Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Much excitement has been generated at church in anticipation of our new Music Director's first Sunday and the renewal of the women's choir! This Sunday we will celebrate Karen Haslag's arrival and enjoy her musical talents. She's been super busy in meetings with Jim and Charlie, setting up the music for Advent. This Thursday, November 19, we will have our first choir rehearsal at 3:30 in the afternoon. Ladies, if you've always wanted to be part of a church choir, come join us. It's fun and--with Karen's guidance--we're sure to sound pretty good. Welcome, Karen--we're glad you're here!
On the calendar-
TODAY, November 18, Women of the World (WOW) will meet in the fellowship hall at noon. See article further in this newsletter for details.
TODAY, November 18, the Board of Trustees will meet in the fellowship hall at 3:30 p.m.
TOMORROW, November 19, the choir will hold it's first practice at 3:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Sunday, November 22, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. This is also New Member Sunday. If you are interested in joining the church, please let Jim Fish know.
Wednesday, November 25, there will be no regularly scheduled office hours.
Thursday, November 26, is Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 29, is the first Sunday in Advent. We will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, December 5, SAVE THE DATE for our annual Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza in the fellowship hall at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, is the Second Sunday in Advent and is Communion Sunday. We will celebrate worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 13, is the Third Sunday in Advent and 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 food donations and/or gently used clothing to be distributed by Sarah Lee and Henry Gronberg to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Wednesday, December 16, Women of the World will hold their annual Christmas potluck at noon in the fellowship hall. More details to come in next week's newsletter.
Sunday, December 20, is the Fourth Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 24, is Christmas Eve and we will hold a Candlelight and Carols service at 5 p.m.
Friday, December 25, is Christmas Day.
Sunday, December 27, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, December 30, there will be no regular office hours and Notes and News will not be published for the week.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
November 19 - Barbara
November 19 - Gaynl
November 20 - Cathy
December 6 - Fran
December 10 - Robin
December 24 - Bo
December 26 - Mark
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.
Happening now (or recently)--
From the Moderator--
With Thanksgiving remarkably on our doorstep, it is a wonderful time to pause and give thanks to all for the many contributions In the past year.
Ours is a small church blessed with an intrepid group of entrepreneurial volunteers. Trust, good will, and our can-do attitude have allowed us to build and sustain a close–knit, caring community committed to worshiping, serving and growing together. It is a privilege to be part of it and I am grateful both for what we have been given and for what we have achieved. In a time of turmoil around the world, our own cup at Kenwood Community Church overflows. Let us count our blessings.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
" I would like to introduce you to an old friend of mine....."
I always thought I should have more friends than I do. It seems like everyone else has 10 friends or more. I'm not sure I do, and that's OK.
An acquaintance does not become a friend simply by working with you, being related to you, living close to you, or have hobbies in common. A friend is something else.
Fredrick Beuchner writes this about friendship: "Basically your friends are not your friends for any particular reason. The job you do, the family you have, the way you vote, the major achievements and blunders of your life, your religious convictions or lack of them are all somehow set off to one side when the two of you get together."
I would not list the names of my friends here. I don't think you would be interested and I don't think they would mind, but it is a private thing - friendship. Naming them seems inappropriate.
In Isaiah God calls Abraham his friend. (41:8). God need a friend too it seems. (An odd idea.) They must be such good friends that they can hang out together, go fishing and not talk much, have no agenda with each other, and don't try to accomplish anything, rather, just sit around - just like what we do with our best friends.
Jesus said we were his friends when we obeyed his commandments. Something important happens when we -slowly- begin referring to Jesus less as Lord or Savior or Teacher, but more and more as Friend. This might be good - to think of just hanging out with Jesus and getting nothing done but to enjoy your friendship. There may also be a reticence to talk with others about your friendship. There might be something good in that; prizing a friendship so much that we don't go around talking about it all the time.
Bless you all. Pastor Jim
Women of the World (WOW)
TODAY at Noon, WOW will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall for a potluck and program given by Jim and Kay Fish on their three years spent in Holden Village, Washington.
Jim was the village pastor and Kay was the volunteer coordinator. Holden Village was a former mining town given to the Lutheran church. The closest neighboring village was one-and-a half-days away. The Village is a Christian adult and family retreat center welcoming 5000 guests every summer. No phone, no TV reception, no roads in (they took a large boat); no cars, no sheriff; fire department or stop signs. Eight children in the one room school. The picture is the cabin they lived in for those three years. Come hear about this time in the Fishes’ lives.
Save the Date for the annual Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza,
which will take place on Saturday, December 5, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall. It takes lots of elves to make this happen, so please let Linda Salomon know if you can help.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.