Village. 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.
 
So...the pubs are closed. Let's grab a cold drink and get together in Zoom in May and June. Join in the conversation at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 or Tuesday, June 16.  

 
Strengthen the Church Special Offering     
 
We have the opportunity to support the UCC Strengthen the Church fund with a special donation. This fund supports leadership development, new churches, youth ministry and other challenges that existing congregations meet as they strive to invest in God's vision for the church. Each conference utilizes their funds wisely and carefully so your contribution may offer education aid to potential leaders, grants to  strengthen local projects, or meet other needs of congregations throughout the Kansas/Oklahoma Conference. Needs and challenges are many, especially as we strive to keep our community strong with new methods of worshiping and communicating as we fight the current pandemic restrictions.  Please be generous!    
 
Give to this offering through colonialucc.org at " Donate Online" and select "Strengthen the Church" from the dropdown menu. You may also text to give at 913-325-4400 or mail a check to the church with STC in the memo.  

 
Ramadan Post-Fast Dinners 
 
The Islamic Holy Month of Ramadan is April 24 - May 24, with opportunities to learn more about the meaning and beauty of the celebration that includes followers fasting from sunrise to sunset. As the sun goes down, families and friends traditionally gather to share a fast breaking dinner.  
 
The Dialogue Institute of Kansas City invites you to join this year in a  virtual fast-breaking dinner through YouTube, Zoom or other technology methods.  If you would like to share a meal with a family, contact the Dialogue Institute (786-978-1307) to be put in contact with a Muslim family to share a meal on one of the nights during this month.  Or you may go to You Tube (bit.ly/2VpuTRp) and click "live" at 7:30 on one of the evenings to share a meal that will include speakers on the meaning of Ramadan traditions from participants living in various parts of the United States.  
 
We look forward to hosting a fast-breaking dinner in the social hall again next year, but this will allow us to touch base with old and new friends and learn more of Islam now.
 
Colonial Stays Home Group  
See below what some Colonialites are doing while quarantining.    
 
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 .     
 
 
Youth Talk with Pastor Aaron    
 
Each Wednesday through the end of the school year, at 8:00 p.m. our Youtz (7th-12th grade) are getting together online with Pastor Aaron. Usually, this was once a month, but we're doing it more often now. We'll be in a Zoom room (https://zoom.us/j/95991875668?pwd=VVpjV2szYjJRTHRndUpiVGJXNlQvdz09), so use password YOUTZ, if prompted.  

  
Come to Thursday Zoom Bible Study       
 
People have created amazing art to represent beauty and wonder they've experienced. And sometimes people prefer the copy to the original. The writer of Hebrews saw that many prefered the temple to heaven. In our study, we're going to consider the idea of God giving people a "new covenant." Read Hebrews Chapter 8 for May 14. 
 
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.   
 
 
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.  
 
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. 

 
Giving at Colonial 
 
Even though our building is currently closed, we are 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, Strengthen the Church, 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

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.
 
  
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,
Moderator
 
Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
 
Happy Birthday! 
14   Mariam Fleming
15   Sofie Carson, Willa Cosgrove, Todd Willemsen
19   Helen Minteer, Nancy Thomsen 
  
Calendar

Wednesday, May 13
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002845421
8:00 p.m.-Youth Talk with Pastor Aaron

Thursday, May 14
10:30 a.m.-Bible Study
https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09

Sunday, May 17                 
Worship any time after 8:30 online at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School.  
10:45-11:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. 
https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09
 
Tuesday, May 19   
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom  
6:00 p.m.-Pub Night via Zoom   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83340470312  
 
Wednesday, May 20   
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002845421   
8:00 p.m.-Youth Talk with Pastor Aaron
 
 
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