Announcements- July 31, 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

Walker in Powderhorn Park August 11, 25.

Sunday Celebration

Getting Down and Dirty

August 4, 2019

Greeters: Jan Werness

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

66 from Ursula Le Guin

Read by Bonita B.

Lakes and rivers are lords of the hundred valleys.
Why? Because they’ll go lower.
So they’re the lords of the hundred valleys.

Just so, a wise soul,
wanting to be above other people,
talks to them from below
and to guide them
follows them.

And so the wise soul
predominates without dominating,
and leads without misleading.
And people don’t get tired
of enjoying and praising
one who, not competing,
has in all the world
no competitor.

Special Performance by Kent Eklund

Welcome, Announcements, Offering


Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?”

3-5 Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.”

6-7 He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed—and saw.

Soon the town was buzzing. His relatives and those who year after year had seen him as a blind man begging were saying, “Why, isn’t this the man we knew, who sat here and begged?”

Others said, “It’s him all right!”

But others objected, “It’s not the same man at all. It just looks like him.”

He said, “It’s me, the very one.”

10 They said, “How did your eyes get opened?”

11 “A man named Jesus made a paste and rubbed it on my eyes and told me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ I did what he said. When I washed, I saw.”

12 “So where is he?”

“I don’t know.”

13-15 They marched the man to the Pharisees. This day when Jesus made the paste and healed his blindness was the Sabbath. The Pharisees grilled him again on how he had come to see. He said, “He put a clay paste on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see.”

Sermon by Pastor Katy Lee

Special Performance by Janet Skidmore & Group

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice by Allyson Hayward & Katy Lee

Hospitality Time

National Night Out: Tuesday August 6th, 5:30pm-8:30pm Join us for a neighborhood night out block party! 3100 block of 16th Ave S. Conversation! Music! Food! Games for kids! Bring chairs & a dish to share if you are able. Beef & veggie hot dogs, water, & lemonade provided. Let’s build community!

Ralph Watkins 90th Birthday Party: Have fun at church Saturday, August 10th. 4-10pm in the dining hall. “Maybe the date is on your calendar already. Come about 5:00, bring a salad or side dish, eat-eat-eat, then help Roast and/or Toast Jesse Watkins for his 90th birthday.  Come with your idea, dig right in. Pile right on! Jesse can take it. (also daughter Laurie whom you know, will protect  her Dad) Any questions, call Jesse at (612) 296-3723.”    

Church Council Meeting: Sunday, August 11th 12:30pm to 2:00pm in the conference room.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, August 13th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Sarah Dagg Massage: Wednesday, August 14th, Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th. By appointment only. Please contact Sarah 218-831-9570.

Spirit Paths Meeting: Sunday, August 18th 8:15am to 10:15am

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.

Walker Community Announcements

Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser for Twin Cities DSA Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser for Twin Cities DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) Saturday, August 31st, 9:00 am to noon in the dining hall.

“House”-made waffles, a huge choice of toppings, breakfast beverages. Prices $7 to $25 per waffle with unlimited toppings and bottomless coffee. This is to support a travel fund to send 19 delegates to Atlanta for the biennial DSA convention. All are welcome. 

Events Elsewhere

House Party Concert : Wednesday, July 31st at 7pm This is an outdoor concert, with refreshments, at Mary Parker’s home at 7444 17th Ave. S. Come and enjoy Folk, Gospel, Jazz and more as you converse and sip a beverage in the soft summer evening! Mary Parker, Joe Hesla, Cheryl Kramer and Douglas Rosenquist will be performing. Rain Date: Monday, August 5 at 7 PM

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival: Wednesday, August 7th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at 2701 E. 44th St., Minneapolis, MN. First started in August 1996, this summer will be the festival’s 24th year. This popular event is sponsored and supported by the Lake Hiawatha Recreation Council and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  The activities will again include face painting, hair painting, caricaturist, inflatable moon walk and water slide.  Don’t forget to preregister for the family fitness challenge and the talent contest.  Purchase a $5 wristband for unlimited use during the festival. If you have a business we would like to have you display information about your business at the festival.  You can email to request the business display form or go to and download the form.  Please check our website for more up to date information and email us with any questions you have on the festival or if you would like to volunteer.

The Future is Lit: A Black Visions Collective Fundraiser: Thursday, August 8th, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Moon Palace Books. This summer, join us in investing in visionary Black leadership. There will be performances (tbd), light refreshments/food, an art auction(!!!), and so many powerful people. (This event is co-hosted and curated by Resource Generation MN & BLVC, in support of the work of BLVC.)

RESCHEDULED Grad Party Open House for Peter Zacher on Saturday, August 10th from 2 pm to 6 pm at 1956 Timberwolf Trail South, Eagan, MN 55122. Peter is recovering well from his burn injuries and will be heading to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire at the end of August. Please join us if you can.  Sarah and Pete Zacher 612-203-2243. 

Women’s Book Club: The next Walker women’s book group is Friday, August 23rd at 1PM at Dianne O’Donnell’s. The address is 4600 E 34th Street. The book is The Book of Joy. You do not have to have read it to come. 

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.

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

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.