Dear KCC Members and Friends,
What a day it was! Although the morning started out chilly, we were there, in the garden, before dawn setting out placemats and syrup. In the kitchen, sausages were heating and the egg crew was rolling up their sleeves. The pancake batter and coffee-making crews were at work outside and the griddles were heating up under the watchful eyes of the pancake chefs. The out-front crew was ready, too, setting up ticket sales, arranging parking signs, and selling coffee and donuts to the runners. And then it was time to set up the silent auction tables. A veritable beehive of workers were in and out of the church, carrying auction items over to the park. A sight to behold!
Throughout the morning, we served hundreds of pancake breakfasts. At one point, the breakfast line went across the bridge at the park. You all worked tirelessly -- cooking, serving food, bussing tables, replenishing place settings, emptying trash. Lots of hard work, but your smiles and good spirits never stopped. And then the clean up! What a job -- but by 2 p.m. it looked as though the breakfast never happened!
Meanwhile, over at the park the silent auction crew was in full swing -- answering questions, closing tables, cashiering purchases, moving items back to the church, supervising wine pickup. The auction had its own clean up, too, and the beehive of workers was back again, removing the last auction items and taking down the tables.
The work continues this week as the final auction items are picked up from the church. Lots of time put in here, too, with phone calls to the bid winners and staffing of pick up hours at the church.
A heartfelt thanks to those who led this monumental effort -- Linda and Riccardo for the Pancake Breakfast and Dorothy, Penny, and Marjorie for the Silent Auction. AND, a heartfelt thanks to all of you. We did this as a community and it is part of the KCC spirit that defines who we are. We say it often in this newsletter, but it's so true -- Kenwood Community Church is a wonderful place to be!
On the calendar--
Sunday, July 10, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Richard Hyde will give the sermon. 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).
Thursday, July 14, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
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.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
July 6 - Jenny
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 McCoy 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 Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
What a day! Your witness to the strength and vitality of the congregation was amazing and deeply appreciated by all.
By my rough estimate, 45 members and friends of the congregation were in attendance Monday, (plus many others who volunteered) from 5 in the morning until mid-afternoon, working on the Silent Auction and the Pancake Breakfast. Another 13 members and friends were not able to be with us because of medical situations or out of town travel. While all of you could not be with us in person, we know you were there in spirit.
The number attending the pancake breakfast was over 1000 -- a new record. Financial details on both the auction and the breakfast will be out soon.
An event this big required many months of preparation! Each and every one of you did your part in making the 4th of July celebration a wonderful witness to the community. Your hospitality was, as always, sincere and heartfelt. Those of you who spent days cleaning windows, collecting donations and preparing the church for all these visitors, were remarkable. You did Good!
Recognizing a few of you is risky, but I do so knowing you would want them mentioned. Those who took exceptional leadership in this big event were Linda and Bob, Riccardo, Dorothy, Peggy, Marjorie, and Penny. Yes... the list goes on and on!
I am so proud of you, and grateful for what you have just done for the ministries of Kenwood Community Church.
Thank You from the Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction Teams
Months of preparation and hard work in the making -- the 4th of July event was a success because of the members and friends of Kenwood Community Church who volunteered and showed great hospitality and friendliness. With 51 pancake volunteers (THAT'S A RECORD) -- some who even pulled double duty sharing time and helping the Silent Auction team -- the count is -- KCC served about 1,050 guests with preliminary record receipts well over last year's taken in.
A big Thank You to Karen Haslag for the wonderful organ music. The music not only entertained the pancake breakfast guests who patiently waited in line but, the music also drew many guests to visit the inside of the church and to sit, listen and even sing along as Karen played. What a treat!
Riccardo and I want to thank EVERYONE who tirelessly participated and stood by to make this another delightful and successful 4th of July event. We heard a lot of positive comments about the food, garden setting, friendliness and how well organized we were!
CONGRATULATIONS, Kenwood Community Church! Job Well Done!
With Grateful Appreciation,
Riccardo and Linda
Pancake Breakfast Co-Chairs
The silent auction was a great success! We had about 30 people working on the silent auction -- mailing letters, making calls & visits, picking up items, and working on the 4th. Rich Irwin deserves special thanks for contributing countless hours of his skills to the spreadsheet. As soon as the last auction items are picked up, we'll put together the final sales figures and let everyone know.
Thank you again for all your hard work and support. We could not have done it without all the great church participation.
Dorothy, Penny, and Marjorie
Auction Team Leaders
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.