Friday, December 14, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 16, at Walnut Hill Church

THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
WALNUT HILL CHRISTMAS PARTY

The Messiah, 10am, Trinity Hall

Everlasting Father

The Messiah, an exploration of four honorific titles
often applied to Jesus as found in Isaiah 9:6 and 
featured in Handel's "Messiah," continues with a
conversation regarding the title, "Everlasting Father."

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Sacred Silence
Preaching - Teresa Larson
Liturgist - Mike Ward

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinty Hall

Nursery for infants and classes for children and youth.

CHRISTMAS PARTY, 3pm - 5pm, Hilliard Residence

Members, friends, and visitors are invited to gather at the 
Hilliard residence (2056 Norborne Dr) for this traditional 
celebration of the season.  Bring an hors-d'oeuvre or 
dessert item.  This gathering is intended for adults.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Greetings to all!

Consider this different way of thinking about the season Advent…

Advent, meaning "the coming," is a time when we wait expectantly.  Christians
began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like
Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done.
And we wait in expectation for the full coming of God's reign on earth and for
the return of Christ, what God will yet do.  But this waiting is not a passive
waiting. It is an active waiting.  As any expectant mother knows, this waiting
also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth
involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community.  It is called labor for a
reason.  Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live with the
expectation of the coming of God's kingdom on earth.  As we wait, we also
work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world. 
(from Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals)

Worship this Sunday, December 16, the Third Sunday of Advent…
*Preaching - Teresa Larson, an M.Div. student at Louisville Seminary
*Liturgist - Mike Ward

The Messiah, an exploration of the honorific titles often applied to Jesus as
found in Isaiah 9:6, continues this Sunday with a discussion of the title,
"Everlasting Father."  We will discuss what Isaiah might have had in mind
when he wrote/spoke these words, why the early Christians thought they
applied to Jesus, and what they might mean for us today.

THE WALNUT HILL CHRISTMAS PARTY will be held this Sun, Dec 16,
3pm - 5pm, at the Hilliard residence.  Bring an hors d'oeuvres or dessert item 
to share.  This gathering is intended for adults. Use reply email to request
more information.

Poinsettias- We will be decorating the Sanctuary for Christmas with traditional 
poinsettias and wreaths.  You can "sponsor" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make 
your check payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if 
your sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
                       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

THANKS…
to the children/youth and adults who presented the Christmas story in
music, reading, and costume this past Sunday.  It was a joy-filled occasion for
all.
…to all those who participated in the Giving Tree outreach this season.
Two car loads of gifts were delivered to the Nathaniel Mission for distribution
to children involved in their after school mentoring program.
…to the dozen youth who attended the annual Christmas Party at the
Ward residence this past Sunday evening.  It was a great evening of food,
games, and "fun" gifts, as well as 24 winter warmth items (gloves, hats, etc)
collected for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, December 7, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 9, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT
Children's Christmas Pageant

The Messiah, 10am, Trinity Hall (upstairs)

Mighty God

We continue our exploration of the four honorific titles
often applied to Jesus as found in Isaiah 9:6 and
featured in Handel's Messiah .

(Take note that we are meeting in the upstairs office
of Trinity Hall this Sunday.)

Pageant Practice, 10am, Trinity Hall

All children/youth participating in the Christmas
Pageant and music presentation are asked to arrive
at 10am for final practice, costumes, etc.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Children's Christmas Pageant and Presentation

Sermon - In Real Time
Text - Luke 3:1-6

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship.

Youth Christmas Party, 5:30pm, Ward Residence

Middle & High School age youth are invited to gather
for a fun celebration of the season.  Bring a winter
warmth item (cap, scarf, gloves) for our neighbors at
the Catholic Action Center and a "fun" gift ($5 value
or less) for a random gift exchange.  Use reply email
for more information or to rsvp.

*****

The Giving Tree - Please return your Giving Tree gifts 
(wrapped with ornament attached) this Sunday, Dec 9.
They will be taken to the Nathaniel Mission on Sunday
afternoon.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Greetings to all!

For these last several days our nation has paused to remember the
leadership and service of George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first
President of the United States.  Of course, this remembrance is about
more than one individual, but rather about the Office of the President
and how important that office is to our well-being as a people.  Prayer
for the nation is appropriate at such a moment.  Consider this prayer
offered by President Bush on the occasion of his inauguration…

Heavenly Father, we bow our heads and thank you for your love.
Make us strong to do your word, willing to heed and hear your will,
and write on our hearts these words: use power to help people.
For we are given power not to advance our own purposes,
nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name.
There is but one just use of power, and it is to serve people.
Help us remember, Lord. Amen.
(as spoken on January 20, 1989)

The lectionary texts for December 9, the Second Sunday of Advent…

The Messiah, an exploration of four honorific titles often applied to
Jesus, continues this Sun, Dec 9, 10am, in Trinity Hall as we explore the
title "Mighty God" (Isaiah 9:6). Use reply email if you would like to 
preview the study guide for this Sunday's conversation.

