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March 9, 2018
MN Reconciling Congregations Annual Potluck
Saturday, March 10 at 11:30am
Centennial UMC - Roseville Campus
1524 County Road C2 W, Roseville, Minnesota 55113
Everyone is welcome to our annual gathering! We’ll share a potluck lunch and following the meal, Dave Nuckols, a member of the Commission on the Way Forward, will present the latest on the commission's efforts to examine three different models for the United Methodist Church’s organizational future. Bring a dish to share.
EASTER AND HOLY WEEK
Holy Week Worship
PALM SUNDAY | March 25
8:30 am in the Art Gallery
& 10 am in the Sanctuary

MAUNDY THURSDAY | March 29
12 noon & 7pm in the Art Gallery

GOOD FRIDAY TENEBRAE | March 30
12 noon in the Art Gallery
7pm in the Sanctuary

EASTER SUNDAY | April 1
7am in the Art Gallery
8-9am Pancake Breakfast in the Social Hall
9am & 11am in the Sanctuary
Easter Volunteer Opportunities
The Hospitality Team is recruiting people to provide radical hospitality during Easter worship in the Sanctuary at 9am and 11am. If you have the gift of helping, this is your sweet spot! 

To acolyte or help with parking, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org or 612.435.1332

To greet, contact Steve Boyd at tandsboyd@gmail.com or 507.206.1698

To usher, contact Jon Nygren at jon.nygren@faegrebd.com or 763.951.2103
Easter Memorials and Contributions
Every Easter, Hennepin offers you the opportunity to honor or memorialize someone special through two sponsorship options. You can provide a beautiful lily plant to a homebound member of Hennepin, or you can sponsor the extraordinary music performed during Easter Sunday worship. Your gifts will be listed in a special insert to our Easter bulletin. Please complete form in Sunday Announcements or contact reception team, attach a check made out to HAUMC, and write either “Easter Lilies” or “Easter Music” in the memo line.
The deadline to be included in the bulletin insert is Monday, March 26.
Missional Parking on Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday, let’s welcome our guests by reserving the Hennepin parking lot for them! If you need to park near the building entrance in one of the handicapped parking spaces, please don’t hesitate to do so! But if you can park elsewhere, we invite you to choose one of these alternatives:

  • Park for free in the Walker Art Center parking ramp. On your way out of worship, pick up a parking voucher from an usher, or at the front desk. Use the voucher as you exit the ramp.
  • Park in the Alliiance parking lot just across Groveland Avenue at 400 Clifton Avenue.
  • Ride the free shuttle from the MN Church Center at 122 West Franklin. Park your car in their lot, and hop the Hennepin van starting at 8am. Enjoy door-to-door service and enjoy a few minutes of fellowship with your family and friends while someone else drives!
2nd Annual Hennepin Kids for LYFE Easter Egg-stravaganza
Saturday, March 24 at 10am in the Social Hall
Come join us for our 2nd annual Easter Egg-stravaganza! This fun event will include story time, crafts, games, a light lunch, and a snack that we will make. Register at haumc.org/events .
UPCOMING EVENTS
February 26-April 8
Our Minnesota FoodShare Challenge with the Blaisdell Y is on! Your full heart can fill plates with healthy, delicious food for families in our community experiencing food insecurity. Our challenge is to collect more food for the Groveland Food Shelf than the Blaisdell Y. Pick up a grocery bag and grocery donation list, and bring your food donations to Hennepin.
Music at Hennepin
Mélange à Trois

Sunday, March 11 at 4pm in the Art Gallery
Formed out of friendships and a deep love of chamber music, MAT performs well-known works of the horn trio genre, contemporary horn trios as well as commissioned new works.
Pavia Wind Quintet

Sunday, March 18 at 2pm in the Art Gallery
Formed in 2005 by alumni from the University and St. Olaf College, this Twin Cities-based group explores a varied repertoire for wind soloists with a focus on contemporary music.
Passion Concert

Sunday, March 25 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary
Sanctuary Choir, Soloists, Orchestra and Organ present this moving and emotional choral work filled with ideas of peace, faith, and hope, as crafted by Maurice Durufle, the deeply religious 20th century musician and Parisian organist.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
Sunday, March 11, 11:30am in the Church of Youth Room
Visitors and guests are invited to come ask questions about us, meet Rev. Judy Zabel, and explore whether God may be calling you to put down some roots here. Child care is available. RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org .
Hennepin Reads:
Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the Word
March 14, 7:00pm in the Art Gallery
David McNally’s book Mark of an Eagle: How Your Life Changes the World, invites us into our Lenten theme of ‘JustUs’ as it tells the stories of ordinary and extraordinary people. David’s presentation of his book will be surrounded by hymns and songs of justice performed by Leslie Ball.

