Dear KCC Members and Friends,
We had such a terrific time at Women of the World (WOW) last week. Ladies, if you haven't yet attended one of our meetings, please consider doing so. Upcoming events include some philanthropic activities and some just-for-fun activities. We'll have one or two speakers and, of course, our annual Christmas potluck and gift exchange, as well as our annual Tea in May (hats optional). We even have our eyes on a retreat at Westerbeke Ranch -- this will be a 'first' for us. Details on all of these will be forthcoming. WOW is a great opportunity to get to know each other better. We meet the third Wednesday of the month, usually at noon, from October through May. We always have a good time! So, come join us -- you'll be glad you did.
On the calendar--
TODAY, October 26, the KCC Christmas Choir holds its first rehearsal of the season from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
TODAY, 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.
Wednesday, November 2, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Sunday, November 6, is Communion Sunday and All Saints Sunday. 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!
Wednesday, November 9, the KCC Christmas Choir will have rehearsal from 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Thursday, November 10, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Sunday, November 13, is Stewardship Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. Our annual Harvest Luncheon will follow the service. See the article further in this newsletter for more details.
Wednesday, November 16, Women of the World (WOW) meets at noon in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck luncheon and meeting. More details to follow next week.
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.
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 26 - Pat
October 27 - Laura
November 2 - Rich
November 9 - Don
November 11 - Scott
November 19 - Gaynl
November 20 - Cathy
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
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
I am writing this column on a late rainy Tuesday afternoon in front of the first fire of the season with two dogs at my feet, sort of a Norman Rockwell image. Listening peacefully to Simon and Garfunkel harmonize, I have been at a loss of what to write until I realized that is exactly what we do; we harmonize and bring peace and comfort to our rainy days.
This morning I received the news that the husband of a new friend had died peacefully but way too early. She reached out to me seeking the prayers and support of our congregation. May we harmonize together and bring her and each other peace on a rainy day. We truly do provide a bridge over troubled waters.
From the Pastor
The Protestant Reformation
499 years ago in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther changed the course of western civilization. That was a big deal then, as it is today.
In the last 1000 years, a few people changed the way we think about the whole world and our place it it. These few people had an idea that forever changed the world; the earth shook beneath our feet.
Whenever we go to the dentist, drive a car, bake a cake, or use our computer, we think back to the time when science was invented or discovered. It sounds so strange to say: "science was invented," but it was.
Sir Isaac Newton, among others, is credited with developing the scientific method. Before he discovered that things can be studied and figured out (like penicillin), we looked to demons and powers beyond our control to explain life. Fate controlled everything.
Luther is up there with Newton and a few others who changed the world and everyone in it, including us. His discovery: personal responsibility and conscience give us power to stand up to those in authority. Or, no one can tell you what to do. No one can make you violate your conscience even if they claim the right to do so. This idea changed the world.
We have elections on November 8 because of the Reformation in 1517. We have a Christian Church that, because of the Reformation, is continually reforming itself. The Reformation lifts each of us up as an equal to other rulers or ideologies. We are free to make our own decisions and our own mistakes.
When casting our ballots, thank the leaders of the Reformation who transformed the world, and each of us in it. Your conscience is more important than an unjust order given by a superior. The Reformation celebrates, among many other things, our sacred right to make our own decisions; to follow our conscience.
A word on Stewardship
This year's Stewardship drive -- "Bountiful Blessings, Bountiful Giving" -- is underway. It is a privilege for the Stewardship Committee to be reaching out to you this fall to seek your continued support for and pledge to Kenwood Community Church in 2017. These pledges are the lifeblood of our community and our mission, enabling us to worship together, support each other and support our service to the wider community.
On Pledge Sunday, November 13, we request you return your pledge for dedication during the 10:30 a.m. 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)
All Saints Sunday Memorial Payers
On November 6 we will celebrate All Saints Sunday, which includes memorial prayers. If you wish to remember someone who has died, please PRINT their name(s) on the 3x5 card included in this Sunday’s worship bulletin. Place the cards in the offering plate. This will give Pastor Jim time to organize them before All Saints Sunday. Additional cards will be available November 6 if you are unable to prepare your card this Sunday.
KCC Christmas Choir
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on the following dates:
November 2, 9, 30
December 7 and 14
Please sign up for the Harvest Luncheon
At the conclusion of our worship service on November 13, we will have a special celebration luncheon -- the Harvest Luncheon -- in the Fellowship Hall. This has become an annual event and is something to be looked forward to! Please sign up in the Fellowship Hall so that we can plan for your attendance. Ham and pies will be provided, and we're asking for sign ups for side dishes and salads. Please mark your calendar for this special event.
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.