Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Greetings to all!

You might already be on your way to this year's Thanksgiving gathering,
or perhaps anticipating some loved one's arrival.  Whether special or
ordinary, grand or simple, let us all take some time this week to share 
gratitude in thought, word and deed.  Consider this prayer for your use…

The eyes of all things look up to and trust in Thee, O Lord. Thou givest
them their food in due season; Thou dost open Thy hand and fill with
Thy blessing every living thing.  Good Lord, bless us and all Thy gifts,
which we receive of Thy bounteous generosity; through Jesus Christ
our Lord.  Amen.

(as found in the Walnut Hill Worship Book)

The lectionary texts for November 26, the Sunday of Christ the King…

Walking Through Scripture conversation continues this Sun, Nov 26,
as our walk takes us by Ezekiel's oracle regarding the shepherds of
Israel, Paul's musings about the Lordship of Christ, and Jesus' Parable
of the Sheep and the Goats (see texts above).  Come and share your
questions, comments, and insights.

The Giving Tree is soon to be up in Trinity Hall.  The Giving Tree is
decorated with ornaments that provide gift suggestions for children and
households referred by the Nathaniel Mission.  Stop by and pick up an
ornament, purchase the suggested gift, and return the gift (and ornament)
to Walnut Hill by December 17.

The Christmas Potluck is coming on Sun, Dec 3, immediately after
Morning Worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert, and join us for
this delicious holiday season tradition.  Meat and beverage will be
provided.

Christmas Cards - A limited number of Walnut Hill Christmas cards
(2016 edition) are available for your purchase in the Sanctuary foyer.

Christmas Poinsettias - As is our custom, we will be decorating the
Sanctuary for Christmas this season, including Christmas poinsettias.
You may "sponsor" a poinsettia for $20.  Make your check payable
to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Please indicate if your
sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone.

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who made it possible for
Walnut Hill to deliver 16 pans of delicious dressing for the Nathaniel
Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner, which was held on Tuesday
evening.  The folks at the mission are grateful.  Thanks also to
Critchfield Meats who have been our business partners in this project
for several years.

Kits - The Walnut Hill Sunday School is gathering supplies for Church 
World Service Hygiene Kits and School Kits.  These kits are distributed 
in communities affected by natural disasters.  Visit Hygiene Kits and 
School Kits for a list of eligible items.  Bring items to Walnut Hill over the 
next several weeks.  The kits will be assembled and shipped in January.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike Ward



Friday, November 17, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 19, at Walnut Hill Church…

Walking Through Scripture, 10am, Trinity Hall

"Go for It!"

This Sunday's walk through scripture includes the story
of Deborah, Paul's warnings about the sudden nature of
Christ's return, and Jesus' Parable of the Talents. Come
share your questions, comments and insights.

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for 
music and singing in anticipation of their December 10
Christmas presentation.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Deborah

The Sacrament of Baptism

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

Congregational Meeting, Noon, Sanctuary

All Members and Friends are encouraged to attend the
annual congregational meeting.  Business will include the
election of Vestry members/officers, presentation of the
2018 budget, action on the Pastor's 2018 terms of call,
and consideration of a revised Constitution & By-Laws 
document.

Thanksgiving Worship, 6pm, Episcopal Church of the
Resurrection

All are invited to an ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship service 
at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (3220 Lexington 
Road, Nicholasville - just south of Brannon Crossing).  An 
offering and non-perishable food items will be received for the 
Jessamine County Food Pantry.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Greetings to all!

In her book, Being Home, Gunilla Norris offers spiritual reflections on
everyday household chores and experiences, including one that we
might find ourselves doing these days, "Laying a Fire."

Old newspapers rolled into butterflies-
a black and white nest of them.
Then comes the kindling - bits of this and that
gathered and placed on the paper.  Last, the logs.
The fire is laid and is without flame.

So often I am waiting like this, unlit,
longing for Your presence.
I can find the discipline, by habit mostly,
to lay a readiness inside myself.
But until you strike the match
there is no passion, no heat.

Let me be content to watch
for the stirring of Your flame.
Let me learn to be ready, to wait, to have no light.
Help me to trust that this, too, is obedience
…that flamelessness can also be
a kind of burning.

The lectionary texts for Nov 19, the 24th Sunday after Pentecost…

Walking Through Scripture conversations continue this Sunday,
Nov 19, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  This week's walk includes the story
of Deborah, Paul's counsel regarding the coming the Lord, and 
Jesus' Parable of the Talents (see texts above).

Children's Choir - Children through elementary age are invited to 
gather for music and singing in anticipation of their Christmas 
presentation on December 10.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Walnut Hill Church
will be held this Sunday, November 19, Noon (immediately after
morning worship).  The business of the annual meeting includes
the election of Vestry members and officers, presentation of the
2018 budget and action upon the Pastor's 2018 terms of call. This
year's meeting also includes consideration of a revision of Walnut
Hill's Constitution and By-Laws.  Visit By-Laws to view the document
in advance.

Thanksgiving Worship - An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship will
be held this Sunday, November 19, 6pm, at the Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection (3220 Lexington Rd, Nicholasville).  The service 
is sponsored by the Southside Ecumenical Cooperative of which 
Walnut Hill is a member congregation. An offering will be received to 
support the Jessamine County Food Pantry. Non-perishable food items 
will also be collected.

