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 

Fellowship Time at 9:15 a.m. Each Sunday, immediately following our 8:30 worship service, we gather together via Zoom. Grab a mug of coffee or a cup of tea and come say hi. This is a chance to catch up and chat, discuss a little about Sunday's message, and anything else that might be on your mind. You can connect at https://tinyurl.com/ColConv
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.
Join us this on Halloween, Saturday, October 31 at 6:45 p.m. in the Colonial back parking lot for a showing of the animated movie “Hotel Transylvania.” Masks and social distancing are required. Snacks and drinks will be provided by Colonial Women. Treats will also be individually wrapped following safety recommendations. Wear a costume if you like. Sign up at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/form/7c2e9f27
You can also participate by dropping off individually wrapped candy (no homemade treats please) in the bin by the church office door by the end of the day Tuesday, October 27. We will then let the treats sit for 72 hours prior to making individual treat bags.

On Sunday, November 1 we will remember the members and friends of our church family who died during the past year or were requested to be remembered. We also will celebrate the new lives of those whose journeys have begun during this period. If there is a loved one you would like to have remembered in our worship service, please contact the church office at info@colonialucc.org.

We are looking for Advent Devotional Writers. If you have been waiting breathlessly for your opportunity to write a devotion for Advent, look no further. All you need do is pick a day, read the text pulled from the Advent Daily Lectionary reading and voila, pen your greatest work! You can join through this link: Advent Devotion Writers Registry

On Sunday November 8, we will be honoring our veteran and active duty Colonial members. Please share the name and branch of service if you are a veteran or active duty. Also, if you are a spouse or family member and would like them to be recognized please share this person's name and branch of service. We would really like a photo of each person (either in uniform or a recent photo). You can email Julie with information and photos at julie.luttman@colonialucc.org
Our Sunday sermons are now available as a podcast. You can access the podcast via our Sermons page on the Colonial Church website or directly through Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

The video version continues to be available as well here.
Pumpkins on doorsteps and cool nights remind us that we will soon be making plans to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. The status of the COVID virus seems to point us to virtual visits with friends and family for holiday feasts, including Colonial’s dinner on the Sunday before Thursday. 

In past few years we have been able to share that meal with families from the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City who are refugees from Turkey. We have reunited with friends and made new ones as we shared time together. This year we can turn to technology to help us celebrate with some who are new to this special western world holiday. Simply let us know that you would like to participate and we will connect you with a family via Zoom to be a part of your Thanksgiving Day. You can share greetings, special prayers and/or activities of your family celebration. Are there special dishes, a way to share thanks or family jokes and games that brings you together? You may want to learn more of the changes that the refugee family has made during their journey to the Midwest. 

Send your name to Julie at julie.luttman@colonialucc.org or Mariam Fleming at mariamfleming@gmail.com

Once again, Colonial will be collecting new toys for Operation Breakthrough’s holiday store. The gift giving will be a little different this year due to COVID. Instead of a tree in the narthex to select ornaments from, go to the Operation Breakthrough Gift Registry to choose toys to purchase.
Place the unwrapped toys in the box outside the church entrance by the office door before 4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. We need the gifts by November 30. Gift cards should be mailed to Colonial Church, 7039 Mission Rd, Prairie Village, KS 66208.

If you need help getting the toys or gift cards to the church, contact Cindy Burgdorfer at 630-776-0511 or cburg1954@gmail.com.

A ME-SHAPED BOX by Olivia Gatwood
We live in a world that likes boxes –
boxy houses, boxy cars,
cardboard boxes and mailboxes
and shoe boxes too
and in those boxes we put our things
and our families and our letters
to our friends across the world.

But we also have imaginary boxes –
boxes where we put people
based on what we’ve learned
from our families
or what we see on TV.

Before we even know someone
we say “If you look like that,
you go in this box!”
Or “If you talk like this,
you go in that box!”

Stereotyping is all the little boxes
in our heads that insist
on fitting people, with all of their
different shapes and sizes and colors
and voices, into a home they didn’t build
for themselves.

Stereotyping keeps us
from getting to know people
for who they are.
Stereotyping makes other people
feel like they aren’t individuals.

So resist the box!
Burn it down!
Why have a box
when we could have a swimming pool
or a trampoline park?
A playground or a giant green field?
We don’t need those silly squares!
We need to let everyone be
exactly who they are
so that we can be too.
And isn’t that so much better
than a boring old box?

“Woke” has a new meaning in the 21st century lexicon. To be woke is to understand that equality and justice for some is not equality and justice for all. The United Church of Christ calls us to be woke in this time, in this place. Therefore, Colonial Church librarians are assembling woke resources for you to learn more about the history and cumulative consequences of inequality and injustice in the United States.
Watch Our Weekly Services and Sermons 

Livestream: Sundays at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. at https://colonialucc.online.church/

On Demand: worship services are on YouTube here. Sermons are available 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:

In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
Happy Birthday! 
21 Carol Barclay, Trip Hagman
23 Lucia Marquez
24 Evan Braithwaite, Mary Weil

Happy Anniversary!
22 Dan Diefenderfer & Francine Knoll

Thursday, October 22
10:30 a.m.-Study Group via Zoom

Sunday, October 25             
8:30 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
9:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon
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/  

Monday, October 26
10:00 a.m.-Colonial Women Board

Tuesday, October 27
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom
Wednesday, October 28 
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops
Full calendar at Colonial Calendar.  

Colonial Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. Aaron Roberts
Bell Choir Director: Hayden Ferguson
Organist: Dr. Joseph Kern
Youth Leader: Michelle Turpen
Communications Manager: Sally Huggins
Building Maintenance: Edson Palacios-Castrejon