Announcements – May 30, 2018

 Walker Community United Methodist Church

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

Hello Walkerites, Friends & Visitors

Here are the announcements. No one has signed up for hospitality treats, so please consider if you can do this. NOTE: Please see the notice under “Events Elsewhere” relating  to Twin Cities Pride and sign up with the link if you can volunteer.

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

Fundraiser for M’bana Cultural School in Ghana: Thurs, May 31, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. In the Sanctuary. Food, drum and dance performance, information about the school.

Sunday Celebration

June 3, 2018

Greetings: Jan DeNoble, Greg Garman

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.

Opening by Al Hildenbrand

Lao Tzu followed by 5 minutes of silence

64 Witter Bynner

Before it move, hold it,
Before it go wrong, mould it,
Drain off water in winter before it freeze,
Before weeds grow, sow them to the breeze.
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 one is sane in knowing what things she can spare,
In not wishing what most people wish,
In not reaching for things that seem rare.
The cultured might call him heathenish,
This one of few words, because the one care
Is not to interfere but to let nature renew
The sense of direction we undo.

Poetry: read by Cheryl Kramer

Welcome, Announcements & Offering 

Reading from Mark 4:30–32 by ?

World English Bible

He said, “How will we liken the Kingdom of God? Or with what parable will we illustrate it? It’s like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth, yet when it is sown, grows up, and becomes greater than all the herbs, and puts out great branches, so that the birds of the sky can lodge under its shadow.”

Sermon by Leslie MacKenzie

Special Performance: Kent Eklund

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

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

Walker members Monday morning coffee: This Monday (June 6) will be at Fireroast Mountain, 3800 37th Ave. S. at the usual time of 10:00 am, probably outside.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, June 5, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Celebration in Powderhorn Park: Sun, June 10 is the first celebration in the park. 10:30 am. Don’t forget to sign up for schlepping if you can.

Community Meal served by Focus:  Sun, June 10, meal served 5:15 to 6:45 pm.  Free, everyone welcome.

 Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, June 12, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Building & Grounds Committee: Wed, June 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, conference room.

Finance Committee: Wed, June 20, 6:00 to 8:00 pm, conference room.

Events Elsewhere

Taking Heart Iftar Meal Open Houses for Ramadan: Co-sponsored by MN Council of Churches.  Go to to RSVP for any of the below events and more. (This is just a selection.)

Masjid Dar Al-Hijra

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 pm  504 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis

Imam Hussein Islamic Center

Saturday, June 2, 7:30 pm  6120 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center

Abubakar As- Sadique

Thursday, June 7, 7:00 pm  2824 13th Ave S, Minneapolis

House Concert with Tony Wentersdorf and Mary Parker: Fri, June 1, 7 pm, Mary’s place 7444 17th Ave S Richfield. FFI Mary at 612-598-3128

Haitian UMC Fundraiser: Sun, Jun. 10, 6:00 pm, Hamline UMC, 1514 Englewood Ave., Saint Paul. Our United Methodist Haitian fellowship, Rapha Tabernacle of Glory, meets weekly in St. Paul for worship, Bible Study and mutual support. They are led by Pastors Mickson Devronvil and Claudy Corvil, both Haitian born and U. S. educated. Services are in French, Creole and English. This fundraiser will give you a chance to get to know them. Dinner + concert, excellent band, great food! The event is free, but donations are desired.

Twin Cities PRIDE is June 23 & 24. It’s time to make plans for the weekend!  MN Reconciling Congregations will have a booth in Loring Park and we will participate in the parade on Sunday. The booth will be open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday with take down at 6:00 pm. The parade is on Sunday at 11:00 am. The booth sign-up sheet is at  The sign-up form can be accessed from your computer or mobile device.  When viewing on a Smartphone, hold the phone in portrait position for the “user friendly” display.

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 a local coffee shop.  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

Dance for Women:  2nd Saturday of each month 7 to 10 pm in the sanctuary.

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

Norwegian Folk Dance: 1st & 3rd Monday of each month 7 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary. Rehearsals, open to all, free.

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

Transition Longfellow:  1st Fridays 6 to 9 pm in the dining hall or sanctuary.  FFI Leslie MacKenzie,