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859-263-5304 mward@walnuthillchurchky.org 575 Walnut Hill Rd., Lexington, KY 40515

Dear Friends:

Apr. 5, 2021:

What a wonderful Easter Day!  Thanks to all who joined us in person or online.  Special thanks to Dave (keyboard), Amanda (live stream), Stephen (sound engineer, also guitar at sunrise), Amanda and Jacqueline (children/youth).  Thanks also to Ginger, Ruth, and David for helping us establish a new Easter tradition at Walnut Hill, the Easter Cross.  Finally, thanks to all the children and parents/grandparents who helped to make the Easter Egg Hunt a great success.  It was a good day.  In case you missed it, you can see photos of the Easter Cross and view the 11am service on the Walnut Hill Church Facebook page.
Virtual fellowship gatherings continue Wednesdays.  This Wednesday, April 7, we will meet at 1 pm.   If you would like to participate, just let us know by reply email, and we will send the meeting details to you.  If you have participated in a previous virtual fellowship gathering, you do not need to rsvp again.  You will receive the meeting details automatically.
Worship Outdoors next Sunday – Weather permitting we hope to continue our Sunday morning worship outdoors next Sunday, April 11.  Watch for updates in the Wednesday and Friday emails.  We look forward to seeing you Sunday.
Seeking VOLUNTEERS –  The wonderful gathering of children this past Sunday makes us aware of all the possibilities for children and youth ministry at Walnut Hill.  Amanda is off to a great start, and YOUR HELP IS NEEDED if we are to provide a quality program for our children/youth. Particularly we are looking for volunteers to lead our elementary class on Sunday mornings.  Sunday volunteers will be provided all they need (lesson plans, activities, etc) to spend a wonderful hour with the children.  No previous experience required. Visit the Sunday School Sign-Up and volunteer for a Sunday or two. Amanda will follow up with you regarding the details.  The children will enjoy your presence, and you will enjoy being with them.
One Great Hour of Sharing – It was great to see all the “OGHS fish” find their way back to Walnut Hill last Sunday.  If you forgot yours, bring it by the church next Sunday, and we will include it in this year’s OGHS offering, which supports disaster relief and other ministries around the world, including the United States.
Circulation Plan Campaign – Our campaign to complete the “Circulation Plan,” including the driveway and other infrastructure needs, is now underway.  Use reply email if you have questions about the work ahead, and we will put you in touch with the person who can answer your questions.  Thanks in advance for your support of this important effort.
“Imagine! God’s Earth and People Restored” is the theme of this year’s Ecumenical Advocacy Days, April 18-21.  This year’s EAD will be virtual, making it possible to attend from wherever you might be.  As an expression of our shared commitment to creation care, Walnut Hill will sponsor any Member/Friend who attends. Simply let us know of your plans, and the church will reimburse your registration fee. Use reply email or visit Imagine! for more information and/or registration.
Backpack Ministry – Walnut Hill has committed to support students/families at Brenda Cowan Elementary School through the Walnut Hill Backpack Ministry.  We are currently providing 50 backpacks per week for students.  Visit Backpack Ministry for information on how you can be part of this important work through food donations and other support.  You may bring food items to Walnut Hill on Saturday/Sunday mornings between 9am and Noon, or contact the church office to arrange a convenient pick-up or delivery time.
A  Visit?  Mike is available for in-person visits (with appropriate social distancing and face coverings) at your request.  Use reply email or call the church office (859-263-5304) to schedule a visit.
Online/Text Giving –  Online and text giving to Walnut Hill are now available for those who might prefer the convenience of electronic giving.  You can access online giving via the “Give” tab of the Walnut Hill website and text giving via 859-354-3919.  Whether by traditional check/cash or electronic donation, thanks to all who continue to be very generous in their support of Walnut Hill’s life and ministry.
Peace be with you.
Mike Ward
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