Announcements July 12, 2017

Upcoming Events and Meetings at Walker Church

 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



Building & Grounds Meeting:  Wed, July 12, 6 to 8 pm in the meditation roomEveryone in the Walker community is invited to participate in this committee which “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.”


East Lake LOL AA:  Wed, July 12, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This mixed, open AA group meets weekly at Walker in the conference room.

Ifa/Orisa Class by Amoke Kubat will not meet on Wednesday July 12.

Neurodiversity Group: Thursday, July 13 (2nd Thursday of each month) 7 to 9 pm led by Paul Johnson.  Free emotional support for adults on the autism spectrum and their family & friends.


Sunday Celebration

July 16, 2017

 10:30 am in Powderhorn Park

Near the corner of 14th Avenue & 33rd Street


Greetings by Don Browne & Mary Burns

Communal Singing led by Conrad deFiebre & Dianne O’Donnell


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


Lao Tzu # 64 followed by 5 minutes of silence

Before it moves, hold it,
Before it goes wrong, mould it,
Drain off water in winter before it freezes,
Before weeds grow, sow them to the breezes.
You can deal with what has not happened, can foresee
Harmful events and not allow them to be.
Though– as naturally as a seed becomes a tree of arm-wide girth-
There can rise a nine-tiered tower from a person’s handful of earth
Or here at your feet a thousand-mile journey have birth,
Quick action bruises,
Quick grasping loses.
Therefore a sane person’s care is not to exert
One move that can miss, one move that can hurt.
Most people who miss, after almost winning,
Should have ‘known the end from the beginning.’
A sane person is sane in knowing what things they can spare,
In not wishing what most people wish,
In not reaching for things that seem rare.
The cultured might call them heathenish,
This person of few words, because this one cares
Is not to interfere but to let nature renew
The sense of direction people undo.

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 by Greg Garman
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.  Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach.  And he told them many things in parables, saying:

“Listen! A sower went out to sow, and as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up.  Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil.  But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away.  Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.  Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.  Let anyone with ears listen!”
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path.  As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away.  As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.  But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart   

Special Performance by Howard Kranz

Circle with Joys & Concerns

& sharing of bread & juice brought by Kay Seelhoff

Hospitality Time

Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee and for treats



Tiyumba Drum & Dance Performance Kaya: Living Traditions:  Mon, July 17, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  A fundraiser to support the work of the M’bangba Cultural School in Ghana. An interactive evening of drumming, dancing, silent auction, video, and giving!  M’bangba Cultural School offers a space where children learn about their culture and history through traditional drumming and dances.  In addition, the school supports many children through financial assistance to attend school and meet their basic needs and offers a place for adults and children to gather to learn and celebrate their cultural heritage and community. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to contribute to funds supporting the children’s formal public education (tuition fees, uniforms, books and supplies) as well as provide adequate drums and costumes for the daily practice and participation at M’bangba Cultural School. Any contribution is appreciated!


Community Meal:  Tues, July 18, 5:30 to 7 pm.  Cook:  Lulu Philips, please contact her if you can help.


Hoop TC:  Tues, July 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the sanctuary–a summer series on Tuesdays through Aug 15–except for Aug 1 The group is free and open to both adults and children.  Check it out after coming to our Tuesday community meal.


East Lake LOL AA:  Wed, July 19, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This mixed, open AA group meets weekly at Walker in the conference room.



Ifa/Orisa Class taught by Amoke Kubat:  Wed, July 19, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  The last class of this series will be held on Wed, July 26.   Amoke 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. All are welcome. Free will offerings welcome If you have questions, please contact Amoke


Women’s Potluck Brunch:  Sat, July 22, 9:30 am.  Please contact Lulu Philips if you would like to host.

RESISTFEST!!! Summer Concert Resisting & Raising money for the ACLU: Friday, July 21, 7 pm.  Featuring The Fireroast Mountain Boys, Mark Kreitzer, Janet Skidmore, Harmony Largo–duo of Jim Kantorowicz & Alice Browne and more! Suggested donation $ 8 The event is being organized by Alice Browne.  FFI Alice


Community Meal:  Tues, July 25, 5:30 to 7 pm.  Cook:  Lulu Philips, please contact her if you can help.



