Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Often in this newsletter, we talk about work that goes on behind the scenes at church. Here is something new that is not part of our regular activities, but you should know about it. The Memorial Committee, which was formed about a year ago, has created a set of guidelines for use when someone passes away and the memorial service will be held at KCC. The guidelines help families as they think about planning the service -- kind of a 'road map' during a time when it's hard to think of details. These guidelines have been put into a brochure, which has been used twice recently and was very helpful. Just a bit of information for you to tuck away. If you have questions, please reach out to Pastor Jim Fish or Memorial Committee Co-Chairs Dorothy Green and Linda McCuan.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, 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.
Wednesday, May 18, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their annual potluck 'tea party.' Ladies, this is a fun and not-to-be-missed event! There will be a signup sheet in the Fellowship Hall soon.
Saturday, May 21, the memorial service for Barbara Parsons will be held at 2 p.m. in the park, with a reception following at the KCC Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, May 22, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 29, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
April 25 - Mary Alice
April 29 - Lyn
May 6 - Kay
May 14 - Anne
May 16 - Gil
May 27 - Dave
May 28 - Marianne
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--
With the arrival of our wonderful piano and its anticipated debut over the next couple of weeks, I would like to thank all who participated in making it possible, yet another example of the remarkable generosity and commitment of our congregation. Thanks to Karen Haslag for leading the search.
Our thoughts now turn toward our spring clean-up from 9 to 12 this coming Saturday morning, April 30th. Our primary focus will be on the cleaning of Fellowship Hall and the related purging of accumulated, non-essential stuff that needs to occur every few years. Dave and Bob will be leading a small, skilled team (that's not me) in repairing the ramp. We also need a couple of volunteers who can bring an iron and paper bag to take the hardened candle wax off the sanctuary floor under the guidance of Dave. Please resist the temptation to custom-manicure the garden as we have gardening staff to do that and it looks great.
Speaking of the garden, our dedication service of the memorial garden has been pushed back until a Sunday in early June so we can prepare and install the plaques as we would like. Stay tuned for a confirmed date.
With gratitude to all!
From the Pastor--
'A Maximum of Choice and a Minimum of Meaning."
David Brooks quotes Rabbi Johnathan Sachs' observation that over the last century faith and meaning have fallen, while owning and getting more stuff has grown, and we are in danger because of it.
Walmart symbolizes 'Maximum of Choice' while the decline of faith in Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions has fallen; the Minimum of Meaning.
We buy way too many things but it gives us no satisfaction -- no meaning.
Then comes the dangerous part: with the Minimum of Meaning, searching for it turns us to other things. (All humans are on a search for meaning -- it's just who we are.) Faith in a Higher Power has gone south, while unlimited choices of potato chips or cars, houses, recreation, etc. has gone north.
Since we crave meaning, we look for it elsewhere. Nationalism is one substitute -- faith in our country or the Democrats or Republicans, for example. Nationalism may become a substitute for the sacred; the locus of our faith. There are many other examples of these 'secular political' religions. The calling of the Christian Church is to study, think, talk and pray for understanding what Joshua writes: "...choose this day whom you will serve...".
Studying the Bible and being informed about substitutes for faith is more important then ever. Radical Islamic fundamentalism is one example. Another is seen within our own country when the nation takes on sacred meaning.
We are, in other words, very important in this high-stakes contest between Stuff and Meaning, between faith in God and faith in a politician. We have a job to do. That's one of the reasons we gather as a congregation every week -- to be reminded of our sacred calling to know the difference.
Bless you all,
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 new piano is here!
The beautiful G1 Yamaha Baby Grand Piano is now in residence at KCC. It was purchased from William and Cathy Moore, of Napa. The Moores would like to attend a Service in the future to see and hear their beloved "baby" in its new home. A special thank you to the congregation and the KCC Board of Trustees for the wisdom and generosity towards support of this fine instrument for the music program.
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.