Announcements November 16, 2016

Events & Meetings at Walker Church

  • Walker Church Events & Meetings are open to all and are at the church unless noted otherwise.
  • Events & Meetings of other groups are open to all unless noted as private.
  • Private events and meetings of other groups are listed to show what is happening at Walker each day.
  • The calendar on our website lists events & meetings further into the future.
  • For more information on any of the events contact the Walker office


Yoga Flow Class:  Wed, Nov 16, 6 to 7 pm

Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) working group meeting:  Wed, Nov 16, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) meeting:  Wed, Nov 16, 6:30 to 9 pm.  FFI Deb Ramage

Ecstatic Movement:  Wed, Nov 16, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thurs, Nov 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Private Bitter Mash rehearsal:  Thurs, Nov 17, 7 to 9 pm

Private Ace in the City event:  Fri, Nov 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the dining hall


Walker Holiday Art Fair

Saturday, November 19, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, November 20, noon to 4 pm.

30 artists.  Come for Lunch!  Spread the word, invite your friends!

FFI KC Bretzke


Walker Initiates:  Sun, Nov 20, 8:15 to 10:15 at Dennis Wynne’s home. FFI Lou Tofte

Walker Circle Gathering:  Sun, Nov 20, 9 am to 10 am


Sunday Celebration

November 20, 2016

Greetings by Don Browne & Mary Burns

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.

A Service of Welcome (Songbook page iv) led by Brent Bender

Lao Tzu # 49 Mitchell translation followed by 5 minutes of silence

The Master has no mind of her own. She works with the mind of the people. She is good to people who are good. She is also good to people who aren’t good. This is true goodness. She trusts people who are trustworthy. She also trusts people who aren’t trustworthy.  This is true trust.

The Master’s mind is like space. People don’t understand her.  They look to her and wait. She treats them like her own children.

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Walker Singers Performance “An Anthem for Thanksgiving” by William Billings.

Scripture Reading Philippians 4:4-9 by Greg Garman

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Performance by Anne Hamre

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Cheryl Kramer & Lonnie Thompson

Hospitality Time

Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee and to Maurine Stenwick for treats


Walker Coffee: Mon, Nov 21, 10 am to noon at Lake Street Coffee

Walker “Christmas” Band may rehearse:  Mon, Nov 21, 6 pm to 7 pm.  FFI Janet Skidmore or Kent Eklund


I Need a Witness! : Mon, Nov 21, 7 to 8 pm.  Using the Open Stage format, participants will sign in to do a reading when they arrive and the first 6 will read that evening. Each reader will have 10 minutes. The idea is to read stories, journal entries, diaries, memories from your own life…to share these tales with others, thus bringing witnesses to validate your experiences; to open others’ consciousnesses to alternate realities; to help you to deal with your own past! So whether you have dozens of dusty journals in the closet or whether you need to sit down and scrawl a few paragraphs to share, or whether you only want to participate as an honored Witness, PLEASE join us!  FFI Mary Parker


Walker Thanksgiving Community Meal: Tues, Nov 22 6 to 7 pm.  Free, everyone welcome


Walker Singers Rehearse: Tues, Nov 22, 6:45 to 8 pm led by Jim McCreary

Rosen Movement:  Wed, Nov 23, 9 am to 10 am

Private Jim McCreary voice student’s rehearsal:  Wed, Nov 23, 10 am to 1 pm

Yoga Flow Class:  Wed, Nov 23, 6 to 7 pm

Ecstatic Movement:  Wed, Nov 23, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thurs, Nov 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Walker Women’s Potluck Brunch: Sat, Nov 26, 9:30 am to noon at Dianne O’Donnell’s home.

Private Baby Shower:  Sat, Nov 26, 1 pm to midnight

Walker Circle Gathering:  Sun, Nov 27, 9 am to 10 am

Walker Sunday Celebration and Children’s Sunday School:  Nov 27, 10:30 am to noon.


Luncheon Gathering for Laura Pheonix:  Sun, Nov 27, noon to 2:30 pm.  Join family and friends of this longtime Walker member for a luncheon, bring a dish to share.  Laura is struggling with acute amyloid leukemia, we want to share a message of hope as she begins the next step of her life journey. All are welcome.

 Voice Recital with Jim McCreary:  Sun, Nov 27, 3 pm.  Six students of the Como Voice and Piano Studio will be singing in a recital at Walker Church. Admission is free. Jim McCreary is one of the students, and will be singing music of Barber, Copland, Vaughn Williams and others.

