Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Greetings to all!

We are currently in the middle of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
an annual observance exploring the unity of the Church across political, 
ethnic, cultural, and theological boundaries.  Each year a different part
of the church is invited to select a theme for reflection by the church
around the world.  This year's theme, "Justice and Only Justice You Shall
Pursue" (Deuteronomy 16:18-20) was selected by Christians in Indonesia.
Be in prayer this week that the Church might find unity in the Spirit of
Christ and be united in the pursuit of justice around the world.  For more
information regarding this observance, visit Week of Prayer .

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Walnut Hill members and friends
are invited to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  with sisters 
and brothers from our neighboring congregations this Sun, Jan 27, 7pm, 
at Pax Christi Catholic Church (corner of Man-O-War & Victoria Way).

The lectionary texts for January 27, the Third Sunday after Epiphany…

Being Disciples, an exploration of the experience of following Christ,
continues this Sun, Jan 27, 10am, as we discuss "Faith, Hope, and
Love," and their relationship to intellect, memory, and will.  (chapter two 
in Rowan Williams' book, Being Disciples)

"Soup"er Bowl Sunday is coming on Sun, Feb 3, after morning worship.
Super Bowl Sunday provides an opportunity to enjoy some delicious
soup and make a donation to support hunger relief in central Kentucky
and beyond.  In anticipation of the day, Walnut Hill "soup chefs" are
invited to bring a pot of their favorite soup to share.  Use reply email
or contact Lauren Fouts to volunteer a pot of soup.

The Rt. Rev. Mark Van Koevering, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of
Lexington, will visit Walnut Hill Church on Sun, Feb 3. "Bishop Mark"
will join us for informal conversation at 10am and preach at our 11am
service.  For more information regarding Bishop Van Koevering, visit
the www.diolex.org . You might want to visit the Diocese Facebook page
to see Bishop Mark's post (Jan 20) regarding the events in Washington
involving Kentucky high school students.

Special thanks to all those who helped make it possible for us to
gather for worship on a wintry morning last Sunday including Bernie
Hartung and Associates for an emergency furnace repair on Saturday,
Down to Earth Landscaping for clearing the driveway and sidewalks
early Sunday morning, and the team of Horn, Hensley, Hanna, Snow,
and Wharton, for providing wonderful after worship refreshments.  The
weather was frightful, but the fellowship was delightful!

Peace to all.

Mike Ward



Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday, January 20

Dear Friends,

It's wintry out there, but the church drive and side walks have been cleared, so Walnut Hill will be open this morning (Sun, Jan 20) for anyone who wishes to venture out.  Our gathering will be very informal.  

Please use caution if you decide to venture out.  If in doubt, stay home, and we will look forward to seeing you next Sunday.

Peace,

Mike Ward


Friday, January 18, 2019

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 20, at Walnut Hill Church…

Being Disciples, 10am, Trinity Hall

Faith, Hope and Love

We continue our conversations arising from Rowan Williams' 
book, Being Disciples, with a focus on "Faith, Hope and Love" 
(chapter 2).  How do these core virtues of the Christian life 
become part of our daily experience?

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - From Scarcity to Abundance
Text - John 2:1-11

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

Nursery care and classes for children and youth.

"Exploring Our Gifts" (1 Cor 12) will be the focus for
the older elementary children, including some practice
with hand chimes.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

In the case of inclement weather on any Sunday morning, 
an email will be sent by 9am providing the status of church 
activities for the day.  A voice message with same information 
will also be available by 9am.  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Greetings to all!

This coming Monday, January 21, is the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday, an 
annual occasion to remember the ideals espoused by Dr. King, as well as to 
assess the health of our nation in regard to matters of justice, mercy and 
compassion.  One of Dr. King's most compelling images was  that of "The 
Beloved Community," a way of being together characterized by mutual respect 
and compassion, even toward those who opposed, sometimes violently, his 
efforts to end segregation.  As he said in his sermon, "Loving Your Enemies," …

With every ounce of our energy we must continue to rid this nation of the
incubus of segregation. But we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege 
and our obligation to love.  While abhorring segregation, we shall love the 
segregationist.  This is the only way to create the beloved community.

