Weekly Announcements

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  www.walkerchurch.org for happenings further into the future. For more information office@walkerchurch.org

Walker in Powderhorn Park August 25.

Sarah Dagg Massage: Friday, August 16th. By appointment only. Please contact Sarah 218-831-9570.

Mexican Church Fundraiser: Sunday, August 18th at 3pm upstairs, Ignacio’s family is having a fundraiser for a church in Mexico. Traditional Mexican foods will be served and available for purchase. More info about church TBA.

Sunday Celebration

Getting Carried Away

August 18, 2019

Greeters: Mary Burns & Don Browne

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

22, Witter Bynner translation (gender modified)

‘Yield and you need not break:’
Bent you can straighten,
Emptied you can hold,
Torn you can mend;
And as want can reward you
So wealth can bewilder.
Aware of this, a wise person has the simple return
Which other people seek:
Without inflaming themselves
They are kindled,
Without explaining themselves
They are explained,
Without taking credit
They are accredited,
Laying no claim
They are acclaimed
And, because they do not compete,
They find peaceful competence.
How true is the old saying,
‘Yield and you need not break’!
How completely it comes home!

Welcome, Announcements, Offering


Jonah 4: 1-11  “The Message” translation by Eugene Peterson:

 1-2 Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled at God, “God! I knew it—when I was back home, I knew this was going to happen! That’s why I ran off to Tarshish! I knew you were sheer grace and mercy, not easily angered, rich in love, and ready at the drop of a hat to turn your plans of punishment into a program of forgiveness!

“So, God, if you won’t kill them, kill me! I’m better off dead!”

God said, “What do you have to be angry about?”

But Jonah just left. He went out of the city to the east and sat down in a sulk. He put together a makeshift shelter of leafy branches and sat there in the shade to see what would happen to the city.

God arranged for a broad-leafed tree to spring up. It grew over Jonah to cool him off and get him out of his angry sulk. Jonah was pleased and enjoyed the shade. Life was looking up.

7-8 But then God sent a worm. By dawn of the next day, the worm had bored into the shade tree and it withered away. The sun came up and God sent a hot, blistering wind from the east. The sun beat down on Jonah’s head and he started to faint. He prayed to die: “I’m better off dead!”

Then God said to Jonah, “What right do you have to get angry about this shade tree?”Jonah said, “Plenty of right. It’s made me angry enough to die!”

10-11 God said, “What’s this? How is it that you can change your feelings from pleasure to anger overnight about a mere shade tree that you did nothing to get? You neither planted nor watered it. It grew up one night and died the next night. So, why can’t I likewise change what I feel about Nineveh from anger to pleasure, this big city of more than 120,000 childlike people who don’t yet know right from wrong, to say nothing of all the innocent animals?”

Sermon by Pastor Mary Buckley

Special Performance by Janet Skidmore

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice

Hospitality Time

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, August 20th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Memorial Celebration for Rip West, father of David West: Saturday August 24th at 10am in the Sanctuary with reception to follow upstairs. Although not strictly a member of our community, he attended several Christmas Eve and Easter celebrations here as well as taking in the occasional special performance, evening concert and Ukulele Yule. He was very dear to the West family and requested his service be held here. If you can help with this, contact David West and of course all are welcome.

His obit:  http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/detail/0000322412/?fullname=david-ripley-rip-west

Spirit Paths Meeting: (note time change) Sunday, August 25th 9:15am to 10:15am. Come early at 8:30am for gluten free breakfast. FFI Howard Kranz 612-598-4795.

Bluegrass Jam: Monday, August 26th, 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 revanster@gmail.com

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, August 27th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Community Announcements

The Fall 2019 Walker Rummage Sale will be held September 26, 27, and 28. 

Unlike recent years, we are ready to receive donations. There will be yellow bins in the church to receive donated items and areas will be specified for leaving items and boxes which do not fit the bins. 

If you wish to donate and wish to have someone at the church to receive the donation, instead of placing the items in or by the bin, please call Julie Atkinson (612-491-8805) to make arrangements. 

We are seeking volunteers to help sort and price the items starting immediately and on a continuing basis until the sale.  If you can donate a couple of hours once, twice or more, please call Julie Atkinson at the above number or leave your name with Diane ODonnell, Kristine Smith, Nancy Larson or Pastor Katy.  We thank you now and we will thank you later for volunteering.  Our sale will only be successful if many Walkerites are involved. 

Women’s Book Club: The next Walker women’s book group for Friday, August 23rd is CANCELLED.

August Women’s Brunch: The August women’s brunch is at Dianne O’Donnell’s house at 10 am on Saturday, August 31st. Dianne’s address is 4600 34th Street. Bring a dish to share. FFI call Nancy Larsen at 612-376-9702.

JOINT PARTY Greg’s 75th birthday and Barbara’s retirement: Friday Sept. 20th 5pm-11pm 5253 13th Avenue South Good food! Live music! FFI Greg 612.481.1683 or Barbara 612.423.9689 or hagergarman@usiwireless.com ALL WALKERITES INVITED!

Events Elsewhere

Action Camp to Stop Line 3 Aug 16th to Aug 19th Northern MN, near Park Rapids. In the fight against Line 3, Anishinaabe leaders have put out a call to action. From August 16th-19th there will be an action camp on Anishinaabe and Dakota land where preconstruction on the pipeline is already underway. This camp is hosted by Native organizers on the frontlines, and you are being invited to show up in solidarity.
Action camps are an opportunity to come together and share skills. Action camps have been foundational in many liberation struggles, and will amplify this movement as we unite to stop Line 3.  Facebook event with more information, official RSVP link, and carpool, childcare https://www.facebook.com/events/298650960927692/  

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 Katy Lee

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesdays, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome. 

Walker Singers: Some 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 abmermaid@gmail.com

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 WildheartWillow@gmail.com 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 wienerphyllis@gmail.com

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 hoopjeans@gmail.com

Queer Birth Project:  2nd Saturday of each month 10 to noon.  LGBTQ new parent support group   www.queerbirthproject.com

Bluegrass Jam:  Last Monday of each month 7 to 10 pm.  Free, come to jam or listen.  FFI Roy Vanderwerf revanster@gmail.com

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. Pljohnson46@yahoo.com

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 rileyb16@gmail.com

Norwegian Folk Dance: 1st & 3rd Monday of each month 7 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary. Rehearsals open to all, free.