Announcements April 5, 2017


Upcoming Events and Meetings

  • All meetings and events listed are at Walker Church unless noted otherwise
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Palm Sunday Celebration

April 9, 2017

Greetings by Margo McCreary & Janet Court

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 #20 Mitchell translation followed by 5 minutes of silence

Stop thinking, and end your problems. What difference between yes and no? What difference between success and failure? Must you value what others value, avoid what others avoid? How ridiculous!

Other people are excited, as though they were at a parade. I alone don’t care, I alone am expressionless, like an infant before it can smile.

Other people have what they need; I alone possess nothing. I alone drift about, like someone without a home. I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.

Other people are bright; I alone am dark. Other people are sharper; I alone am dull. Other people have a purpose; I alone don’t know.

I drift like a wave on the ocean; I blow as aimless as the wind. I am different from ordinary people. I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.

Poetry by Cheryl Kramer

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading Matthew 21:1-11 by Janet Court

When they had come near Jerusalem and had reached Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, ‘The Lord needs them.’ And he will send them immediately.” This took place to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet, saying, “Tell the daughter of Zion, Look, your king is coming to you, humble, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and that followed were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?” The crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Walker Singers “Dona Nobis” from the Mass in B minor by J.S. Bach

The Circle with joys and concerns

and the sharing of bread & juice brought by Sally Kuehn

Hospitality Time

Thanks to Steve Gehrenbeck-Miller for treats


Improvisation Movement & Reader’s Group: April 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

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

Sunrise Service:  6:30 am in the gazebo in Powderhorn Park on the southwest side of the lake near 35th Street.

Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 am to 10:00 am Conrad’s delicious pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee.

$5 per person, $15 maximum per family

Easter Celebration:  10:30 am


Nautilis Music Theater Rough Cuts:  Tues, April 18, 7:30 pm in the sanctuary. Sam’s Son excerpts from a bluegrass musical.  Abraham’s Land set against the backdrop of the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Yitzhak and Ismail journey through each other’s cultural landscape.


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  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 & Potluck in honor 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


LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival:  Wed, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis

You are invited to the LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival. Come join us for spring fun and inspiration to support transforming psychological trauma into nonviolent power. Enjoy nine short films by, for, about women with festivities, raffles, and the VIP after Party with great conversations, music, appetizers and drinks! Info and tickets Sponsored by the MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute


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

Aware Dance (formerly called Ecstatic Movement):  Wednesdays 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Free style movement with music.  Cost: $10-15.

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.