Dear KCC Members and Friends,
So much going on at church! We can feel Fall in the air and the pace of activities is picking up as we move into the season. What's happening, you ask. In addition to the excellent worship planning done by Jim Fish, Charlie Ensley, and Karen Haslag, much is going on behind the scenes. The sanctuary is being painted this week. Bible study begins next month, with the theme of "New Approaches to Discovering Jesus." Women of the World (WOW) begins it's 2016-2017 season next month, with a labyrinth walk at Westerbeke Ranch. Choir rehearsals are being scheduled in preparation for Advent. Our annual Stewardship Campaign kicks off on October 2, with the Pledge Dedication and Luncheon taking place on November 13. Additionally, the Boards of Trustees and Deacons, as well as the Altar Guild, continue their hard work to keep things going smoothly. The Memorial Committee continues its support of memorial services and celebrations of life requested by both church members and the outside community.
It's good to feel the activity, to be part of it, and to take the time to appreciate what it means to be part of this special community -- Kenwood Community Church.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, September 22, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
THIS 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 Green'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 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.
Sunday, October 30, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 a.m.
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):
September 15 - Jackie
September 20 - John
October 2 - Joan
October 6 - Jim
October 7 - Henry
October 8 - Ceal
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Peggy and Charlie
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 Fresh Coat of Paint
As we put the final touches on freshening up and restoring our sanctuary, it got me thinking about the rest of our church, namely us. What is the refreshing that we ourselves need, both individually and collectively? How do we unleash the original beauty that is still within us? What are our own railings to support us as we go up and down life’s stairs? What kind of prep work needs to occur? What rough edges need to be sanded down? What kind of paint do we need to really shine and reflect the light? When visitors come in and see us in the newly furbished sanctuary, what do they see? Like our beautiful sanctuary, we are older. Like our beautiful sanctuary, we, too, have the opportunity to be resplendent yet again.
From the Pastor
My Batteries Just Died
For those of us who wear hearing aids, you know the sound when our tiny little batteries are about to give out. There are little warning beeps in our ear; one, then two, finally the battery red-lines with a 3-beep notice and all becomes muffled; the world grows quiet.
If I don't want to hear something (which is more frequent than I'd like to admit), I do nothing about the dead batteries, enjoying a little peace and quiet. Hearing aids without live batteries are basically ear plugs, which is not all bad.
The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."
Deep Down Listening is not easy and seems to be the exception in serious conversations. Samuel said to the Lord: "OK, I'm here. Talk to me; I'm listening." When life is not going well or grief overwhelms, we may find ourselves with few words to say. When we see our personal lives break or those things we've always loved go south, we like Samuel, can only listen to a word from outside our own heads.
Words of grace, guidance and love are heard again when the chatter in our own heads gives out; we are left speechless. Then we hear the Lord calling our names. We have run out of excuses or incessant blather or blame. "Speak Lord for your Servant (finally) hears. I'm read by to listen. Speak to me."
So when your batteries die, it's good to settle down and listen. Bless the Lord, my batteries just died, and just in time. There is a voice I am invited to hear.
Women of the World (WOW) kicks off its 2016-2017 season
Ladies, it's that time of year again! Please join us on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 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. 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.
Bible Study begins in October
The first four Mondays in October, at the Green's home, our next Bible 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.
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 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Final schedule will be issued around the middle of October. Please contact Music Director Karen Haslag if interested.
A word about ushers--
A while back, Roger Phelps put a request for usher signups in Notes in News, so Frank and I decided to sign up. I discovered last Sunday (our signup date) that there is a very nice list of usher duties that outlines what to do. Having not ushered in over a year, I had a lot to learn! First, I found out that ushers come to church at about 9:45 to fold the bulletin insert and put it in the bulletin. Thank you, Dorothy Green, for filling in for me until I arrived at 10:10. After that, I was ok and really appreciated the list of what to do during the offering. Ushers have come a long way!
Why am I telling you all of this? First, because -- even though I work in the church office -- I wasn't aware of the list and you might not be, either. Second, I wanted to share that ushering is a great experience and, hopefully, encourage you to sign up. Even getting to church early has its perks, as there is a camaraderie in the 'early morning' group that's fun to be part of. Mostly, though, ushering gives you the opportunity to greet and talk briefly with everyone who walks through the church door. You see people who might not stay for fellowship, you learn about what's going on, and -- if someone new comes to church -- you have the opportunity to greet them and show them what a welcoming place KCC is.
So, please consider signing up to usher. It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.