Weekly Announcements

In chronological order: Walker Events & Meetings (all at the church unless noted otherwise) & Public Events organized by others that will be held at Walker

Sunday Celebration: December 14, 10 am. Walker Sunday School Children present our Annual Santa Lucia Ceremony, complete with music, cookies and the Crown of Light!

3rd Sunday of Advent Celebration December 14, 2014

Greetings by Margo McCreary, Jan Werness & Janet Court

Communal Singing: led by  David West

Opening Smudge

Advent Wreath Lighting by Kelly Waterman

Reader: “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of this servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name'” (Luke 1:46-49).

Reader: Today we remember Mary, innocent and powerful, sacred and scared, worried and waiting as the Savior of all grows in her womb. She sings boldly when she might be meek; she bears her role in history with the confidence of a warrior; she is the beginning of a mighty revolution as the proud are brought down and the lowly lifted up.

People: Today we give thanks for the Marys among us, who step out of the roles society has planned; unintended pioneers determined to do as God asks; fearless and fearfully stepping out in faith, and beckoning us to do the same.

Reader: On this third Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of Mary, mother of God, bearer of the Way.  (Lighting of two purple candles and one rose candle.)

Honoring Santa Lucia Ceremony by the Sunday School

Night goes with heavy step, round hearth and round the earth.

The sun’s departure leaves the woods a-brooding.

There in our dark home, wearing a crown of light, Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

The night grows large and mute, now we can hear its wings In every silent room, murmuring softly!

There on the threshold! Wearing a crown of light!  Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

Darkness shall soon depart from the earth’s valleys.

As our Lucia speaks wonderful words to us!

The day shall rise anew, wearing a crown of light!  Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

Lao Tzu # 4 Mitchell translation followed by 5 minutes of silence
The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities. It is hidden but always present. I don’t know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.

Poetry by Beth Richards

Welcome & Introduction of Visitors, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading Isaiah 61:1-3 by Barbara Hager

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;  to provide for those who mourn in Zion– to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by the Walker Singers

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Linnea Sommer

Thanks for:  Hospitality set-up by Barbara Hager Help is needed with clean-up.



Celebration committee meeting: Sun, Dec 14, after celebration in meditation room.  FFI Mary Parker

Community Meal:  Tues, Dec 16, 5:30 to 6:45. Prepared by the Kitchen Cabinet

Bioneers: Wed, Dec 17, Potluck at 6:30 pm.  Movie at 7:15 “Journey of the Universe-The Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation” produced by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Brian Swimme Solstice circle meditation & discussion at 8:15. Free and open to the public

Blue Christmas Service:  Thurs, Dec 18, 7 to 8 pm. An informal gathering around the fire place for conversation and mutual support as we live with the realities of Joy and Sorrow in this season. All welcome.

Initiates:  Sun, Dec 21, 8 am to 9:45 am in the conference room.  FFI Howard Kranz

Sunday Celebration: December 21, 10 am. The Sunday Celebration Committee with the Walker Children present “The Story of the First Yule” by Andras Corban Arthen. Don’t miss this beautiful story about how YULING came into being.  When winter is too dark and cold, YULING is our best option! Don’t miss this opportunity to YULE!

Winter Solstice: Sun, Dec. 21. Gather at 4 pm, Solstice Candle Ritual from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. On the longest night of the year we gather to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun in our lives.  We will honor the quiet beauty of Winter and bless the Sun by lighting candles to represent what brings light to our lives.  Following the Candle Ritual those who wish may transition into the sanctuary, where a short drum circle with Drum Superior will segue into an evening concert with songwriter Lojo Russo and storyteller/musician Rachel Nelson.  All are welcome.  Free (suggested donation for evening concert $ 7)  FFI Bonita Blumenauer

Community Meal:  Tues, Dec 23, 5:30 to 6:45.

Christmas Eve Service: Wednesday,  December 24, 4 pm

The Sunday Celebration Committee presents our beloved Christmas Eve Service with Music and Candlelight and Memories. You will be warmed and comforted by “Emma’s Quilt”. Children are invited to attend this service with their families. Childcare is also available. Come and welcome new birth with us!

Walker Women’s 4th Saturday Brunch:  Sat, Dec 27, 9:30 am in the conference room.  FFI Lulu Philips

Walker Men’s Group (4th Sat) :  Sat, Dec 27, 9:30 am in the home of a group member.  FFI Jim Feldman

MBOTMA Bluegrass Jam:  Mon, Dec 29, 7 pm

Community Meal:  Tues, Dec 30, 5:30 to 6:45.


Events held every week.

Sunday Prayer & Meditation Circle 8:15-9:30 am.  Sunday Celebration 10 am. Sunday School 10:30 am.

Shabach Tabernacle Service Sundays 1:30 to 3:30 pm. FFI Pastor Daniel Turner

Monday Morning Coffee Gatherings10 am at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 East Lake St.

Walker Singer Rehearsals Tuesdays 6:45 to 7:45 pm.  FFI Jim McCreary.

Community Meal:  Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:45 pm

Aztec Dancers Mondays 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Open to all.

Rosen Movement Class Wednesdays 9 am to 10 am.  FFI Phyllis Weiner


Materials are needed for the next Sanctuary Art Project which will be created by Adel Gardner and (hopefully) every member of the Walker Community. We will each create a part to be added to the whole. It is a simple project that will begin to be created after Christmas. Yarn is one of the materials that is needed  and Adel is requesting yarn donations to be brought to Walker. There will be a labeled container available in the clockroom for you to add your yarn donation. Further Information will follow. Thank you in advance!’ Adel

Massage therapy by Sarah Dagg is available in the meditation room, by appointment only.  The rate is $45 per hour for Walker members and staff, $60 per hour for all others.  Times available are usually Mondays.