The Children's Pageant/Program is this Sun, Dec 9, 11am, in the
Sanctuary.  Children/youth are asked to arrive at 10am for final
preparations.  Use reply email for more information and/or contact
Lauren Fouts.

The Youth Christmas Party is scheduled for this Sun, Dec 9, 5:30pm,
at the Ward residence.  All middle and high school age youth are
invited.  Attendees are asked to bring a winter warmth item (cap,
scarf, hat) for our neighbors at the Catholic Action Center and a
"fun gift" ($5 value or less) for our random gift exchange.  Use reply
email for more information or to rsvp. 

Poinsettias- As is our custom, we will be decorating the Sanctuary 
for Christmas with traditional poinsettias and wreaths.  You can help 
by "sponsoring" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable 
to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if your 
sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 9, 11am - Children's Pageant during morning worship.
     5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party at the Ward residence
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

Thanks to all who helped to make last Sunday's Christmas Potluck
a great success including our coordinators (the Bohmers and the
Hilliards), our great Walnut Hill chefs, and all those who attended.
It was a festive occasion!

IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER on a Sunday morning an email
will be sent by 9am updating the status of activities that day.  A
voice update will also be available through the church phone
(859-263-5304) by 9am on Sunday morning.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward







Friday, November 30, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, December 2, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
CHRISTMAS POTLUCK

The Messiah, 10am, Trinity Hall

Wonderful Counselor

We are exploring the four titles ascribed to the Messiah
as found in Isaiah 9:6 and featured in the well-known
portion of Handel's Messiah"For Unto Us … " 

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing in anticipation of their Dec 9
presentation.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Advent Anxiety

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

All age groups will gather to prepare for the Dec 9
Christmas pageant/program.

Nursery care for infants/toddlers.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK, Noon, Trinity Hall

Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert, and join us for this
delicious Walnut Hill tradition.  Meat and beverage
provided.

*****

THE GIVING TREE is up in Trinity Hall decorated
with ornaments suggesting gifts for children. Pick
up an ornament, purchase the suggested gift, and
return the wrapped gift and ornament by Dec. 9

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, December 2, is the First Sunday of Advent, the four-week
season anticipating and preparing for the Advent (coming) of Christ at
Bethlehem as well as his return to fulfill the divine work of redemption. 
It is a season of looking back at a moment when divinity acted in the world 
in a particular way, looking ahead to new activity that might be on the 
horizon, while at the same time taking stock of where we are now.  It can 
cause one's head to spin, but also fill us with wonder for what has been, 
what is, and what might/will be.  Let us take advantage of the season to 
discover what new thing God might be birthing into the world, into the 
church, and into our lives today.

The lectionary texts for December 2, the First Sunday of Advent…

The Messiah is the title of a four-week Advent conversation beginning
this Sun, Dec 2, 10am, in Trinity Hall.  We will be using a study authored
by Walter Brueggemann exploring the four royal titles often applied to
Jesus from Isaiah 9:6 (For unto us a child is born…).  This week's title
for consideration is "Wonderful Counselor."  Use reply email to request
a copy of the study guide for this Sunday's conversation.

THE CHRISTMAS POTLUCK is this Sunday, December 2, immediately
after morning worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us
for this delicious beginning to the holiday season.  Meat and beverage
will be provided.

The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall with several remaining "ornaments"
offering gift suggestions for children referred to us by the Nathaniel Mission   
Pick up an ornament, purchase the suggested gift, and return the gift (and 
ornament) by Sun, Dec 9.  For those who have picked up ornaments
we have received more detailed information regarding the age/gender of 
gift recipients.  Use reply email to request more detailed information about
your gift recipient.

Poinsettias- As is our custom, we will be decorating the Sanctuary for
Christmas with traditional poinsettias and wreaths.  You can help by
"sponsoring" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable to
Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia).  Let us know if your sponsorship
is memory/honor of someone special to you.

Looking Ahead:
Sun, Dec 9, 11am - Children's Pageant during morning worship.
     5:30pm - Youth Christmas Party at the Ward residence
Sun, Dec 16, 3pm - 5pm - Christmas Party at the Hilliard residence
Sun, Dec 23, 11am - Christmas Communion
Mon, Dec 24, 5pm - Lessons and Carols for all ages
       9pm  - Evening Prayer Fireside

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, November 23, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 25, at Walnut Hill Church…

CHRIST THE KING

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

A Classic Confrontation

We will explore the classic confrontation between Jesus of 
Nazareth and the Roman governor Pilate to discover what 
it might reveal about these two individuals and the nature 
of power in the world. You might want to review John 18/19 
to prepare for this conversation.

