Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, September 24, at Walnut Hill Church…

Walking Through Scripture, 10am, Trinity Hall

Complaints, Musings and a Parable

This week's scripture walk takes us past the newly free,
and complaining, Israelites (Ex 16), an apostle musing 
about the purpose of life (Phil 1), and a farm where all
are paid the same (Matt 20).  Come and share your
thoughts and questions, or simply listen in.  

Nursery care available for young children.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon -  A Scandalous Generosity

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

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 be part of the Walnut Hill team
as we walk through downtown Lexington to raise
awareness and dollars to alleviate hunger in central
Kentucky and beyond.  Registration begins at 3pm.
For more information, visit 2017 CROP Walk .

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Greetings to all!

The recent string of "natural calamities" continues these days with another
hurricane in the Caribbean and a severe earthquake in Mexico.  These
natural occurrences combine with human-made political/military tensions 
to create a veritable tsunami of events.  I am reminded of Psalm 46 in
which the psalmist declares his trust in God in the midst of all that life
sometimes sends our way…

God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult…
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; God speaks, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
(Psalm 46, Revised Standard Version, edited)

In memory: Helen "Penny" Chenery, a Member of Walnut Hill Church,
departed this life on Saturday, September 16.  Memorial plans are pending.
Visit www.secretariat.com for more information regarding Penny's life and
legacy.

The lectionary texts for September 24, the 16th Sunday after Pentecost…
Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Walking Through Scripture - This week's walk through scripture takes
us past the well-known story of "the manna in the wilderness" (Ex 16) as
well as one of Jesus' most challenging parables, "the laborers in the
vineyard" (Mt 20).  Might there be an "echo" between these two scripture
texts?  Join us to talk about it this Sun, Sep 24, 10am, Trinity Hall.

Hurricane Relief - As of last Sunday, over $2,000 has been received in
special gifts to support relief efforts in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and
Irma.  Those gifts are on their way to the affected areas via Church World
Service.  Visit CWS appeals/updates for information on how our gifts are
being used.  Thanks to all!

CROP Walk -The Lexington CROP Walk steps off Sun, Sep 24, 3pm, at 
2nd Presbyterian Church.  All ages are invited to be part of the Walnut Hill 
team walking (3 miles) through downtown Lexington to raise awareness 
and dollars to alleviate hunger in central/eastern KY and beyond. The Walnut 
Hill Community Fund will sponsor any Walnut Hill walker in the amount of 
$35/walker.

Sunday Hospitality - Visit the online sign-up sheet to view opportunities to 
host our after worship refreshments for Sundays during the fall. Openings
include Sunday, September 24, and following Sundays through October.  
You may also visit the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer. Thanks 
to all our Sunday hosts!

Ecumenical Sunday is coming Oct 1, the annual celebration and exploration 
of Walnut Hill's identity as an "ecumenical church."  Our guest for the day 
will be the Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, former Executive Director of the Kentucky
Council of Churches.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward





Friday, September 15, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, September 17, at Walnut Hill Church…

FALL POTLUCK

Walking Through Scripture, 10am, Trinity Hall

Surveying the Landscape

We will take a quick look at the scripture territory through
which we will be walking this fall and then turn our attention
to questions, comments and insights regarding this week's
readings.  You will find the readings on this web page .

Nursery care will be available for young children.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Definitive Guidance

Nursery care and faith development for children/youth.

FALL POTLUCK, NOON, TRINITY HALL

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

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Hurricane Relief - Baskets are available in the Sanctuary
foyer to receive your contributions to support relief efforts
for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Cash and 
checks payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: "hurricanes")
are welcome.  All gifts will be sent to the affects areas via

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Greetings to all!

We began walking through scripture (see below) last Sunday.  One of the first 
sites along our path is the story of the Israelites crossing the "Red" Sea. Some
of us of a certain age have cinematic memory of Moses (aka Charleton Heston)
standing on the bank of the sea commanding the waters to part. Whatever the
actual event might have looked like, Israel remembered it as an occasion of
God's deliverance, making a way through what seemed an impossible barrier.
What are the barriers that loom before us, and how might God be providing a
way through them?  Quite an impressive site so early in our walk.

The lectionary texts for September 17, the 15th Sunday after Pentecost…
Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Walking Through Scripture - We gather this Sunday, September 17, 10am,
in Trinity Hall to share what we have "seen" in our walk through scripture this
week.  Take a few moments to read the lectionary texts above and then join
us to hear and share the sites along the way.

THE FALL POTLUCK will be held this Sunday, September 17, immediately
after morning worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us for this 
festive Walnut Hill tradition.  Meat and beverage provided.

HURRICANE RESPONSE - Thanks to all who have made special donations in 
response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma, a total of $1,800 over the past two 
Sundays.  Your gifts are on their way to the affected regions  through Church 
World Service.  To learn more about CWS efforts, visit Hurricane Response .

Sunday Hospitality - Visit the online sign-up sheet to view opportunities to
host our after worship refreshments for Sundays during the fall.  Openings
include Sunday, September 24, and following Sundays through October.  You 
may also visit the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer.  Thanks to 
all our Sunday hosts!

