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

Rev Walter Lockhart’s last day preaching at Walker Church is June 9. There will be a party celebrating his retirement on June 9 following Celebration.

Sunday Celebration in Powderhorn Park

June 2, 2019

Greeters: Jan DeNoble & Greg Garman

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

Message: Back in the Gap Again

Lao Tzu followed by 5 minutes of silence

36 – Witter Bynner translation, adapted

Whoever feels punctured
Must once have been a bubble,
The one who feels unarmed
Must have carried arms,
The one who feels belittled
Must have been consequential,
The one who feels deprived
Must have had privilege,
Whereas a person with insight
Knows that to keep under is to endure.
What happens to a fish pulled out of a pond?
Or to an implement of state pulled out of a scabbard?
Unseen, they survive.

Poetry by Cheryl Kramer

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture Reading by Rhonda Debs & Jesse Watkins

Scripture: John 17:20-26 The Message (MSG)

20-23 I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.

24-26 Father, I want those you gave me
To be with me, right where I am,
So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,
Having loved me
Long before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you,
But I have known you, and these disciples know
That you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them—
Who you are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.

Sermon by Reverend Mary Buckley

Special Performance by Don Browne

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice by Tony Wentersdorf

Hospitality Time by Cheryl Kramer

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, June 4th, 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

Rev Walter Lockhart has signed on to this UM Forward statement. We declare the full liberation of People of Color, Queer, and Transgender people as the only Christian way forward. Will you sign the Loved and Liberated Proclamation and join us in committing to new expression of Methodism that is with, not about, those at the margins? Add your name today at  Walker UMC can decide if to sign at the next council meeting.

Little Earth will be marching from their garden plot to the June 3rd meeting at Public Works, 1901 E. 26th Street, which is only a few blocks, and they are inviting us all to accompany them.   Bring an instrument! We will be playing “We shall not be moved”. This is happening Monday June 3rd. We will gather at the Little Earth garden at 2PM Thank you! FFI Steve Sandberg

There will be a special Tuesday Evening meal on June 11.  Walter will be preparing a special menu of lamb shanks, fresh vegetables, rice pilaf, and mushrooms.

Graduation Open House for Peter Zacher on Saturday, June 29, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at our home at 1956 TimberWolf Trail South in Eagan.  Please join us in celebrating Peter’s graduation from Eastview High School.  Peter will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire and majoring in computer science in the fall.  Sarah and Pete Zacher. or 612-203-2243

Rev Kay Lee will start her ministry at Walker Community UMC on Sunday June 30th.  The first service will be upstairs in the dining room with food after celebration.

There will be a short church conference at 10:25AM, before Celebration, to set the salary for Katy Lee, the incoming pastor.  All members have voice and vote.

If you missed the conversation between Walter and Katy June 12, there is an audio recording you can download at 

Events Elsewhere

An audio version of JEANNETTE RANKIN: CHAMPION OF PERSISTENCE can be accessed from the Atlanta Fringe website. It is about 40 minutes in length, contains things not in the stage show (ie NEW information) and is hopefully excellent entertainment. Oh yeah, IT IS FREE!!!

Go to click on 2019 line up, audio shows, and then JEANNETTE RANKIN. The show will be available 5/27 -6/16

Did I mention? The most listens wins (And I will tithe to the church if I win) so tell your friends too.

Twin Cities Pride festival June 22nd and 23rd, parade will be June 23. Minnesota Reconciling Methodists are ordering matching shirts.  Here is the ordering information. 

Picture of shirt color options 94fe77a6/JERDE_SHIRTS_2019.pdf
Order form afcc055c/Inclusive_Methodists_order_form.pdf
If you have any questions about the t-shirts, please contact me at or 612-414-4779.

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.