Friday, December 2, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 4, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
THE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Conversation Continues

Come, enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just
listen in.


Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for 
music and singing in preparation for their Christmas 
presentation on December 11.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - A Visit With Old John
Text - Matthew 3:1-12

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Sunday School for Children

PAGEANT PREPARATION, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children/youth will be doing pageant preparation 
including the assigning of roles and conversation 
regarding why we "do this" every year.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, NOON, TRINITY HALL

Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us for this 
delicious holiday tradition. Meat and beverages provided.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Greetings to all!

Advent began this past Sunday, a season of waiting, watching, and preparing
for the coming (advent) of Christ into the world and into our lives. Dorothy Bass 
describes the mood of the Advent season:

The Christian year begins as the calendar year sputters into its final month.  Its 
first season is quiet but expectant, leaning, as if heavy with child, into the future.  
During the four weeks of Advent, the season whose very name means "coming," 
we carry our yearning in full view, like a protruding belly.  Borrowing the words of 
the prophet Isaiah, we declare our own longing for the eyes of the blind to be
opened and the ears of the deaf to be unstopped, and for streams of water in
the desert.  We dare to hope that God will indeed send good news to ruined cities.  
Then John the Baptist, crying Isaiah's words in the wilderness, announces that
God's promises are close to fulfillment. "Stir up your power and come," we pray,
yearning out of the depths of history and into the promises beyond history, and
out of the depths of our own lives toward the fulfillment of our deepest longings.
(from Receiving the Day)

The scripture lessons for Sunday, December 4, the 2nd Sunday of Advent…
Isaiah 11:1-10
Romans 15:4-13
Matthew 3:1-12

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Dec 4, 10am, in Trinity Hall. Watch
the Friday update for details regarding this Sunday's conversation.

Children's Choir: Children through elementary age are invited to gather this
Sun, Dec 4, 10am in Trinity Hall for music and singing in anticipation of their 
Christmas presentation on Dec 11.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK this Sun, Dec 4, immediately after worship in Trinity
Hall.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us for this delicious holiday
tradition. Meat and beverages provided.

Youth Christmas Party - Youth (middle & high school) are invited to gather at 
the Ward residence on Sun, Dec 11, 6pm - 7:30pm. Bring a fun gift ($5 value 
or less) for a random gift exchange and a winter warmth item (scarf, mittens/gloves, 
or hat) for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center.  

The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall with "ornaments" suggesting items requested 
by the Nathaniel Mission for their community Christmas baskets. Feel free to 
pick up an ornament, purchase the suggested items, and return them to Walnut Hill 
by December 11.

A Congregational Forum is scheduled for Sun, Dec 11, 3pm - 5pm, to discuss
ideas and recommendations arising from the recent planning process.  The text
of the Planning Team Report and the Recommendations from that report are
available for your advance review on the Walnut Hill website via the following
copies are also available by request from the church office.  

In the Community:
*The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" is being presented by the Bryan
Station High School Theater Department on 12/1 (6:30pm), 12/2 (6:30pm), and
12/3 (2pm & 5:30pm).  Our own Ruby Sharrard is among the cast members.
*The 8th Annual Indian Summer Camp Charity Tennis Tournament to
support Kids Cancer Alliance programs for children with cancer will be held on 
Feb 17, 2017. Visit ISC Tournament for more information about the event and how 
you might support it with a sponsorship contribution or silent auction gift. To learn 
more about about the Kids Cancer Alliance visit KCA Video , or contact
Barb Waldmann-Ward.  

Walnut Hill Items!  Walnut Hill currently has several items available for your
Christmas and/or general enjoyment…
*Christmas Cards featuring the "Holy Family" stained glass window and
the greeting "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All."  ($10/pack of 10)
*A Tradition of Hospitality cookbook (2012) featuring recipes from Walnut 
Hill folks past and present ($5/copy).
*The Jewel on Walnut Hill history of Walnut Hill Church, 1784-1994, with
particular attention to Walnut Hill's restoration/reopening in the 1970s and 
following.  This book, long out of print, has recently been made available for 
reprinting.  Copies may be ordered ($5/copy).
Check out the display in the Sanctuary foyer and/or use reply email to purchase
or order these items. 

