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.