Chlldren's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for 
music and singing in anticipation of  their presentation on 
December 9.

Morning Worship, 11am, Trinity Hall

Sermon - The Truth

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-"Jesus Teaches Thankfulness" - Matthew 14:13-21
*Youth (high school)
-"Wonderful Revelation" - Revelation 1:4-8

*****

The Giving Tree is up in Trinity Hall decorated with
ornaments offering gifts suggestions for elementary age
children. Visit the tree, pick up an ornament, purchase
the suggested gift, and return the gift (and ornament)
by Dec 9.

*****

California Wildflowers - Persons wishing to contribute
toward the relief and support of persons affected by the
recent fires in California are invited to do so this Sunday,
Nov 25.  Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church
(memo: Wildfires) are welcome.  Look for collection boxes
in the Sanctuary foyer.  Walnut Hill contributions will be 
sent to the affected area via our Episcopal and Presbyterian
relief partners.




Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Greetings to all!

As you gather with family, friends, and neighbors this week to celebrate 
the Thanksgiving holiday, consider the following prayer…

Almighty and gracious God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the
earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them.
Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the
provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to
the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen.
(from The Book of Common Prayer)

The lectionary texts for November 25, the Sunday of Christ the King…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Nov 25, 10am, in Trinity Hall
with a conversation inspired by our gospel lesson (see above) for the 
Sunday of Christ the King.  The conversation is titled "Jesus and Pilate:
A Classic Confrontation." 

"The Giving Tree" will be up this coming Sunday, Nov 25, in Trinity Hall
decorated with "ornaments" suggesting gifts for children recommended
to us by the Nathaniel Mission.  You are invited to select an ornament,
purchase the suggested gift, and return the gift (with the ornament) by
Sunday, December 9.  This season's gift recipients are all participants in 
the Mission's after school tutoring program at Cardinal Valley Elementary 
School.

The Christmas Potluck will be held on Sun, Dec 2, immediately after
worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert, and join us for this delicious
start to the Advent/Christmas season.

Thanks…
*to all our Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing sponsors, preparers,
and deliverers who helped Walnut Hill provide the stuffing/dressing for
the Nathaniel Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov 20.
*to all those who made special gifts enabling Walnut Hill to send
over $300 to support relief efforts on behalf of those affected by the
recent California wildfires.  Our support is going to the affected area
via our ecumenical partners Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and
Episcopal Relief & Development.  In light of the severity of this crisis,
collection boxes will again be available for your contributions this
Sun, Nov 25.

The Advent Season - One special tradition of the Advent season is the
lighting of the Advent wreath during morning worship.  Individuals and
families are welcome and needed to lead this wonderful tradition.  Let us
know by reply email if you would like to "light the Advent candles" this
season (Dec 2, 9, 16, or 23).

Sanctuary Poinsettias - As is our custom, we will be decorating the 
Sanctuary with poinsettias and wreaths for the Christmas holiday. You
may "sponsor" a poinsettia for $20/plant.  Make your check payable
to Walnut Hill Church (memo: poinsettia), and be sure to let us know
if your sponsorship is in memory/honor of someone special to you.  

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Mike Ward





Friday, November 16, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 18, at Walnut Hill Church…

33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
Thanksgiving

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Stop, Look, Go (Do)

We will view and discuss a video presentation by Benedictine
monk and spiritual teacher David Steindl-Rast focusing on
gratitude as a way of life.  To view the video in advance, visit

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for
music and singing in anticipation of their presentation on
December 9.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Hannah's Prayer of Thanksgiving
(for the backstory, read 1 Samuel 1)

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-Forgiveness - Matthew 18:21-35
*Youth (high school)
-God's Blessing - Mark 13:1-8

*****

California Wildflowers - Persons wishing to contribute
toward the relief and support of persons affected by the
recent fires in California are invited to do so this Sunday,
Nov 18.  Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church
(memo: Wildfires) are welcome.  Look for collection boxes
in the Sanctuary foyer.  Walnut Hill contributions will be sent 
to the affected area via our Episcopal and Presbyterian
relief partners.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Greetings to all!

The recent, and current, fires in California are amazing to behold and
horrific in their destruction.  Whatever they might say to us (and we do
well to listen) in regard to climate change, urban development, and forest 
management, right now the focus must be on support of the communities 
and individuals in their path and those persons working to mitigate loss of 
life and property. Our thoughts and prayers are with them:
 
God of Mercy and Compassion: We are humbled by the power of nature,
so forcefully on display in California. Be present with those who have lost 
loved ones, homes, livelihoods, and communities.Strengthen those who 
work to protect people and property, shelter those who have fled their homes, 
and help households and communities rebuild. May we be generous in our 
response to neighbors in need, and may we listen to what the Earth might 
be saying to us in these days. Amen.

