Dear KCC Members and Friends,
How fortunate we are to be at KCC! When we go to church, we're greeted by people whom we know well and who truly are our friends. They're not just saying 'hello' to us, they really want to know how we're doing. And we care about them. When we sit in the sanctuary, we enjoy the beauty of the stained glass windows, we participate in the worship service, and -- as we look around -- we have a sense of belonging. And when we share our joys and concerns, we really are sharing -- listening and caring for one another. We're fortunate to have this experience every Sunday. To be able to take it with us into the week to strengthen and sustain us. Indeed, it's a blessing to part of this community.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, April 14, at 11 a.m. the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy Green's home.
THIS SUNDAY, April 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. The annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering will take place today.
Monday, April 18, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
Wednesday, April 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet in the Fellowship Hall at noon for a potluck luncheon and meeting. Susan Milstein of Personal History Productions will give a presentation on "How to be a Good Ancestor."
Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. is the kick-off date for our book discussion group on "Being Mortal". The group is open to the public and will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Further dates will be decided at the meeting.
Sunday, April 24, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 25, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
Thursday, April 28, the Board of Trustees will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, is Spring Cleaning for the Fellowship Hall and Spruce Up for the grounds, beginning at 9 a.m. and ending around noon.
Sunday, May 1, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 8, is Mother's Day and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. The Chorale Ensemble of the First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa, will be our Guest Choir. Instead of our regular Second Sunday Potluck, we'll be treated to a Mother's Day Brunch. Please see the article further in this newsletter for details. Please also remember to bring canned goods and/or gently used clothing to be distributed by Sarah Lee and Henry Gronberg to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, May 15, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Immediately after church we will dedicate the Memorial Wall in the garden.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
April 14 - Frank
April 20 - Dee
April 22 - Frank
April 25 - Mary Alice
April 29 - Lyn
Other news of the church--
Donna now resides at Santa Rosa Convalescent Home and would welcome your visit, phone call, or card. Please ask Cathy for the hospital phone number and the address to where cards can be sent.
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Frank and Michael
Ed and Karen
Preston and Donna
A prayer for recovery from sickness:
Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to us, your children, an awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In our pain, our weariness, and our anxiety, surround us with your care, protect us by your loving might, and permit us once more to enjoy health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
Happening now (or recently)--
From the Moderator--
The last couple of evenings I have watched the Ken Burns documentary on the life of Jackie Robinson. Some of you may have seen it as well. It is a remarkable story of one man's challenging crusade to integrate Major League baseball in the late 1940's and early 1950's. He was a remarkable baseball player and I can remember fondly as a little boy cheering on his much beloved and sometimes victorious Brooklyn Dodgers. But even more than his skills as a player, what was truly remarkable was his character as an individual. Committed to a purpose that was much bigger than himself, he rose above the discrimination of the day and literally turned the other cheek to the initial insults and threats of violence hurled against him. And he had an impact on society that went way beyond baseball.
It made me think: what is my purpose, what is the purpose of each of us? How can we most effectively commit to something bigger than ourselves at this stage of our lives, that not only brings value to those we touch but meaning and fulfillment to ourselves?
That will be a core part of our book discussion around Atul Gawande's Being Mortal on Friday morning, April 22. It is not only about health and nursing care at the end of our lives, but also about how each of us brings meaning and fulfillment to ourselves and to each other. Come prepared to share your own challenges and those wonderful stories that have brought you the meaning and fulfillment we all are searching for.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
Centuries ago during the Protestant Reformation beginning in the 1500's, one of the central discoveries and revolutionary ideas was the Bible itself. It is not easy for us to even conceive of the church without the Bible. The Reformation set it loose and now we hold it in our hands and read it for ourselves.
The 'Living Word' sums up this new use and appreciation of the Bible. Living Word - not Dead.
This means, in part, that there is no sermon without you. If we are not gathered for worship, and I write a sermon only for myself, it may be profound, helpful, scriptural, but not Living. The congregation turns an essay or speech into a sermon - a Living Word. The preacher and congregation, together, bring alive the Word.
