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Greetings to all!

May 4, 2022:

In her book, Abuelita Faith, Cuban-American writer, Kat Armas, celebrates the abuelas
(grandmothers) in her culture who have been essential to transmitting and nurturing faith
in ways different from more formal theological traditions.  Armas raises a question about
“abuelita theology” that might be useful for all of us as we approach Mother’s Day…
[Abuelita theology]…is the practice of uncovering and naming our abuelas who have
inspired, taught, and guided us in our process of becoming and belonging.  In this sense,
I like to think of not one abuelita theology but multiple abuelita theologies born from the
diversity that makes up the lived experiences of marginalized women across religious
expressions, races, ethnicities, cultures, classes, and places.  Developing or articulating
this theology won’t have a linear, Western, or modern definition.  Instead, we must not only
stop to listen but pause to reflect:  Where, when, and how have we been ministered to or
mothered by abuelitas-those in the present and those who came before us?
Ukraine Crisis Response – Walnut Hill has so far received/sent over $13,000 to help with
relief efforts for persons displaced by the war in Ukraine.  You may add to that amount on
Sunday mornings via cash and checks payable to Walnut Hill Church (memo “Ukraine”),
or donate directly by visiting Church World Service . Visit “Welcoming Viktoriia” for one
family’s story.
The lectionary texts for May 8, The Fourth Sunday of Easter…
Women In Scripture is the title of a study/conversation series in May continuing this Sun,
May 1, with the story of “Mary – Woman/Mother.”  Visit Women in Scripture for a reflection
guide, and join us Sunday, 10am, for conversation regarding this week’s “women in scripture.”
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.
The Spring Potluck returns on Sun, May 15, immediately after morning worship.  Bring a
salad, side dish, or dessert and join us for this post-pandemic renewal of a delicious Walnut
Hill tradition.
The Nathaniel Mission will be offering its Summer Camp program for children in June
and July.  In addition to funds and supplies, the Camp is particularly in need of volunteers.
Contact Casey Coyle ( and/or visit the Mission Facebook
page for more information.
Calling all Graduates! We would like to recognize and celebrate Walnut Hill graduates,
especially high school graduates, later this month.  Please let us know if you have a soon-
to-be graduate in your family, so that we might celebrate her/him appropriately.
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.
Mike Ward
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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