Dear KCC Members and Friends,
After weeks of announcements, reminders, and preparation, it's time for the Annual Meeting! The weather promises to be beautiful, with little chance of rain, so it's a perfect day to come to church, worship together, and then observe, listen, and participate in the meeting. Your presence is important. Even if you're not a member, please feel free to join us. And -- you never know -- there may be a surprise in your meeting packet. So, come to the meeting. It's all about all of us.
On the calendar--
THIS 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. Charlie Ensley will be our guest minister.
Wednesday, March 2, the choir will rehearse from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Please note that this a change in time from 2:30 as originally announced.
Sunday, March 6, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, March 10, the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy Green's home at 10 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 to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, March 13, also marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, so don't forget to set your clocks ahead.
Sunday, March 20, is Palm Sunday, and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. We will hear the Passion Narrative: events in the last week of Jesus' life.
Wednesday, March 23, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Thursday, March 24, we will hold Maundy Thursday services at 5:00 p.m. followed by a simple soup supper in the Fellowship Hall. Communion for the service will be served around tables in the style of the Last Supper.
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
March 4 - Donna
March 6 - Dale
March 7 - Sue
March 13 - Don
March 15 - Donna
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.
Happening now (or recently)--
From the Moderator--
Do you have one wish for Kenwood Community Church? Is there anything that you would love to see us do that we are not currently doing? Do you have any ideas or recommendations about anything that we could be doing differently? Do you have any outstanding concerns or fresh ideas? Come share them at our Annual Meeting. All comments and suggestions will be warmly received! Please bring your grace, good will and very best thinking.
From the Pastor--
Against the Wind
KCC should have closed years ago if it were following trends in California. Small congregations like ours have been on hard times for decades; the odds of survival were small.
We are now a thoroughly secular culture. A very small percentage of people in Sonoma County have any church affiliation at all. Younger generations resist joining most anything except Sunday morning soccer leagues. We are a "mission field" as were missionaries 100 years ago in Africa, India and every country in the world.
Further, few of us did a very good job bringing our children into the Church through strong Sunday School and Youth programs.
The odds of KCC getting to 128 years were not good, but we have. At the Annual Meeting on Sunday, let us give thanks for 128 years of ministry, and, ask for vision to carry on and thrive. We have a strong congregation! Now, what will become of it over the next decades? This, in part, is what an Annual Meeting is about.
Bless you all,
New Edition of The Upper Room
The March-April edition of The Upper Room has arrived. Copies are available in the Narthex.
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.