Dear KCC Members and Friends,
This is the week! The Silent Auction Team is busy with final preparation and organization and the Pancake Breakfast Team is taking over the Fellowship Hall and Garden with clean up and set up. And then, Riccardo will work his magic with decorations, making KCC the most festive place in town!
After all of the cleaning, decorating, and organizing --a nd before all the work of the Fourth, though -- it's our time. We, as a congregation, will celebrate worship this Sunday in our garden. It's a moment to take a deep breath, to appreciate each other, and to worship God in one of the loveliest places in Kenwood. Aren't we lucky to be part of this very special place that is Kenwood Community Church?
On the calendar--
Wednesday, June 29 - Saturday, July 2, prep and set-up for the Pancake Breakfast. If you'd like to help, people will be at the church between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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! Rest up the night before and prepare to be part of the festivities.
Sunday, July 10, 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 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.
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
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--
In the aftermath of the horrific tragedies in Orlando and Istanbul, to name only the latest, we are all challenged fully to examine what we believe and how we live. Where do faith and hope come in and how do we make them come alive? At the risk of combining the secular world of sports with the sacred ground of Christianity, I have a compelling story to share.
Iceland this past week defeated England in the European soccer championship play-off. With a total population of 300,000, Iceland's victory is the rough equivalent of the Sonoma Stompers beating Fran's beloved San Francisco Giants in the World Series. No one would have thought it possible ... except the Icelandic players themselves. They believed.
Our journey continues and I am grateful for the shared faith and hope that our community provides us. Without it, we would be adrift.
On a personal note, we are about to head out for a long-planned family gathering in the Sierra. It will be an absolutely wonderful time and at the same time, we shall miss the Fourth of July celebration at the church. The good news is that next year we have pushed our vacation back to the middle of July. May you all have a joyous fourth.
From the Pastor--
A Sacred Fourth at KCC.
From the beginning, I confess I hold the Church (large C) in highest esteem. I think the world-wide expression of the Gospel in all of its beautiful and tragic manifestations is, never-the-less, a Holy place.
Therefore, this coming Monday, the Kenwood parade, 900+ for breakfast, hundreds considering the items in the silent auction, the runners, bands, old cars, and all the bunting, is sacred.
From where I stand on Church ground, our little church gives blessed meaning to everything else.
Our congregation calls the larger community together on the 4th of July. Our little congregational community is the leaven in the flour, the spark plug in the engine. We host the larger community in the garden and in the park.
I see strangers brought together, distant neighbors becoming reacquainted. We have become the primary host for this gathering and by our hospitality (see how clean the windows are?), we again this year add the invisible to the 4th. We cook up pancakes, and, in addition, trust, thankfulness, gratitude, laughter ,and that most precious commodity in a country now given to full-voice argument, a place where we belong.
The Gospel creates the Church, and by God's Spirit working among us, miracles continue to happen. I am so very proud of you. I am so very thankful for you.
REMINDER TO JULY 4 ALL-DAY WORKERS: REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR LUNCH. IT IS A L-O-N-G DAY!
As you may know, at KCC, the Deacons are charged with the responsibility for overseeing the usher/greeter duties of our church. Fortunately, ever since the Deacons undertook that responsibility, willing members of our church had already been signing up to fill those two important duties of both greeting and ushering, much to the benefit of every worship service. However, there continues to be a need for more folks willing to sign up, in advance, and in groups of two, but since that has not happened, it has now become necessary to ask those who have been loyally serving in those two roles to try to do so on a more regular basis, specifically every other month, if possible.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Deacons,
Roger Phelps, Usher Coordinator
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.