Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Our church service on Sunday was so beautiful, with the church festively decorated, all of the Advent candles lit, and the choir singing. Jim's sermon was inspirational and, as always, there was that feeling of 'family' as we worshipped and shared fellowship together. A lot of excitement in the air throughout the day, too, as many of us went to the Ensley's open house and a number of us met later at Kay Fish's concert at First Presbyterian Church in Petaluma.
This week we're busy too, with Christmas Eve setup, the WOW Christmas party, and caroling on Thursday. The highlight, though, is Christmas Eve when we will gather again in this little place that feels like home, hear the Christmas story, enjoy the music, and share our church with the larger community. A beautiful service, yes, but isn't it wonderful that we have celebrated the coming of Christ in many meaningful ways for all of Advent. We've celebrated it in our worship, our giving, our activities, and our closeness as a community. This is who we are and it brings joy to all of us. Merry Christmas to all, and thank you for making the Kenwood Church community what it is.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, December 22, Christmas caroling at Santa Rosa Convalescent Hospital at 10:30 a.m. If you'd like to join us, meet at the church at 9:50 a.m. for carpooling or at the convalescent hospital at 10:20 a.m. (446 Arrowood Drive, Santa Rosa, 95407)
THIS SATURDAY, December 24, is Christmas Eve. We will have a Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary at 5:00 p.m. The KCC Christmas Choir will sing two anthems: "Love Came Down at Christmas" and "This Peaceful Night." Harpist Joyce Grabarczyk will be our Guest Musician.
Sunday, December 25, is Christmas Day and we will not have church services. Regular services will resume on Sunday, January 1.
Wednesday, December 28, the church office will be closed. Notes and News will not be published this week, but will resume the week of January 2.
Sunday, January 1, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 5, the Board of Trustees will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 8, 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 for distribution by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Thursday, January 12, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Sunday, January 15, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:3 a.m.
Wednesday, January 18, Women of the World (WOW) will gather at noon in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck lunch and meeting. More details to follow soon.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
December 26 - Mark
January 14 - Brenda
January 24 - Daymon
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.
Happening now (or recently)--
From the Moderator
The Miracle of Giving
I am so proud of our simple country church. Our values are captured in our giving of our time, talents and resources, and this year, and this Christmas, we have stepped up with greater commitment and greater impact than ever in reaching out to the broader community. Our congregation has been alive with activity and generosity, and the people we have touched can feel it. And in this miraculous act of giving, so can we. So as we gather on Christmas Eve and pray for peace on earth and good will to men and women everywhere, let us also rejoice in what we have built with each other right here. For those of you who will be elsewhere with family and loved ones, Godspeed.
Merry Christmas to you all,
From the Pastor
Dear Members and Friends of KCC,
This is the last Notes and News for the year. I am glad you read it! From the responses we get, I know many of you do.
Wednesday mornings are a good time of the week for me. Cathy and Tim and I meet to discuss the calendar, programs, opportunities and issues. We review the bulletin for the coming Sunday and discuss many of the items in this weekly newsletter. Cathy walks us through the calendar while Tim reminds us of long-term projects and goals.
Wednesday morning has become a time for me to see if I'm on track, aware of what is happening and people in need. Cathy and Tim make that happen.
I am privileged to work with them. We are, I say with some modesty, a good team! They are insightful, quick, given to detail and have a love for this congregation. As the year comes to an end, I give thanks for these two Wednesday morning compatriots who help all of us celebrate this growing congregation.
Merry Christmas. May God bless you all.
Christmas Eve Soloist
Joyce Grabarczyk will be featured as harp soloist on Christmas Eve. Ms. Grabarczyk earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Michigan University. She teaches harp and piano out of her Petaluma studio and her home in Sebastopol.
We received the following Christmas greetings from church members --
I want everyone at KCC to know that if you haven't heard from me or recieved a Christmas Greeting, here it is. You are all in my thoughts Throughout the Year. I miss and Love you all. I miss my home there, where I was surrounded by your Love and Grace. I am sending you this message of Light, Joy, Hope and, Love for this Christmas Holiday Season. May you all have a Special, Wonderfull Christmas & Happy New Year. From my Heart, Riccardo P. S. Hope to see you all in July!!
From Michael Murphy:
To our family at our church, we miss you all so much. Blessings and love from Frank and Michael.
Thank you from INTERLINK
Sarah Lee has shared a wonderful and moving thank you card from INTERLINK. This was addressed to the congregation and they express their thanks and gratitude for the clothing and food we've shared throughout the year.
Women of the World (WOW) will have their very first retreat next October at Westerbeke Ranch. Fran Threewit has provided the following information on registration and deposits.
October 10 - 11, 2017 (Tues./Wed.)
Day one - 10 am -10 pm
Day two - 8 am- 3am
$248 (see below for deposit information)
At least 10 ladies
lunch and dinner day 1
Breakfast and lunch day 2
In order to get the 2016 prices, Fran has been asked to send a deposit to Westerbeke Ranch by the end of December. Please give her your deposit check for $125 before that date so that we can meet our deposit commitment to reserve space for the retreat. Deposit checks should be made payable to Fran Threewit; she will write one check to Westerbeke Ranch. Final payment won't be due until next October, when we have the retreat.
Checks can be given to Fran at church or mailed to her home.
If you have questions, please let Fran know. Fran wants us to know that church women who can't make it to WOW meetings and are interested are welcome and invited to come to the retreat.
Vist the Westerbeke website to learn more: www.thewesterbekeranch.com
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.