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

Greetings to all!

Nov. 10, 2021:

Tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans Day, which has its origins in the armistice that ended
World War I on November 11, 1918.  In the “Afterward” to his book, To The Last Man, Jeff
Shaara writes about the veterans of “the war to end all wars”…
The men who return home in 1918 bring with them the horrible memories and the lessons
of their experience that inspire numerous articles and books, all insisting with perfect
certainty that no war of this magnitude could ever occur again.  The view is one of hope,
of optimism, that man’s worst instincts have been extinguished.  Today, nearly a century
later, the world knows that to be regretfully untrue.
Consider this prayer for veterans…
Merciful God:
We are grateful for men and women
who answer the call to serve the nation,
at home and in far away places,
in times of peace and in times of war.
Be with those who have borne the battle,
and who carry wounds, some seen, some unseen.
May we not fail those who did not fail us,
with gratitude for their service and ongoing care for them,
even as we pray and work toward that day
when war will finally be no more.
Through Christ, who offered his life for us all.
Amen.
In memory:  Joan Thomasson, a Member of Walnut Hill Church, departed this life on
Tuesday, November 9, at the age of 94.  Service arrangements are pending.  Blessings
be upon Joan and peace be with her family.
The lectionary texts for November 21, the 25th Sunday after Pentecost…
B.U.I.L.D. will be the focus of our 10am conversation this Sunday as we welcome a guest,
Matt Huffman, who will introduce us to BUILD (Building a United Interfaith Lexington through
Direct action).  BUILD is a coalition of people of faith representing various congregations
who come together to advocate and work for justice in Lexington.  Come and join us this
Sunday morning. Nursery care will be provided.
Congregational Meeting – The annual meeting of the congregation of Walnut Hill Church
will be held on Sunday, November 14, Noon, in the Sanctuary.  Annual meeting business
includes the election of Vestry members, action on the Pastor’s terms of call and
presentation of the annual budget.  Contact Sr. Warden, John Wharton, if you are aware
of other business that needs to come before the congregation at the annual meeting.
COVID Protocols – The Walnut Hill Vestry has recently reviewed and revised our COVID
protocols as follows:  When Fayette Co. reaches moderate/low (yellow/green) community
transmission as indicated on the KY COVID website, masks will be optional for worship
and other activities.  Fayette County is currently in the “substantial” (orange) category.
Watch the Friday email for an update regarding COVID protocols for the upcoming Sunday.
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
first 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.
Christmas Pageant – Practice has begun in anticipation of the Walnut Hill Christmas
Pageant scheduled for Sunday, December 12.  Roles are available for all children and youth.
Use reply email to inquire about a role for your child/youth or simply join us this Sunday
at 11am for practice.
Thanksgiving is approaching, and with it the call has gone out to Walnut Hill to provide
stuffing/dressing for the Nathaniel Mission Community Thanksgiving Dinner.  You can
sponsor a pan of stuffing/dressing for $20.  Checks payable to Walnut Hill Church
(memo: “dressing”) are welcome.
Reading Buddies – With COVID conditions easing, Brenda Cowan Elementary is once
again welcoming volunteers to support its programs, including “Reading Buddies.” A
“Reading Buddy” simply volunteers an hour each week as a student reads to him/her,
encouraging the student in the development of important reading skills.  Use reply email
for more information about volunteering as a “Reading Buddy.”
Christmas Shoppers – Walnut Hill has been asked to sponsor 10 children for the Nathaniel
Mission Christmas Store.  You can participate by volunteering to be a “Christmas Shopper”
for one or more children.  Use reply email for more information or to volunteer.
Follow Me, a curriculum designed to encourage faith practice, returns on Nov 28, with a
four-session study titled, “Hope.”  Reflection guides are available now, and may be
requested by reply email.  For a brief introduction the study, visit “Hope.”
Walnut Hill Print – Copies of the Walnut Hill print by Phil Bloomfield are available without
cost.  These copies have been signed by the artist and are suitable for framing.  Look for
them in Trinity Hall, while they last.  Walnut Hill Christmas Cards have been reissued
for the holiday season and are available for purchase (10 cards/envelopes for $7).  Look
for them in Trinity Hall, while supplies last.
Peace to all,
Mike Ward
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…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

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

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