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

Greetings to all!

Feb. 10, 2021:

Our distance learning series, Unpacking a Legacy, continues this week (see below) as
we explore the racial experience of congregations like Walnut Hill. The 20th century
black theologian/philosopher, Howard Thurman, reflected on the potential, largely
unrealized, of the church as a “place” for the relationships needed to encourage racial
reconciliation…
Whatever [segregation] may do for those who dwell on either side of the wall, one thing
is certain: it poisons all normal contacts of the persons involved.  The first step toward
love is a common sharing of a sense of mutual worth and value.  This cannot be
discovered in a vacuum or in a series of artificial or hypothetical relationships.  It has to
be in a real situation, natural, free. The experience of the common worship of God is
such a moment.  It is in this connection that American Christianity has betrayed the
religion of Jesus almost beyond redemption…The result is that in the one place in which
normal, free contacts might be most naturally established-in which the relations of the
individual to God should take priority over conditions of class, race, power, status, wealth,
or the like-this place is one of the chief instruments for guaranteeing barriers.
(from Jesus and the Disinherited, 1949)
The lectionary texts for February 14, the Sunday of the Transfiguration of the Lord…
Wednesday “Virtual” Fellowship continues today, Feb 10, 1pm, via zoom. Use reply
email to request sign in details.
UNPACKING A LEGACY, a four-session distance learning opportunity, continues
Thursday evenings (Feb 11, 18, 25), 7pm, via zoom.  We are “unpacking” the influence
of historical racism as it might have affected Walnut Hill’s life and ministry over the
decades since its founding in 1785, as well as exploring the possibilities for Walnut Hill’s
future offered by our discoveries.  Use reply email to register or for more information.
Children’s “Zoom” Worship– Children through elementary age are invited to gather
“virtually” for fellowship and worship this Sun, Feb 14, 10am, via the zoom platform.
Parents/grandparents will be receiving zoom participation details, or feel free to use
reply email for more information.
Backpack Ministry – Walnut Hill continues delivering of 50 backpacks per week for
students at Brenda Cowan Elementary School.  Your donation of food items (see list
below) or dollars will help us complete our 2020-2021 school year commitment.  Food
items may be brought to the church on Saturday or Sunday mornings. To donate dollars,
make your check payable to Walnut Hill  Church (memo: Backpacks) or visit Walnut Hill’s
 giving portal (select “Backpack Ministry”).
Sandwich Ministry – On the 4th Sunday of each month, Walnut Hill volunteers (aka
“Sandwich Ministers”) prepare and deliver sandwiches for overnight guests at the
Catholic Action Center.  Use reply email for more details and/or to volunteer for service
as a Sandwich Minister on February 28, March 28, or April 25.
Souper Bowl Wrap-Up – Thanks again to all our soup chefs, kitchen volunteers, drive-
thru/delivery customers, and financial contributors who came together in a socially
distant fashion last Sunday for our 2021 Souper Bowl.  Over $1,000 (a new Souper
Bowl record!) was raised to support hunger relief in central and eastern Kentucky.
We hope to see you “in-person” next year.
In the Community…
*Fearless Dialogues is the title of virtual event to be held on Sat, Feb 20, 9:00am, via
zoom.  The program will focus on the sometimes hard conversations regarding systemic
racism and will feature the Rev. Dr. Don Gillett, Executive Director of the Kentucky
Council of Churches.  Visit “Fearless Dialogues” for more information.
*Facing Winter is the title of an online 3-film series beginning Sun, Feb 21, 6pm,
sponsored by Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light.  The film series explores issues
affecting the natural environment.  Visit “Facing Winter” for more information.
A  Visit?  Mike is available for in-person visits (with appropriate social distance and face
coverings) at your request.  Use reply email or call the church office (263-5304) to
schedule a visit.
Peace,
Mike Ward
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Find Walnut Hill online at…
…the Walnut Hill website
…the Walnut Hill Facebook page
…the Walnut Hill Instagram page
…the Walnut Hill online giving portal
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WALNUT HILL BACKPACK MINISTRY – WHAT WE NEED?

FOOD CUPS (individual servings) -fruit, applesauce, etc.

-mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese -vegetables
-soups
-puddings

MICROWAVEABLE MEALS (individual servings)

-Hormel, Chef Boy-R-Dee, Dinty Moore, etc

BREAKFAST FOODS (individual servings)

-instant oatmeal -variety cereals

-shelf stable milk

SNACK FOODS 

-granola bars
-peanut butter, cheese crackers, etc -fruit snacks

OTHER ITEMS

-ramen noodles (individual servings)
-precooked rice packets (individual servings)

-small canned (must have pop tops) veggies & meats like “beanie weenies”, etc

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