Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Jim's sermons on 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 the last two weeks have been particularly relevant. Chapter 12 tells us we are all part of the body of Christ; Chapter 13 speaks to us of the way of love. Our church community is so small that we are all interconnected and each one of us truly does make a difference. We show our connection and our love by the ways in which we participate in the life of the church and the ways in which we care for one another. On Sunday mornings when we share our joys and concerns, there is a sense of active listening and consideration. If we know that one of our members is going through a particularly trying time or illness, it's not unusual for others in the church to offer friendship and support. We work together, we celebrate together, we go through difficult times together. We are all part of this body of Kenwood Church and the way of love for our community is understood here.
On the calendar--
This Sunday, February 7, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, February 10, we will hold Ash Wednesday services at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 11, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE DATE (FEBRUARY 10) LISTED IN ERROR LAST WEEK.
Thursday, February 11, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Sunday, February 14, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. It's also Second Sunday Potluck and Valentine's Day! Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned goods and/or gently used clothing for distribution by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Wednesday, February 17, Women of the World (WOW) will meet at noon in the fellowship hall for a potluck luncheon and program. More details coming soon.
Sunday, February 21, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. and our Annual Meeting will be held after the service.
Sunday, February 28, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 6, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 13, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. It's also Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned goods and/or gently used clothing for distribution by Sarah Lee and Henry Gronberg to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, March 20, is Palm Sunday, and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 24, we will hold Maundy Thursday services at 5:00 p.m. followed by a simple soup supper in the fellowship hall.
Sunday, March 27, is Easter Sunday, and 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):
February 25 - Dorothy
February 26 - Joan
Other news of the church--
Please remember the following church members and friends in your prayers:
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--
Between the hype of the Super Bowl, the shrill wackiness of the current political campaign, and the turmoil around the world, it is downright pleasant to be here in Sonoma Valley, gather together on Sunday mornings, and as Jim has profoundly stated a couple of times, accomplish absolutely nothing . . . except the nourishment of the soul, which indeed is an awful lot. When thinking about what to write for this week’s message, I was similarly challenged to come up with a rallying cry that would carry our little, wonderful congregation forward. What exactly could we rally around? The church is consistently full, our pastoral leadership is affirming and supportive, and our music is consistently wonderful again. Weddings and memorial services are conducted smoothly, our outreach and volunteerism are generous, the financial state of the church is sound, and to my knowledge our community is in true harmony. I am grateful.
Perhaps the harshest reality we face amidst this harmony is that, as we age, both individually and collectively, we increasingly face the frailties and ultimate mortality for all of us that sooner or later appear on our doorstep. It makes our spiritual journey more poignant, our support for each other more powerful and our need to welcome the next slightly younger generation full of energy and new ideas into our congregation more compelling. It is a common challenge facing many churches today and the Board of Trustees and the Deacons welcome your thoughts about how we can respond to that challenge most effectively.
From the Pastor--
Our life within a congregation is but one of many moral and spiritual commitments we make. If we have only one commitment, we will end up being a closed-minded fanatic. These are the people who make the news.
But with us it is different. We have a commitment to our church but also to our community, our village, Sonoma county, the State of California. We have commitments to our jobs, families and other viewpoints, books, The Super Bowl and foreign cultures.
These varied commitments balance each other and help us calm down, reconsider and stay open. We learn to see the world through many viewpoints, nearly all of them messy.
"Why can't some people listen to another point of view? How does someone become so rigid; so absolutely convinced they are right?"
Many congregations in America ask people to shut down their reasoning. Our little congregation is not like that. Give thanks that one part of our life - our church - creates one more place in our busy lives where we are protected from being single-minded zealots whose message is fear. I am grateful for a healthy congregation, and for you.
Please join us for Ash Wednesday services on February 10 at 5 p.m.
Ash Wednesday is a Christian holiday (holy day) that is not a biblical requirement (just like Christmas and Easter, which are not commanded in Scripture). Nevertheless, it has been honored by Christians for well over ten centuries, falling at the beginning of Lent, a six-week season of preparation for Easter. In the earliest centuries, Christians who had been stuck in persistent sin had ashes sprinkled on their bodies as a sign of repentance, even as Job repented “in dust and ashes” (Job 42:6). Around the tenth century, all believers began to signify their need for repentance by having ashes placed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Notice: even this sign of sinfulness hinted at the good news yet to come through its shape. Ash Wednesday is not some dour, depressing holy day because it symbolically anticipates Good Friday and Easter.
Ashes are placed on the foreheads of worshipers as a reminder of our mortality and sinfulness. The person who imposes the ashes quotes something like what God once said to Adam after he had sinned: “You are dust, and to dust you shall return” (Gen 3:19). This is the bad news of our sinfulness that prepares us to receive the good news of forgiveness in Christ.
From Rev. Mark Roberts, St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church, Bourne, Texas.
Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Auction
It may seem early, but Fourth of July comes up fast! Linda Salomon sends this reminder:
Volunteers for both activities will be greatly appreciated. Anyone interested in helping out with the pancake breakfast can contact me or interested in participating with auction can contact Penny MacKenzie.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.