Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Last Sunday and much of this week have brought reminders of what makes our little community so special. There weren't a lot of us in church on Sunday, but the service was wonderful and the fellowship afterward was -- as always -- warm and meaningful. This is the time we catch up with each other. It was so good to see Donna in church again after a very long absence. Donna, we've missed you! Reminders of others in our congregation who would like to come to church but need a ride. Pat especially comes to mind. She's at Spring Lake Village and would welcome a ride a couple of times a month. Can anyone help with this? Some members are currently giving rides to others, and we thank you so much for this. If you need a ride -- or can give a ride -- please let us know!
We also learned this week that Bob and Marilyn are celebrating their 68th wedding anniversary. Wow! Bob and Marilyn, congratulations and our warmest best wishes to you.
These bits of information are what keep us connected. We're important to one another and that makes a difference in our lives. It's part of who we are in this little community called Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
THIS 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. 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. We will have a guest preacher that Sunday, so stay tuned for details. 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):
July 24 - Sarah Lee
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 - 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 Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
Seven years ago, more or less, we were new in town and looking for a congregation. After visiting KCC once, I knew I would be regular in my attendance. (This was a year before I became the pastor).
The fit for me was just right at this point in my life. I liked the simple architecture which spoke of tradition and the strength which comes from it.
I joined because, during the opening announcements, a member of the congregation made a joke with the pastor and everyone laughed heartily. Laughing at or with a pastor was new to me, and I was delighted with the informality and affection it demonstrated.
I joined because people greeted me naturally, without affect. The greeting was Cool, just what I needed. After 40 years as a pastor, I can easily tell if a greeting is the Real Deal or part of a structured program.
Next, I joined because the hymns were sung with power. Karen was the Music Director back then. I sat on the sanctified side of the sanctuary (where the light comes in and makes people look more holy than they really are). I came back because you were a singing congregation.
There were also a few things which caused me discomfort, and probably still do, but the fit felt right and still does, whether I was the pastor or not.
Bless you all.
We'll have a few changes in August as church staff enjoy the summer, but we'll be back to normal in September.
Jim Fish will be away on August 14 and 21. Charlie Ensley will be our guest preacher on the 21st and we'll announce the guest preacher for the 14th in a subsequent newsletter.
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.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.