Announcements December 6, 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



South High’s Music Department Benefit-Sounds of South: Fri, Dec 8, 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Walker Church.

Enjoy a music-filled evening and support South High music students!  Sounds of South will feature performances from our orchestra, band, choir and guitar students.  South’s excellent ensemble directors will also make a special musical appearance.  Additionally, guests attending the benefit will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets, mystery gift boxes and a visit to “The Giving Tree”.  Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. All benefit proceeds go to the South High Music Department and will be used primarily for student scholarships.  Adult tickets $20 in advance, $ 25 at the door, student tickets $ 5.  To purchase advance tickets go to:



2nd Sunday of Advent Celebration

December 10, 2017

Greetings by Margo McCreary & Janet Court

Communal Singing led by Howard Kranz & Janet Skidmore

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

Opening by Al Hildenbrand

Lighting of the Advent Wreath by Anne Hamre

Reader: “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of this servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name'” (Luke 1:46-49).

Reader: Today we remember Mary, innocent and powerful, sacred and scared, worried and waiting as the Savior of all grows in her womb. She sings boldly when she might be meek; she bears her role in history with the confidence of a warrior; she is the beginning of a mighty revolution as the proud are brought down and the lowly lifted up.

People: Today we give thanks for the Marys among us, who step out of the roles society has planned; unintended pioneers determined to do as God asks; fearless and fearfully stepping out in faith, and beckoning us to do the same.

Reader: On this second Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of Mary, mother of God, bearer of the Way.

Lao Tzu # 62 Witter Bynner followed by 5 minutes of silence

Existence is sanctuary: it is a good person’s purse, it is also a bad ones’ keep.

Clever performances come dear or cheap, goodness comes free;

And how shall we who act better deny one who acts worse this right to be ?

Rather, when an emperor is crowned, let the three ministers whom she appoints to receive for her fine horses and gifts of jade, receive for her also the motionless gift of integrity,

The gift prized as highest by those ancients who said, ‘Only pursue an offender to show them the way.’ What people in all the world could have more wealth than they?

Poetry by Howard Kranz

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Special Performance by Janet Skidmore

Scripture Reading Luke 1:46b-55 by Jesse Watkins

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.  His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.  He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.  He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Walker Singers O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Sally Kuehn

Hospitality Time

Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee


Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, Dec 12   Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed. FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart

No Walker Singers rehearsal


Finance committee meeting:  Wed, Dec 13, 5 pm.  FFI KC Bretzke


Building & Grounds committee meeting:  Wed, Dec 13, 6 pm.  FFI Ed Ed Mueller or Al Hildenbrand


Initiates: Sun, Dec 17, 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room. FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz


Sunday Celebration December 17 – the 3rd Sunday of Advent There be a Santa Lucia Ceremony & Yule.  FFI Celebration Committee


Winter Solstice Sun Candle Ritual:  Sun. Dec. 17th 6 pm. Everyone is welcome to gather at 6 pm and join in the Solstice Candle Ritual in the Sanctuary from 6:30pm–7:45pm. As the Winter Solstice draws near we celebrate the coming rebirth of the Sun in our lives.  We will honor the quiet beauty of Winter and bless the Sun by lighting candles to represent what brings light to our lives.  Candles will be provided.   FFI–Bonita Blumenauer or Nancy Gehrenbeck-Miller


Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, Dec 19   Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed. FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart


Blue Christmas Service:  Fri, Dec 22, 7 pm by the fireplace.  Time to reflect on the real trials, pains and challenges of the holiday season. FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart


Solstice Celebration:  Sat, Dec 23, 7 pm to 9 pm.  Join friends and neighbors to welcome back the sun.

Klezmer Music by New Strings-Judith Eisner and Gretta Hunstiger, violin, Beth Albertson, cello, Stu Janis, tsimbl.  A ritual with Elizabeth Zimmermann.  Refreshments served.  Free, All donations will go to the Walker Church Community Meal.  FFI Judith Eisner


4th Sunday of Advent Celebration & Christmas Eve Day December 24: 

This Sunday we will celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent at our regular 10:30 am celebration. There will be a potluck following the service, and then we will have the Littlest Angel Christmas Pageant at 2 pm. The pageant will include congregational singing and will end with lighting the final candle of the Advent wreath.


Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, Dec 26   Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed. FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart


The Ukulele Yuletide Ball the Boxing Day Edition Tuesday December 26, 6-8pm  Come for the Community Dinner and stay for the Fireroast Mountain Boys, Stone Arch Jazz Band, Elvis Presley, Santa (on her day off no less). All free. Bring your ukulele and play along. See how many ukuleles and tubas we can get together for a waltz. Dance the Holiday Blues Away. Less Holiday music this year and more fun. See David West 612 419 6849 for more details or ukulele charts.


Other Announcements


The Littlest Angel Christmas Pageant will be performed on Sun, Dec 24 at 2 pm:

Rehearsals are: Sun, Dec 10, 12:15 to 1:15 & Sun, Dec 17, 12:15 to 1:15.

More large cardboard is needed for the costumes and sets!

FFI Janet



Janet Skidmore Performing:  Mon, Dec 11, 7 pm at Macphail Center for Music 501 S. 2nd St, Mpls (near the Guthrie).  The performance will be in the Antonello Hall and she will be singing in “Maybe this Time”-Variations on a Theme as part of MacPhail’s Interlude Performance Lab an evening of gems from the minds of Offenbach, Finzi, and classics from the Great American Songbook.   Admission Free.  See you there.

FFI Janet


Zenon’s Zone Program student showcase:  Fri & Sat, December 15 & 16, 8 pm at

Zenon’s Studio 4A, 528 Hennepin Ave, Ste 400, Minneapolis, 55403.  $10 Tickets at the door
Featured world premiere choreography from Dustin Haug, Erinn Liebhard, Chris Wendorff, & Janet Skidmore



Holiday Musical Celebration:  Sun, Dec 10, 4 pm at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church at 420 Cedar Lake Rd S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Just left off the 394 and Penn Av exit, take a left on Cedar Lake Rd) A special musical celebration of the winter holidays, including traditions for observing the longest night of the year and the return of light to the world. Refreshments will be provided, and there will be a bake sale to purchase holiday goodies. Cost is $12, children under 10 are free All are welcome – we hope to see you there!  FFI Emily Peabody


Understanding Immigration: Thurs, Dec 7, 7 to 9 pm at First Universalist 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 the Chalice Room at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Av So. Join us as Michele McKenzie breaks down the complex U.S. immigration system from the very beginning, shedding light on how immigration laws originated and evolved; who was—and was not—allowed into the country; the various statuses that non-U.S. citizens can occupy; and the effect on those who are currently caught in the cross-hairs of the system. Opening the evening will be members of Sembrando Poder, who will share their personal experiences of the U.S. immigration system. Women, children and youth who have had their families torn apart will be present to tell their stories and how they are organizing collectively.


Shir Tikvah Sanctuary Committee invites you to a Chanukah afternoon of learning and rededication to immigrant justice:  Sat, Dec 16, 3:30-6:00 pm at Shir Tikvah Synagogue, 1360 W Minnehaha Pkwy, Mpls 55419.  Schedule:

3:30-4:30 we will watch Beyond the Dream, a film about 3 dreamers who travel the country to talk to immigrants who have found success. (Movie will start streaming at 3:30.)

4:30-5:15 we will hear from DACA recipients followed by Q&A

5:15-6:00 We will celebrate Havdalah, light Chanukah candles and take action to advocate for the Dream Act.

You are invited to join us for all or part of the afternoon.

Feel free to bring your own chanukiah (menorah), if you wish



We welcome a new group to Walker: Northern Mississippi Prisoner Support Group will meet the:  3rd Thursday of each month 6 to 8 pm.  Open to all, it is a letter writing night to build and sustain relationships with prisoners in Minnesota and beyond.   Our Peace with Justice Committee and Building and Grounds Committee are sponsoring their free use of the building as part of our mission.



Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups


Chalice Circle:  Sundays 9 to 10 am in the Meditation Room. We listen to music, meditate, read a passage on the subject of 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