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

Greetings to all!

Sept. 2, 2020:

Vacations are nice, as are homecomings.  Among my vacation books was the novel,
Clay’s Quilt, by Silas House.  Toward the end of the story, Clay and Alma return home
after an extended stay at Myrtle Beach…
“Let’s go home,” he said.
“I’m ready”…
Clay peeled out of the parking lot…They passed through violent thunderstorms, with
lightning crashing down on either side of them as they raced along the flat fields of
swampy grass.  Houses and vehicles in the distance appeared distorted in the haze of
heat and gasoline.  Directly, the sun broke through and burned the purple clouds away.
They rolled down the windows and let their hands push on the racing wind. Alma fell
asleep just outside Asheville…When they crossed into Virginia and [Clay] was sure the
mountains he saw rising in the distance were those of home, he shook [Alma] gently
and she started, rising up in her seat as if she thought they were in a wreck.
“Look up yonder,” he said.  “That’s Kentucky.”
The lectionary texts for September 6, the 14th Sunday after Pentecost…
Wednesday “Virtual” Fellowship gatherings continue today (Sep 2) at 1pm, via the
zoom meeting platform.  Use reply email to request sign-in details. Hope to “see” you
then.
Virtual Bike Ride: The Walnut Hill Bike Ride goes “virtual” this Sat, Sep 5.  Visit the
Walnut Hill Church Facebook Event Page for more information.  Proceeds benefit
the students of Brenda Cowan Elementary School, particularly the purchase of digital
books and materials to support the non-traditional instruction format required by
Covid-19.  Special thanks to our event sponsors (including DeCamp Talbott Seif PSC,
Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Community Trust Bank, Team Cornett, Ashwood Wealth
Management) as well as our event partners (Bluegrass Cycling Club and Brenda
Cowan Elementary School).
Sunday Services – As of this writing, we are planning to offer an outdoor, in-person, 
worship on Sunday, September 6, 11am.  These plans are subject to change pending
coronavirus conditions and weather on Sunday morning.  Watch the Friday update
for more details, and feel free to call the church office on Sunday morning for up-to-
date information regarding the status of services for the day.
Across That Bridge, a spiritual memoir by the late John Lewis, is the subject of a
four-part “virtual” discussion beginning Thursday, September 10, 7pm.  Participants
will be provided excerpts from the book for the discussion. Registration is required, and
you may do so by reply email.  Even if you choose not to participate in the discussions,
you will likely find the reading to be inspiring.
Backpack Ministry – While there is much uncertainty regarding the upcoming school
year, one thing certain is Walnut Hill’s commitment to support students and families at
Brenda Cowan Elementary School through the Walnut Hill Backpack Ministry.  We
anticipate providing weekend “backpacks” of food for 35 students.  Our first delivery
was this past week (see photo)  This will be a big challenge as the year goes on, and
we are up to the challenge.  Pasted below this week’s email is a list of requested food 
items.  Also, visit Backpack Ministry for additional information.
“Help Wanted”- Our coronavirus worship arrangements require several volunteers
each Sunday including ushers, a video coordinator, and a sound coordinator.  In
order to maintain our Sunday services over the weeks ahead, we will need a number
persons trained and ready to serve in these various ways.  Use reply email to let us
know if you would be willing to be part of the team. Thanks to those who are serving
already!
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
(859-263-5304) to schedule a visit.
Thanks to all those who made it possible for the Ward family to enjoy some time
on the Outer Banks these past two weeks.  We were grateful for the opportunity to be
together in this way.
Peace to all.
Mike Ward
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…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

-individual juice drinks (orange, apple, fruit)

(No glass, family sized items, or perishables)

Bring items to Walnut Hill on Sunday mornings, or call the church (263-5304) 

to arrange delivery or pick-up.

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