Sarah Dagg Massage Therapist:  Mon-Wed, Nov 28-30.  Contact Sarah for appointments Sarah 218-831-9570

Walker Coffee: Mon, Nov 28, 10 am to noon at Lake Street Coffee

Walker Community Meal: Tues, Nov 29, 6 to 7 pm.  Free, everyone welcome

Walker Singers Rehearse: Tues, Nov 29, 6:45 to 8 pm led by Jim McCreary

Rosen Movement:  Wed, Nov 30, 9 am to 10 am

Yoga Flow Class:  Wed, Nov 30, 6 to 7 pm

Ecstatic Movement:  Wed, Nov 30, 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thurs, Dec 1, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Solstice Celebration:  Sat, Dec 17, 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Margo McCreary and her puppet friends.  Music and dancing with Eisner’s Klezmorim.  Refreshments meet and greet friends—old and new.  Fun for all ages.  The event is free.  FFI Margo or



From Pastor Walter Lockhart:

Lee Schubert, author of Woman Incognito: Transsexual without Transition will speak on Friday, November 18, from 5-7 p.m. at All God’s Children – Metropolitan Community Church, 3100 Park Avenue, Minneapolis.  Lee was born with a male body but came to realize that she was a woman in a male body.  Schubert discovered that gender is not determined by physical sex and has no interest in changing her body to make it appear more female.  Lee will read from her book and be joined by multiple local transgender people of faith to discuss transcending boundaries of gender in a spiritual context.


From Bonita Blumenauer:

Transgender Day of Remembrance:  Sun, Nov. 20th, 7:00 pm at Living Table United Church of Christ,   3805 40th Street East, Minneapolis.  (the corner of 38th Avenue South & 40th Street East) This service, on the Day of Remembrance, is a time for us to be able to gather together and publicly honor and mourn those who have been killed because of anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. For more information about TDOR:


From Janet Skidmore:

Janet Skidmore is performing in The Little Mermaid at the Minnetonka Arts Center on highway 7.  The show runs December 3 – 18, with Friday and Saturday shows at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.  Tickets are $25/adult, $20/senior, and $15/youth.  A 15% discount applies to groups of 15 or more.  Purchase tickets online at or call 952-401-5898.  Or contact Janet to arrange a group!

Hello, is anyone interested in doing a potluck Thanksgiving on Thursday afternoon, November 24, at my house? Call me  Janet Skidmore


From Maggie Rozycki:

Supplies are needed for Standing Rock at Sacred Stone Camp. 

ALERT- Revised list of supplies needed for Sacred Stone Camp. It is important to use this list because they had to hire a truck to haul away all the extra donations.

Current Supply List, Nov. 12, 2016

– Propane


-Warm boots

-Canned goods and dried food (perishable food is rotting because it freezes

-Money, but less useful than needed supplies because Mandan is very small and they have to travel to buy things.

Supplies for Sacred Stone Camp can be dropped at Tailorbird Tatoo, 3319 E 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55417612-721-0993



From Deb Ramage:



La Natividad, December 15-22, 2016


By popular demand, we are bringing back our innovative, processional bi-lingual Christmas performance La Natividad. If you have a strong singing voice and some choral experience, we invite you to be part of our whimsical and beautiful Angel Choir.  In our ambulatory event, the choir sings at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre, in a two-block profession to St. Paul’s church, and in the final act of the show inside that church.  Songs are traditional and original arrangements in Spanish and English.


We need all four choral parts, SATB, and if you play woodwinds, brass, accordion or another winter-hardy instrument, we’d be interested in that, too!  The rehearsal schedule appears below.  If you need to miss one or two of the choir rehearsals that’s all right, as long as you can make most of them.


Please contact music director Laurie Witzkowski at or volunteer coordinator scottie hall at


La Natividad 2016 Rehearsal & Performance Schedule




Mondays November 7, 14, 21 , 28           7:00-9:00 pm

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church basement chapel, 2742 15th Avenue South (at 28th Street), Mpls


                                                           CHOIR WITH CAST


Tuesday December 6   6:00-8:30 pm @In the Heart of the Beast (HOBT)

1500 East Lake Street, Mpls


Thursday, December 8  6:30-8:30 pm @St. Paul’s Church


Sunday, December 11  4:30-7:00 pm @HOBT

(Inside and outside in the street)


