June 1, 2022:
This Sunday, June 5, is the Day of Pentecost, the traditional celebration of the outpouring
of the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 2. Madeleine L’Engle offers these reflections about
the Holy Spirit, art (in her case writing) and prayer.
The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, is the easiest of a not-at-all-easy concept
for me to understand. Any artist, great or small, knows moments when something more
than [she] takes over, and she moves into a kind of ‘overdrive,’ where she works as
ordinarily she cannot work. When she is through, there is a sense of exhilaration,
exhaustion, and joy. All our best work comes in this fashion, and it is humbling and
exciting…As I understand the gift of the spirit in art, so I understand prayer, and there is
very little difference for me between praying and writing. At their best, both become
completely unselfconscious activities; the self-conscious, fragmented person is totally
thrown away and integrated in work, and for the moments of such work, be it prayer or
writing, I know wholeness, and sunside and nightside are no longer divided.
(from The Irrational Season, edited with the use of “she” instead of “he”)
The lectionary texts for June 5, The Day of Pentecost…
Transition Summer – As we move into the Sundays of summer, Sunday Conversation
topics will vary from week to week. Watch the Friday update for details regarding this
Sunday’s (June 5) 10am conversation.
Sunday School Volunteers – We continue our regular schedule of 11am lessons/activities
for children and youth. With that schedule comes the need for volunteers to help staff our
programs. One volunteer is needed each Sunday. Volunteers can choose to work with
either the nursery or the elementary age class. Lesson materials and coaching are provided
for volunteers. Visit the Sunday School Sign Up to volunteer for a Sunday upcoming.
Ukraine Crisis THANK YOU – Walnut Hill has surpassed $15,000 in donations received
and sent to assist relief efforts for persons displaced by the war in Ukraine. We recently
received a video “Thank You” from Church World Service marking this milestone. Visit
CWS Thanks Walnut Hill to view the video.
“STOP THE VIOLENCE NOW” is the theme of an ecumenical prayer service to be held
Friday, June 3, 7pm, at Pax Christi Catholic Church (4001 Victoria Way), sponsored by the
south Lexington Ecumenical Cooperative (including Walnut Hill) and others. Roman
Catholic Bishop, John Stowe, will offer the message for the evening.
A Lawn Party honoring Pastor Michael Ward and Barbara Waldmann-Ward will be held on
Sunday, June 26, Noon, at Walnut Hill. Join us as for fun, food and festivities. You may
also volunteer to bring a salad or dessert for the occasion. Rsvp to the church office
org or 859-263-5304) by June 19.
The Nathaniel Mission will be offering its Summer Camp program for children in June
and July. See below for a list of needed camp supplies that you may bring to Walnut
Hill over the next several Sundays. In addition to funds and supplies, the Camp is in need
of volunteers. Contact Casey Coyle (email@example.com) and/or visit the
Mission Facebook page for more information.
The Cathedral Domain is offering a full schedule of camp programs this summer for
children and youth. Visit Cathedral Domain for schedule and registration information.
Remember that Walnut Hill will pay 1/2 the camp fee for any Walnut Hill child/youth
attending a Domain program. Contact Amanda for more details.
A Transition Committee is working on issues related to Mike’s upcoming retirement. For
more information regarding the committee’s work or to volunteer your service, contact
committee chair, Lyle Hanna.
Peace to all.
Nathaniel Mission Summer Camp Supplies – Feel free to bring any of the items
below, any quantity, to Walnut Hill on Sunday mornings by June 12.
Plastic table cloths (54”X108”) – red, blue, green
Snack foods (individual chip bags, freeze pops/popsicles, granola bars, fruit cups)
Drinks (bottled water, capri sun, etc)
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