Friday, December 30, 2016

This Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 1, at Walnut Hill Church…

EPIPHANY SUNDAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

A Look Back at 2016

We will review the "top 10 religion news stories" of 2016
according to the Religion News Association.  You might be
surprised at what made the list and what didn't.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - An Eye for Stars
Text - Matthew 2:1-12

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.
Bring one (1) plate of your leftover holiday treats to share.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Greetings to All!

We find ourselves in what used to be called "Christmastide," those
days after Christmas (Dec 25) leading toward Epiphany (Jan 6)
during which the Church is invited to reflect on the meaning of the 
nativity and incarnation.  With that reflection in mind, consider these
thoughts, in the form of a prayer, by Frederick Buechner…

   Thou Son of the Most High, Prince of Peace, be born again into
our world.  Wherever there is war in this world, wherever there is
pain, wherever there is loneliness, wherever there is no hope, come,
thou long-expected one, with healing in thy wings.
   Holy Child, whom the shepherds and the kings and the beasts
adored, be born again.  Wherever there is boredom, wherever
there is fear of failure, wherever there is temptation too strong to
resist, wherever there is bitterness of heart, come, thou blessed
one, with healing in thy wings.
   Savior, be born in all who raise their faces to thy face, not
knowing fully who they are or who thou art, knowing only that thy
love is beyond their knowing and that no other has the power to
make them whole.  Come, Lord Jesus, to all who long for thee
even though they have forgotten thy name.  Come quickly. Amen.

(as found in Listening to Your Life, adapted)

The scriptures for Sunday, January 1, Epiphany Sunday…
Isaiah 60:1-6
Ephesians 3:1-12
Matthew 2:1-12

Sunday Conversations resume this Sun, Jan 1, 10am, in Trinity 
Hall.  Come, enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just 
listen in.

Bring one (1) plate your leftover holiday treats for our after
worship gathering this Sunday, January 1, New Year's Day. 

Thanks…
to all who provided hospitality, decorations, treats, special
donations, and most of all your time to make this year's holiday
season a festive one at Walnut Hill Church.
…to all who contributed to the Innkeeper's Offering over this
past Christmas weekend, a total of $1,216. Your gifts are on their way 
to provide shelter and services to homeless women, children and 
families through the efforts of the Salvation Army.
…to 28 Walnut Hill households who support Walnut Hill by their
participation in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Walnut Hill 
recently received a $346 check from Kroger for the period, Sep - Nov.
…to several individuals and charitable foundations who have made 
generous end-of-year gifts to Walnut Hill helping us finish 2016 in a 
strong fashion.  End-of-year gifts must be postmarked by Dec 31 to
be counted as 2016 charitable donations.

Mission Trip, 2017 - With the holiday season rush now slowing
down, we can revisit a question that was raised before the season
began, namely the possibility of a "mission trip" to eastern Kentucky,
working in partnership with Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry.  We
are looking at the possibility of a week (or part of a week) in June
or July.  Use reply email to let us know if you might be interested
and/or would like some more information.

Planning Team Report - It is not too late to offer your responses to the 
planning team recommendations and/or landscape concepts.  The 
program recommendations are available on the Walnut Hill Church
website, and the landscape drawings are displayed for your review in 
Trinity Hall. Please offer your questions, suggestions, etc, to any Vestry 
member. The Vestry will be following up on these recommendations and 
concepts in the new year.

Happy New Year!

Mike Ward




 

Friday, December 23, 2016

This Weekend at Walnut Hill Church

This Weekend, December 24 - 25, at Walnut Hill Church…


CHRISTMAS EVE/DAY


DECEMBER 24, CHRISTMAS EVE

5pm - Family Service - All ages are invited to gather as
we celebrate the birth of Jesus with readings, carols and
candlelight (flameless candles will be used).

9pm - Evening Prayer Fireside - We will gather around
the fireplace in Trinity Hall for this quiet service of readings,
carols and candlelight.  Arrive a little early to enjoy some
hot cider and Christmas cookies.

DECEMBER 25, CHRISTMAS DAY

11am - Worship and Holy Communion

Sermon - The Gift that Keeps On Giving
Text - John 1:1-14

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Nursery care available for children 

(Sunday Conversations and the after worship gathering 
are suspended for Christmas Day.)

