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

January 31, 2016

Greetings by Mary Burns

Communal Singing led by David West

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

Opening Smudge by Al Hildenbrand

Lao Tzu # 1 Witter Bynner followed by 5 minutes of silence

Existence is beyond the power of words to define. Terms may be used but are none of them absolute.  In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words, words came out of the womb of matter; and whether a man dispassionately sees to the core of life or passionately sees the surface, the core and the surface are essentially the same, words making them seem different only to express appearance. If name be needed, wonder names them both: From wonder into wonder existence opens.

Poetry read by Barbara Hager

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Psalm 71:1-6 read by Nancy Larsen

In you, O LORD, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.  In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me and save me.  Be to me a rock of refuge, a strong fortress, to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.  Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel.

For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.  Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.

Sermon by Al Hildenbrand & Jim McCreary

Walker Singers Performance “Montgomery” Words by Justin Morgan, Music by Oliver Holden.

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

Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee


Community Meal free, all welcomeTues, Feb 2, 5:30 to 6:45 coordinated by David West


Fat Tuesday, February 9

Community Pancake Meal free, everyone welcome: 5:30 to 6:45 pm coordinated by Walter.

Store Bought Hair performs after the meal.  FFI David West


Trustees meeting:  Wed, Feb 10, 6 pm

SASSAFRAS STOMP a touring folk music duo of midcoast Maine: Friday, Feb 12, 7 pm. Warm your hearts this valentine’s weekend with high the energy folk music of duo Sassafras Stomp. Touring artists Adam Nordell of Montana and Johanna Davis of Maine have traveled the country with their folk inspired tunes. Weaving together diverse fiddle traditions and evocative songwriting with a strong rhythmic sensibility you won’t want to miss this fiddle bow flying, boot stomping concert!  $10 suggested donation at the door, no one turned away for lack of funds. Fresh baked goods and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for donation $1-$3. For more information on the band visit www.sassafrasstomp.com.

Men’s Group Potluck Brunch:  Sat, Feb 13, 9:30 am to noon in the conference room.  FFI Jim Feldman

Women’s Prison Book Pancake Breakfast & Book Sale:  Sat, Feb 13, 8 am to noon. The Hottest Event of the Winter. Hot Cakes for Warm Hearts! All you can eat buttermilk, vegan, and gluten-free pancakes, Southern style grits, Fruit salad, Coffee, tea, and juice. Adults $6-$10 sliding scale, Children: $3. After filling your belly, visit our book sale to fill your mind.  Books in great condition $1-$3. Kid’s activities:  Make a valentine for a political prisoner! FFI womensprisonbookproject@gmail.com

Walker Cabaret:  Sat, Feb 13, 7 pm.  FFI Tony Wentersdorf & Mary Parker

Celebration Committee meeting:  Sun, Feb 14, after celebration.  FFI Mary Parker

Community Meal free, all welcomeTues, Feb 16, 5:30 to 6:45 coordinated by Kitchen Cabinet


WAMM Community Sing:  Sat, Feb 20, 7 pm.  With songs of peace & love led by Bret Hesla and Mary Preus.  A fundraiser for WAMM suggested donation $ 5 to $ 25.

Initiates:  Sun, Feb 21, 8:15 to 10:15 in the conference room

Community Meal free, all welcomeTues, Feb 23, 5:30 to 6:45 coordinated by Walter.

Council meeting:  Tues, Feb 23, 8 pm

Bluegrass Jam:  Mon, Feb 29 7 to 10 pm.  FFI Roy Vanderwerf


Walker Announcements

 Walker Art Show: Monday, February 8 through Monday, February 22 we will show art by Walkerites on the lobby & dining hall walls.  If you would like to show yours please contact Becky Hanson or Mary Parker

Becky Hanson is collecting donations for refugees for the International Institute of Minnesota.  Bring your donations to her front porch, 3700 36th Avenue South.

Lenten Study Group on Power & Privilege: Wednesdays, Feb 10 through March 16, noon to 1:30 pm.

