What Makes This Day Different from All Other Days?
This Sunday is going to be different.

We're going to come together with a holy meal that has a mighty purpose.
We're going to remember and honor God's purpose to stand up for the oppressed and outcast.
9:30-10:15 A.M.
In addition to celebrating Communion in our online worship, we'll have a drive through Communion AND our blessing of companion animals from 9:30-10:15 a.m. in Colonial Church's circle drive.
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.
Continuing to Feed the Homeless
Colonial Women supplied the meat and cheese to make sandwiches, and home-made cookies to Artists Helping the Homeless for dinners to be served in the park and delivered to those who stayed in their tents due to rain. Many thanks to Cindy Burgdorfer, Glenna Loomis, Karen Hodges, Linda Cunningham, Martha Wofford and Lin Vaughn for baking cookies.

"Rain or shine Artists Helping the Homeless shows up. With the support of Colonial church in Prairie Village, and by putting together a meal from Taco Bell AHH served meals at the park! Our work wasn't done! We proceeded to drive around to serve people staying in tents, and standing outside in the surrounding area and served over 150 meals. As always we are so very grateful to be in a position to help others." – Kar Woo
On September 27, a rainy drive-by parade, presentation of a shepherd's crook by youth and presentation of a check by Moderator Bill Sanderson celebrated Pastor Aaron's 10th anniversary as Colonial's senior minister.
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.
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/
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).
Highlights from September 20 Council Meeting
The Colonial Church Council discussed returning to in-person worship and tracking gating criteria for COVID-19 cases in Johnson County. Information and updates will be shared periodically in the Crier.

The Board of Property Management reported removing a tree and trimming several other trees. The shade garden in front of the church will be converted to lawn with plantings in the spring. 

The Board of Outreach shared that the Cross-Lines Christmas Store will not be held this year but Colonial will provide support with gift cards.

The Board of Stewardship reported the fall campaign will kick off on October 25.

Highlights from September 20 Congregational Meeting

The consulting agreement with Rev. Mark Holland was approved.

The AV project to provide better-quality production of Colonial's services was approved.

Bill Sanderson, moderator 
Read the full Council minutes here and Congregational meeting minutes 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:

In this time of staying connected remotely, please remember these folks who are celebrating milestones.
Happy Birthday! 
30 Lyda Cosgrove,
Crosby Puntenney
Oct. 1 Carol Paffenbach
2 Jerry Dickey
5 Theodore Akright

Happy Anniversary!
30 Jerry & JoAnn Dickey
Ron & Susan Hendee
Bill & Sharon Yohn
Oct. 2 Sean & Danielle Knoll
Colonial Family

We express our sympathy to the family of Judy Schuck, who died September 28 of cancer. A memorial service is planned.

Thursday, October 1
10:30 a.m.-Study Group via Zoom
11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.-Red Cross Blood Drive, Social Hall

Sunday, October 4             
8:30 a.m. Worship Online https://colonialucc.online.church/  
9:15 Fellowship Time via Zoom. https://bit.ly/CCCoffeeCon
9:30 a.m.-Drive-Thru Communion and Pet Blessing, Front Drive
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 5
9:30 a.m.-Colonial Women Coffee, church lawn

Tuesday, October 6
9:30 a.m.-Book Group via Zoom
Wednesday, October 7 
9:30 a.m.-Coffee with Pastor Aaron at Einstein Brothers in Prairie Village Shops

Thursday, October 8
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