Dear KCC Members and Friends,
It's hard to believe, but we are mid-way through June. You know what that means -- the Fourth of July and its accompanying activities are just around the corner. There are so many ways in which you can help, both before and on the Fourth itself, and many of you have signed up. We'll have information in Notes and News over the next couple of weeks on any upcoming pre-Fourth activities.
One volunteer area that often gets overlooked on the Fourth is cleanup after the Silent Auction and Pancake Breakfast are over. This is the time when we're all tired and looking forward to some well-deserved rest. If you can, please consider being part of the cleanup crew before you go. Or, perhaps going home for a couple of hours around noon and then coming back to help, will work better for you. In any case, after all the monumental effort of the day, this is the time that the phrase 'many hands make light work' really rings true. Please consider being part of this 'late shift' -- your help will be most appreciated and you'll appreciate the sense of accomplishment when the job is done.
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, June 19, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Charlie Ensley will be our guest pastor. Bill Treddway, baritone, will be the featured soloist to enliven our service on Father’s Day.
THIS SUNDAY, June 19, the Post-Auction Callers will meet in the Fellowship Hall after church.
Sunday, June 26, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 26, there will be meetings after church for both the Auction and Pancake Breakfast workers. Details further in this newsletter.
Wednesday, June 29-Saturday, July 2, prep and set-up for the Pancake Breakfast. See article further in this newsletter for details.
Sunday, July 3, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services in the garden at 10:30 a.m. After church, we'll do the final setup for the Fourth of July activities.
Monday, July 4, is the big day! Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall to help with the Pancake Breakfast and/or Silent Auction.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
June 19 - Nancy
June 21 - Peggy
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Dale McCoy and family
Ed and Karen
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--
David Brooks wrote a wonderful column in The New York Times last week, called "Let's Have a Better Culture War." It has become even more meaningful and important this week as we all have struggled in the aftermath of the Orlando tragedy.
Here are some excerpts:
“Character formation can’t be done just individually. It’s carried out in families, schools and communities. It depends on some common assumptions about what’s right and wrong, admired and not admired – a common moral ecosystem. ... At the same time, the larger culture itself has become morally empty, and therefore marked by fragmentation, distrust and powermongering.
"The larger culture itself needs to be revived in four distinct ways: We need to be more communal in an age that’s overly individualistic; we need to be more morally minded in an age that is overly utilitarian; we need to be more spiritually literate in an age that’s overly materialistic; and we need to be more emotionally intelligent in an age that is overly cognitive.
"We need a new traditionalism ... fueled by love and contact with the transcendent. The first step would be to put the spiritual and moral implications of everyday life front and center. ... If we talked as if people had souls, then we’d have a thick view of what is at stake in everyday activities. The soul can be elevated or degraded at every second. Each thought or act etches a new line into the core piece of oneself.
"Love is the elemental desire of the spirit. People are desperately motivated to love something well, and be loved. A core task of communities is to arouse and educate the loves, to widen and deepen the opportunities for love and to appraise people by how well and what they love.”
If ever there was a time for Kenwood Community Church to be relevant, now is the time. What is our role in fueling this new traditionalism? How can we channel and give voice to this elemental desire of the spirit?
Soloist on Father's Day
Bill Treddway, San Francisco, will be the featured baritone soloist at our June 19 service. Bill was a member of the San Francisco Opera Chorus from 1967 – 2008. Treddway has sung in many churches, including Catholic, Episcopal, Arab Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and Christian Scientist. Some of his greatest influences have been Luciano Pavarotti, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Frank Sinatra. Bill will honor the fathers in the congregation by singing “O My Papa” as a postlude.
Post-Auction Phone Call Team to meet this Sunday
A reminder to post-auction callers: please gather in the Fellowship Hall after the service this Sunday for a BRIEF meeting. I will give you a handout with instructions and suggested script.
Auction Workers to meet on June 26
July 4 Silent Auction workers--Please plan to stay for a BRIEF orientation after the service on JUNE 26. We will give you a printout of job descriptions . Bring your questions.
~Penny, Dorothy, & Marjorie
Pancake Breakfast workers, you're not left out. Linda will have a meeting after church on June 26 in the garden.
Can you help with set up for the Pancake Breakfast?
There is going to be a flurry of activity starting around Wednesday, June 29th thru Friday, July 1 - when vendors start delivering food, tables, chairs, etc and we start decorating. If anyone wants to come then and help clean windows, vacuum, misc yard work and sweeping they are welcome and especially around Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2nd.
The Upper Room Devotional
The July-August edition of The Upper Room has arrived and is available for pickup in the Narthex.
A reminder . . .
If you are the 'last one out' after an event and are responsible for locking up, please check to make sure the exit doors are closed securely.
Missing a coat?
A very nice raincoat has been hanging in the church office closet for the last couple of months. It's a woman's black raincoat, long, size 16. Please let Cathy know if it belongs to you.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.