Living Word has other meanings as well. 'God is Still Speaking' is the motto of the UCC, a testimony to aliveness of the Word.
Further, the Bible is a Living Word. We are not fundamentalists, which means, in part, that scripture is to be read and studied with an open mind. We do not deify a book, but we hear God still speaking in the words of the Bible, in spite of the vast number of passages which seem, well, just odd. The Monday morning Bible study group experiences the Living Word; ideas and proclamations, some dating back 3000 years, still very much alive as we read it today.
And Jesus is also understood to be The Living Word. From his person when he walked the Holy Land, to the parables and miracles, to his death and resurrection, he, the clearest expression of the Living Word, is with us today.
One Great Hour of Sharing
As part of our on-going ministries, our annual offering to One Great Hour of Sharing will take place this Sunday, April 17. In partnership with Global Ministries, an outreach of the UCC, One Great Hour of Sharing will support the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees. Support of refugees is vital as more of the world’s people live forcibly displaced from their homes than at any time in the past century.For further information, go to: http://onegreathourofsharing.org/
Notice to all 2016 Silent Auction Hunters and/or Gatherers--
With our partner group deciding not to participate this year, the challenge of soliciting gifts for our Silent Auction will rest solely with our congregation. Our “Hunting Season” opens Sunday, April 17 with a meeting after the service. You will receive packets with 'how-to's', mailing materials, address list of past donors. We will answer questions. Please email Dorothy if you cannot attend. Your time, talents, and presence are important and very much appreciated!
Dorothy Green and Penny MacKenzie
Women of the World (WOW)
Susan Milstein of Personal History Productions will be the presenter at the April meeting of Women of the World (WOW). Her presentation is titled "How to be A Good Ancestor,” in which she will lead a discussion about the value of recording life stories and family histories.
Susan is a former newspaper reporter who now co-owns a Santa Rosa-based business that helps people record their life stories for future generations of their families and to help businesses and organizations record their stories for their customers, employees, investors, and the public. She and her business partner, Andi Reese Brady, started Personal History Productions in 2005. Their clients are typically people who have always wanted to record their life stories for their grandchildren but found doing it themselves to be daunting. Other clients have written their stories but need help with editing and production of a beautiful, heirloom quality book.
Our meeting and potluck will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at noon. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an interesting afternoon.
Spring Cleaning Day
Please save April 30th, beginning at 9 a.m., for a spring cleaning of the Fellowship Hall and a spruce-up of our grounds. We need your help!
Guest Chorale Ensemble on Mother's Day
Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day), the 13-member Chorale Ensemble of the First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa, will be Guest Choir. Directed by Mr. Bob Brazeau and piano accompanist Ms. Norma Doyle, the elite ensemble will sing four anthems during the service. Every year on Mother’s Day the prestigious ensemble sings at a different church service in the area. Please keep this beautiful music and KCC on your Mother’s Day plan!
Mother's Day Brunch
We will be having a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, after church. The ham will be provided (carved by our own resident carver). There will be a sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up to indicate the number of people attending and side dish you wish to bring. John MacLeod will be making his famous and delicious potato salad and dessert will be provided.
Please come and enjoy a celebration of Mothers.
Hosted by the Greens, MacLeods, Ensleys and Earla Snow
The piano in the sanctuary is in need of a new home. Asking price has been lowered to $300 (or best offer). We must have it out of the church by April 25 to make room for our new Yamaha baby grand. Buyer must move. Or, it can be moved by Santa Rosa Piano to its new home when our new piano is moved in, saving some of the moving expense for a buyer. For further information or to inspect our piano for sale, please contact Karen Haslag, Music Director.
Piano Fund Campaign
Please remember that our campaign to fund our new piano continues. Contributions can be made simply by designating a contribution on Sunday mornings for the "Piano Fund."
The May-June edition of The Upper Room has arrived and is available for pickup in the Narthex.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.