Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Here we are in August, that very quiet part of the summer. We'll have a few changes this month as church staff enjoy the summer, but we'll be back to normal in September.
Jim Fish will be away on August 14 and August 21. Carolyn Woodson will be our guest preacher on August 14 and Charlie Ensley will lead us on August 21.
Cathy will be on vacation in August. Sally has graciously agreed to fill in for most of this time, taking care of bulletins and Notes and News. Notes and News will not be published on August 31.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we'll get ready to 'roll up our sleeves' in September!
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, August 7, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. This is also New Member Sunday. We will have a special offering for funds to purchase backpacks and school supplies for local children, a project sponsored by Redwood Gospel Mission.
Sunday, August 14, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Carolyn Woodson will be our guest preacher. 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 to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, August 21, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Charlie Ensley will be our guest preacher.
Thursday, August 25, the Board of Deacons will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Thursday, August 25, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, August 28, 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):
August 4 - Maggie
August 8 - Emily
August 9 - Bud
August 12 - John
August 19 - Tim
August 23 - Marjorie
August 24 - Thomas
August 25 - Marisa
August 27 - Karen
August 27 - Roger
August 29 - Linda
August 31 - Dave
August 31 - Eleanor
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
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--
Three weeks ago I purchased a new car for the first time in seventeen years. Apparently, the technology has changed a bit, and I was confronted with the reality of starting my car by pushing a button rather than inserting and turning the key. And yet, you still need a key in the car for the button-pushing to work. Except, it really isn’t a key and it really doesn’t do anything by itself. It just needs to be close by to enable you to do other things.
So it got me thinking. Isn’t faith sort of like this new key that isn’t a key? The absence of faith may limit what we believe, what we hope for and what we can do. The presence of faith may give us comfort and expand what we believe is possible but by itself, it is still reliant on us to push the button.
So the next time we are starting our cars by pushing the button, let’s ask ourselves: Are we also pushing the button on our faith?
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
New members will be received this Sunday: Nancy, Ed and Karen. Think with me about what that means for them and for us.
First, it mean these three have seen in us something worthy of their commitment. They have seen, in our often feeble ways, an expression of the Body of Christ. Among other things this means we are doing something right; something which speaks to the spiritual needs of those joining.
In this way, they are a gift to us. They are a gift of assurance that we are trying in our worship life, and service to the larger community, something in which they choose to participate. By their joining, they give us assurance. It is a great gift and we are thankful for it.
They also will change us. Any time there is a new member or active friend of the congregation, we welcome the changes their presence will make in us. I can look back over the last seven years and think of the many ways your presence has changed the congregation. I look around and see you and then realize, because of you, the congregation changed. We were blessed by the new insights and 'gifts of the spirit' which you brought. We look forward to the many ways Nancy, Karen and Ed will make us a different congregation.
Further, since we believe the Church is also, as St. Paul writes, 'the Body of Christ', I encourage you to think of the Church as a living thing, an alive and thriving 'Body.'
I give thanks for those who join or begin associating with us, knowing they are bringing gifts which will change us. I give thanks as I look forward, with you, as we continue to grow in faith, love and service in the name of Christ our Lord.
Update on the Chancel Redesign
Wearing his building and grounds leadership hat, Dave Crockett has been leading an inspired team in the modest redesign of the chancel featuring beautiful white beadboard that matches the rest of the sanctuary in place of the rather tired stained plywood. Taking advantage of the construction, we also will be installing simple wrought iron railings on each side of the stairs and putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The remodeling will begin in October and will allow us to continue worship in the sanctuary while work is in progress. Funding for these wonderful improvements has been made possible by the committed generosity of loyal church members and in part in memory of those whose legacy we enjoy today.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.