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March 24th @ 10am-noon
2nd Annual Hennepin Kids Easter Egg-stravagaza!
A joyful, family-friendly experience egg-specially designed for young kids, older kids, and kids at heart!
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June 16th - June 24th   
*New* Family Mission Trip Opportunity! Henderson Settlement at Red Bird Mission Conference
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June 24th - June 30th        
grades 7-10
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July 8th - July 11th             
Earth Camp@Koinonia Retreat Center
for kids that have completed 1st-6th grade
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July 23rd - July 27th           
Joyful Uproar
for kids that have completed 1st-6th grade
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July 28th - August 5th           
Sr. High Mission Trip
*registration opens soon!

August 6th - August 10th   
Vacation Bible Camp "ROME: Paul and the Underground Church"
ages 3 years-4th grade
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Last Week (3/4)
Jesus Meets Zacchaeus

This Wee k (3/11) 
Nicodemus at Night

Next Week (3/18)
Matthew's Holy Week

  Connect - Big Kids
Last Week (3/4)  
The Last Supper
This Week (3/11)  Betrayal 
  Next week (3/18)  Death 

Re:form - Club 67
Last Week (3/4)  
Sadducees & Pharisees

This Week (3/11)  
Judas Iscariot
Next Week (3/18)  Pontius Pilate
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Palm Sunday and Easter are around the Corner!

Palm  Sunday is  March 25th! Please join us for our annual Palm Parade! Just as in Jerusalem on the original Palm  Sunday, all are welcome to begin Holy Week with the waving of Palms. Meet in Carlson Hall at  9:45 to get your Palms and line up for our annual parade through the Sanctuary!

Easter Sunday is April 1st and includes a 7am service in the Art Gallery, 8:00am-9:00am Pancake Breakfast in the Social Hall and 9:00am & 11:00am Traditional Service in the Sanctuary. We will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and new life with Hennepin Chime, Sanctuary Choir, Copper Street Brass and organist, Andrew Hackett, who will pull out all the stops as we worship together. Rev. Judy Zabel will bring Good News for our lives today as we proclaim the message of Easter in the midst of all the challenges and hopes is our world.

There will be NO Hennepin Kids  Sunday  School on Easter  Sunday . Our Easter worship services are rich with special music and message for the entire family. We will also have special take home bags for kids! Check for them at all of the sanctuary entrances.

We need your plastic Easter eggs!  One of our activities for the Easter Egg-stravaganza requires a dozen plastic eggs per child. If you have plastic eggs at home that you are not using, we would love to have them! You may leave them at the reception desk.  Please label them, "for Lynne Carroll." Thanks!

2nd Annual Hennepin Kids Easter Egg-stravaganza!

March 24th 

A joyful, family-friendly experience egg-specially designed for young kids, older kids and kids at heart!
Join us for Easter egg dying, a special egg hunt, crafts, a light lunch, and dessert that we will create ourselves!

*this is a free event, but please register at to help with our planning.

Sunday Evenings
Church of Youth Room

March 11, 18, 25 - Hellbound?
This 2012 documentary features preachers and teachers from all across the theological spectrum speculating on the nature of God, the existence of hell, and what does ultimate reconciliation look like. We'll watch and discuss this documentary in three parts over three nights. From Nate: "This is one of the most powerful films I've ever experienced, in terms of exploring my own faith. I'm proud to share it with you and truly hope we can have some amazing discussion!"

Contact Nate Melcher at with any questions.

June 24th-June 30th 

Earth Camp
July 8th-July 11th

Joyful Uproar
July 23rd-July 27th

Vacation Bible Camp
August 6th-August 10th
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

REMINDER! Sunday we move the clocks ahead one hour and spring forward! After the winter we've had I'm all for anything with the word "spring" in it!
March is Food Awareness Month!

Food Month Challenges:  Week Two
"The Hunger Banquet" is basically an experience to divide your dinner party up in the way that the world eats. Some have a fancy meal, some eat a rice meal at the table, and some eat a rice meal on the floor. 

The number of people in each group are represented by the percentages of people in those same situations around the world. Use the following chart to do this activity with your family. In what ways can we contin ue to reach out to our neighbors in Minnesota and around the world?

