Announcements, March 21, 2018

Hello Walkerites, Friends & Visitors

Here are the announcements. Please especially note: No one has signed up for treats for coffee time. Please email or call Friday if you can do any of these.

If you are bringing treats containing chocolate, whether homemade or bought, please be aware of our Peace with Justice commitment to boycott 95% of the chocolate sold (all major brand names, most bakery items) because it is literally produced by child slaves. Please use Fair Trade certified chocolate and cocoa in your baking and label it as you would gluten free or other factors.

Walker Events & Other Public Events at Walker

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

Religious Socialism Interest Group: Thurs, Mar. 22, 6:30 pm. Conference room. Twin Cities Democratic Socialists of America is launching an interest group for both action and fellowship/discussion for Religious Socialists of all religions and all “brands” of socialism. FFI contact Debra Keefer Ramage at or short texts to 952-242-8539.

Wildcat Sanctuary Presentation: Fri, Mar. 23, 6:30 pm in the theatre/sanctuary. No further information about this event but it appears to be open to all.  

Anne Tiller’s 10th Annual Peace Themed Birthday Dance: Sat, March 24, 6:30 to 11:30 pm.  Suggested donation to Walker Church of $10. Dining Hall: Quilt Show & Potluck; 6 to 8 pm.  Theatre/Sanctuary: Rock and Roll Dance to the Wayniacs, 8 to 11:30 pm. Costumes Optional – 1960s themed. RSVP: Anne Tiller.

Sunday Celebration

March 25, 2018 – Palm Sunday

Greetings by Carole Megarry, Jan Werness

Communal Singing led by Natalie Barry

Communal Reading

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

Opening by Mary Parker / Celebration Committee

We Are Alive as the Earth Is Alive!

We have the power to fight for our freedom!

If we have courage, we can be healers,

Like the sun we will rise!

Palm Sunday Parade – Let us welcome our prophets!

Lao Tzu followed by 5 minutes of silence

# 2 (DC Lau) read by Bonita Blumenauer

As soon as beauty is known by the world as beautiful, it becomes ugly.

As soon as virtue is being known as something good, it becomes evil.

Therefore being and non-being give birth to each other.

Difficult and easy accomplish each other.

Long and short form each other.

High and low distinguish each other.

Sound and tone harmonize each other.

Before and after follow each other as a sequence.

Realizing this, the saint performs effortlessly, according to the natural Way, without personal desire.

The saint inspires the vitality of all lives, without holding back.

The saint nurtures all beings with no wish to take possession of.

The saint devotes all their energy, but has no intention to hold on to the merit.

When success is achieved, the saint seeks no recognition.

Because the saint does not claim the credit, hence they shall not lose it.

Welcome, Announcements & Offering 

Poetry read by Sally Kuehn

Walker Singers: “Ride On, Ride On in Majesty!”

Reading from Matthew 21: 1—3, 6—11 by Linda Berglin

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 it; untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, just say this, “The Lord needs them and will send them back immediately.”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them; they brought the donkey and the colt, and put their cloaks on them, and Jesus 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 Jesus and that followed him were shouting: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was in turmoil, asking, “Who is this?”

And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Sermon by Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Tony Wentersdorf

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Linda Berglin

Hospitality Time Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee Treats by ?


Spring Equinox Ritual – Upper Mississippi River Reclaiming: Palm Sunday, Mar. 25, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Inspired by the emergent strategy of ferns, we engage with the magic of scale. Gather at 3:00 pm. Ritual begins at 3:30pm. Children will have an opportunity to play roles in this ritual. Children of all ages are invited to dress in green as we will be working with the magic of ferns and green growing things. Donations are welcome to cover costs. If you have questions or want to take on a ritual role, contact the Ritual cell at: Reclaiming Rituals are open to folks of all ages, all genders, all physical abilities, pagans, non pagans, solitaries, covens, and the curious. Please do not use intoxicating drugs or alcohol before coming to ritual. We ask that you do not use perfumes, lotions, or other scented products before ritual.

Memorial Service: Many thanks from Steve Sandberg for all the prayers and support on the passing of his father, Maynard Sandberg. There will be a memorial service Monday, March 26, 11 am (visitation 10 am) at Normandale Lutheran Church, 6100 Normandale Blvd. Edina.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, Mar. 27, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!  Followed by Walker Singers rehearsal, 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Nautilus Music Theatre / Rough Cuts: Tue, Mar. 27, 7:30 pm. Theatre/sanctuary. Sorry, no further information about this either. They are open to the public. Possible a small donation/admission?

Maundy Thursday Service: Thurs, March 29, 7:00 pm, Epworth UMC, 3207 37th Ave S, Mpls. Walter is preaching. . Show up at 6:15 pm if you want to be in the multi-church mass choir. Email Walter if you want to see the music first.

Easter Sunday: Sun, April 1. Sunrise service at Powderhorn Park pavilion, 7:00 am. Breakfast served 9 am to 10 am in dining hall. (Need dishwasher volunteers 9:30 to 10 am.) Regular celebration at 10:30 am as usual.

Jewish Passover Seder: Friday, April 6, 6:30 pm. (Last night of Passover this year.) Hosted & 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.  If you have questions or you can volunteer to help with cooking or set-up, please call Fred Glazer.

Walker Women’s Weekend Retreat: From evening of Fri, Apr 6 to morning of Sun, Apr 8, at Lulu’s home in Chisago City. FFI- Lulu Philips.


Events Elsewhere

 MayDay Across the World – a fundraiser for HOBT’s MayDay Festival: Wed, March 28, 7 pm at the Riverview Theatre, 3800 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis. Three short films about In the Heart of the Beast’s MayDay Celebration and how it has inspired other celebrations elsewhere. Admission $20, all proceeds go to support MayDay 2018.


Walker Community United Methodist Church

3104 16th Avenue South, Mpls MN 55407

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10 am to 2 pm.

Phone: 612-722-6612.

Office e-mail: 


Facebook Page:  Walker Community United Methodist Church

Facebook Group:  Walker Church Arts & Performance

Facebook Group:  Walker Community UMC Peace with Justice

Pastor Walter Lockhart 651-646-3693

Children’s Ed Coordinator:  Olivia Peterson

Bookkeeper:  Carrie Feldman

Communications: Deb Ramage

 For the month of March, the office is staffed intermittently. Deb Ramage is in the office 10am to 2pm Wednesdays and Carrie Feldman is in the usual times 10am to 2pm Fridays. The office email is still monitored. Thanks for your patience.

 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 discuss our thoughts and feelings using the circle method. 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.

Walker Singers: Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm led by Jim McCreary

Initiates: 3rd Sunday of each month 8:30 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 Nancy Larsen

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.  Write letters to build and sustain relationships with prisoners in Minnesota and beyond. Open to all. FFI Bailey Riley

Stop Line 3 Climate Justice Group:  Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm in the conference room.  FFI Al Sherwood