Announcements-November, 14 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

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

Prisoner Letter Writing Night: Thursday, November 15th, 6-8pm in the conference room. Prisoner letter writing nights will now be on the first Thursday of the month along with the continued 3rd Thursday of the month. Open to all. FFI Bailey Riley

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

**Help!  For the Art Fair this weekend, we still need volunteers to serve soup and bread in the kitchen from 2-4 on Saturday and 2-4 on Sunday.  Email KC at if you can do this.  Even if you can only do one hour that would help.  Thanks!**

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

Sunday Celebration

November 18, 2018

Greeters: Don Browne and Mary Burns

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

5 Mitchell
The Tao doesn’t take sides;
it gives birth to both good and evil.
The Master doesn’t take sides;
she welcomes both saints and sinners. The Tao is like a bellows:
it is empty yet infinitely capable.
The more you use it, the more it produces;
the more you talk of it, the less you understand. Hold on to the center.

Poetry by Howard Kranz

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Reading:  Mark 13:1-8 NRSV

1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!”

2 Then Jesus asked him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.”

3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately,

4 “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?”

5 Then Jesus began to say to them, “Beware that no one leads you astray.

6 Many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray.

7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come.

8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birthpangs.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by the Walker Singers, performing:  “An Anthem for Thanksgiving” by William Billings.

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice by Bonita Blumenauer

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, 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.

Bluegrass Jam: Monday, November 26th,7-10pm in the sanctuary. All are welcome, musician-participants as well as listeners. FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, November 27th, 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 27th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Walker Community Announcements

Women’s Brunch: The last women’s brunch of the year! For Nov. + Dec. on Saturday, December 1st at 9:30am **Note New Time** at Alice Browne’s house 3337 47th Ave S Mlps. FFI Nancy Larsen (612) 376-9702

Friday, December 7th–a day that will live in infamy–7-9pm in the Walker Sanctuary, The Ukulele Yuletide Ball. Bring your ukulele, dancing shoes and singing voices or all three. Santa, Elvis and Stump the Band. You gotta see it to believe it. David West FFI (612)419-6849.

***Hello All!  This last week the SPRC met to discuss the results of the last meeting and to plan the next, which will take place Sunday, December 9th.  What follows is a very brief summation of the collective responses to the questions we asked.  At the next meeting we will be continuing this discussion and also considering our financial situation.  Please mark your calendars and make time for this next meeting.  What we are doing is critical to the future existence of Walker Church.

To the Question, What do you like best about Walker: Mission Statement; spirituality; post christian theology; community, inclusiveness and acceptance; music; community outreach activities

To the Question, What We would Like to Become in the Next Five Years: More self-sufficient; More Community Engagement; Stronger voice & identity; More Members, both diversified and younger; more accepting

To the Question, What do you wish we did more of: Community Events; Engagement of Youth; great commitment to social action; More outreach;

To the Question, We need a Pastor who: Motivated; focus on children; post christian theology; encourages leadership in the congregation; pastoral support; social justice; administrative; physically handy.***

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!  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 and Saturday, December 15th at 7 pm and Saturday, December 15th and Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm at Walker Church 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.

Events Elsewhere

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.

Come out for a beautiful evening of music and community to fuel the fight against Line 3! Co-hosted by MN350: Building a Climate Movement in Minnesota and Honor the Earth, this concert will feature the music of Annie Humphrey Music and Keith Secola Band, with local opener Freaque. Learn about how we are fighting Line 3 and how the resistance to Line 3 is growing. Line 3 is a proposed tar sands oil pipeline that would cut through Minnesota, causing irreparable harm to our waters. The pipeline route also encroaches on treaty-protected territory where the Ojibwe retain the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wild rice, thus breaking these treaties. Finally, the pipeline would increase our dependence on oil, hitting the accelerator on global warming. Indigenous communities, landowners, water protectors, environmentalists, and thousands of other Minnesotans have been resisting this pipeline for years. The fight continues, and we need your help. Learn about how to become involved at the Stop Line 3 Concert. Saturday November 17th | 6:30pm | $15 In The Heart of the Beast Theater 1500 East Lake Street Mpls. Building support for the fight against tar sands pipeline Line 3 More info:

Seward Winter Frolic: Art Crawl and Free Community Song, Join friends and neighbors in a folk song sing a long. All ages-all voices welcome for this free, no admission sing. Sunday, December 2nd 2-3pm Art Crawl: Saturday, Dec. 1st 10am-5:30pm and Sunday, Dec. 2nd 12-5pm. at Faith Mennonite Church 2720 E. 22nd St Mpls

In Dream of Owls,  ​Little Theo is drifting off to sleep when he is frightened by a hooting sound. His father shows him how to overcome his fear by naming it. As Theo drifts off to sleep, he learns more and more about owls, the source of the sound, from a strangely familiar dream dragon. Will it be enough to banish his nightmare away? Dream of Owls is a show focused on owls and how to overcome your fear by learning about it. A great alternative to screen time, these performances will delight kids of all ages! WHEN: Oct 6 – Dec 15, 2018! 10am and 12pm Performance at In The Heart of the Beast Theater 1500 East Lake Street Mpls

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