February 9, 2018
Hope for Creation:
Workshop and Worship with
Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart
Saturday, February 17 at 9am-4pm
Sunday, February 18 at 8:30am and 10am worship
Register Today!

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary are pleased to bring Rev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart to Hennepin Avenue UMC for the weekend of February 17-18.
On Saturday, February 17, from 9 am until 4 pm, Dr. Eberhart will lead a series of workshop sessions that explore humanity’s impact on the environment. Participants will examine the relevance of Christian beliefs to Creation Care, and explore practical ways people of faith are engaged in mission and justice for the good of the earth. Music performed by singer-songwriter Leslie Ball will ground and uplift our reflections throughout the day. Free childcare is available for children age 10 and younger. 
The registration fee for the workshop is $15 per person and lunch is included for those who RSVP by February 14, 2018. To learn more and to register, go to: 
On Sunday, February 18, Dr. Eberhart will preach on these themes at Hennepin’s 8:30 am and 10 am worship services. Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen will share her soulful and poetic music during both services.
Re-Imagined: Music for Peace
Sunday, February 11 at 2pm at the Aquinas Chapel at St. Thomas University

The sacred jazz work “Music For Peace” by legendary composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams has been set to new arrangements by Laura Caviani and Kari Musil, and will be performed by a chorus of jazz vocalists and the Swing Sisterhood Big Band. Commonly known as “Mary Lou’s Mass,” Williams composed “Music for Peace” as a testimonial to the healing power of music at the close of the Civil Rights Era.
A grant from the Luann Dummer Center for Women supported this collaborative project led by Sarah Schmalenberger. The performance celebrates the ecumenical vision of the Re-Imagining Community to “search for God, justice, and a challenging, empowering and inclusive church.” For more information, please visit or .
Moxie Matters: Live with Courage and Compassion
Second show added—10am Matinee
Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm (SOLD OUT)
Come for an evening of hilarity, honesty, and insight about how we show moxie in the midst of messy lives with best-selling author Jen Hatmaker and songwriter Nichole Nordeman. Tickets at Hennepin members get discount tickets with code MMHOST18.
If you would like to volunteer to be on the Radical Hospitality Team on February 20 for "Moxie Matters" tour stop at Hennepin, (10 a.m. matinee or the sold-out 7 p.m. evening show), please contact Pastor Nate Melcher,
Copper Street Brass:
Big Ears and the Blue Ox 
Sunday, February 25 at 1pm in the Sanctuary 
Let’s plan the PERFECT party for Paul Bunyan! “Big Ears and the Blue Ox” is our original interactive concert presentation with brass instruments, drums, and narrator designed for children ages 2 - 10.
The concert takes kids on a trip through the Minnesota woods while they help Big Ears the Rabbit build the perfect song for Paul Bunyan’s birthday party. Along the way, children learn how to carefully listen for musical concepts like melody, rhythm and harmony while singing and moving their bodies to the music. Come join the party!
Sweet Celebrations-sign up today!
Celebrating a birthday, anniversary,
or other big news? Sponsor donuts!
For $100, sponsor donuts in Carlson Hall on a Sunday morning and your church will celebrate with you and sweet treats! Your big news will be featured on the Donut Table sign, too.
Proceeds cover costs and raise funds for  Church of Youth scholarships  for camps, retreats, and mission trips. With your Sweet Celebrations sponsorship, people can get a donut for a  freewill donation  toward Church of Youth scholarships!
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,
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!
New LYFE Groups Forming 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
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, February 11 - How to Talk with Our Kids About the Easter Story
Sunday, March 11 - Interfaith Dialogue with Our Kids 
The Commission on a Way Forward:
A Conversation with Pastor Judy Zabel and Bishop Bruce Ough 
Sunday, April 15 at 5:30 pm -- Conversation led by Pastor Judy
Sunday, April 22 -- Bishop Ough will preach at 10 a.m. worship, and will lead the conversational forum starting at 11:15 a.m.
Sunday, April 29 at 5:30 pm -- Conversation led by Pastor Judy

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.
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 .

Please pray for this week's guests: Immanuel Lutheran Church Retreat; St. Gabriel the Archangel Middle School Retreat; Stockholm Lutheran Church Council Retreat; TCVC Retreat in Silence.

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
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
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
Progressive Christianity Date Change!
Sunday, February 11 and Sunday, February 25 at 11:15am

The Spong/Progressive Christianity Class will not meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday this month. Please put these new dates on your calendar.
Miracle of Breath
Sunday, February 11 at 11:15am in the Art Gallery

Breath is the essence of our being and the foundation of all healing and personal growth. It harnesses the life force within and gets right to the heart of the matter. Practice embodying this miracle to dissolve pain, fear and tension, and renew your spirit. Julie Delene will guide you through a special set of meditation, movement and breathing techniques to consciously and methodically release blocks and “move as one”. Dress to breathe! For more information go to
Submissions and Deadline
The deadline for announcements is 12 Noon  on Monday.  Please go to fill out an announcement form at or drop off at church. All submissions are subject to editing for space and content.
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