Announcements- May 23, 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

Rev Walter Lockhart has two more Sundays left at Walker Community UMC.  If you want to hear him preach your opportunities are May 26 and June 9.  There will be a party celebrating his retirement on June 9 following Celebration.

Walker in Powderhorn Park June 2, 16,. July 14, 28, August 11, 25.

Sunday Celebration

May 26, 2019


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

67 Mitchell Translation

Some say that my teaching is nonsense.
Others call it lofty but impractical.
But to those who have looked inside themselves,
this nonsense makes perfect sense.
And to those who put it into practice,
this loftiness has roots that go deep. I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and in thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.

Poetry by

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture Reading by Jeanne Taylor

Psalm 67 from “Psalms for a New World”

Bless us, O God—
whisper in our hearts and light our times.
Help us to understand your love and your law
and bring them to bear on the world’s ills.
Let all the people of the earth praise you
with all their diverse voices.
Let them call out the ten thousand names.
Let all nations praise you with the best of their ways.
Let us all enjoy each other’s wisdom.
Let the peoples of the earth bless the earth
and heal her together.
Bless us, O God, with your presence in our hearts,
And in the soul of our nation.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Tony Wentersdorf

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice by Linda Berglin

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Bluegrass Jam: Monday, May 27th, 7-10pm. Coming late and leaving early is okay.  The jam is for folks of all abilities.   It is not necessarily church music.  Everyone, who wants to, gets to choose and lead several songs. Listeners are also welcome. Enter through the main door on the east side of the building.  FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, May 28th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Community Announcements

Rev Walter Lockhart has signed on to this UM Forward statement. We declare the full liberation of People of Color, Queer, and Transgender people as the only Christian way forward. Will you sign the Loved and Liberated Proclamation and join us in committing to new expression of Methodism that is with, not about, those at the margins? Add your name today at  Walker UMC can decide if to sign at the next council meeting.

Women’s Brunch: Saturday, May 25th at 10am at Abbey and Becky Hanson’s house 3700 36th Ave S. Bring a dish to share! FFI Nancy Larsen (612) 376-9702

Men’s Brunch: Saturday, May 25th at 10am at Tony Wentersdorf’s house 1350 Nicollet Ave S #607 FFI Paul McHugh

There will be a special Tuesday Evening meal on June 11.  Walter will be preparing a special menu of lamb shanks, fresh vegetables, rice pilaf,  and mushrooms.

Graduation Open House for Peter Zacher on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at our home at 1956 TimberWolf Trail South in Eagan.  Please join us in celebrating Peter’s graduation from Eastview High School.  Peter will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and majoring in computer science in the fall.  Sarah and Pete Zacher. or 612-203-2243

Rev Kay Lee will start her ministry at Walker Community UMC on Sunday June 30th.  The first service will be upstairs in the dining room with food after celebration.

There will be a short church conference at 10:25AM, before Celebration, to set the salary for Katy Lee, the incoming pastor.  All members have voice and vote.

If you missed the conversation between Walter and Katy last Sunday, there is an audio recording you can download at 

Events Elsewhere

An audio version of JEANNETTE RANKIN: CHAMPION OF PERSISTENCE can be accessed from the Atlanta Fringe website. It is about 40 minutes in length, contains things not in the stage show (ie NEW information) and is hopefully excellent entertainment. Oh yeah, IT IS FREE!!!

Go to click on 2019 line up, audio shows, and then JEANNETTE RANKIN. The show will be available 5/27 -6/16

Did I mention? The most listens wins (And I will tithe to the church if I win) so tell your friends too.

Twin Cities Pride festival June 22nd and 23rd, parade will be June 23. Minnesota Reconciling Methodists are ordering matching shirts.  Here is the ordering information. 

Picture of shirt color options 94fe77a6/JERDE_SHIRTS_2019.pdf
Order form afcc055c/Inclusive_Methodists_order_form.pdf
If you have any questions about the t-shirts, please contact me at or 612-414-4779.

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

Willow Cordes-Elkund Sliding scale Thai and Swedish massage from her home office at 3112 16th Ave S. $40-$65 for a 60 min. session, 90 minute sessions as available. Email at or text 207-930-0158.

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.