Proceeds from the evening's book sales will be donated to Hennepin Outreach Ministries to support Community Meals.
Celtic Music Sunday
Sunday, March 18 at 8:30am in the Art Gallery
Still in the glow of St. Patrick’s Day, Sacred Journey welcomes musicians schooled in the art of Celtic Music. Dick Hensold, internationally known Northumbrian piper will lead the morning filled with lovely tunes, poetry and story of the wisdom of the Celts. 
Singing in the Light
Sunday, March 18 at 4pm in the Art Gallery
All ages and all abilities are welcome. Singing in the Light is an ongoing community singing experience and fundraiser for the community work of Mar de Jade Wholistic Lifestyle Center, Chacala, Mexico. Suggested donation at the door: $10-$20. No need to RSVP - just grab your friends and come.
We're Persisting-Susan Draper White Lectures in Women’s Studies
March 19 7:30pm
March 20 11am
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
3000 5th St NW, New Brighton
In 1993, Mary Farrell Bednarowski offered the first keynote at the Re-Imagining Conference, a radical gathering that sparked a national debate on feminist theology. On March 19 at 7:30 p.m., Mary will reflect on where we have been since Re-Imagining and where we are going in the era of the Women’s and #metoo March. On March 20 at 11 a.m., Mary will explore “What Persisting Looks Like” with panelists Sherry Jordan, Sara Wilhelm Garbers, and Pamela Ayo Yetunde. Free. Registration is required. Visit unitedseminary.edu/sdw2018.
Walker Methodist Health Care Center Fundraiser
Friday, March 23 at 10am-4pm
3737 Bryant Ave S., Minneapolis
Join the Walker Methodist Health Care Center for a craft and vendor sale to raise money for the maintenance of their bus.
March for Our Lives
Saturday, March 24 at 10am-12 Noon 
St. Paul Cathedral to MN State Capitol
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is bringing a coalition of our members and friends to the Minnesota March for Our Lives. Thoughts and prayers are not enough to honor the victims of gun violence. What we need now is action. As students rally in Washington D.C., local communities across the country will join them in demanding action from our leaders. Meet at 8:30am at Hennepin to catch the free shuttle bus from our parking lot to St. Paul, or meet our group on the steps of the St. Paul Cathedral at 10 am. Wear your Hennepin T-shirt, if you have one!
Salon Se Leve
Sunday, March 25th at 2:30 PM in the Art Gallery
Featuring cellist Nygel Witherspoon, first prize winner of both the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition and the Minnesota Orchestra Concerto Competition, and pianist Austin Cheng, first prize winner of the Thursday Musical Competition and the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Senior Young Artist Competition.
Loving-Kindness Practice
Sunday, April 15 and 22 at 11:15am
We live in times that seek to divide us and to sometimes harden our heart to the ‘other’.Loving-Kindness practice teaches us how to have a loving heart, with gentle kindness toward ourselves and others. It also teaches compassion, joy, and equanimity practices, which are daughters of loving kindness. This class develops self-acceptance and is also great for working with problem relationships and for developing a caring and compassionate heart. This class has two meetings.
 
Mary Jo Meadow has meditated over 60 years in the Christian, yoga, and Buddhist traditions. She has taught mindfulness in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. She is psychology and religious studies professor emerita at Minnesota State University at Mankato, offers spiritual guidance, and writes and lectures on spirituality. She has seven published books and numerous published professional articles.
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Tesfay Araya, Recent Refugee From Eritrea, Needs a Job!
Do you have contacts with businesses offering entry level jobs preferably in St. Paul? Tesfay needs to make at least $14 per hour to cover rent and living expenses for his family of 5. He is VERY motivated to work. He has a high school education, 15 years experience in the military and 10 years experience helping to place war orphans with families in the refugee camp. His English is fair but improving. Contact Ann Carlson at 763-464-6850 or carlsonaj99@gmail.com with ideas!
Sweet Celebrations-sign up today!
Celebrating a birthday, anniversary,
or other big news? Sponsor donuts!
 
Now there’s two wonderful ways to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries, honor loved ones and celebrate special occasions. Sign up to provide a beautiful bouquet of Sanctuary Flowers during Traditional Worship and your special occasion will be listed in the bulletin. Sign up to sponsor donuts with Sweet Celebrations and your special occasion will appear in the bulletin and on a poster at the donut table.

Bonus: your $100 Sweet Celebrations sign-up raises funds for youth scholarships for camps, retreats, and mission trips. Don’t delay, sign-up spots are going fast so secure your preferred dates today! Sign-up posters are on the kiosk in Carlson Hall.
Henderson Mission Trip
June 16-24, Registration by April 1

This summer, make it your family’s mission to live life through service to others: join us on a mission trip to the Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky. Henderson Settlement offers comfortable accommodations and meaningful service work for volunteers of all ages. Total cost is $400 per person.
To learn more contact Becky Boland, beckyboland@comcast.net.
Music Mission Trip with Pastor Judy to Brownstown, Jamaica
Monday, April 2-Sunday, April 8

