Friday, January 13, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 15, at Walnut Hill Church…

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR, HOLIDAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Gazing at the Trinity

We will spend some time this Sunday "gazing" at the Trinity
through the art of Andrei Rublev.  Come, gaze with us, and
then we'll talk about what we "see."

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - I Am a Man
Text - Luke 10:25-37

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

Children's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children will begin their exploration of stories that have
been foundational to the Judeo-Christian tradition. This
Sunday they will explore the story(ies) of Creation as found
in Genesis 1 and 2.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

****

The Vestry will meet at 9:30am in the upstairs office of
Trinity Hall.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Greetings to all!

Monday, January 16, is the Martin Luther King, Jr, Holiday.  With that day in mind, 
consider an excerpt from Dr. King's "I Have Been to the Mountaintop" speech, which 
was offered (on the night before his death) in support of the Memphis sanitation 
workers' strike.  You might be able to recite the speech's ending by heart, but you
might be less familiar with the challenge he placed before his hearers to support those 
workers who were on strike…

Now, let me say as I move to my conclusion that we've got to give ourselves to this 
struggle until the end.  Nothing would be more tragic than to stop at this point in 
Memphis. We've got to see it through.  And when we have our march, you need to be 
there.  If it means leaving work, if it means leaving school — be there.  Be concerned 
about your brother. You may not be on strike.  But either we go up together, or we go 
down together.

(To read the full text of the speech, visit  "I've Been to the Mountaintop" )

The scripture lessons for Sunday, January 15…
Amos 5:18-24
James 5:1-5
Luke 10:25-37

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, January 15, 10:00am, in Trinity Hall.  
Our focus (quite literally) will be upon Andrei Rublev's painting, "The Trinity."  Come, 
have a gaze at this classic piece of Christian art, and join the conversation as we 
discuss what it might reveal about God and about us.

Faith Formation - During the winter and early spring children/youth Sunday morning
classes (11am) will focus on stories foundational to our Judeo-Christian tradition,
particularly stories from the Old Testament book of Genesis.  Watch the Friday 
updates for each Sunday's story of the day.

Mission Trip, 2017 - You might have heard that we are exploring the possibility of a 
"mission trip" to eastern Kentucky, working in partnership with Burnamwood 
Appalachian Ministry.  We are looking at a week (or long weekend) in June.  Use reply 
email to let us know if you are interested and/or would like some more information
about this mission experience for youth and adults.

Planning Team Report - It is not too late to offer your responses to the planning 
team recommendations and/or landscape concepts.  The program recommendations 
are available on the Walnut Hill Church website, and the landscape drawings are 
displayed for your review in Trinity Hall. Please offer your questions, suggestions, 
etc, to any Vestry member. The Vestry will be following up on these recommendations 
and concepts beginning with their first meeting of 2017.

A New Year of Hospitality - Visit our online sign up sheet to host our after worship
gathering some Sunday this winter.  Remember that after worship refreshments
need not be elaborate, just something simple to gather around as we visit after
worship. You may also use the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer to
volunteer. Thanks to all our after worship hosts!

MLK Day Events around town include:
*Sat, Jan 14, 9am - 4pm - Seeing the Face of God in Each Other, a 
workshop on racial reconciliation, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.  For
information and registration, visit Seeing the Face of God .
*Sun, Jan 15, 1pm - 3pm - Facilitating Racial Reconciliation, a forum,
at St. Michael's Episcopal Church.  For more information, visit Community Forum .
*Mon, Jan 16, 10am - MLK Day Freedom March and program at Heritage Hall
and other downtown locations.  Visit King Celebration for more information.

The Kentucky Council of Churches is sponsoring "Prayer in Action Days" during
the current session of the KY General Assembly.  The gatherings will be held each
Tuesday, 9:30am, in the Capitol Annex building and will focus on different issues 
before the G.A. during this session including wages, voting rights, justice reform and 
others.  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 February 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
silent auction items, bidding on silent auction items, or making a sponsorship
donation.  For more information, visit ISC Tennis Event .


Peace to all.

Mike Ward




Friday, January 6, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 8, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD
Visit by Bishop Bruce Caldwell

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

A Conversation with Bishop Caldwell

The Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell, Bishop Provisional of the
Episcopal Diocese of Lexington, will be our guest as
we talk together about the church, the world and the
life of faith.  

