Dear KCC Members and Friends,
This will be the last KCC Notes and News in August. See you in September!
Cathy is on vacation in August. Sally will 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 Notes and News will not be published on August 31.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--
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 19 - Tim
August 23 - Marjorie
August 24 - Thomas
August 25 - Marisa
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:
Donna and family
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.
A KCC Member request:
Fran Threewit is looking for a wheelchair to borrow to take to the Giant's game on Sunday, August 28. Please call her if you have one available.
From St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Kenwood:
The Gun Violence Prevention Group at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Kenwood presents:
A presentation by the League of Women Voters: “A look at November ballot issues including gun violence prevention.” The speaker, giving the League’s valued and highly-respected objective information, is Gayle Hardt, from the San Mateo area LWV.
Saturday, September 10, 2016, 2:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
The film “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA” will be shown. The 90-minute film describes our gun culture, the organizations that support it, the companies that profit from it, and the lives that are hurt by it. It also provides suggestions for ways to make our country safer from gun violence. Our group and the film are not against the Second Amendment nor against guns as such. It is presented as part of our vision to eliminate gun violence.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 9000 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 3:00 p.m. at The Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Friday, October 14, 2016, 7:00 p.m. at The Church of the Incarnation, 550 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa
Happening now (or recently)--
From the Benevolence Committee--
A letter from the Redwood Gospel Mission's Executive Director, Jeffery W. Gilman:
"Stop right now and smile. You have done something amazing! You have given a child in need the chance to succeed! Your gift of $863.00 to provide backpacks and back-to-school essentials for homeless and needy children in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County is making a difference in the lives of students and their families.
"Your generosity is showing them that they are not alone and that there is a community of love and support behind them. I believe that, because of your generosity and encouragement, these children will break through barriers that they wouldn't have been able to overcome without your help. Thank you for showing them that they are worth it. Thank you for sharing God's love in such a practical way."
From the Moderator--
Well, the dog days of August are dwindling down to a precious few, and the San Francisco Giants continue to lose, slipping precipitously from their first place perch where they have spent most of the baseball season. Their hitting has been modest at best and their pitching has been woefully inconsistent. Yet Fran Threewit continues to believe unflaggingly, and so do tens of thousands of fans. Why is that? I went to a game last week in which the Giants surged ahead early and then gave up their lead convincingly in one disastrous inning in which Matt Cain hit the first batter, walked the next four, and then gave up a home run. Yet hardly anyone left the packed ballpark. Why is that?
They had faith. Where would the Giants be without it? Where would be without it? Where could we be with it? This is the fall season of our lives for many of us. Are we ready for the September chase to the play-offs?
From the Pastor--
My friend Peter is now 85 years old, has vertigo, and a few other ailments. I have known him for 50+ years. He continues to be one of my teachers, a colleague, friend and mentor, renter in our home in Iowa, and an altogether lively person. He is officially a retired New Testament professor who has tried to quit three or four times. Kay and I visited him last week. We had not seen him for 15 years and thought he might have slowed down a bit, but not so. At 85, he's still going strong -- passionate, funny, and fully engaged.
In our conversation, I asked him about retirement. "No way," he replied, "not as long as the bad guys are winning." He is driven by a prophetic call to justice on behalf of the poor and to those ground down by entrenched political injustice. He is a pastor, an academic, and a prophet. He is one of my heroes, a saint of the church, filled with passion, and incredibly funny all at the same time.
"So what's next for you?" he asked. "I'll retire," I said. "No! No! No!" was his response. "What's your next project, your next mission, your next crusade against evil?" His point: when we have a Gospel-centered Call, there is no retirement, but simply the joy of carrying on a new task, a continuation of the mission of our Lord. He reminds me that the only time I truly retire is when I die.
And so, with joy in our hearts, a great sense of humor, an eye for 'the bad guys', and a life-long Call upon our lives, we go on. We are, as Peter reminds us, never retired, just carrying on with something new.
May God bless us all until, some day, we finally retire. We're not quite there yet.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.