Announcements- July 10, 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.

Building & Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, July 10th 6-8pm in the conference room.

Sarah Dagg Massage: Thursday, July 11th and Friday July 12th. By appointment only. Please contact Sarah 218-831-9570.

Sunday Celebration in Powderhorn Park

“What’s in the way?”

July 14, 2019

Greeters: Janet Court & Margo McCreary

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

Translation by Ursula Le Guin


There is something 

that contains everything.

Before heaven and earth

it is.

Oh, it is still, unbodied,

all on its own, unchanging,



So it can act as the mother

of all things.

Not knowing its real name,

we only call it the Way.

If it must be named,

let its name be Great.

Greatness means going on,

going on means going far,

and going far means turning back.

So they say: “The Way is great,

heaven is great,

earth is great,

and humankind is great;

four greatnesses in the world,

and humanity is one of them.”

People follow earth,

earth follows heaven,

heaven follows the Way,

the Way follows what is.


Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:9-14

9The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all your undertakings, in the fruit of your body, in the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your soil. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, just as he delighted in prospering your ancestors, 

10 when you obey the Lord your God by observing his commandments and decrees that are written in this book of the law, because you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

11 Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away. 

12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, “Who will go up to heaven for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?” 

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, “Who will cross to the other side of the sea for us, and get it for us so that we may hear it and observe it?” 

14 No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

Sermon by Pastor Katy Lee

Special Performance

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice by Linda Berglin

Hospitality Time by Lulu Philips

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, July 16th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Waffle Breakfast Fundraiser for Twin Cities DSA (Democratic Socialists of America) Saturday, July 20, 9:00 am to noon “House”-made waffles, a huge choice of toppings, breakfast beverages in the dining hall. 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. 

Walker Community Announcements

Leafleting homes near Powderhorn Park  Saturday, July 13th, 12 noon – 1:00pm. Pick up assignments at Walker Church. Call me if you want to pick up an assignment at a different time. Linda Berglin 612 708 7709 

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.

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

Bible Circle: Saturday, July 13th at 10am at 3329 4th Ave S. Please bring any scriptures that you find problematic, up to 8 verses. FFI Sally Kuehn 612-214-1836

International Day of Music: Saturday, July 13th 12 noon-12 midnight.Hosted by the Minnesota Orchestra and The Cedar Cultural Center. Jacqueline Zepeda will be performing with all indigenous artist group Lady Xok. A free, family-friendly event featuring musical performances inside Orchestra Hall and on the City of Minneapolis’ newly reinvigorated Peavey Plaza. Outdoor food vendors, food trucks and local craft merchants make this 12-hour festival a perfect way to spend a summer Saturday.

Diggity Dog Days: Riff on Jack the dog as he makes scents of his human’s heartache. Created by Margo McCreary. Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th at 7:30pm, and Sunday, July 14th at 2:00pm at Dreamland Arts 677 Hamline Ave N. St. Paul Tickets $15. FFI and reservations: 651-645-5506

Jeannette Rankin: Champion of Persistence is kicking off the 2019 Fringe Season with a benefit performance Saturday, July 13th at 7pm at 4200 Cedar Ave S. The benefit is for WAMM and Veterans for Peace chapter #27. This will be the only Mpls production of the show this summer.  Q&A following the performance, $10.

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:

Heart of the Beast Artist Charrettes: Dameun Strange and Imagine Deliver will lead 3 hands-on art activities centering the voices of artists to map solutions and act as a launch pad for the creation of an Imagine MayDay Transition Team

Tuesday, July 9, 6:30-8pm: Pillsbury House Theatre, facebook link here

Sunday, July 14, 10:30am-12pm: HOBT, facebook link here

Wednesday, July 17, 2:30-4pm: Powderhorn Park, facebook link here

Artist participants will be compensated for their time and contributions with either 3 hours of free rehearsal or workshop space at HOBT, or a $40 gift card to either Welna Hardware or MayDay Cafe.

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.

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.