Visit MLK Celebration for a schedule of downtown Lexington events. 

In Memory:  Marie Masters, a member of Walnut Hill Church, departed this 
life on Thursday, January 10.  Services and burial are scheduled for Jan 16 
in Richmond, Kentucky.  For the full obituary, visit Marie Masters.

The lectionary texts for January 20, the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany…

Being Disciples, an exploration of discipleship using the book by Rowan
Williams, continues this Sunday, 10am, as we explore "Faith, Hope and
Love" (chapter 2).  Complimentary copies of the book are available at the
church, or may be purchased through various booksellers.

A Host is needed for our refreshments this Sun, Jan 20.  Please use reply 
email to volunteer for this Sunday or visit the online sign up to volunteer for 
a Sunday later in the winter.  Thanks to all our hosts!

Tu-B'Shevat an Environmental Call to Action is the title of a program
at Ohavay Zion Synagogue on Jan 16, 7pm - 9pm, featuring a presentation
by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light intended to equip faith communities 
in caring for God's creation. In addition to the KIPL presentation, there will be 
music and refreshments. 

2018 CROP WALK -  Take a look at these photos from the September, 2018,
CROP WALK ( CROP WALK Photos ), including a photo of the Walnut Hill
Team!  The Walnut Hill team raised over $700 that day to help alleviate
hunger in central Kentucky and beyond.  Approximately $24,000 was raised
at the event.

In the case of inclement weather on a Sunday morning an email will be sent
by 9am updating the status of church activities that day.  A voice message with
that same information will be available via the church phone (859-263-5304)
by 9am on Sunday morning as well.

Thanks to the Walnut Hill community for your wonderful encouragement and
support of the Ward family.  We are grateful.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward


Friday, January 11, 2019

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 13, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

Being Disciples, 10am, Trinity Hall

Being Disciples

We begin a conversation series focusing on the book,
Being Disciples, by Rowan Williams.  This Sunday's
conversation explores the nature of discipleship as a
way of being rather than a list of occasional activities.
Complimentary copies of the book are available while
they last or can be purchased through various book
sellers.

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Jesus' Baptism: Problem or Gift?
Text - Luke 3:15-22

The Sacrament of Baptism
Reaffirmation of Baptism

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

Nursery care and classes for children and youth. "The 
Baptism of the Lord" will be the focus for the day. Youth 
will be invited to remain in worship to witness the 
Sacrament and participate in the Baptism Reaffirmation.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for refreshments and fellowship

*****

In case of inclement weather any Sunday morning an 
email will be sent by 9am providing information regarding
church activities for the day.  A voice message will also be 
available by 9am via the church phone (859-263-5304).


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, January 13, is the Baptism of the Lord, the second of three
stories traditionally associated with Epiphany.  Jesus hits the public stage
with a splash as he presents himself to John for baptism, which at that
time was a rite signifying personal (and community) repentance and
renewal.  The church has long wondered what was on Jesus' mind when
he waded into the Jordan River.  There is, of course, no way of knowing
what Jesus was thinking.  Our recollection of the story provides an
opportunity for us to consider and recommit ourselves to the personal and 
public path of discipleship, and perhaps to hear for ourselves the words 
heard by Jesus, "You are my beloved daughter/son.  In you I am well
pleased."

The lectionary texts for Jan 13, The Sunday of the Baptism of the Lord…

Being Disciples is the title of a conversation series beginning Sunday,
January 13, 10am. This series is inspired by the book, Being Disciples
by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury.  Each Sunday's
conversation will focus on a chapter of the book. This Sunday's 
conversation focuses on the first chapter, "Being Disciples," offering new
insights on what being a disciple of Jesus means for today. Several 
complimentary copies of the book are available at the church.  Copies 
may also be purchased through numerous book sellers.

Sunday Hosts - Opportunities to host our after worship gathering are
available via the online sign up sheet .  Visit the sign up sheet, or check
out the traditional sign up sheet in the Sanctuary/Trinity Hall, and host
a Sunday soon.  Thanks to all our hosts!