Responding to California Fires: Persons attending Walnut Hill this Sun, 
Nov 18, will have opportunity to offer special gifts in response to the
California wildfires.  Watch the Friday update for more details.

The lectionary texts for Nov 18, the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Nov 18, 10am in Trinity Hall 
as we consider Gratitude as Spiritual Practice.  

Climate Change follow-up - Last week's Sunday Conversation focused
on climate change, particularly what people of faith might do in response.
With that in mind, we would like to invite interested persons to participate
in a Walnut Hill exploratory/working group to research possible responses
for Walnut Hill folks (together and individually).  Let us know by reply email 
if you would like to participate. You might want to review this Ted Talk video
about the climate change tipping point, which the conversation group viewed 
last Sunday.

Walking Through Scripture is a schedule of readings from the Sunday
lectionary (see above) for individual use. Participants are invited to walk
through scripture by taking a few minutes each week to read and reflect
on the Sunday lessons, enabling the walker to be more prepared for
Sunday worship and (over the course of three years) to read many, if not 
most, of the most important passages of scripture. Pick up a walking guide 
in the Sanctuary foyer or request one by reply email. Walkers may also 
subscribe to Mike's weekly commentary on the Sunday lessons. Use reply
email to subscribe.

Sunday Hospitality - A few open Sundays (Nov 25, Dec 9, and Dec 23)
remain available as hosting opportunities during 2018.  Use reply email,
or visit the online sign up sheet to volunteer.  Thanks to all our Sunday
hosts!

The Advent Season - One special tradition of the Advent season is the
lighting of the Advent wreath during morning worship.  Individuals and
families are welcome and needed to lead this wonderful tradition.  Let us
know by reply email if you would like to "light the Advent candles" this
season (Dec 2, 9, 16, or 23).

The Christmas Season Potluck is coming on Sun, Dec 2, immediately
after morning worship.  Bring a salad, side dish, or dessert and join us
for this delicious start to the Advent/Christmas season.

The Annual Congregational Meeting was held this past Sun, Nov 11.  
If you missed it, let us know by reply email, and we will be happy to send 
you a copy (electronically of by post) of the meeting packet including the
proposed 2019 budget as well as Vestry persons and officers elected for 
2019.

The State of the Church - If you missed last Sunday, Walnut Hill Church
Members and Friends are invited to visit the Walnut Hill website and listen 
to Mike Ward's State of the Church report outlining several priorities for the 
year(s) ahead.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 11, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Climate Change: Our Response

We continue our recent conversation about climate change
considering our response as individuals and as people
of faith.  You might want to watch either or both of these
videos focusing on climate change and the Bible and

(nursery care available for young children)

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather for 
music and singing in anticipation of their Christmas season 
presentation on December 9.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - The State of the Church 2018
Text - Luke 4:16-20

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-Jesus Teaches How to Pray - Matthew 6:5-14
*Youth (high school)

Congregational Meeting, Noon, Sanctuary

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Walnut Hill
Church will be held immediately after worship in the
Sanctuary.  Business of the Annual Meeting includes
the election of Vestry members and officers, presentation
of the 2019 Budget, and action on the Pastor's terms of
call for 2019.  Other business may be brought before the
congregation by Members/Friends.  

*****

The Vestry will meet at 10am in the upstairs office of
Trinity Hall.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Greetings to all!

With the election behind us, or nearly so where the counting continues,
it is time for us to gather ourselves as a people to live and work together
for the common good.  The following prayer might be useful for reflection
as we consider how to contribute toward that common good.

O Lord, our governor,
your glory shines throughout the world.
We commend our nation to your merciful care,
that we might live in peace with one another,
and be guided by your steadfast love.
Grant to all in authority, both continuing and newly elected,
wisdom and strength to pursue compassion, mercy, and justice.
Help them remember that they are called to serve the people
with courage and humility;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, we pray.  Amen.
(adapted from the Book of Common Worship)

The lectionary texts for Nov 11, the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sunday, Nov 11, 10am, in Trinity
Hall, as we continue our consideration of the faith community's response 
to climate change.

Children's Choir- Children are invited to gather at 10am each Sunday
morning for music and singing in preparation for their Christmas
season presentation on December 9.

