Dear KCC Members and Friends,
So much is going on at church right now! It seems as though we're one kind of busy during Advent and at Christmas and then after a briefly quiet period things start moving in a whole different direction. What's going on? This week it's the Women of the World (WOW) potluck luncheon and meeting, the Trustees meeting, choir rehearsal, and updates to the new Memorial Planning brochure and the new website. The Deacons just met, the Altar Guild is always busy behind the scenes, and there is LOTS of preparation going on for the Annual Meeting. At church on Sunday we had a wonderful turnout, and welcomed two sets of visitors. Wedding inquiries have been keeping Patti busy. In short, it's Kenwood Church -- our little corner of the world, a place where every one of us counts.
On the calendar--
TODAY, January 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet at noon for a potluck. Anna will be the featured speaker.
TODAY, January 20, the KCC Women's Choir will have rehearsal from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the sanctary.
TOMORROW, January 21, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
This 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.
Sunday, February 7, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
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 Gronberg to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, February 21, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. and our Annual Meeting will be held after the service.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
January 24 - Daymon
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--
We all know the story of Jesus serving the five loaves and two fish to a multitude of five thousand, but who cleaned up? Who wiped the crumbs off the picnic tables and disposed of the fish bones? The same could be asked of our own sharing of loaves and fishes following our Sunday service in Fellowship Hall. Who is responsible for clean-up? The answer is that we all are! In the spirit of many hands make light work, we have rekindled a sign-up sheet for cleaning up Fellowship Hall and the kitchen every Sunday following the fellowship hour. Recognizing that many of us, including myself, often are not the last ones leaving, a sign-up sheet allows each of us to take our turn two or three times a year and not feel guilty about leaving early the rest of the time. The sign-up sheet will be posted next to the coffee. The earlier you sign up, the greater your choice of dates.
To the Deacons and a few committed souls in particular for your faithful labor to date, many thanks.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
Many of us are now - right now - in difficult situations with our health or family or things unspoken. Of course we are older and knew these things were coming. But when they do, it is always a shock; we are thrown back; off balance.
For all in the congregation, there is this beautiful prayer from the Anglican tradition, dating back a few hundred years, and I send it for you to pray and to print out and stick on your refrigerator. It's called 'Good Courage'.
Lord, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go on with Good Courage, knowing only that your strong arm is leading us, and your love supporting us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Good Courage to you, Pastor Jim
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.