Sandwich Ministry - A new sign up sheet for early 2019 has been 
posted in the Sanctuary for persons to participate as Walnut Hill Church
Sandwich Ministers at the Catholic Action Center.  Walnut Hill Church
Sandwich Ministers provide sandwiches for overnight guests at the CAC 
on the 4th Sunday of each month. This is a great ministry opportunity 
for individuals and families.  Check out the sign up sheet or use reply
email for more information.

Cemetery/Church Grounds Project - Work is currently in process on 
the next phase of the cemetery/church grounds project, particularly
a new entrance into the cemetery that will be both decorative and
functional. The current work is one piece of the implementation of the
long term plan for the cemetery and church grounds.  Visit Trinity Hall
to see the concept drawings for the entire project. Thanks to all those 
who have supported this work with their special gifts.

In the case of inclement weather on any winter Sunday morning, an
email will be sent by 9am reporting the status of church activities on
that day.  Also, a voice update will be available on the church phone
(859-263-5304) by 9am.  As always, use your discretion when deciding
whether or not to venture out on a snowy/icy Sunday.

Peace to all.

Mike Ward  


Friday, January 4, 2019

Sunday at Walnut Hill Church

This Sunday, January 6, at Walnut Hill Church…

THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

Sunday Conversations, 10am, Trinity Hall

Mindfulness for the New Year

We will start off the new year with a conversation inviting us 
to explore the spiritual practice of mindfulness meditation
which finds its roots in Buddhist practice. Mindfulness meditation 
can be fruitful for persons of any (or no) religious tradition.   

Morning Worship, 11am, Sanctuary

Sermon - Ultima Thule & The Star of Bethlehem

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Faith Formation, 11am, Trinity Hall

Nursery care and classes for children.  This week's focus
will be on Epiphany and the Visit of the Magi (MT 2:1-12).
Youth will be invited to remain in worship this Sunday to 
share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

After Worship Gathering, Noon, Trinity Hall

All are invited to gather for fellowship and refreshments.

*****

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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Walnut Hill Church Weekly Letter

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Greetings to all!

This Sunday, January 6, is the Feast of Epiphany, which has been observed
since the 4th century (or earlier).  Epiphany means "manifestation," marking
the first public manifestations of the mighty act of God found in the birth, life,
death, and resurrection of Jesus.  What began in hiddenness at Bethlehem,
is now made known to the world through the visit of the Magi (Matt 2), the 
baptism of Jesus (Mark 1 etc), and the changing of water into wine (John 2).
Epiphany invites us to behold the wonder of God's love manifest in the world 
and to do our part in making the divine love manifest to others.  May we do so 
this Epiphany and beyond.

In Memory: Dr. V. Gayle Alexander, a Member of Walnut Hill Church, departed
this life on December 30, 2018.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gayle's
family.  Visit Gayle Alexander for the complete obituary.  

The lectionary texts for January 6, the Epiphany of the Lord…

Sunday Conversations continue this Sun, Jan 6, 10am, in Trinity Hall, with
a conversation focusing on spiritual practices for the New Year.  Start the
New Year off right with a renewed attention to your spiritual life and health.

A Host is needed for our after worship gathering this Sun, Jan 6.  Use reply
email to volunteer for this Sunday, or visit the online sign-up sheet for 
opportunities to host this Sunday or later in January - March.  Thanks to all
our Sunday hosts.

Being Disciples is the title of a conversation series beginning Sun, Jan 13.
This conversation series is inspired by the book, Being Disciples, by Rowan
Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, offering six reflections on what
it means to live as a "disciple" of Jesus Christ.  Several copies of Williams'
book are available at Walnut Hill, and it can also be purchased through
numerous booksellers.

Walking Through Scripture is a weekly practice of reading the Sunday
lectionary texts (see above) ahead of Sunday morning.  It is a simple practice
inviting "walkers" to engage the scriptures individually before we engage
them together on Sunday morning.  Use reply email for more information
and/or to subscribe to Mike Ward's weekly "walking guide."

Thanks to all those who helped to make the 2018 holiday season a festive
and joyful one at Walnut Hill Church!

Happy New Year!

Mike Ward