*****

The Innkeeper's Offering will be received on Christmas
weekend in support of the Salvation Army's efforts to provide
shelter and services for homeless women, children and
families.  Place your special gifts in the baskets in the
Sanctuary foyer.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Greetings to all!

Christmas is just a few days away. So are you feeling the Christmas 
spirit? What is the Christmas spirit?  Ann Weems offers a few poetic 
thoughts on that subject.

The Christmas spirit
is that hope
which tenaciously clings
to the hearts of the faithful
and announces
in the face
of any Herod the world can produce
and all the inn doors slammed in our faces
and all the dark nights of our souls
that with God
all things still are possible,
that even now
unto us
a Child is born!

(as found in Kneeling in Bethlehem)

Christmas Weekend at Walnut Hill…
Sat, Dec 24, 5pm - Christmas Eve Family Service - All
ages are invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus through scriptures,
carols and candlelight.  (Flameless candles will be used.)
Sat, Dec 24, 9pm - Evening Prayer Fireside - We will gather
around the fireplace in Trinity Hall for this quiet service to welcome
Christ into the world and into our lives.
Sun, Dec 25, 11am - Worship and Holy Communion - We
will read, sing and reflect on the Christmas story and celebrate the
Sacrament of Holy Communion.

The Innkeeper's Offering will be received on Christmas Eve. This
offering supports the Salvation Army's efforts to provide shelter for
homeless women, children and families.

Christmas Party Thanks go out to our host, Mary Ann, and to all
who attended and brought delicious holiday treats to enjoy.  It was
a most festive occasion.  Thanks to all!

Sanctuary Decorations - Thanks to all who contributed toward this
year's Sanctuary decorations, which are beautiful.  Poinsettia
sponsors are welcome to take their plants home after worship on
Christmas Day.

Year End Giving - Don't forget that all regular offerings and special 
fund contributions to Walnut Hill Church must be received in hand 
(or postmarked) by December 31 to be counted as 2016 charitable 
gifts.  This Sunday, Dec 25, is the last Sunday of the calendar year.  
Thanks to all those who support Walnut Hill's life and ministry!

Planning Team Report - Thanks to all who attended the recent 
planning team presentation.  It is not too late to offer your responses 
to the planning team recommendations and/or landscape concepts.  
The program recommendations are available on the Walnut Hill Church
website, and the landscape drawings will be displayed for your review 
in Trinity Hall for the next several Sundays. Please offer your questions, 
suggestions, etc, to any Vestry member. The Vestry will be following up 
on these recommendations and concepts in the new year.

Merry Christmas!

Mike Ward


Friday, December 16, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 18, at Walnut Hill Church…

The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christmas Party

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Conversation Continues

Join us for our final conversation of 2016 as we consider
and discuss questions about our life and faith past,
present and future.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The Human Element
Texts - Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38

Nursery Care and Sunday School for Children

Christmas Party, 3pm - 5pm, Davis Residence

Adults are invited to the Davis residence for this
traditional holiday gathering.  Please bring an
hors d'oeuvre or dessert item to share.  Use reply
email if you need directions to the Davis residence.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Greetings to all!

I have heard it said that "Christmas is for children," which I suppose is
true in regard to Santa Clause, gifts under the tree, etc.  Yet, I think it
is equally true that Christmas is for adults in regard to the Christmas
stories themselves.  Matthew and Luke, our two Christmas storytellers,
intended their stories for adults who were struggling to keep their faith
alive in the face of difficult circumstances. There are many adults who
need to hear Matthew's good news of "Emmanuel, God with us,"
and Luke's "Peace on earth, good will to all."   So let the children have
their Christmas fun, but never forget that the Christmas message is
for all of us, young and old alike, in this very real world in which we
live.

The scripture lessons for Sun, Dec 18, the 4th Sunday of Advent…
Isaiah 7:10-16
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Dec 18, 10am, in Trinity
Hall.  Come, enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just
listen in.

The Walnut Hill Christmas Party will be held this Sun, Dec 18,
3pm - 5pm, at the Davis residence.  Bring an hors d'oeuvre or
dessert item to share.

