Announcements December 28, 2017

Walker 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 December 31, 2017

Greetings by 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.

Opening by Al Hildenbrand

Lao Tzu # 40 Stephen Mitchel followed by 5 minutes of silence

Return is the movement of the Tao.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.

All things are born of being.
Being is born of non-being.

Poetry Reading by Nancy Larsen

Welcome, Announcements & Offering 

Scripture reading Luke 2:22-40 by Jan Werness

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.

It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.

Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed–and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Janet Skidmore

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Kay Seelhoff

Hospitality Time Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee


Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, Jan 2   Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed. FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

 Walker Singers: Tues, Jan 2 there is no rehearsal

 Really Really Free Market:  Sat, Jan 6, 2 pm to 4 pm.  You are invited to the Powderhorn Park Really Really Free Market in the Walker lobby. Everyone is welcome and everything is free! Bring something, take something, or come to just say hi. Enjoy an afternoon in the gift economy! Please treat everything as a gift, and be prepared to take back anything you offer that nobody takes.  FFI Rosa Pederson

Nautilus Music Theater Rough Cut:  Tues, Jan 9, 7:30 pm.  Free

Finance committee meeting:  Wed, Jan 10, 5 pm.  FFI KC Bretzke

Building & Grounds meeting:  Wed, Jan 10, 6 pm.  FFI Ed Ed Mueller or Al Hildenbrand

Church Council Meeting:  Sun, Jan 14, 12:15 in the conference room.  FFI Lulu Philips

Howard Kranz & Jim Feldman Concert:  Sat, Jan 27, 7:30 pm


Coming in May…

40th Anniversary of KFAI Radio Live Broadcast from Walker Church:  Tuesday, May 1, 8 am to 6 pm in the sanctuary with performances by local musicians.  KFAI, Fresh Air Radio, went on the air at 90.3FM on May 1, 1978 from the belfry of Walker Church.  The KFAI studio was in our attic until 1986.


Other Announcements


Please remember Walker Church when you do your holiday giving.  Gifts postmarked or received by Sunday, December 31 will be a huge help meeting our 2017 expenses.  FFI: KC Bretzke, Finance Committee Chair.


Dear members of Walker Church:  Thank you for hosting the community Solstice celebration on December 23rd. Through the generosity of church members, friends, and neighbors we raised $175 for Walker Church Community Meals and also $130 for Doctors Without Borders.  The practice of sharing is truly a beam of light during dark times. with gratitude and hope for peace, Judith Eisner, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Gretta Hunstiger, Beth Albertson, and Stu Janis


Seeing All God’s Children: An Interfaith Service Embracing Immigrants and Refugees

Sun, Jan 7, 1 to 2 pm at the Basilica of St Mary, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis.  An interfaith service with special music will be provided by Mundus, the Basilica’s resident world music ensemble (guest singers welcome) and community singing will be led by Ahmed Anzaldua from Border CrosSing.



Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups

Sunday Celebration & Children’s Sunday school:  Sundays 10:30 am

Chalice Circle:  Sundays 9 to 10 am in the Meditation Room. We listen to music, meditate, read a passage on spiritual growth, and use the circle method to discuss our thoughts and feelings. All are welcome! Come once or many times!

Coffee Gathering: Mondays 10 to noon at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 E Lake St.  FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesdays, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

Walker Singers: 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: one 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 at Walker by Walkerites

Alice Browne’s Music Therapy & Sound Healing:  By appointment.  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 that are open to all

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

Hoop Twin Cities:  Thursdays 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

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.

Northern Mississippi Prisoner Support Group:  3rd Thursday of each month 6 to 8 pm.  Open to all, a letter writing night to build and sustain relationships with prisoners in Minnesota and beyond.  FFI Bailey Riley