Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, February 19, at Walnut Hill Church …

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Desert Mothers

We will view a video (featuring Cynthia Bourgeault) and 
discuss the presence and influence of women in the early 
centuries of Christian spirituality, including reflection on 
some of the sayings of these early Christian teachers.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The Holiness Code

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

Children/Youth Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children/youth continue moving through the faith
stories found in the book of Genesis.  This Sunday
finds us in Babel as the people come together to build
their famous Tower with an unexpected result

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Greetings to all!

Barbara and I were out for a walk the other day and came across a daffodil, blooming!  
One other day last week I happened past the boxwoods in front of the Sanctuary, and 
they were alive with bees.  It seems that February is the new April, although I expect 
that winter still might have a few tricks up its sleeve. That lone daffodil and those busy 
bees might be metaphors of boldness, or foolishness, or both, nature seizing an 
opportunity to bloom before its time.  I am reminded of an old hymn…

All beautiful the march of days, As seasons come and go;
The hand that shaped the rose hath wrought The crystal of the snow;
Hath sent the hoary frost of heaven, The flowing waters sealed,
And laid a silent loveliness On hill and wood and field.

O Thou from whose unfathomed law The year in beauty flows,
Thyself the vision passing by In crystal and in rose,
Day unto day doth utter speech, And night to night proclaim,
In ever-changing words of light, The wonder of Thy name.

(Frances Whitmarsh Wile, 1911)

The scripture lessons for Sunday, February 19…
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18
1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Matthew 5:38-48

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Feb 19, 10am, in Trinity Hall as we follow 
up a question raised last Sunday regarding the Desert Fathers (and Mothers) of early 
Christianity.  Watch for more details on Friday.

Children/Youth Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall - The children/youth continue their 
exploration of faith stories as found in the book of Genesis.  Watch the Friday update 
for more details regarding this Sunday's exploration.

Exploring Our Spirituality (EOS) is coming beginning Sun, Mar 5. This spring's 
EOS theme is "Praying With Scripture: The Gospel of John." The EOS program will 
include Sunday morning worship (11am), small group fellowship, Thursday evening 
prayer gatherings, and a study booklet available for individual and group use.

Thanks to the scouts, leaders and parents of Boy Scout Troop 41 for the inspiring 
and festive observance of "Scout Sunday" on Feb 12.

Mission Experience 2017 - We have focused in on the long weekend, June 9 -11, 
for our eastern Kentucky mission experience.  The cost per person will be $75, with 
scholarships available.  This opportunity is open to all persons, age 12 and above.  
Let us know by reply email if you would like to be part of this mission experience 
and/or if you have questions about your possible participation.

The Kentucky Council of Churches is sponsoring "Prayer in Action Days" during 
the current session of the KY General Assembly.  The gatherings are held each 
Tuesday, 9:30am, in the Capitol Annex building and focus on different issues before 
the G.A. during this session. For a complete schedule and other details, visit 

The 8th Annual Charity Tennis Event to benefit Indian Summer Camp (ISC) 
will be held on Feb 17 at the Lexington Tennis Club.  ISC provides camping
experiences for children who have (or have had) cancer.  You can support the 
Tennis Event in a number of ways including being a player participant, donating a
silent auction item, bidding on silent auction items, or making a sponsorship 
donation.  For more information, visit ISC Tennis Event .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward





    

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, February 12, at Walnut Hill Church …

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Gospel of Mary

We will view and discuss a video in which Renita Weems
explores how the church and the world might have been,
and still could be, different if voices like that of Mary
Magdalene would have been (would be) given place in the
halls of leadership.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Conversation Starters
Text - Matthew 5:21-48

Scout Sunday - We will recognize and celebrate the
scouting tradition.  Scouts are invited to attend in uniform.

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

Children/Youth Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children/youth continue their exploration of faith stories
as found in the Book of Genesis, this Sunday focusing on
the story of siblings Cain and Abel.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.

Youth Bowling, 5:30pm, Southland Lanes

Youth are invited to gather for bowling at Southland Lanes.
Cost is $5/game plus shoe rental.  We might bowl two games.
Pizza will be provided.  Guests are welcome.  Rsvp to
Lauren or via reply email.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Greetings to all!

How do we start our day?  In addition to breakfast, is the beginning of our day filled
with anxiety about the world and/or our own lives, as well as less than pleasant 
exchanges with others in our home who are equally anxious about, or preoccupied
by, the day ahead? In his classic book on Christian community (including the Christian 
home), Dietrich Bonhoeffer offered a different thought about starting our day.  How
might we transform our daily beginnings for ourselves and those with whom we live?

