Dear KCC Members and Friends,
This Saturday we will honor and remember a true 'pillar' of Kenwood Church, Barbara Parsons. Some of our members knew Barbara well, and some of our members were extraordinarily close friends with Barbara and her husband, Bob. Others of us maybe just met them briefly or perhaps didn't have the opportunity to meet them, but have heard so many stories and can only contemplate what fun it must have been to be part of their circle of friends. In any case, we have all benefited from their hard work and leadership in this church. It's hard to say goodbye, as we did to Bob a few years back. This Saturday we'll have a chance to look back and say 'goodbye and thank you' to our dear friend, Barbara.
On the calendar--
TODAY, May 18, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their annual potluck 'tea party' in the Fellowship Hall at noon.
THIS SATURDAY, May 21, the memorial service for Barbara Parsons will be held at 2 p.m. in the park, with a reception following at the KCC Fellowship Hall.
THIS SUNDAY, May 22, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, May 23, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, May 29, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 5, at 10:30 a.m. we will have a memorial service for Sue McCoy during our regular worship service. A second service for Sue will be held at the church at 2 p.m. with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Please see the paragraph further in this newsletter for more details.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
May 16 - Gil
May 27 - Dave
May 28 - Marianne
Other news of the church--
On Sunday, June 5, there will be two memorial services for Sue McCoy. The first, for the congregation, will be held during our 10:30 a.m. worship service and the second, for extended family and friends, will be held at the church at 2 p.m. with a reception following in the Fellowship Hall. Please join us in honoring Sue and celebrating her life. If you attend the 10:30 a.m. service, you are welcome to return for the 3 p.m. reception. Please let Tim Dorman or Memorial Committee Co-Chairs Dorothy Green and Linda McCuan know if you have any questions.
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--
I am back on the east coast this week celebrating the marriage of a nephew and coping with the final chapters of aging parents-in-law. Coupled with upcoming memorial services for both Barbara Parsons and Sue McCoy, I am reminded more than ever of the poignant passages in our lives. More than ever, I am reminded of the enduring strength of our faith and our community in responding to them. Last week at the commencement at UC Berkeley, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, spoke poignantly and powerfully about dealing with death. Having recently lost her husband unexpectedly and too early, she reflected on the importance of taking responsibility in life but not for taking responsibility for the inevitability of death, for grieving deeply but also for recognizing the beauty in the rest of life, and for grieving deeply but also for recognizing that life does indeed go on.
I am grateful for those insights and for our community.
From the Pastor--
One would assume that as the financial, personal and professional achievements of our life grow, we would also grow in appreciation of those same things. Evidently not. The assumption that I become more thankful the larger my net worth, or the more a family grows or a business thrives, is sadly not true.
"I'd be so grateful if I just won the lottery!" "I'd be so grateful the family grew in number and accomplishments."
It does not happen that way. Financial or professional or personal blessings seem to have little bearing on gratitude and thankfulness. How odd. What a shame.
"Bombarded by Bounty," Martin Copenhaver calls it. We are so overwhelmed by the wild abundance of our culture, of Sonoma Valley, that we literally choke on it all. We are choking not on the fumes belching out of a bus in Cuba, but by another poison.
Step one towards even a little gratitude is taken with a renewed sense of humility in our hearts. "Give thanks in all circumstances," writes Paul in 1st Thessalonians. All circumstances includes not only giving thanks when we are desperately poor and in trouble, but in 'all' circumstances, including these times when we are "Bombarded With Bounty."
Striving for a grateful heart,
There are still some blank spaces on the sign-up sheets. Please add your name. We can never have too much help!
Dorothy, Penny, & Marjorie
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.