Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Tax day is just past, the rains are dwindling, and we're fully into Spring. As we move toward the flurry of activity that accompanies the Pancake Breakfast and Auction, it seems that a lot has been going on behind the scenes on the 'spring cleaning' front. Look in the Fellowship Hall closet and you'll see the handiwork of Dorothy Green and Peggy Ensley (who both also did this last year). The closet is clean and oh-so-organized, with guidelines in place to help keep it that way. Take a peek in the conference room bookcase drawers--newly cleaned out and affording much-needed storage for the office, thanks again to Dorothy and Peggy and also to Charlie Ensley. On April 30 we'll all have the opportunity to make our own contributions to organization and beautification as we have a 'work morning' for the Fellowship Hall and the garden. Please plan to come join us!
On the calendar--
TODAY, 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."
THIS 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'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 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 Garden.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
April 20 - Dee
April 22 - Frank
April 25 - Mary Alice
April 29 - Lyn
Other news of the church--
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--
What if each one of us invited just one person to our next Sunday service? What if each one of us invited just one person to our book discussion on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande this Friday, April 22, at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall. What if?
For those of you who will be able to join our book discussion, please come with the questions that you personally would like to discuss. Are they around the desired reform of elder care facilities? Or how to choose the right place, which might be our own home, for ourselves or for those we love? What’s available? How do we lead the final chapter of our own lives with grace and dignity? How do we help others to do the same? How do we actually plan for the universal reality of the end of life? How can we most effectively support each other? We will guide the discussion around your expressed preferences. Joining us for a facilitated discussion will be Raymond Dougherty, Palliative Care Chaplain at Kaiser Santa Rosa. I really am looking forward to our conversation.
While reading the book would be helpful, do not let the homework keep you from coming! For those of you video-inclined and computer-savvy, just click on YouTube and then type in the book title and author’s name.
From the Pastor--
Dear Friends and Members,
We can hide from our mortality, but not forever. I was invincible in high school, which is as it should be. Only children with a terminal illness know they are not, and so the Make A Wish Foundation comes in.
But now, after Social Security payments show up automatically in my checkbook, the Make A Wish Foundation days are over. Basically, it's too late.
'Even though I walk through the valley of death...." was the text last Sunday. This Friday morning we are discussing Being Mortal. Many of our dear ones all around us - both family and friends - are contending with the mystery and sadness of saying good bye.
Funerals or Memorial Services are now popularly called 'Celebrations of Life." That's OK, but what's the rush? We can celebrate our beloved's life in the years to come. There's no need to do it within the week. It feels like I'm hiding from something. Rather, let us cry, be bereft, be overcome, be alone. I cannot imagine celebrating the life of a family member before I simply feel intense sadness that our days together here on earth are over. Blessed are those who weep....
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
Dedication of Memorial Garden
In our Christian faith, we look back for guidance and spiritual fulfillment as we move forward. Here at Kenwood Community Church, we similarly gather strength from those who have come before and periodically it is both fitting and inspirational to remember those in our congregation who contributed so much while they were with us and have since passed. Please join us immediately after church on Sunday, May 15 to dedicate our new memorial wall in the garden that was constructed with caring and commitment by Bob and Linda Salomon.
We want to honor all former members of the congregation who have died within the last five years. If any of those are your family members and you would like a bronze plaque included in the wall in their memory, please let me know. Similarly, if there is a memorial plaque currently elsewhere on church property and you would like it moved to the new memorial wall, please let me know.
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."
New Building User Agreement
The church has completed new user agreements that each outside group using our Fellowship Hall is asked to comply with and sign. Each outside group is responsible for their own set-up and tear-down. As we have no daily custodian, they are to vacuum the room, take out all trash, and leave the room as they found it. Products in the refrigerator and cupboards are for use of church members only. A space in the closet is available for each outside group’s storage. Church members are not expected to set-up for outside user groups.
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.