Announcements- April 10, 2019

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

Building & Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, April 10th, 6-8pm in the conference room.

Coalición de 1 de Mayo Cena (Dinner Fundraiser): Friday, April 10th at 4pm upstairs. Free entrance, donations welcome. Buffet: $15 adults, $5 kids under 10. Elotes, pupusas, sambusas & drinks sold separately.

Membership and Outreach Committee: Sunday April 14th, after church in conference room.

Palm Sunday and Spring Equinox Celebration

Sunday Celebration

April 14, 2019

Greeters: Janet Court & Margo McCreary

Communal Singing by Tony Wentersdorf

Communal Reading

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

5 minutes of silence

(from). “Earth Psalms”, by Angela Magara

(A Psalm to rejoice in Spring.)

SONG 66 

Shout, shout with joy.
Shout for the honor that is Life.
Shout the greatness of this world,
And the pleasure and pain of Life.
Ring the Universe with gratitude.
For bulbs do burst to flowers and
Seeds spring to life without labor, enfolded in 
Time’s cloak.
As do we.
Sing aloud while there is breath.

When we lost hope Life held us with her faithfulness.
When we were afraid, in Her we found comfort.
As surely as our mother’s bodies held us ‘til we
Knew birth, so;
Earth, our mother, holds us patiently until it is time.
Song I offer, incense from heart fire.
Sweet syrup of my Voice.
Blessed, blessed is this Life.
Beauty held in amber
For a moment, a glance, a shout.

Invocation: Mary Parker

Spring Processional: All join in as you learn the tune!

            Whither shall we follow, follow, follow?

            Whither shall we follow? Follow Thee!

            To the greenwood, greenwood, greenwood,

            To the greenwood, greenwood tree!

Poetry: Tony Wentersdorf

Reading from Earth Psalms: Bonita Blumenauer

Five Minutes of Silence

Welcome, Announcements, Offering: Walter Lockhart

Scripture Reading: John 12:12 – 16 Howard Kranz

The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.

 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written:

“Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt!”

His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that

these things had been written of him and had been done to him.

Tipping the Balance from Winter to Spring; Darkness to Light:

Inanna: Sally; Persephone: Bonita; Jesus: Mary; Tony: Tony

Introduction of New Members: page i in the songbook

Special Music: Walker Singers, “O Love”

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice: Walter

“Morning Has Broken” led by Howard, #55 in the songbook

Hospitality Time

Cool Movie Night, featuring Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter: Saturday, April 15th in the sanctuary. The Walker Church Millennial Auxiliary presents a popcorn and socializing from 6:30, film starts promptly at 7. Free!

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, April 16th, 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, April 16th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Jewish Passover Seder: Thursday, April 18th, 6:30 pm in the sanctuary. [note NOT on a Friday this time] Hosted & led by Fred Glazer.  The Seder, a traditional family and community Jewish holiday observance and meal, recalls the liberation of the Jewish people from Egypt and the constant struggle to make a better world for all. Reservations are necessary; call the church office or sign up on Sundays.  The cost is $16; bring your own wine or wine substitute.  If you have questions about the service, please call Fred Glazer (612-872-9117). Please call if you can volunteer to help with cooking and set-up.   

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, April 23rd, 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, April 23rd at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Eerodynamic! A CD Release Concert by Tony Wentersdorf & Mary Parker with featured guest Sally Kuehn Friday, April 26th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Initiates Meeting:  Sunday, April 28th after the Walker celebration.

Walker Community Announcements

Notice of the passing of former Walker Church member Cathy Oliva, also known by the names Letterman and Glazer. Cathy was involved with Walker Church from the 70s until as late at the early 2000s. We were informed of her passing by her sister. She died peacefully in Pahrump, Nevada on March 21st with her partner Austin Boyer at her side.  There will be a gathering in her memory in the Twin Cities at a date to be announced. For more information, contact her sister Cindy at 612-721-1269. Cards can be mailed to Austin Boyer at:1591 E Lola LnPahrump, NV 89060——-

Music CD for sale Sundays: The new Walker music CD, “The Walker Sound” will be for sale at the church Sundays after celebration through spring, including Easter.  The album  provides a way to take home 19 songs from the Walker songbook that are often sung by the congregation, including “Amazing Grace,” “Let it Be,” “Everybody’s Moon,” and “When the Saints go Marching in.” The first purchase of a CD by an individual is at $15 while subsequent purchases are $12. Copies also may be obtained by calling Jesse Watkins at  (612) 296-3723 or by email:

The Fireroast Mountain Boys featuring Walker’s own David West, Don Browne, Dick Danaher and Steve Sandberg appear once a month at the Underground Music Cafe 1579 Hamline Avenue in St. Paul on the fourth Saturday at 5pm. Original tunes, jazz, rock, and old time served in a convivial wine bar atmosphere with wood fired pizza.

Walker Church at the May Day Parade: May 5th at Powderhorn Park, Walker will have a booth! To volunteer call Linda Berglin 612 708 7708.

Events Elsewhere

Help build the puppets for the MayDay Parade! During the month of April, our building is transformed into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade. Community workshops to build MayDay are held at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s home base: The Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Mpls, MN 55407

2019 workshops: April 6—thru May 2, 2019: EACH Tuesday from 7-9pm EACH Thursday from 7-9pm EACH Saturday from 9-11 am, and 1-3pm ** American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available at EVERY workshop. **

Workshops are funded by free will donations and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Speaker and conversation with Ruah Swennerfelt: We invite you to join us for an important conversation about the intersections between Faith, Climate Change, and the Transition Movement. Please come—and invite parishioners, students and others who may be wrestling with the reality of climate change—to either of these two opportunities to hear from and converse with: Ruah Swennerfelt,author of Rising to the Challenge: People of Faith and the Transition Movement Sunday, April 14 Moon Palace Books / 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls / 4:00-5:00 p.m. Co-Creatz Meeting Space 2388 University Ave., St. Paul / 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Dining Out For Life April 25th throughout Minneapolis Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event where restaurants donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization

Women’s Brunch: Saturday, April 27th at 10am at Dianne O’Donnell’s house 4600 E 34th St Mpls, MN 55406 FFI Nancy Larsen 612-376-9702

Men’s Brunch: Greetings, Walker men, Hope you’ll mark your calendar for our next Walker men’s brunch: Saturday, April 27th at 9:30am. We’ll gather at the home of Mr. Greg Garman, 4253 13th Avenue. Please bring a food or beverage item and your manly good company to share. Happy spring! FFI Paul McHugh

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