Dear KCC Members and Friends,
What a nice celebration we had last Sunday! Lots of people in church, completion of the Stewardship Campaign with pledges turned in, and a memorable luncheon in the fellowship hall afterwards. The feeling of community at our church really cannot be beat. You can hear it as people greet each other on Sunday mornings, even stopping to visit in the sanctuary before the service starts, and in the caring, meaningful--or even just casually friendly--conversations around the table when we sit down to a meal together, as we did last Sunday.
So much to look forward to, also. We'll welcome new members on November 22 and our new Music Director will play for us for the first time on that day. Advent is almost here. Gingerbread houses will be decorated soon. And did we hear rumors of the choir starting up again? It's November, and Kenwood Community Church is the place to be!
On the calendar--
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.
Wednesday, November 18, the Board of Trustees will meet in the fellowship hall at 3:30 p.m.
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.
Happy Birthday to our members and friends with birthdays coming up (or just past):
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--
Sunday, November 22nd, will be the beginning of a new chapter in our worship through music at Kenwood Community Church. In anticipation of Karen Haslag’s arrival and seat at the organ, please take this time as an opportunity to recall those hymns and sacred music that literally make your heart sing. What have you loved over the years and what has inspired you? What are your family favorites and which ones bring a sheer joy in your singing to the rooftops? What sacred music truly pierces your soul? Do some research, write them down and share them with Karen, Pastor Jim or Charlie Ensley for their worship planning. There was an article in the Press Democrat this morning about the therapeutic value of singing as we get older, so let’s get ready to sing joyfully!
From the Pastor--
How did I get to be 72 years old so quickly?
Our son Matthew recently sorted through thousands of old photos, slides and movies taken over our many decades. A few he kept; the rest were thrown away. But even the saved ones total a few thousand. (Too many of course, but the next generation can throw most of those away. I just don't want to know about it.)
He organized them by decades: the 1940', 1950's on up to 2010's. In a few hours I can see our whole life flash before us, the decades marching on, neatly organized in this computer. The old cars, fashions and homes are there to laugh at, the old photos of now deceased family and friends, make us lonely for them, but primarily it's the rush of time; how fast it went.
"Count your days" says the Psalmist. Which means, I think, enjoy each one; appreciate each one. It means as the decades pass by and we begin adding up the days of grace given to us, we are lost in gratitude. When I actually count my days, there have been 26,280 of them. I encourage you to do the same. Get out your little calculator and multiply 365 by your age, then, knowing the number, give thanks. Let gratitude fill your heart.
Bless you all.
Thank You from the Stewardship Committee
To all of you who donated tasty sides and salads to the Pledge Luncheon, and you who worked so cheerfully to set up before and clean up afterwards: THANK YOU, THANK YOU! The old adage, “Many hands make light work” was certainly true on Sunday.
Pledge Drive Results
Your Stewardship Committee is most thankful to all who responded last Sunday by turning in their pledge forms for the support of KCC in 2016. Treasurer Dave Crockett reports this summary: We received 22 pledges totaling $47,470. There are 7 people/couples who pledged last year that are not currently accounted for. The final pledged amount last year was $52,552., comprised of 28 pledges.
If you were not present last Sunday or did not have your pledge form ready, there are extra copies on the narthex table. If you are able to pledge for 2016, we encourage you to turn in your pledge this week so our Board of Stewards can formulate a 2016 church budget. If you are unable to pledge, we welcome whatever contributions you are able to make.
Charlie Ensley, Stewardship Chair
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 Salomon 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.