Christmas Weekend at Walnut Hill…
Sat, Dec 24, 5pm - Christmas Eve Family Service - All
ages are invited to celebrate the birth of Jesus through scriptures,
carols and candlelight.  (Flameless candles will be used.)
Sat, Dec 24, 9pm - Evening Prayer Fireside - We will gather
around the fireplace in Trinity Hall for this quiet service to welcome
Christ into the world and into our lives.
Sun, Dec 25, 11am - Worship and Holy Communion - We
will read, sing and reflect on the Christmas story and celebrate the
Sacrament of Holy Communion.

The Innkeeper's Offering will be received on Christmas Eve. This
offering supports the Salvation Army's efforts to provide shelter for
homeless women, children and families.

Planning Team Report - Thanks to all who attended the planning
team presentation this past Sunday afternoon.  It is not too late to
offer your responses to the planning team recommendations and/or
landscape concepts.  The program recommendations are available
on the Walnut Hill website, and the landscape drawings will be
displayed for your review in Trinity Hall for the next several Sundays.
Please offer your questions, suggestions, etc, to any Vestry member.
The Vestry will be following up on these recommendations and
concepts in the new year.

THANKS…
…to the children, youth and those who guided them for their
wonderful presentation and pageant last Sunday.
…to the 14 youth who attended last Sunday evening's youth
Christmas party and for all the winter warmth items they donated
to our friends at the Catholic Action Center.
…to all those who participated in our Giving Tree program this
year. A trunk full of Christmas basket items, gift cards and bus passes 
have been delivered to our neighbors at the Nathaniel Mission.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


Friday, December 9, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 11, at Walnut Hill Church…

The Third Sunday of Advent
The Walnut Hill Christmas Pageant

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Advent Conversations

Join us in the upstairs office of Trinity Hall as we continue our 
informal conversations during this Advent season.

Pageant Rehearsal, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children and youth participating in this Sunday's Christmas 
Pageant will gather for costumes and dress rehearsal.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

The Walnut Hill Christmas Pageant

Sermon - A Perfect Christmas?
Text - Matthew 11:2-6

Nursery Care for Children

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Congregational Forum, 3pm - 5pm, Trinity Hall

Walnut Hill members and friends are invited to gather
for conversation regarding Walnut Hill's life, ministry,
buildings and grounds.  Nursery care will be available.

Youth Christmas Party, 6pm - 7:30pm, Ward Residence

Youth (middle and high school) are invited to the Ward
residence (341 Albany Rd) for a celebration of the season.
Bring a "fun gift" ($5 value or less) for a random gift
exchange and a winter warmth item (hat, scarf, or
mittens/gloves) for our neighbors at the Catholic Action
Center.  Use reply email to rsvp.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Greetings to All!

December 7, 1941, a date that would "live in infamy" according to President
Roosevelt.  Seventy-five years later, precious few "survivors" remain to visit the 
site.  Nonetheless, the name "Pearl Harbor" remains evocative of tragedy and is 
used to measure other events like 9/11.  At the same time, the two nations drawn 
into war seventy-five years ago are now allies, even friends, an example, perhaps, 
that swords can be beaten into plowshares, spears into pruning hooks. As America 
pauses today to remember, consider the following prayer…

God of all peoples:  The wounds of war are slow to heal within and between us,
and your children bear the scars of their conflicts with each other.  On this day we
remember an event in which many lost their lives, followed by many more across
the ocean and around the world.  Be with those who still bear grief and pain from
that day many years ago, and may we, their children and grandchildren, be
inspired by their courage and sacrifice to live toward a day when all war shall
cease, forever.  Amen. 

A Memorial Service for Mr. Elliot Clark, son of Mrs. Lauren Fouts (David) and
the Rev. C. Pat Clark, will be held at Walnut Hill Church on Saturday, December
10, 2:00pm.

The lectionary texts for Sunday, December 11, the Third Sunday of Advent…
Isaiah 35:1-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Dec 11, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  Come,
enjoy a cup of coffee, join the conversation, or just listen in.

Christmas Pageant:  The annual Christmas Pageant will be held this Sun,
Dec 11, 11am, in the Sanctuary.  Children and Youth will lead us in music,
word, and costume.  Children and youth participating in the pageant are asked
to gather in Trinity Hall at 10am, Sunday, for dress rehearsal.  

