Announcements- May 16, 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 June 2, 16, 30*, July 14, 28, August 11, 25.

*New pastor starts June 30. Service location to be determined.

Sarah Dagg Massage: Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th. By appointment only. Please contact Sarah 218-831-9570.

Spirit Paths (formally Initiates) Meeting: Sunday, May 19th 8:15am to 10:15am in the conference room.

Membership & Outreach Meeting: Sunday May 19th after church in conference room. Lunch will be served. Contact Linda Berglin 612 708 7709

Clergy Transitioning and Envisioning Meeting: Sunday, May 19th 2-6:30pm. Meet the new Pastor, Re. Katy Lee and Rev. Walter Lockhart will discuss transition and plans for the future of Walker Community Church.  The conversation is at 2PM on May 19th. Rev Linda Koelman will lead an hour of large group conversation then there will be time for smaller conversations.

Sunday Celebration

May 19, 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


The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.
Be aware when things are out of balance.
Stay centered within the Tao. When rich speculators prosper
While farmers lose their land;
when government officials spend money
on weapons instead of cures;
when the upper class is extravagant and irresponsible
while the poor have nowhere to turn-
all this is robbery and chaos.
It is not in keeping with the Tao. 

Poetry by David West & Steve Sandberg

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture Reading by Nancy Larsen

John 13:31-35

When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Human one has been glorified, and God has been glorified in them. If God has been glorified in them, God will also at once glorify them. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by the Walker Singers: “Bright Mornings Stars Are Rising” by Paul Siskind.

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice

Hospitality Time

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, May 21st, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Singers Rehearsal: Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, May 29th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Community Announcements

Bretzke Barbeque: 1:00pm to dusk, Saturday, May 18th.  Mark your calendars and join Walter and KC in a throwback recreation of Gerry Bretzke’s barbeques (do you believe he’s been gone 10 years!).  Walter will cook the meat, you bring whatever food or beverage you’d like to share. 3926 Zenith Ave, Minneapolis.  RSVP to

Women’s Brunch: Saturday, May 25th at 10am at Abbey and Becky Hanson’s house 3700 36th Ave S. FFI Nancy Larsen (612) 376-9702

Men’s Brunch: Saturday, May 25th at 10am at Tony Wentersdorf’s house 1350 Nicollet Ave S #607 FFI Paul McHugh

Events Elsewhere

We need last-minute volunteers for a phone bank tonight, May 16th, 8-10 pm, to support No Más Muertes/No More Deaths, a humanitarian aid group that supplies food and water to people migrating through the desert of southern AZ. No More Deaths has personally reached out to First Universalist in a time of need—you may have heard that nine of their volunteers have been criminally charged for this life-saving volunteer work (charges range from “littering” to harboring undocumented migrants). One of them, Scott Warren, faces a felony trial this month. Long story short, Warren provided food, water, clothes, and shelter to two migrants, and is now looking at 20 years in prison. 

No More Deaths has asked us to host a phone bank to support them in the weeks leading up to the trial—this would mean calling people in targeted southern AZ communities, talking to them about the charges, asking them to support the organization by putting up yard signs, etc. If you are able, please join us tonight at 2221 26th Ave S, from 8-10 pm (or any amount of time you can!). Send an email RSVP to and more details will be sent. ited Methodist Church

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.