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

Greetings to all!

Feb. 17, 2021:

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  For many persons, Ash Wednesday
might ordinarily include attending an Ash Wednesday service, with the “imposition of ashes”
upon the forehead as a reminder of one’s humanity and mortality.  Like other traditional
activities these days, the receiving of ashes will be deferred until next year for many
worshipers. Perhaps a portion of a poem can help us mark the day…
So let us be marked
not for sorrow
and let us be marked
not for false humility
or for thinking
we are less
than we are
but for claiming
what God can do
within the dust,
within the dirt,
within the stuff
of which the world
is made,
and the stars that blaze
in our bones,
and the galaxies that spiral
inside the smudge
we bear
(as found in The Painted Prayer Book, by Jan Richardson)
Wednesday “Virtual” Fellowship continues today, Feb 17, 1pm, via zoom. Use reply
email to request sign in details.
UNPACKING A LEGACY, a distance learning opportunity, continues Thursday evenings
(Feb 18 and 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.
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.
The One Great Hour of Sharing is an ecumenical lenten offering supporting hunger
relief, disaster assistance, refugee resettlement, and community development around
the world.  The OGHS works like this:  Place a collection box on the primary dining
table in your home.  At one meal each day, members of the household put a coin in the
box.  Bring your collected coins to Walnut Hill on Easter Sunday, and we will send them
off to do good around the world.  Some households enhance their OGHS practice by
including prayer and conversation regarding different nations each day during Lent.
Backpack Ministry – Walnut Hill continues delivering 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. Use
reply email for arrangements to donate food items. To donate dollars, make a check
payable to Walnut Hill  Church (memo: Backpacks) or visit Walnut Hill Church’s
 giving portal (select “Backpack Ministry”).
In the Community…
*Fearless Dialogues is the title of a 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.
RaiseRED is the name of a student-led program at the University of Louisville to raise
funds for pediatric cancer research and care at UofL Medical School and Norton Children’s
Hospital.  Walnut Hill’s Ben Horman, a student at UofL, is participating in this program.
Visit RaiseRED to view Ben’s page, learn more about the effort, and/or make a donation. 
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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