Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Last Sunday was just wonderful. Jim's sermon gave us a lot to reflect on but brought a sense of calm and a little bit of closure to end a tumultuous week. We turned in our pledges with a sense of unity and learned that we are in sight of reaching our pledge goal. And we celebrated together at the Harvest Luncheon with a fine meal and fine fellowship. This is what we do best -- gather together in worship and in friendship; reassure each other with our presence when times are difficult or unsettling; and rejoice together in the things that are joyful. This is who we are and this is our place -- our little community called Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, November 20, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Choir will rehearse at 9:45 a.m.
Sunday, November 27, is the first Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 30, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Wednesday, November 30, the Board of Trustees will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2-4 p.m. SAVE THE DATE for our annual Gingerbread Extravaganza! See article further in this newsletter for details and look for our ad in the Kenwood Press.
Sunday, December 4, is the Second Sunday in Advent and is Communion Sunday. We` will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. Choir will rehearse at 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 7, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Thursday, December 8, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Sunday, December 11, is the Third Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship 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 for distribution by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Wednesday, December 14, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Sunday, December 18, is the Fourth Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m. Choir will rehearse at 9:45 a.m.
Wednesday, December 21, Women of the World (WOW) will have their annual Christmas Party at noon in the Fellowship Hall. Details to follow soon.
Saturday, December 24, is Christmas Eve. We will have a Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 25, is Christmas Day and we will not have church services. Regular services will resume on Sunday, January 1.
Wednesday, December 28, the church office will be closed. Notes and News will not be published this week, but will resume the week of January 2.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
November 19 - Gaynl
November 20 - Cathy
December 6 - Fran
December 10 - Robin
December 26 - Mark
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Donna and family
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
Turning Points Not in Washington D.C.
With the elections over, and all the talk about transitions from one presidency to another, consider these good words from Frederick Buechner. True history, he says, is less about elections and transition of power, but rather this:
"True history has to do with the saving and losing of souls, and both of these are apt to take place when most people -- including the one whose soul is at stake - are looking the other way. The real turning point in our lives is less less likely to be the day we win the election or get married, than the morning we decide not to mail the letter, or the afternoon we watch the woods fill up with snow. The real turning point in human history is less apt to be the day the wheel is invented or Rome falls than the day a child is born in a stable."
One of the purposes of a congregation is to save us from the anxiety of political transitions. "The transitions in our hearts and minds are easy to miss; we often are looking the other away," writes Buechner. The big transitions are not, he suggests, in the halls of political power, but in our personal and private lives.
These transitions probably sneak up on us; we miss their coming to us. We don't need to even see or acknowledge them, but they are happening to us every day. This is one of the works of the Holy Spirit -- to change us when we are not looking.
Bless you all.
A Gift -- and A Fundraiser
Beginning next Sunday, a Christmas gift for every KCC member and friend! Kenwood resident Louis Sclafani has donated his inventory of Thai silk 18”x18” pillow covers in six different Christmas and Holiday designs and colors as a gift and fundraiser for our church. Each household can have one free pillow cover with the opportunity to purchase others for a donation. The pillow covers can be chosen by the congregation on Sunday, November 20th in the Fellowship Hall and will be available for the congregation and the community on November 27th, December 4th, and December 11th. Louis is advertising them in the Kenwood Press, stating that they are available at the church from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Your Benevolence Committee will distribute all donations to local needy causes. Questions? Call Jenny or Linda.
Christmas Benevolence News
In our final appeal of 2016, your Benevolence Committee is once again offering the opportunity for you to contribute to “The Christmas Fund for the Veterans of the Cross and the Emergency Fund.” The funds provide direct financial assistance to individual United Church of Christ retired clergy and lay church employees.
Last year we contributed $579 to this cause and hope to match or exceed that amount this year. In 2015, a total of $1,528,481 was contributed by participating churches. Of that amount 64% went to Pension Supplementation, 19% went to Health Premium Supplementation, 9% went to Christmas "Thank You" gift checks, 4% went to Emergency Grants and 4% went to Administrative Costs.
You can read more about this global charity on our Ministries page. Checks can be written to KCC with “Christmas Fund” on the memo line. We will be receiving this Benevolence on Sunday, December 11th, and we thank you in advance for your generosity!
Adopt Christmas Families
Women of the World (WOW) has decided to go out into the community and give some Christmas joy. As our moderator, Tim Dorman, has expressed repeatedly... ”We need to go out into the community and make ourselves known”. WOW has come up with an uplifting way to do just that.
This year we are adopting one or two families from the Kenwood School who could use some “Christmas Angels” to make their Christmas special this year. They will be anonymous to us, but we know their story and their wishes, thanks to the principal of Kenwood School, Bob Bales.
WOW has set up a “Giving Tree” in the Fellowship Hall. On it you will find gingerbread men, stockings, and ornaments with a wish. Please take the one or ones you would like to fulfill, write your name next to that wish on the clipboard next to the tree, wrap it, attach the gingerbread, stocking or ornament on the package and return to the church by Sunday, December 18 so it can be delivered to the families. If you choose to contribute money instead, please make a check out to KCC Deacon’s Fund and put “Christmas Families” on the memo line. Cash can be given to Dorothy or Peggy.
Our hope is in some small way to fulfill these words of Jesus: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” —Matthew 25:40 NRSV
KCC Christmas Choir
Time: 11:00am – 12:15pm
Wednesday Rehearsals on the following dates:
December 7 and 14
Save the Date! Saturday, December 3rd. 2pm - 4pm. Fellowship Hall.
Holiday activity fun for all ages. Begin the holiday season and plan to join in joyful festivities and take home your very own mini-gingerbread house. It takes a lot of elves to make this happen, so please let Linda Salomon know if you can help.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.