Dear Members and Friends,
Seven years ago, more or less, we were new in town and looking for a congregation. After visiting KCC once, I knew I would be regular in my attendance. (This was a year before I became the pastor.)
The fit for me was just right at this point in my life. I liked the simple architecture which spoke of tradition and the strength which comes from it.
I joined because, during the opening announcements, a member of the congregation made a joke with the pastor and everyone laughed heartily. Laughing at or with a pastor was new to me, and I was delighted with the informality and affection it demonstrated.
I joined because people greeted me naturally, without affect. The greeting was Cool, just what I needed. After 40 years as a pastor, I can easily tell if a greeting is the Real Deal or part of a structured program.
Next, I joined because the hymns were sung with power. Karen was the Music Director back then. I sat on the sanctified side of the sanctuary (where the light comes in and makes people look more holy than they really are). I came back because you were a singing congregation.
There were also a few things which caused me discomfort, and probably still do, but the fit felt right and still does, whether I was the pastor or not.
Bless you all.