Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Our church service was beautiful last Sunday! Bible reading services are always special, both for their meaningful words and for the added participation of church members. The choir sang, we were given special crosses made of palm, and we used the new hymnals for the first time.
We have lots to look forward to this week, too. Our Maundy Thursday service is tomorrow at 5 p.m. Communion at the service will be served in a different way. We will be seated at a table in groups of eight so that we can experience more closely what it would have been like to be at the last supper.
Following the service, we will have a simple soup supper, provided by the Board of Deacons. Over the last couple of years, this addition on Maundy Thursday service has become an important tradition -- a chance to share fellowship following this deeply meaningful service.
Sunday, of course, is Easter Sunday and we will celebrate with a traditional service. We'll be treated to wonderful organ music and the talents of our guest soprano soloist Melinda Moreaux. Come sing 'Christ the Lord is Risen Today!' and share the glories of the morning and the fellowship afterward. Ladies, will any of you be wearing Easter bonnets?
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On the calendar--
TODAY, March 23, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
TOMORROW, March 24, we will hold Maundy Thursday services at 5:00 p.m. followed by a simple soup supper in the Fellowship Hall.
THIS SUNDAY, March 27, is Easter Sunday, and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. Melinda Moreaux will be Guest Soprano for the service. You can read more about Melinda here.
Sunday, April 3, is Communion Sunday and we will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m. You can read about how Holy Communion is celebrated at KCC on our Questions & Answers page.
Monday, April 4, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home. There is additional information below.
Sunday, April 10, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. This is also Second Sunday Potluck. Along with your potluck dish, please remember to bring canned goods and/or gently used clothing to be distributed by Sarah Lee and Henry Gronberg to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping). You can read more about F.I.S.H. on our Ministries page.
Monday, April 11, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy Green's home.
Sunday, April 17, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 18, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
Wednesday, April 20, Women of the World (WOW) will meet in the Fellowship Hall at noon for a potluck luncheon and meeting.
Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. is the kick-off date for our book discussion group on "Being Mortal". The group is open to the public and will meet in the Fellowship Hall. Further dates will be decided at the meeting.
Sunday, April 24, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Monday, April 25, the Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. at Dorothy Green's home.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
March 31 - Jay
April 1 - Michael
April 2 - Peggy
April 6 - Charlie
April 14 - Frank
April 20 - Dee
April 22 - Frank
April 25 - Mary Alice
April 29 - Lyn
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--
For a small church, we sure do a lot! In addition to the special services and fellowship of Holy Week, we have a rekindled choir, a robust Bible Study group, a report from our Cuban contingent, multiple community group meetings and the first program in a series open to the community on living lives of meaning, grace and dignity as we grow older together.
Beginning on Friday morning, April 22nd at 10:00 AM in Fellowship Hall, we will be leading a book discussion on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Please buy the book if you have not done so already, read it over the next month and come prepared to share your own ideas, experiences and intent. It should be a great kick-off to some profound conversations and heightened mutual support.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
I suggest we not hurry along, pushed to move quickly. Easter will wait, as it did the first time 2000 years ago. Between today and Easter Sunday, there are mountains to climb, valleys to be visited, last suppers to be held, betrayals, and a death.
The church will probably be full on Easter, but the numbers will be thin Thursday evening. Once that discouraged and irritated me, confirming my prejudice toward people who were keen on the baby Jesus and the resurrected Christ, but frankly not very interested in anything in between. Or, not interested in the heart and core of the Christian faith, but just the two lovely bookends.
I was taught that a negative attitude about people who are Christmas and Easter Christians was not appropriate; easily picked up by those who come only for those two services. Negative vibes from the Pastor toward these big crowds of twice-yearly attendees could not be hidden, and, not healthy for the soul of the Pastor.
I can understand why Christmas Eve services are packed. The whole season of gifts and Santa and music rightly includes going to church on December 24 to sing carols and hear once again the story we all know by heart. It's a tradition.
But Easter is different. The very heart and soul of the Christian message together with the blueprint of Christian values, is summed up in Lent and Holy Week. Skipping over everything before Easter Sunday -- Lent, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday -- is like showing up late for a great banquet, just in time for dessert. It's like taking your seat at a movie for the ending credits and mistaking taking those for the film itself.
Oh well. It may be that way in other parts of our life as well. In your vineyard, you work all year to cultivate the vines, prune them, nurture and protect them, talk to them and, every year, worry if you will have a crop worth selling. You know the whole story behind every harvest. But it's easy for me. I just buy a bottle of your wine and delight in it. I just show up for the ending of a long and arduous process. Work in the vineyard is our life. Easter is popping the cork. Let us be mindful of what went into it.
A blessed Thursday, Friday and Saturday to you all.
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.
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.
Last Sunday, we used our new hymnals for the first time. Forty hymnals were donated. We extend our sincere thanks to the donors, as well as to the Board of Deacons and Cathy Valerga for their work on the dedication bookplates.
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.