It's a mystery.

Can a person actually change God? Or, has God ordained all things since the foundation of the universe?

Our spiritual ancestors explored this mystery, and we will join them as we worship this Sunday.
May you find hope for living in this moment as we do.

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. Immediately following our 8:30 online worship service, grab a mug and come over to our community's Coffee & Conversation online. 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. at 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.

We need your help with our children's ministry. Ms. Camille works with a senior living facility, and over half of their staff has resigned due to stress around COVID-19. She is one of two people left trying to cover all the night shifts for people's care. So, if you can sign up to record a 4-6 minute Sunday School/Children's Conversation lesson, that would be a huge help! Pastor Aaron will send you all the materials, and essentially you just tell the story and lead a short prayer. You can signup for this at https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/form/ffa56c
Colonial Quiltmakers are helping increase awareness of the harms of gun violence with their panel for Vision Quilta national effort inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt of the 1980s. You can see the virtual quilt at  www.visionquilt.org/grandparents-against-gun-violence-kansas-city.html

Colonial Quiltmakers are praying for peace and the end of senseless killing of young lives in our world.

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 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.
Neighbors in Need (NIN) is a special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States. One-third of NIN funds support the Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds of this offering is used by the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) to support a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects through grants. Neighbors in Need grants are awarded to UCC churches and organizations doing justice work in their communities. These grants fund projects whose work ranges from direct service to community organizing and advocacy to address systemic injustice. This year, special consideration will be given to projects focusing on serving our immigrant neighbors and communities.

Make your donation on our website. Click here and go to the pull down menu bar of “Give to 2020 stewardship” to select “Give to Neighbors in Need”. The needs are many during this unusual year, so your generous support is especially important.

The UCC website describes several projects that have been able to serve specific needs in communities of all sizes and locations. Hear a message about this important outreach here.


Individuals who are age 70 ½ and older can make a direct transfer tax free of any amount up to $100,000 annually from their traditional IRA to the church in fulfilling their pledge. You must authorize your IRA trustee to make a direct transfer to Colonial. This IRA distribution is not taxable nor is the donation deductible. With the higher standard deductions for 2020 for married ($27,400 both age 65 or over) and single ($14,050 age 65 or over) and a limit of $10,000 on the amount of state and local taxes that can be deducted, many taxpayers may not be able to itemize their deductions for 2020. Using your IRA instead of your checkbook to make your donations to Colonial allows you to get a tax benefit from your donation. Although the starting age for required minimum distributions was changed from age 70½ to age 72 by the SECURE Act of 2019, the provision allowing qualified charitable distributions from IRA’s remains at age 70½. Further considerations should be discussed with your tax adviser.

Another tax benefit from your donation The coronavirus legislation, known as the CARES Act, enacted earlier this year, provided that cash contributions up to $300 will be deductible in arriving at adjusted gross income and this deduction is in addition to your standard deduction.

Colonial Women Rummage Fundraiser
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:

Thank You!
Dear Colonial Church, 

Gene and Peggy Schmidt loved the surprise Celebration Brigade Parade in honor of Gene on September 30th! The timing was perfect, as Gene has a lot to celebrate. Colonial Church has been sending prayers and love to our family ever since Gene was diagnosed with congestive heart failure almost three years ago. While he is not cured from the disease, thanks to a wonderful hospice care program, he is living a quality life with more energy, balance and peace. Most of all, your continued prayers and thoughtfulness have truly made a difference in his overall well being. We all take comfort in knowing so many people care about our family. We are truly grateful. 

Love, the Cosgrove & Schmidt Families
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
Happy Birthday! 
7 Michael Callahan, Kathi Cook,
Lou Gehring
8 Jeremy Braithwaite
9 Jeni Cosgrove
11 Sadie Algren, Timothy Keane
12 Augie Denton
13 Marsha Werning

Happy Anniversary!
7 Nick and Kelli Kromnacker
11 John and Jill Sullivan
Member Directory

The 2020 Colonial Church directory is available online rather than in paper copy as we are not at church. Click here to access it. Please do not distribute or share the link outside of the Colonial membership to protect everyone's privacy. Thank you. If you need assistance, contact Heather.

Thursday, October 8
10:30 a.m.-Study Group via Zoom

Sunday, October 11             
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/  

Tuesday, October 13
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom
5:30 p.m.-Colonial Women Blue Moose Tuesday, Heritage Room
Wednesday, October 14 
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops
9:30 a.m.-Writers Group via Zoom
6:30 p.m.-Board of Worship via Zoom

Thursday, October 15
10:30 a.m.-Study Group via Zoom

Friday, October 16
9:00 a.m.-Quiltmakers, Social Hall
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