Upcoming Events and Meetings
- All meetings and events listed are at Walker Church unless noted otherwise
- See our website Calendar walkerchurch.org for happenings further into the future.
- For more information please contact the Walker office firstname.lastname@example.org
Ifa/Orisa Class: Wed, May 24, 6:30 to 8:30pm in the dining hall. See below for more information.
Willow Cordes’ Taco Dinner and Music Fundraiser has been cancelled.
Initiates: Sun, May 28, 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room. FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz.
May 28, 2017
Greetings by Carol Megarry & Jan Werness
Communal Singing led by Conrad deFiebre & Dianne O’Donnell
Celebration led by Pastor Walter Lockhart
Communal Reading: Our mission is to nurture spirituality, build caring community & work courageously for peace with justice and mercy.
Lao Tzu # 68 Mitchell followed by 5 minutes of silence
The best athlete wants the opponent at their best.
The best general enters the mind of the enemy.
The best business professional serves the communal good.
The best leader follows the will of the people.
All of them embody the virtue of non-competition.
Not that they don’t love to compete, but they do it in the spirit of play.
In this they are like children and in harmony with the Tao.
Poetry by Greg Garman
Welcome, Announcements & Offering
Scripture Reading: Psalm 68 by Brent Bender
As the wind disperses smoke, as the wax melts in the fire, may all that divides me and separates me
flee before Your love.
As once You touched me with awareness on a bright June day when all had been soaked and sad
As once You touched me with acceptance when my heart was heavy.
As You have calmed me and opened my heart in the presence of suffering.
As You have showed me that there is a path beyond death.
Blessed be God, day by day, The God of our Salvation, who bears our burdens.
Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart
Special Performance by Cheryl Kramer
Circle with Joys & Concerns
& sharing of bread & juice brought by Kay Seelhoff
Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee
Improvisation Group: Sunday, May 28, 12:15 to 1:15 pm. We will explore group reading and group dance, led by Janet Skidmore. All are welcome with no previous experience necessary. The group will also meet on June 25, July 30, and August 27
Membership Dessert Gathering: Wed, May 31, 7 pm in the Walker conference room
Ifa/Orisa Class taught by Amoke Kubat: Wed, May 31, 6:30 to 8:30pm in the dining hall. Amoke Kubat, an Iyanifa and priestess of Yemoja, will give an overview of IFA/Orisa, the spiritual practice of Yoruba peoples of southwestern Nigeria and diasporic communities worldwide. Classes will be held 6:30 to 8:30 on Wednesdays May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26. All are welcome. Free will offerings If you have questions, please contact Amoke
Memorial service to honor David Henry Schultz: Friday, June 2, at 6:30 pm. There will be a service followed by a dessert reception. Questions? Contact Dianne O’Donnell
Membership Joining Sunday June 4: A membership ceremony will be held during Celebration FFI Walter
Retirement Party in honor of Pastor Ruth Hograbe: Sun, June 4, 2 to 4 pm at Annandale UMC, 250 Oak Av N in Annandale. If you have a story or photos to share on paper or verbally, please notify the church office 320-2274-5127 or e-mail email@example.com
An AA group, East Lake LOL AA: Wed, June 7, 6:30 to 7:30 pm. This mixed, open AA group will meet every Wednesday at Walker starting on June 7.
Twin Cities PRIDE is June 24 & 25. MN Reconciling Congregations will have a booth in Loring Park and we will participate in the parade on Sunday. The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday with take down at 6 p.m. The parade is on Sunday at 11 a.m. There will be a worship service at the parade line-up site (usually near 3rd Street and Hennepin Ave) just prior to the parade.
The booth sign-up sheet is at ttsu.me/9mne9j The sign-up form can be accessed from your computer or mobile device. When viewing on a Smartphone, hold the phone in portrait position for the “user friendly” display.
Please go to the website (soon) and select the time when you would like to work in the booth. Most shifts are two hours. You will receive a confirmation email when you sign-up as well as another closer to PRIDE that will have more detailed information.
If you have not previously worked in the MN Reconciling Congregations booth, this is a great opportunity to let PRIDE attendees know that there are Methodist congregations who welcome GLBT persons! You will note that we are asking for a clergy volunteer for each shift as questions may come up that are best answered by a clergy person. FFI Judy Jerde firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to Walker Church…Our positive presence and longtime involvement on our immediate block and in the surrounding blocks was acknowledged with thanks by several people at the Block Leader Recognition event by Community Crime Prevention held May 23. Including from the new block leader on our block who said how lucky he felt to live on a block where Walker stands. Plans are underway for the National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 1.
Other Events & Announcements
Come Meet Your Muslim Neighbors at Taking Heart Open Houses
Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The fast is performed to learn compassion, self-restraint and generosity.
