April 13, 2018
Help us Make a Miracle this Sunday -- Miracle Sunday, April 15
The Steps of Faith - Second Mile Miracle campaign kicks off on Sunday! Thank you for your prayers during these past few weeks, and thank you in advance for your generous giving to the Steps of Faith – Second Mile Miracle! 

God is using every gift and each one of us to ensure that Hennepin can continue to do the amazing, life-transforming work that makes God's love real in the world. Our building is a wonderful tool for ministry, but it is the people of this church who make all the difference as together we all put our mission into action. You make it possible for us to grow in our love of God and our neighbors, reach out to welcome new people, and heal a broken world. Thank you for being a faithful partner in this God-inspired work.

Please bring your pledge card to worship services this Sunday, or pick one up in Carlson Hall on your way.
Then join us
at the Church Conference...
April 29, 11:15am in the Sanctuary
This Church Conference is to share the results of the Second Mile Miracle Campaign and to approve Phase II work and the financing plan to fund it. All members of HAUMC are urged to attend.
A Night of Love & Laughter: Comedy Fundraiser with Heather Land
April 21, doors open at 5:30pm, show starts at 7pm in the Sanctuary
This fundraising event will help support Dignity Center & will have you laughing all night at the same time!
Heather Land has a knack for finding the funny in the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that cause us to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, at ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets, she delivers consistent comedy in a self-deprecating style has made her adored by millions of people of all ages. 

General Admission $29
VIP Meet & Greet Experience $59
Only 100 VIP tickets available
Includes Meet & Greet with Heather Land 5:30pm-6:30pm and photo opportunity.
To purchase your tickets here.

Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey is Open!

Now open! The Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey is live! 

Please share your opinions about our church. Your responses will help us see who we are now so we can become the church we want to be next. 

Through April 29, find the survey online here . The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. 

This Sunday, and each Sunday in April, members of the Young Adult Ministries team will be on-hand in Carlson Hall to take questions and give out "thank you" Kit Kat bars!

If you have questions or would assistance taking the survey, please contact Pastor Nate at .
Parenting for LYFE Group

Parents supporting parents as we grow together as faithful families! We gather with children in the Social Hall to enjoy brunch together. Then children will have play and activity time, while parents connect with each other through discussion on a monthly topic.

Sunday, May 20: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Family
Pub Theology: Spring Schedule
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. 
 MAY 9
Lakes & Legends Brewing
Lakes & Legends Brewing
Loving-Kindness Practice
April 15 and 22, 11:15am
We live in times that seek to divide us and to sometimes harden our hearts 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.
Register here .
Spring Weekends for Walk to Emmaus
MEN: April 19 - 22 | WOMEN: April 26 - 29

This is not a walking tour, but rather a remarkable experience with Jesus Christ on the road to Emmaus, Luke 24:13. This is a gift each person can give themselves to be a PILGRIM on your journey with Christ. We need SPONSORS for each Pilgrim. Contact Nancy Sjoquist at 612-741-1872 or pastor Judy Zabel at
Create Harmony:
Earth Day Community, Celebration, Action!

April 21 at 10:15am at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove Street, Minneapolis

Hennepin recently agreed to co-sponsor this event. Previous posting from MN IPL or St. Mark's may not have mentioned Hennepin's sponsorship. Parking will be during the day; all Earth Day participants are anticipated to have vacated the parking lot before the big Dignity Center event the evening of the 21st.
Youth Service+Cinema Lock-In: Avengers Infinity War
April 27, 7pm in the Church of Youth Room
The Church of Youth (8th-12th Graders and Parent Chaperones) continues our Service+Cinema Lock-In tradition! We'll go to Feed My Starving Children, return to campus to watch Captain America: Civil War, get some sleep, then wake up early to catch a matinee of Avengers: Infinity War on opening weekend at AMC Southdale. Parents/guardians should pick up their teens at AMC Southdale (400 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435) and the movie ends at approximately 12:15pm. Space is limited to 20 tickets.
Register here.