Pageant Preparation, Sat, Dec 10, 10am:  Children/youth/adults are invited
to gather for music and script practice, costume sorting, etc for Sunday's
Christmas pageant.  Attendance at this gathering is optional.  

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.  Use reply email or call
the church office (263-5304) to rsvp.

The Giving Tree:  Persons who have picked up "ornaments" from this year's
"Giving Tree" are asked to return their gift items to Walnut Hill by this Sunday,
Dec 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.

Christmas Party, Sun, Dec 18, 3pm - 5pm, at the Davis Residence - Adults
are invited to gather at the Davis residence for this traditional Walnut Hill holiday
celebration.  Bring an hors-d'Ĺ“uvre or dessert item.  Use reply email or call
the church office for more information.

Christmas Poinsettias - As is our custom, we will soon be decorating the
Sanctuary for Christmas, including festive poinsettias.  If you would like to 
sponsor a poinsettia ($20), please make your check payable to Walnut Hill
Church designated "poinsettia."  You sponsorship may be in honor/memory
of someone(s) special to you.  Sponsors are welcome to enjoy their plants at
home after our Christmas season services. 

Holiday Season Schedule:
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, 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.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 7, 2016

Greetings to all!

With the election now behind us, a prayer for the days ahead might be in order.  

Eternal God: The people of our nation have elected a new President, Donald J.
Trump, an occasion of celebration for some, disappointment for others.  May 
generosity of spirit and a commitment to the common good prevail among us 
in the weeks ahead.  May our new President-elect and other officials elected 
this week prepare for their offices with a mind to serve all the people and to 
guide our country toward justice and peace within and beyond our borders.  
May we, the citizens of this nation, support them toward that end.  In the spirit 
of Christ we pray.  Amen.

The lectionary texts for Sunday, November 13…
Isaiah 65:17-25
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Luke 21:5-19

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, November 13, 10am, in Trinity 
Hall.  Our topic for Sunday, "The Divine Dance," exploring Richard Rohr's ideas 
regarding the Trinity.

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.

"State of the Church" - In conjunction with the congregational meeting, Mike
Ward will offer a "State of the Church" message during the 11am worship hour,
reflecting on Walnut Hill's past, present, and future.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Walnut Hill Church will be held on 
Sunday, November 13, Noon, in the Sanctuary.  The business of the annual 
meeting includes the election of Vestry members and officers, presentation of 
the 2017 budget, and action on the Pastor's Terms of Call. Please contact the 
Senior Warden or call the church office if you have other business that needs 
attention at the congregational meeting.

Stuffing/Dressing - The stuffing/dressing for the Nathaniel Mission Community 
Thanksgiving Dinner has been fully subscribed.  Thanks to all our sponsors!

Walnut Hill Christmas Cards - Walnut Hill Church Christmas cards are
available for your purchase.  The cards feature a photo of the "Holy Family" 
stained glass window with the inside greeting "Peace on Earth, Good Will to All."  
Packs of 10 cards (with envelopes) are available for $10. Check out the display 
in the Sanctuary foyer.

Thanksgiving Worship - Walnut Hill members and friends are invited to an
ecumenical worship service on Sun, Nov 20, 6pm, at Providence Christian
Church (Brannon Crossing). The service is sponsored by the South Lexington 
Ecumenical Cooperative.

In the Community: The Catholic Action Center is hosting a Mentor Training 
on Sat, Nov 12, 10am - Noon, at the Community Inn (824 Winchester Rd). 
"Mentors" are volunteers who offer an hour per week to encourage men, 
women, veterans and families who are transitioning from homelessness to 
permanent residence. For more information about the Mentor training or 
about being a Mentor,  call 859-514-7210 or email caclex2000@gmail.com .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, November 4, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 6, at Walnut Hill Church…

ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

BAM!!

Mr. Robby Lear, Executive Director of the Burnamwood
Camp and Conference Center, will be our guest to talk
with us about Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry (BAM!),
with particular attention to a possible BAM! experience
for Walnut Hill.

Children's Music, 10am, Trinity Hall

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

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Saints of the Third Kind
Text - Matthew 5:1-12

Remembering Walnut Hill's Saints

Nursery care and Faith Formation for children.

