On Wednesday, November 16, 2016, fifteen of our church's Women of the World gathered for a potluck lunch, much socializing, and to work on our Christmas projects.
We decided in October to adopt a Christmas family from Kenwood School this year, so we were busy writing their Christmas wishes on ornaments to put on the “giving tree” that we set up in the Fellowship Hall. There was such excitement as we talked, laughed, and got to work.
Having finished that, we got busy preparing for the Gingerbread Extravaganza. If you have never been to a gingerbread house building party, please save the date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. It'll be an afternoon you won’t soon forget.
Each child decorates their own small graham cracker gingerbread house to take home. There will be movies and popcorn, cookies to decorate, crafts to create, and the Christmas spirit surrounding you.
Thanks to Linda Salomon, this wonderful activity continues year after year. The women of WOW recognized Linda at our meeting by presenting her with a gingerbread plate. Please let us know if you are coming so we will have enough houses for everyone. Call the church at 707-833-1087 or email Linda directly to RSVP.
On Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at noon in the Fellowship Hall, WOW will host our annual Christmas lunch and gift exchange. Please save the date. Cathy Valerga and Linda Salomon do a wonderful job with this program. We set a limit of $15 for the gifts. There is a lot of gift “stealing”, laughter, and great food. Plan to come and have a wonderful time. There will be a sign up sheet in Fellowship Hall or call the church at 707-833-1087 to RSVP.
One more date to save: October 10-11, 2017 will be our fall women's retreat at Westerbeke Ranch. More information later in Notes and News.
Peggy Ensley and Dorothy Green
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, twelve of our church's Women of the World met at church and traveled to Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma to walk the labyrinth -- like we did last year. It was a beautiful sunny morning and a day for spiritual renewal. Jenny Froyd and Fran Threewit were chairpersons of this program, making it a very meaningful experience for all. In fact, we loved it so much that we are planning a two-day retreat there next October! More information about that soon. We then returned to the church, where four more women joined us for lunch and to plan for the coming year. WOW meets the third Wednesday of the month, October thru May, in the Fellowship Hall, from noon to two. All women of the church are welcome to attend, and we hope you will.
On Wednesday, March 16th Women of the World (WOW) met at KCC for a baked potato bar and a lovely fashion show.
Maggie Martin hosted this lovely event and she invited the Assistance League of Santa Rosa to come and do a fashion show. They dressed in spring fashions from their thrift shop in Santa Rosa. All items were available for purchase and we were told that the event made $200 for the charity. All monies support worthwhile projects right here in Santa Rosa.
Thanks to Maggie and the Assistance League for a fun afternoon.
~Peggy Ensley and Dorothy Green for WOW
On February 17, 2016, Women of the World (WOW) met for a potluck lunch and a presentation about the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center, formerly the Children's Home, located across from Oakmont.
Our guest speaker was Meg Easter-Dawson, MSW, Volunteer and Community Programs Manager. Meg has worked at the Children's Center for 10 years, and her love of the children and what she does shines through her every word.
Thirteen women and friends of KCC attended the talk and learned about Sonoma County’s only 24-hour emergency shelter for abused, abandoned, and neglected children.
There are many ways that we at KCC can help the Children's Center, including volunteering and donating. There is need for the following items especially:
Many thanks to Earla Snow, who is a member of the Center's Board of Directors, for hosting this event.
On January 20, 2016, the Women of the World (or WOW) met for a potluck lunch and program given by Anna Koval on her work at the website Wikipedia.
Wikipedia is the largest general reference website on the internet. It ranks as one of the top ten websites in the world. Wikipedia free to read, free to write, free to share. It’s written entirely by volunteers. No one is paid to write Wikipedia. It is hosted by a nonprofit organization called the Wikimedia Foundation, whose vision is a world where every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge.
There are Wikipedias in almost 300 languages. They are not carbon copies. They are not machine translations. Articles are written and translated by people all over the world who imbue them with their local context. Compare, for example, the articles about the European migrant crisis in English, German, and Arabic. Policies and guidelines help to ensure the neutrality and reliability of the encyclopedia. And there is no advertising on the site.
