Announcements-November 7, 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

Sarah Dagg Massage: Thursday, November 8th and Friday, November 9th 9am-5pm. By appointment only, please contact Sarah 218-831-9570

Finance Committee Meeting: Friday, November 9th 1-2pm in the conference room.

Sunday Celebration

November 11, 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

44 Mitchell

Fame or integrity: which is more important?
Money or happiness: which is more valuable?
Success of failure: which is more destructive? If you look to others for fulfillment,
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have;
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.

Poetry by Jim Stank

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Reading:  Mark 12:38-44, NRSV by Jan Werness

38 As he taught, he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,

39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets!

40 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums.

42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth a penny.

43 Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury.

44 For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Mary Parker, Cheryl Kramer & Joe Hesla

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

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

Nancy Larsen Retirement Party: Monday, November 12th 7-9pm in the sanctuary. We are helping Nancy celebrate her 70th birthday, which was in August, and her retirement last month. We will be serving cake, snacks, and beverages. Please come if you can!

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, November 13th, 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, November 13th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Building & Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, November 14th 6-8pm in the conference room.

Walker Art Fair: Saturday, November 17th 10am-4pm and Sunday, November 18th, Noon-4pm in the sanctuary.

Initiates Meeting: Sunday, November 18th 8:15-10:15am.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, November 20th, No food give away this week, but we will be giving out Thanksgiving dinner gift baskets. Dinner served 5:00 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Singers Rehearsal: Tuesday, November 20th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Mary Parker, Cheryl Kramer & Joe Hesla Concert: Friday, November 23rd 3-5:30pm in the sanctuary.

Walker Community Announcements

Men’s Brunch: Jesse Ralph Watkins will host our next potluck brunch (thanks, Jesse!) on Saturday, November 10th, usual 9:30 time. Jesse’s address is 1509 10th Av S, Apt 319, Mpls 55404.

We are still looking for volunteers to help at the Walker Church Holiday Art Fair. Volunteers are needed to make baked goods, make pots of soup, help set-up and clean-up, work in the kitchen (sell and serve soup, bread, bars & cookies, coffee and tea) and staff the Walker Church sales table. Proceeds go to the Walker Church general fund. Have fun and raise money too! Shifts vary and are from Friday, Nov. 16th to Sunday, Nov. 18th. FFI email  

Events Elsewhere

Early Response Basic Training and Recertification Course: Saturday, Nov. 10th, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Fairmount UMC. Want to volunteer for disaster relief? This training is for new Early Response Team (ERT) volunteers and for those renewing existing certifications. Register by Nov. 8

Mindful Direct Action Training How to support and participate in spiritually grounded protest Sunday, November 11th @ 1PM – 6PM  First Universalist Church of Minneapolis Sanctuary Room, 3400 Dupont Ave S, 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 here Facilitated by Kaia Svien and Ethan Nuss from Common Ground Meditation Center and Alina Yaman from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light. “It was nourishing for me and I am hopeful you will continue to offer this workshop and others to support collective healing and liberation.” -Kristin J, participant You can also find this event on Facebook

Dine Out For Syrian Refugees:  Benefit Dinner for SAMS.  Wednesday, Nov. 14th at 6pm at Gandhi Mahal, 3009 27th Ave S.  Hear the heartwarming stories from Minnesota volunteers’ work in the refugee camps in Lebanon last spring with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).  Proceeds from the dinner will fund medication and supplies for their next trip to Lebanon.   $15 tix must be purchased in advance.

Home for the Holidays Help Us Make Home-Centered Holiday Visits to Isolated Elders Across the Twin Cities! Home for the Holidays is just around the corner! Please join with other volunteers all across the metro who will visit elders in their home, apartment or nursing home for an hour or more on or near Thanksgiving and Christmas. Individuals, families and friends will provide warm conversation and holiday cheer along with a red rose, a small gift, and a whole pumpkin pie to share with others at Thanksgiving, and festive holiday cookies at Christmas. There are many behind the scenes opportunities as well. Contact Anne at

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:  1st and 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