Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Our Memorial Wall is now dedicated, and what a beautiful ceremony it was. The sanctuary was filled for the church service, with many friends and family of those being honored in attendance. Laura Benward's beautiful voice and music brought an inclusive quality to the day, with many of us joining her in song both at the service and later on at the brunch. The garden was at its most beautiful, now gracefully enhanced by the Memorial Wall and Fountain. Tranquility is in this place and it will be a blessing to us all in the years to come.
On the calendar--
THIS SUNDAY, September 18, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, September 22, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, September 25, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 2, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. This Sunday also marks the kickoff of our annual Stewardship Campaign.
Monday, October 3, Bible study will begin at 10 a.m. The group will meet at Dorothy's home on Mondays through October 24. See article further in this newsletter for details.
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 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 2016-2017 season. Ladies, please join us for a Labyrinth walk at Westerbeke Ranch, followed by lunch at the church. More details to follow soon.
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.
Sunday, October 30, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
September 12 - Debi
September 12 - Linda
September 14 - Randy
September 15 - Jackie
September 20 - John
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
Our memorial service on Sunday was one of the most powerful and poignant times I have experienced at Kenwood Community Church. It captured the essence of who we are, what we believe and how we support each other. It is a privilege to participate and to believe.
From the Pastor
In Loving Memory
This past Sunday morning we dedicated the new Memorial Wall constructed by Bob and Linda Salomon. It was good; it was tough.
It was particularly loving and heartfelt to have immediate family of the new Saints present. Each name is a person to us, with a story, a life history, a joyful remembrance.
It is one thing to see the name of your beloved in the newspaper or on a death certificate. It is something else to see their names in bronze, fastened to a wall.
A name in bronze has a strength and permanence to it. The plaques are heavy; the font style decisive. They have strength in them. They are not wood or tin. They won't rust away or recycle back into the earth.
Bronze gives this assurance:
Your love for others is remembered.
How good it was to have you among us.
We will think of you as we pass by.
Another Bible Study Opportunity
The first four Mondays in October, at the Green's home, our next study opportunity will be led by Pastor Jim Fish. This study is the fifth opportunity we have to learn more about the Bible. The motto of this ongoing series: "There are no dumb questions!" Please join us.
Are you interested in joining the choir?
The Kenwood Church Choir welcomes more members. Rehearsal on the Christmas anthem will begin toward the end of October. We need some men and more sopranos. Altos are welcome. Being able to read music is not required, but helpful. A commitment to regular attendance is necessary. Rehearsals will be on six selected Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (excluding WOW Wednesdays). There will be several Sunday rehearsals from 9:45 – 10:05 a.m. Final schedule will be issued around the middle of October. Please contact Music Director Karen Haslag if interested.
Calling all dog lovers--
We received the following invitation to view two films at the Wine Country Film Festival in Kenwood on September 24, 2016 and are sharing it with our church's dog lovers.
Hi Reverend Fish,
I am writing on behalf of one of the fortunate few filmmakers who have been accepted into the Wine Country Film Festival in Kenwood! I was wondering if you might consider putting up a notice in your church or spreading the word about two dog-loving films that will be screening on September 24th at the festival.
"A Helping Paw" - Directed by Faith Cox:
"A Helping Paw" is a short film that tells the stories of two people partnered with service dogs as well as a service dog trainer in a series of three vignettes. Each story takes a closer look at these incredible animals and how they impact the lives of those around them.
"Dusty and Me" - Directed by Betsan Morris Evans:
"Dusty and Me" is a feel-good, heart-warming, feature-length film, set in Yorkshire in 1977, about an adolescent boy's big summer after leaving school. It's about a boy and a dog, class and ambition, first love, and above all, family. The story exemplifies the unique healing that each creature can promote on one another and the lessons it teaches about love and commitment.
The film screening will be preceded by the short documentary, “A Helping Paw," and will be followed by a Q&A with film representative Adrian Roup.
The film festival will be a great opportunity to view these films and other great films as well as a unique opportunity to meet some of the filmmakers. We hope the members of your church will join us on September 24th!
Tickets are available here:
Adrian Roup, Representative for "Dusty and Me"
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.