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 Band rehearsal: Fri, Jan 23, 3 to 5 pm. FFI Kent Eklund

Women’s Potluck Brunch: Sat, Jan 24, 9:30 am in the conference room. FFI Lulu Philips

Men’s Group: Sat, Jan 24, 9:30 am at the home of one in the group. FFI Jim Feldman

Sunday Celebration January 25, 2015

Greetings by Paul McHugh, Carole Megarry & Anne Tiller

Communal Singing led by Nancy Larson

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

Opening Smudge

Lao Tzu # 29 Witter Bynner translation followed by 5 minutes of silence
Those who would take over the earth and shape it to their will ever, I notice, succeed.
The earth is like a vessel so sacred that at the mere approach of the profane it is marred.
And when they reach out their fingers it is gone.
For a time in the world some force themselves ahead and some are left behind,
For a time in the world some make a great noise and some are held silent,
For a time in the world some are puffed fat and some are kept hungry,
For a time in the world some push aboard and some are tipped out:
At no time in the world will one who is sane over-reach, over-spend, over-rate.

Poetry by Sarah Elizabeth

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 by Greg Garman
I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no possessions, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance by Wayne Bailey

Circle with Joys & Concerns & sharing of bread & juice brought by Bonita Blumenauer

Thanks for: Hospitality set-up by Barbara Hager & treats by Kay Seelhoff. Help is needed with clean-up

Celebration committee meeting: Sun, Jan 25, following celebration.

MBOTMA Bluegrass Music Jam: Mon, Jan 26, 7 pm. Coming late and leaving early is okay. The jam is for folks of all abilities. It is not necessarily church music. Everyone, who wants to, gets to choose and lead several songs. Listeners are also welcome. FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Community Meal by the Wesley Foundation students: Tues, Jan 27, 5:30 to 6:45 pm. FFI Walter

Church Council meeting: Tues, Jan 27, 7:45 pm

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. A free public event organized by Bret Hesla.

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

Communications Task Force meeting: Thurs, Feb 5, 3 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

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

Events & Rentals 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

Community Meal & Mardi Gras Party: Tues, Feb 17, beginning with the meal by the Kitchen Cabinet at 5:30. FFI Mary Parker about the Mardi Gras Party.

Ash Wednesday Service: Wed, Feb 18

Reach, Renew, and Rejoice: Sun, Feb 27, 7 pm. This is the special fundraising campaign of the MN Conference of the UMC to support building and revitalizing churches in MN. 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 current Art Project for the Sanctuary is underway; and the first round of wrapped sticks have been 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. FFI Adel Gardner

A rental event at Walker Church that requires registration.
More than Skin Deep Workshop: Fri, Sat & Sun, Feb 20, 21 & 22.
In order to end systems of racial dominance, we have to end whiteness. Period. Ending whiteness means changing the systems of perpetuation but ending whiteness demands more than that. Individuals, families and communities that have been socialized as white have been conditioned from birth to benefit from and support racial dominance. Changing these patterns demands education but information is not enough. White conditioning begins when white bodies are preverbal; when small children are being taught, directly and indirectly, by the adults around them. This work is about literally becoming a different kind of person from the cells out. This work is also about finding ways to shift these patterns without continually re-centering whiteness, white experience and white learning. 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/