Announcements- September 5, 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.

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

September 9, 2018

Greeters: Janet Court and Margo McCreary

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

3 Witter Bynner

It is better not to make merit a matter of reward
Lest people conspire and contend,
Not to pile up rich belongings
Lest they rob,
Not to excite by display
Lest they covet.
A sound leader’s aim
Is to open people’s hearts,
Fill their stomachs,
Calm their wills,
Brace their bones
And so to clarify their thoughts and cleanse their needs
That no cunning meddler could touch them:
Without being forced, without strain or constraint,
Good government comes of itself.

Poetry read by Carole Megarry

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Reading:  Mark 7:24-37 by Jesse Watkins24 From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,

25 but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet.

26 Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

27 He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”

28 But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”

29 Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go–the demon has left your daughter.”

30 So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis.

32 They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him.

33 He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue.

34 Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.”

35 And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

36 Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.

37 They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.

Sermon by Walter Lockhart

Special Performance: by Tony Wentersdorf and the Walker Singers

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice by Lulu Phillips

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

JEANNETTE RANKIN: CHAMPION OF PERSISTENCE will be performing a benefit encore for Walker Church on Sunday, September 9th at 3pm. This will be as close to the original production as we can create without the Augsburg Studio lights. Please join us!!! The play was written and will be performed by Walker member J Emily Peabody. Roberta Cullen is the director. $10 suggested donation, pay at the door.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, September 11th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker singers will be resuming rehearsals on Tuesday, September 11th, at 7 p.m.

Building and Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, September 12th in the conference room.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, September 18th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Community Announcements

MUSIC CD TO COME: Walker Church ESSENTIAL Pickup Band After years of dreaming, wishing and procrastination, with lots of help I am launching a music CD project. It will present Sundays mornings first half hour of music complete with solo parts as Conrad calls for them.  Imagine a professional quality CD of our pickup band with sections of Kent Eklund on piano, Steve Sanbberg on slide trombone, Tony Wentersdorf on harmonica or Dianne O’Donnell singing a lusty vocal. The goal is to have the CD in a decorataive box, ready by December 1st so you can buy a stock and cover your entire Christmas gift list at once. We will be holding evening recording sessions in the sanctuary during Septemberwith Jim Feldman professionally capturing the sound. It wouldn’t be complete without Howard Kranz’s “Everybody’s Moon,” or a tune from David West and Don Browne’s Fire Roast Mountain Boys. The idea is to put some profit from CD sales toward Walker Church. If you’d like to contribute to help cover project expenses, your dollars will be matched. Advance orders welcomed. FFI Jesse Watkins 612-296-3723

Mark your calendar for the Fall Rummage Sale, September 27-30. Volunteers will be at the church September 23-25 to receive your clean, usable items. We can use winter clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, luggage, toys, books, linens, small appliances, and other items.  We can’t accept computers, TVs, microwaves, mattresses, cribs, or child car seats. It’s our biggest fundraiser. Let Lulu know if you can bring in plastic or grocery bags, or storage bins with lids. FFI Lulu Philips 612-281-3778.

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.

Events Elsewhere

Monarch Festival, September 8th Join butterfly, music, and art lovers from all over the Twin Cities at the 10th annual Minneapolis Monarch Festival – Festival de la Monarca™ on September 8, 2018 at Lake Nokomis. The event is free and all activities are conducted in Spanish and English. Filled with music, art activities, games, food and more, the day offers many fun ways for people of all ages to learn about the monarch butterfly and its amazing 2,300 mile migration from Minnesota to the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico. Join HOBT Teaching Artists in making monarch wings and catch two performances of the Way of the Monarch/Monarcas en Camino by Laurie Witzkowski at 11:30am and 1:30pm.


Tuesday, September 25 I 5 -8 PM. 6 PM Artist/curator presentation by Martha Bird. Please come to a special reception celebrating Weaving Wellness: Art, Community, and Mental Health Resilience, an exhibit curated by artist Martha Bird. A presentation starts at 6 PM, including a Lynn O’Brien creative message delivered through song. Included in the program are special reception activities that invite guests to tour the private collections and library resources. Avivo and Celebrations of Life information tables will be available. There will be drink and food specials available for purchase.

Location: Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 All events are free *ASL interpretation provided Contact: Martha Bird

Come on DOWN to the Indigenous Peoples Festival Saturday, October 6th from 11am to 7:30pm and Sunday, October 7th from Noon to 5pm. Indigenous Arts Festival for All on Franklin Ave, between Bloomington Ave and Aldi’s.  Volunteers needed, food and cool shirts provided. Sign up at:  See you there!

For more info see the NACDI website or call Bonnie Beckel 612 722-6473

Save the Date: Bread & Puppet Performances Oct 6 & 7th at 7pm

The Grasshopper Rebellion Circus is a celebration of 6000 generations of human revolution against human management, featuring precarious dancing bears and celestial grasshoppers, and powered as always by the hot sounds of the Bread and Puppet Circus Band. Interested in being a part of the performance? Bread & Puppet is looking for 30 volunteer community performers to join the show. Contact for more information!

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:  Some Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm in the conference room.  FFI Al Sherwood