Announcements- July 24, 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.

Membership and Outreach Committee Meeting: after church on Sunday July 28. Meeting will be in the Park.

Sunday Celebration in Powderhorn Park

All Who Are Thirsty

July 28, 2019

Greeters: Carole Megarry & 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

Read by Greg Garman

8  Witter Bynner translation

Man at his best, like water, 

Serves as he goes along:

 Like water he seeks his own level, 

The common level of life, 

Loves living close to the earth, 

Living clear down in his heart, 

Loves kinship with his neighbors, 

The pick of words that tell the truth, 

The even tenor of a well-run state, 

The fair profit of able-dealing, 

The right timing of useful deeds, 

And for blocking no one’s way 

No one blames him.

Poetry by

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Meditative Song:

Based on Taize community chant

“Let all who are thirsty come: let all who wish receive, the water of Life freely, Amen, Come O Spirit, Amen, Come O Spirit…” (repeat 5 times)

Scripture:  John 4:1-14

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— 

2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. 

3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee.

4 Now he had to go through Samaria. 

5 So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph.

6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon.

7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” 

8 (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.[a])

10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 

12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,

14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Sermon by Pastor Katy Lee

Special Performance by Howard Kranz

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice by Katy Lee

Hospitality Time

Bluegrass Jam: Monday, July 29th, 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, July 30th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Random Fractions Concert: Tuesday, July 30th 7-9:30pm in the sanctuary. Cathy McManamon and Jason Neerenberg play mostly folk and rock music that will take you on a journey through life, the road, the Earth, and all of her people and creatures. And water – definitely water! $10 suggested donation at the door to be split 50-50 with Walker Church. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This performance is appropriate for all ages. There will be one 15-minute intermission.

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

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) Upstairs in the big room .  Any questions, call Jesse at (612) 296-3723.”    

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

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

Court Support-United Against Evictions: On Thursday July 25th a judge will hear arguments to decide whether to order the eviction of 40 families who have built a beautiful community while taking care of their buildings cooperatively for the past year or instead confirm an “Administrator” to bring more stability to a situation where Steve and Jennifer Frenz refuse to negotiate on a sale or pay basic bills. This hearing is a critical step for the families on 22nd Ave. Your presence will show that together we will not stand idly by in the face of threatened evictions and remind the court system the human importance of what is at stake. The hearing will be on the 3rd Floor of the Hennepin County Government Center at 9am. We will have coffee and donuts to share before the hearing begins!

July Women’s Brunch is Saturday, July 27th at 10 am at KC Bretzke’s. The address is 3926 Zenith Ave S., Minneapolis. Bring a dish to share.FFI call Nancy Larsen 612-376-9702.

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.)

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!

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.