Dear KCC Members and Friends,
What a beautiful Easter service we had! Our guest soprano, Melinda Moreaux, was superb and the service and music were lovely. The church was filled and Easter lilies graced the altar. Our own Earla continues to surprise and delight us with beautiful decorations in the Fellowship Hall and Sunday was no exception.
As beautiful as our Easter service was, it's important to note the exceptional service on Maundy Thursday. If you missed it, mark Maundy Thursday on your calendar for next year. Several attendees commented that this was the most moving service of the year for them. The overall simplicity of the service, the seating at the table for Communion, the stripping of the altar, all combined for a powerful experience. Afterwards, we shared a simple soup supper in the Fellowship Hall, further enhancing the evening.
Our church is small, but we share so much. Celebration, solemnity, and a deep caring for one another. This is who we are -- Kenwood Community Church -- and aren't we glad to be here?
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, April 3, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m. Brenda Roberts will be Guest Vocalist and Pianist this Sunday. Please plan to enjoy more lovely music of the Easter Season!
Monday, April 4, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy 's home. This session is titled "Four Old Testament Prophets: Speaking Truth to Power." Please let Dorothy know if you are interested in attending.
Sunday, April 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 and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Monday, April 11, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy's home.
Sunday, April 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. The annual One Great Hour of Sharing offering will take place today.
Monday, April 18, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Wednesday, April 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet in the Fellowship Hall at noon for a potluck luncheon and meeting. Susan Milstein of Personal History Productions will give a presentation on "How to be a Good Ancestor."
Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. is the kick-off date for our book discussion group on Being Mortal. The group is open to the public and will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Further dates will be decided at the meeting.
Sunday, April 24, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 25, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
March 31 - Jay
April 1 - Michael
April 2 - Peggy
April 6 - Charlie
April 14 - Frank
April 20 - Dee
April 22 - Frank
April 25 - Mary Alice
April 29 - Lyn
Other news of the church--
Barbara Parsons' Memorial Service
Barbara Parsons' family has asked us to update you on the date for Barbara's memorial service. It will take place on May 21 at 2 p.m. This is a different date than the one originally announced in the Kenwood Press. Please plan to come to the service on May 21 and join in remembering Barbara and celebrating her life.
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Frank and Michael
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--
“If you build it, he will come”. In this case, the reference is to the building of a beautiful baseball field in the middle of a Minnesota cornfield in the hopes of attracting a dead mythical baseball star, Shoeless Joe Jackson. In the movie, “The Field of Dreams”, Kevin Costner’s character did build the field and as is the case in many Hollywood fantasies, Shoeless Joe and his teammates did indeed show up.
Our version of that tale is the purchase this week by KCC of a well-cared-for Yamaha baby grand piano in excellent condition. We have been on the lookout for such an opportunity since Karen Haslag’s arrival and yesterday jumped at the chance when the piano came on the market. As you will recall, our old piano was truly on its last legs and literally held together in one spot with a judicious wad of cardboard. Karen and Penny have been ambassadors of grace and goodwill in putting up with it.
We initiated a piano fund campaign about a year ago and have received about $2100 from several families so far. We decided to defer further fund-raising until our new Music Director arrived and could lead the search for the new piano. That she has done and now it is our turn to “show up”. We will be renewing our piano fund campaign in April in anticipation of a debut in time for Mothers’ Day.
In other news, please remember to save the date of Friday, April 22, at 10:00 AM for our book discussion in Fellowship Hall on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. If you have not already done so, the book can be purchased on Amazon or borrowed from the library. Our discussion is open to the public, so please invite one or more friends if you would like to do so.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
The third round of Bible Study begins next Monday morning. I am thankful for those who have signed up to attend. There is room for more.
Reading or studying the Bible can be daunting, with all the footnotes, obscure history and references to people, times, places and issues beyond comprehension. It's not an easy book to read. One of goals of these Bible Classes is to take the anxiety out of reading it.
It is difficult to do anything - ride a bike, cook dinner, give a talk - if anxiety is out of control. To enjoy most anything, it helps if we 'chill out.'
I hope our classes do not make people feel even more uncomfortable reading the Bible; I hope just the opposite. We discover, among other things, that the Bible tells stories, sets down history, offers prayers and poetry, that in some strange way are precisely about us. It took 2000 years for the Bible to be written, by hundreds of people with vastly different perspectives and issues. But for all the parts difficult to understand, the vast majority of the stories are about us. As part of the human family, even our ancestors from 4000 years ago, we connect. As old as they are, we can understand them easily; they hit home, ring a bell, connect with us.
May we read the Bible with calm and joy. It is, in part, the stories of our lives, today.
Bless you all.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Our annual offering to One Great Hour of Sharing will take place on Sunday, April 17. In partnership with Global Ministries, an outreach of the UCC, One Great Hour of Sharing will support the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees. Support of refugees is vital as more of the world’s people live forcibly displaced from their homes than at any time in the past century. For further information, go to: http://onegreathourofsharing.org/
Women of the World (WOW)
Susan Milstein of Personal History Productions will be the presenter at the April meeting of Women of the World (WOW). Her presentation is titled "How to be A Good Ancestor,” in which she will lead a discussion about the value of recording life stories and family histories.
Susan is a former newspaper reporter who now co-owns a Santa Rosa-based business that helps people record their life stories for future generations of their families and to help businesses and organizations record their stories for their customers, employees, investors, and the public. She and her business partner, Andi Reese Brady, started Personal History Productions in 2005. Their clients are typically people who have always wanted to record their life stories for their grandchildren but found doing it themselves to be daunting. Other clients have written their stories but need help with editing and production of a beautiful, heirloom quality book.
Our meeting and potluck will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at noon. We hope you'll join us for what promises to be an interesting afternoon.
Have you seen these pictures?
Several years ago two pictures were donated to the church and were hung in the back bathroom. They are from the Masters Golf Club in Augusta, GA and are no longer available for purchase. The pictures are of the 13th green and the 16th green.
They are now missing and we would like them back. If you know where they are, please let Linda, Dale, or Tim know. The pictures are important both because they were a gift to the church and because of their sentimental value to their donor. Your help in finding them is most appreciated.
Volunteer sign ups for the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast
Linda is already hard at work planning the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast. She will have a sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall beginning this Sunday. You can also call her or email her to volunteer. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.