Announcements March 29, 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


Walker Work Day:  Sat, April 1, 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

 Free Market:  Sat, April 1, 2 to 4 pm in the Walker lobby.

Holy Fool:  Sat, April 1, 7 pm.  Join us for EMBRACING THE INNER FOOL, a skit written by Emily Peabody featuring the talents of Mary Parker, Bonita Blumenauer, Greg Garman, Margo McCreary, Tony Wentersdorf, Howard Krantz, Jim Stark, Mary Buckley, the Walker Singers and the Brownes (Alice and Don)


Sunday Celebration

April 2, 2017

Greetings by Jan DeNoble and Greg Garman

Communal Singing led by Howard Kranz

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


Lao Tzu # 69 followed by 5 minutes of silence

The handbook of the strategist has said:

‘Do not invite the fight, accept it instead,’

‘Better a foot behind than an inch too far ahead,

Which means:

Look an adversary straight in the face and make no move,

Roll up your sleeve and clench no fist,

Open your hand and show no weapon,

Bare your breast and find no foe.

But as long as there be a foe, value them,

Respect them, measure them, be humble toward them;

Let them not strip from you, however strong they be,

Compassion, the one wealth which can afford them.

Poetry by the Improvisation Group led by Janet Skidmore

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading John 11:1-45 by Nancy Larsen

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill.  So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”  But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.  Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”  The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.”

After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”  Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.  Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.”  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him.

Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”

Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.”

Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance Kent Eklund

The Circle with joys and concerns

and the sharing of bread & juice brought by Kay Seelhoff

Hospitality Time

Thanks to Steve Gehrenbeck-Miller for treats


Improvisation Movement & Reader’s Group: April 2 & 9, 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


Palm Sunday: April 9


Jewish Passover Seder: Friday, April 14, 6:30 pmHosted & led by Fred Glazer.

The Seder, a traditional family and community Jewish holiday observance and meal, recalls the liberation of the Jewish people from Egypt and the constant struggle to make a better world for all.  Reservations are necessary; call the church office or sign up on Sundays.  The cost is $16; bring your own wine or wine substitute.  Please call if you have questions about the service or can volunteer to help with cooking and set-up. Fred Glazer


Easter Sunday:  April 16


Rummage Sale Set up begins: Sunday, April 23

Please bring your good condition clean used items.  We can use summer clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, luggage, toys, books, linens, small appliances, and other items.  We can’t accept computers, TVs, microwaves, mattresses, cribs, or child car seats. It’s our biggest fundraiser, and we made over $7,000 last year to support our mission.

Please bring rummage between 9 AM and 8 PM on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25.  Volunteers will be at the church then to receive your clean, usable items.

Do not bring rummage after Tuesday evening! Starting Wednesday, the volunteers will be fully occupied in organizing and pricing, and will not have time to sort additional contributions.

Please do not bring any rummage before Sunday, April 23.  If rummage is left in the church before then, we will have to discard it, which can cost the church money for an extra waste pickup.  There is no space in the church that is not already being used for our activities.

Sale times are: Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 8:30 pm (neighborhood preview night); Friday, April 28, 1:00 to 8:00 pm; Saturday, April 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; and Sunday, April 30, 12:30 to 3:30 pm (Sunday bag sale, $4 per bag)

Please let me know if you can help out, and what your time preferences are.  Lulu 612-281-3778 Thank you!


Coming in May


Pandora:  Fri, May 5, 7 pm.  Tony Wentersdorf will be doing a CD Release concert with Mary Parker and Sally Kuehn at Walker. His new CD is called PANDORA and features 12 original songs he has written recently. A free-will donation of $8.00 is requested, and the CDs, as well as CD songbooks will be available.  Refreshments will be served.

15 Now Unplugged:  Sat, May 13, 7 pm.  Performances by Mama Caught First, Gabriel, J-Sirrius and more
Sunday Celebration of Pastor Walter Lockhart’s 25 Years of Ministry:  May 21.



Janet Skidmore is interested in hosting a potluck Easter meal at her house on Sunday, April 16. “Maybe mid afternoon or early evening.  Music and jigsaw puzzles welcome.  Let me know if you are interested.”  Janet Skidmore j

Help Squash Hunger! Walker is participating in the FoodShare March Campaign and collecting donations for Community Emergency Service on 19st and 11th Av., The collection box will be in the Walker lobby through Sunday, April 2.  Donations of the following are needed:

Non-perishable Food : Cooking oil, Flour 4 lb. bags, Sugar 4 lb. bags, Beef stew, Chili, Canned meat (chicken, tuna, salmon), Canned fruit, Canned pasta meals, Canned tomatoes, Coffee in small bags, Jelly, jam, 100% fruit juice

Hygiene:  Toothbrush/paste, Bar soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Shaving cream, Razors, Feminine products,Adult diapers (men’s and women’s) Toilet paper, Laundry soap, Dishwashing soap

Please Do: Give generously and donate your favorite foods.

Please Don’t: Give expired items or use this opportunity to clean out your cupboard.




Greetings, friends at Walker Church, from your friends and neighbors in Transition,
            Knowing Walker’s commitments to a healthy environment, I wanted to be sure we invited you all. I hope folks can join us.


Helping Our Community Transition to a Sustainable Future

With a theme of Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, we knew this year’s Northern Spark art event was the place to be with the message that the time to Transition away from our dependence on fossil fuels is NOW so Transition artists in the Twin Cities are creating a community-based art project and we’d like to invite you to join us.  Come to one of two Community Day events at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave. Sunday April 2, 2 to 5 pm and Sat, May 20, 6 to 9 pm. Pick up a free t-shirt and customize it with a logo of actions you are already taking. Artists will help you with screenprinting a shirt you can wear to Northern Spark. You can also work with a book artist to create tiny books to distribute at the event. Family friendly event; kids welcome to help out. FFI Leslie MacKenzie


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 in the conference room. FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz

Men’s Potluck Brunch: 2nd Saturday of each month at someone’s home.

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.