Dear KCC Members and Friends,
This month marks the second anniversary of Notes and News. When we started this venture, the objective was to convey church news generally, but most especially to provide information for those members of the church who had moved away or were no longer able to attend. This all has come to be, and we're so glad that it has, but the bigger -- and unexpected -- bonus of Notes and News is the connectivity the newsletter has given all of us. We all know what's going on currently and what's coming up. We know who has a birthday and who needs our prayers. We hear from our pastor and our moderator. We know when there's a work day, a potluck, or an important event in the life of the congregation. It's a little thing that happens on Wednesday but a big thing in the life of our church. It's funny how something that started out as a 'do you think we could' idea turned out to be something that we all use and depend on. It just goes to show that we should listen to our ideas. We never know what unexpected blessings will come from them.
Speaking of blessings and ideas, 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. To help us secure the best time and place for what may be the first of several sessions on preparing for the challenges ahead of all of us, we will ask you in church on Sunday to indicate your interest in participating. Our intention is to hold these facilitated discussions on Friday mornings beginning in April after Easter.
Click here to read more.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, March 10, at 10 a.m. Earla Snow will conduct a tour of the Valley of the Moon Children's Center. If you are interested, please call Earla.
TOMORROW, March 10, the Board of Deacons will meet at Dorothy Green's home at 11 a.m.
Sunday, March 13, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. After church, in lieu of our regular Second Sunday Potluck, we'll have a traditional St. Patrick's Day lunch.
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). You can read more about F.I.S.H. here on our Ministries page.
Sunday, March 13, also marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, so don't forget to set your clocks ahead.
Wednesday, March 16, Women of the World (WOW) will hold their potluck luncheon and meeting in the Fellowship Hall at noon. See the article further in this newsletter for details. This promises to be a fun event!
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. Communion for the service will be served around tables in the style of the Last Supper.
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 about Melinda here.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
March 6 - Dale
March 7 - Sue
March 13 - Don
March 15 - Donna
March 18 - Charlie
March 31 - Jay
Other news of the church--
We are saddened to learn that Bud Waldo passed away on February 21. His family will send details for his memorial service when they become available.
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--
I spent the better part of Tuesday developing a presentation on branding for a software company headquartered in Mumbai, India. What does that have to do with Kenwood Community Church, you say? Good question. I offered them no recommendations, answers or solutions; I just asked them questions, ones that upon reflection have equal application to our country church on the green. They included:
Food for thought.
From the Pastor--
I no longer call myself an 'Evangelical' and that makes me sad. I know what the word means in the New Testament and in Church history, and I have been proud and grateful for the word and all it meant. I was raised and ordained in a denomination which called itself 'Evangelical'.
What it used to mean is simply this: Evangelicals are 'Good Newsers' - they are people centered in the Gospel, witnesses of the Good News of God's gift of grace to us in the life, work, death and resurrection of Jesus. Evangelicals were people who felt joyfully compelled to share the Gospel with all the world. Evangelicals were Christians whose mission in life was to proclaim and live the Gospel in all its fullness, both within their own clan and with cultures around the world.
But that understanding is nearly gone. Only a remnant of it remains. The word has become political short-hand. News commentators and pollsters now use the word to describe a political viewpoint, not an expression of faith. The word has been part of the Church for hundreds of years, and proudly so. It had rich and deep meaning; it expressed loving conviction in the power of God's grace, the importance of Scripture and an openness to all people in the world. Evangelical was not an American political term, it was the Good News that in Christ, all people of whatever political party, living in countries far and wide, are invited to celebrate the Christian life.
Now, the word has lost its joyful spiritual meaning and has become political shorthand for a particular political persuasion. The word evangelical, once a Church word, is now a political term. The historical and rich meaning it once had has now been reduced to a political label. A beautiful, Biblical, powerful word has been co-opted. This is why I'm sad about it. We will find new Christian words which fully express the ancient beauty of this term, but it will take us a few decades to come up with it. In the meantime, I can only bid it a sad farewell.
Women of the World (WOW) to meet on March 16
Ladies, don't miss having a fun day. A furnished potato bar and a style show presented by the Assistance League of Sonoma County. The models will be volunteers from their thrift store--'New to You," and their outfits, from spring donations. Sounds like fun, doesn't it?
Please sign up if you are coming and can bring special toppings for the potatoes. Everything else (potatoes, etc.) will be furnished. Maggie Martin, WOW Hostess for March.
Valley of the Moon Children's Center
At the February meeting of the Women of the World (WOW), we heard Meg Easter-Dawson speak about the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center. Meg gave us a list of wants and needs for the Home. Last year our group, with the help of the congregation, donated health kits and school kits to Church World Service for distribution all over the world. This year we decided to go local and donate to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center. If any of you would like to donate any of the items below please either bring them to church or to Earla Snow’s home.
There are many ways that we at KCC can help the Children's Center, including volunteering and donating. There is need for the following items especially:
For those of you who are interested, Earla Snow will conduct a tour of the home TOMORROW, March 10, at 10 a.m. Please call Earla to let her know that you'd like to come.
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.
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.