THE ANNUAL MEETING of the Congregation of Walnut Hill Church will
be held on Sunday, November 11, Noon (immediately after worship), in
the Sanctuary.  Business of the annual meeting includes the election of
Vestry members and officers, presentation of the 2019 budget, and
action on the pastor's terms of call for 2019.  Additional business may
be brought forward by Walnut Hill Church Members and Friends.  If
you are aware of business that you plan to bring forward at Sunday's
meeting, please contact Sr. Warden Bob Watt.

Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing: Once again Walnut Hill has been
asked to provide the stuffing/dressing for the Nathaniel Mission
Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Tue, Nov 20.  We will provide
16 pans of stuffing/dressing.  You may sponsor a pan for $20 by a
check payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: Dressing).  Use reply
email to let us know if you would like to help in the delivery of the 
dressing on Nov 20.

"Best Gift" Catalog - Looking for a different type of gift giving this 
Christmas season?  Visit the Church World Service  Best Gift Catalog  
to learn how you might honor your family and friends and improve the 
world at the same time.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward



Friday, November 2, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, November 4, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Religious Diversity: Challenges and Possibilities

In light of recent events and rhetoric, we will explore the
challenges and possibilities posed by the religious
diversity in American society.  In anticipation of our
conversation, you might want to review a 2003 policy
statement on Religious Diversity authored by the
Kentucky Council of Churches

(nursery care available for young children)

Children's Choir, 10am, Trinity Hall

Children through elementary age are invited to gather
for music and singing in anticipation of their Christmas
season presentation on December 9.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Close to the Kingdom of God
The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)
-"The story of Ruth" - Ruth 1:1-18

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-"The Great Commandment" -Matthew 22:34-40
*Youth (high school)
-"Crossing Boundaries" - Ruth 1:1-18

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 31, 3018

Greetings to all!

The coincidence of All Saints' Day (Nov 1) with Saturday's horrific event
in Pittsburgh invites reflection on what it means to be a saint. While
perhaps stretching the narrow definition of the term, I am inclined toward
Thomas Merton's description of saints as a "series of magnificently 
different and splendid images of God … showing forth God's glories
and perfections in astonishing ways, and each one shining in his/her
particularly sanctity, a sanctity destined for him/her from all eternity…"
Blessings to the saints, wherever they may be found and whatever 
their particular religious tradition might be.

A Vigil: Temple Adath Israel is sponsoring a community vigil to honor
those killed and injured last Saturday in Pittsburgh. The vigil will be held 
on Wednesday, October 31, 7:30pm, at the Fayette County Public
School central office auditorium (701 East Main Street).

The lectionary texts for Sunday, November 4, All Saints' Sunday…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Nov 4, as we consider
the current situation of religious tolerance/intolerance in the world
and our response as people of faith.

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation of Walnut Hill Church will
be held on Sunday, November 11, Noon, in the Walnut Hill Church
Sanctuary.  Business will include the election of Vestry members and
officers, presentation of the 2019 Budget, and approval of the Pastor's
terms of call for 2019.  Additional business may also be considered.
If you have business that needs to be considered at the Annual 
Meeting, please contact Senior Warden Bob Watt.

Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing: Once again Walnut Hill has been
asked to provide the stuffing/dressing for the Nathaniel Mission
Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Tue, Nov 20.  We will provide
16 pans of stuffing/dressing.  You may sponsor a pan for $20 by a
check payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: Dressing).  Use reply
email to let us know if you would like to help in the delivery of the 
dressing on Nov 20.

All Souls' Evensong: Two Lexington congregations will present
"All Souls' Evensong" services this Sunday, November 4.
*Christ Church Cathedral at 4pm (preceded at 3:30pm by a
recital performance of the Kentucky Guitar Quartet)
"Evensong" is a traditional Anglican liturgy of evening prayer that
can be either spoken or sung.  Both of the services referenced
above are choral. Our Organist/Music Director, Angela Hurley, has
prepared an introduction to evensong, which you may request by
reply email or pick up this Sunday in the Sanctuary foyer. 

The three presbyteries in the Commonwealth of Kentucky will be
gathering for a joint meeting Nov 2 - 3, in Danville.  Mike Ward will
be attending the meeting as a Teaching Elder and member of the

Peace to all.

Mike Ward

 .  



 


Saturday, October 27, 2018

Boone Creek Safari CANCELED

Dear Walnut Hill Friends:

Due to recent rains, current damp/cold conditions, and a not too promising forecast, the Boone Creek Safari scheduled for Sunday, October 28, HAS BEEN CANCELED.

Our thanks to Derek for his willingness to host us, and we will look forward to gathering at the cabin when the calendar and conditions permit.

In the meantime, all other Walnut Hill activities for Sunday, October 28, continue as scheduled including:

*9:30am - Vestry Meeting
*10:00am - Sunday Conversation
*11:00am - Morning Worship
- Faith Formation for Children/Youth
*Noon - After Worship Gathering
*12:15pm - Chimes Practice

See you then!