Children's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The younger children will learn about Joseph and his 
multicolored robe including lessons about choices and
God's presence in our lives. The older children will learn
about how even the youngest and most ordinary persons
can spread the good news of God's love and "move
mountains" in the process.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Youth "Footloose", 1:30pm, Tates Creek High School

Youth (middle and high school) are invited to gather at
Takes Creek High School for a performance of Footloose.
Meet in the Tates Creek High School parking lot at 1:30pm.
Use reply email or contact Lauren to rsvp.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, November 6, we will be observing "All Saints' Sunday," a 
celebration of the "communion of saints" past, present and future.  
Frederick Buechner offers some thoughts on what the "saints" might be 
up to these days…

They (the saints) have their own business to get on with now, I assume -
"increasing in knowledge and love of Thee," says the Book of Common
Prayer, and moving "from strength to strength," which sounds like 
business enough for anybody - and one imagines all of us on this shore
fading for them as they journey ahead toward whatever new shore may
await them; but it is as if they carry something of us on their way as we
assuredly carry something of them on ours.  That is perhaps why to
think of them is a matter not only of remembering them as they used
to be but of seeing and hearing them as in some sense they are now. If
they had things to say to us then, they have things to say to us now too,
nor are they by any means always the things we expect or the same
things.
(as found in Listening to Your Life)

The scripture lessons for Sunday, November 6, All Saints' Sunday…
Revelation 7:9-17
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 5:1-12

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Nov 6, 10am, in Trinity Hall,
as we welcome Mr. Robby Lear, Executive Director of the Burnamwood
Camp and Conference Center.  Robby will be with us to talk about
Burnamwood Appalachian Ministry and the possibility of a Walnut 
Hill mission trip in the summer of 2017.

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.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Walnut Hill Church will
be held on Sunday, November 13, Noon, in the Sanctuary.  The
business of the annual meeting includes the election of Vestry members
and officers, presentation of the 2017 budget, and action on the
Pastor's Terms of Call. Please contact the Senior Warden or call the
church office if you have other business that needs attention at the
congregational meeting.

Stuffing/Dressing - Once again Walnut Hill will be providing stuffing/
dressing for the Nathaniel Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner.
We have been asked to provide 80 pounds (16 pans) of dressing for
the meal.  Let us know if you would like to sponsor a pan of dressing
($20) for this event.

In the Community: The Catholic Action Center is hosting a Mentor
Training workshop on Sat, Nov 12, 10am - Noon, at the Community
Inn (824 Winchester Rd).  "Mentors" are volunteers who offer an hour
per week to encourage men, women, veterans and families who are
transitioning from homelessness to permanent residence.  For more
information about the Mentor training or about being a Mentor, 
call 859-514-7210 or email caclex2000@gmail.com .

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


Friday, October 28, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 30, at Walnut Hill Church…

REFORMATION SUNDAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Encountering the God Within

We will explore what it means and how to encounter the 
God (Christ) within us.  Our conversation will include a
brief video featuring Father Joe Mitchell of the Earth
and Spirit Center in Louisville.

Children's Music, 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 - The Just Shall Live By Faith
Text - Habakkuk 1:1 - 2:4

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

Children's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children will learn the story of Zacchaeus (Luke 19)
and his experience of the grace of God, a surprise both
to him and his neighbors.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Greetings to all!

October 31 is Reformation Day, which commemorates Martin Luther's 
publication and posting of his "95 Theses" in Wittenberg, Germany, in 1517, 
and the traditional beginning of the Reformation. The Reformation was a 
religious, cultural and political event with profound effects upon the history of 
western Europe and beyond.  In his three-volume work, A History of Christian 
Thought, Justo Gonzales describes the cultural situation on the eve of the 
Reformation.  While the details are different, might there be some thematic 
similarities to our time?

There are moments in the history of humankind that seem to be pregnant 
with future possibilities - although not so much by virtue of the clear 
promise that they offer, as because the old ways have run their course, 
and it is necessary to venture in new directions.  Such was the case at 
the end of the 15th century and the beginning of the 16th. In a way, the 
epic of Columbus is symbolic of the period, for when the traditional trade 
routes to the East were closed, he set out in search of new pathways, 
and discovered instead a new land.  In similar fashion, the great religious 
upheavals of the 16th century, and the new theological lands discovered 
through them, resulted from the need to search for new routes as it became 
increasingly evident that the medieval synthesis was no longer tenable or 
capable of resurrection.

