Announcements, March 8, 2018

Hello Walkerites, Friends & Visitors

Here are the announcements. Please especially note: No one has signed up for bread and juice, poetry, or reading scripture, and we are short a Greeter. 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.

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

Cabin Fever Sing-along: Fri, Mar. 9, 7 to 9 pm around the fireplace. We’ll go around the circle.  You can play or sing a song, request a song (and we’ll play it if anybody knows it), or pass.  Listeners welcome, too.  We should be able to go around the circle several times.  Bring your instruments and any snacks or beverages you might want. FFI Janet Skidmore 612-965-3335

Gender Equity in Christianity: Sat, Mar 10, 3:30-5:00 pm. In the conference room. Open to all who are interested. Follow-up to Nancy and Sally’s Sunday service discussion a month ago. FFI: Nancy Gehrenbeck-Miller 612-715-0354


Dance for Women:  Sat, Mar.10, 7-10:30 pm. All women are invited; DJ-ed by Kelly Shay.  $7 at the door for this event.  FFI Nancy Vezner or Susan Zeni

Sunday Celebration

March 11, 2018

Greetings by Janet Court

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 #39 followed by 5 minutes of silence

#39 (Witter Bynner)

The wholeness of life has, from of old, been made manifest in its parts;

Clarity has been made manifest in heaven,

Firmness in earth,

Purity in the spirit,

In the valley conception,

In the river procreation;

And so in a leader are the people made manifest

For wholeness of use.

But for clarity heaven would be veiled,

But for firmness earth would have crumbled,

But for purity spirit would have fumbled,

But for conception the valley would have failed,

But for procreation the river have run dry;

So, save for the people, a leader shall die:

Always the low carry the high

On a root for growing by.

What can stand lofty with no low foundation?

No wonder leaders of a land profess

Their stature and their station

To be servitude and lowliness!

If rim and spoke and hub were not,

Where would be the chariot?

Who will prefer the jingle of jade pendants if

They once have heard stone growing in a cliff!

Welcome, Announcements & Offering 

First Special Music by Tony Wentersdorf

Reading from Ephesians 2:1-10 (New English Translation)  by ?

New Life Individually

2:1 And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins,  2 in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience,  3 among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest…

4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of his great love with which he loved us,  5 even though we were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you are saved!— 6 and he raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,  7 to demonstrate in the coming ages the surpassing wealth of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God;  9 it is not from works, so that no one can boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, having been created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared beforehand so we may do them.

 Sermon by Al Hildenbrand: Emerging Consciousness

 Special Performance by Walker Singers with guest singers Cheryl Kramer, Janet Skidmore and Steve Gehrenbeck-Miller : Ave Maria, Franz Biebl

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by ?

Hospitality Time Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee Treats by Steve Gehrenbeck-Miller

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, Mar. 13, 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.

Building and Grounds CommitteeWed, Mar 14, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Conference Room.

Anne Tiller’s Quilt Show: Opens Mon, March 19, goes through Fri, March 30. In the Dining Hall.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, Mar. 20, 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.


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 651-487-9147 or 651-755-7782 mobile.

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- or 612-281-3778.


Events Elsewhere

None this week


For the month of March, the office is staffed intermittently. Deb Ramage is in the office 10am to 2pm Thursdays 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