Announcements February 22, 2017



Upcoming Events and Meetings


  • All meetings and events listed are at Walker Church unless noted otherwise
  • See our website Calendar for happenings further into the future.
  • For more information please contact the Walker office


Sunday Celebration

February 26, 2017

Greetings by Carole Megarry & Jan Werness

Communal Singing led by Tony Wentersdorf

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


Lao Tzu # 28 Mitchell translation followed by 5 minutes of silence

Know the male, yet keep to the female: receive the world in your arms.
If you receive the world, the Tao will never leave you and you will be like a little child.

Know the white, yet keep to the black: be a pattern for the world.
If you are a pattern for the world, the Tao will be strong inside you and there will be nothing you can’t do.

Know the personal, yet keep to the impersonal: accept the world as it is.
If you accept the world, the Tao will be luminous inside you and you will return to your primal self.

The world is formed from the void, like utensils from a block of wood.
The Master knows the utensils, yet keeps to the block: thus she can use all things.

Poetry by Dave Wojcik

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading: Matthew 17:1-9 by Greg Garman

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him.

Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”  While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.”  And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by David West

Circle with Joys & Concerns

& sharing of bread & juice brought by Lou Tofte

Hospitality treats  brought by Linda Berglin


Council Meeting:  Sun, Feb 26, 12:15 pm.  FFI Lulu Philips


Mardi Gras:  Tues, Feb 28 is Mardi Gras and the night of our regular community meal. For the 3rd year in a row we’re offering Fat Tuesday pancakes and New Orleans Style Jazz by Store Bought Hair– a traditional 6 piece band featuring our own Joe Hesla on clarinet and David West on tenor banjo. Meal service is at 6 (often earlier for the lucky and hungry) upstairs and the music starts at 6:30 downstairs with a parade. Bring your beads, parasols and masks. Dancing, singing and all manner of indulgences are encouraged. FFI David West


Sunday Celebration March 5:  Sermon by Roger Lynn


Sunday Celebration March 12:  Join Amoke Kubat for her first in a series of “Sunday Talks–These times got me feeling ‘so much something’ that I’m ready to shout 4 letter words in church!”


Bishop Ough speaking on immigration:  Sun, Mar 12, 4 pm at Park Avenue UMC, 3400 Park Av So.  The bulk of the program will be in Spanish, but we will translate Bishop Ough’s remarks into English. The purpose of the gathering is to invite our neighbors from the immigrant community (who are experiencing severe stress in light of recent events) to hear from our faith leader a word of encouragement, solidarity and support. Oganized by Iglesia Pieddra Viva,  sponsored by Walker Community UMC, Simpson UMC, etc.


Science Fiction Book Sale:  Saturday, March 18, 10 am to 4 pm at Walker Community Church, 3104 16th Avenue South, Mpls 55407.  Sale includes paperbacks, magazines & hard cover from the 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and newer.  Almost 2000 books!  If you have books to donate to the sale or questions contact Ed Ed Mueller 612-205-6352.


Anne Tiller’s 60’s Birthday Bash!  Sat, March 18, 6 to 11:30 pm. Potluck 6 to 9, Dance to the Wayneiacs 8 to 11:30 pm.  Everyone Welcome! Please Come and Celebrate with Old Friends and New! $10.00 minimum suggested donation to Walker Church appreciated–no one turned away.  Celebrate Anne’s Birthday in your favorite 1960’s clothing style (Optional) See her Pieceful Quilts Show.  (The Quilt Show will be up in the dining hall March 13-24.  Please make arrangements with Anne if you want to see the quilts and can’t make it to the party.)  R.S.V.P.  Anne Tiller


Walker Work Day:  Sat, March 25, 9 am to noon. We will clean the kitchen and do other projects to prepare and clean the interior of the church.  FFI Ed Ed Mueller, Wayne Bailey, Al Hildenbrand



Improvisation Movement & Reader’s Group: Sundays, March 5, 12, 19 and 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


Rapid Response Team

The Peace with Justice Committee has formed a Rapid Response Team monitoring Congressional activity.  If you are 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 contact Allyson Hayward  or Deb Ramage

Church Council 2017

 The Church Council is the decision making body of the church that furthers the mission to nurture spirituality, build caring community and work courageously for peace with justice and mercy.

  • The council makes all financial decisions and sets policies.
  • It is the fiscal body of the church.
  • It plays the role of the Staff Parish Relations Committee.
  • All staff members are ex-officio members of the council with voice but may not be full members.
  • When the Council goes into executive session to deal with personnel issues the SPRC chair leads the meetings and separate minutes are prepared.
  • Council minutes are public, SPRC minutes are private.



Lulu Philips                  Chair (19)

Nancy Larsen              Secretary (19)

Jan Werness               Treasurer (18)

Howard Kranz.            Lay Leader (18)

Al Hildenbrand            Lay Member Annual Conference (19)

KC Bretzke                  Finance Chair (18)

Kristine Smith              Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) Chair (17)

David West                  Celebration Committee Chair (19)

Bonita Blumenauer     Reconciling Representative (17)

Jesse Watkins             At-large (17)

Ed Ed Mueller Building and grounds (18)

Wayne Bailey              Building and grounds (19)

Joe Hesla                    At-large (17)

Lucy Slater                  At-large (18)

Jim McCreary.             At-large (19)



Buildings and Grounds committee

A Building and Grounds committee implements church policy and has the authority to care for the physical needs of the church or other duties assigned by the Council.  It implements a budget set by the Church Council.  Anyone is welcome to be a part of the Building and Grounds Committee. Staff participate as needed.


Ed Ed Mueller, Al Hildenbrand, and Wayne Bailey are responsible for convening the committee and reporting to the council.  Everyone in the community is invited to participate in this committee.


Finance committee

A finance committee monitors and insures the integrity of the finances, builds the budget, and arranges for fundraisers. Everyone in the community is invited to participate in this committee.


KC Bretzke chairs the finance committee and reports to the council

Jan Werness

Carol Megarry

Linda Berglin



Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups

Circle Gathering: Sundays 9 to 10 am.  The circle is 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: 3rd Sunday of 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

Open Flow Forum:  1st Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pm.  A group of 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 & Fridays by appointment.  Lessons in beginning piano, guitar, fiddle, all levels of voice  Sound healing–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 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, beginners welcome, bring a yoga mat. FFI

Ecstatic Movement:  Wednesdays 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm.  Free style movement with music.  Cost: $10-15.  FFI Facebook Ecstatic Movement

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm. 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.  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. 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 for adults on the autism spectrum.