Announcements- August 8, 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.

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

Walker in Powderhorn Park August 25.

Ralph Watkins 90th Birthday Party: Have fun at church Saturday, August 10th. 4-10pm in the dining hall. “Maybe the date is on your calendar already. Come about 5:00, bring a salad or side dish, eat-eat-eat, then help Roast and/or Toast Jesse Watkins for his 90th birthday.  Come with your idea, dig right in. Pile right on! Jesse can take it. (also daughter Laurie whom you know, will protect  her Dad) Any questions, call Jesse at (612) 296-3723.”    

Church Council Meeting: Sunday, August 11th 12:30pm to 2:00pm in the conference room.

Sunday Celebration in Powderhorn Park

Just Around the River Bend

August 11, 2019

Greeters: Janet Court & Margo McCreary

Communal Singing led by Dianne O’ Donnell and Conrad deFiebre

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

Witter Bynner Translation

Lao Tzu 23

Nature does not have to insist, 

Can blow for only half a morning, 

Rain for only half a day, 

And what are these winds and these rains but natural? 

If nature does not have to insist, 

Why should people? 

It is natural too 

That whoever follows the way of life feels alive, 

That whoever uses it properly feels well used, 

Whereas they who lose the way of life feel lost, 

That whoever keeps to the way of life 

Feels at home, 

Whoever uses it properly 

Feels welcome, 

Whereas they who use it improperly 

Feel improperly used: 

Fail to honor people, they fail to honor you.

Welcome, Announcements, Offering


Acts 16:11-15

11From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. 

12 From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district[a] of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.

14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Sermon by Pastor Katy Lee

Special Performance by Howard Kranz

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice by Lou Tofte

Hospitality Time

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, August 13th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Building & Grounds Meeting: Wednesday, August 14th 6pm-8pm in the conference room.

Sarah Dagg Massage: Wednesday, August 14th, Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th. By appointment only. Please contact Sarah 218-831-9570.

Mexican Church Fundraiser: Sunday, August 18th at 3pm upstairs, Ignacio’s family is having a fundraiser for a church in Mexico. Traditional Mexican foods will be served and available for purchase. More info about church TBA.

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, August 20th, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30pm to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome.  Volunteers are needed, please sign up!

Spirit Paths Meeting: Sunday, August 25th 8:15am to 10:15am. Waffles at 8:30am, Meeting from 9:15am to 10:15am

Walker Community Announcements

Action Camp to Stop Line 3 Aug 16th to Aug 19th Northern MN, near Park Rapids. In the fight against Line 3, Anishinaabe leaders have put out a call to action. From August 16th-19th there will be an action camp on Anishinaabe and Dakota land where preconstruction on the pipeline is already underway. This camp is hosted by Native organizers on the frontlines, and you are being invited to show up in solidarity.
Action camps are an opportunity to come together and share skills. Action camps have been foundational in many liberation struggles, and will amplify this movement as we unite to stop Line 3.  Facebook event with more information, official RSVP link, and carpool, childcare   **For folks who cannot make it up north, Jacqueline is hosting a climb day for BIPOC and QT(black and indigenous people of color and queer trans) on Saturday, August 24th. To sign up, please fil out this form: sign up here

Events Elsewhere

RESCHEDULED Grad Party Open House for Peter Zacher on Saturday, August 10th from 2 pm to 6 pm at 1956 Timberwolf Trail South, Eagan, MN 55122. Peter is recovering well from his burn injuries and will be heading to the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire at the end of August. Please join us if you can.  Sarah and Pete Zacher 612-203-2243. 

Women’s Book Club: The next Walker women’s book group is Friday, August 23rd at 1PM at Dianne O’Donnell’s. The address is 4600 E 34th Street. The book is The Book of Joy. You do not have to have read it to come. 

August Women’s Brunch: The August women’s brunch is at Dianne O’Donnell’s house at 10 am on Saturday, August 31st. Dianne’s address is 4600 34th Street. Bring a dish to share. FFI call Nancy Larsen at 612-376-9702.

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 Katy Lee

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesdays, Doors open & food giveaway at 5 pm.  Meal served 5:30 to 6:45pm.  Free, everyone welcome. 

Walker Singers: Some 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

Willow Cordes-Elkund Sliding scale Thai and Swedish massage from her home office at 3112 16th Ave S. $40-$65 for a 60 min. session, 90 minute sessions as available. Email at or text 207-930-0158.

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.