Announcements-October 3, 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

JEANNETTE RANKIN: ALL THE JUICY STUFF WE CUT: We will be performing at Walker Church on Sunday, October 6th at 7pm. This performance will be a reading of a lot of details that did not make it into the Fringe Show. For folks who missed the last show, we will show a video of it at 6pm. 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.

Sunday Celebration

October 7, 2018

Greeters: Jan De Noble and Greg Garman

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

(reading in place of LaoTzu)

Why we read Laotzu?

Legendary or true, it is told that Confucius, impressed by Laotzu’s influence on people, visited him once to ask advice, ironically enough, on points of ceremonial etiquette.

Baffled by the answers of the older man, to whom etiquette meant hypocrisy and nonsense, Confucius returned to his disciples and told them:
“Of birds I know that they have wings to fly with, of fish that they have fins to swim with, of wild beasts that they have feet to run with.

For feet there are traps, for fins nets, for wings arrows.

But who knows how dragons surmount wind and cloud into heaven? This day I have seen Laotzu and he is a dragon.”

Poetry read by Jesse Watkins

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Reading:  Psalm 8: 1-9 by Greg Garman

1 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Sermon by Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by the Walker Singers: “Greenwich” w/ music by Daniel Read and words by Issac Watts

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice by JJ Lou Tofte

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

Monday Morning Coffee now meets 10AM until noon at Selam Coffee House, 3860 Minnehaha Ave

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, October 9th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Singers Rehearsal: Tuesday, October 9th, at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Building and Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, October 10th in the conference room.

Finance Committee Meeting: Friday, October 12th 12:30pm-1:30pm

Sarah Dagg Massage: Monday, Oct. 15th, Tuesday, Oct. 16th and Wednesday, Oct. 17th from 9 am to 5 pm by appointment only. Contact Sarah 218-831-9570

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, October 16th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Romeo & Juliet Performance by Classics’ Lost and Found Theatre Company: Friday, Oct, 19th and Saturday, Oct. 20th and Sunday, Oct. 21st  at 5pm in the sanctuary.

Walker Community Announcements

On Sunday, October 14, inspired by the tradition of Francis of Assisi, there will be a blessing of animals.  Everyone is invited to bring their pets to Sunday celebrationPhotos of pets, present or past, and stuffed animals are also welcome.

Men’s Brunch: Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th at 9:30am for our next potluck brunch, at the home of Karl Jones 2621 Bloomington Ave.

Walker Music CD Recording Session Oct. 9: To Walker musicians and the rest of us who just like to sing, please attend recording session number one this coming Tuesday evening, Oct. 9, at 7:00, at the church.  If you’re in the choir, that’s the usual practice night, and we’ll record the choir first. Sunday morning band members will then take the stage and the microphones and will record planned songs, featuring embedded solo parts by musicians including Kent Eklund on piano, Steve Sandberg on trombone, Tony Wentersdorf on harmonica, Jim McCreary on clarinet and French horn, Joe Hesla on clarinet, Steve Gehrenbeck-Miller on trumpet and others. There will be vocals as well, and of course Conrad an Dianne will provide band leadership. Since these are live recordings we’ll also need a live audience (congregation). Please join the group! All attendees will receive a $1 coupon to go toward their purchase of CDs later. Such a deal! Questions, call Jesse Watkins at (612) 296-3723.

Mark your calendars for the Walker Church Holiday Art Fair on Saturday, November 17th 10am-4pm and Sunday, November 18th 12noon-4pm. If you would like to sign up as an artist or if you have any questions, please email KC at

Events Elsewhere

 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

TA-DA Saturday Puppet Show for Kids Skeletons in the Closetcreated and performed by Gustavo and Julie Boada. Saturday, October 6th 10am-12noon,1500 East Lake Street. This bilingual puppet show is a tender story of children who are remembering their grandparents who have passed away. As the children follow their curiosity, they discover the meaning of Day of the Dead and that the connection they have with their grandparents continues beyond death. The story is a celebration of love and the cycle of life. Performed in English and Spanish. Tickets are $2 suggested donation. Make and take workshops at 11am $5 for children, $3 for adults.

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!

Mindful Direct Action Training: How to support and participate in spiritually grounded protest Saturday, Oct. 6th 9am – 1pm at Common Ground Mediation Center, 2700 E 26th St, Minneapolis. What does it look like to answer moral injustice with mindful/prayerful direct action? How can we “calm the waters” of direct action events for all involved by maintaining a centered, mindful presence? In these turbulent times we are called to act in the rich tradition of spiritually grounded protest for a better world. From the Line 3 tar sands pipeline to police violence and the ongoing attacks on immigrant communities, come learn ways to directly confront injustice while practicing how to be in better community with each other and our Earth. Join us for an introductory training to the skills needed to spiritually ground ourselves and defend our communities. This training will combine mindfulness techniques to reflect on your spiritual calling to act, to practice de-escalation during protests, and to organize for inclusive direct action. This event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. RSVP at:

The Eagle and the Condor-From Standing Rock with Love Monday, October 8th 6:30pm screening Augsburg University, Sateren Auditorium 715 22nd Ave South. A film about how and why Indigenous people are standing up against a violent extraction-culture, will air internationally on Indigenous People’s Day. Come share your experiences at Standing

KFAI Fresh Air Radio is having a Fall Membership Drive and has raised $52,350 of its $65,000 goal. Please support by calling the pledge line at (612)375-9030 or clicking the “support us” link on

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 6:45pm.  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