Dear KCC Members and Friends,
We're getting close to the end of September, and so many church activities begin next month (which is actually next week!), so don't forget to mark your calendars. Of particular note are Bible Study beginning next Monday, October 3, and the Women of the World (WOW) labyrinth walk and meeting on October 19. Of course, we'll enjoy regular worship services and our always wonderful Second Sunday Potluck during the month. So get ready. Fall is here and it's time to enjoy fellowship and camaraderie the way we do it at Kenwood Community Church!
On the calendar--
THIS 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.
NEXT 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 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
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
In considering how we can move forward as a church most vitally and with the greatest impact in Sonoma Valley, we need to think about the greatest social and economic needs of the region. How do we take the teachings and mission of our faith and translate them into good works that make a difference? What are we truly capable of? What do we really stand for? Are there levels of engagement and commitment that we can make in our community that extend beyond our weekly offering? What can our older congregation realistically accomplish with faith and resolution? If we can answer these questions with affirmation and action, our congregation will grow, our community will thrive and we will be fulfilled. So how do we do this? Let's talk, and then, let's do.
From the Pastor
Reflections on the Memorial Wall
The new Memorial Wall in the garden is beautiful, reverential, simple but elegant. I was one of those who decided where we would begin the list of those to be included in this Year One of the wall. It seemed to me we needed a cut off date for those whose names would be there. It was, I thought, a reasonable suggestion.
However, I'm not so sure... I didn't think people would request the names of long ago deceased relatives to be included on the wall.
We know this: we all want to be remembered; not forgotten. We want to honor our loved ones. The plaques are a symbol of forgiveness for those whose life was connected to ours, even though not always exemplary. We want to quietly celebrate that 'all is forgiven' and life goes on. We wish to affirm the belief that our lives have counted for something we have done while here; that we did our best even if was far from perfect.
In addition, we are inspired by the democracy of the wall. Whether we were strong in faith, famous, well adjusted, always loving and making life better for the less fortune, or, simple and known only by a few, the bronze plaques are the same size. We have decided no one gets Super Sized. The size sends a message: God looks upon all of us as equally in need of forgiveness, equally dependent on grace, each of us having their own part in the 'choir.'
The Church is a place to lift up the lowly and not make a big deal over the mighty. Every plaque is the same size -- 'Everyone is created equal..." Be thankful and proud of what the wall says.
Bless you all,
Bible Study begins next week
The first four Mondays in October, at the Green'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.
Women of the World (WOW) kicks off its 2016-17 season
Ladies, it's that time of year again! Please join us on Wednesday, October 19, for our first meeting of the 2016-17 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.
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.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.