Holiday Season Schedule:
Sun, Dec 4, Noon - Christmas Potluck
Sat, Dec 10, 10am - Christmas Pageant Practice
Sun, Dec 11, 11am - Christmas Pageant.
Sun, Dec 11, 6pm -Youth Christmas Party
Sun, Dec 18, 3pm - Christmas Party
Sat, Dec 24, 5pm - Christmas Eve Family Service
Sat, Dec 24, 9pm - Evening Prayer Fireside
Sun, Dec 25, 11am - Worship & Holy Communion

Peace to all.

Mike Ward






Friday, November 25, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 27, at Walnut Hill Church…


THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT


Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

We continue our conversation regarding the Trinity as a
source of transformation for our lives.  We will view and
discuss a video featuring Fr. Richard Rohr.

Children's Music, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing in anticipation of their Christmas
presentation on December 11.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Swords Into Plowshares
Text - Isaiah 2:1-5

Nursery Care and Sunday School for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Greetings to all!

Since "Thanksgiving Day" is established each year by presidential proclamation, 
consider these thanksgiving thoughts by President Harry S. Truman. 

It should make us truly thankful, as we look back to the beginnings of this country, 
that we have come so far along the road to a better life for all. It should make us 
humble to think, as we look ahead, how much farther we have to go to accomplish, 
at home and abroad, the objectives that were set out for us at the founding of this 
great Nation. As we approach the halfway mark of the 20th century, we should ask
for continued strength and guidance from that Almighty Power who has placed before 
us such great opportunities for the good of mankind in the years to come.
(as found in A Call to America)

The lectionary texts for Sunday, November 27, the First Sunday of Advent …
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Nov 27, 10am, in Trinity Hall. We will 
continue our discussion of a video featuring Fr. Richard Rohr, "Divine Dance: The 
Trinity and Your Transformation."

Children's Music - Children are invited to gather each Sunday at 10am in Trinity Hall 
for music and singing in preparation for the Christmas Pageant on December 11.

The Christmas Potluck is coming on Sun, Dec 4, after morning worship.  Bring a 
salad, side dish, or dessert, and join us for this delicious Walnut Hill tradition.

Youth Christmas Party - Youth (middle & high school) are invited to gather at the 
Ward residence on Sun, Dec 11, 6pm - 7:30pm. Bring a fun gift ($5 value or less) 
for a random gift exchange and a winter warmth item (scarf, mittens/gloves, or hat) 
for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center.  

The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall with "ornaments" suggesting items requested 
by the Nathaniel Mission for their community Christmas baskets. Feel free to pick up 
an ornament, purchase the suggested items, and return them to Walnut Hill by 
December 11.

A Congregational Forum is scheduled for Sun, Dec 11, 3pm - 5pm, to discuss
ideas and recommendations arising from the recent planning process.  The text
of the Planning Team Report and the Recommendations from that report are
available for your advance review on the Walnut Hill website via the following
copies are also available by request from the church office.   

Walnut Hill Items!  Walnut Hill currently has several items available for your
Christmas and/or general enjoyment…
*Christmas Cards featuring the "Holy Family" stained glass window and
the greeting "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All."  ($10/pack of 10)
*A Tradition of Hospitality cookbook (2012) featuring recipes from Walnut 
Hill folks past and present ($5/copy).
*The Jewel on Walnut Hill history of Walnut Hill Church, 1784-1994, with
particular attention to Walnut Hill's restoration/reopening in the 1970s and 
following.  This book, long out of print, has recently been made available for 
reprinting.  Copies may be ordered ($5/copy).
Check out the display in the Sanctuary foyer and/or use reply email to purchase
or order these items. 

Holiday Season Schedule:
Sun, Dec 4, Noon - Christmas Potluck
Sun, Dec 11, 11am - Christmas Pageant.
Sun, Dec 11, 6pm -Youth Christmas Party
Sun, Dec 18, 3pm - Christmas Party
Sat, Dec 24, 5pm - Christmas Eve Family Service
Sat, Dec 24, 9pm - Evening Prayer Fireside
Sun, Dec 25, 11am - Worship & Holy Communion

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Mike Ward





Friday, November 18, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 20, at Walnut Hill Church …

CHRIST THE KING

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation

We will view and discuss a video by Richard Rohr highlighting
his ideas on how to have a relationship with God in the modern
day and the place of a "mystic worldview" in a scientific era.

