Dear KCC Members and Friends,
September's here, Labor Day is past, and it's time to move on into Fall! Many thanks to Sally for keeping the office running smoothly during Cathy's vacation. Time away to rest and relax is good, but being back at church is even better!
This Sunday we will dedicate the Memorial Wall in our garden. The beautiful wall and fountain are the result of generous donations from church members and friends, along with the vision and hard work of two of our own -- Bob and Linda Salomon, who worked to design and build the wall. Truly a labor of love!
As we worship together this Sunday, participate in the dedication ceremony, and enjoy the fellowship at our brunch afterwards, we'll be reminded once again of the wonderful community we belong to -- Kenwood Community Church. A very fitting way to begin the Fall!
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, September 8, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
THIS SUNDAY, September 11, we will celebrate worship at 10:30 a.m. and will dedicate the Memorial Wall as part of our worship service. A special brunch in the Fellowship Hall will follow. See the article further in this newsletter for details.
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. More details on this next week.
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).
Sunday, October 16, we will celebrate regular worship at 10:30 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.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
September 3 - Ruby
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
This past Sunday, in taking yet another page from the sermons of our very own Pastor Jim Fish, Nicholas Kristoff wrote a column on how far today’s Christian church, and most other religions, have migrated from the mission and the message of their founders. Many of us may wrestle with some of the doctrine of our church as interpreted by others, but one thing is stunningly clear: Jesus Christ was one of the most profound and impactful individuals ever to walk the earth. His example of sharing love, caring for others, striving for peace, and expressing forgiveness, was not only radical for its time but enduring for all time.
This coming Sunday, we will be remembering our very own saints who walked before us at Kenwood Community Church with the dedication of our Memorial Wall and commemorating those who sacrificed their lives fifteen years ago in the 9/11 tragedy. If Jesus were living among us today, in the flesh as well as in the Spirit, how would he show up on Sunday? How can we?
From the Pastor
The Lamb's Book of Life
When we celebrate Holy Communion, we use the same words of institution every time, which include the phrase passed along to us over the centuries: Do this in remembrance of Me. When we gather, when we eat the bread, when we lift the cup... we do this in memory of our Lord.
When we celebrate Holy Communion, we are reminded why we do this: so we don't forget.
This Sunday, we dedicate a new Memorial Wall out behind the church in the garden. Bronze plaques have been placed on it, in remembrance of KCC members who are no longer with us. The Wall helps us to remember.
I hope my name ends up on some piece of granite or bronze somewhere. It hope it ends up as a reminder to my descendants that I was once here, among them, and I hope in some small way they will remember me. But we have walked through enough cemeteries to know there are many headstones or plaques fallen over, the name washed out by centuries of rain. Family and friends may have long ago forgotten their names. The decades go by and even the memory of us fades into the sunset.
For Christians, there is this beautiful phrase in the New Testament which asserts that our names are written not merely on a stone, but more permanently, entered into what the book of Revelation calls "The Lamb's Book of Life." We believe that Jesus, among all his other daily duties, is a recording secretary entering our names in His membership roster, which will not decay or fall forgotten into the cemetery grass.
Bless those we remember this Sunday, and you too.
Brunch this Sunday
After the Memorial Wall dedication this Sunday, we'll have brunch in the Fellowship Hall. Sandwiches, dessert and beverages will be provided. We still have some slots open on the sign up list for side dishes. If you haven't already signed up (and thank you if you have) please consider bringing one of the following: 1. Fruit Salad or Fruit Tray 2. Green Salad 3. Potato or Macaroni Salad. Your help will be most appreciated!
Neighbors in Need
At the last two Sunday church services, your Benevolence Committee has announced the opportunity to help our "Neighbors in Need" by contributing to the Lake County Fire Relief Fund organized by the Redwood Credit Union, The Press Democrat, and State Senator Mike McGuire. 100% of our donations will go directly to aid relief efforts and help the victims. Checks should be written to KCC with Fire Relief Fund on the memo line. We give Thanks for the generosity and spirit of giving that prevails at KCC!
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.