Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Our church is like The Little Engine That Could. Outside observers might just see a very charming small white church with a not-so-large congregation. However, a tremendous amount of work goes on behind the scenes to make our little engine go. Here are just a few things that have gone on during the last two weeks or are ongoing this week: There was a wedding on October 24 and one today, both involving the work of our wedding coordinator and the Red Carnation Ladies. Bible Study concluded; the Deacons and Jim Fish have made calls on church members who are not feeling well; rides to church were given; Women of the World (WOW) had it's first meeting of the 2015-16 year; we had the second of two meetings to discuss how to make our church more visible and viable to the larger community; pledge statements were sent out; bills were paid; the Altar Guild set up church for regular services and for Communion Sunday; people donated flowers for Sunday service and served as greeters/ushers and lay leaders; some minor painting was done on the fellowship hall; the Stewardship Committee met, sent out Stewardship Campaign letters and planned the annual celebration luncheon; All Saints Sunday was celebrated; the Board of Trustees met; a new Music Director was hired; the newsletter was published and bulletins were printed; the Memorial Committee is meeting and developing a brochure and a plan for memorial services; and, finally, a newly formed Website Committee is meeting to update and modernize our online image. Did we miss anything? So much goes on here that involves dedication and heart. It's a blessing to be part of this very special community--to be part of the little engine's crew!
On the calendar--
Wednesday, November 4, there will be a wedding at the church at 1 p.m.
Sunday, November 8, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. This is also Stewardship Sunday, and in lieu of our regular Second Sunday Potluck Luncheon, we will have a celebration luncheon with main dish and dessert provided. See the stewardship article further in this newsletter for details.
Thursday, November 12, the Board of Deacons will meet at 11 a.m. at Charlie Ensley's home.
Sunday, November 15, we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, November 18, Women of the World (WOW) will meet in the fellowship hall at noon.
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 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.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
November 2 - Rich
November 9 - Don
November 11 - Scott
November 19 - Barbara
November 19 - Gaynl
November 20 - Cathy
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--
As part of my son’s wedding ceremony at our home in Glen Ellen two weekends ago, I shared some thoughts on marriage that focused on faith, love and family. Faith not only in that which is certain but in that which is uncertain and at times shrouded in doubt. Faith not simply in a higher power but faith in each other and faith in the collective power of love and service. Love not only in the passionate romantic sense but also in the enduring, caring sense. Love not just for one but for all. And family. Immediate and extended, those who have come before and those still yet to come. Those connected by blood and those connected by friendship. Put them together and you have a pretty powerful package. Sound familiar? Yup, that’s KCC.
As I reflect this week on my own stewardship pledge for 2016, I think first on these thoughts: faith, love and family. This is our tribe. This is our time.
From the Pastor--
Dear Members and Friends,
A friend in Minnesota sent me a newspaper article: "Everything Doesn't Happen For A Reason."
When a member of the family passes away, when a child dies, when a debilitating illness strikes or a loved one is taken from us, when someone close to you commits suicide, when a car accident leaves your father paralyzed.......then, we struggle to find just the right word to say. We want to share words that will bring comfort and hope to a friend in shock, despair and grief.
I look for those 'just right' words all the time. In my hours of despair good friends have sought to comfort me with words that will be also just right for me.. Some have helped, others have not.
While we mean well, this one simply hurts: "Everything happens for a reason." Actually, it doesn't. Or this: "She's in a better place." Not helpful. There are many, many more. When we don't know what to say we may turn to well-meaning phrases (and cliches) which may not be helpful.
It may be helpful is instead of saying something, we say nothing at all. Let us say to ourselves before we try to be kind to another experiencing tragedy: "some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried."
Losing a child cannot be fixed. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness cannot be fixed. They can only be carried. Let those in grief and suffering live in it without trying to fix it. Simply be there. Saying nothing might be more helpful than giving advice. Let us love each other in silence simply being in the presence of those suffering. It may be that we bear another's grief with no words at all. 'Surely he has born our griefs' says Isaiah about the Suffering Servant, the Messiah. We too bear each other's griefs with 'sighs too deep for words."
Bless you all.
Pledge Dedication and Celebration Luncheon Sunday
November 8 is the Sunday to turn in your pledges supporting Kenwood Community Church for 2016. After worship, everyone is invited to a celebration luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Ham, rolls, pumpkin pie and beverages will be provided. It’s not too late to sign up. Call Charlie so we’re sure we have enough of our good china set up for you! It’s a time to celebrate Joyful Gratitude, Joyful Giving!
Women of the World (WOW)
On Wednesday, November 18 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. A sign up for the potluck will be available Sunday.
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 know if you can help.
Red Carnation PEOPLE: Assist a Wedding and Feel the Magic
Here's the church
Here's the steeple
Open the doors
And look at all the RC "PEOPLE"
The time has come to put the word out
The Wedding Coordinator is in need of help
Warm your heart
put a smile on your face
some get chills...
You know you're in the right place!
So don't hesitate a moment
Sign up to volunteer
As 2016 approaches
The wedding season is near!
Please contact Patti Hutchins
KCC Wedding Coordinator
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.