Hoop TC:  Tues, July 25, 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the sanctuary  A summer series through Aug 15–except for Aug 1 The group is free and open to both adults and children.  Check it out after coming to our Tuesday community meal.



Improvisation Group:  Sun, July 30, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm in the sanctuary to explore group reading and group dance, led by Janet Skidmore.  (They will also meet August 27) All are welcome with no previous experience necessary. FFI Janet


Summer Celebration Schedule

July 16 in Powderhorn Park with Pastor Walter Lockhart giving the sermon

July 23 in the church with TBA doing the sermon

July 30 in the church with Pastor Walter Lockhart giving the sermon

August 6 in the yard at church with Pastor Walter Lockhart giving the sermon, followed by a potluck

August 13 in the church with Deb Ramage giving the sermon

August 20 in Powderhorn Park–for the last time this summer—with Pastor Walter Lockhart giving the sermon



Other Events & Announcements



RED MOUNTAIN is back!  See Janet’s artcar in the 23rd Annual Artcar parade around Lake Harriet: Saturday, July 22, starting at 6 pm.  Lots of wacky cars will be on display at the rose garden before and after the parade.  FFI Janet


Missouri River Water Walk Benefit Concert Thu, July 13, 2017 • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (concert begins at 7pm)
at All Nations Indian Church, 1515 East 23rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Celebrating water and water protectors with song–Ann Reed • Sara Thomsen • Sharon Day Living Wisdom Singers & Dancers • OgitchidagKwe Singers  Tickets $15 to $50 (donation) Join/share the Facebook Event Page


Transition National Gathering, July 27-30

Several current and former Walker Church members are involved with local Transition groups in the Twin Cities – Leslie Mackenzie, Peter Foster, Peter Doughty, Paula Holden, and Joe Hesla, among them. (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.)


Leslie would like to share information about an upcoming one-of-a-kind event happening here in the Twin Cities that would be of interest to Walker members.


“Growing a Movement for Resilient Communities” is the theme of the 1st National Transition Gathering, taking place at Macalester College, July 27 to 30. With more than 70 presenters from Minnesota, across the nation and across the globe, it will bring information and inspiration to anyone working on community-based projects to build economically and environmentally sustainable communities.


The event kicks off Thurs., July 27, with intensive workshops on topics of building local economic resilience, community rights, inner resilience, shaping local policy and techniques for effective collaboration for working groups. Thursday evening features a screening of the award-winning French documentary, Demain (Tomorrow), which showcases what communities around the world are doing to meet environmental and social challenges.


Friday, July 28 features keynote speaker Richard Heinberg, a senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute, speaking on “Transition in the Age of Denial.” The federal government may have stepped away from the Paris agreement on climate, local governments, community members, and businesses are looking – and working – to achieve a more sustainable, fossil fuel free future.


The main gathering, on Sat., July 29 and Sun., July 30, includes 39 concurrent workshops with experts and community members from around the U.S. sharing stories of success and skills for building resilience and sustainability at all levels – individual, household, neighborhood, and city. There are two workshops specifically addressing faith and faith communities. Saturday evening features keynote speaker Phyllis Young, Standing Rock Elder and Water Protector, followed by music.


To learn more about the National Gathering, see


There are work-trade opportunities available for local residents who would like to help at the event for a significantly reduced entry free. The local organizers are also seeking homestay opportunities for out-of-town speakers and attendees. If you can assist with a homestay, please contact Leslie Mackenzie at



Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups

Circle Gathering:  Sundays 9 to 10 am.  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 break and will resume on September 5 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

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

East Lake LOL AA:  A mixed, open AA group that meets every Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 pm

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

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

Hoop Twin Cities:  Tuesdays through Aug 15 (except for Aug 1) 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free hoola hooping for all ages  FFI

Queer Birth Project:  2nd Saturday of each month 10 to noon.  LGBTQ new parent support group

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

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