Mike Ward

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 28, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Responding to Climate Change

We will explore the recent report of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change with particular attention to what
it might mean for people of faith.

(nursery care available for young children)

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - One Last Disciple

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)
-"God's Mercy and Grace" - Mark 10:46-52

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-"The Golden Rule" - Matthew 7:1-12
*Youth (high school)
-"Blindness & Renewed Vision" - Mark 10:46-52

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Walnut Hill Chimes, 12:15pm, Sanctuary

Adults and older children/youth are invited to gather for
some practice and fun with chimes.

Boone Creek Safari, afternoon, Vaughan Cabin

All are invited to gather for hiking, relaxing, pumpkin
carving, and a picnic/cookout.  Attendees should bring
lawn chairs and a dish for the picnic.  Please rsvp by 
reply email or by contacting Nell Horman.  In case of an
inclement weather forecast, watch for an announcement 
regarding the event status.

****

The Vestry will meet at 9:30am in the upstairs office
of Trinity Hall.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Greetings to all!

This coming Sunday is Reformation Sunday commemorating Martin Luther's
posting of the Ninety-five Theses on the cathedral door in Wittenberg (Oct 31, 
1517), the traditional beginning of the Protestant Reformation.  Whatever we 
might think of its causes and outcomes, the Reformation was truly a pivotal 
moment in Western history, and its effects continue to ripple among us. Now 
501 years later, some (like the late Phyllis Tickle) suggest we might be on the 
cusp (or in the midst) of another pivotal moment, "a 500 year rummage sale" 
that while no doubt disruptive, will yield new and fresh forms of spirituality and 
religion. Some of the old forms will not survive while new forms will arise to take 
their place and carry forward the best of what does survive as well as new and 
fresh insights.  Perhaps it is a good time for the Church to consider what needs 
to be taken to the curb, what needs to be polished up, what needs to be added
fresh.

The lectionary texts for October 28, the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Oct 28, 10am, as we turn our
attention to the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel report on climate change
and what that report might mean for people of faith.  

Boone Creek Safari - Once again Walnut Hill children/youth and families are 
invited to the Vaughan cabin this Sun, Oct 28, for an afternoon of hiking, relaxing, 
pumpkin carving, and food. This year the invitation is extended to all Walnut 
Hill members and friends regardless of whether or not there are children/youth 
in your household. Attendees are asked to bring a food item to add to the picnic.  
A voluntary offering will also be received for the Catholic Action Center. If you
plan to attend, please rsvp using reply email or by contacting Nell Horman.

The Kentucky Council of Churches will hold its Annual Assembly this week 
(Oct 25-26) at Jeffersontown Christian Church (Louisville).  The theme of this 
year's assembly is "A House Divided".  Mike Ward will attend as a delegate.

For another view of the migrant "caravan" making its way through Central 
America, visit an assessment by Doctors Without Borders .

Thanks to all those (leaders and participants) who helped to make our recent 
series, It "Is" Good, a fascinating exploration of the universe around and
within us.  Audio recordings of Mike's series opening/closing sermons 
(9/9 & 10/21) are available on the Walnut Hill website, and printed copies are 
available by request.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward






Friday, October 19, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 21, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It "Is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

It "Is" VERY Good

Our journey exploring the universe around and within us
concludes this Sunday as we share with each other what we 
have discovered, our conclusions, and our new/ongoing
 questions.

(nursery care available for young children)

What Time Is It?, 10am, Trinity Hall

Older children are invited to gather for conversation about 
the seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, etc).

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - It "Is" VERY Good: Reflections on the Journey

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Lessons of Jesus  (older elementary/middle school)
-"God Cares for All Living Creatures" (Gen 1:21-26)
*Youth (high school) -in worship this Sunday

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Greetings to all!

The recent drop in daily temperature has reminded me that the season is, 
indeed, changing. I happened upon a brief reflection on this seasonal change 
from one of Thomas Merton's journals.

Brilliant, windy day - cold. It is fall.  It is the kind of day in October Pop used
to talk about. I thought about him as I came up through the hollow, with the
sun on the bare persimmon trees, and a song in my mouth. All songs are,
as it were, one's last. I have been grateful for life…Great clouds of seeds
fly in the wind from the poplar tree.

(as found in When the Trees Say Nothing)

In celebration: Charlotte Cornett and Hilary Boone IV were married on Sat,
Oct 13, at Walnut Hill Church.  Congratulations to Charlotte, Hil, and their
families. 