Bring a bag lunch; the coffee pot will be on.

“This lent I am going to be studying about power and privilege.  As a middle age, white, upper middle class, cisgender, male who is college educated and fully employed with health insurance I am in a position that I need to shed my privilege and power.  Each of us has our own history and relationship to the world in which we live.  I invite you to join me on a Lenten journey to study about privilege power in our world today.

I will be offering the study twice each Wednesday at noon at Walker and at 6 pm with a soup supper at Simpson UMC, 2740 First Ave South. (Suggest parking on 28th St and come in the Red Door off 28th

All are welcome at either gathering.  Come when it best fits in your schedule.  I do not promise easy conversations, but I also promise no shaming or berating.”

Peace to you as we enter the Lenten Season, Pastor Walter Lockhart

 Other Announcements

 No House to Call My Home: A Reading & Community Discussion:  Sat, Jan 30, 3-4:30pm at Shir Tikvah Congregation, 1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls.  Join us for an afternoon of community learning and conversation about the harsh realities faced by LGBTQ homeless youth and what we, as a community, can do about it. Hear about a collaborative pilot launching in February to end LGBTQ youth homelessness. Learn what you can do to help. Ryan Berg, author & youth worker from Avenues for Homeless Youth, will read from his new book, No House to Call My Home*. Rabbi Michael Latz and Senator Scott Dibble will provide their own reflections. A panel of youth, youth workers and leaders from Avenues for Homeless Youth, The Link, Reclaim! and Point Source Youth will announce a brand new collaborative project launching soon in the Twin Cities. Tickets for the event are $25 and includes a copy of “No House to Call My Home.” A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Avenues for Homeless Youth. Purchase your tickets at nohousetocallmyhome.eventbrite.com.

 Annual Minnesota Reconciling Congregations social gathering:  Sat, Feb 13 at Richfield UM Church, 5835 Lyndale Avenue South. There will be a potluck meal beginning at 11:30 am. Following lunch we will view An Act of Love, the documentary about Frank Schaefer’s decision to officiate his son’s same-sex wedding and the trial that followed.  And have updates from the national Reconciling movement and on preparations for General Conference.  FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart


On-going Walker Events

Sunday Celebration & Children’s Sunday 10:30 am every Sunday.

Sunday Meditation Group 8:45 to 10 am every Sunday The first half hour is devoted to mindfulness meditation, next we check in with each other about our week followed by open discussion and ending with a brief “ohming” chant & hugs.   All who come to Walker are welcome to join the group. FFI Tony Wentersdorf

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

Community Meals free, all welcome are held every Tuesday 5:30 to 6:45

Walker Singers rehearse Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm. FFI Jim McCreary

Women’s Potluck Brunch is held the 4th Saturday of each month at someone’s home.  FFI Lulu Philips

Men’s Group Potluck Brunch is held the 2nd Saturday of each month in the conference room.  FFI Jim Feldman

Initiates meet the 3rd Sunday of each month 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room.  FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz


On-going Wellness, Movement & Music held at Walker

Winter Frame Drum Class:  Mondays Feb 1, 8 & 15, 7 to 8:30 pm.  A 4 session class introducing the Middle Eastern Tar frame drum. Class fee $100. One session has been held.  If you might be interested in the 3 upcoming ones contact  the Instructor Rachel Nelson bardlive@gmail.com

Bluegrass Music Jams are held the last Monday of each month 7 to 10 pm.  FFI Roy Vanderwerf revanster@gmail.com

Hoop Twin Cities meets Wednesdays 7 to 8 pm.  Hoola hooping for all ages, free.  FFI hoopjeans@gmail.com

Rosen Movement meets Wednesdays 9 am to 10 am in the sanctuary.  FFI Phyllis Wiener wiernerphyllis@gmail.com

Sarah Dagg Massage is usually scheduled for 2 to 4 days each month. sdagg@crosslake.net