Announcements- July 17, 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 July 28, August 11, 25.

Spirit Paths Meeting: Sunday, July 21st before celebration. 8:15am to 10:15am.

Sunday Celebration

Water is Life

July 21, 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

Nothing under heaven is weaker than water.
Yet nothing however proficient in attacking the strong can win over water.
The reason is that nothing can lay a handle on water.

The weak overcomes the strong;
The soft overcomes the hard.
All under heaven know about this dictum
but few people can put it into practice.

That is why the Sage says:
“Those who take what other people discard as garbage
is the lord of Society.
Those who love the nation when it is in the grip of misfortune
can claim to be the king.”
What is right often seems to be wrong.”

–  Translated by Lok Sang Ho, 2002, Chapter 78

Poetry by Jennifer Gahnstrom

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture: John 7:25-44

25 At that point some of the people of Jerusalem began to ask, “Isn’t this the man they are trying to kill? 

26 Here he is, speaking publicly, and they are not saying a word to him. Have the authorities really concluded that he is the Messiah? 

27 But we know where this man is from; when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.”

28 Then Jesus, still teaching in the temple courts, cried out, “Yes, you know me, and you know where I am from. I am not here on my own authority, but he who sent me is true. You do not know him, 

29 but I know him because I am from him and he sent me.”

30 At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come. 

31 Still, many in the crowd believed in him. They said, “When the Messiah comes, will he perform more signs than this man?”

32 The Pharisees heard the crowd whispering such things about him. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees sent temple guards to arrest him.

33 Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me. 

34 You will look for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.”

35 The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we cannot find him? Will he go where our people live scattered among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks? 

36 What did he mean when he said, ‘You will look for me, but you will not find me,’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 

38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”[c

39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

40 On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”

41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.”

Still others asked, “How can the Messiah come from Galilee? 

42 Does not Scripture say that the Messiah will come from David’s descendants and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?” 

43 Thus the people were divided because of Jesus. 

44 Some wanted to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

Sermon by Pastor Katy Lee

Special Performance

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice

Hospitality Time by Bonnie B.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, July 23rd, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser for Twin Cities DSA is cancelled until further notice.

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

Walker Community Announcements

Walker Church at Open Streets: Walker Church will have a booth at Open Streets on Sunday, July 21st. We need volunteers to staff the booth and to help with setup and take down. Please contact Linda at 612 708 7709.

Membership and Outreach Committee Meeting: after church on Sunday July 30. Meeting will be in the Park.

Celebrating 90 years: YOU certainly are invited to dinner and various fun happenings at Walker Church on August 10 as Jesse Watkins celebrates his four score and 10 years of life.  With his three adult children in charge, expect unique surprises. For example you may remember the family event near Lake Harriet when the marriage of Jesse and Patricia was evaluated publically, only partly in jest, and was determined by the gathered community as sound and valid for continuation.  This time around who knows what will happen, maybe a real and valid “roast” of the former Ralph now called Jesse. For example this guy, not a musician, had the what? gall?, to produce a Walker music CD and ask people to pay significant money for a copy of it. You get the picture.  The event starts at 5:00, the family will provide the main dish, beverage, and dessert, you bring something else to share at a potluck.  So August 10, a Saturday, in the upstairs social hall.  Oh yes, let’s go with no gifts, except, if you want to do so, arrange directly with Jesse a plan for lunch together.  He’d do most of the talking you know.    

Events Elsewhere

Walker Women’s Book Group is reading “The book of Joy,” interviews with Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. You do not need to read the book ahead of time or bring the book. The next meeting is Friday, July 19 at 1pm at Dianne O’Donnell’s house at 4600 E. 34th Street, Minneapolis. FFI call Nancy Larsen at 612-376-9702.

Honor the Earth is excited to invite you to join us for the Aabita-niibino-giizis, Middle of the Summer Moon, gathering at the shores of Lake Superior this July 21st in Duluth, MN. Day of General Admission Tickets purchased at the doors are $30. The Water Is Life Festival features diverse musical performances, a native-led crafters market, delicious food, environmentally-friendly demonstrations, and access to information from local groups and organizations. For tickets and info:

July Women’s Brunch is Saturday, July 27 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.

You are invited to a House Party Concert on Wednesday, July 31 at 7 PM! 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 The Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 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.

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.