Announcements-December 12, 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 communal singing, bread and juice or hospitality treats.

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

***There is no Initiates meeting for the month of December. The next Initiates meeting will be Sunday, January 20th at 8:15am.***

Building & Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, December 12th 6-8pm in the conference room.

Snow White by Classics Lost n Found Theatre: Classics Lost ‘n’ Found Theater Company is proud to present an original adaption of Snow White, written by Steven LaVigne.  Co-directed by Dawn Linnell and Steven LaVigne, this is not the Disney version! Dancing bears!  Bad puns! Corny jokes!  A bratty Snow White and a Prince who thinks he’s a dwarf!  A good fairy in drag! Please join us for this free-wheeling holiday panto! Four performances only! Friday, December 14th at 7pm, Saturday, December 15th at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, December 16th at 3pm in the sanctuary. Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for students or seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door 1/2 hour prior to performances. General seating only. For more info, contact (612) 724-4539.

ABC Pancake Breakfast: Pancake breakfast fundraiser to raise funds for political prisoners who are still serving lengthy sentences for participating in the Ferguson uprising. Saturday, December 15th 10am-2pm in the dining hall. FFI Bailey Riley 

Sunday Celebration

December 16, 2018

Greeters: Don Browne and Mary Burns

Communal Singing led by Janet Skidmore

Communal Reading

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

Opening by Al Hildenbrand

Saint Lucy’s Ceremony

Santa Lucia


Night goes with heavy step

‘Round hearth and ‘round the earth.

The sun’s departure leaves

The woods a-brooding.

There in our dark home

Wearing a crown of light,

Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

(Two)                                                              (Three)

The night grows large and mute,     Darkness shall soon depart

Now we can hear its wings               From the earth’s valleys!

In every silent room,                         As our Lucia speaks

murmuring softly!                                         Wonderful words to us!

There on the threshold!                    The day shall rise anew,

Wearing a crown of light,                  Wearing a crown of light!

Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!                 Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!

Third Sunday in Advent

Reader: “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for God has looked with favor on the lowliness of this servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name'” (Luke 1:46-49).

Reader: Today we remember Mary, innocent and powerful, sacred and scared, worried and waiting as the Savior of all grows in her womb. She sings boldly when she might be meek; she bears her role in history with the confidence of a warrior; she is the beginning of a mighty revolution as the proud are brought down and the lowly lifted up.

People: Today we give thanks for the Marys among us, who step out of the roles society has planned; unintended pioneers determined to do as God asks; fearless and fearfully stepping out in faith, and beckoning us to do the same.

Reader: On this third Sunday of Advent, we light this candle as a symbol of Mary, mother of God, bearer of the Way.

(Light two purple candles and one rose candle.)

Lao Tzu followed by 5 minutes of silence

10 Mitchell translation
Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

Poetry by Jesse Watkins and David West

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Reading: Philippians 4:4-7 by Jan Werness

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by the Walker Singers: “Break forth O beauteous Heavenly light,” harmonized by J. S. Bach.

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice by ?

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

Sarah Dagg Massage: Monday, December 17th and Tuesday December 18th. By appointment only, please contact Sarah 218-831-9570.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, December 18th, 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, December 18th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night: Thursday, December 20th 6-8pm in the conference roomWrite letters to build and sustain relationships with prisoners in Minnesota and beyond. Open to all. FFI Bailey Riley

Winter Solstice Party w/ Naye Strunes Klezmer Quartet: Saturday, December 22nd 7pm in the sanctuary. Live music and refreshments. Free, open to all. Donations go toward free community meals at Walker.

Walker Celebration Service: Sunday, December 23rd 10am in the sanctuary.

Blue Christmas Service: Sunday, December 23rd at 4pm in the sanctuary.

Walker Christmas Eve Celebration: Monday, December 24th 7pm in the sanctuary.

