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

****SEE PASTORAL NOTE BELOW****

Nov. 6, 2020:

This Sunday, November 8, “at” Walnut Hill Church…
THE 23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
RESOURCES ONLINE
Scripture, Sermon, and Prayer – Visit the Sermons page of the
Walnut Hill website for an audio recording of scripture, sermon,
and prayer for the day.
Sermon – Be Prepared
Worship & Study Resources – Visit the Newsletter/Resources page
of the Walnut Hill Church website for…
-an outline for Morning Worship, which may be used with the audio
Scripture, Sermon, and Prayer and/or our Facebook Live service.
-a viewable/printable copy of the sermon Be Prepared
Spiritual Practices for Covid-time for individual or household use
-Ideas for Families including a Children’s Lesson for the day
Christmas Pageant Planning Zoom, 10am
Children/Youth (and parents/grandparents) are invited “gather” via the
Zoom platform to begin planning for the 2020 Christmas Pageant.
Parents/grandparents will be receiving Zoom invitation details.
SUNDAY FACEBOOK SERVICE, 11am, Walnut Hill Facebook page
for scripture, homily, prayer, and music selections.
Homily – Be Prepared
YOUTH ZOOM, 4PM
Youth (middle/high school) are invited to gather for some online
fellowship.  Zoom invitation is being sent to parents/grandparents.
Use reply email for more information.
*****
Backpack Ministry food items may be brought to Walnut Hill on
Sunday morning between 9am and Noon.  Look for the food collection
bin in the breezeway between the Sanctuary and Trinity Hall.  Use reply
email or call the church office (859-263-5304) to arrange other drop off
or pick up times.  Thanks!
*****
A Pastoral Note –
Dear Friends:
“Why aren’t we meeting outdoors, in-person, this Sunday?” In light of
the beautiful forecast, I can certainly understand that question. Allow
me a moment to respond.
At it’s recent meeting, the Vestry acted to discontinue our outdoor
services for the season in anticipation of colder weather as we move
deeper into the fall and winter.  This decision was intended to create
some certainty for both worship leaders and participants regarding
what to expect from week to week.  This Sunday’s unusual weather
notwithstanding, the decision keeps all of us from having to wonder
whether to hold services outdoors, and whether to attend, from Sunday
to Sunday as conditions become increasingly marginal.
A related question then arises:  Why not gather indoors for worship?
From the very beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak, the Vestry’s posture
has been to follow the guidance provided by the Kentucky Department
of Public Health.  As you know, Fayette County is currently in the “Red
Zone” of infection, indicating wide community spread.  The KDPH
recommends against public gatherings under such conditions. Hence
the decision to go “online only” in regard to Sunday services through
December, after which our Sunday practice will be re-evaluated.
These are difficult decisions, and likely far from perfect, but they
represent our best efforts to navigate these strange times, keep our
congregation’s families safe, and bear witness to our part in helping
stem the coronavirus in central Kentucky. I am grateful to the Vestry
and others as they have wrestled with these questions, and I am
grateful to the congregation for your patience and endurance.
I am happy to visit further about these matters.  Please feel free to
give me a call (859-263-5304).
Peace,

Mike Ward

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