The lectionary texts for October 21, the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

It "Is" Good, an exploration of the universe around us and within us,
concludes this Sunday with a session titled It "Is" VERY Good. We will sum
up our exploration and talk about what we have discovered. 

"Boone Creek Safari", our annual afternoon at the Vaughan cabin for
children/youth and families, is scheduled for Sunday, October 28. This year 
we will be opening the event to persons of all ages, whether or not 
you have children/youth in your household.  Watch for more details.

Senior High Retreats - Senior High youth are encouraged to attend either
of two youth retreats Fri - Sun, November 9 - 11, at Cathedral Domain
Happening ) and at Camp Burnamwood ( Fall Retreat ).  As with summer
camps, the church will sponsor Walnut Hill youth for 1/2 of the registration
cost, a bargain for a great weekend. Use reply email for more information.

A Community of Caring - We are looking for a few good recruits to form
a team to help extend the care of the Walnut Hill community to members
and friends who, from time to time, might be in need of some special 
attention.  Use reply email to request more information.

Vestry Nominees - The Vestry election season will soon be upon us.  With
that in mind, we are inviting suggestions for persons to serve on the Vestry,
Class of 2021.  As is our custom, we are particularly looking for two male
nominees to replace two male Vestry members who are completing their
service this year, thus retaining an equal number of men and women serving
on the Vestry.  Please share your nominee suggestions with Senior Warden
Bob Watt.

Hurricane Michael - As you have probably heard, the damage total from
Hurricane Michael continues to grow daily.  Check out the following links
to support relief efforts by any one of our several ecumenical partners:

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


Friday, October 12, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 14, at Walnut Hill Church…

The 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It "is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

Let the Earth Bring Forth Life

Our exploration of the universe around and within us continues
with a conversation regarding the wonder of the evolutionary
process leading to life as we see it today.

(nursery care available for young children)

What Time Is It, 10am, Trinity Hall

Older children are invited to gather for conversation about the 
seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, etc).

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Entering the Kingdom of God

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way  (younger elementary)

*Hearers of the Word  (older elementary)
"God Cares for You and All Creation" - Matthew 6

*Youth (high school)
"God's Amazing Claim" - Mark 10

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

Hurricane Michael  - Persons attending Walnut Hill this Sunday
will have opportunity to contribute toward the relief of those affected 
by Hurricane Michael. Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill 
Church (memo: Michael) are welcome. Walnut Hill contributions 
will go to the affected area via Episcopal Relief and Development .


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Greetings to all!

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a report this 
week describing the serious effects of climate change already being observed,
as well as others that might be seen as soon as 2040, well within the lifespan 
of our children, if not our own. For people of faith, stewardship of the Earth is 
part of our identity as creatures made in the image of God and placed "in the
garden to till and keep it" (Gen 2). However accurate the report's predictions 
might (or might not) be, it is our calling as God's people to care for this Earth 
as a religious expression to our Creator as well as a practical responsibility to
our children and grandchildren. Let us all look for ways to care for the Earth 
in our own living and encourage those in positions of power to do the same in
regard to the policies and practices that influence communities and nations.    

In memory: Jacob "Jake" Hughes Graves III, a member of Walnut Hill
Church, departed this life on Oct 6, 2018, at his home, "Leafland," in the 
company of his family. Services for Jake will be held on Sat, Oct 13, 11am,
at Milward's (Trent Blvd).  For the full obituary, visit J. H. Graves III .

In celebration: Emily Grace Talbott and Tanner Scott Perdue were married
on Sat, Oct 6, at Christ Church Cathedral.  Emily is a member of Walnut Hill
Church.

The lectionary texts for October 14, the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

It "Is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within us, continues
this Sunday with a session titled, "Let the Earth Bring Forth Life," as we
explore the evolution of life on our planet. In case you missed last Sunday,
we explored the "pre-biotic" earth, including a glimpse at what life within
a cell might look like if it could be sufficiently magnified.  Check it out via
this video .

A Community of Caring - We are looking for a few good recruits to form
a team to help extend the care of the Walnut Hill community to members
and friends who, from time to time, might be in need of some special 
attention.  Use reply email to request more information.

Vestry Nominees - The Vestry election season will soon be upon us.  With
that in mind, we are inviting suggestions for persons to serve on the Vestry,
Class of 2021.  As is our custom, we are particularly looking for two male
nominees to replace two male Vestry members who are completing their
service this year, thus retaining an equal number of men and women serving
on the Vestry.  Please share your nominee suggestions with Senior Warden
Bob Watt.

