Greetings to all!
Recent events in Iran, especially demonstrations in that nation's capital, remind us of times in our own history when people have taken to the streets in an effort to bring change. Consider these thoughts from Martin Luther King, Jr., who certainly spent his share of days in the streets.
I've decided that I'm going to do battle for my philosophy. You ought to believe something in life, believe that thing so fervently that you will stand up with it till the end of your days. I can't make myself believe that God wants me to hate. I'm tired of violence. And I'm not going to let my oppressor dictate to me what method I must use. We have a power, power that can't be found in Molotov cocktails, but we do have a power. Power that cannot be found in bullets and guns, but we have a power. It is a power as old as the insights of Jesus of Nazareth and as modern as the techniques of Mahatma Gandhi.
(from The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Summer Questions: We continue our summer preaching as prompted by your questions. This week's question - "How does one support the church without becoming dependent on the way things are and stultifying the church itself?" Your questions continue to be welcome. Use the "question envelope" in the Sanctuary foyer to submit your question.
The Scripture lessons for Sunday, June 28:
Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, June 28, in Trinity Hall as we view and discuss the video series, Eclipsing Empire, featuring New Testament scholars John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. This week's video segment focuses on "The Ethics of Paul." Feel free to join the conversation, enjoy a cup of coffee, or just listen in.
Jarrett's Joy Cart will be the first recipient of special funds designated for local outreach in 2009. Jarrett's Joy Cart provides encouragement and support to seriously ill children and their families. For more information regarding the Joy Cart, see their website at www.thejoycart.com. Mrs. Jennifer Mynear (Jarrett's Mother) will be our guest on Sunday, June 28, to receive Walnut Hill's gift and offer brief remarks regarding the ongoing work of Jarrett's Joy Cart.
The Vestry will meet on Sunday, June 28, 10am, in Trinity Hall.
Men's Dinner, July 23 - Walnut Hill men should mark the date, Thursday, July 23, on their calendars, for the next Walnut Hill Men's Dinner. Our guest for the evening will be Mr. Al Smith, longtime Kentucky political commentator. Time and place for the dinner to be announced.
Women's Dinner, September 23 - The next Walnut Hill Women's Dinner is scheduled for Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 6:30 pm, at Buddy's Bar and Grill. Our speaker will be Maureen A. Flannery, who will speak about alternative healing methods.
News of the Congregation:
*Hilary J. Boone, Jr., a member of Walnut Hill Church, departed this life on Thursday, June 18. A graveside service was held on Saturday morning, June 20, in the Walnut Hill Cemetery.
*Sarah Kathryn Barbour and Brian Matthew McMahan were married at Walnut Hill Church on Saturday afternoon, June 20. Sarah is the daughter of Walnut Hill member Mary Lee Snyder. Rev. Michael Ward officiated the ceremony.
*Logan Paul Ragland, son of Erika and Steven Ragland, received the Sacrament of Christian Baptism at Walnut Hill Church on Tuesday, June 23. Paternal grandparents are Irene and John Ragland. Rev. John Cavendish officiated the ceremony.
*Walnut Hill Worshipbook - The final edition of the Walnut Hill Church Worship Book is now in the pews. Thanks go out to Phil Bloomfield for his work with the book's layout and other technical issues, to Helen "Penny" Chenery for her financial support, and to all those involved with this project from start to finish.
*An annual review conversation will be conducted next week with Lauren Fouts, Walnut Hill's Coordinator of Children and Youth Ministry. Your comments are welcome regarding Lauren's work in particular or Walnut Hill's children/youth ministry in general. Please submit your comments to Mike Ward.
Peace to all.