February 2, 2018
Lenten Devotional Submissions Still Needed!
Our church's theme for Lent is "justus." 

Poet June Jordan wrote, "We are the ones we have been waiting for." God calls us, "just us," to lives of justice and compassion in a world sorely needing both. 

Throughout Lent, we will be reflecting together as a community on the many ways that Jesus turned the world upside-down with counter-cultural messages and subversive actions. And we will explore God's call to us to follow in this path: to be builders of just systems, to engage in resistance where needed, and to bring love and healing to a broken world. Our guide will be chapters 12-17 from Marcus Borg's book,  Speaking Christian .

We invite you to share an occasion when you've been called to go beyond your comfort zone to be a justice-maker. Or to describe when you've witnessed others doing this holy work. Or to reflect on places in the world where you see a deep need for justice to be restored. Your reflection, poem, or prayer of 250 words or less is welcome.

Submissions are due THIS SUNDAY AT MIDNIGHT ,
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What to Expect on Super Bowl Sunday
The Best Pre-Game in Town
Worship and Parking

Our Sunday morning worship services will take place as usual: 8:00 a.m. Sabbath Beginnings in the Chapel, 8:30 a.m. Sacred Journey in the Art Gallery, and 10:00 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary.

Both the Hennepin parking lot and the Walker Art Center parking ramp will be available as usual. We’re expecting the neighborhood will experience some extra traffic congestion, but our end of downtown will be open and easily-accessible from the freeways.

Brunch and Community Meal

In honor of the big game, we’ll be serving tailgating-style foods at Sunday Brunch. Enjoy the buzz of the big game with your Hennepin friends!

Best of all, we’ll host an extra-special Community Meal in the social hall starting at 4:45pm that afternoon. We are firing up the newly-renovated kitchen for the first time, and plan to serve a hot, delicious meal to our hungry and homeless neighbors. After supper, guests can stay to watch the football game on a big screen. We need volunteers to help staff this special event. To sign up, please visit or just show up ready to help!
30 Years/ 30 Lives: Documenting a Global Pandemic
Join us for a photographic exhibit that reflects on HIV/AIDS more than 30 years on. Photographer Kimberly Vrudny’s work offers intimate portraits of people affected by the epidemic.
HIV Today:
Exciting Advances, Uneven Access
Sunday, February 11 at 11:15am in the Art Gallery
Did you know that we have the scientific advances needed to end AIDS and stop HIV already? Join us for a panel discussion with some of the top minds on HIV in the state. Together we’ll explore just why it is that people are not connecting with the treatments needed to stop the virus.
This event is co-hosted by Clare Housing, the largest affordable, supportive housing provider for very low-income people living with and affected by HIV in the state. 
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 .
Hope for Creation: Workshop and Worship withRev. Dr. Timothy Eberhart
Saturday, February 17 at 9am-4pm
Sunday, February 18 at 8:30am and 10am worship

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.
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.
Volunteers needed, contact Pastor Nate at
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!
We’re changing Sunday Donuts to a sponsorship opportunity called "Sweet Celebrations." Celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other big news? Sign up to sponsor donuts and raise Church of Youth scholarships. This turns donuts into a freewill donation for everyone! Sign up in Carlson Hall.
Thank You Hennepin People for all the donations for the Refugee Family! 
Your generous outpouring of selected furniture and household goods is wonderful. The family is so grateful. The few things the family needs now are a laptop computer and printer. The laptop must have Windows 7 or above. The family also needs some items which need to be purchased. At this point, cash donations would be most helpful. For questions please email Ann Carlson at or call 763-464-6850. 
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. Want to know more? Come to the informational meeting at Hennepin on  Tuesday, February 6, at 6:00pm.
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 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 Facebook page lately? It’s a great way to stay up to date with current events at our Retreat Center, and to revisit retreats from years gone by. Go to: 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
February 7 - We’ll discuss Lorna Landvik’s two most recent books, Patty Jane’s House of Curl and its sequel, Once in a Blue Moon Lodge, and we’ll make plans for 2018. Contact
Life Adventures: Mary Louise Knutson “Love is in the Air”
Friday, February 9 at 12 Noon

Mary Louise’s warm, inviting tone, board range of emotional expression and distinctive compositions have brought her much recognition on the national music scene. She has performed with Doc Severinsen, Bobby McFerrin, and Dizzy Gillespie. Mary Louise will share some songs of the Valentine season. Sally Johnson will provide appropriate readings. We will have lunch in the social hall at noon with program in the art gallery to follow. Prepaid reservations are due Monday, February 5th. Cost is $15. 
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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