(Nursery care will be available for children.)

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Preaching - Bishop Bruce Caldwell

Reaffirmation of Baptism
The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

Chlldren's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

Symbols, Signs and Wonder - The children will explore 
the good news of God's love as found in the celebration 
of Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

****

In the case of inclement weather possibly affecting
our Sunday schedule, you may call the church phone
(859-263-5304) after 9am on Sunday morning.  Any
weather related changes will be posted on the church
phone's answering message.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Greetings to all!

In addition to a visit by Bishop Bruce Caldwell (see below), the "Baptism of the 
Lord" will provide our thematic focus this Sunday, January 8.  Regarding the 
tradition of Jesus' baptism, it is often reckoned to be a story of "vocation" in 
which Jesus received, clarified, and/or accepted his calling to bring the good 
news of God's love to the world.  While Jesus' vocation was unique to him, all 
of us are called by God to bring God's love to the world in ways unique to us.   
Whether at our baptism or at some other moment, we too are invited to accept 
our "vocation" and direct our lives toward it.  Perhaps this Sunday will provide an 
opportunity for you to do just that.

The scripture lessons for Sunday, January 8, the Baptism of the Lord…
Isaiah 42:1-9
Acts 10:34-43
Matthew 3:15-17

The Rt. Rev. Bruce Caldwell, Bishop Provisional of the Episcopal Diocese of 
Lexington, will be our guest on Sunday, January 8.  Bishop Caldwell will visit 
with us informally during the 10am hour, preach the sermon during 11am worship, 
and share with us in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Please join us as we affirm 
our ecumenical relationship with the Episcopal Diocese of Lexington.  For more 
information about the Diocese of Lexington, visit www.diolex.org .

Men's Coffee - The beginning of the new year provides an opportunity to remind
Walnut Hill men that you are invited to gather each Saturday, 8am, at Panera
Bread (Richmond Rd) for coffee and conversation.  This is a very informal gathering,
no formal program.  Feel free to stop by for as long or short a time as your schedule 
allows.  No rsvp required.

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, January 8, 10am, in Trinity Hall.
Our guest will be Bishop Bruce Caldwell who will talk with us about the Church,
our world and the life of faith.  Come, enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation,
or just listen in.  Nursery care will be provided.

A New Year of Hospitality - Visit our online sign up sheet to host our after worship
gathering some Sunday this winter.  Remember that after worship refreshments
need not be elaborate, just something simple to gather around as we visit after
worship. You may also use the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer to
volunteer. Thanks to all our after worship hosts!

Mission Trip, 2017 - With the holiday season rush now behind us, we can revisit 
a question that was raised before the season began, namely the possibility of a 
"mission trip" to eastern Kentucky, working in partnership with Burnamwood 
Appalachian Ministry.  We are looking at the possibility of a week (or part of a week) 
in June or July.  Use reply email to let us know if you might be interested and/or 
would like some more information.

Planning Team Report - It is not too late to offer your responses to the planning 
team recommendations and/or landscape concepts.  The program recommendations 
are available on the Walnut Hill Church website, and the landscape drawings are 
displayed for your review in Trinity Hall. Please offer your questions, suggestions, 
etc, to any Vestry member. The Vestry will be following up on these recommendations 
and concepts beginning with their first meeting of 2017.

The Kentucky Council of Churches is sponsoring "Prayer in Action Days" during
the current session of the KY General Assembly.  The gatherings will be held each
Tuesday, 9:30am, at the Capitol and will focus on different issues before the G.A.
during this session including wages, voting rights, justice reform and others.  For
a complete schedule and other details, visit Prayer in Action Days .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A New Year of Hospitality

Dear Walnut Hill Members and Friends:

What a wonderful holiday season we have just experienced at Walnut Hill including several special occasions of fellowship and hospitality.  The new year brings back more ordinary Sundays, but hopefully no less seasoned with hospitality.  I hope that your new year will include Sunday mornings at Walnut Hill for worship and fellowship.  With that in mind, this special email is being sent to invite you to visit Walnut Hill's online refreshment sign up sheet and to host one Sunday during the winter season.    Please note that we have openings beginning this Sunday, January 8.

