Friday, October 12, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 14, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It "is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

Let the Earth Bring Forth Life

Our exploration of the universe around and within us continues
with a conversation regarding the wonder of the evolutionary
process leading to life as we see it today.

(nursery care available for young children)

What Time Is It, 10am, Trinity Hall

Older children are invited to gather for conversation about the 
seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, etc).

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Entering the Kingdom of God

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Hearers of the Word  (older elementary)
"God Cares for You and All Creation" - Matthew 6

*Youth (high school)
"God's Amazing Claim" - Mark 10

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Hurricane Michael  - Persons attending Walnut Hill this Sunday
will have opportunity to contribute toward the relief of those affected 
by Hurricane Michael. Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill 
Church (memo: Michael) are welcome. Walnut Hill contributions 
will go to the affected area via Episcopal Relief and Development .


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Greetings to all!

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report this 
week describing the serious effects of climate change already being observed,
as well as others that might be seen as soon as 2040, well within the lifespan 
of our children, if not our own. For people of faith, stewardship of the Earth is 
part of our identity as creatures made in the image of God and placed "in the
garden to till and keep it" (Gen 2). However accurate the report's predictions 
might (or might not) be, it is our calling as God's people to care for this Earth 
as a religious expression to our Creator as well as a practical responsibility to
our children and grandchildren. Let us all look for ways to care for the Earth 
in our own living and encourage those in positions of power to do the same in
regard to the policies and practices that influence communities and nations.    

In memory: Jacob "Jake" Hughes Graves III, a member of Walnut Hill
Church, departed this life on Oct 6, 2018, at his home, "Leafland," in the 
company of his family. Services for Jake will be held on Sat, Oct 13, 11am,
at Milward's (Trent Blvd).  For the full obituary, visit J. H. Graves III .

In celebration: Emily Grace Talbott and Tanner Scott Perdue were married
on Sat, Oct 6, at Christ Church Cathedral.  Emily is a member of Walnut Hill
Church.

The lectionary texts for October 14, the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

It "Is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within us, continues
this Sunday with a session titled, "Let the Earth Bring Forth Life," as we
explore the evolution of life on our planet. In case you missed last Sunday,
we explored the "pre-biotic" earth, including a glimpse at what life within
a cell might look like if it could be sufficiently magnified.  Check it out via
this video .

A Community of Caring - We are looking for a few good recruits to form
a team to help extend the care of the Walnut Hill community to members
and friends who, from time to time, might be in need of some special 
attention.  Use reply email to request more information.

Vestry Nominees - The Vestry election season will soon be upon us.  With
that in mind, we are inviting suggestions for persons to serve on the Vestry,
Class of 2021.  As is our custom, we are particularly looking for two male
nominees to replace two male Vestry members who are completing their
service this year, thus retaining an equal number of men and women serving
on the Vestry.  Please share your nominee suggestions with Senior Warden
Bob Watt.

In the Community-
-A House Divided is the theme of this year's Annual Assembly of the
Kentucky Council of Churches to be October 25 - 26, at Jeffersontown
Christian Church (Louisville).  Visit Annual Assembly for more information.
-Brunch and Bellinis for Buckhorn is the title of an event to be held
on Sat, Nov 10, 11am - 1pm, at the Idle Hour Country Club, to benefit
Buckhorn Children and Family Services.  Cost is $25/person.  Activities
include a brunch and silent auction.  For information and/or reservations, 

Peace to all.

Mike Ward 

 


Friday, October 5, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 7, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

It "Is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

Let the Waters Teem With Life…or at Least What Makes for Life

Our exploration of the universe around and within us continues 
this Sunday as we take a dip in the primordial oceans looking 
for the precursors of life on our planet.

(Nursery care available for young children)


What Time Is It, 10am, Trinity Hall

Older children are invited to gather for conversation about the 
seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, etc) including, this 
Sunday, the various "colors" of the church year.


Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - God and Job: A Relationship
Text - Job 1:1; 2:1-10 (see note below)

The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way Hearers of the Word 
-(elementary and middle school)
-"In Jesus' Name" - Mark 10:2-16 -experiencing welcome
as God's children

*Youth will join the congregation in worship for the Sacrament

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Hand Chimes, after worship, Sanctuary

Grab a quick refreshment and join us in the Sanctuary for some
fun and practice with hand chimes.  No experience necessary.

