Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Last week was a WOW, in a couple of different ways. First of all, our WOW (Women of the World) potluck luncheon and meeting was exceptional. Lots of good food and fellowship -- nineteen people attended. Our group is growing! Anna Koval was our guest speaker, WOW-ing us with her impressive career as an educator and -- currently -- as manager of the Wikipedia Education Program. As we learned, Wikipedia is the largest general reference website on the internet, ranking as one of the top ten websites in the world. (There is a summary of Anna's talk here.)
Our second WOW is also due to Anna's efforts. We're pleased to announce that Kenwood Church has a new website, which can be found at kenwoodcommunitychurch.info. Anna has done a beautiful job with this, combining and unifying information from two former sites and providing a clear 'snapshot' of our church to those who may find us for the first time on the internet. Many thanks to Anna--we're so glad that you and Joel are part of our church community!
On the calendar--
This 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.
Wednesday, February 10, we will hold Ash Wednesday services at 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 10, 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. 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 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 Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
"Religion gains influence when it renounces power" (David Brooks, NYT columnist)
In another election season, religious people, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist or other faiths, are courted for their vote. We are being courted, sought after for our support of one candidate or another.
The long history of the Church confirms Brooks' observation. When we reject the idea that 'real' Christians vote this way or that, we are stronger as a Church. The separation of Church and State is good for the State and for the Church. The Church is stronger when we renounce power.
I often think that I, or we, have little or no influence in our civic life; in the soul of our country. I think that because it's correct: we do have little influence. Faith groups, like Christians, regularly hanker after political power. But when we turn away from the powers of this world, our spiritual and moral witness is stronger.
Embracing raw political power, or trying to link up with it in any way, makes the Church weaker. This does not mean we don't care about our civic life, but only that we don't go running after those perceived to have power, when in fact, the power of the Gospel, faith and justice, are in our very hands.
Bless you all, and, Good Courage,
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.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.