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

Greetings to all!

Dec. 12, 2021:

The gospel narratives of Jesus’ birth offer a combination of wonderful story telling and
deep religious symbolism. An anointed one is born into humble circumstances, in the
dead of night, welcomed by shepherds, heralded by angels, adored by visitors from
afar, and threatened by the powerful.  All the elements of a great story are there.
Surrounding the narrative details are themes of darkness and light, sin and salvation,
hate and love, death and life.  Please don’t let the “story” pass you by. Visit it again
this season (Matthew 1 & 2Luke 1 & 2).  Read it. Contemplate it. Talk about it. Find
your own story in it.  That might be the best Christmas gift you could ever receive,
or give.
Christmas Eve (Friday, December 24) Schedule…
*5pm – Lessons and Carols for all ages.  Join us for this festive gathering including
readings, carols, assembling the manger scene and candlelight ceremony.
*9pm – Evening Prayer Fireside for adults and older children/youth.  Join us for this
quiet, reflective gathering including readings, carols and candlelight ceremony.
The Innkeeper’s Offering, to support the Salvation Army’s ministry to homeless
women, children and families will be received on Christmas Eve.
The lectionary texts for December 26, the First Sunday of Christmas…
COVID Protocols –  Walnut Hill’s current COVID protocols require face coverings for
everyone above age 2 whenever we are in the buildings, both in Trinity Hall and in the
Sanctuary.  If/when Fayette County reaches the yellow/green category of COVID case
transmission as reported on the official KY COVID website, face coverings will become
optional.
Kentucky Tornado Relief – Walnut Hill is sending assistance to communities affected
by last weekend’s tornadoes that tore through Kentucky and other states, including an
initial $1,000 from the Community Fund. We are sending this assistance via our partners
attending Walnut Hill this Sun, Dec 26, will have opportunity to add to that assistance,
and/or you may visit the links above and donate directly to either or both of these
agencies.
Thanks to youth who gathered for the Walnut Hill Youth Christmas Party last Sunday
evening.  Visit Youth Party to see some photos.
Thanks to our poinsettia sponsors and others who have made Walnut Hill ready
for the Christmas season.  Visit Christmas Decorations – 2021 for a list of sponsors
and volunteers.
Freeing Jesus, a theological memoir by Diana Butler Bass, will be the focus of a shared
book reading and conversation in January.  A limited number of complimentary copies
are available by request.  Copies (both paper and electronic) are also available for
purchase via numerous vendors. Use reply email to request your complimentary copy.
For a review of the book, visit Freeing Jesus .
Refugee Resettlement – The Shahir family has arrived in Lexington.  They are
temporarily staying with a family member in town, but they hope to soon be placed in
their own Lexington residence.  Watch for news of when/where to bring items that you
have set aside for the family.  For the moment, be in prayer as they adjust to their new
surroundings.
Peace to all,
Mike Ward
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…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

Look for the food collection bin in the breezeway between the buildings.

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