Dear KCC Members and Friends,
There will be church this Sunday for those of us who are able to attend. Just a simple service, hymns and sharing, and mostly just being together. See you Sunday!
From the Moderator
Nourishment of the Soul
(or the little engine that could)
Well, the earth is beginning to cool and soon it will begin to heal, and so, too, will we. Our days are a mixture of sorrow, despair, hope and resolution. For those of us who lost homes and possessions, we feel unmoored and adrift, a bit numb really.
And yet, as my wife, Lauri, said over breakfast yesterday, the love somehow is more powerful than the grief. The outpouring of prayers, kindness, caring and support has been an unanticipated blessing and sustains all of us who need it. We have other congregations praying for our congregation, from country churches in Vermont and Maine much like ours to Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. And I know there are others.
So in turn, what do we do as a church? How do we nourish the souls of each other? How can we provide tangible assistance to those in even greater need? On Friday about fifty sieves, or sifters, will arrive for distribution to families who lost their homes in Kenwood and Glen Ellen to support them in their search through ashes and debris for family treasures and any small durable items that might be found and salvaged. These sieves, produced and donated by Clif Bar in Berkeley, will be available for pick-up at the church on Sunday, October 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and hopefully at the fire stations in both Kenwood and Glen Ellen. Please spread the word.
With overwhelming gratefulness to each and all,
From the Pastor
Dear Members and Friends,
"I'm fine," you wrote in emails this past week, "but do you know how ........is doing?"
Over and over, hourly, I read your messages of concern for others above concern for yourself. In the most dire of circumstances, when everything was burning down in this war zone, including your own homes, your heart was miraculously drawn to others more than to yourselves. It made me so proud to be your pastor; to see the depth of love and affection you have for others; to experience again the power of love; the indisputable truth of the Gospel.
There are so many signs of bravery and grace we continue to experience today:
More than anything else, I know that our few days with family was nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Six households in the congregation and many of our children and grandchildren, lost their homes; the rest of us went on an unplanned detour. I speak for all in the congregation who had it good, who came home to a home, that we will do our very best to help and care for you in the months and years ahead as you rebuild your homes and lives.
May God bless and keep us all. Grateful for you and our congregation,