*****

Indonesia Earthquake/Tsunami  - Persons attending Walnut Hill 
this Sunday will have opportunity to contribute toward the relief of
those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: Indonesia)
are welcome.  Walnut Hill contributions will go to the affected area 

*****

Sunday Sermon Text - This Sunday's sermon is a reflection on
the story of Job incorporating the next four Sunday Old Testament
lectionary lessons: Job 1:1; 2:1-10  , Job 23:1-9, 16-17  , Job 38:1-7 , 
Job 42:1-6, 10-17  .  You might want to read all four texts in
advance and/or reacquaint yourself with the story of Job .




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Greetings to all!

Last weekend the Waldmann family had opportunity to gather with siblings and 
spouses to memorialize a brother(in-law) who died this past summer.  It was 
not a typical church/cemetery service and burial, but it was nonetheless fitting 
for the loved one being remembered. In the midst of it all, I was made aware of 
how ordinary, even unusual, places can become "sacred spaces" where one 
can glimpse beyond the material to see that which might not be material but no 
less real. Such "thin places," as the ancient Celts used to call them, can be 
found most anywhere. It serves as a reminder to always keep one's eyes, ears, 
and heart open for those spaces and moments when there might be something 
more to be seen than immediately meets the eye.

The lectionary texts for October 7, the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

It "is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within us, continues
this Sun, Oct, 7, with a session titled "Let the Waters Teem with Life… or at 
Least What Makes for Life."  We will take a dip in the primordial sea in search 
of the precursors of life on our planet.  Join us!

A Host(s) is needed for our after worship refreshments this Sun, Oct 7. Use 
reply email to volunteer for this Sunday, or visit the online sign up sheet for 
hosting opportunities later in the fall.  Thanks to all our Sunday hosts!

CROP WALK REPORT - Seventeen walkers (including one four-legged
participant) represented Walnut Hill Church at last Sunday's Lexington area 
CROP Walk.  Their active participation combined with several special
financial gifts yielded a total Walnut Hill contribution over $700 to support
hunger relief locally and around the world.  Congratulations to the Walnut
Hill Team and congregation!

Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami - As you are likely already aware, on 
Fri, Sep 28, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was stuck by a 7.5 magnitude 
earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami causing massive destruction 
and many casualties.  Our ecumenical partner, Church World Service, is 
responding as are many governments and relief organizations. To support 
Church World Service efforts, visit Indonesia Tsunami .

A Community of Caring - We are looking for a few good recruits to form
a team to help extend the care of the Walnut Hill community to members
and friends who, from time to time, might be in need of some special 
attention.  Use reply email to request more information.

Vestry Nominees - The Vestry election season will soon be upon us.  With
that in mind, we are inviting suggestions for persons to serve on the Vestry,
Class of 2021.  As is our custom, we are particularly looking for two male
nominees to replace two male Vestry members who are completing their
service this year, thus retaining an equal number of men and women serving
on the Vestry.  Please share your nominee suggestions with Senior Warden
Bob Watt.

Thanks to all those who, in ways obvious and behind the scenes, made
it possible for Barbara and I to gather with family this past weekend to
memorialize Barbara's brother, Jim Waldmann.  

Peace to all.

Mike Ward



Friday, September 28, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, September 30, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It "Is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Heavens

It "Is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within 
us continues as we lift our gaze toward "The Heavens" as
they were viewed in biblical times and as they are viewed
today.

(nursery care available for young children)

What Time Is It, 10am, Trinity Hall

Older children are invited to gather for conversation about
the seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, etc) including
"Ordinary Time."

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Esther: What Is She Doing in the Bible?
Texts - Psalm 124 and Esther 4:9-17**
Worship Leader/Preacher - Mr. William "Bill" Reed 


Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way (younger elementary)

*Hearers of the Word (older elementary)
-"Who is the Greatest?" - James 3 and Mark 9

*Youth (middle/high school)

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

CROP Walk, 3pm, Second Presbyterian Church

All ages are invited to walk with the Walnut Hill Team in 
the Greater Lexington CROP Walk to raise awareness
and dollars to alleviate hunger locally and around the
world.  All Walnut Hill walkers will be sponsored by the
church ($35/walker).  Upon arrival at the walk, be sure
to check in with our Team Leader, Nell Horman.



Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Greetings to all!

We are now three weeks into our exploration of the universe around us and 
within us titled, It "Is" Good (see below). So far our journey has included a visit 
to the beginning of time, as we know it, in the "Big Bang," a glimpse into the 
chemical elements of all matter, and a reminder that below our feet is a maze 
of pools, streams, and springs providing the water that we drink each day. We 
still have long way to travel including a trip into the heavens, a dip into the 
primordial soup before life began on earth, and an introduction to the wonder
of biological evolution. It is a remarkable journey. Come and join us!

The lectionary texts for September 30, the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

It "Is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within us, continues
this Sunday, September 30, 10am, in Trinity Hall, with a session titled, "The
Heavens."  Join us as we gaze into the sky above as it was seen in biblical
times and as it is seen today. 

The Lexington CROP Walk will be held this Sunday, September 30, 3pm,
at Second Presbyterian Church downtown.  You are invited to be part of the
Walnut Hill team, joining folks from various churches around the area, as we
walk to raise awareness and dollars to alleviate hunger around the world.
Persons walking with the Walnut Hill team will be sponsored by the church in 
the amount of $35/each. Visit the CROP Walk Website for more information.

Thanks to all those who made recent special gifts enabling Walnut Hill to…
…sponsor six students to participate in the Athens Chilesburg Elementary
School 5th grade trip to Washington, DC.
…reach out to our neighbors in the Carolinas via our ecumenical partners

Sunday Hosts - There are several open Sundays for our after worship
hospitality in October and November.  Visit the online sign up sheet to
volunteer.  Thanks to all our hosts!

A Community of Caring - We are looking for a few good recruits to form
a team to help extend the care of the Walnut Hill community to members
and friends who, from time to time, might be in need of some special 
attention.  Use reply email to request more information.

Vestry Nominees - The Vestry election season will soon be upon us.  With
that in mind, we are inviting suggestions for persons to serve on the Vestry,
Class of 2021.  As is our custom, we are particularly looking for two male
nominees to replace two male Vestry members who are completing their
service this year, thus retaining an equal number of men and women serving
on the Vestry.  Please share your nominee suggestions with Senior Warden
Bob Watt.

In the Community…
…St. Michael's Episcopal Church is hosting a conference on "The Gifts
and Challenges of Aging" on Sat, Oct 6.  Visit conference flyer for more
information.
…The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington is hosting a conference titled,
"Ministry for Everybody," on Sat, Oct 13, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church
in Winchester.  Visit event flyer for more information.
…The Presbytery of Transylvania is hosting a fall mission conference,
Oct 19 - 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Winchester, reflecting on the
"have to's'" of mission.
…The Kentucky Council of Churches will hold its Annual Assembly, 
Oct 25-26, at Jeffersontown Christian Church (Louisville).  The theme
of this year's assembly is "A House Divided."  Visit assembly flyer for
more information.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, September 21, 2018

This Weekend at Walnut Hill Church

This weekend, September 22-23, at Walnut Hill Church…

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Walnut Hill Chimes, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Sanctuary

All ages (adults, youth, older children) are invited to gather for learning, 
practice and fun using hand chimes .  No prior music (or chimes) 
experience required.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
The 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It "Is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Dry Land and the Sea

It "Is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within us, 
continues Sunday with a session titled, "The Dry Land and the Sea," 
focusing on the interplay of land and water on earth.  Our guest 
presenter for the morning will be Dr. Alan Fryar  from the University 
of Kentucky. 

(Nursery care available for young children)

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Welcoming All God's Children
Text - Mark 9:30-37

(children's song presentation - children are asked to gather at 
10:55am)

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way (younger elementary)
-"Servant Leadership" - Mark 9

*Hearers of the Word (older elementary)
-"Taming the Tongue" - James 2

*Youth (mid/high school)
-"True Greatness" - Mark 9

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Hurricane Florence Relief - Persons attending Walnut Hill this
Sunday are invited to make special contributions to support relief 
and recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Checks 
payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: Florence) and cash are 
welcome.  Walnut Hill's contributions will go to the affected area 
via our ecumenical partner, Church World Service .