Dear KCC Members and Friends,
It's hard to believe that we are in the new year. As we begin 2016, there is opportunity both to reflect on the year just past and to look forward to the new one. 2015 was bittersweet, as we marked the passing of our dear friends Kelly and Sue but also saw growth in our sense of community; as one member puts it, our 'church family.' We became more unified about seeing to each others' needs; our sense of awareness increased. We took care of business--both in the financial and facilities maintenance sense (and a lot of work went into both of those), but also in the sense of doing what needed to be done here -- from closet cleaning, to ant removal, to light bulb and battery replacement, and a programmable thermostat in the conference room and heater in the office. Small things that make a big difference. AND, rides to church, phone calls, birthday cards, refreshments after church--even when it's not Second Sunday. Truly, there is a lot of caring that goes on in this place. This is who we are and this is what we carry with us into 2016. This is our church family, and it is a blessing to be part of it.
On the calendar--
This Sunday, January 10, is Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned food donations and/or gently used clothing to be donated by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, January 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 14, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Dorothy's home.
Wednesday, January 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet at noon for a potluck. Anna will be the featured speaker.
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--
Save the date! Please mark your calendar for our Kenwood Community Church Annual Meeting to be held immediately following our worship service on Sunday, February 21st. This will be a time to review the state of the church, reflect on the year just completed and plan for the year ahead. The Board of Trustees will be presenting our proposed budget and Trustee nominees for 2016 and the priorities that the budget addresses. While the opportunity will exist for open discussion at the time, please let me know if there is anything specific that you would like to see on the agenda or included in any of the reports from the Board of Trustees, the Deacons or any of the committees. We want this process and our governance to be as open and as transparent as possible. Many thanks for your unwavering contributions in the year just closed and for your continued support in the year ahead. Please do not be bashful in making any recommendations or suggestions at any time. It is our collective insight, decisions and supportive actions that make KCC the very special place that it is.
From the Pastor--
Red Lights Flashing but No Sirens Allowed
There are 99 homes in our neighborhood. We are the unofficial gatekeepers. Our home is the first one on the right as people drive into the neighborhood. No one can get past us! We see every car, garbage truck, newspaper delivery person, maintenance van, plumbers, fix it people...every one of them come by our house. (We should set up a toll booth).
The ambulances and firetrucks come by regularly. Their lights are flashing but there are no sirens. It's that way all through Oakmont. Ambulances and fire trucks are busy here, making the 'no sirens' rule a good idea. It helps us sleep through the night. Sirens are not needed since we've never had a traffic jam (or any traffic at all actually).
However, we are not fooled. We all know the flashing red lights signal serious medical trouble; a crisis. EMT strangers come rushing through the front door, bright, young, well trained and compassionate, like angels but with more gear.
When there are no sirens blaring, we can listen to other things, like the beating of our heart, or the words of assurance from a life-long companion. The birds have a song to sing for us, which we can hear absent sirens. There may be a favorite hymn playing in your mind you want to hear again. The confident voices of the EMT people are calming as well, best received with a little peace and quiet.
Flash the red lights if you must, but no sirens. This is a time for me to be calm now, at peace, cared for and confident of those helping me, and, our Lord who came through the door with the EMTs, saying 'Peace be with you.'
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.