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


Women’s Brunch:  Sat, May 30, 9:30 am to noon at Kristine Smith’s home.  (Brunch is usually on the 4th Saturday, but was changed to the 5th this month to accommodate the Memorial Day Holiday.)

Safer Church Conversation:  Sat, May 30, 10 am to noon. How can you make Walker a safer community? What does it mean to live together with our different stories and perceptions? Come to the first annual Safer Church Conversation in the Walker dining room.  FFI Walter


Sunday Celebration 10 am

May 31, 2015

Greetings by Anne Hamre

Communal Singing led by Conrad deFiebre & Dianne O’Donnell

Communal Reading:  Our mission is to nurture spirituality, build caring community & work courageously for peace with justice and mercy.

Opening Smudge 

Lao-Tzu # 32 followed by 5 minutes of silence

The Tao can’t be perceived. smaller than an bit, it contains uncountable files.

If powerful men and women could remain centered in the Tao, all things would be harmony.

The net would become a paradise. All users would be at peace, and the standards would be those written in their hearts.

When you have versions and releases, know that they are provisional.

When you have consortia, know where their functions should end.

Knowing when to stop, you can avoid any danger.

All things end in the Tao as sendmail flows into the net.

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!”

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Dance the Creation

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Lou Tofte

Thanks for:  Hospitality set-up by Barbara Hager


Something Under the Sun Minneapolis Collective of Pagan Artists Exhibition:  Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 12 in the Walker dining room.  It can be viewed Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:45 during the Community Meal and Sunday mornings.  Featured MCPA artists:  Ali Beyer (Artemis Namaste), Anne Marie Forrester (Helga Hedgewalker), Rmay Rivard, Paul B. Rucker  Guest Artists: Tamara Anderson, Bonita Blumenauer, Katie Clapham, Linda Crouch, Riawa Thomas-Smith

Community Meal:  Tues, June 2, 5:30 to 6:45 pm.

Nautilis Rough Cuts Performance of the opera La Rononde:  Tues, June 2, 7:30 pm.  Free

Block Club meeting:  Wed, June 3, 5 pm at Walker, organized by our neighbors, Walkerites welcome.

Prisoner letter writing night:  Thurs, June 4, 7 to 9 pmThe first of letter-writing nights that will happen the first Thursday of every month at Walker with a different prisoner is featured each time. It is a chance to hang out, write to prisoners, and discuss anti-prison issues and activities with other rad folks! Sponsored by our Peace with Justice Committee.  FFI Deb Ramage and https://www.facebook.com/twincities.antirepression.

Sunday Celebration In Powderhorn Park:  June 7 is our first Sunday in the park near the corner of 33rd Street & 14th Avenue.  Others will be June 21, July 5 & 19, Aug 2, 16 & 30

Community Meal:  Tues, June 9, 5:30 to 6:45 pm.

Something Under the Sun Mpls Collective of Pagan Artists Closing Reception: Friday, June 12, 7 pm to 11pm. Summer Solstice Interfaith Ceremony 7:30pm to 8:30.  Live Music by Hugin the Bard at about 8:30 pm.  Free.  All are welcome!

Sunday Celebration Committee Meeting: Sunday, June 14 after church.  An important meeting, please try to attend if you are on the committee.  FFI Mary Parker

Autoharp Jam:  Sun, June 14, 3 pm to 5 pm in the meditation room. FFI Tony Wentersdorf

Community Meal:  Tues, June 16, 6:30 to 6:45

Converging Visions Drum Circle:  Tues, June 16, 6pm to 8 pm in the sanctuary

Finance Committee meeting:  Wed, June 17, 5 pm

Silent Auction & Dinner:  Fri, June 26, 6 to 9 pm.  FFI Lulu Philips

Converging Visions Showcase:  Friday, June 26, 7 pm. The first Local Showcase is coming up!  Do you know a band that would be perfect? Send an email to Emily Antin antin.mba@gmail.com  This group has partnered with Walker to present arts programming here. www.Covergingvisions.org

Pride Weekend:  June 27 & 28

Bluegrass and Old Time Music Jam:  Mon, June 29 7 pm to 10 pm.  Coming late and leaving early is okay.  The jam is for folks of all abilities.   It is not necessarily church music.  Everyone, who wants to, gets to choose and lead several songs. Listeners are also welcome.

Events held every week

Sunday Celebration Summer Schedule:  Celebration is at 10 am and will be held in Powderhorn Park near the corner of 33rd Street & 14th Avenue on the following Sundays:  June 7 & 21, July 5 & 19, August 2, 16 & 30.  In case of rain it is held at the church.

Sunday Meditation Group 8:15-9:30 am.  FFI Nancy Larsen,

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

Walker Singers rehearse during the school year.  FFI Jim McCreary.

Community Meals Tuesdays 5:30 to 6:45 pm

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


Bishop Bruce Ough intends to appoint Reverend Walter Lockhart to both Walker Community UMC and Simpson UMC beginning September 1, 2015.

The Simpson Staff Parish Relations Committee and I have both affirmed this addition to my appointment.       I will be working full time split evenly between the two churches. Walker UMC will continue to have a 10 AM service. I will arrive at 10:30 on Sundays after singing time. Other scheduling items will be worked out by the two Staff Parish Relations Committees.

This change will lead to a cost savings for Walker UMC because you will only have to pay one half of my housing allowance and continuing education. This does not mean that Simpson and Walker are partner churches, that is up to the leadership of both churches.  I hope that the relationship can grow organically as you share me as your pastor. This is an opportunity for all of us to grow together in our ministry in the city.



Support Group meets Mondays 3:30 pm at Patrick’s Cabaret and continue meeting every Monday.  It will be open to new group members through June 15.  FFI Greg Garman 612-481-1683.


Converging Visions Ukulele Classes Tuesdays 10 am to 1 pm at Walker Church.  8 weeks starting June 16.

Come join us! Ukulele’s provided as cost of class. Payment and scholarship options available! Come and learn how to play the ukulele. A fun little string instrument. Learn a song by week two! Need more information? Contact Emily at antin.mba@gmail.com or by phone at 651-242-4412.  This group led by Emily Antin and Linda Melcher recently partnered with Walker Church to present arts programming here. www.Covergingvisions.org