CROP Walk -The Lexington CROP Walk will be held on Sun, Sep 24, 3pm, at 
Second Presbyterian Church.  All ages are invited to be part of the Walnut Hill 
team walking (about 3 miles) through downtown Lexington to raise awareness 
and dollars to alleviate hunger in central/eastern KY and beyond.  The Walnut 
Hill Community Fund will sponsor any Walnut Hill walker in the amount of 
$35/walker.

Ecumenical Sunday is coming on Oct 1, the annual celebration and exploration 
of Walnut Hill's identity as an "ecumenical church."  Our guest for the morning 
will be the Rev. Nancy Jo Kemper, former Executive Director of the Kentucky
Council of Churches.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward



 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, September 10, at Walnut Hill Church…

Walking Through Scripture, 10am, Trinity Hall

Putting On Our Walking Shoes

We will begin our walk through the scriptures exploring some 
basic questions about the Bible such as, "What does it mean 
to say that the Bible is the Word of God?," as well as offering
some guiding principles for our journey.

Nursery care available for young children.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - An Aw(e)ful Night
Text - Exodus 12:1-14

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Hurricane Response - We continue to make available the 
opportunity to respond to Hurricane Harvey (and Irma) via 
Church World Service.  Your cash donations and checks 
payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: "hurricanes") may be 
placed in the baskets in the Sanctuary foyer. For information 
(or to support relief efforts online) visit www.cwsglobal.org .


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Greetings to all!

This week we are invited to begin, or continue, Walking Through Scripture
(see article below).  For many Christians the Bible is reckoned to be "God's 
word" to us.  Even so, what does it mean that God is speaking to us in this 
way, through texts so varied and sometimes problematic. Rowan Williams, 
former Archbishop of Canterbury, writes about the Bible…

How can all of this be addressed by God to us?  The simplest way in which
we can understand this is the one I have already hinted at: this is what God
wants you to hear.  God wants you to hear law and poetry and history.  God
wants you to hear the polemic and the visions.  God wants you to listen to
the letters and think about the chronicles.  And from the earliest days, 
Christians, like Jews before them and Jews now, wrestle with how exactly
you can then say, "The is the word of the Lord", the communication of God.
You cannot just go by surface meanings because surface meanings do not
immediately help you with understanding why God wants you to hear it.
This may be the word of God, but why exactly is it important to God that
you know it?
(from Being Christian)

The lectionary texts for September 10, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost…
Exodus 12:1-14
Psalm 149
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

Walking Through Scripture - Beginning Sep 10, join us Sundays, 10am,
in Trinity Hall, as we "walk through scripture" guided by the Sunday
lectionary readings.  Each session will include a brief presentation arising
from that day's texts and plenty of time for your questions, comments and
insights.  Whether the scriptures are well known to you or unfamiliar
territory, put on your "walking shoes" and join us.  Nursery care will be
available for young children.

The Fall Potluck is coming on Sun, Sep 17, immediately after morning
worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us for this delicious
Walnut Hill tradition.  Meat and beverage will be provided.

Men's Coffee - Walnut Hill men are invited to gather each Saturday, 8am,
at Panera (Richmond Rd) for coffee and conversation. No formal program,
but rather a simple opportunity to talk about whatever is on your mind.
Feel free to stop by for as long or short a time as your schedule allows.
No rsvp required.

Hurricane Harvey - Thanks to all those who made special contributions
last Sunday in support of relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey.  Thanks to
your generosity, $1,250 is on its way to the affected area via Church World
Service.  You can learn more about (and support) the Church World
Service response at www.cwsglobal.org .

CROP Walk - The Lexington area CROP Walk will be held on Sun, Sep 24,
3pm, at Second Presbyterian Church.  All ages are invited to be part of the
Walnut Hill team walking (about 3 miles) through downtown Lexington to
raise awareness and dollars to alleviate hunger in central/eastern KY and
beyond.  The Walnut Hill Community Fund will sponsor any Walnut Hill
walker in the amount of $35/walker.

ACE D.C. Trip -  The annual Athens Chilesburg Elementary School 5th 
Grade Class Trip to Washington, DC, is coming up in October. As in past 
years, several students will need sponsorship support in order to participate.  
Sponsorship is $499/student.  Your gift, in any amount, is welcome. Make 
your check payable to Walnut Hill Church, designated "ACE DC Trip."

Peace to all.

Mike Ward



Friday, September 1, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, September 3, at Walnut Hill Church…

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Extreme Hospitality

The sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

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Persons attending Walnut Hill Church on Sun, Sept 3,
will have opportunity to contribute to Hurricane Harvey
relief via Church World Service.  Make your check
payable to Walnut Hill Church, designated "Hurricane".
For information regarding Church World Service relief
efforts, visit www.cwsglobal.org .

Sunday Conversation (10am) is cancelled for Sept 3.
Join us for Walking Through Scripture beginning Sun,
Sept 10, 10am, in Trinity Hall.