Announcements- March 27, 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.

No one has signed up for hospitality treats or communal singing leaders.

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

Membership & Outreach Dessert Meeting: Sunday, March 31st after Sunday celebration in the conference room.

Rummage Sale Set up begins:  Sunday, March 31st.Please bring your good condition clean used items.  We can use summer clothing, household items, jewelry, luggage, toys, books, CDs, DVDs, linens, small appliances, and other items.  We can’t accept computers, TVs, printers, microwaves, mattresses, cribs, or child car seats. It’s our biggest fundraiser, and we made over $6,000 last year to support our mission.        

Please bring rummage to Celebration on Sunday March 31st, or between 9am and 7pm on Monday, April 1st and Tuesday, April 2nd ONLY. Starting Wednesday, volunteers will be fully occupied in organizing and pricing, and will not have time to sort additional contributions.

Sunday Celebration

March 31, 2019

Greeters: Jan De Noble

Communal Singing by

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

27 Mitchell

A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets their intuition
lead them wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed them self of concepts
and keeps the mind open to what is. Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn’t reject anyone.
One is ready to use all situations
and doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light. What is a good person but a bad one’s teacher?
What is a bad person but a good one’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.

Poetry by

Welcome, Announcements & Offering

Reading:  Luke 15:11-32 by Brent Bender & Jesse Watkins

The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother

11 Then Jesus said, “There was a man who had two sons. 

12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. 

13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 

14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 

15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 

16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 

17 But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 

18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 

19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.”’ 

20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 

21 Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 

22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 

23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 

24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 

26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 

27 He replied, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.’ 

28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 

29 But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 

30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!’ 

31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 

32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart                                                                       

Special Performance by the Walker Singers: “Take This Cup” by Jim McCreary.

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

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

Holy Fool Celebration: Monday, April 1st at 7pm upstairs.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, April 2nd, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Singers Rehearsal: Tuesday, April 2nd at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Spring Rummage Sale: Thursday, April 4, 5:30 to 8:30 pm; Friday, April 5, 1:00 to 8:00 pm; and Saturday, April 6, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. NOTE REDUCED HOURS–No Sunday sale.  Bag sale will be Saturday at 2:00.                                               We will be accepting credit cards throughout the sale. FFI Lulu Philips 612-281-3778

Membership Committee Light Lunch: Sunday, April 7th after service in the conference room.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, April 9th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Walker Singers Rehearsal: Tuesday, April 9th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Building & Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, April 10th, 6-8pm in the conference room.

Walker Community Announcements

Join other Reconciling United Methodists The special General Conference is behind us. Those who hoped for a different outcome are trying to figure out what to do next. Please join other MN Reconciling United Methodists for the annual spring social gathering on Saturday, March 30th from 11:30am-2pm at Eden Prairie UMC, 15050 Scenic Heights Rd.Eden Prairie, MN 55344. This is an opportunity to gather, have fellowship and hear Rev. Judy Zabel, chair of MN Annual Conference delegation to General Conference, speak. We will gather at 11:30, share a potluck lunch at noon (bring a dish to share) and then move to the sanctuary for the program. For the program, Rev. Judy Zabel will be addressing the group to review what took place at the 2019 General Conference, the response from Minnesota and a glimpse of what may happen over the next year in Minnesota and how you and your Church can become more involved in our fight for inclusion.

Precious Springtime House Concert with Howard Kranz, Jim Feldman and Karl Jones Saturday, March 30, 2019, 7:00 pm 2621 Bloomington Ave. in Minneapolis

The Fireroast Mountain Boys featuring Walker’s own David West, Don Browne, Dick Danaher and Steve Sandberg appear once a month at the Underground Music Cafe 1579 Hamline Avenue in St. Paul on the fourth Saturday at 5pm. Original tunes, jazz, rock, and old time served in a convivial wine bar atmosphere with wood fired pizza.

Jewish Passover Seder: THURSDAY, April 18, 6:30 pm [note NOT on a Friday this time] Hosted & led by Fred Glazer.  The Seder, a traditional family and community Jewish holiday observance and meal, recalls the liberation of the Jewish people from Egypt and the constant struggle to make a better world for all. Reservations are necessary; call the church office or sign up on Sundays.  The cost is $16; bring your own wine or wine substitute.  If you have questions about the service, please call Fred Glazer (612-872-9117). Please call if you can volunteer to help with cooking and set-up.   

Eerodynamic! A CD Release Concert by Tony Wentersdorf & Mary Parker with featured guest Sally Kueh Friday, April 26th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Events Elsewhere

Join us for a night of revelry and puppet fun on March 29th We’ll have the exclusive premiere of a short film Children of Spring from MindTwist Studio about the magic of MayDay from the kids’ point of view! We’ve got a great night planned for you including: Live music from The Changeups, Puppet Photobooth, Make and take activity for kids, Children of Spring Film Premiere, Family-friendly puppet cabaret, and a red carpet party! Drinks of all kinds, popcorn, and treats available for sale. Dress in your funkiest “MayDay Formal” attire for some red carpet-worthy moments. $12 adults. $7 kids under the age of 12. Sponsored by The Seward Coop – come ready to give to support MayDay! Seward will match the first $5,000 in donations

Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus spring concert opens with This is Me from The Greatest Showman and continues with music that celebrates our communities. Act 2 is the premier of the new work for men’s chorus, Unbreakable, chronicling the trials and triumphs of the LGBTQ community. With words and music by Tony Award-nominee Andrew Lippa (I Am Harvey Milk), TCGMC is proud to co-underwrite and present this new work in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. March 29th and 30th 8pm at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Adults $25-$53. 12 & Under: 50% off. For tickets: 612-624-2345 or

We invite you to join us for an important conversation about the intersections between Faith, Climate Change, and the Transition Movement. Please come—and invite parishioners, students and others who may be wrestling with the reality of climate change—to either of these two opportunities to hear from and converse with: Ruah Swennerfelt,author of

Rising to the Challenge: People of Faith and the Transition Movement Sunday, April 14 Moon Palace Books / 3032 Minnehaha Ave., Mpls / 4:00-5:00 p.m. Co-Creatz Meeting Space / 2388 University Ave., St. Paul / 7:00-8:00 p.m.

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

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.

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