Remember:  Bring your food donations to HAUMC now through Easter Sunday!

WEEK 4: 

"They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up 
twelve basketfuls 
of broken pieces that were left over."

One of the favorite features on some cruise ships is the all-you-can-eat Chocolate Buffet-table after table of every kind of chocolate you can imagine: puffy chocolate souffl├ęs, melt-in-your-mouth puddings, brownies, truffles and three-tier chocolate fountains with fruit and marshmallows on sticks for dipping. It's the closest real life gets to Roald Dahl's classic book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As soon as a diner removes a plate, the platters are refilled. There's a never-ending supply of deliciousness!

While it wasn't chocolate, the Bible tells us a story of a buffet like this. Jesus is being followed by a curious crowd of thousands of people. Jesus' friends, the disciples, are worried, because it is dinnertime and all of those people are hungry. After a quick look around, they find a boy who is willing to share his food-five loaves of bread and two fish. Jesus blesses this small basket of food and starts passing it around to the crowd. What is meant to feed one family, suddenly feeds 5,000 families. In the end, all of the people eat until they are full, and even then, there are twelve baskets of leftovers. Jesus makes a miracle!

Like the people on the hillside that evening, we are hungry. We are starving for God's forgiveness and love. God gives enough to fill us up, plus leftovers. God's grace never runs out. We don't need a ticket or receipt or badge to get it. We can't buy it or work for it. God's free buffet table of love, peace and forgiveness is a gift of grace, open for all people, all the time. God's grace is for you!

Share a snack of fish-shaped crackers on an indoor picnic blanket as you talk:

  • Tell about a time when you were hungry. What did it feel like? What happened?
  • When has God provided for you and your family?
  • What are you hungry for from God right now?
Work together to stamp or draw 1,000 smiley faces on a piece of poster board. Now, imagine feeding all of those faces times five from only five loaves of bread and two fish. 5,000 was only counting the men that were present. Now, think of multiplying those faces times 10 or even 20 to consider the women and children that were also fed on the hillside. God provides!

Take a field trip to your church's altar. Shadow the volunteers that set up communion. Explore the details of getting ready for worship. How is the communion table like an all-you-can-eat buffet? What happens to the leftovers? 

Join us this Sunday  during  brunch in the Social Hall!  We will get brunch with our children, and then as we finish eating, kids will be invited to the stage area for activities and free play with some teens and adult leaders while grown-ups remain in the alcove for discussion time.

Our topic is:  Raising Cooperative Kids. 
Our guest facilitator is Heather Alden.  Heather is a nationally recognized social worker in the St. Paul School system, and it will be a joy to have all of you meet her!  Look for signs in the Social Hall for our meeting spot.  As always, it is helpful if you RSVP to so that I can save enough table space.

The Values Project is a year-long initiative designed to equip families to raise children who thrive emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Get inspiration, practical ideas, family activities, and parenting tips from our network of seasoned parents and faith leaders, because it takes a village to raise a good human. Each month we'll explore a different value-like honesty, loyalty, creativity, kindness, and more.

In the summer after my freshman year of high school, I took a six-hour bus ride-with about 40 other teenagers-from suburban Chicagoland to the north woods of Wisconsin.

Written by: Jennifer Grant

In the summer after my freshman year of high school, I took a six-hour bus ride-with about 40 other teenagers-from suburban Chicagoland to the north woods of Wisconsin. We had been hired as "interns" at a summer camp and would spend the next ten weeks being paid almost nothing to clean toilets, make scrambled eggs and "bug juice" in the kitchen, and maintain the grounds. Most of us were eager for a sabbatical from parental authority and, of course, many romances and other delicious dramas played out among us that summer.

Not long after I arrived, I met the woman who ran the camp craft shop. I don't remember how I got to be so lucky, but she chose me as her assistant: I would be "Jenni Craftshop." The only job more desirable among my fellow interns was working in the snack shop-where staff frequently helped themselves to root beer floats and ice cream cones ...  Continue Reading

Click  here  to download free activities that reinforce the value of kindness in fun, interactive ways. Your whole family can participate!

Summer Camp Registration is open! 
Photos from our LYFE Camp group last year with Rev. Nate Melcher.
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And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8