Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Let us give thanks for our church community which supports and sustains us year in and year out.
Jim Fish will be away on August 21 and Charlie Ensley will lead us in our service.
Cathy is on vacation in August. Sally will fill in for most of this time, taking care of bulletins and Notes and News. Notes and News will not be published on August 31.
Enjoy the rest of the summer, and we'll get ready to 'roll up our sleeves' in September!
On the calendar--
Sunday, August 21, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Charlie Ensley will be our guest preacher.
Thursday, August 25, the Board of Deacons will meet at 10:30 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Thursday, August 25, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, August 28, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
August 19 - Tim
August 23 - Marjorie
August 24 - Thomas
August 25 - Marisa
August 27 - Roger
August 29 - Linda
August 31 - Dave
August 31 - Eleanor
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--
You may recall that one of my favorite columnists is David Brooks, who is as much of a social philosopher and historian as anything. He wrote recently on the “fallacy of affluence,” the ongoing quest for more in the search for happiness and fulfillment. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, people in wealthy countries suffer depression by as much as eight times the rate of people in poor countries. Historically, in the settling of 18th-century America, thousands of Europeans integrated into the poorer but more communal Native American culture while virtually no Native Americans integrated by choice into the more affluent but more independent European community. Why is that?
Perhaps what we should be seeking, writes Brooks, is what they were seeking, not affluence but community. He sees increasing evidence of that: from the solidarity of the Bernie Sanders campaign to the behavior and expectations of the millennials, bringing their whole selves to work and turning their offices into a source of friendships, meaning and social occasions. Sort of like Kenwood Community Church? I think so. Perhaps we are on to something.
From the Pastor--
Pastor Jim will return to us for our August 28 service.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.