For Christians the beginning of the day should not be burdened and oppressed with 
besetting concerns for the day's work.  At the threshold of the new day stands the 
Lord who made it. All the darkness and distraction of the dreams of night retreat before 
the clear light of Jesus Christ and his wakening Word.  All unrest, all impurity, all care 
and anxiety flee before him. Therefore, at the beginning of the day let all distraction 
and empty talk be silenced and let the first thought and the first word belong to him to 
whom our life belongs.  "Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ 
shall give thee light" (Eph 5:14).
(from Life Together)

The scripture lessons for Sunday, February 12…
*Deuteronomy 30:15-20
*1 Corinthians 3:1-9
*Matthew 5:21-27

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Feb 12, 10am, in Trinity Hall. The focus 
for this Sunday's conversation will be "The Gospel of Mary," a video presentation by
Renita Weems who explores how things might have been different in the church, and
in the world, if Mary and other marginalized voices had been "heard" in the early days
of Christianity, and how things might still change today.

Children/Youth Focus - During the 11am hour the children/youth are exploring the 
faith stories found in the book of Genesis.  This Sunday we continue our exploration
of the Eden stories, with particular attention to the story of Cain and Abel.

Scout Sunday - All scouts are invited to attend in uniform this Sunday, February 12, 
as we will be observing "Scout Sunday" at Walnut Hill. The service will include a 
recognition of scouting led by various scouts.

Youth Bowling - The youth will meet this Sunday (2/12) at Southland Lanes from 
5:30 - 7pm.  Guests are welcome.  Please rsvp to Lauren before Sunday, so that we 
might know how many lanes are needed.  Cost is $5/game, including shoe rental.  We 
may have time for two games!  The church will provide pizza.

SOUPER BOWL WRAPUP - Not only did the Super Bowl turn out well for the
Patriots, the Souper Bowl turned out well for Walnut Hill and our neighbors.  It was 
a fun and delicious time.  The great soup was matched only by the abundant 
generosity of those present as over $300 was raised to support the work of God's
Pantry.  Thanks to all!

Mission Experience 2017 - We have focused in on the long weekend, June 9 -11, 
for our eastern Kentucky mission experience.  The cost per person will be $75, with 
scholarships available.  This opportunity is open to all persons, age 12 and above.  
Let us know by reply email if you would like to be part of this mission experience 
and/or if you have questions about your possible participation.

The Kentucky Council of Churches is sponsoring "Prayer in Action Days" during 
the current session of the KY General Assembly.  The gatherings are held each 
Tuesday, 9:30am, in the Capitol Annex building and focus on different issues before 
the G.A. during this session. For a complete schedule and other details, visit 

The 8th Annual Charity Tennis Event to benefit Indian Summer Camp (ISC) 
will be held on Feb 17 at the Lexington Tennis Club.  ISC provides camping
experiences for children who have (or have had) cancer.  You can support the 
Tennis Event in a number of ways including being a player participant, donating a
silent auction item, bidding on silent auction items, or making a sponsorship 
donation.  For more information, visit ISC Tennis Event .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, February 3, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, February 5, at Walnut Hill Church…

"SOUPER" BOWL OF CARING

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Do You Know Who You Are?

In recognition of the beginning of Black History Month
we will view and discuss a video presentation by the
Rev Otis Moss III , pastor of Trinity Church (Chicago)
and speaker at Lexington's recent MLK, Jr, holiday
celebration.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - At Your Service
Text - Isaiah 58:1-12

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Faith Development for children/youth

Children's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children/youth continue their exploration of stories
found in the Book of Genesis, this week focusing on a
case of sibling rivalry as found in the story of "Cain and
Abel" (Gen 4).

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

"SOUPER BOWL" - Come enjoy a bowl(s) of delicious
soup and make a donation to support the work of


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Greetings to all!

"No man is an island," so goes a famous verse.  So too, no nation (or its people) 
is an island.  I am reminded of some thoughts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, 
regarding the "interdependence" of humanity, thoughts perhaps more applicable
today than when Dr. King first spoke them.

All [people] are interdependent.  Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas 
and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed.  
Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally "in the red." We are everlasting 
debtors to known and unknown men and women. When we arise in the morning, we 
go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge, which is provided for us by a 
Pacific islander.  We reach for soap that is created by a European.  Then at the 
table we drink coffee, which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a 
Chinese, or cocoa by a West African.  Before we leave for our jobs we are already
beholden to more than half of the world.

