Friday, July 21, 2017

Sundays at Walnut Hill Church

The next three Sundays at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Teachings of Jesus

Over the next three Sundays our conversations will focus 
on the teachings of Jesus as found in the "Sermon on the 
Mount"  (Matt 5 - 7). For a different way of reading/hearing 
these familiar words, visit Sermon on the Mount .

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

*July 23 - The Rev. John Cavendish,
Pastor Emeritus, Walnut Hill Church.
*July 30 - The Rev. Sandra Moon,
Director of Alum, Church and Community Engagement,
*Aug 6 - The Rev. David Sharrard,
Professor Emeritus, Lexington Theological Seminary 
and member of Walnut Hill Church.

Nursery Care and Faith Formation for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.


"LemonAid Days" - Look for the LemonAid Stand 
during our after worship gathering on Sunday, July 23.
"LemonAid Days" supports the ministry of the Salvation


Sacred Music Essays - Copies of Angela Hurley's recent 
are available in the Sanctuary foyer.


Hope Center - Remember that we are gathering travel 
size toiletry items for guests at the Hope Center. Look 
for the collection box in the Sanctuary foyer.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Greetings to all!

For many persons summer travel includes places where they "used to live," 
perhaps in their childhood. Such visits are often filled with memories, happy 
and/or sad. In his autobiography, Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen recalls a 
visit to his hometown, Freehold, New Jersey, including St. Rose's, the 
neighborhood Catholic parish…

Once again in the shadow of the steeple, as I stood feeling the old soul of 
my tree, of my town weighing upon me, the words and a benediction came 
back over me. I'd chanted them singsong, unthinkingly, endlessly in the green 
blazer, ivory shirt and green tie of all of St. Rose's unwilling disciples. Tonight 
they came to me and flowed differently. Our father, who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is 
in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as 
we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil … all of us, forever and ever, amen.

Summer Music Essays, Part II - Visit "Music Time Travels…" for an essay
from our Organist/Music Director, Angela Hurley, exploring how sacred music
enables the worshiper to travel in time and space.  It's a fascinating journey.
Copies of Dr. Hurley's essay will be available this Sunday in the Sanctuary

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, July 23, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  
Join us as we begin a three-Sunday conversation around the teachings of 
Jesus as found in the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5 - 7).  For a different 
way of reading/hearing these familiar words, visit  The Sermon on the Mount .

A Salvation Army "LemonAid" Stand will be part of our after worship 
gathering this Sunday, July 23.  Come enjoy a cup of tasty lemonade while 
enjoying some after worship refreshments.  All donations will benefit the 
Salvation Army's work with neighbors in need.  For more information, 
visit LemonAid Days .

South Sudan - We are currently exploring ways that Walnut Hill might connect
with and support ongoing work in the nation of South Sudan. Two possibilities
present themselves: Water for South Sudan  and  The Buckeye Health Clinic .
Visit these two links, and let us know your thoughts.

The 6th Annual Walnut Hill Bike Ride was held this past Saturday, July 15. 
More than 150 persons enjoyed a morning of Walnut Hill hospitality. More than 
$4,000 was raised to provide bicycles and other support for refugee families. 
THANKS to all who made the day a great success including the planning team, 
event volunteers, food donors, and, of course, cyclists and other visitors. Thanks 
also to our partner organizations, the Bluegrass Cycling Club and Kentucky 
Refugee Ministries, as well as our local business sponsors including Columbia 
Gas of KY, Community Trust Bank, DeCamp Talbott Seif psc, Chesapeake Farm, 
Kerr Brothers Funeral Home and Crankworks Bicycles.  Special thanks to Team 
Cornett for their generosity, support and expertise regarding publicity and media. 

Peace to all!

Mike Ward 

Friday, July 14, 2017

This Weekend at Walnut Hill Church

This weekend, July 14-16, at Walnut Hill Church…


*Gathering in remembrance and thanksgiving for the
life of Bonnie Ruschell Nally:

-1pm - Visitation
-2pm - Service and Reception


*The 6th Annual Walnut Hill Bike Ride:

-7am - Set Up
-8am - Registration
-8:30am - Open Road Rides
-9am - Closed Road "Fun" Ride
-10am - 1pm - Brunch


*Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

-We will view and discuss a TedxTalk video
in which Salva Dut shares his experience as told
in the novel A Long Walk to Water. Click this
link, I Kept Walking , to view the video in 

*Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

-Sermon - Not Afraid to Fail
-Text - Matthew 13:1-9

-Nursery Care and Faith Development for

*After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

-All are invited to gather for fellowship and

*Vestry Meeting, 12:15pm, Trinity Hall

-The Vestry will meet in the upstairs office
of Trinity Hall.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

In Memory

*Bonnie Ruschell Nally, daughter of Julia Ruschell Snow (Charles)
departed this life on Sunday, July 9.  Services and burial will be held at 
Walnut Hill Church on Friday, July 14, 2pm, preceded by a visiting time 
beginning at 1pm.

