Friday, August 26, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, August 28, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

What Do You See When You Look At Me?

"What do you see" when you see a "veiled" woman in public:
a person of faith, an oppressed woman, a potential terrorist,
something/someone else? We'll view a video and talk about 
our responses to this increasingly common sight in our culture.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Guests and Hosts
Text - Luke 7:1, 7-14

Nursery Care and Sunday School for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Greetings to all!

A few days from now (Aug 28) is the anniversary of the "March on Washington," featuring 
Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech.  In his book, The Magnificent Defeat
Frederick Buechner remembered the event.

In 1963 I went on that famous March on Washington, and the clearest memory that I have 
of it is standing near the Lincoln Memorial hearing the song "We Shall Overcome" sung by 
the quarter of a million or so people who were there.  And while I listened, my eye fell on 
one very old man, with a face like shoe leather and a sleazy suit and an expression that 
was more befuddled than anything else; and I wondered to myself if, quite apart from the 
whole civil-rights question, that poor old bird could ever conceivably overcome anything.  He 
was there to become a human being.  Well, and so were the rest of us.  And so are we all, no 
less befuddled than he when you come right down to it.  Poor old bird, poor young birds, every 
one of us. And deep in my heart I do believe we shall overcome some day, as he will, by God's 
grace, by helping the seed of the kingdom grow in ourselves and in each other until finally in all 
of us it becomes a tree where the birds of the air can come and make their nests in our branches.  
That is all that matters really.

The lectionary texts for Sunday, August 28…
Jeremiah 2:4-13
Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16
Luke 14:1, 7-14

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, August 28, 10am, in  Trinity Hall.  The title of 
our conversation for this Sunday is "What Do You See When You Look At Me?"  Watch for more 
details in our Friday update.

Louisiana Flood Relief - Thanks to your generosity, Walnut Hill is sending $500 to support 
relief/rebuilding efforts in the wake of flooding in south Louisiana.  Our support will go to the 
area via Episcopal Relief and Development.  Visit Episcopal Relief for more information and/or 
to  make an individual donation.

Nursery Caregiver Opening - Walnut Hill is currently seeking an individual to serve as a 
Sunday morning nursery caregiver (10:30am - 12:30pm).  Candidates must be at least 18 years 
of age and pass a background check.  Contact the church office (263-5304) for more information 
or to refer a possible candidate.

Prayer for the Care of Creation - Walnut Hill members and friends are invited to a liturgy
of prayer for the care of creation on Wednesday, August 31, 6:30pm, at St. Andrew Orthodox
Church (1136 Higbee Mill Rd).  This service is sponsored by the South Lexington Ecumenical
Cooperative and hosted by the St. Andrew congregation.

Kroger Community Rewards - August is re-enrollment month for the Community Rewards 
program through which Walnut Hill has received over $1,000 in the past year.  Participants 
must re-enroll and designate Walnut Hill to continue receiving the benefit of your shopping.  
Visit "Community Rewards" or call 800-576-4377 to re-enroll or to enroll for the first time.  
Walnut Hill Church's organization number is 46525. Contact the church office if you have any 
questions regarding your participation.

SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 - On Saturday, October 15, Walnut Hill will 
host a day-retreat titled, Exploring Our Spirituality Through Prayer.  This retreat will be both 
informative and experiential.  Watch for more details.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

  

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, August 21, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Gospel of Doubt

Join us for conversation this Sunday as we explore the 
presence of doubt in the life of faith.
 
Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - She Stood Up Straight
Text - Luke 13:10-17

Nursery Care and Sunday School for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Louisiana Flood Relief - Persons attending Walnut Hill 
this Sunday will have opportunity to contribute toward 
relief efforts on behalf of those affected by recent flooding
in south Louisiana.  Cash and checks payable to
Walnut Hill Church are welcome.  Donated funds will be 
sent to the area via Episcopal Relief & Development.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Greetings to all!

The Olympic Games provide not only an opportunity to enjoy the incredible skills of 
athletes from around the world, but also to be reminded of the importance of physical 
fitness and activity for ordinary persons. In his book, Fitness Is Religion, Ray Kybartas 
uses religious metaphors to talk about fitness.  His concluding paragraph is titled,
"Keep the Faith."

In the first chapter of this book I wrote that the nature of our daily work and existence 
is written on our physiques; that the imprint of a sedentary lifestyle can be read in one's 
posture, gait, and carriage…It is a lesson we must learn.  We cannot live only in our 
minds, or only in our bodies. There is a high price to pay for a disintegrated life.  An 
integrated person - body, mind, and spirit - is the goal of fitness.  You cannot care for 
your physical body if you do not nurture your mind and spirit, too.  In this book I have 
relied on religious metaphors to convey many of the ideas and concepts that are central 
to my philosophy of fitness.  If you are a religious person, I hope you will make fitness part 
of your spiritual regimen. If you are not a religious person, I hope you will acknowledge the 
connection between your psyche and your body.  Either way - whatever your commitment - 
fitness is the key to a long and satisfying life.  Get on the journey to fitness - and keep the 
faith!

The scripture lessons for Sunday, August 21…
Jeremiah 1:4-10
Hebrews 12:18-29
Luke 13:10-17

Sunday Conversations continue on Sunday, August 21, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  Our focus 
for this Sunday's conversation will be "The Gospel of Doubt."  Come enjoy a cup of coffee, 
join the conversation, or just listen in.

