Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Last Saturday, our church hosted its annual Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza. This really special event began years ago as the idea of Sue and Sue. In recent years, Linda has taken the lead, making a highly-detailed large gingerbread house (complete with lights and a decorated interior) for the children to decorate. She also makes a small gingerbread house for each child to decorate and take home. The fellowship hall was beautifully and festively decorated (note the new Christmas tree!) and there was candy and frosting galore for children to adorn their tiny houses. Many of you helped with this, too, assisting little hands with decorating cookies and paper bags (to take the treats home in), making tree ornaments, keeping food supplies going, and running movies; not to mention set up and clean up! Heartfelt thanks to Linda (and to Bob, who set up the Nativity outside and cleaned up all of the leaves in the garden and yards) and to all of you who helped. This special day not only touched the hearts of the children who participated, but also their parents, grandparents, and everyone who experienced the magic of the day.
On the calendar--
TODAY, December 9, the KCC Women's Choir will rehearse from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Friday, December 11, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Sunday, December 13, is the Third Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. with a light coffee hour afterwards. Please remember to bring canned food donations and/or gently used clothing to be distributed by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, December 13, the Ensleys will host their annual Christmas open house from 2-5 p.m. See the article further in this newsletter for details.
Wednesday, December 16, Women of the World will hold their annual Christmas potluck and gift exchange at noon in the fellowship hall. See the article further in this newsletter for details.
Wednesday, December 16, the KCC Women's Choir will rehearse from 3-4:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, is the Fourth Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church in Petaluma will present their annual Christmas Concert. Five musical groups will participate.
Thursday, 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. Charlie Ensley will be our guest pastor.
Wednesday, December 30, there will be no regular office hours and Notes and News will not be published for the week.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
December 10 - Robin
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--
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our wonderful church community. In anticipation of our needs in 2016, the Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for two positions on the board as Sue McCoy and Frank Valerga will be rotating off. If you are interested in serving, or alternatively would like to nominate someone else, please let Sue McCoy, Marjorie McLeod or myself know. Similarly, we are looking for people to join two new standing committees, the communications committee and the programs committee, to further serve the message and mission of the church.
As always, your ideas and contributions are most appreciated.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends of KCC,
If I should complete a sermon and then stay home to read it to my grandchildren over the phone, it would not be a sermon. It would be an essay, but not a sermon.
If Karen practices a hymn but sings it only to herself, alone in the church, it is just a song and not a hymn.
A sermon becomes that when two or three of us are gathered in Jesus' name.. Then, and only then, does an essay come to life and becomes a sermon. So too when two or three of us gather in Jesus' name to sing, a song becomes a hymn.
Each and every sermon I preached over the last 40+ years (about 2,250 of them), would all be mere 'talks' if the Church was not assembled to be in on it. You, the talk, and the Holy Spirit turn it into a living thing, with a pulse and breath, joy and pain, boredom and ecstasy. (I am quite certain the vast majority of my 2,250 were in the boredom category). You make it happen. You are essential to giving it life. You, together with the Word, creates something new and sacred every Sunday.
It is important for me to remember this. We are a partnership; we depend on each other for turning a dead word into a Living Word. When you are present for worship, the sermon, hymns, prayers and readings come awake. You make that happen. Keep up the good work.
Thank you to the Gingerbread Helpers
I'd really like to add how thankful and grateful I/we are for the all the volunteers who helped to support the day of activities for the children. The holiday event would not be a success without the volunteer cheer and support. Children (of all ages) look forward to the event and enjoyed the afternoon.
As overheard from Charlie and Peggy's 3-year old granddaughter, Kaila....... "This was the best event all year!"
We heard from Daymon and Sally that their grandson Micah said, after attending his third KCC Gingerbread Party............."This was the best day of my life!"
Thank you all,
Christmas Fund Offering
The Benevolence Committee is once again sponsoring the Christmas Fund offering, which will take place on December 20. It's theme this year is "Love Shines Through." The Christmas Fund is for Veterans of the Cross (retired clergy and lay church employees) and the Emergency Fund (assistance to clergy or lay church employees in need) and Christmas "Thank You" gifts to hundreds of annuitants; administered by the Pension Board. Members of the Benevolence Committee will give brief information on this offering during church services in December.
2016 Flower and Usher Charts Up
The charts have been hung on either side of the narthex window at the back of the church. Choose your choice dates early. Please use pencil, in case you need to switch with someone. You may also indicate your dedication on the flower chart. Thank you for all those who donated altar flowers and ushered during 2015.
Open House This Sunday
Peggy and Charlie invite you to their home this Sunday afternoon between 2 and 5 p.m. for our 42nd Annual Christmas Open House. Only a light coffee hour after worship, as there will be plenty of goodies on their tables, including their nationally-famous egg nog!
Women of the World (WOW)
Women of the World will host their annual Christmas potluck luncheon and gift exchange on Wednesday, December 16, at noon in the fellowship hall. Ladies, this is a truly fun and festive event, and we hope you'll be able to join us. A sign-up sheet for the potluck will be in the fellowship hall this Sunday. Plan to bring a gift to exchange; we'll have lots of fun as the gifts are opened. Under the rules of the gift exchange game lots of trading will go on, and you won't know what you'll end up with until the game is over! Please contact Cathy or Linda to RSVP or if you'd like further information.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.