Announcements January 26, 2017

Upcoming Events and Meetings

  • Walker Church Events & Meetings all at Walker unless noted otherwise.
  • Events & Meetings of other groups that will be held at Walker and are open to the public.
  • The calendar on our website lists events & meetings further into the future.
  • For more information on any of the events contact the Walker office


Truth Tellers Presents

“Experiencing Minnesota through the Eyes of Black Women”

Saturday, Jan 28, 2 pm to 4:30 pm at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South in Minneapolis

Deb Douglas will do a presentation followed by discussion and an action workshop.  The event is presented by  Resonate “which developed out of Deconstructing White Feminism in 2016, the goal of which is to start a discussion around how white feminism has been limiting and damaging in its erasure of other types of femininity and gender identity, while also being complicit in racial injustice in the United States.  One of our goals is to spotlight the lives and amplify the words of Women of Color in Minnesota, hence our series “Experiencing Minnesota through the Eyes of Black Women.” We hope you will join us for a powerful event of truth telling.”  This is a free event with donations welcome.  (The event will also be held Thursday, Feb 9, 7 pm to 9 pm at Walker.)


Sunday Celebration

January 29, 2017

Greetings by Janet Court

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.


Lao Tzu # 5 followed by 5 minutes of silence

The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners. The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand. Hold on to the center.

Poetry read by Debra Ramage

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture:  Matthew 5:1-12 read by Janet Court

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by the Dragon Dancers

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

Hospitality Time


Improvisation Movement & Reader’s Group: Sundays, Jan 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, & 26, 12:30 to 1:30pm in the sanctuary. The group will be led by Janet Skidmore. Bring a favorite poem, scripture, or other reading.  You can either read or move, or do both if you want.  FFI Janet 612-965-3335


Star Lake Dinner and Dave Hudson Concert:  Sat, Feb 4, 5 pm to 9 pm at Walker Church

5 pm silent auction, 6 pm dinner, 7 pm concert.  FFI Walter


Rapid Response Team meeting: Sun, Feb 5, 12:15 pm.

The Peace with Justice Committee is forming a Rapid Response Team monitoring Congressional activity.

The first meeting will be Sunday, Feb 5, 12:15 pm.  Who should attend?  Anyone interested in being part of a coordinated group effort committed to calling and emailing their Federal and State Senators and Representatives on key legislation, hearings, and other congressional business. They need to know that we’re paying attention. What if you can’t attend? Email Allyson Hayward or Deb Ramage:;
Building and Grounds committee meeting:  Wed, Feb 8, 6 pm.  Everyone welcome. FFI Ed Ed Mueller



Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups


Initiates will not meet in January.

Walker Singers will begin rehearsing at 7 pm from now on.


Circle Gathering: Sundays 9 to 10 am.  A spiritual discussion group currently discussing meditations by Shakti Gawain. FFI Mary Parker & Tony Wentersdorf

Coffee Gathering: Mondays 10 to noon at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 E Lake St.  FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

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

Walker Singers Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm led by Jim McCreary

Initiates: One Sunday each month 8:15 to 10:15 am. FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz

Men’s Potluck Brunch: 2nd Saturday of each month.  FFI Jim Feldman

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

Mama’s Group:  Every other Thursday, 2-4 pm for new mothers.  FFI Willow Cordes-Eklund

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

Feminist Sci-Fi Book Club:  Saturdays 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  FFI Janet Court.



Health & Wellness Services by Walkerites

Alice Browne Music Lessons, Therapy & Sound Healing: Thursdays and Fridays by appointment.  Beginners piano, guitar and fiddle lessons and all levels of voice.  Sound healing–a massage of sound vibrations. Contact Alice 612-860-6644

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


Other on-going groups meeting at Walker

Rosen Movement:  Wednesdays 9 am to 10 am for simple and effective movement with music.  Open to all, come any week, cost:  $5 to $10.  FFI Phyllis Wiener

Yoga Flow Class:  Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm taught by Julia Starr.  Free, make a donation if you wish. Beginners welcome, bring a yoga mat. FFI

Ecstatic Movement:  Wednesdays 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm.  Free style movement inspired by music and conscious breathe.  Cost: $10-15.  FFI Facebook  Ecstatic Movement

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the sanctuary. Free hoola hooping for all ages  FFI

The Story Worship Celebration:  1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Sunday of each month at 4 pm. FFI

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

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

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

Bluegrass Jam: Last Monday of each month 7 to 10 pm.  Free, come to jam or listen. Sponsored by MBOTMA (Minnesota Old Time & Bluegrass Music Association) FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Political Prisoner Letter Writing:  1st Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pmA small group meets to write letters to political prisoners.

Neurodiversity Group:  2nd Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pm led by Paul Johnson. Free emotional support group for adults on the autism spectrum.