Walnut Hill Reaching Out:
*Volunteers will be delivering 16 pans of stuffing/dressing for 
the Nathaniel Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov 21.
*$360 is on its way to American Heritage Girls Troop 7070 to 
support its sending of 40 Christmas gift boxes as part of the program, 
*$1,000 is on its way to Lexington Habitat for Humanity to support 
its Repair/Rebuild program in 2018.

Invocation - Mike Ward will offer the invocation at the LFUCG Council 
meeting on Nov 16 by invitation from Councilperson Kathy Plomin who 
represents the 12th Council District, which includes Walnut Hill Church.


Peace to all.

Mike Ward



Friday, November 10, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 12, at Walnut Hill Church…

Walking Through Scripture, 10am, Trinity Hall

Eschatology

Join us a we talk about this Sunday's lectionary texts
including Paul's well-known description of the return
of the Lord and Jesus' parable of the Ten Bridesmaids,
both examples of teaching regarding the "end times,"
often referred to as eschatology.

Nursery care will be 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 Christmas
presentation on December 10.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Being Prepared 

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

****

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


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Greetings to all!

The analysis has begun regarding the details of the tragedy in Texas. While 
many of those details are genuinely important, they can seem endless and 
sadly familiar.  We look for answers and helpful responses that might prevent 
the next mass tragedy, not to forget the less public daily gun violence plaguing 
many of our cities. Meanwhile, it is possible for us, as individuals and as 
communities of faith, to respond in ways that nurture life and peace including … 
ongoing prayers for those affected by violence; reaching out to survivors and 
communities affected by violence; a personal commitment to "nonviolence" in 
our relationships; advocacy for public policies addressing those issues that 
make our society so violent compared to most other developed nations. Simply 
put, we are not helpless in response to such events. Let us each identify "one 
positive thing" that we can do in response to this week's event, and do it. If 
nothing else, we will discover our own power in the doing.

The lectionary texts for November 12, the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost…

Walking Through Scripture conversation continues this Sunday, 10am, 
in Trinity Hall.  This week's walk includes Joshua's warning speech, Paul's 
description of the return of the Lord, and a parable of Jesus about being 
prepared, spiritually speaking (see texts above).

A Host(s) is needed for our after worship gathering this Sunday, Nov 12.
Use reply email to volunteer for this Sunday, or visit the online sign-up to 
host this Sunday or later in the season. Thanks to all our hosts!

The Annual Meeting of the congregation of Walnut Hill Church will be
held on Sunday, November 19, immediately after morning worship.
The business of the annual meeting includes the election of Vestry
members, presentation of the 2018 budget, and consideration of the
Pastor's terms of call.  This year's business will include consideration
of a revised Constitution and By-Laws document.  Visit By-laws to see
a draft of the proposed document.

Thanksgiving Worship - An Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship will be 
held on Sun, Nov 19, 6pm, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection 
(3220 Lexington Rd, Nicholasville).  The service is sponsored by the 
Southside Ecumenical Cooperative of which Walnut Hill is a member.  
The evening offering will benefit the Jessamine County Food Pantry.  
Non-perishable food items will also be collected.

Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing - Once again Walnut Hill has been
asked to provide the stuffing/dressing for the Nathaniel Mission
Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  You may sponsor a pan for $20.
Make your check payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: stuffing).

Peace to all.

Mike Ward





   

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Prayers for Sutherland Springs, Texas

Dear Friends:

By now you might have heard the tragic news regarding the violence in the
small town of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Over the next few days details will
emerge regarding this event. For now we do well to be in prayer for all those
affected. You might find the following prayer to be useful:

God of comfort,
Be present with all those affected by today's violence,
including those who grieve, as well as those injured.
Bring healing of both spirit and body.
Such events cause us to wonder about the state of
our world, our nation, even our selves.
Keep our hearts from becoming fearful or callous.
May we respond to violence with even greater resolve
to be agents of your peace and love to all people.
Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.

Peace,

Mike Ward

Friday, November 3, 2017

This Weekend at Walnut Hill Church

This weekend, November 4 - 5, at Walnut Hill Church…

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Service of Remembrance & Thanksgiving, 1:30pm, Sanctuary

A service of remembrance and thanksgiving for the life of Walnut
Hill member Calvin Greenup will be held in the Sanctuary at
1:30pm.  The Greenup family will receive friends in Trinity Hall 
beginning at 12:30pm until the time of the service.  

Fire Ring Dedication, 5:00, Church Grounds

All are invited to gather at the newly completed "fire ring" beginning
at 5:00pm, with a dedication ceremony to be held at 5:30pm.  Tents
will be up in the case of inclement weather.  Dress for the outdoors.
Hot cider/chocolate will be served.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 - ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY

Walking Through Scripture, 10am, Trinity Hall

Crossing Over

Join us as we gather to share our comments, observations and
questions regarding the Sunday lectionary readings including the
story of the Israelites crossing over into the promised land, Paul's
thanksgiving for the for the faith and life of the Thessalonians, and
Jesus' warning regarding the hypocrisy of public religion.

Nursery care will be 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 December 10 presentation.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - And So We Are!
Text - 1 John 3:1-3

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.