Dear KCC Members and Friends,
As we move further into Fall and the tradition of bounty and harvest, we're reminded of the many blessings we have at Kenwood Church. From our beautiful church and garden to the diligent work of our Boards of Trustees and Deacons--as well as the Altar Guild--to keep our church running smoothly; to our wonderful music program and expanding choir; and--most especially--to the special sense of community that is at the heart of us as a congregation: all of these make us who we are as a church and brings so much to each of us. It's time to be thankful and to take joy in one another and this wonderful place we share--Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, October 9, 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 to be distributed by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Monday, October 10, Bible study will be held at Dorothy's home at 10 a.m.
Thursday, October 13, the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy's home at 11 a.m.
Sunday, October 16, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, October 17, Bible study will be held at Dorothy's home at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, October 19, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their first meeting of the 2016-1017 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. More details further in this newsletter.
Sunday, October 23, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
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, so don't forget to set your clocks back!
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 2 - Joan
October 6 - Jim
October 7 - Henry
October 8 - Ceal
October 15 - Penny
October 15 - Brandon
October 19 - Janet
October 22 - Bob
October 26 - Pat
October 27 - Bruce
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
The Two Elephants in the Room
We were taught when we were young to never discuss money or politics with strangers, or with anyone outside our immediate family. Discussing these two subjects is often impossible even within a family. The risks are high that someone will be hurt, or become angry, or bring stress into the family. Of all the subjects in the world we most avoid talking about is our net worth or checkbook balance, and, presidential politics in an election year.
When we become part of a congregation, we learn slowly to trust each other with private information. We don't share it with the whole church, but with one or two trusted friends, we may take the chance to lay it all out.
Privacy about money and politics is essential if we are to get along with each other. These two subjects are deeply held. They reveal our most private values and beliefs. Talking about other subjects is easy compared to these.
We get close to these two subjects when we talk about values -- those things which are very important to us. Values are something we can and do talk about, and that is essential in a congregation.
Since I'm basically a Conservative, I look to the Bible (all of it, not just one verse) and the words of Jesus (all of them taken together) as the source of my values. Of course, I fail daily to live up the values I believe in, as do you, but I am grateful that at least I have some, and know where they come from -- a reliable source of truth, justice and hope for a few thousand years. Good enough for me.
Bless you all,
Bible Study continues next week
The first four Mondays in October, at Dorothy's home, our next study opportunity will be led by Pastor 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. There is a sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall. 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 or Pastor Jim.
Second Sunday Potluck this Sunday
We forgot to put out a sign up sheet for this month's Second Sunday Potluck, but please don't forget to bring a dish to share. Surprise us! Our potlucks are wonderful and the fellowship is terrific. Let's all plan to sit down together after church this Sunday and enjoy this traditional monthly meal.
Women of the World kicks off its 2016-2017 season
Ladies, it's that time of year again! Please join us on Wednesday, October 19, for our first meeting of the 2016-2017 season. We will meet at the church at 9:30 a.m. and head to Westerbeke Ranch for our labyrinth walk. We will then come back to the church for lunch and discuss our programs for the coming year. Lunch will be provided. Bring your ideas. All women of the church are invited. WOW is lots of fun and provides a terrific opportunity to get to know each other better.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.