Dear KCC Members and Friends,
The services for Sue McCoy last Sunday were beautiful. It was quite something to come together to remember Sue and celebrate her life. Just looking at the photos of her through the years was an amazing experience.
An important part of what we do at Kenwood Church is to come together as a community. Last Sunday was a fine example of this; what a comfort it was to be together in this time of loss. Sue contributed a lot to the strength of our church community. Surely, she was smiling down on all of us last Sunday.
On the calendar--
Sunday, June 12, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Richard Hyde will be our guest pastor. This is also Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned goods and/or gently used clothing for distribution by Sarah Lee to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
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.
Sunday, June 26, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.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! 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 8 - Bob
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--
In observing the overflowing church this past weekend, I had two conflicting thoughts. First, we lost a dear member and our congregation is once again incrementally diminished. At the same time, we sure know how to accommodate a crowd and draw strength from both our collective remembrance and from each other. What if we are able to draw strength from Sue McCoy's passing and galvanize ourselves to truly reach out to our community and attract new members? What a legacy that would be!
Starting right after the Fourth of July dust settles, I would like to initiate a church-wide effort to do exactly that. Led by the Board of Trustees and the Deacons, and embracing the energy and ideas of everyone, let’s develop a specific plan, split up the work and hold ourselves accountable. Pastor Jim is our ace in the hole once we extend invitations and generate interest, but we should not be relying on him to do our advance legwork. That is our responsibility. Our plan should leverage our knowledge and relationships in the community, capture our resurgent music program and be aimed at responding to the needs of both new and current residents who are looking for meaning, purpose, and fellowship in this vital chapter of their lives. If you have any ideas about jump-starting this effort, please let me know. Here we go.
A special treat this Sunday
To accompany our Second-Sunday potluck, Dave McCuan will be serving "make your own ice cream sundaes." Sundaes on Sunday. Thank you, Dave!
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 frome4 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.
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.