In the Community-
-A House Divided is the theme of this year's Annual Assembly of the
Kentucky Council of Churches to be October 25 - 26, at Jeffersontown
Christian Church (Louisville).  Visit Annual Assembly for more information.
-Brunch and Bellinis for Buckhorn is the title of an event to be held
on Sat, Nov 10, 11am - 1pm, at the Idle Hour Country Club, to benefit
Buckhorn Children and Family Services.  Cost is $25/person.  Activities
include a brunch and silent auction.  For information and/or reservations, 

Peace to all.

Mike Ward 

 


Friday, October 5, 2018

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, October 7, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE 27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

It "Is" Good, 10am, Trinity Hall

Let the Waters Teem With Life…or at Least What Makes for Life

Our exploration of the universe around and within us continues 
this Sunday as we take a dip in the primordial oceans looking 
for the precursors of life on our planet.

(Nursery care available for young children)


What Time Is It, 10am, Trinity Hall

Older children are invited to gather for conversation about the 
seasons of the church year (Advent, Lent, etc) including, this 
Sunday, the various "colors" of the church year.


Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - God and Job: A Relationship
Text - Job 1:1; 2:1-10 (see note below)

The Sacrament of Holy Communion


Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

*Nursery Care (birth through preschool)

*Children of the Way Hearers of the Word 
-(elementary and middle school)
-"In Jesus' Name" - Mark 10:2-16 -experiencing welcome
as God's children

*Youth will join the congregation in worship for the Sacrament

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

Hand Chimes, after worship, Sanctuary

Grab a quick refreshment and join us in the Sanctuary for some
fun and practice with hand chimes.  No experience necessary.

*****

Indonesia Earthquake/Tsunami  - Persons attending Walnut Hill 
this Sunday will have opportunity to contribute toward the relief of
those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
Cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo: Indonesia)
are welcome.  Walnut Hill contributions will go to the affected area 

*****

Sunday Sermon Text - This Sunday's sermon is a reflection on
the story of Job incorporating the next four Sunday Old Testament
lectionary lessons: Job 1:1; 2:1-10  , Job 23:1-9, 16-17  , Job 38:1-7 , 
Job 42:1-6, 10-17  .  You might want to read all four texts in
advance and/or reacquaint yourself with the story of Job .




Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Greetings to all!

Last weekend the Waldmann family had opportunity to gather with siblings and 
spouses to memorialize a brother(in-law) who died this past summer.  It was 
not a typical church/cemetery service and burial, but it was nonetheless fitting 
for the loved one being remembered. In the midst of it all, I was made aware of 
how ordinary, even unusual, places can become "sacred spaces" where one 
can glimpse beyond the material to see that which might not be material but no 
less real. Such "thin places," as the ancient Celts used to call them, can be 
found most anywhere. It serves as a reminder to always keep one's eyes, ears, 
and heart open for those spaces and moments when there might be something 
more to be seen than immediately meets the eye.

The lectionary texts for October 7, the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time…

It "is" Good, an exploration of the universe around and within us, continues
this Sun, Oct, 7, with a session titled "Let the Waters Teem with Life… or at 
Least What Makes for Life."  We will take a dip in the primordial sea in search 
of the precursors of life on our planet.  Join us!

A Host(s) is needed for our after worship refreshments this Sun, Oct 7. Use 
reply email to volunteer for this Sunday, or visit the online sign up sheet for 
hosting opportunities later in the fall.  Thanks to all our Sunday hosts!

CROP WALK REPORT - Seventeen walkers (including one four-legged
participant) represented Walnut Hill Church at last Sunday's Lexington area 
CROP Walk.  Their active participation combined with several special
financial gifts yielded a total Walnut Hill contribution over $700 to support
hunger relief locally and around the world.  Congratulations to the Walnut
Hill Team and congregation!

Indonesia Earthquake & Tsunami - As you are likely already aware, on 
Fri, Sep 28, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was stuck by a 7.5 magnitude 
earthquake followed by a devastating tsunami causing massive destruction 
and many casualties.  Our ecumenical partner, Church World Service, is 
responding as are many governments and relief organizations. To support 
Church World Service efforts, visit Indonesia Tsunami .

A Community of Caring - We are looking for a few good recruits to form
a team to help extend the care of the Walnut Hill community to members
and friends who, from time to time, might be in need of some special 
attention.  Use reply email to request more information.

Vestry Nominees - The Vestry election season will soon be upon us.  With
that in mind, we are inviting suggestions for persons to serve on the Vestry,
Class of 2021.  As is our custom, we are particularly looking for two male
nominees to replace two male Vestry members who are completing their
service this year, thus retaining an equal number of men and women serving
on the Vestry.  Please share your nominee suggestions with Senior Warden
Bob Watt.

Thanks to all those who, in ways obvious and behind the scenes, made
it possible for Barbara and I to gather with family this past weekend to
memorialize Barbara's brother, Jim Waldmann.  

Peace to all.

Mike Ward