The cost is $1200 and that includes airfare, lodging and food. A few spaces remain--call or email Pastor Judy for details and to sign up!
FAITH DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
New LYFE Groups Formed for Lent
We have three new LYFE Groups forming for Lent. This is the perfect time to try out this wonderful small group opportunity. Groups are being hosted by Laura Russ in south Minneapolis on Thursdays at 7:00 and Trish O’Brien & Scott Beaumont in southeast Minneapolis on Mondays at 7:00. Sally Johnson will host a 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning group at the church.
All groups will use Speaking Christian by Marcus Borg as their conversation starting point. Interested, call 612-871-5303 or email Sally@haumc.org.
Parenting for LYFE
The focus of this group is parents supporting parents as we help our children take their first steps of faith! 
We will gather with children in the Social Hall to enjoy brunch together. Then children will head off to their own programming in room 103, while parents have time together. Future topics include:
Sunday, March 11 - Interfaith Dialogue with Our Kids 
BIG PICTURE NEWS
The Commission on a Way Forward:
A Conversation with Pastor Judy Zabel and Bishop Bruce Ough 
Sunday, April 15 at 5:30 pm
Sunday, April 29 at 5:30 pm
Conversation led by Pastor Judy
Sunday, April 22 at 11:15am
Bishop Ough will preach at 10 a.m. worship, and will lead the conversational forum starting at 11:15 a.m.

The Commission on the Way Forward was proposed by the Council of Bishops and approved by the 2016 General Conference to do a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph of the Book of Discipline concerning human sexuality and explore options that help to maintain and strengthen the unity of the church. Pastor Judy and Bishop Ough will lead this conversation about where we’ve been, where we are and what the future might hold.
MINISTRIES NEWS
Pub Theology: Sisyphus Brewing
Wednesday, March 14 at 6pm
Sisyphus Brewery 712 Ontario Ave W # 100 Minneapolis

This drop-in group of Hennepin members and friends age 21+ gathers monthly to discuss faith, life, stress, family, and so on with a tasty beverage. 
Parents’ Night Out!
Saturday, March 17 at 5pm
8836 7th Ave N Golden Valley

Our next parents’ night out is at Game Show Battle Rooms! Hennepin parents will face off against each other in friendly, live-action, game show competition. Get a sitter for the kids, join us for the fun, and then meet for dinner afterwards. Register at haumc.org/events .
Kjerringsleppets, a women’s book group
1st Wednesdays at 6pm in the Longfellow Room
April 4 - Beartown  by Fredrik Backman
Open to all women. Contact Sally@haumc.org
Come to Koinonia!
Have you visited Koinonia's webpage lately? It's a great place to see what Koinonia has to offer to church, community and family groups, or for personal retreats. Go to  www.koinoniaretreatcenter.org .

Join us for our upcoming events:
From the Trees Come the Paper...
From the Paper Comes the Art
An Art & Spirit Retreat 
March 9-11 at Koinonia Retreat Center
With Sandy Spieler from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater and Lisa Gidlow Moriarty from Paths of Peace 

Paper is a gift to us from trees. As we give thanks to the trees, we will be led in the gift of art-making from the simplicity of paper by Sandy Spieler, creator of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. Sandy will share how the art she has created is an expression of Spirit in her life. Also sharing in the retreat, Lisa Gidlow Moriarty, labyrinth creator and facilitator, will lead in individual labyrinths with paper. The weekend will include music, worship, poetry, great food and a chance to gather friends old and new. Cost: $135. includes housing, food and materials. Register at www.haumc.org/events
Wholehearted Living:
A Retreat for Women
April 6-8 at Koinonia Retreat Center

Author Brene Brown filled Hennepin’s sanctuary with over 1000 people last year. This retreat will use the gifts of some of her key wisdom to explore ways of cultivating a resilient spirit, gratitude and joy, calm and stillness, laughter, play and rest. We will welcome spring at Koinonia, share in great food, worship, relaxation and fun. Led by Sally Johnson and Stephanie Escher. Cost: $125. includes housing and food. Register at www.haumc.org/events
HENNEPIN KIDS FOR LYFE CAMPS
Earth Camp
 
July 8-11
Campers will discover more about loving God and loving one another while enjoying some of their favorite outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, and our brand-new gaga pit! Participants who have completed 1st grade - 6th grade.
Joyful Uproar 

July 23-27
A week of joy & music for children in 1st-6th grade. Each morning will include handbells, Orff Schulwerk and choir. The students will participate as worship leaders in the Traditional Worship Service on Sunday, July 29 at 10 am.
Vacation Bible Camp 

August 6-10
Step back in time with the Apostle Paul and experience what life was like in first-century Rome! We will enjoy games, music, and snacks! Participants ages 3 years-4th grade.
Submissions and Deadline
The deadline for announcements is 12 Noon  on Monday.  Please go to fill out an announcement form at www.haumc.org/communications or drop off at church. All submissions are subject to editing for space and content.
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