Monday, December 12  6:30-8:30 pm @St. Paul’s Church


Tuesday, December 13  5:30-8:30 pm Dress Rehearsal @HOBT


Thursday, December 15 Performance, 5:30 pm Call

Friday, December 16       Performance, 5:30 pm Call

Saturday, December 17  Performance, 5:30 pm Call

Sunday, December 18     Performance, 5:30 pm Call


Monday, December 19, NO SHOW


Tuesday, December 20       Performance, 5:30 pm Call

Wednesday, December 21  Performance, 5:30 pm Call

Thursday, December 22     Performance + Strike, 5:30 pm Call


Debra Ramage
Office Manager

1500 E Lake St
Minneapolis, MN 55407
612-721-2535 main number

612-721-7174 FAX



Ongoing Walker Groups

Walker Circle Gathering: Sundays 9 to 10 am.  We begin and end with a recorded musical prayer. We will read a selection from the Course on Miracles and use the Wisdom Circle Method to discuss it. We will also do some of the exercises from the Course on Miracles. We welcome all who feel a need for a spiritual discussion group!  We will meet through December 18. FFI Mary Parker & Tony Wentersdorf

Walker Coffee Gathering: Mondays 10 am to noon at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 East Lake St.  Everyone is welcome and you can come any week.  FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

Walker Community Meal: Tuesdays 6 to 7 pm.  Free, everyone welcome

Walker Singers Rehearse: Tuesdays 6:45 to 8 pm led by Jim McCreary

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

Walker Men’s Potluck Brunch: 2nd Saturday of each month in the conference room.  FFI Jim Feldman

Walker Women’s Potluck Brunch: 4th Saturday of each month at someone’s home. FFI Lulu Philips


Other on-going events at Walker

Simple Song Alice Browne Music Therapy & Sound Healing: Thursdays and Fridays by appointment.  Individual music lessons for beginners on piano, guitar and fiddle and all levels for voice.  A Sound Healing is like receiving a massage made completely of sound vibrations for intentional healing of mind, body, and spirit. Contact Alice for more information and appointments. 612-860-6644

Sarah Dagg Massage Therapist:  Two days each month between 9 am to 5 pm by appointment. Contact Sarah 218-831-9570

Rosen Movement meets every Wednesday 9 am to 10 am for simple and effective movement with music. It costs $5 to $10 and is open to everyone and you can come any week.  The first time you come it is free.  FFI Phyllis Wiener

Yoga Flow Class meets every Wednesday from 6 to 7 pm taught by Yoga Alliance certified instructor, Julia Starr.  No charge, make a donation if you wish, your presence is truly enough. Beginners are welcome! Please arrive 10 minutes early, bring a yoga mat and any other props you would like to incorporate into practice. FFI

Ecstatic Movement meets every Wednesday 7:30 pm to 9:15 pm.  Free style movement inspired by music and conscious breathe.  No previous dance experience is necessary. Class starts with a centering, followed by 80 minutes of incredible music, and ends in stillness with an option to stay for a closing circle. Cost: $10-15. Arrive at 7:15 to check in and warm up. FFI Facebook main page:  Ecstatic Movement

Hoop Twin Cities meets every Thursday 7 to 8 pm in the sanctuary. (People may arrive after 6:30 pm and stay until 8:30 pm.)  Free, fun & informal hoola hooping for all ages  FFI

The Story Worship Celebration:  The 1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Sunday of each month at 4 pm. We view ourselves as a messy community embracing the call to whole-heartedly follow Jesus, love our neighbor, and cultivate beauty in our world. For more information:

Private Queer Birth Project:  This LGBTQ new parent group meets 10 am to 11:30 am the 2nd Saturday of each month.  FFI Walker office

Private Transforming Families Group: 2nd Saturday of each month 1 to 3 pm. Support for families with transgender children.  FFI Walker office

Autoharp Jams:  are held the 2nd Sunday of each month from 3 pm to 5 pm.  FFI Tony Wentersdorf

Bluegrass Jam Sessions are held the last Monday of each month 7 to 10 pm in the sanctuary.  They are free, open to everyone and for musicians of all abilities.  You can come to jam or to listen. Sponsored by MBOTMA (Minnesota Old Time & Bluegrass Music Association) FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Political Prisoner Letter Writing:  A small group meets to write letters to political prisoners meets 7 to 9 pm the 1st Thursday of each month and is open to new participants.

Neurodiversity Group:  meets the 2nd Thursday of every month from 7 to 9 pm led by Paul Johnson. Free emotional support group for adults on the autism spectrum as we learn our identity and how to live with autism and open to those who don’t have autism but want to learn more about it.

Open Flow Forum:  meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 pm.  A free informal group for artists with disabilities.  FFI Tara Innmon or Kip Shane.