Anna is a manager of the Wikipedia Education Program. She supports educators and students around the world to contribute to Wikipedia in an academic setting. She has traveled to 12 countries 18 times in 2 years. She teaches, coaches, advises, and advocates with local program leaders for Wikipedia's use in education.
Anna prepared a photo slideshow and shared pictures from her childhood, her teaching and library careers, and her many wiki adventures.
Peggy had high praise for the program:
"We not only got to learn about what Anna does, but about her. What a talented, gifted and caring person she is. I am sure there are so many people that have benefited from her teaching, caring and loving ways. I know Kenwood Church has!"
On December 16, 2015, the Women of the World (WOW) met in the church Fellowship Hall for a potluck lunch and our annual Christmas gift exchange.
We had a good attendance, delicious food, and a spirited gift exchange. There was much “stealing of gifts” -- all in good fun though.
Thanks to Cathy and Linda for hosting this joyous holiday event.
On November 18, 2015, the Women of the World (or WOW) met for a potluck lunch and program given by Jim and Kay Fish on their three years spent at Holden Village. Jim was the village pastor, and Kay was the volunteer coordinator.
Holden Village is in central Washington not far from the town of Wenatchee and Lake Chelan. The closest neighboring village was one and a half days away. It is located in the Cascade Mountains near Bonanza Peak, the largest non-volcanic peak in the range and in the state, and near Mary Green Glacier, which has since, sadly, melted.
Holden Village was a former mining town that was donated to the Lutheran church 70 years ago. The village is a Christian retreat center welcoming 5000 guests and families every summer. There is no phone, no TV reception, no roads in (they took a large boat), no cars, no sheriff, no fire department. Eight children, including theirs, attended school together in the one-room school. The picture below shows the cabin that they lived in for those three years.
Jim explained it best.
"Holden Village is a commune, but it isn't cultic. It isn't wacko. It's owned by a non-profit with a Board of Directors. It's a worshipping community and attending evening vespers is mandatory. It's dedicated to biblical scholarship. The teachers and speakers are world class, and they're all unpaid."
Jim and Kay prepared a beautiful photo slideshow. We saw lots of pictures of the kids, and even a "few hero" shots of Jim. :) It was a joy to hear about this special time in the Fishes’ lives. We thank them for sharing it with WOW.
On October 21, 2015, the church's women's group, the Women of the World (or WOW) held their kickoff meeting for the 2015-2016 year with a Labyrinth Walk at 10:30 a.m. at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. We then returned to the fellowship hall at noon for a hosted lunch and to discuss our agenda for the upcoming year. Family and friends were invited, and all ideas were welcomed. Notes from the event's host, Jenny Froyd, follow.
Greetings to all potential labyrinth walkers,
This is just to give you some preliminary labyrinth information. I will also be making a few remarks right before our walk and will try to answer any questions, should there be some, afterwards at lunch. Christian churches used the labyrinth for prayer and mediation as early as 350. The oldest example in Algeria, North Africa is inscribed with “Sancta Eclesia” (holy church) at the center, confirming its sacred use. The labyrinth movement in the United States began in the early 1990’s after Rev. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, visited the ancient Chartes Cathedral in France to inspect it’s labyrinth built in to its floor. She subsequently wrote “Walking a Sacred Path” which offered techniques for personal reflection and transformation and was widely read. Labyrinths can now be found all over the US and probably many places in the world. The labyrinth path can be a metaphor for our journey in Christ. There are 3 stages to your walk: (1) the entering where you release your cares, (2) the center area where you rest for a short while – you are open to the spirit and seek illumination, (3) the returning where you may be empowered to live a more authentic life. But there is no right way or wrong way to walk the labyrinth. It is a personal experience that reflects your own joys, sorrows, needs, wishes.
Looking forward to our walk,