As Muslims prepare for the sacred month of Ramadan this May-June, the Minnesota Council of Churches and the Muslim American Society are again announcing a series of Taking Heart Open Houses. Mosques and Islamic Community Centers throughout the Metro area will be welcoming their non-Muslim neighbors for encounter and learning, capped off by a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.
Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together for food and conversation for ten years. Last year more than 800 guests attended an Iftar during Ramadan. We hope that people who have never been to a mosque – and those who have been with us – will join in an open house at a mosque in their neighborhood, or any other sites throughout the Metro area.
Please visit www.mnchurches.org to register for one or more of the open houses. Bring friends and family!
In your neighborhood: Please join the Umatul Islamic Center, 3015 Second Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55408, Thursday, June 1, 7:45 pm; Dar Al-Hijra, 504 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454, Friday, June 9, 7:30 pm; Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center, 2824 13th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407, Wednesday, June 14, 7:30 pm.
These events are free and open to the public. For further information please contact: The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Taking Heart Organizer
412-638-0680 (cell), email@example.com
Transition is a global, citizen-led movement of people taking action to reduce their carbon footprint, prepare for a changing climate, relocalize their economy and build resilient, socially connected communities. There are several Transition groups in the Twin Cities and, interestingly 3 of these are associated with current and former Walker members: Transition Longfellow (Leslie MacKenzie), Corcoran Grows (Joe Hesla), Transition NE Minneapolis (Peter Doughty), Transition North Suburbs, Transition All St. Anthony Park, Transition MacGroveland/Merriam Park, Transition West Side/West St. Paul, and a new group forming in north Minneapolis. To learn more, see the Transition Twin Cities website (www.transitiontwincities.org) or contact Leslie MacKenzie: firstname.lastname@example.org
I Call My Brothers-A Dinner Theatre Staged Reading: Mon, June 12, 6:15 Swedish-Tunisian Cuisine, 7 pm Staged Reading at Hook & Ladder Theatre 3010 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN 55406. Presented by Theatre du Monde www.facebook.com/events/472312383112815
Ongoing Walker & Walkerite Groups
Circle Gathering: Sundays 9 to 10 am. The circle is currently discussing the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn. FFI Mary Parker & Tony Wentersdorf
Coffee Gathering: Mondays 10 to noon at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 E Lake St. FFI Pastor Walter Lockhart
Community Meal: Tuesdays 6 to 7 pm. Free, everyone welcome!
Walker Singers Rehearsals: Tuesdays 7 to 8 pm through May 30 led by Jim McCreary
Initiates: Meets next on Sunday, May 28, 8:15 to 10:15 am in the conference room. (Note, it usually the 3rd Sunday of each month) FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz
Men’s Potluck Brunch: 2nd Saturday of each month at someone’s home.
Women’s Potluck Brunch: 4th Saturday of each month at someone’s home. FFI Lulu Philips
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 by Walkerites
Alice Browne Music Lessons, Therapy & Sound Healing: Thursdays & Fridays by appointment. Lessons in beginning piano, guitar, fiddle, all levels of voice and Sound Healing-a massage of sound vibrations. Contact Alice 612-860-6644 email@example.com
Sarah Dagg Massage Therapist: Two days each month between 9 am to 5 pm by appointment. Contact Sarah 218-831-9570 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other on-going groups meeting at Walker
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 email@example.com
Yoga Flow Class: Wednesdays 6 to 7 pm taught by Julia Starr. Free, beginners welcome, bring a yoga mat. FFI https://www.facebook.com/starrhealthco/
Aware Dance (formerly called Ecstatic Movement): Wednesdays 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm. Free style movement with music. Cost: $10-15.
Hoop Twin Cities: Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free hoola hooping for all ages FFI firstname.lastname@example.org
The Story Worship Celebration: 1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Sunday of each month at 4 pm. FFI thestory.mn.
Private Queer Birth Project: 2nd Saturday of each month 10 to 11:30 am. LGBTQ new parent group FFI Walker office
Private Transforming Families Group: 2nd Saturday of each 1 to 3 pm. Support for families with transgender children FFI Walker office.
Autoharp Jams: 2nd Sunday of each month 3 to 5 pm. FFI Tony Wentersdorf
Bluegrass Jam: Last Monday of each month 7 to 10 pm. Free, come to jam or listen. FFI Roy Vanderwerf email@example.com
Political Prisoner Letter Writing: 1st Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pm. A small group meets to write letters to political prisoners.
Neurodiversity Group: 2nd Thursday of each month 7 to 9 pm led by Paul Johnson. Free emotional support for adults on the autism spectrum. Pljohnson46@yahoo.com