(as found in The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr)

The scripture lessons for Sunday, February 5 …
Isaiah 58:1-12
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, February 5, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  
In recognition of Black History month, this Sunday's conversation will feature a video 
presentation by the Rev. Otis Moss III , who recently spoke at Lexington's MLK, Jr, 
holiday observance.

Children's Focus:  The children and youth continue their Sunday morning, 11am,
exploration of foundational stories from the book of Genesis.  This Sunday's focus 
will be a story of sibling rivalry (Cain and Abel) as found in Genesis 4.

"SOUPER" BOWL - This Sunday, February 5, is "Souper" Bowl  Sunday.  Join us 
after worship for a delicious bowl of soup and make a donation to support hunger 
relief in central and eastern Kentucky. Let us know by reply email if you would 
like to provide a pot of soup for this Sunday's Souper Bowl.

Mission Experience 2017 - We have focused in on the long weekend, June 9 -11, 
for our eastern Kentucky mission experience.  The cost per person will be $75, with 
scholarships available.  This opportunity is open to all persons, age 12 and above.  
Let us know by reply email if you would like to be part of this mission experience 
and/or if you have questions about your possible participation.

The Kentucky Council of Churches is sponsoring "Prayer in Action Days" 
during the current session of the KY General Assembly.  The gatherings are 
held each Tuesday, 9:30am, in the Capitol Annex building and focus on different 
issues before the G.A. during this session. For a complete schedule and other 
details, visit Prayer in Action Days .

The 8th Annual Charity Tennis Event to benefit Indian Summer Camp (ISC) 
will be held on Feb 17 at the Lexington Tennis Club.  ISC provides camping
experiences for children who have (or have had) cancer.  You can support the 
Tennis Event in a number of ways including being a player participant, donating a
silent auction item, bidding on silent auction items, or making a sponsorship donation.  
For more information, visit ISC Tennis Event .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Greetings to all!

"No man is an island," so goes a famous verse.  So too, no nation (or its people) 
is an island.  I am reminded of some thoughts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, 
regarding the "interdependence" of humanity, thoughts perhaps more applicable
today than when Dr. King first spoke them.

All [people] are interdependent.  Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas 
and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have contributed.  
Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally "in the red." We are everlasting 
debtors to known and unknown men and women. When we arise in the morning, we 
go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge, which is provided for us by a 
Pacific islander.  We reach for soap that is created by a European.  Then at the 
table we drink coffee, which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a 
Chinese, or cocoa by a West African.  Before we leave for our jobs we are already
beholden to more than half of the world.

(as found in The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr)

The scripture lessons for Sunday, February 5 …
Isaiah 58:1-12
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Matthew 5:13-20

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, February 5, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  
In recognition of Black History month, this Sunday's conversation will feature a video 
presentation by the Rev. Otis Moss III , who recently spoke at Lexington's MLK, Jr, 
holiday observance.

Children's Focus:  The children and youth continue their Sunday morning, 11am,
exploration of foundational stories from the book of Genesis.  This Sunday's focus 
will be a story of sibling rivalry (Cain and Abel) as found in Genesis 4.

"SOUPER" BOWL - This Sunday, February 5, is "Souper" Bowl  Sunday.  Join us 
after worship for a delicious bowl of soup and make a donation to support hunger 
relief in central and eastern Kentucky. Let us know by reply email if you would 
like to provide a pot of soup for this Sunday's Souper Bowl.

Mission Experience 2017 - We have focused in on the long weekend, June 9 -11, 
for our eastern Kentucky mission experience.  The cost per person will be $75, with 
scholarships available.  This opportunity is open to all persons, age 12 and above.  
Let us know by reply email if you would like to be part of this mission experience 
and/or if you have questions about your possible participation.

The Kentucky Council of Churches is sponsoring "Prayer in Action Days" 
during the current session of the KY General Assembly.  The gatherings are 
held each Tuesday, 9:30am, in the Capitol Annex building and focus on different 
issues before the G.A. during this session. For a complete schedule and other 
details, visit Prayer in Action Days .

The 8th Annual Charity Tennis Event to benefit Indian Summer Camp (ISC) 
will be held on Feb 17 at the Lexington Tennis Club.  ISC provides camping
experiences for children who have (or have had) cancer.  You can support the 
Tennis Event in a number of ways including being a player participant, donating a
silent auction item, bidding on silent auction items, or making a sponsorship donation.  
For more information, visit ISC Tennis Event .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward