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Colonial Family    
 
We express our sympathy to Evelyn Bowman on the death of her daughter, Marilyn Bowman-Pompey, on April 30 after a long illness. Read her obituary, written by Evelyn, 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.  

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

 
Colonial Women Book Group 
 

Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will discuss "The Cutting Season" by Attica Locke.

  
 
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.  
   
 
Colonial Stays Home Group  
 
We now have a group on our Facebook page 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.   
   
Let us know what you are doing. To join the group and see what your fellow Colonialites are doing or to share your story, click here .     
 
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.
 

Sunday Worship: May 10               
                   
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://us02web.zoom.us/j/85633168336

Sunday School Online                        
Camille is leading Sunday School online now. Each week, she sends out the curriculum materials and streams the Bible story on Facebook and YouTube Live Sundays at 9:30 a.m. 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.
 
 
"Heart of the Matter" Breakfast Worship Series     
 
"Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people." -Acts of the Apostles 2: 46-47

In the weeks following Easter, we are creating a "temple" of worship in our hearts, whether we can be physically together or not. By sharing in words and music and breathing and eating and moving together, we will stay connected. The earliest Christians worshiped in their homes before they had churches, and so will we, until we can meet again at Colonial Church. Because at the "heart of the matter," we are connected through the Spirit that makes us one in love.
  • Challah Mother's Day Worship - Sunday, May 10, 2020. Pastor Aaron suggests this recipe for your challah. Please post photos of your creations in Colonial Stays Home.
  • Muffiny Sunday Worship, May 17, 2020
  • Oatmeal Worship - Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 24, 2020
  • Pancake Pentecost Sunday, May 31, 2020
As we connect over breakfast at 8:30 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. each week, we have a suggested item to eat together in our homes. During worship, we'll praise, pray, and dance (yes, each week has a dance number! ). Our worship is designed to help carry us through these days apart until we can be together again. 
 
 
Colonial Pub Nights Online     
 
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.  

 
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.  

 
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.
  
Come to Thursday 10:30 a.m. Study Group      
 
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 are 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.

This group is open to everyone. You can connect 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, 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.

 
  
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! 
7   Kelly Hansen
8   Terry Brown, Kim Fairchild
11  Bennett Graff
13  Chas Colbert   
  
Calendar

Wednesday, May 6
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 7
10:30 a.m.-Bible Study
https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09

Friday, May 8
7:00 p.m.-Colonial Women Book Group via Zoom

Sunday, May 10                 
8:30 and 10:15 a.m. Worship with us online at https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School. Contact Heather to sign up. 
10:45-11:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. 
https://zoom.us/j/8796465039?pwd=NFFIMXZFbnJQQUVGMzJWRG9WT2tLUT09
 
Tuesday, May 12  
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom 
 
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
 
 
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