The lectionary texts for Sunday, October 30, Reformation Sunday…
Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4
2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12
Luke 19:1-10

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Oct 30, 10am, in Trinity Hall
with a focus on encountering the God who dwells within us, including a
brief video featuring Father Joseph Mitchell.  Come enjoy a cup of
coffee, join the conversation, or just listen in.

Children's Music - Children are invited to gather for music and singing
this Sun, Oct 30, 10am, in Trinity Hall as they prepare for their Christmas
music presentation on Dec 11.

The Children's Focus during the 11am hour will be Zacchaeus (Lk 19)
and his discovery of "grace," much to the surprise of his neighbors, 
another example of the surprising effects of the Kingdom of God.

A Host is needed for our after worship refreshments this Sun, Oct 30.
Use reply email to volunteer or check the online sign up sheet for 
opportunities to host between now and the end of the year.

2017 Mission Trip? On Sun, Nov 6, 10am, in Trinity Hall, there will be 
a conversation regarding the possibility of a "Mission Trip" during the
summer of 2017.  Robby Lear, Executive Director of the Burnamwood
Camp and Conference Center, will be our guest to talk about the
possibilities.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Walnut Hill Church will be
held on Sunday, November 13, immediately after morning worship. The
business of the annual meeting includes the election of Vestry members
and officers, presentation of the 2017 budget, and approval of the
Pastor's terms of call.  Please contact the Senior Warden if you have
other business that you would like to have considered at the meeting.

Thanks to all who had a part in our wonderful afternoon at the Vaughan
cabin last Sunday.  It was a great day to be out in the woods and a
great day to be part of the Walnut Hill family.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, October 21, 2016

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 23, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Prayer: Continuing the Conversation

Our conversation regarding prayer will spring from last
Sunday's sermon, "Relentless and Purposeful," which
was prompted by Jesus' "Parable of the Persistent
Widow' (Luke 18:1-8).  To hear the sermon in advance
of the conversation, visit WHC Sermons.  Sunday's 
conversation will also include a brief exercise in 
"contemplative prayer."

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing looking forward to their Christmas
presentation in December.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - A Member of the Human Race
Text - Luke 18:9-14

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for children.

Children's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children will explore (via role playing) the "Parable
of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector" (Lk 18:9-14),
including its lesson about humility in the Kingdom of
God.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Boone Creek Safari, afternoon, Vaughan Cabin

Youth and their families are invited to gather for an
afternoon of fellowship.  Use reply email or call the
church office for more information or to rsvp.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Greetings to all!

As a postscript to this past weekend's Exploring Our Spirituality Through
Prayer retreat, consider these thoughts about prayer as found in a youth 
resource, Way to Live

Throughout Christian history people have tried to understand prayer not
as something you do but as something you be…One such person was
Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk…Brother Lawrence believed that 
all of life should be prayer.  Instead of reserving prayer for chapel or other 
set times, he tried to live with the awareness that he was  always in the 
presence of God.  He tried to notice and acknowledge God's presence in 
all places and all activities.  He believed washing dishes or cleaning floors 
was just a prayerful as kneeling in the sanctuary…This state of being is 
the final hope of prayer - that we might become prayer.  Whether we are 
with our friends, playing sports, mowing the lawn, studying, or riding in the 
car, we are aware of God's loving us.  As we practice noticing God's love, 
we begin to engage in all our relationships and activities with an open 
heart, bringing loving attention to all we meet and all we do.

The lectionary texts for Sunday, October 23…
Joel 2:23-32
2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Luke 18:9-14

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Oct 23, 10am, in Trinity Hall 
as we discuss the sermon from last Sunday, "Relentless and Purposeful."  
Visit WHC Sermons if you missed the sermon or want to listen again in 
advance of our conversation.

Children's Choir - Children through elementary age are invited to gather 
for music and singing this Sun, Oct 23, 10am, in Trinity Hall, as they 
prepare for their Christmas music presentation in December.

The Children's Focus for this Sun, Oct 23, 11am, will be the parable
of the "Pharisee and the Tax Collector." The children will act out the story 
and learn about the value of humility in God's kingdom.

