Friday, August 17, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversation, 10am, Trinity Hall

Thy Kingdom Come

We will explore the current initiative within the Episcopal Church 
seeking to discern the form and shape of its mission through a
season of prayer. You might wish to view the introductory video,
Thy Kingdom Come, in advance of our conversation.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - It Was A Dream

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Hope Center - A few more Sundays remain during which we are 
inviting the donation of travel size toiletry items (soap, shampoo, 
toothpaste, etc) for guests at the Hope Center. Place your donated 
items in the collection box in the Sanctuary foyer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Greetings to All!

School begins to today in Fayette County and soon in other communities
around Kentucky and the nation.  It is a good occasion to offer our best
thoughts and prayers for students and their families, as well as for teachers
and support staff.  Whether or not we have children in school, we all have
a stake in the education of children, youth, and adults. Consider the 
following prayer for your use…

Amighty God, we beseech Thee with Thy gracious favor to behold our
universities, colleges, and schools, that knowledge might be increased
among us, and all good learning flourish and abound.  Bless all who
teach and all who learn, and grant that in humility of heart they may ever
look unto Thee, who art the Fountain of all wisdom; through Jesus
Christ our Lord.  Amen.
(from The Walnut Hill Church Worshipbook)

The lectionary texts for August 19, the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

Sunday Conversations continue Sunday, August 19, 10am, in Trinity Hall 
as we consider Thy Kingdom Come, a season of prayer for discernment
being engaged by Episcopalians and others around the world and in central 
Kentucky.  Perhaps we might participate as well.

Walking Through Scripture, a new walking guide for mid-August through 
mid-November is available in the Sanctuary foyer. Walking Through Scripture 
is an informal program encouraging persons to read and reflect on each 
Sunday's lectionary texts in advance of Sunday morning.  Participants may 
also subscribe to Mike's weekly walking guide offering a brief introduction 
and commentary on the weekly readings. Use reply email to subscribe.

Sandwich Ministry - One of Walnut Hill's long-time partnerships has been
with the Lexington Community Inn (Catholic Action Center), particularly
providing sandwiches for the Inn's overnight guests.  Our next occasion to
do so will be on Sunday, August 26.  Use reply email if you would like to
volunteer for this service outreach and/or would simply like more information
about being a "sandwich minister."

The Nathaniel Mission  is soon to begin an after-school mentoring program
for students in the Cardinal Valley neighborhood and Versailles Road corridor. 
Volunteer opportunities are available on Monday - Thursday afternoons. 
Contact Sierra Bonham (859-255-0062) for volunteer information.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, August 12, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

When David Heard…

We will explore the troubling, and fascinating, story of
Absalom and his father David.  What echoes does it
offer of our own experience of personal and public life?
In advance of our conversation, you might want to read
the lectionary text for the day, 2 Samuel 18:5-33, or if you 
are more adventurous, the entirety of 2 Samuel 13 - 19.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Life Together

Nursery Care and Sunday School for children/youth.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

****

Hope Center - A few more Sundays remain of gathering
travel-size toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc)
for guests at the Hope Center. Place you donated items in 
the collection box in the foyer of the Sanctuary.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Greetings to all!

Our family is just back from our annual summer vacation, which this year
included a weeklong "family reunion" as well as some less formal family
visiting.  I am aware how fortunate we are to be able to take time away
from ordinary routines and responsibilities to refresh bodies, minds, spirits,
and relationships. Thanks to all those at Walnut Hill who, each year and
this year, make it possible for our family to enjoy such special times.  From 
worship leadership, to hospitality, to behind the scenes attention to regular 
duties and unexpected emergencies, I am reminded that the Church's life 
and vitality are revealed in and through its people.  Thanks to all!

The lectionary texts for August 12, the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

Sunday Conversations resume this Sun, Aug 12, 10am, with a Walking
Through Scripture conversation focusing on Sunday's lectionary texts
(see above).  Come enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just
listen in.

Speaking of Walking Through Scripture, a new walking guide for mid-
August through mid-November is available in the Sanctuary foyer. Walking
Through Scripture is an informal program encouraging persons to read
and reflect on each Sunday's lectionary texts in advance of Sunday
morning.  Participants may also subscribe to Mike's weekly walking
guide offering an introduction and commentary on the weekly readings.
Use reply email to subscribe.

The Nathaniel Mission recently completed its five-week summer camp
program.  Sixty-five children participated in the Cardinal Valley, Coolavin, 
and Speigle Hts neighborhoods.  Walnut Hill Church was recognized for its 
sponsorship of this year's summer camp program through our donations of 
camp supplies and cash.  Thanks to all who supported this effort.  With 
summer coming to a close, the Mission turns its attention toward its after 
school mentoring program.  Contact Sierra Bonham (859-255-0062) for 
volunteer information.

