Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Believe it or not, it's less than six weeks to the Fourth of July. You know what that means -- lots of work coming up here at the church, but also lots of fun! There is such a feeling of community and accomplishment in working on either the Pancake Breakfast or the Silent Auction (or both!). Have you signed up yet? It's a guarantee that there's a 'just for you' place on the Fourth and your help will be most welcome and appreciated!
On the calendar--
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 details.
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. Happy Father's Day to all the dads!
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 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):
May 27 - Dave
May 28 - Marianne
June 2 - Sally
June 2 - John
June 8 - Bob
June 21 - Peggy
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--
At our monthly Board of Trustees meeting Monday, we were reviewing our upcoming plans for the Fourth of July to make sure that everyone leading the activities had the support they needed. While they selflessly assured us that indeed they did and that the members of the congregation had truly stepped up, it got me thinking.
Do each of us have the support we need? Are we sometimes reluctant to share our vulnerabilities and instead put our best foot forward, hoping that life will work itself out? There is nothing wrong with faith and self-reliance, but sometimes the understanding, support, and strong shoulders of our friends can provide the margin of difference. Our congregation rallies impressively when the need is known. It is the essence of who we are and what we believe. Let’s make sure that we reach out to each other to take full advantage of this loving, caring community.
From the Pastor--
Anxiety and fear may stalk our personal lives, but they can also stalk a congregation. In the United States today, so-called Mainline churches (like ours) are experiencing a declining membership.
Parents have come to believe that Sunday morning is best spent at the soccer field and not in Sunday School. Sabbath rest comes from reading the Sunday paper or watching TV.
In this situation, when anxiety and fear may set in, we are less attractive. People can tell when we are nervous about the future. I worry about what the congregation will look like in ten years. I should not do that.
Instead I should focus on doing the basics. Gimmicks and novelty for its own sake gives away our private fears. I try to stay focused on doing the basics as well as we can: singing hymns, liturgy, hospitality, preaching, the sacraments, education, stewardship, and benevolence. Once I thought that being clever or innovative would grow any congregation. Now I think we do best when we focus on the powerful center of our sacred calling: worship, service, friendship and justice. Perhaps I'm just getting old, or, more appreciative of what got us here.
Bless you all.
PIANO FUND AT 63%
We have been enjoying the sound of our new Yamaha grand piano at worship during May. Several members have asked about the funding goal. The total cost of the piano, delivery, removal of our old piano, new cover, and initial tuning was $6,120. Through May 22, donations of $3,850, or 63%, have been received. Donations of any amount are welcome. Those received have ranged from $25 to $500. Simply make your check out to the church, and write Piano Fund in the memo corner. Thank you for your support of this wonderful new addition to our worship music. And thanks to Karen Haslag for finding the piano and making arrangements for its delivery.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.