Dear KCC Members and Friends,
As Tim announced in last week's newsletter, our annual meeting will be held on Sunday, February 21. This may seem like a routine announcement of a routine meeting. However, those words 'annual meeting' represent opportunity. Over the next several weeks before the meeting you have an opportunity to provide input for programs or line items you would like to see in the budget. To give names in nomination for vacancies on the Board of Trustees. To volunteer to be on a committee. At the meeting you'll receive an annual report and hear from the Trustees about what has been accomplished in this past year. You'll hear about plans for the upcoming year and have the opportunity to ask questions and talk about the newly forming focus areas of programming and communication. This is our church, and every member is important. Please take this opportunity to think about what you would like to see in the upcoming year and share your vision with Tim or one of the Trustees.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, January 14, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
THIS SUNDAY, January 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet at noon for a potluck. Anna will be the featured speaker.
Wednesday, January 20, the KCC Women's Choir will have rehearsal from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the sanctary.
Thursday, January 21, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Sunday, January 24, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, January 31, 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):
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--
This Old House
Well, the rain has begun in earnest and we should “rejoice and be glad in it,” particularly because we are safe, warm and dry with a new roof and thermostat in our fellowship hall. Next on our agenda is our old piano in the sanctuary. As you will recall, the Board decided to defer buying a “new” one until the new Music Director arrived and she or he could participate in that selection. Well, the good news is that she has arrived and is ready to go but with a recommendation that we first see if the old one possibly can be repaired. Karen plays primarily on the organ but we do need the piano, too, as an option and for those occasions where we would like to use both with the assistance of Penny.
We have a modest piano fund that we initiated last year with gifts from some of the congregation. Dependent on whether we can repair or need to replace the existing piano, we may revitalize that campaign. With apologies to those of you who only tolerate puns, stay tuned!
From the Pastor--
We lived in Iowa for 13 years and it is a wonderful state. The literacy rate is highest in the nation; very low rate of crime; high marks on nearly every scale, and, great sweet corn.
I remember walking down the street to from our home to Washington Middle School for the Iowa Presidential Caucus in 2004. Hundreds of us gathered in the school gym to stand in one corner or another indicating, with our bodies, our political preference.
No one shouted or scoffed or showed any disrespect to a neighbor who voted for candidates other than their own. Democracy, in that middle school gym, was too precious to mar it with nasty behavior. With others of my political views, I moved to a corner of the gym, waiting to be counted. We waved to friends who were standing in another corner, voting for another candidates. It was a great experience. It was civil, respectful, even sacred.
That same ritual of democracy will be carried out again in a few weeks, in the same middle school gym, standing on your feet for democracy, with respect for those in the other corner. Voting is such an honor, privilege and sacred rite that we approach it with awe and not rancor, with quiet appreciation and love for our country when it is at it's best.
May God bless you all.
Women of the World (WOW)
WOW (Women of the World) will meet on Wednesday, January 20, in the Fellowship Hall from 12-2. We will have a potluck lunch so please sign up in the Fellowship Hall this Sunday so we know how many to expect. Our program this month will be our own Anna sharing with us details of her job and the amazing people she has met along the way. WOW is open to all women of the church, members or friends. We look forward to seeing you there on January 20th.
Happy New Year to you all,
Peggy and Dorothy
New Edition of The Upper Room
The January-February edition of The Upper Room has arrived and is available in the Narthex.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.