September 27 Worship

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.Camille Breckenridge teaches the week's Sunday School Bible story on Sunday mornings 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.
Because the numbers are increasing, Colonial will continue to hold online-only worship services.


Congregational Meeting This Sunday
A special congregational meeting by Zoom is scheduled at 9:15 (between services) on September 27 to ask for congregational approval for two items:
  • a person to provide technology assistance to Pastor Aaron during the COVID-19 crisis
  • an upgrade to our audio/visual systems.

The cost of these not come out of the operating budget but will be covered by tax refunds and the Pemberton Trust. The amounts are over $10,000 so the congregation must approve the expenditures.


Details of the proposals are in the September 10, 2020 Council Meeting attached here.
Communion and Pet Blessing Sunday 

9:30 am on October 4
Head to Colonial on Sunday, October 4 for drive-through Communion beginning at 9:30 am. If you like, bring your furry friends along for a special blessing. Pastor Aaron will stand along the circle drive near the sanctuary doors, greet people and pets, and serve Holy Communion.
K-O Conference Annual Meeting Begins October 5

Attend the Kansas-Oklahoma Conference Annual Meeting virtually this year. There are voting delegates as always, but members of K-O churches are invited to join. 

Listen to speakers like Brian Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG and former Obama administration official, and Rev. Rebecca Anderson, Pastor/Founder of Earshot Storytelling. The meeting also is an opportunity to connect with our fellow churches in the conference. 

There is no cost but you must register. Learn more and register at https://www.koannualmeeting2020.org/

Neighbors in Need Offering October 4
October 4 is the date to make your contribution to the NEIGHBORS IN NEED fund of the UCC. 

This year, you will make this 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.

This fund supports ministries of justice and compassion in congregations all over the United States. Grants such as the $10,000 that made it possible for the Peace Congregational United Church in South Carolina to supplement their fund and build a tiny house to temporarily shelter a member of the LGBTQ community who had been forced to leave their home. This congregation saw a need and donated time and money to help with a solution. Many communities are facing justice and compassion problems and our support with our donations is a step forward. The UCC website describes several projects that have been able to serve specific needs in communities of all sizes and locations. Hear some stories about recipients of NIN funds here.
Virtual Quilt Show
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
Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. That’s why the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive on October 1, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. in the Colonial Church Social Hall. The community is invited to donate blood for hospital patients in our neighborhoods and across the nation. The need for blood is constant, but only 3 percent of the U.S. population donates. To make an appointment or to learn more, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
A New Theology for a Renewed Christianity
Thursday Study Group
The religious, racial, and ethnic makeup of the United States is changing. We live in a community of people of many faiths. Traditional Christian theology is rooted in ancient Greek dualism - black and white; in or out; right or wrong. It became the theology of empires.

We need a new approach.

Today, Christians from Asia offer a new vision of pluralist theology - of coexisting. It may be exactly what we need.

Our Thursday Morning Study Group is going to explore this Christian approach with a five-week study of Damayanthi Niles' book Doing Theology with Humility, Generosity, and Wonder: A Christian Theology of Pluralism.

We meet on Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88527356861?pwd=bzU5MHBiUVV5N2VxbTRWbXFDR3UzQT09) at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings. You can get a copy of the book at https://amzn.to/3jDRaW6
October 1 - God in a Pluralistic World
October 8 - Christ in a Pluralistic World
October 15 - Holy Spirit in a Pluralistic World
October 22 - The Human Being as a Dialogical Creature
October 29 - Churches as Champions of Dialogue

To signup for the Thursday Morning Study Group, go to https://colonialucc.breezechms.com/form/d2371f53
Colonial Learning Pod Update
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City revamped its after-school care programs and summer camps to offer full-day learning academies as remote learning support. Colonial Church in Prairie Village hosts one of these called Colonial Church Y Academy. The Colonial Y Learning Academy using our lower level classrooms has 21 students participating. Read about the program here.
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:

Celebrations!
In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
 
Happy Birthday! 
23 Kathy Flentie, Ben Lewis, Ella Lewis
25 George Tormohlen
26 Erin Bender, Mary Penrose

Happy Anniversary!
24 George & Cindy Lafferty
25 Rich & Sabrina Korentager
Colonial Family

We express our sympathy to Linda and Joe Cunningham on the death of their grandson, Andrew.
Calendar

Thursday, September 24
10:30 a.m.-Study Group via Zoom

Sunday, September 27              
8:30 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
9:30 a.m. Online Children's Sunday School. https://www.youtube.com/user/ColonialUCC/videos
9:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon 
10:15 a.m.-Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  

Monday, September 28
10:00 a.m.-Colonial Women Board

Tuesday, September 29
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom
 
Wednesday, September 30  
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops

Thursday, October 1
10:30 a.m.-Study Group via Zoom
    
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
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