NEWS FROM COLONIAL

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May 9, 2022

Welcome New OP Campus Members!

Donna Jenkins, OP Connections Director, introduced new members during worship at 9:00 AM. Classes are offered several times a year and consist of a lunch meeting with the Campus Pastor, Connections Director and other campus staff. New Members are as follows, L-R: Jason Bahnson (married to member Ashley Bahnson), Beverly Ellenberger (daughter of staff and church member Meganne Leighton), Don (not available) & Judy Miller, Michelle Buescher, and Vickey Garlett.

Interested in learning more about membership? Visit our membership web page and contact the Connections Director for your campus, or sign up for the next class.

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May 2, 2022

Bouquets of Blessings

On Sunday, both campuses handed out bouquets to bless neighbors, friends, family- whoever! This is an annual project of the Prayer & Care Ministry at Colonial. If you would like to share a pic or selfie of you blessing another, please reply to this email and attach the photo. We will share through our social media and pre-service slides. If you posted your pic to social media, please add #bouquetblessings or share to @colonialkc on facebook or instagram.

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APRIL 18, 2022

Do you or does someone you know wonder if or how Jesus is relevant to your life? Do you want a safe place to ask question about the Bible and God? Join Abe and Jenn Radmanesh for a 4 week class, beginning April 27, that will explore these questions.
To register, go to bit.ly/ask_God

APRIL 11, 2022

MISSIONARY UPDATE:
Busy morning and afternoon in Kyiv church. Our church from Uman “Resurrection of Christ” brought to us more humanitarian aid. So our morning started with unloading Uman van. That was just a warm up. Then it was time to pack food packages for tomorrow’s trip to suburbs of Kyiv that used to be under Russian occupation for a few weeks. For an hour or so it was like a beehive buzzing with great energy and purposeful activity. In no time 225 food packages were packed and our church van was loaded for tomorrow’s trip. Once again working together to help others lifted everybody’s spirits. Even some people passing by the church and seeing the activity of unloading the van wanted to join in and help. Having a chance to do something purposeful feels really good.I was thinking the other day about Maslow’s pyramid of needs. The war has brought us down to the very basic needs for food, water, warmth, safety. But our need to belong as well as needs for self-realization/meaningful activity are still very much there.
Galatians 6:9-10: Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.

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APRIL 4, 2022

Bless Our City
Bless Our City Offering is an annual giving opportunity that allows Colonial to work with and through ministries all over the KC Metro area who are carrying out amazing work in the name of Jesus. We have developed partnerships with these ministries as we co-labor with them through prayer, volunteers, and financial support. Through these partners we are able to help hurting children, families who are homeless, people recovering from alcohol/substance abuse, people who are incarcerated, and women escaping from human trafficking. Prayerfully consider how you might contribute not only financially, but also by sharing your talents and time with one of our partner ministries.

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MARCH 28, 2022

More Stories from Alexsei and Alena
I live in a Christian base in Western Ukraine. The local church here takes care of us refugees very generously. Many men have already been mobilized for the war from this small town. Every day buses are loaded with soldiers and leave. Many tears, pain and parting. The local church wants to help these soldiers by buying vests for them. This is a big deficit now in Ukraine. I have found vests for them through our contacts. I’m waiting for their delivery. Aleksey and the pastor of the local church will go to the military commissar, find out the lists of soldiers who need vests. So, the church will be able to contact with the soldiers directly, help them with vests, find out what other equipment they need as well. The Church will take care over the families of these soldiers. It will be both physical care and an opportunity to pray for these soldiers, their families, send them Bibles, and care for their families. Thanks to Colonial Presbyterian Church from Kansas we will buy 10 vests for these soldiers. This will be the first attempt, the beginning of establishing connections with the military commissar and soldiers. We plan to continue buying body vests and other needs for soldiers. This time one vest costs $350.

MARCH 28, 2022 – cont’d.

Liliya and Zhenya are CRU missionaries in Mykolaiv Ukraine (southeast corner where much bombing has occurred). Zhenya is also a Chaplain for the Ukraine army and he shared his experience with us during both our 2016 and 2018 Colonial mission trips. They are staying in Mykolaiv in order to minister and care for many people who cannot leave the city, especially the very poor, the elderly, and the disabled. They have been reaching out to surrounding Christians in neighboring countries and acquiring food, water, medicine, and other essential supplies and delivering those to the people in need. They also have raised funds to purchase a bus – see their message below:
“Our dear friends! We’re so grateful to you all! We’ve collected $13200 for the bus. Now our friends are looking for it in Europe and Ukraine. We’ll register it for our church. May God bless you all. All the donations we’ll receive will be used for gas, medicine and food for those who stayed in Mykolaiv or for those we evacuate and accompany. Please continue praying for Ukraine, for our ministry and repentance of Russians “