The Boone Creek Safari annual youth outing to the Vaughan cabin is
scheduled for Sun, Oct 23.  All youth and their families are invited to 
attend.  Use reply email or call the church office (263-5304) for more 
information or to rsvp.

Opportunities to host our after worship gathering are available for 
several Sundays through the end of the year.  Check out the
online sign up sheet for available Sundays.  Thanks to all our hosts!

Thanks…
*to all those who participated in our Exploring Our Spirituality
Through Prayer retreat last Saturday.  Twenty-two persons formed
a community of prayer and reflection for the day.
*to all those who contributed toward relief for those affected
by Hurricane Matthew.  Thanks to your generosity, Walnut Hill is
able to send over $500 to the affected areas.

The Annual Assembly of the Kentucky Council of Churches will be 
held this week (Oct 20-21) in Bardstown.  The theme of this year's 
assembly is "Living Justly."  

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


Friday, October 14, 2016

Sunday At Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 16, at Walnut Hill Church…


EXPLORING OUR SPIRITUALITY
THROUGH PRAYER


Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Talking Together about Prayer

Continuing the conversation begun on Saturday, we will 
talk about experiences of prayer.  Saturday participation 
is not a prerequisite for Sunday's conversation.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Relentless and Purposeful
Text - Luke 18:1-8

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children

Children's Focus, 11am, Trinity Hall

The children will work with the "Parable of the Persistent
Widow," exploring its lessons about faith and prayer.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Hurricane Matthew - Persons attending Walnut Hill
this Sunday will have opportunity to contribute in
support of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane
Matthew.  Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church
are welcome. Our support will go to the affected areas
via Church World Service.  For more information, visit 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Greetings to all!

Exploring Our Spirituality Through Prayer is our focus for this weekend, October 
15 - 16, at Walnut Hill Church (see details below).  Perhaps we can do some 
advance work by considering the question, "What do we mean by prayer?"  Each 
of us would likely offer a different response to that question.  Consider one 
response from the spiritual teacher, Evelyn Underhill.

In the first place, what do we mean by prayer?  Surely just this:  that part of our 
conscious life which is deliberately oriented towards, and exclusively responds to, 
spiritual reality.  God is that spiritual reality, and we believe God to be immanent 
in all things. "[God] is not far from each one of us: for in [God] we live and move 
and have our being." … [Prayer] entails, then, a going up or out from our ordinary 
circle of earthly interests.  Prayer stretches out the tentacles of our consciousness 
not so much towards that Divine Life which is felt to be enshrined within the striving, 
changeful world of things; but rather to that "Eternal truth, true love, and loved
Eternity" wherein the world is felt to be enshrined.

EXPLORING OUR SPIRITUALITY THROUGH PRAYER
Sat, Oct 15, 8:30am - 3:00pm - Day retreat featuring presentations, discussion, 
practice, and quiet reflection.  Leadership provided by Dr. Sharon Grant and 
Mr. George Aboud.  Box lunch included. Suggested donation $20. Use reply email
or call the church office (263-5304) to register.
Sun, Oct 16 , 10am - Sunday Conversation - continuing the exploration sharing 
our Saturday experience and asking new questions.
Sun, Oct 16, 11am - Morning Worship - celebrating prayer as a path to nurture
and express our faith.

The Children's Focus for this Sunday, October 16, will be the "Parable of the
Persistent Widow" (Luke 18:1-8) as we continue to celebrate Jesus' message,
as found in the Gospel of Luke, that the Kingdom of God is for all.

The "Boone Creek Safari" annual youth and family outing to the Vaughan cabin
is scheduled for Sun, Oct 23.  This is always a special occasion for youth and
their families.  Watch for more details.

The Children's Choir for children through elementary age resumes on Sunday,
October 23, 10am, in Trinity Hall as they prepare for a presentation during the
Christmas season.

Hurricane Matthew Relief - Persons wanting to support relief efforts in the wake 
of Hurricane Matthew will have opportunity to do so this Sunday, October 16
Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church (designated "Hurricane") are
welcome.  We will be dividing our support between Haiti and the southeast U.S.

Opportunities to host our after worship refreshments are available for Sundays
in later October through December.  Visit the  online sign-up sheet  or check out
the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer to host a Sunday upcoming.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward