Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Didn't we just have the best time last Sunday? The music provided by the First Presbyterian Church Chorale Ensemble was spectacular! Thank you Karen for arranging this treat. The service was wonderful, the new piano is a joy to hear, and so many people were in attendance that we ran out of bulletins (a very good problem--let's do it again!) And then after church the Mothers Day Brunch was simply wonderful. Many thanks to the Ensleys, the Greens, the MacLeods, and Earla Snow for hosting this special event. And to all of you for the yummy side dishes and salads. When we are all together, sharing food and fellowship, it just feels like family. And isn't that just the way it should be?
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, May 15, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, May 18, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their annual potluck 'tea party.' Ladies, this is a fun and not-to-be-missed event! Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall.
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.
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. Please note that this is a change from the date published last week.
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 14 - Anne
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 will be held during our 10:30 a.m. worship service and the second 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 and would like to return for the 2 p.m. service, you are welcome to do so. 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 Pastor--
Remembering 'The Real Church"
A recent visitor commented at the door, "This reminds me of a real church, like the one I grew up in."
The architecture alone would be enough remind someone of The Real Church of their childhood. Perhaps the visitor means to say 'A Real Church' as in classical early American. Or, perhaps what was meant is reference to the hymns (we had three oldies but goodies that Sunday). Or, the simplicity of the liturgy or order of service might be another point of reference.
The comment was a compliment to the decades of tradition built up around KCC. It reminds (some) visitors of a day largely past; sanctified nostalgia; the faith rooted in tradition.
However, for others, the architecture, hymns, sermon and service demonstrate not a Real church but an Irrelevant, boring or out of touch congregation; happily stuck in the past. A few visitors 'connect' with us and return; many do not.
I think every week about those who do not return to what we think of as a Real Church. I feel badly when people do not return, but not very. We are what we are. The architecture, the hymns and all the rest, including us, are the church because the Gospel (as we seek to understand it) makes the church Real. So too the Sacraments, and the people (you and me), and the love we share and the service to others less fortunate that we try to give. We are far from perfect, but no congregation is. For all of our antique trappings, we are thankful for what the Holy Spirit makes out of us -- The Real Church.
Bless you all.
Women of the World (WOW) Annual Tea Party
Ladies, it's that time of year! Flowers are blooming, spring is in the air, and it's time for the annual Women of the World (WOW) tea party. Bring your hat (if you'd like) and come join us on May 18 at noon for this potluck 'tea style' luncheon. Sign ups will be in the Fellowship Hall--think sweet or savory bite-size food. Our lunches are always delicious and the fellowship is always terrific. This is our last meeting of the year and it's one of the best. See you there!
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.