Ecumenical News:
The Presbytery of Transylvania will hold a regular stated meeting this 
Sat, Aug 11, at First Church, Prestonsburg.  Visit Presbytery meeting for 
a glimpse into the business of the day.
The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington will be engaging a Week of Prayer 
(Aug 24 - Sep 1) for discernment regarding the Diocese mission in the 
days/years ahead.  Visit Thy Kingdom Come for more information and 
prayer resources.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward




Friday, July 20, 2018

Upcoming Sundays at Walnut Hill Church

The next three Sundays at Walnut Hill Church…

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Worship Leaders…
Sun, July 22 - The Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper
Sun, July 29 - The Rev. John Cavendish
Sun, Aug 5 - The Rev. David Sharrard

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

The Sacrament of Holy Communion on August 5

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.

*****

Sunday Conversations are on summer break for the
next three Sundays.  Sunday Conversations will resume
on Sunday, August 12, 10am.

*****

Hope Center - We are collecting travel-size toiletry items
(toothpaste, shampoo, soap, etc) for guests at the Hope
Center.  Place donated items in the collection box in the
Sanctuary foyer.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Greetings to all!

I heard this morning that at least some of the lately rescued Thai soccer
players will be engaging in a period of monastic practice as a response to 
the prayers, effort, and sacrifice involved in their rescue. I was reminded of 
the gospel story of the 10 persons healed by Jesus. As you might recall, 
one returned to "thank him" (LK 17).  No doubt, Buddhist traditions differ in 
numerous ways from my own. I nonetheless find the notion of seeking to offer 
some response for what one has received from others to be a reminder for 
me of the call to live a life of "gratitude" for gifts great and small, blessings 
seen and unseen.  Through such practices one can embody the words of 
Meister Eckhart, "If the only prayer you said was 'thank you,' that would be 
enough."

Preaching for the next three Sundays at Walnut Hill Church will be…
*The Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper (July 22)
*The Rev. John Cavendish (July 29)
*The Rev. David Sharrard (Aug 5), Holy Communion
As always, Morning Worship will be at 11am, with nursery care and 
faith formation for children and youth, followed by the After Worship
Gathering at Noon.

Sunday Conversations (10am) will be on summer holiday for the next
three Sundays, resuming on Sunday, August 12, 10am.

Sunday Hosts - Thanks to all those who responded so quickly to last
Sunday's invitation to host our Sunday refreshments.  We have filled all 
the Sundays through August, with the exception of July 29.  Visit the 
online sign-up sheet to volunteer for July 29 or any Sunday in September.  
Thanks again to all our willing volunteers!

Nursery Volunteers - Our nursery caregivers will be taking a few Sundays
off, so we are in need of a few volunteers to help staff the nursery over the 
next several Sundays.  Contact Lauren if you might be available and willing
to volunteer.  Thanks for your help in extending Walnut Hill hospitality to our 
youngest members and their families.

Men's Coffee gatherings are held Saturday mornings, 8am, at Paneras on 
Richmond Rd. No formal program, just good conversation regarding all kinds 
of topics. Feel free to stop by for as long or short a time as your schedule 
permits.  No rsvp required.

Ecumenical News 
- One of our local ecumenical partners, Pax Christi Catholic Church
has a new pastor.  Father Patrick Stewart recently began his ministry at 
Pax Christi.  We pray blessings upon Father Stewart and the congregation 
of Pax Christi as they minister together in the months and years ahead.
-The Kentucky Council of Churches will hold its 2018 Annual
Assembly, Oct 25 - 26, at Jeffersontown, Kentucky.  The title of the 2018
assembly is "A House Divided."  The keynote speaker will be the
Rev Leah Schade.  Preaching will be the Rev. Paul Prather.

Kroger Rewards - Walnut Hill lately received a check in the amount of
$238 from the Kroger Company, the proceeds of the last quarter's
participation by 29 Walnut Hill households in the Kroger Community
Rewards Program.  Thanks to all those who support Walnut Hill by their
participation.

The weekly letter will be on summer holiday for the next two weeks.
Look for the next weekly letter on August 8.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


 


Friday, July 13, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, July 15, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversation, 10am, Trinity Hall

Where Are You Now … Mr Rogers?

We will explore the renewed "popularity" of Mr. Rogers 
occasioned by this summer's documentary regarding Fred 
Rogers' life.  In anticipation of this conversation, you may 
wish to view this video of Rogers' US Senate testimony , 
read this review of the current documentary , and reflect on 
this scripture .

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The Death of John the Baptist
Text - Mark 6:14-29

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments

*****

Over these summer Sundays we welcome your donations
of travel-size toiletry items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc)
for guests at the Hope Center .  Look for the collection box
in the Sanctuary foyer.