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


Walker Men’s Group Winter Retreat:  Fri, Jan 30 – Sun, Feb 1 in Chisago City.  FFI Jim Feldman.


Bioneers “A New Year – A New Story: Cultivating Courage in Community”:  Sat, Jan 31, 12:30 to 4:30 pm.  Join us for an afternoon of discovering your wild spirit in action. We will view four inspiring and informative talks from four extraordinary leaders from the 2014 Bioneers Conference.  FFI Anne Tiller

Community Sing:  Sat, Jan 31, 7 pm.  The second annual Bretrospective. Led by songleaders Bret Hesla and Mary Preus and a few guests, we’ll sing through an evening of Bret’s songs: both old favorites and several brand new songs from 2014. Admission by donation, suggested $10. Songsheets provided. Questions: 612-729-7304. www.mnsings.com


Sunday Celebration

February 1, 2015

Greetings by Jan DeNoble, Greg Garman & Nancy Larsen

Communal Singing led by Don Browne

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

Opening Smudge

Lao Tzu # 63 Mitchell followed by 5 minutes of silence

Act without doing; work without effort.
Think of the small as large and the few as many.
Confront the difficult while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task by a series of small acts.

The Master never reaches for the great; thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into a difficulty, she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn’t cling to her own comfort; thus problems are no problem for her.

Poetry by Barbara Hager

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Special Performance:  “Brightest & Best” by the Walker Singers

Scripture Reading: Mark 1:21-28
They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught.  They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.  Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”
But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!”  And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him.  They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching–with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.”  At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Howard Kranz

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Linda Berglin

Thanks for:

Hospitality set-up by Barbara Hager & treats by Bonnie Beckel

Help is needed with clean-up


Community Meal:  Tues, Feb 3, 5:30 to 6:45 pm.  FFI Walter


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


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


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


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


Building Use Task Force meeting:  Tues, Feb 10, 5 pm


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


Finance Committee meeting:  Wed, Feb 11, 5 pm


Trustees meeting:  Wed, Feb 11, 6 pm


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.


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


The 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.


From Becky Hanson: Please join me and many others who are urging our city council members to demand bird-safe glass in the new billion dollar stadium. Your calls will help our cause. We intend to maintain the Mississippi River flyway. Both the Mpls and St. Paul City Councils have voted for bird-safe glass, but the committee in charge of construction is not cooperative. Becky Hanson will be at Sunday Celebration on Feb 1 to talk more about this