Dear KCC Members and Friends,
The last few days have really been feeling like spring. Isn't that wonderful? As we move into this new season, you'll have lots of opportunity to share in our church community. As you'll see in this newsletter, not only do we have the book discussion group on Being Mortal coming up, we will be dedicating the memorial wall in the garden next month, and we'll welcome a guest chorale ensemble on Mother's Day. These are in addition to our regular worship services, Bible Study on Mondays in April, Second Sunday Potluck, and the upcoming WOW luncheon and meeting. You'll see all of these on our calendar and can read about them here. You won't want to miss a thing!
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, April 10, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. This is also Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please 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).
Monday, April 11, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy's home.
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'shome.
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'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. This is also Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please 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 Wall in the garden. See Tim Dorman's article further in this newsletter for details.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
April 6 - Charlie
April 14 - Frank
April 20 - Dee
April 22 - Frank
April 25 - Mary Alice
April 29 - Lyn
Other news of the church--
Barbara Parsons' Memorial Service
Barbara Parsons' family has asked us to update you on the date for Barbara's memorial service. It will take place on May 21 at 2 p.m. This is a different date than the one originally announced in the Kenwood Press. Please plan to come to the service on May 21 and join in remembering Barbara and celebrating her life.
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Frank and Michael
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--
Back to the Future
There was a popular science fiction comedy movie about thirty years ago, Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox. In it, he time-travelled back into his past to meet his parents in their youth, and to make sense out of where he was going.
So, too, 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.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
Being kind to yourself is may be more difficult than being kind to others.
The Scriptures' core message, from both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Bible, is love for God and others. As difficult as these mandates are for every person -- which we can not do well apart from God's grace -- it can be even more challenging, this kindness and mercy to ourselves. Often, the last person I am able to extend compassion for is me.
A Biblical truth is that we have all sinned, each and every one of us. This leads us to believe the last person we should be kind to is ourselves. What does 'being kind to yourself' look like?
Sitting down, doing nothing other than being aware of our own lives and the presence of God with us is being kind to yourself. Knowing we truly did the best we could, given our DNA and how we were raised. Rather than blaming ourselves for being lazy or just plain stupid, let us also rest in God's grace by saying, in thankful humility, I did the best I could.
Guilt is what we feel for doing a specific wrong. Shame is what we feel for simply being here. Shame is not doing a wrong, it is being unworthy no matter what we do.
May we find a time each day to be good to ourselves; to leave shame behind; to be at peace with who we are; to be grateful without dwelling on what we have not done. Let us strive to be good to others, but also let us move forward by being good to ourselves.
One Great Hour of Sharing
As part of our on-going ministries, our annual offering to One Great Hour of Sharing will take place on 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 us 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!
The piano in the sanctuary is in need of a new home. Asking price is $500 (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.
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.