Here is the link:  Online Refreshment Sign Up

If you prefer, you can navigate to the sign up sheet via the Walnut Hill Church website,  www.walnuthillchurchky.org .  ( select the tab "After Church Food Reservations")

When you get to the page, the process is quite simple:

*Select a Sunday that works for you, and click on "edit".

*Find your name in the dropdown box and select it

*If others are working with you, you can type their names in the "comments" box.

*Click "submit."

If you do not see your name in the dropdown box, that simply means we did not have your email on file at the time the list was created.  Let us know, and we will update it.  In the meantime, you can sign up by selecting "new" in the dropdown box and typing your name in the comments section.

If you have any questions or problems using the online sign up, simply let us know by reply email.  Also, you can still sign up via the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer.

Let me take this opportunity to remind us all how important the after worship gathering is for our life together at Walnut Hill as it provides opportunity for us to make and deepen acquaintances and friendships.

Let me also say that the after worship refreshments need not be elaborate, just something simple to gather around for our fellowship.

Please take a moment to select a Sunday, so that we might all enjoy a New Year of Hospitality!

Thanks to all our hosts!

Peace,

Mike Ward

Friday, December 30, 2016

This Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 1, at Walnut Hill Church…

EPIPHANY SUNDAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

A Look Back at 2016

We will review the "top 10 religion news stories" of 2016
according to the Religion News Association.  You might be
surprised at what made the list and what didn't.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - An Eye for Stars
Text - Matthew 2:1-12

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 your leftover holiday treats to share.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Greetings to All!

We find ourselves in what used to be called "Christmastide," those
days after Christmas (Dec 25) leading toward Epiphany (Jan 6)
during which the Church is invited to reflect on the meaning of the 
nativity and incarnation.  With that reflection in mind, consider these
thoughts, in the form of a prayer, by Frederick Buechner…

   Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born again into
our world.  Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is
pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come,
thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings.
   Holy Child, whom the shepherds and the kings and the beasts
adored, be born again.  Wherever there is boredom, wherever
there is fear of failure, wherever there is temptation too strong to
resist, wherever there is bitterness of heart, come, thou blessed
one, with healing in thy wings.
   Savior, be born in all who raise their faces to thy face, not
knowing fully who they are or who thou art, knowing only that thy
love is beyond their knowing and that no other has the power to
make them whole.  Come, Lord Jesus, to all who long for thee
even though they have forgotten thy name.  Come quickly. Amen.

(as found in Listening to Your Life, adapted)

The scriptures for Sunday, January 1, Epiphany Sunday…
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday Conversations resume this Sun, Jan 1, 10am, in Trinity 
Hall.  Come, enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just 
listen in.

Bring one (1) plate your leftover holiday treats for our after
worship gathering this Sunday, January 1, New Year's Day. 

Thanks…
to all who provided hospitality, decorations, treats, special
donations, and most of all your time to make this year's holiday
season a festive one at Walnut Hill Church.
…to all who contributed to the Innkeeper's Offering over this
past Christmas weekend, a total of $1,216. Your gifts are on their way 
to provide shelter and services to homeless women, children and 
families through the efforts of the Salvation Army.
…to 28 Walnut Hill households who support Walnut Hill by their
participation in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Walnut Hill 
recently received a $346 check from Kroger for the period, Sep - Nov.
…to several individuals and charitable foundations who have made 
generous end-of-year gifts to Walnut Hill helping us finish 2016 in a 
strong fashion.  End-of-year gifts must be postmarked by Dec 31 to
be counted as 2016 charitable donations.

Mission Trip, 2017 - With the holiday season rush now slowing
down, we can revisit a question that was raised before the season
began, namely the possibility of a "mission trip" to eastern Kentucky,
working in partnership with Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry.  We
are looking at the possibility of a week (or part of a week) in June
or July.  Use reply email to let us know if you might be interested
and/or would like some more information.

Planning Team Report - It is not too late to offer your responses to the 
planning team recommendations and/or landscape concepts.  The 
program recommendations are available on the Walnut Hill Church
website, and the landscape drawings are displayed for your review in 
Trinity Hall. Please offer your questions, suggestions, etc, to any Vestry 
member. The Vestry will be following up on these recommendations and 
concepts in the new year.

Happy New Year!

Mike Ward