Dear KCC Members and Friends,
What a beautiful week we're having! It's hard not to appreciate this warmth in February after weeks of cold and rain.
So much is going on in our church right now, and the cohesiveness of our congregation is reflected in the wonderful attendance we've had these past several Sundays. It was especially good to see Sue in church last Sunday. Wednesday we will have the Ash Wednesday service at 5 p.m. Lots of behind-the-scenes preparation is going on right now for the annual meeting to be held on February 21. Don't forget, though, next week's Second Sunday Potluck -- it's Valentine's Day! And Ladies, please mark your calendars for the next Women of the World (WOW) potluck and meeting on Wednesday, February 17.
That's us -- little, but with lots of heart. Kenwood Church is a great place to be!
On the calendar--
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.
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. Meg Easter-Dawson of the Valley of the Moon Children's Center will be our guest speaker. A potluck signup sheet will be in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday.
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.
Wednesday, March 2, the choir will rehearse from 2:30-3:30 in the sanctuary.
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 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--
We Give Thanks for Barbara
"The world's best mother, grandma, and great grandmother, went to heaven to be with the love of her life Bob just before 6:00 this evening (last Friday). She was in no pain and was very peaceful surrounded by family. We want you all to know how much she loved you. Thank you for all your love and prayers at this time. We don't have a time and date for a service but we'll let you know when we do."
--Susie, Robin, and families
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--
Finishing up a bike ride late Tuesday afternoon, I passed the sign board outside Glen Ellen Community Church at the southern end of Warm Springs Road. It read “Politicians can talk but they can’t deliver Heaven”. It got me thinking the rest of the way home. What if………..? What if our political candidates had to deliver their messages through gentle, powerful parables? What if our national political discourse had the grace, good will, tolerance and willingness to listen that we experience at Kenwood Community Church? What would that be like?
Our family lived in Japan for several years and we were awe-struck by the esteem, respect and reverence that the culture had for its sensei, the elders of the population, those deemed wise simply by virtue of their age and experience. And then I thought of us, our own congregation of sensei. What kind of impact might we have on the discussions in our larger society, by virtue of our age, our experience, and yes, our wisdom. How can we do that? What if………?
From the Pastor--
Today is Ash Wednesday. Think with me about the black cross-shaped smudge marks on our foreheads. This symbolic act means many things.
Traditionally the ashes come from the burning of palm branches used last year on Palm Sunday. We often save some of the branch ash, mix it with olive oil, and use it many months later later, tonight.
The meaning of this is important: 'The Savior we cheered for on Palm Sunday is executed just a few days later on Good Friday. We can go from great enthusiasm to murderous rage in the blink of an eye. Ash Wednesday reminds us of what we are capable.
Then, the ashes also mean we are mortal; our lives will come to an end. We have come from the dust which the Genesis story of the creation of humanity represented by Adam. We experience the death of dear friends within the congregation and our families. We have learned to 'couiont our days.' The ashes, reminding us of where we are headed, reaffirms what we know but try to forget.
Finally, the ashes call upon us to 'die' to things which damage our spiritual life. Fasting is a part of Lent; we commit to die to something important to us. We also let these ashes push us to 'die' to that which hurts our daily life: racial prejudice, greed, getting down on ourselves and many other public but mostly private sins. The ash cross says to others: I'm working on things here... be patient with me."
Bless us all on our personal Lenten journeys.
Women of The World (WOW) will meet next Wednesday, February 17, at noon in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck luncheon. Meg Easter-Dawson will be our guest speaker, giving us a presentation on Valley of the Moon Children's Center. A signup sheet will be in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday. Please plan to join us!
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.