Christmas Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, December 25th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Vegan, gluten free and regular pancakes will be served, along with specialty toppings! Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

No Bayou Bridge Pipeline Fundraiser: Saturday, December 29th 7-9pm in the sanctuary. Silent auction and presentation. All proceeds go toward supporting the pipeline resistance in Louisiana. FFI Jacqueline at

Walker Community Announcements

Men’s Brunch: Karl Jones is doing a redux – hosting us for the second straight time, Saturday, December 15. Karl’s pad is at 2621 Bloomington Av S., which proved to be a fine venue for last month’s brunch. Usual time, 9:30; bring a dish or beverage to pass. Yuletide blessings to all.🎄⛄ FFI Paul McHugh

The Walker Singers will sing at the service at Simpson Methodist Church at 9:30amon Sunday morning, December 16th,. We will sing two or three songs at that service.

The Holiday Carolers will be singing in the uptown Lunds and Byerlys, 1450 West Lake Street in Minneapolis, on Saturday and Sunday, December 15 and 16, from 3 to 5 pm each day.  In the group are Howard Kranz, Cheryl Kramer, Steve Gehrenbeck Miller, and Janet Skidmore.

Just because it isn’t ready for release isn’t to say you can’t gift your relatives and friends this Christmas with the Walker Church music CD, “The Sound of Walker.” We will provide a greeting gift card mailer in quantity for your use that announces an anticipated release date. Then the CD, when it’s ready, would be mailed (or delivered) by you to those you gave the gift-to-come cards to. Please let me know many cards you’ll need:  Jesse Watkins 612-296-3723.

2018 Homeless Memorial March and Service: Thursday, December 20th                                                                                                                  

5:00 pm | March & Silent Vigil
Hennepin County Government Center 3rd Avenue South & 5th Street South, Minneapolis  The Homeless Memorial March is about three miles long. The march will follow 5th Street South westward to Nicollet Avenue and proceed south to 28th Street. Signs to honor those who have died: At the Government Center Plaza, marchers will see signs displaying the names of those who have died during the last year. You are encouraged to take a sign to carry during the march.  Please refrain from bringing signs with political, religious, or other messages. We support and encourage religious and political dialogue. However, this event is about honoring those who have died.  At 5:00 p.m. a speaker will make a few comments. Following this message, the marchers will leave the Government Center Plaza heading west along 5th Street, then south along Nicollet Avenue. Marchers will follow the route silently through downtown and south to Simpson United Methodist Church.                                                                                                  

6:30 pm | Service of Remembrance
Simpson United Methodist Church 2740 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis Following the opening words, there will be an invitation for individuals to share memories of someone who has passed away this year. Each speaker is asked to keep comments under three minutes and refrain from religious or political statements. Memories may also be shared in writing; letters and messages will be posted in a display during the community meal after the service.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

7:30 pm | Community Meal
Simpson Shelter Lower level of Simpson United Methodist Church Following the memorial service all are invited to stay for a community meal. This is a time for participants to gather, connect, and reflect on what they have just experienced. A festive holiday meal is provided by Minnetonka United Methodist Church.  For more info:   

Celebration Band Playing Songs out of the Walker Songbook! Friday, February 1st 6-8pm in the sanctuary. More details to come.

Events Elsewhere

Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times – Fall 2018 Symposium Thursday, December 13, 6:30-8:30 pm

University of Minnesota’s Coffman Memorial Union Theater 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN. The changing landscape of U.S. immigration policy under President Donald J. Trump has signaled a marked shift in the lived experiences of immigrants, especially unauthorized immigrants. The Fall 2018 symposium for the campus- and community-wide workshop series, “Migration and Migrants in Terrifying Times,” will explore and reflect on these issues. The event is free and open to the public.

Honduras Refugee Carava Forum/Solidarity Event Hosted by Minnesota Caravan Solidarity / Minnesota en Solidaridad con la Caravana Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM CTUL Building, 3715 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407-2610 Why have people walked from Central America to the US border to seek asylum? What can we do to provide support and solidarity?  Presentations, music, poetry, candle-lighting, video, history and inspiration. Free event. Material Aid option. Español.

CTUL invites you to “Las Posadas: March for Dignity and Respect”. Construction workers who are members of CTUL are calling on large developers in the Twin Cities metro area to work with Building Dignity and Respect Standards Council to end labor trafficking, wage theft, and other serious abuses in the construction industry.  Join us December 18, 2018 at 3:00pm at the CTUL office to carpool, or 4:00pm for at 1710 W. Lake Street for a rally, march and street theater, followed by a celebration at CTUL (3715 Chicago Ave) at 6:00pm

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