Dear KCC Members and Friends,
Jim's sermon last Sunday spoke to us about waiting and all the forms it can take: anticipatory waiting, anxious waiting, trustful waiting for that which is to come. As we begin the season of Advent, a song the choir sang last year is brought to mind--Waiting, Watching, Wondering. A beautiful song that encompasses the hope of this season. As we wait together, let us be thankful for our little community and the support we can give each other. We are small, but the connectedness and genuine caring we have makes us very great.
On the calendar--
TOMORROW, December 3, the KCC Women's Choir will rehearse from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Friday, December 4, at noon is set up and decoration for the Gingerbread Decorating Extravaganza. Volunteers are welcome and should plan to meet in the fellowship hall.
Saturday, December 5, is 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.
Wednesday, December 9, the KCC Women's Choir will rehearse from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Friday, December 11, the Board of Trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
Sunday, December 13, is the Third Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m. with a light coffee hour afterwards. Please remember to bring canned food donations and/or gently used clothing to be distributed by Sarah Lee and Henry to F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping).
Sunday, December 13, the Ensleys will host their annual Christmas open house from 2-5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, Women of the World will hold their annual Christmas potluck and gift exchange at noon in the fellowship hall.
Wednesday, December 16, the KCC Women's Choir will rehearse from 3-4:15 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, is the Fourth Sunday in Advent and we will celebrate regular worship services at 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 20, at 6:30 p.m., the First Presbyterian Church in Petaluma will present their annual Christmas Concert. Five musical groups will participate.
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. Charlie Ensley will be our guest pastor.
Wednesday, December 30, there will be no regular office hours and Notes and News will not be published for the week.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):
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.
From the Moderator--
As we enter into Advent with both the active waiting that Jim spoke to on Sunday, and at times the frenetic preparation in our own homes, I am reminded of what this season is all about at its bare essence. This was driven home to me in a very simple but powerful scene that I was fortunate enough to witness last week. A homeless man in San Francisco was looking for a Priest who had given him a dollar earlier in the week. He wanted to repay the Priest and at the same time, contribute another dollar to the church. That payout, of $2.00, I venture to guess, was probably all or most of his life’s savings on that given day. It certainly was proportionately much greater than anything I had given. And it made him feel fulfilled and good about himself. That’s the way it works; that’s Christmas. Give and you shall receive.
May we all have an Advent of active waiting, generous giving and abundant receiving.
From the Pastor--
A 'Thin Place' is a 5th century Celtic phrase we experience now and then.
The meaning is this: "It is a place where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin. It's a place where we can sense the sacred in a profound way. Often times there is a high brick wall between heaven and earth; no sunlight can penetrate. But there are also those times when the gap is paper thin.
I experienced a few 'thin places' recently: while singing "Lift Up Your Gates'" as our closing hymn last Sunday. You, Karen and this majestic Advent hymn brought me into a 'thin place.' (Many of you too - I could tell.)
Another was when I heard the story about two members who bought Christmas cards and postage to distribute to the homeless in downtown Santa Rosa. They helped them write a letter home for Christmas, and, provided the stamp. This was, for me, a thin place.
I don't believe I can make these 'thin place' things happen. They come out of the blue; off the wall. We can't even go looking for them, but we can be assured they are out there, just waiting.
Bless you. Pastor Jim
KCC Women's Choir
The KCC Women's Choir is underway, and it's lots of fun! Come join us, if you can. Our rehearsal schedule is:
Thursday, December 3, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9, 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16, 3:00-4:15 p.m.
You'll be able to hear us sing at the Christmas Eve service.
It's almost time 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. Linda will be at the fellowship hall on Friday, 12/4, around noon to set up for the gingerbread festivities. Volunteers are welcome to help set up and decorate.
Christmas Fund Offering
The Benevolence Committee is once again sponsoring the Christmas Fund offering, which will take place on December 20. It's theme this year is "Love Shines Through." The Christmas Fund is for Veterans of the Cross (retired clergy and lay church employees) and the Emergency Fund (assistance to clergy or lay church employees in need) and Christmas "Thank You" gifts to hundreds of annuitants; administered by the Pension Board. Members of the Benevolence Committee will give brief information on this offering during church services in December.
2016 Flower and Usher Charts Up
The charts have been hung on either side of the narthex window at the back of the church. Choose your choice dates early. Please use pencil, in case you need to switch with someone. You may also indicate your dedication on the flower chart. Thank you for all those who donated altar flowers and ushered during 2015.
Open House Sunday, December 13
Charlie and Peggy invite you to our 42nd Annual Christmas Open House on December 13. Drop in any time between 2 and 5 p.m. There will not be a second Sunday potluck that Sunday; only a light coffee hour at church.
Women of the World (WOW)
Women of the World will host their annual Christmas potluck luncheon and gift exchange on Wednesday, December 16, at noon in the fellowship hall. Ladies, this is a truly fun and festive event, and we hope you'll be able to join us. A sign-up sheet for the potluck will be in the fellowship hall this Sunday. Plan to bring a gift to exchange; we'll have lots of fun as the gifts are opened. Under the rules of the gift exchange game lots of trading will go on, and you won't know what you'll end up with until the game is over! Please contact Cathy or Linda to RSVP or if you'd like further information.
Have a wonderful week, and we hope to see you in church soon.