Dear KCC Members and Friends,
The past week at KCC has seen some exceptional activities -- Last Wednesday the Ladies of WOW (Women of the World) held their annual Christmas party and gift exchange. What fun! Nineteen women and one little girl shared in this festive afternoon, enjoying the beautifully decorated fellowship hall, delicious food, and--of course--the gift exchange. We welcomed guest Susan and her granddaughter. Susan is a returning member to KCC. The fellowship was exceptional. One of the nicest things about WOW is that we invite each other, remind each other, and help each other get there. Ladies, if you haven't yet been to a WOW meeting, please be sure to join us in the new year. On Sunday we were treated to a reading -- "The Prayers of Mary and Joseph in the Year of Jesus' Birth." Charlie and Marjorie did a superb job as readers; conveying what might likely have been in Joseph's and Mary's hearts as they prepared for the birth of the Christ Child. The sense of tradition in this reading gave even further enhancement to the season of Advent. Thank you, Charlie and Marjorie, for bringing this to us. There is more to come, though, with the Candlelight and Carols service on Christmas Eve. We celebrate early, at 5 p.m., so that you'll have plenty of time for other evening activities or just to be home early and put your feet up. We'll enjoy lots of traditional carols and Bible readings and the KCC Women's Choir will sing. Plan to come a bit early to find a parking space and seating in the sanctuary; we often have a full house for this service. And on Sunday December 27, we will have a carol singing service, with a re-lighting of the Christ Candle. Charlie Ensley will be our guest pastor, with a sermon titled "A Child Has Been Born for Us." Please join us for this last service of 2015, as we enjoy fellowship with one another after a very busy Christmas season.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, December 24, is Christmas Eve and we will hold a Candlelight and Carols service at 5 p.m.
Friday, December 25, is Christmas Day.
Sunday, December 27, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Worship will be led by Charlie Ensley, and will include a carol-sing-along, where you get to choose the carols.
Wednesday, December 30, there will be no regular office hours and Notes and News will not be published for the week.
Sunday, January 3, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 10, is Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned food donations and/or gently used clothing to be donated by Sarah Lee and Henry Gronberg to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, January 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 14, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
Wednesday, January 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet at noon for a potluck and featured speaker in the fellowship hall.
Thursday, January 21, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
December 24 - Bo
December 26 - Mark
January 14 - Brenda
January 24 - Daymon
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
Betty and Don
Frank and Michael
Preston and Donna
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.
From the Moderator--
Aren’t we all blessed this Christmas with the caring community of Kenwood Community Church? This last week I had the good fortune to visit one our stalwart church members who is senior to me in years, and service to the church. She cares passionately about all of us and in the legacy that she wants to share with younger generations coming along in this beautiful valley of the moon. What a Christmas gift she unwittingly gave me! That’s what it is all about, isn’t it, caring and sharing? We each have our own stories and we are blessed,
Most gratefully and with blessings for a merry, caring and sharing Christmas,
From the Pastor--
Here at Christmas, we are surrounded by beauty and joy, and at the very same time, terrorism and anguish.. Tens of thousands of refugees have fled their homes in search of a safer life. A Russian airliner is blown from the sky, bombs in Paris, Lebanon and Mali; and shouts of revenge and fear are brought to us in our daily news.
The first Christmas affirms this, writes John Buchanan in The Christian Century: 'There is beauty in the midst of ugliness, truth midst of lies, love in the midst of hated, and light shining in the midst of darkness."
The birth story sounds like something that could be happening today. Mary and Joseph are the traveling refugees, poverty is woven into the stable story, and all overcast with the power and violence of Rome. The birth of Jesus was something we can better understand and feel this year, like few in many decades.
With all the hatred, violence and innocent suffering, this is exactly the world our Lord was born into 2000 years ago, and alas, into our world today.
Bless you all, and more than ever, Peace on Earth.
Thanks to Deacons
Members of the Board of Deacons baked homemade Christmas cookies, which they placed in trays for some of our members who are not able to attend worship regularly. Pastor Jim will distribute them this week during his pastoral calls. Thank you, Deacons!
Missed your favorite carols?
Then come this Sunday when we will have a carol sing in the worship service. You get to pick your favorites, maybe some we didn’t pick this season. Rev. Charles Ensley will lead worship.
Usher and Flower Open Dates
There are plenty of openings for Ushers and Flowers for the early part of 2016. See the charts in the narthex to pick dates convenient for you.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.