Weekly Announcements

In chronological order: Walker Events & Meetings-all at the church unless noted otherwise & Public Events organized by others that will be held at Walker

 Communications Task Force meeting:  Thurs, Feb 5, 3 pm

 Hoop Twin Cities:  Fri, Feb 6, 7 to 9 pm.  Hoola hoop exercise. Open to the public, by donation.

 A House Concert at Karl Jones featuring Mary Parker & Tony Wentersdorf:  Sat, Feb 7, 7:30 pm at Karl’s home,  FFI Tony or Mary

 Southside Family Charter School presentation of their Educating for Social Justice Civil Rights Trip: Sun, Feb 8, 10 am during the Sunday Celebration


Sunday Celebration February 8, 2015

Greetings by Margo McCreary, Jan Werness & Janet Court

Communal Singing led by Howard Kranz

Communal Reading:  Our mission is to nurture spirituality, build caring community & work courageously for peace with justice and mercy.


Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading Isaiah 61: 1-3 by Mary Parker

The Spirit of God is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted. God has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted;  To proclaim liberty to the captives, to proclaim the opening of the prison to those who are bound! God has sent me to comfort all who mourn; to give them a living garland of flowers instead of ashes; to give them the oil of gladness instead of mourning; and the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. And then they will be called Oaks of Righteousness, the planting of God, and God will be glorified!

Civil Rights Trip Presentation by Southside Family Charter School

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Kay Seelhoff

Thanks for:  Hospitality set-up by Barbara Hager & treats by Lou Tofte, Help is needed with clean-up


Autoharp Jam:  Sun, Feb 8, 3 to 5 pm in the mediation room.  Free, FFI Tony Wentersdorf

Building Use Task Force:  Tues, Feb 10, 5 pm in the conference room.  Everyone who has ideas about using the building for rentals and/or events is encouraged to come to these meetings and/or give me a call or send me an e-mail. Jennifer.

 Community Meal:  Tues, Feb 10, 5:30 to 6:45 pm.  Free, everyone welcome. FFI Walter

 Finance Committee meeting:  Wed, Feb 11, 5 pm

 Trustees meeting:  Wed, Feb 11, 6 pm

 Men’s Group:  Sat, Feb 14, 9:30 am in the conference room.  FFI Jim Feldman

 Women’s Prison Book Project Pancake Breakfast:  Sat, Feb 14, 8 am to noon. Hot Cakes for Cold Days!

All you can eat buttermilk, vegan, and gluten-free pancakes, southern style grits, fruit salad, coffee, tea, and juice.  Adults $6-$10 sliding scale. Children: $3 After filling your belly, visit our book sale to fill your mind.
Books in great condition $1-$3. Kids activities:  Make a valentine for a political prisoner! http://www.wpbp.org


Mary Parker’s Love Concert:  Sat, Feb 14, 7 pm, pay what you can, donations to Walker Church

 Mardi Gras Party & Pancake Community Meal:  Tues, Feb 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Store Bought Hair–Joe Hesla’s traditional New Orleans style jazz band will play from 5:30-7:30. Laissez les bon temps roulez!  FFI Mary Parker.

 Ash Wednesday Service:  Wed, Feb 18

 Reach, Renew, and Rejoice Presentation:  Sun, Feb 22, 7 pm.  This the special fundraising campaign of the Minnesota Conference of the UMC to support building and revitalizing churches in Minnesota.  The Rev. Rachael Morey will be at Walker to present this campaign.  Walter will provide special treats.

 MBOMTA Bluegrass Jam:  Mon, Feb 23, 7 pm.

 Community Meal:  Tues, Feb 1024, 5:30 to 6:45 pm.  Free, everyone welcome. Prepared by the Wesley Foundation students. FFI Walter


Events held every week

Sunday Meditation Group 8:15-9:30 am.  FFI Nancy Larsen,

Celebration 10 am. Sunday School 10:30 am.

Shabach Tabernacle Service Sundays 1:30 to 3:30 pm. FFI Pastor Daniel Turner

Monday Morning Coffee Gatherings10 am at Lake Street Coffee, 3223 East Lake St.

Walker Singer Rehearsals Tuesdays 6:45 to 7:45 pm.  FFI Jim McCreary.

Community Meals:  Every Tuesday 5:30 to 6:45 pm

Aztec Dancers Mondays 6:30 to 7:30 pm.  Open to all.

Rosen Movement Class Wednesdays 9 am to 10 am.  FFI Phyllis Weiner


From Deb Ramage, Peace with Justice Chair:  I have been asked by a coalition of peace and justice groups if Walker Church, or Walker Church Peace and Justice Committee, will be an endorser of the Anti-war march occurring March 21. Walker Church is the end-point of the march and presumably there will be a rally and/or speakers here. (That’s already arranged.) A couple of other faith groups are already in on it, as well as the Anti-war Committee, MayDay Books, the Minneapolis Green Party, AFSCME Local 3800, and several more. If anyone wants to comment on this, contact me at deborama@gmail.com before February 9. If I don’t get any negative feedback, I will tell the organizers to list us as endorsers.


From Councilmember Alondra Cano’s office: As part of the Minneapolis Bicycle Master Plan there is a plan to stripe a bike lane on 31st street. Since there is a resurfacing scheduled for 31st street from Bloomington to Hiawatha for this summer the bike coordinator was thinking that this would be a good time to stripe the bike lane on that section. We would like to add a dedicated bike lane which would necessitate removing the parking lane on the South side of the street. Having had the pleasure of hosting an event at your church I am aware that parking gets tight in the area. This is borne out in the traffic counts that the Public Works Department has conducted. I know there is additional pressure from the Post Office during business hours.

Walker Church will schedule a meeting with the bike coordinator.


Sanctuary Art Project is underway with the first round of wrapped sticks installed. Materials, a description and directions are available in the back of the sanctuary. Please feel free to pick out a stick and wrap it anytime and it will be added to the whole. In short, the project is intended to symbolize each of us ‘finding our place in the circle’ by creating a ‘talking stick’ to represent the importance of each person’s voice within the power of community.  I am available to gather a group by the fire to work on this project together. 612/718-9134 Adel Gardner


More than Skin Deep Workshop:  Fri, Sat & Sun, Feb 20, 21 & 22.  A rental event at Walker Church that requires registration. In order to end systems of racial dominance, we have to end whiteness. For more information on the workshop More than Skin Deep: Uprooting White Supremacy One Cell at a Time and for registration information, please go to http://www.hackmanconsultinggroup.org/skindeep/