Announcements May 31, 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



Membership Dessert Gathering:  Wed, May 31, 7 pm in the Walker conference room


Ifa/Orisa Class taught by Amoke Kubat: Wed, May 31, 6:30 to 8 pm in the dining hallAmoke Kubat, an Iyanifa and priestess of Yemoja, will give an overview of IFA/Orisa, the spiritual practice of Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria and diasporic communities worldwide. Classes will be held 6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesdays June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26.  All are welcome. Free will offerings If you have questions, please contact Amoke


David Henry Schultz Memorial: Friday, June 2, at 6 pm. Music will begin at 6 pm, the service at 6:30 will be followed by a dessert reception. Questions? Contact Dianne O’Donnell


Outdoor Walker Work Day: Saturday, June 3, 10 am – 3 pm.  Come and help weed and spread mulch around the church yard.  Bring your own tools and gloves, etc. if you have them.  Old newspapers needed also, preferably without the shiny advertising pages.  FFI Janet Skidmore


Barrios Not Borders-Rapid response network training:  Sat, June 3, 10 am to 1 pm at Walker Church.

Join a team of people ready to respond to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions and raids in our communities.  This training will cover the historical and political context of immigration in the U.S., observing and being present at ICE raids, and basic immigrant and responder legal rights.  Childcare and light snacks will be provided.


Membership Joining Sunday June 4:  A membership ceremony will be held during Celebration. Please contact Walter if you would like to join.


Sunday Celebration

June 4, 2017

Greetings by Jan DeNoble & Greg Garman

Communal Singing led by Conrad deFiebre & Dianne O’Donnell

Celebration led by Pastor Walter Lockhart

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


Lao Tzu # 72 followed by 5 minutes of silence

Upon those who defy authority it shall be visited,

but not behind prison walls nor through oppression of their kin;
People sanely led are not led by duress.
To know yourself and not show yourself,
To think well of yourself and not tell of yourself,
Be that your no and your yes.

Poetry by Howard Kranz

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading: John 7:37-38 by Carole Megarry
On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.'”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Membership Ceremony

Walker Singers Performance: “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson.

Circle with Joys & Concerns

& sharing of bread & juice brought by Kay Seelhoff

Hospitality Time

Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee



Retirement Party in honor of Pastor Ruth Hograbe:  Sun, June 4, 2 to 4 pm at Annandale UMC, 250 Oak Av N in Annandale.


An AA group, East Lake LOL AA:  Wed, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This mixed, open AA group will meet every Wednesday at Walker starting on June 7.


Walker Announcements


Walker Singers are on Summer Break.  They will resume on September 5.


Twin Cities PRIDE is June 24 & 25.  MN Reconciling Congregations will have a booth in Loring Park and we will participate in the parade on Sunday.  The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday with take down at 6 p.m.  The parade is on Sunday at 11 a.m.   There will be a worship service at the parade line-up site (usually near 3rd Street and Hennepin Ave) just prior to the parade.
The booth sign-up sheet is at  The sign-up form can be accessed from your computer or mobile device.  When viewing on a Smartphone, hold the phone in portrait position for the “user friendly” display.  Please go to the website (soon) and select the time when you would like to work in the booth.  Most shifts are two hours.  You will receive a confirmation email when you sign-up as well as another closer to PRIDE that will have more detailed information.
If you have not previously worked in the MN Reconciling Congregations booth, this is a great opportunity to let PRIDE attendees know that there are Methodist congregations who welcome GLBT persons!  You will note that we are asking for a clergy volunteer for each shift as questions may come up that are best answered by a clergy person.  FFI Judy Jerde


Thanks to Walker Church…From Tyler Sit the pastor of New City Church that meets in our dining hall on Sundays for Walter’s generosity in letting them use our space “we couldn’t be planting this church without you all!” And from the Rapid response network that is having the training here on Saturday sponsored by our Peace with Justice CommitteeThanks so much for your generosity in sharing your space with the coalition that is mobilizing folks to respond to ICE attacks on our communities.”


Other Events & Announcements


Come Meet Your Muslim Neighbors at Taking Heart Open Houses

Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The fast is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint and generosity.

As Muslims prepare for the sacred month of Ramadan this May-June, the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society are again announcing a series of Taking Heart Open Houses. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers throughout the Metro area will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for encounter and learning, capped off by a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.

Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together for food and conversation for ten years.  Last year more than 800 guests attended an Iftar during Ramadan. We hope that people who have never been to a mosque – and those who have been with us – will join in an open house at a mosque in their neighborhood, or any other sites throughout the Metro area.

Please visit to register for one or more of the open houses. Bring friends and family!

In your neighborhood:  Please join the Umatul Islamic Center, 3015 Second Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55408, Thursday, June 1, 7:45 pm; Dar Al-Hijra, 504 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN  55454, Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm; Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407, Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm.

These events are free and open to the public.  For further information please contact: The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Taking Heart Organizer

412-638-0680 (cell),


Transition is a global, citizen-led movement of people taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, prepare for a changing climate, relocalize their economy and build resilient, socially connected communities. There are several Transition groups in the Twin Cities and, interestingly 3 of these are associated with current and former Walker members: Transition Longfellow (Leslie MacKenzie), Corcoran Grows (Joe Hesla), Transition NE Minneapolis (Peter Doughty), Transition North Suburbs, Transition All St. Anthony Park, Transition MacGroveland/Merriam Park, Transition West Side/West St. Paul, and a new group forming in north Minneapolis. To learn more, see the Transition Twin Cities website ( or contact Leslie MacKenzie:



I Call My Brothers-A Dinner Theatre Staged Reading:  Mon, June 12, 6:15 Swedish-Tunisian Cuisine, 7 pm Staged Reading at Hook & Ladder Theatre 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN 55406.  Presented by Theatre du Monde


Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups

Circle Gathering: Sundays 9 to 10 am.  The circle is currently discussing the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn. 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 are on Summer Break and will resume on September 5 led by Jim McCreary

Initiates: Meets next on Sunday, May 28, 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room. (Note, it usually the 3rd Sunday of each month) 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

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 and 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 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.