Dear KCC Members and Friends,
This time of year the time goes so quickly. It seems we just dedicated the memorial wall in early September and now it's almost time for the trick or treaters and we'll be setting our clocks back soon (but not yet -- November 6 is the date). As the days grow shorter and we begin to turn on our heaters, we can also look forward to what's in store at church. Choir rehearsals begin next week; Women of the World hold their first meeting for 2016-2017 today; Stewardship Sunday and the Harvest Luncheon are coming up, along with Thanksgiving and the Gingerbread Extravaganza. Most importantly, we're moving toward Advent and the reflection, music, and strong sense of community that accompany both the season and celebrating it together at our worship services. So, enjoy Fall with its beauty and sense of anticipation and look forward to what is coming. We're so fortunate to share this season together at Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
TODAY, October 19, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their first meeting of the 2016-2017 season. Ladies, please join us at 9:30 a.m. at the church for a labyrinth walk at Westerbeke Ranch, followed by lunch back at the church.
Sunday, October 23, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m. Charlie Ensley delivers the stewardship sermon: "Bountiful Blessings, Bountiful Giving."
Monday, October 24, Bible study will be held at Dorothy's home at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 26, the Board of Trustees will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 30, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, November 6, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. This is also the day that Standard Time begins and Daylight Savings Time ends, so remember to set your clocks back!
Sunday, November 13, is Stewardship Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. Our annual Harvest Luncheon will follow the service. More details on this soon.
Saturday, December 3, 2-4 p.m. SAVE THE DATE for our annual Gingerbread Extravaganza. More details to follow.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
October 16 - Bruce
October 19 - Janet
October 22 - Bob
October 26 - Pat
October 27 - Laura
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 Moderator
Thoughts on Stewardship
At this time of year when we are asked to consider our pledging for the year ahead, it is natural to think in financial terms. What am I called to give? How much can I afford to give? At what point do I start to feel vulnerable and insecure relative to what I will need for the rest of my life? How do I factor in the other worthy causes that need and request my support? What is the right amount for Kenwood Community Church? The good news is that there are no wrong answers, and we all get to consider and to decide for ourselves.
The other good news is that there are multiple ways to give. We also can give our time and talents to the church. We can give generously in our outreach to each other and to the community. While we do depend on financial resources, we also depend on a vital membership that, on an ongoing basis, thrives on new members coming in. In our stewardship reflections, let us also include consideration for and commitment to reaching out to friends and acquaintances in Sonoma Valley who might be interested in the contemplation, community, and mission that we offer. What should be our goal? How will we reach it? What will each of us pledge in this regard?
From the Pastor
The Ball of String
My parents were children of the depression as were many of yours. As a child, I remember the ball of string kept in a kitchen drawer. String could be saved and recycled for a second use, and so it was. String was not thrown away; it was wrapped up with other bits and kept. When we needed string, it was right there in the kitchen, ready to be reused. So too for aluminum foil. Cleaned and pressed like an old shirt, tin foil was pressed back into the service; recycled again and again.
Younger generations than my own think they invented recycling. They didn't. Families with modest incomes, still recovering from the Depression, and a keen eye for reusing stuff, invented it. We had and needed only one garbage can; very little was thrown away. Food scraps went to the compost pile, empty jars to the basement for fall canning.
Every day was an expression of stewardship. We did not need an annual stewardship emphasis in our family since we had one going on every day of the year. It was, as is now common to say, part of our DNA. It was the air we breathed.
The practice of Christian stewardship, including making a financial pledge to the congregation, began years ago with a ball of string. For this, and for a lifetime of bounty, I give thanks.
Bible Study continues next week
Bible Study will continue next Monday at the Green's home, led by Jim Fish. This fifth in our Bible study series is titled "New Approaches to Discovering Jesus." The motto of the group is: "There are no dumb questions!" Please join us. Participants will be asked to bring a Bible. Many of you cannot attend a weekday morning class. Pastor Jim says he would be happy to teach this class twice every week--Monday morning and another time in the week that works for you. If you find four people or more who would like their own class, at a time and place when they can meet, please tell Dorothy Green or Pastor Jim.
A word on Stewardship
The theme for the Stewardship drive this year is "Bountiful Blessings, Bountiful Giving”. When we look at our picturesque valley, our friendly village and our welcoming little church, we are indeed blessed with bountiful blessings. And we should remember that we must all participate in maintaining the fiscal heath for our little church.
To maintain our continued support and commitment, we will be kicking off our Stewardship Drive in October with Stewardship Moments on Sundays, a Stewardship sermon by Charlie Ensley on October 23, the Stewardship letter to all members the week of October 24 and, following the submission of our pledges, the Pledge Dedication and Luncheon on Sunday, November 13.
Don Green, Stewardship Committee Chair
The Upper Room is here
The November-December issue of The Upper Room has arrived and can be picked up in the Narthex.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.