Dear KCC Members and Friends,
We have so much to be thankful for in our little community. We truly care about one another. It feels like family here because it is, in a way, a family. We know who needs our visits and who might need a ride to church. We notice when someone hasn't been to church for a while and might need a word of encouragement. We appreciate those who were the 'worker bees' in years past and those who do the work now. Thanksgiving is still a couple of weeks off, but it's not too early to take some time to reflect on this remarkable community and give thanks for what we have. These are our friends -- even if all we get to do is chat briefly on Sunday morning. This Sunday, we'll bring in our pledges for the coming year and then sit down together at the Harvest Luncheon. It's a good time to take a look around, smile, and be grateful for this really special place called Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
TODAY, November 9, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
TOMORROW, November 10, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11:00 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
THIS SUNDAY, November 13, is Stewardship Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. Our annual Harvest Luncheon will follow the service.
Wednesday, November 16, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Please note that this is an additional rehearsal to our previous schedule, and is at a different time.
Wednesday, November 16, Women of the World (WOW) meets at noon in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck luncheon and meeting. See the article further in this newsletter for details.
Sunday, November 20, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 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.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
November 9 - Don
November 11 - Scott
November 19 - Gaynl
November 20 - Cathy
Other news of the church--
Marilyn is recovering from a fall for the next couple of weeks. Cards and letters are welcome; however, please save visits for later so that Marilyn can concentrate on the business of getting well.
Donna remains at a convalescent hospital. Please remember her in your prayers.
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Donna Thompson 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 Moderator
How do you reconcile the clarity of right and wrong with the message of tolerance and forgiveness? The honest answer for me is that I do not know. What I do know is that there is comfort in coming together as a community, and, in the face of the unknown, there is comfort in prayer. I am worried and I also have faith. For that and for us I am grateful.
From the Pastor
Dear Members and Friends,
One of the blessings and expressions of loving power within a congregation is to openly face our anxieties. There is a new type of anxiety currently under discussion in the press and other media: Election Anxiety.
Some of you have told me you have it. I woke up at 3 this morning; I must have it too!
Here is a profound and reassuring insight from the Quaker/Menonite/Amish tradition: "We can't make the world come out right."
All our efforts, including the most drastic and violent, are but temporary adjustments to the never-ending desire to fix the world once and for all. Here the 'Anabaptist' insight is key in controlling our anxieties, which left unchecked, drive us to frantic solutions and eventually despair.
What we can do is 'speak truth to power,' love those we perceive as enemies, stay close to the message and spirit of Jesus, and go back again and again in Church history when our ancestors were also stricken with anxiety.
Without fleeing from the pain of the world, we hear this word: 'Peace be with you.' At some point, when the options for civil and peaceful dialog seem to have run their course, we remember to do our best, knowing ultimately only God can make the world come out right. Therefore, we look for sightings of God's hand at work even while we may be laid low with anxiety.
Peace to you.
A word on Stewardship
Don't forget that this Sunday is Stewardship Sunday. Please bring your pledge for dedication during the 10:30 Worship Service. Following the service, we will adjourn to the Fellowship Hall for a special Celebration Luncheon in the spirit of thanksgiving for your support of Kenwood Community Church.
Your Stewardship Committee,
Daymon, Jenny, Gil, Don, Dave, and Pastor Jim (ex officio)
Women of the World (WOW) News
On Wednesday, November 16, Women of the World (WOW) will meet in the Fellowship Hall at noon for a potluck lunch. Please be sure to sign up so we know how many to set up for. This month's program will be setting up the Christmas Tree, making the gift tags for our Christmas Families’ wishes and then decorating the tree. We will also be discussing our retreat, which will be held next October, the Gingerbread Extravaganza and anything else that comes up. We hope to see you all there, lots of exciting plans for our group.
~Peggy and Dorothy
KCC Christmas Choir
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on the following dates:
Nov. 9 and 30
Dec. 7 and 14
on Nov. 16 from 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Looking for a photo of the Labyrinth
Ladies, does anyone have a photo of the labyrinth from our visit to Westerbeke Ranch in October? If so, we'd like to post it on the church website as part of an article about the WOW meeting. Please send the photo in jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Save the Date! Saturday, December 3rd - Gingerbread Extravaganza! Fellowship Hall 2pm - 4pm. Holiday activity fun for all ages. It takes a lot of elves to make this happen, so please let Linda Salomon know if you can help. Begin the holiday season and plan to join in joyful festivities and take home your very own mini-gingerbread house.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.