Nursery Caregiver Opening - Walnut Hill is currently seeking an individual to serve as
a Sunday morning nursery caregiver (10:30am - 12:30pm).  Candidates must be at least
18 years of age and pass a criminal background check.  Contact the church office (263-5304) 
for more information or to refer a possible candidate.

Louisiana Flooding - Gulf coast areas of Louisiana have experienced tremendous rain
and flooding in recent days.  Disruption, damage and loss of life have been significant.
Persons attending Walnut Hill this Sunday, August 21, will have opportunity to donate
to support relief efforts for affected communities and persons.  Cash and checks payable
to Walnut Hill Church will be accepted.  Donated funds will be sent to the area via
Episcopal Relief and Development. 

Kroger Community Rewards - August is re-enrollment month for the Community Rewards 
program through which Walnut Hill has received over $1,000 in the past year.  Participants 
must re-enroll and designate Walnut Hill to continue receiving the benefit of your shopping.  
Visit "Community Rewards" or call 800-576-4377 to re-enroll or to enroll for the first time.  
Walnut Hill Church's organization number is 46525. Contact the church office if you have any 
questions regarding your participation.

Trinity Hall Update - Work continues in the basement of Trinity Hall to prepare classroom 
and storage space to be shared between the church and the weekday school.  Feel free to 
stop by and have a look at the work in progress. 

SAVE THE DATE - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15 - On Saturday, October 15, Walnut Hill will 
host a day-retreat titled, Exploring Our Spirituality Through Prayer.  This retreat will be both 
informative and experiential.  Watch for more details.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward



 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, August 14, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Good Life

What makes for a good life?  What makes us healthy
and happy as we live our lives?  We will discuss three
important lessons for living a long, fulfilling, good life.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The Race That Is Set Before Us
Text - Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Sunday School for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.

****

The Vestry will meet at 10am in the upstairs office of
Trinity Hall.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Greetings to all!

Our family has just returned from a couple weeks vacation at the Outer Banks (NC),
and so we face the familiar challenge of all those who return to the "real world" after 
some time away. In her classic book, Gift from the Sea, Anne Morrow Lindbergh finds 
wisdom in "selective" shell hunting, in which one picks up only a few shells rather than 
as many as can be stuffed into one's pocket.

For the natural selectivity of the island I will have to substitute a conscious selectivity
based on another sense of values - a sense of values I have become more aware of
here.  Island-precepts, I might call them if I could define them, signposts toward
another way of living.  Simplicity of living, as much as possible, to retain a true
awareness of life.  Balance of physical, intellectual and spiritual life.  Work without
pressure.  Space for significance and beauty.  Time for solitude and sharing. Closeness
to nature to strengthen understanding and faith in the intermittency of life: life of the
spirit, creative life and the life of human relationships. A few shells.

School begins today in Fayette County and other communities.  Consider the following 
prayer as you see activity around the schoolhouse this week:

Almighty God, we beseech Thee with Thy gracious favor to behold our universities,
colleges and schools, that knowledge may 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 Worship Book)

The lectionary readings for Sunday, August 14….
Isaiah 5:1-7
Hebrews 11:29 - 12:2
Luke 12:49-56

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, August 14, 10am, in Trinity Hall.
Sunday Conversation topics vary from week to week.  As we like to say, come enjoy
a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just listen in.

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated this Sunday, August 14,
during Morning Worship.  

Sunday Hospitality - Thanks to all our hosts over these recent Sundays who have
provided hospitality for members, friends and visitors, including our visiting worship
leaders. The remaining Sundays of August, including this Sunday, August 14, are
open for your hospitality.  Use reply email or check the online sign up sheet to host
a Sunday upcoming.

Trinity Hall Update - Work continues in the basement of Trinity Hall to prepare 
classroom and storage space to be shared between the church and the weekday 
school.  Feel free to have a look at the work in progress on Sunday. 

Kroger Community Rewards - August is re-enrollment month for the Community
Rewards program through which Walnut Hill has received over $1,000 in the past
year.  Participants must re-enroll and designate Walnut Hill to continue receiving 
the benefit of your shopping.  Visit "Community Rewards" or call 800-576-4377 to 
re-enroll or enroll for the first time.  Walnut Hill Church's organization number is 46525.  
Contact the church office if you have any questions regarding your participation.

Thanks to all whose leadership and service made it possible for the Ward family
to enjoy a couple weeks of vacation and family time.  More than 20 persons took
on specific tasks that made it possible for Walnut Hill's ministry to continue without
interruption.  Thanks to all!

Peace to all,

Mike Ward  

 

 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sundays at Walnut Hill Church

The next several Sundays at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Thoughts About Prayer

Sunday Conversations are ongoing each Sunday.  
This Sunday's (7/24) conversation will include a video 
and discussion regarding our thoughts about prayer.

As we say, come enjoy a cup of coffee, join the
conversation, or just listen in.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sun, July 24 - Sandra Moon - Director of Alum and
Church Relations at Louisville Seminary
Sun, July 31 - John Cavendish - Pastor Emeritus
of Walnut Hill Church
Sun, Aug 7 -  James Stillwell - Pastoral Counselor
at the Interfaith Counseling Center

Nursery Care and Sunday School each Sunday

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.