In This Issue
Church Building
Reopening June 1 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 or deliver, please leave it in the bin outside the office door and we will regularly move items indoors.
Colonial Church is currently accommodating groups of 10 or fewer who have made arrangements through the office in order to disinfect rooms after use. Please contact Heather with questions or to schedule an appointment.   
Ways to Help During the Pandemic   
For ways to help in addition to Cross-lines, click here

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.  

Colonial Women Book Group 

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

Watch Our Weekly Services and Sermons  

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

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.  

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
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 .     
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:

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.
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.

Sunday Worship at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m.
Have your pancakes ready as we conclude our breakfast worship series with a Pentecost celebration. 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.

Annual Meeting Via Zoom
Colonial's annual meeting will be Sunday, June 14 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82825937016) 
We will vote on the slate of officers for the new Church Council and the annual report will be presented. Please watch for an email this week with the annual report attached and an introduction of the candidates.

Lucia Marquez-Uppman graduated  summa cum laude from Shawnee Mission West High School. She was named a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar and was awarded West's Outstanding Senior in Art award. She was art editor of the school's literary magazine, "Out of Hand," and co-led the Ukulele Club and the Environmental Club. She played viola in all-district orchestra for three years and in all-state orchestra for one year. She earned her certificate of biliteracy in Spanish and English. She plans to attend Scripps College in Claremont, California in the fall to study art and environmental analysis. She is a loyal friend, a good dancer, and her name means "light," which is exactly what she's been to her grateful family for 18 years. Lucia is the daughter of Elizabeth Uppman and Chucho Marquez.
Cole Jones is a 2020 graduate of Park Hill High School in Kansas City, MO. He is the grandson of Sharon and Bill Yohn.  Cole has selected Kansas State University to study Business and Marketing. 

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. We are picking up mail everyday. Counters are counting and we are making deposits.  Therefore, you may mail in your pledge checks, as well as contributions for Strengthen the Church, or any other payments and they will be processed.

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.
Colonial Writers Group  
The Colonial Writers Group will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 3 via Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5128301363?pwd=ZUJycm9uQTBHTmd6YUs4anVSckdhZz09 
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.    
Online Bible Study       
For this week, read Hebrews chapter 9, which is so appropriate for our time. It's about how sometimes we have to make temporary arrangements to keep things going.  And that's not always easy. 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.    Everyone is welcome to participate. 
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.  And 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. 

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.  

Pastor Aaron's 10th Anniversary 
The celebration of Aaron Robert's 10th anniversary as Colonial's pastor, which had been scheduled to take place in June, has been postponed until the fall, possibly in conjunction with Gathering Sunday. We will present Aaron with a special gift as well as funding for sabbatical and/or continuing education purposes and are continuing to collect your donations.   
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. 
Highlights from May 17 Council Meeting      
Depending on what Kansas does on the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, June 21 has been set as the earliest date that the church could be reopened for in-person worship services. Rules on wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing, etc., will be communicated prior to that date. Heather Winker will be returning to the church office June 1, but will be available by appointment only.
All members should have received an email regarding the remodeling of the kitchen in the Heritage Room asking you to vote no later than May 28 on whether or not to approve the proposal, which is over $10,000. The Council has sufficient funds to cover the cost without a special fund raiser. Click here to cast your vote.
The Board of Property Management has been working with structural and environmental engineers to address the moisture problem in the lower level. Until we receive the final report from the environmental engineer, we won't know for sure how to proceed. In the meantime some simple improvements in landscaping, downspouts, and window-well covers are being taken. The congregation will be kept informed on this issue.
Aaron's 10th anniversary celebration which had been scheduled to take place on June 7 has been postponed until the fall, possibly in conjunction with Gathering Sunday.
Ancel Neuburger
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
Happy Birthday! 
29   Libby Donnelly 
30   Bonnie Bender
1   Grace Lybarger  
2   Nick Herbst
3   Hadley Cotten 
Happy Anniversary!
29   Mark & Kelly Hansen, Phil & Jetta Porter 
30   Terry & Diane Brown   

Wednesday, May 27
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002845421

Sunday, May 31                 
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. 
Tuesday, June 2     
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom   
12:30-3:30 p.m.-Food Collection, Back Parking Lot 
Wednesday, June 3     
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron, online at   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85002845421   
9:30 a.m.-Colonial Writers Group via Zoom

Thursday, June 4
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