*Cecile H. Nevett, a Friend of Walnut Hill Church, departed this
life on Saturday, July 8.  The complete obituary may be viewed at


The Walnut Hill Bike Ride

The Walnut Hill Bike Ride is this Saturday, July 15.  An event tradition
is the "Blessing of Cyclists" as found below.  Keep all the event
participants in your prayers this Saturday.

Bless, O Lord, those who ride this day over country roads and city
streets.  May they receive and share the courtesy of those who travel
the road with them.  Grant to all who ride today safety of body, joy of
spirit, and camaraderie with their fellow cyclists.  We ask this in the
spirit of the One who rides with us wherever we go.  Amen.

The schedule for the day:
8am - Registration
8:30am - Open Road Rides Begin
9:00am - Fun Ride (for novice cyclists and families)
10:00am - 1:00pm - Complimentary Brunch

Helmets required for all cyclists.

This event is free and open to the public.  Donations to benefit
Kentucky Refugee Ministries are welcome.

Opportunities are still available to donate food and/or to volunteer.
Use reply email to inquire.


Other News

The lessons for Sunday, July 16, the 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time:
Genesis 25:19-34
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, July 16, 10am, in Trinity
Hall.  Our focus will be the story of Salva Dut as told in the book,
A Long Walk for Water. The book is available in traditional and 
electronic formats via the Lexington Public Library as well as various 

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, July 9, at Walnut Hill Church…

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

The Struggle Within

We will consider the inner struggle described by the
Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans ( Rom 7 ).
Does Paul's experience resemble our own?  You
might want to view this brief video clip featuring
Richard Rohr in which he talks about embracing
both sides of one's inner self.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - An Easy Yoke

Introducing the story of Salva Dut as told in the book

Nursery Care and Faith Development for Children/Youth

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.


Walnut Hill Bike Ride - Sign up to volunteer or
donate food items for the Walnut Hill Bike Ride to be
held next Saturday, July 15.  Look for sign up sheets
in the Sanctuary foyer.  You may also use reply email
to inquire about volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Greetings to all!

In The Book of Joy Douglas Abrams chronicles a week-long conversation
with and between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai 
Lama, including the connection between joy and suffering, both our own
and the suffering of others.

In short, the more we heal our own pain, the more we can turn to the pain
of others.  But in a surprising way, what the Archbishop and the Dalai Lama 
were saying is that the way we heal our own pain is actually by turning to the 
pain of others.  It is a virtuous cycle.  The more we turn toward others, the 
more joy we experience, and the more joy we experience, the more we can 
bring joy to others.  The goal is not just to create joy for ourselves but, as the 
Archbishop poetically phrased it, "to be a reservoir of joy, an oasis of peace, 
a pool of serenity that can ripple out to all those around you."  As we will see, 
joy is in fact quite contagious.  As is love, compassion, and generosity.

The scripture lessons for Sun, July 9, the 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time…
Genesis 24:34-67
Romans 7:13-25
Matthew 11:16-30

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, July 9, 10am, in Trinity Hall.
Conversation topics vary widely from week to week.  Watch the Friday
update for details regarding this Sunday's conversation.

Your Ideas Welcome - Speaking of Sunday Conversations, we would be
pleased to receive your ideas regarding possible conversation topics, 
whether they be ideas for a single conversation or a series, whether they
be Bible based or current events.  Use reply email to share your ideas,
and watch for your "topic" to show up soon.

Sunday Hospitality - Visit the online sign up sheet to view Sundays
available for you to host our after worship gathering. You may, of course, 
also visit the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary foyer. Thanks to all 
our Sunday hosts!

The Walnut Hill Bike Ride is coming on Sat, July 15.  Activities include
open road rides, a closed road "fun ride" on Walnut Hill Road, brunch,
music and more.  Mark your calendar and plan to join us.  There will be 
plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  Proceeds benefit Kentucky Refugee 
Ministries. For more information visit Walnut Hill Bike Ride .

Hope Center Supplies - When you are traveling, or preparing to travel, 
this summer, don't forget that we are collecting travel size toiletry items 
(bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc) for the Hope Center.  Place your 
items in the collection box in the Sanctuary foyer.

Supporting Walnut Hill Church - Conversation is currently ongoing
regarding making it possible for Walnut Hill members and friends to 
support the church with credit card donations via the Walnut Hill Church
website.  Your thoughts, questions, ideas and concerns (via reply email)
would be welcome.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward