Friday, April 20, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, April 22, at Walnut Hill Church…

EARTH DAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Report From Costa Rica

Ben Horman shares with us regarding his recent
experience as part of a youth mission team in Costa
Rica.

Nursery care available for young children.

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to
gather for music and singing in anticipation of their
upcoming Sunday morning presentation.

Confirmation Class, 10am, Trinity Hall

Confirmation candidates continue their exploration
of Christian life and practice.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The Body of Christ

Nursery care and faith formation for children/youth.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship & refreshments.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Greetings to all!

Barbara Pierce Bush, former First Lady of the United States, presidential 
wife and mother, literacy advocate, and forceful voice for various persons 
and causes, departed this life on April 17, 2018.  As tributes abound in
celebration of Mrs. Bush's life and legacy, I am reminded of a scripture 
passage, Proverbs 31, the spirit of which seems applicable to Mrs. Bush.
Peace be with her and her family.

This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, an occasion to reflect upon the Earth
and our relationship to it. To put it simply, we are "part" of the Earth, as are
our fellow creatures, along with the Earth's systems and elements, one
life giving and life sustaining whole. To be aware of our part in the whole
is to live with gratitude and care. To be unaware is to put ourselves and
other creatures at risk.  Consider the following prayer for the day…

We give you thanks, most gracious God,
for the beauty of earth and sky and sea;
for the richness of mountains, plains, and rivers;
for the song of birds
and the loveliness of flowers.
We praise you for these good gifts,
and pray that we might safeguard them for posterity.
Grant that we may continue to grow
in our grateful enjoyment of the earth,
to the honor and glory of your name,
now and forever.  Amen.
(from The Book of Common Worship)

The lectionary scriptures for April 22, the Fourth Sunday of Easter…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, April 22, 10am, as we hear 
Report from Costa Rica.  Ben Horman will be sharing with us his recent
experience as part of a mission team to Costa Rica. 

Opioid Crisis and the Church - Several Walnut Hill members shared
conversation last Sunday regarding how individuals and the church might 
respond to the opioid crisis.  Numerous suggestions were offered including: 
reducing the stigma attached to addiction, dispelling stereotypes, learning 
more about addiction, supporting organizations that provide housing and 
employment opportunities for persons in recovery … to name a few. Use 
reply email to share your ideas as we explore possible Walnut Hill 
responses. 

In the Community - The Theater Department of Bryan Station High
School will be presenting Once Upon a Mattress (an adaptation of the
classic story, The Princess and the Pea) this Thu - Sat (7pm) and
Sun (3pm) at the school.  Our own Ruby Sharrard is a member of the
cast.

One Great Hour of Sharing - The results are in and the total for this
season's One Great Hour of Sharing offering is $353, which we will
round up to $400 and send on its way to provide hunger relief, disaster
assistance and community development around the world. Thanks to 
all who contributed through collection boxes and special gifts.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


 

  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, April 15, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

What Can We Do?

We will talk about the current opioid crisis and what
we can do, as individuals and as a community, in
response to it.

Nursery care available for young children.

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to
gather for music and singing.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Look at My Hands!

The Sacrament of Baptism

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Greetings to all!

"Peace be with you."  Perhaps you recognize these words from some worship
service you've attended in the recent or more distant past.  Maybe you have 
heard them, with or without knowing it, in their Hebrew or Arabic variations at 
a Jewish or Muslim gathering. The phrase is a simple piece of tradition shared 
across religious boundaries. In this world of many differences, and divisions, 
these simple words might provide a bridge toward one another. Consider speaking 
them, or at least thinking them, when you meet a neighbor who is in some way 
different from you, and then do what is in your power to make real the peace you 
have wished upon him/her/them.  

The lectionary texts for April 15, the Third Sunday of Easter…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, April 15, as we consider the
"Opioid Epidemic and the Church: What Can We Do?" Join us for this important
conversation.

Children's Choir - Children through elementary age are invited to gather this 
Sunday, 10am, in Trinity Hall for music and singing as they prepare for a worship
hour presentation later this month.

Cemetery Project work continues.  Most of the fence line work and tree work 
is complete and debris is being removed.  Ahead will be the planting of new
trees, reconditioning of turf, and work on/around the bell tower.  Use reply email
if you have questions regarding the work completed and/or yet to be done.

Sermon Audio Recordings are available on the church website at the following
link: Sermons .  Feel free to access them for your listening and reflection.

Thinking About Summer…Camp - It is not too early to think about summer 
camp for children/youth.  Walnut Hill is privileged to have access to two excellent 
camp programs, Cathedral Domain and Camp Burnamwood.  Don't forget that 
Walnut Hill will sponsor one half the cost of attending camp for any Walnut Hill 
child or youth.  Visit Domain or Burnamwood for schedule and program information.

Thanks to the congregation and numerous individuals for your encouragement
to the Ward family during our recent family medical issues. We are doing much
better, and we are grateful to be part of a caring faith community.

Peace,

Mike Ward


  

 

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, April 8, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

MLK Plus 50

We will explore the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
with particular attention to how we might keep that
legacy alive and further it, using suggestions offered
by Michael Eric Dyson in his book Tears We Cannot
Stop: A Sermon to White America.

(nursery care available for young children)

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing in preparation for their music
presentation later this month.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Doubt and Belief

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

****

OGHS Last Call - This Sunday, Apr 8, is the last call for 
collection boxes and donations in support of the One
Great Hour of Sharing offering.  Place donations
(cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church) in,
and collection boxes around, the baskets in the Sanctuary
foyer.  Visit OGHS for more information about this
offering.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Greetings to all!

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated on the balcony
of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, TN.  Dr. King was in Memphis to support
the sanitation workers' strike in that city.  On the evening of April 3, Dr. King
delivered his final speech, often referred to as "The Mountaintop Speech."

…I don't know what will happen now.  We've got some difficult days ahead.
But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountain 
top.  And I don't mind.  Like anybody, I would like to live a long life; longevity 
has its place.  But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's 
will.  And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. 
And I've seen the promised land.  I may not get there with you.  But I want 
you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.  And 
I'm happy tonight, I'm not worried about anything.  I'm not fearing any man.  
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
(as found in The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr)

Magaret B. Grimes, a Friend of Walnut Hill Church, departed this life on 
March 24.  Margaret frequently visited Walnut Hill in years past when her 
husband, the late Dr. John Grimes, supplied the pulpit.  A memorial service 
will be held at a later date. Visit Margaret Grimes to view the obituary.

The lectionary texts for April 8, the Second Sunday of Easter…

Sunday Conversations resume this Sunday, April 8, 10am, in Trinity Hall.
This Sunday's conversation, "MLK plus 50," is prompted by this week's 50th 
anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Children's Choir - Children through elementary age are invited to gather
this Sunday, 10am, for music and singing in anticipation of a music
presentation later in the spring.

OGHS Last Call -This Sunday is the last call for collection boxes/donations
in support of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.  Place your collection
boxes and/or other donations in the baskets in the Sanctuary foyer.

Kroger Community Rewards - Walnut Hill has lately received a check in
the amount of $269, last quarter's proceeds of participation by 30 Walnut 
Hill households in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Thanks to all!

Summer Camp - It's not too early to begin making summer camp plans for
children and youth in your household.  Check out Cathedral Domain and
Camp Burnamwood for two excellent camps with program opportunities for
children and youth.  Remember that Walnut Hill Church will provide 50% 
sponsorship for any Walnut Hill child/youth attending a Burnamwood or
Domain camp program. 

Peace to all.

Mike Ward





Friday, March 30, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, April 1, at Walnut Hill Church…

EASTER SUNDAY
THE RESURRECTION OF THE LORD

Sunrise Service, 7am, Walnut Hill Cemetery

You are invited to gather for this sunrise celebration of the
Risen Christ.  Dress for the outdoors.  In the case of 
inclement weather, the service will be held in the Sanctuary. 
Refreshments following the service.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The End of the Story

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Bring one (1) plate of cookies or other treats to add to the 
refreshment table.

*****

The One Great Hour of Sharing offering will be received
on Easter Sunday.  Bring your OGHS collection boxes.
Cash and checks (payable to Walnut Hill Church) are also
welcome.  For more information regarding the One Great
Hour of Sharing, visit  OGHS  .

NOTE - The Stick Pick Up work day scheduled for
Saturday, March 31, has been CANCELLED. Thanks for
your willingness to serve and your patience with this
change.