Announcements- April 25, 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

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

Initiates Meeting:  Sunday, April 28th before the Walker celebration.

Who wants to help plan the 2019 Walker Art Fair?  Barbara Hager and KC Bretzke invite you to meet with us after church on Sunday, April 28.  

Sunday Celebration

April 28, 2019

Greeters: Carole Megarry & Jan Werness

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.

Lao Tzu followed by 5 minutes of silence


The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.
It is hidden but always present.
I don’t know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.

Poetry by

Welcome, Announcements, Offering

Scripture Reading

Ecclesiastes 3 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.

Sermon by Pastor Walter Lockhart

Special Performance led by

Circle with joys and concerns; bread and juice

Hospitality Time

Bluegrass Jam: Monday, April 29th, 7-10pm. 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. Enter through the main door on the east side of the building.  FFI Roy Vanderwerf

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, April 30th, 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 30th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Sisters Camelot Food Share: Tuesday, May 7th at 1:30pm in the entryway. Free produce and food!

Community Meal & Food Giveaway:  Tuesday, May 7th, 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, May 7th at 7pm in the sanctuary.

Building & Ground Meeting: Wednesday, May 8th 6-8pm in the conference room.

Initiates Meeting: Sunday, May 19th 8:15am to 10:15am in the conference room.

Clergy Transitioning and Envisioning Meeting: Sunday, May 19th 2-6:30pm. Meet the new Pastor, Re. Katy Lee and Rev. Walter Lockhart will discuss transition and plans for the future of Walker Community Church.  The conversation is at 2PM on May 19th. Rev Linda Koelman will lead an hour of large group conversation then there will be time for smaller conversations.

Walker Community Announcements

Women’s Brunch: The next women’s brunch is on Saturday, April 27 at 10am at Dianne O’Donnell’s house. The address is 4600 East 34th Street. Bring a dish to share. FFI call Nancy Larsen at 612-376-9702.

Men’s Brunch: Greetings, Walker men, Hope you’ll mark your calendar for our next Walker men’s brunch: Saturday, April 27th at 9:30am. We’ll gather at the home of Mr. Greg Garman, 4253 13th Avenue. Please bring a food or beverage item and your manly good company to share. Happy spring! FFI Paul McHugh

Willow Cordes-Elkund is back in town, again offering Sliding scale massage from her home office at 3112 16th ave s Minneapolis. $40-$65 for a 60 min. session, 90 minute sessions as available. Willow has been growing her practice since 2014, with training in prenatal, Thai and Swedish table massage. Techniques used are supportive to all body types focusing on anything from relaxation to chronic pain relief. Email to schedule an appointment at or text 207-930-0158.

Notice of the passing of former Walker Church member Cathy Oliva, also known by the names Letterman and Glazer. Cathy was involved with Walker Church from the 70s until as late at the early 2000s. We were informed of her passing by her sister. She died peacefully in Pahrump, Nevada on March 21st with her partner Austin Boyer at her side.  There will be a gathering in her memory in the Twin Cities at a date to be announced. For more information, contact her sister Cindy at 612-721-1269. Cards can be mailed to Austin Boyer at:1591 E Lola LnPahrump, NV 89060——-

Music CD for sale Sundays: The new Walker music CD, “The Walker Sound” will be for sale at the church Sundays after celebration through spring, including Easter.  The album  provides a way to take home 19 songs from the Walker songbook that are often sung by the congregation, including “Amazing Grace,” “Let it Be,” “Everybody’s Moon,” and “When the Saints go Marching in.” The first purchase of a CD by an individual is at $15 while subsequent purchases are $12. Copies also may be obtained by calling Jesse Watkins at  (612) 296-3723 or by email:

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.

Walker Church at the May Day Parade: Sunday, May 5th, Powderhorn Park, Walker will have a booth! To volunteer call Linda Berglin 612 708 7709.

Bretzke Barbeque: 1:00pm to dusk, Saturday, May 18th.  Mark your calendars and join Walter and KC in a throwback recreation of Gerry Bretzke’s barbeques (do you believe he’s been gone 10 years!).  Walter will cook the meat, you bring whatever food or beverage you’d like to share. 3926 Zenith Ave, Minneapolis.  RSVP to

Events Elsewhere

Help build the puppets for the MayDay Parade! During the month of April, our building is transformed into a giant studio where staff artists and volunteers create the MayDay Parade. Community workshops to build MayDay are held at In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s home base: The Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Mpls, MN 55407

2019 workshops: April 6—thru May 2, 2019: EACH Tuesday from 7-9pm EACH Thursday from 7-9pm EACH Saturday from 9-11 am, and 1-3pm ** American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available at EVERY workshop. **

Workshops are funded by free will donations and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Dining Out For Life April 25th throughout Minneapolis Dining Out For Life® is an annual fundraising event where restaurants donate a generous percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization

Sustainability for Beginners: Saturday May 18th from 1-3:30pm at Tiny Diner 1024 E 38th St. Learn simple and easy steps for how to start living a more sustainable life. No gimmicks, no judgement. Are you interested in living more sustainably but are totally overwhelmed by where to start?? It seems like every week there’s a new report about what we should or shouldn’t do. At this event, we’ll have organizations give you straightforward, easy but big impact tips on how to live more sustainably and make a difference. Come learn the 101s from 4 organizations about the top things that you can do to help reduce your impact. Partner organizations include Our Streets, All Energy Solar, Tare Market, TC Food Justice, Master Water Stewards, ZestEd and more!  Find more information on our Facebook page:

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