Didn't we just have a wonderful time last Sunday? Many, many thanks to Dale and Sue McCoy and their 'McHelpers' for a truly delicious lunch and a great time. The Fellowship Hall was filled with St. Patrick's Day celebrants enjoying the afternoon. This is a day we'll remember for a long time to come!
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On the calendar--
TODAY, March 16, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their potluck luncheon and meeting in the Fellowship Hall at noon. We'll enjoy a potato bar and a style show brought to us by the Assistance League of Sonoma County.
THIS SUNDAY, March 20, is Palm Sunday, and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. We will hear the Passion Narrative: events in the last week of Jesus' life.
Wednesday, March 23, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Thursday, March 24, we will hold Maundy Thursday services at 5:00 p.m. followed by a simple soup supper in the Fellowship Hall. See the article further in this newsletter for details on signing up.
Sunday, March 27, is Easter Sunday, and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Melinda Moreaux will be our guest soprano soloist for this service. You can read more about Melinda here.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
March 13 - Don
March 15 - Donna
March 18 - Charlie
March 31 - Jay
Other news of the church--
The memorial service for Walt “Bud” Waldo, a former member of KCC, will be held this Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. at Daniels Chapel of the Roses Mortuary in Santa Rosa.
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,
This Sunday is called Palm Sunday, or, Passion Sunday. It is the beginning of Holy Week. Christians began Holy Week celebrations 1700 years ago. This is not a new idea.
This Sunday we will hear the long reading of the entire Passion Story, from the Gospel of Mark. We will begin with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, then Jesus in the Upper Room, Jesus praying in the garden, appearing before the high priest, Peter's denial, and end with Jesus before Pilate.
You will be relieved to know there is no sermon on Passion Sunday, only the reading of the whole story at one sitting. All year long we hear little snippets of this or that; the Bible story all scissored into little bits.
My grandchildren will not allow me to skip a page in one of their books, even if I'm the one - not them-falling asleep on the sofa. "Grandpa, you skipped a page!" Caught again.
Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday is when we sit and listen to the whole story; the heart of the Gospels. No pages skipped. It's a relief to hear it from the person who wrote the Gospel without feeble commentary from the preacher.
Every sentence is familiar; every paragraph included. Sometimes it is best just to listen with no commentary to muddle it up. That's this Sunday.
Bless you all,
Cuba Visit Report this Sunday
After coffee hour this Sunday, we'll get to hear about two recent trips by church members to Cuba. As you know, Jim Fish, Daymon Doss, and Dave Crockett just recently returned from their visit; John Froyd went last year. The four of them will tell us of their experiences and give us a timeline of major events in Cuba over the last six decades. Please plan to stay for this presentation. It promises to be interesting!
Maundy Thursday Soup Supper Signups
The March 24 Maundy Thursday communion service at 5 p.m. will recreate the setting of the Last Supper in our sanctuary. We will sit in groups around the communion table. Following the service, there will be a simple soup supper provided by the Board of Deacons in the Fellowship Hall. Sign-up this Sunday so we will know how many to prepare for.
Share Your Easter Lilies
If you would like to share your Easter lilies for our Easter Sunday service, please bring them to the Maundy Thursday service or by 10 a.m. on Easter morning. You may take them home after the service.
Monday Morning Bible Study to Return in April
Jim's Bible study series will return in April with a third session titled, "Four Old Testament Prophets: Speaking Truth to Power." The sessions will be held on Mondays in April at 10 a.m. at Don and Dorothy Green's home. Please contact Dorothy if you are interested in attending.
Upcoming Book Discussion on "Being Mortal"
Many members have expressed interest in our plan to offer a book discussion on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, about the opportunity to live with grace, meaning and dignity in this chapter of our lives ... and to help our family and friends do the same. Details on this upcoming series will be coming soon. Our intention is to hold these facilitated discussions on Friday mornings beginning in April after Easter.
Have you seen these pictures?
Several years ago, two pictures were donated to the church and were hung in the back bathroom. The pictures are of the 13th green and the 16th green. They are from the Masters Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia and they are no longer available for purchase. They are now missing and we would like them back. If you know where they are, please tell Linda, Dale, or Tim. The pictures are important both because they were a gift to the church and because of their sentimental value to their donor. Your help in finding them is most appreciated.
Volunteer sign ups for the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast
Linda Salomon is already hard at work planning the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast. She will have a sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall beginning this Sunday. You can also call her or email her to volunteer. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.