Greetings to all!
Sunday, October 4, is "Ecumenical Sunday" at Walnut Hill, an
opportunity to celebrate and explore our ecumenical identity. It is a
good occasion to revisit Walnut Hill's mission statement as found in
the Preamble to our Constitution and By-Laws:
We, the members of Walnut Hill Church, an Ecumenical Church, of
Lexington, Kentucky, do hereby organize for the purpose of providing
public worship, the apostolic ministry of word and sacrament,
religious instruction, pastoral care and counseling and in general a
witness to the community of the need for life and work in the name of
We accept for membership with us all those who profess the Lord Jesus
and who share with us an appreciation for the historic creeds,
sacraments, the historic canon of scripture of the Old and New
Testaments, and the historic apostolic ministry. We also include in
our fellowship those who, while seeking truth, may not be prepared to
accept as yet the fulness of the above stated standards. We, as a
church, are a fellowship of believers who wish to bring together all
men and women as children of God and do not wish to make an obstacle
in creed and dogma to fellowship with God's people. We believe that
the true basis of Christian fellowship is love which is greater than
all our differences, and without this love we have no claim to
THE REV. DR. MARIAN MCCLURE TAYLOR, Executive Director of the Kentucky
Council of Churches, will be our special guest for Ecumenical Sunday.
Dr. Taylor is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee).
She later received her Ph.D. from Harvard and her M. Div. from
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. She has a long history of
ecumenical and international experience. Regarding her hopes for the
Kentucky Council of Churches, Dr. Taylor writes: "With God's help,
the Christian community in Kentucky will reach deeper and wider -
deeper as we enjoy learning from each other's traditions, and wider as
we partner for the good of our most vulnerable fellow citizens. May
all Christians join us as we humbly offer our unity as a witness to
the gospel of Jesus Christ."
ECUMENICAL SUNDAY SCHEDULE
*10am - "Conversation with Dr. Taylor"
- Activities for Children
-Nursery Care for Infants
*11am - Morning Worship and Holy Communion
- Sunday School for Children
- Nursery Care for Infants
*Noon - Refreshments and Fellowship
THANKS AND NEWS:
*Thanks to Karl and Jane Lange, Steve and Mardie Lange for providing
our after worship refreshments last Sunday. Karl and Steve are the
sons of Betty and Karl Lange who were instrumental in Walnut Hill's
restoration and reopening.
*Forrest and Monta Rae Cook have been received as members of Walnut
Hill Church by transfer from Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.
*Seventeen women attended the Walnut Hill Women's Dinner on September
23. Thanks to Natalie Watt and Dorothy Brockopp for coordinating this
*Seventeen walkers participated in the CROP Walk as part of a Walnut
Hill team, raising a total of $776 for hunger relief locally and
around the globe. Thanks to all those who participated and to Nell
Horman for coordinating the Walnut Hill team.
*The basement of Trinity Hall sustained significant water damage
during last weekend's heavy rains, forcing the Walnut Hill Day School
to cancel classes this week. Work is underway to repair the damage,
so that the Day School may resume full activities as soon as possible.
Peace to all.