Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Greetings to all!

Consider this different way of thinking about the season Advent…

Advent, meaning "the coming," is a time when we wait expectantly.  Christians
began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like
Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done.
And we wait in expectation for the full coming of God's reign on earth and for
the return of Christ, what God will yet do.  But this waiting is not a passive
waiting. It is an active waiting.  As any expectant mother knows, this waiting
also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth
involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community.  It is called labor for a
reason.  Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live with the
expectation of the coming of God's kingdom on earth.  As we wait, we also
work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world. 
(from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

Worship this Sunday, December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent…
*Preaching - Teresa Larson, an M.Div. student at Louisville Seminary
*Liturgist - Mike Ward

The Messiah, an exploration of the honorific titles often applied to Jesus as
found in Isaiah 9:6, continues this Sunday with a discussion of the title,
"Everlasting Father."  We will discuss what Isaiah might have had in mind
when he wrote/spoke these words, why the early Christians thought they
applied to Jesus, and what they might mean for us today.

THE WALNUT HILL CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held this Sun, Dec 16,
3pm - 5pm, at the Hilliard residence.  Bring an hors d'oeuvres or dessert item 
to share.  This gathering is intended for adults. Use reply email to request
more information.

Poinsettias- We will be decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas with traditional 
poinsettias and wreaths.  You can "sponsor" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make 
your check payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if 
your sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
                       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

THANKS…
to the children/youth and adults who presented the Christmas story in
music, reading, and costume this past Sunday.  It was a joy-filled occasion for
all.
…to all those who participated in the Giving Tree outreach this season.
Two car loads of gifts were delivered to the Nathaniel Mission for distribution
to children involved in their after school mentoring program.
…to the dozen youth who attended the annual Christmas Party at the
Ward residence this past Sunday evening.  It was a great evening of food,
games, and "fun" gifts, as well as 24 winter warmth items (gloves, hats, etc)
collected for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 9, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Children's Christmas Pageant

The Messiah, 10am, Trinity Hall (upstairs)

Mighty God

We continue our exploration of the four honorific titles
often applied to Jesus as found in Isaiah 9:6 and
featured in Handel's Messiah .

(Take note that we are meeting in the upstairs office
of Trinity Hall this Sunday.)

Pageant Practice, 10am, Trinity Hall

All children/youth participating in the Christmas
Pageant and music presentation are asked to arrive
at 10am for final practice, costumes, etc.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Children's Christmas Pageant and Presentation

Sermon - In Real Time
Text - Luke 3:1-6

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.

Youth Christmas Party, 5:30pm, Ward Residence

Middle & High School age youth are invited to gather
for a fun celebration of the season.  Bring a winter
warmth item (cap, scarf, gloves) for our neighbors at
the Catholic Action Center and a "fun" gift ($5 value
or less) for a random gift exchange.  Use reply email
for more information or to rsvp.

*****

The Giving Tree - Please return your Giving Tree gifts 
(wrapped with ornament attached) this Sunday, Dec 9.
They will be taken to the Nathaniel Mission on Sunday
afternoon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Greetings to all!

For these last several days our nation has paused to remember the
leadership and service of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first
President of the United States.  Of course, this remembrance is about
more than one individual, but rather about the Office of the President
and how important that office is to our well-being as a people.  Prayer
for the nation is appropriate at such a moment.  Consider this prayer
offered by President Bush on the occasion of his inauguration…

Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank you for your love.
Make us strong to do your word, willing to heed and hear your will,
and write on our hearts these words: use power to help people.
For we are given power not to advance our own purposes,
nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.
There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.
Help us remember, Lord. Amen.
(as spoken on January 20, 1989)

The lectionary texts for December 9, the Second Sunday of Advent…

The Messiah, an exploration of four honorific titles often applied to
Jesus, continues this Sun, Dec 9, 10am, in Trinity Hall as we explore the
title "Mighty God" (Isaiah 9:6). Use reply email if you would like to 
preview the study guide for this Sunday's conversation.

The Children's Pageant/Program is this Sun, Dec 9, 11am, in the
Sanctuary.  Children/youth are asked to arrive at 10am for final
preparations.  Use reply email for more information and/or contact
Lauren Fouts.

The Youth Christmas Party is scheduled for this Sun, Dec 9, 5:30pm,
at the Ward residence.  All middle and high school age youth are
invited.  Attendees are asked to bring a winter warmth item (cap,
scarf, hat) for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center and a
"fun gift" ($5 value or less) for our random gift exchange.  Use reply
email for more information or to rsvp. 

Poinsettias- As is our custom, we will be decorating the Sanctuary 
for Christmas with traditional poinsettias and wreaths.  You can help 
by "sponsoring" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable 
to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if your 
sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 9, 11am - Children's Pageant during morning worship.
     5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party at the Ward residence
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

Thanks to all who helped to make last Sunday's Christmas Potluck
a great success including our coordinators (the Bohmers and the
Hilliards), our great Walnut Hill chefs, and all those who attended.
It was a festive occasion!

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER on a Sunday morning an email
will be sent by 9am updating the status of activities that day.  A
voice update will also be available through the church phone
(859-263-5304) by 9am on Sunday morning.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward







Friday, November 30, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 2, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
CHRISTMAS POTLUCK

The Messiah, 10am, Trinity Hall

Wonderful Counselor

We are exploring the four titles ascribed to the Messiah
as found in Isaiah 9:6 and featured in the well-known
portion of Handel's Messiah"For Unto Us … " 

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing in anticipation of their Dec 9
presentation.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Advent Anxiety

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

All age groups will gather to prepare for the Dec 9
Christmas pageant/program.