Children's Music, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for
music and singing as they prepare for their Christmas
presentation on December 11.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon: Do You See A King?
Text:  Luke 23:33-43

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Thanksgiving Worship, 6pm, Providence Christian Church

All are invited to an ecumenical service of thanksgiving at
Providence Christian Church (at Brannon Crossing).  This
service is sponsored by the Southside Ecumenical Cooperative.

*****

Mission Trip? Persons interested in exploring a possible
Walnut Hill mission trip in 2017 are invited to gather briefly 
after morning worship.  See Mike Ward for more details.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, November 20, is the Sunday of Christ the King, the completion of the 
church year. The Sunday of Christ the King is the church's affirmation that, though
appearances sometimes to the contrary, the life and teaching of Christ, the way of 
love for God and neighbor, is the deepest and surest reality in the world, and that 
love will eventually prevail over false paths of hatred and violence.  This is not to 
be understood as a religious victory of Christianity over other traditions, but rather 
a victory of divine love transcending all religious traditions. Until that day, the church 
affirms its allegiance to the way of Christ, to the way of love, no matter what lesser 
powers or persons might declare or seek to require of us.  For our part, we will love 
God, and we will love our neighbors as ourselves, for this is what Christ, our King, 
requires of us.

The scripture lessons for Sunday, November 20, Christ the King…
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Colossians 1:11-20
Luke 23:33-43

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, November 20, 10am, in Trinity 
Hall.  Check the Friday update for conversation details.

Children's Music:  Children through elementary age are invited to gather each 
Sunday, 10am, in Trinity Hall for music and singing in anticipation of their 
Christmas season presentation on December 11.

Thanksgiving Worship - Walnut Hill members and friends are invited to an
ecumenical worship program on Sun, Nov 20, 6pm, at Providence Christian
Church (Brannon Crossing). Persons attending are invited to bring canned
food items and/or cash for the offering, which will support Providence's food
pantry and ministry with hospice families. The service is sponsored by the South 
Lexington Ecumenical Cooperative.

Mission Trip? Persons (youth and adult) interested in exploring the possibility
of a mission trip to eastern Kentucky are invited gather for a few moments after
worship this Sunday, November 20.  

The Giving Tree will be up this Sun, Nov 20, with "ornaments" suggesting items 
requested by the Nathaniel Mission for their community Christmas baskets. Feel 
free to pick up an ornament(s), purchase the suggested items, and return them to 
Walnut Hill by December 11.

Walnut Hill Items!  Walnut Hill currently has several items available for your
Christmas and/or general enjoyment…
*Christmas Cards featuring the "Holy Family" stained glass window and
the greeting "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All."  ($10/pack of 10)
*A Tradition of Hospitality cookbook (2012) featuring recipes from Walnut 
Hill folks past and present ($5/copy).
*The Jewel on Walnut Hill history of Walnut Hill Church, 1784-1994, with
particular attention to Walnut Hill's restoration/reopening in the 1970s and 
following.  This book, long out of print, has recently been made available for 
reprinting.  Copies may be ordered ($5/copy).
Check out the display in the Sanctuary foyer and/or use reply email to purchase
or order these items.

The Christmas Potluck is coming on Sun, Dec 4, immediately after morning
worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us for this delicious 
Walnut Hill tradition.  Meat and beverages will be provided.

State of the Church:  Mike Ward's recent "State of the Church Address" is
available in audio recording or in print.  Visit Walnut Hill sermons to hear the
audio, or use reply email to request a printed copy.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward




Friday, November 11, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 13, at Walnut Hill Church…

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Divine Dance

We will view and discuss several brief videos featuring
Richard Rohr as he presents ideas from his book,
Divine Dance: The Trinity and Your Transformation
through which one discovers God as Community, 
Friendship, and Dance.

Children's Music, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing as they prepare for a Christmas
presentation on December 11.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon:  The State of the Church

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

Congregational Meeting, Noon, Sanctuary

All Walnut Hill members and friends are encouraged
to attend the annual congregational meeting to be
held immediately after worship in the Sanctuary.