Announcements-August 15th, 2018

 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.

If you are bringing treats containing chocolate, whether homemade or bought, please be aware of our Peace with Justice commitment to boycott 95% of the chocolate sold (all major brand names, most bakery items) because it is literally produced by child slaves. Please use Fair Trade certified chocolate and cocoa in your baking and label it as you would gluten free or other factors.

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

Initiates Meeting: Sunday, August 19th 8:15-10:15am in the conference room. FFI Lou Tofte or Howard Kranz

Sunday Celebration

August 19, 2018

Greeters: Don Brown and Mary Burns

Communal Singing led by Conrad deFiebre and Diane ODonnell

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

49 Witter-Bynner Translation

A sound man’s heart is not shut within itself

But is open to other people’s hearts:

I find good people good,

And I find bad people good

If l am good enough;

I trust men of their word,

And I trust liars

If I am true enough;

I feel the heartbeats of others

Above my own

If I am enough of a father,

Enough of a son.

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Poetry read by Howard Kranz

Reading:   1 Kings 2:10-12, 3:2-14(CEB)

10 Then David lay down with his ancestors and was buried in David’s City.

11 He ruled over Israel forty years—seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

12 Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his royal power was well established… (Meanwhile)

2 Unfortunately, the people were sacrificing at the shrines because a temple hadn’t yet been built for the Lord’s name in those days.

3 Now Solomon loved the Lord by walking in the laws of his father David, with the exception that he also sacrificed and burned incense at the shrines.

4 The king went to the great shrine at Gibeon in order to sacrifice there. He used to offer a thousand entirely burned offerings on that altar.

5 The Lord appeared to Solomon at Gibeon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask whatever you wish, and I’ll give it to you.”

6 Solomon responded, “You showed so much kindness to your servant my father David when he walked before you in truth, righteousness, and with a heart true to you. You’ve kept this great loyalty and kindness for him and have now given him a son to sit on his throne.

7 And now, Lord my God, you have made me, your servant, king in my father David’s place. But I’m young and inexperienced. I know next to nothing.

8 But I’m here, your servant, in the middle of the people you have chosen, a large population that can’t be numbered or counted due to its vast size.

9 Please give your servant a discerning mind in order to govern your people and to distinguish good from evil, because no one is able to govern this important people of yours without your help.”

10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had made this request.

11 God said to him, “Because you have asked for this instead of requesting long life, wealth, or victory over your enemies—asking for discernment so as to acquire good judgment—

12 I will now do just what you said. Look, I hereby give you a wise and understanding mind. There has been no one like you before now, nor will there be anyone like you afterward.

13 I now also give you what you didn’t ask for: wealth and fame. There won’t be a king like you as long as you live.

14 And if you walk in my ways and obey my laws and commands, just as your father David did, then I will give you a very long life.”

Sermon by Mary Buckley

Special Performance: Joe Hesla

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice by Bonnie Beckel

Hospitality Time Thanks for set-up by the Hospitality Committee, Treats by Seelhoff K.

Vocal Recital: Sunday, August 19th at 3pm in the Sanctuary. Three singers, Kristin Morant and two of her students, Becky Flory and Jim McCreary will be singing solos and duets from Mozart to Cole Porter, with several stops in between. Admission is FREE.

Free Community Meal by Focus: Sunday, August 19th. Meal served 5:15pm-6:45pm.

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

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tue, August 28th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Community Announcements

Women’s Brunch: Saturday, August 25th 10:00am at Kristine Smith’s house 2536 29th Ave S. Contact Nancy Larsen for more info (612) 376-9702

Mark your calendar for the Fall Rummage Sale, September 27-30. Volunteers will be at the church September 23-25 to receive your clean, usable items. We can use winter clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, luggage, toys, books, linens, small appliances, and other items.  We can’t accept computers, TVs, microwaves, mattresses, cribs, or child car seats. It’s our biggest fundraiser. Let Lulu know if you can bring in plastic or grocery bags, or storage bins with lids. FFI Lulu Philips 612-281-3778.

Events Elsewhere 

Food justice networking meeting: Thursday, August 16th 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Regional Library. Learn from community leaders about food justice work in the community. The meeting will feature a panel discussion on what food justice is, what food justice work is happening, and what you can do to support food justice in the community. The panel discussion will be followed by a lunch catered by Gandhi Mahal. Contact Patience Caso at

Wesley Foundation at the University of Minnesota provides FREE Welcome Bags! WELCOME BAGS are now available for students entering the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. The Wesley Foundation – the United Methodist Campus ministry at the U, would like to welcome your graduates with a special gift. We’ll send a welcome bag that includes a Freshman Survival Guide (a book we use in freshman small group discussions) and a Wesley Foundation tee shirt, plus a re-useable grocery bag. Just send student name, mailing address and email to Campus Minister, Rev. Lauren

Come on DOWN to the Indigenous Peoples Festival Saturday, October 6th from 11am to 7:30pm and Sunday, October 7th from Noon to 5pm. Indigenous Arts Festival for All on Franklin Ave, between Bloomington Ave and Aldi’s.  Volunteers needed, food and cool shirts provided. Sign up at:  See you there! For more info see the NACDI website or call Bonnie Beckel 612 722-6473

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 6:45.  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

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:  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.

Stop Line 3 Climate Justice Group:  Some Tuesdays 7 to 9 pm in the conference room.  FFI Al Sherwood