Dear KCC Members and Friends,
After the flurry of Fourth of July activity, it seems quiet at church now. Behind the scenes, though, activity continues and the life of the church goes on. Next week, the Fellowship Hall carpet will be cleaned. Soon, the conference room will be painted. We have begun to research a return to a more historic look to the chancel (the area around the altar where the lecterns and front 'railings' area). It's a wonderful thing that we can do this work -- that our congregation is in such a sound place emotionally and financially that we can enjoy some of the fruits of our labor. This is our community. We work hard to make it what it is and we've made good progress in the past couple of years in sharing with the wider community. After all the work of the early summer, it's time to take a deep breath and to appreciate one another and this new work that is being done.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, July 14, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
This Sunday, July 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 21, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, July 24, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, July 31, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, August 7, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. This is also New Member Sunday.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
July 12 - Riccardo
July 14 - Betty
July 18 - Donna
July 19 - Earla
July 24 - Sarah Lee
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Dale and family
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--
Having returned from a vacation off the grid only to discover the strife and discord across the country upon our return, I then found renewed comfort and confidence in the community and congregation of Kenwood Community Church in the afterglow of the Fourth of July. We are indeed the little engine that could and, on behalf of all who benefited, I would like to thank all who contributed.
Our next two goals are to return the chancel of our sanctuary to its original simple elegance with the addition of railings for access and support, and to revitalize our membership efforts. I look forward to joining you in the weeks ahead to achieve both of those objectives. Together, we can continue to renew ourselves with collective impact and personal fulfillment.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
It has been a difficult few weeks. First Louisiana, then Minnesota, and then Dallas.
The President spoke at the memorial service in Dallas Tuesday for the five police officers killed in the line of duty. We watched, as I hope you did as well. His words were carefully chosen; he spoke from the heart to our hearts. He quoted the Bible three times.
After he was done, my wife Kay said to me, "He's a good pastor." I agree. What is a good pastor and in what way was he pastoral to the nation today?
First, I believe he spoke with compassion to both the hundreds of police officers in attendance. He also spoke with compassion to other Americans who feel under attack. A good pastor, and all in the congregation, should have compassion for people on both sides of the trauma that we have been going through.
Next, a pastor should, as best they are able, speak the truth in love. It's easier to skirt the issues, obfuscate, offer pious platitudes. A good pastor should not mince words but speak the truth in love.
Next, a good pastor should lift us to be 'our better selves'. There should be hope proclaimed, that together we can be, and are, better than this.
These three things are enough for today and for our little church. We can speak with compassion for all who might otherwise be considered the enemy. We can speak the truth as we see it, but only when we are ready to listen to another person's truth. We can lift all citizens to a higher level of hope and trust.
I appreciate your words of encouragement to be a better pastor. And I encourage you, now, to join with me in that same spirit as we minister to each other, to the community, and to the wider world.
A thank you and a gift from the McCoy Family
Last Sunday, Marjorie MacLeod read the following note from the McCoy family to the congregation. We thank them for this most generous gift.
Our entire McCoy family would like to thank the members of the Kenwood Community Church for their support and love shown to us in a very emotional time. Losing a wife, mother, and grandmother has been very difficult for all of us and I know the congregation also shares our sorrow. Sue loved the music from the organ and especially the piano, although I'm not sure she actually got to hear music from the new Baby Grand. I know she would have enjoyed the music it produces.
As a tribute to Sue and the Kenwood Community Church, we have given a donation to fulfill the cost of the piano. May the congregation as well as future members and generations to come enjoy the music Sue so dearly loved. I know she is smiling down on this lovely church and sharing the happiness this brings to our family.
Dale, Jenna, Scott, Kim, Jarod, and Kevin
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.