Nursery care for infants/toddlers.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, Noon, Trinity Hall

Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert, and join us for this
delicious Walnut Hill tradition.  Meat and beverage
provided.

*****

THE GIVING TREE is up in Trinity Hall decorated
with ornaments suggesting gifts for children. Pick
up an ornament, purchase the suggested gift, and
return the wrapped gift and ornament by Dec. 9

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, December 2, is the First Sunday of Advent, the four-week
season anticipating and preparing for the Advent (coming) of Christ at
Bethlehem as well as his return to fulfill the divine work of redemption. 
It is a season of looking back at a moment when divinity acted in the world 
in a particular way, looking ahead to new activity that might be on the 
horizon, while at the same time taking stock of where we are now.  It can 
cause one's head to spin, but also fill us with wonder for what has been, 
what is, and what might/will be.  Let us take advantage of the season to 
discover what new thing God might be birthing into the world, into the 
church, and into our lives today.

The lectionary texts for December 2, the First Sunday of Advent…

The Messiah is the title of a four-week Advent conversation beginning
this Sun, Dec 2, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  We will be using a study authored
by Walter Brueggemann exploring the four royal titles often applied to
Jesus from Isaiah 9:6 (For unto us a child is born…).  This week's title
for consideration is "Wonderful Counselor."  Use reply email to request
a copy of the study guide for this Sunday's conversation.

THE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK is this Sunday, December 2, immediately
after morning worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us
for this delicious beginning to the holiday season.  Meat and beverage
will be provided.

The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall with several remaining "ornaments"
offering gift suggestions for children referred to us by the Nathaniel Mission   
Pick up an ornament, purchase the suggested gift, and return the gift (and 
ornament) by Sun, Dec 9.  For those who have picked up ornaments
we have received more detailed information regarding the age/gender of 
gift recipients.  Use reply email to request more detailed information about
your gift recipient.

Poinsettias- As is our custom, we will be decorating the Sanctuary for
Christmas with traditional poinsettias and wreaths.  You can help by
"sponsoring" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable to
Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if your sponsorship
is memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 9, 11am - Children's Pageant during morning worship.
     5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party at the Ward residence
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, November 23, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 25, at Walnut Hill Church…

CHRIST THE KING

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

A Classic Confrontation

We will explore the classic confrontation between Jesus of 
Nazareth and the Roman governor Pilate to discover what 
it might reveal about these two individuals and the nature 
of power in the world. You might want to review John 18/19 
to prepare for this conversation.

Chlldren's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for 
music and singing in anticipation of  their presentation on 
December 9.

Morning Worship, 11am, Trinity Hall

Sermon - The Truth

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-"Jesus Teaches Thankfulness" - Matthew 14:13-21
*Youth (high school)
-"Wonderful Revelation" - Revelation 1:4-8

*****

The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall decorated with
ornaments offering gifts suggestions for elementary age
children. Visit the tree, pick up an ornament, purchase
the suggested gift, and return the gift (and ornament)
by Dec 9.

*****

California Wildflowers - Persons wishing to contribute
toward the relief and support of persons affected by the
recent fires in California are invited to do so this Sunday,
Nov 25.  Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church
(memo: Wildfires) are welcome.  Look for collection boxes
in the Sanctuary foyer.  Walnut Hill contributions will be 
sent to the affected area via our Episcopal and Presbyterian
relief partners.




Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Greetings to all!

As you gather with family, friends, and neighbors this week to celebrate 
the Thanksgiving holiday, consider the following prayer…

Almighty and gracious God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the
earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.
Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the
provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to
the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.
(from The Book of Common Prayer)

The lectionary texts for November 25, the Sunday of Christ the King…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Nov 25, 10am, in Trinity Hall
with a conversation inspired by our gospel lesson (see above) for the 
Sunday of Christ the King.  The conversation is titled "Jesus and Pilate:
A Classic Confrontation." 

"The Giving Tree" will be up this coming Sunday, Nov 25, in Trinity Hall
decorated with "ornaments" suggesting gifts for children recommended
to us by the Nathaniel Mission.  You are invited to select an ornament,
purchase the suggested gift, and return the gift (with the ornament) by
Sunday, December 9.  This season's gift recipients are all participants in 
the Mission's after school tutoring program at Cardinal Valley Elementary 
School.

The Christmas Potluck will be held on Sun, Dec 2, immediately after
worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert, and join us for this delicious
start to the Advent/Christmas season.

Thanks…
*to all our Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing sponsors, preparers,
and deliverers who helped Walnut Hill provide the stuffing/dressing for
the Nathaniel Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov 20.
*to all those who made special gifts enabling Walnut Hill to send
over $300 to support relief efforts on behalf of those affected by the
recent California wildfires.  Our support is going to the affected area
via our ecumenical partners Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and
Episcopal Relief & Development.  In light of the severity of this crisis,
collection boxes will again be available for your contributions this
Sun, Nov 25.

The Advent Season - One special tradition of the Advent season is the
lighting of the Advent wreath during morning worship.  Individuals and
families are welcome and needed to lead this wonderful tradition.  Let us
know by reply email if you would like to "light the Advent candles" this
season (Dec 2, 9, 16, or 23).

Sanctuary Poinsettias - As is our custom, we will be decorating the 
Sanctuary with poinsettias and wreaths for the Christmas holiday. You
may "sponsor" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable
to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia), and be sure to let us know
if your sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Mike Ward