Dear KCC Members and Friends,
This Sunday at our worship service we will say goodbye to our dear friend, Sue McCoy. There will also be a service at 2 p.m., but the morning service is for us -- a chance to remember her in the place where we all knew her and where she had such an impact. Sue was an integral part of every aspect of church life and she will be, and is, deeply missed. Please join us as we, as a church family, say 'thank you and farewell' to one of our own.
On the calendar--
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. Bill Treddway, baritone, will be 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 Auction.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
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--
The basketball and hockey seasons may still be gloriously with us, but the heat and pace of summer have certainly arrived. For many, that pace slows a bit to more of a leisurely stroll through the day and the languid enjoyment of warm evenings. To many of us at KCC, that pace quickens and intensifies through the Fourth of July. The hammock will have to wait.
Many thanks to all of you still hunting and gathering for the auction and to those of you in the midst of preparing for the pancake breakfast in anticipation of hundreds of ravenous appetites. Talk about loaves and fishes! We know who you are and are grateful for your contributions. They make the margin of difference in supporting an active and generous church all year round. Quite simply, we could not do it without the extraordinary extra-mile participation that has become an enduring hallmark of our congregation. Sue McCoy would be proud.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
During the recent days, I've been working, with help from many others in the congregation on the memorial service for Sue McCoy. This comes to mind -- there is a world of difference between happiness and joy. Happiness, writes Fredrick Beuchner, is fairly predictable. It is where we expect to find it: in a healthy newborn, a good marriage, a beautiful quilt completed or a good job. Happiness comes from a thousand different places. One of mine is celebrating a birthday party with family. Another is have a tidy fishing tackle box. Happiness come from all over the place.
But joy is different. There is no happiness at the death of a loved one, a member of the congregation, or one of your family. However, there can be joy: a whole different thing. Jesus said this about joy: "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." (John 15:11)
Joy is unpredictable. It happens when its least expected. It may be something we experience when happiness is happening, but not necessarily. We can experience joy along with sadness, at the very same time. Joy comes from deep down. Joy is not something we can will; it finds us rather than we finding it. Jesus has joy, the Bible says, and he wills that it is ours as well. When it is, 'then our joy will be complete.'
"A life well lived, a large and loving heart, the gift of grace and being good to others" ... these are the things I'll be remembering this week as Sunday draws near. When we gather to say goodbye, let joy, deep down joy, be present in our hearts.
Good Joy to you all.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.