Announcements, June 13, 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 poetry or hospitality treats, so please consider if you can do this. NOTE: Please see two notices under “Events Elsewhere” 1) major date change to Haiti fundraiser, and 2) relating to Twin Cities Pride; 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

 Sunday Celebration  June 17, 2018

Greetings: Don Browne, Mary Burns

Communal Singing led by Dianne O’Donnell and Conrad deFiebre

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, Mitchell
What is rooted is easy to nourish.
What is recent is easy to correct.
What is brittle is easy to break.
What is small is easy to scatter. Prevent trouble before it arises.
Put things in order before they exist.
The giant pine tree
grows from a tiny sprout.
The journey of a thousand miles
starts from beneath your feet. Rushing into action, you fail.
Trying to grasp things, you lose them.
Forcing a project to completion,
you ruin what was almost ripe. Therefore the Master takes action
by letting things take their course.
She remains as calm
at the end as at the beginning.
He has nothing,
thus has nothing to lose.
What she desires is non-desire;
what he learns is to unlearn.
She simply reminds people
of who they have always been.
He cares about nothing but the Tao.
Thus he can care for all things.

Poetry by ?

Welcome, Announcements & Offering 

Reading Ezekiel 17:22–24 by ?

22 Thus says the Lord GOD: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain.

23 On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind.

24 All the trees of the field shall know that I am the LORD. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the LORD have spoken; I will accomplish it.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Cheryl Kramer

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

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

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, June 19, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

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

Sunday Celebration in the Park: Sun, June 24, 10:30 am. Sign up to schlep if you can.

Community Meal served by Focus:  Sun, June 24, meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome

Women’s Brunch: Sat, June 30, 10:00 am, at K C Bretzke’s house, 2936 Zenith Ave S, Minneapolis. KC’s phone: 612-920-1687. Nancy L’s phone: 612-376-9702.


Walker Community Announcements

Roommate needed: From Janet Skidmore. I will have a bedroom in my home in south Minneapolis with a shared bath available July 1 for $450/month, women only.  Background check, security deposit, and renter’s insurance required. Please pass the word if you know someone. Janet Skidmore, 612-965-3335,


Events Elsewhere

Twin Cities Gay Pride Parade and Celebration: Sat & Sun, June 23-24. Parade is SUNDAY at 11:00 am. Here is some Methodist-specific  information from Gloria Peck:

Hello Reconciling United Methodists. TC Pride weekend is soon upon us. We are once again sponsoring a float in the parade with space for a large contingent of loving, welcoming United Methodists. Here are some details about the parade on Sunday morning.

  • At 10:45 AM, we will gather for worship at the float, near the corner of 3rd and Hennepin in downtown Minneapolis. Rev. David Wheeler will lead the worship and communion service.
  • Umar Williams from Lake Harriet UMC, along with several other musicians, will lead us in singing at worship and along the parade route.
  • The parade will start at 11:00. We are unit #73 of 149 units, so we estimate that we may not start moving in the parade until about noon.  However, we have a great spot to watch the units that go prior to us as we wait.
  • As in prior years, we can hand out candy to people along the route, but we are forbidden to throw candy

Walking in the Pride parade with the RMN float is a fun and moving experience. The route runs along Hennepin Ave. from 3rd St to 12th St, about a mile. If you want to participate in the parade this way, give Gloria a call at 612-600-1869 (cell) on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning and I can tell you if it will be possible.

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.

Haitian UMC Fundraiser: NOTE DATE IS CHANGED!  Sun, July 22, 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.


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,