7:00pm Meet on Campus
7:15pm Depart for FMSC Coon Rapids
8:00pm Feed My Starving Children
9:30pm Depart for HAUMC Campus
10:00pm Captain America: Civil War
12:30am Sleep!
7:30am Breakfast and Pack Up
8:15am Depart for AMC Southdale (400 Southdale Center, Edina, MN 55435)
9:15am Avengers: Infinity War
12:15pm Movie Ends, Pick Up from Southdale
Twin Cities District UMW Spring Gathering
April 28 at 8:30am Normandale UMC, 9920 Normandale Blvd, Bloomington
Rev. Lyndy Zabel, director of missional engagement for the MN annual conference, reflects on bringing “Light in Dark Places” - living meaningful lives through service. Registration information can be found on the kiosk in Carlson Hall. Deadline to register is April 20.
Come to Koinonia!
Two events are just around the corner: “Spring is for the Birds” (May 4-5) and “Koinonia Spring Work Day 2018” (May 5). NOTE: If you volunteer for the Spring Work Day, the Birding Retreat is FREE! Work day opportunities: help put in the docks, pontoon boats, split wood, was windows and grounds clean-up. Please join us! Sign-up for the Birding Retreat and / or Work Day at 

Please pray for this week’s guests: Association of First Universalist Women’s Retreat and the Institute of Himalayan Tradition Retreat.
Entry Point: New Members Class
May 6, 11:30am in the Church of Youth Room
Join Pastor Judy for brunch as you explore membership of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
Interfaith Action's Annual Assembly features inspirational talk by Clifton Taulbert

May 10 at 5:30pm at Hamline University
Join Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul for its 2018 Annual Assembly. We invite you to the Klas Center, Hamline University on Thursday, May 10. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at 6:00 p.m. The event will feature a keynote address by Clifton Taulbert, Pulitzer nominee and entrepreneur businessman speaking on the Eight Habits of the Heart, Connecting and Inspiring Community. The event includes a report to the community about the organization’s accomplishments and impact of its current programs. Individual tickets are $40. You can register online here . RSVP by May 3.
United Methodist Creation Care Summit

July 26-29 at Hamline University
Registration is now available at for the 2018 Creation Care Summit to be held July 26-29 at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. This event is for United Methodists concerned about environmental justice, sustainable food, transportation options, energy systems, climate change, and environmental degradation. 
The 2018 Creation Care Summit will reflect on the unique gifts and calling of The United Methodist Church at this critical time in the history of our planet, and explore ways to facilitate greater ministry effectiveness through collaboration between local congregations, annual conferences, general boards, agencies, and interest groups.
The Summit begins Thursday, July 26 at noon. Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and afternoon sessions are open to anyone, and are especially designed for those leading creation care ministries at any level of The United Methodist Church—individual congregation or community, annual conference, or boards and agencies.
Friday evening will feature a buffet dinner followed by worship and celebration, with a special address by Bishop Bruce Ough of the Dakota and Minnesota Annual Conferences. Saturday, July 28 will feature workshops and field trips that provide information, programs, and tools for United Methodists to take action.
The Summit will conclude Sunday morning with worship and a tour of sustainability initiatives at Hamline United Methodist Church.
This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Annual Conference. Members of the planning team represent Church & Society, Global Ministries, United Methodist Women, Wespath, The Green Seminary Initiative, Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, The Wesley Center at Hamline University, Hamline United Methodist Church, and Minnesota Hopeful EarthKeepers (a ministry team of the Minnesota Annual Conference).
Registration and more information is available at, or contact Rev. Susan Mullin,, 763-229-4156. 
Spring Art Show
April 8 - May 20 in the Art Gallery

Our featured artist is Mike Jagielo, who carves domestic and exotic woods into beautiful and functional pieces.
Salon se Lève: Katia Tesarczyk, violin and Shuen Wu, piano
April 15, 2:30 pm in the Art Gallery
Proudly featuring again the amazing violinist Katia Tesarczyk, First Prize winner of the Schubert Club Competition and top prize winner of the National Sphinx Competition and pianist Shuen Wu, another First Prize winner of the Schubert Club Scholarship Competition who continues to rank among the finest pianists of his generation.

Downtown Church Choirs’ Festival:
Evening and Morning, Darkness and Light
April 15, 7pm Westminster Presbyerian Church
1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403 
HAUMC Sanctuary Choir joins six additional downtown church choirs for this annual event.Reception to follow.

Earth Sing Day
April 21, 7pm at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities,
3000 5th St. NW, New Brighton, MN 55112
Songwriters Bret Hesla and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan teach and sing from their collection of songs affirming science, green values and justice. Come for a fun evening of community singing. $15/adult or $25/family suggested.

Helen Chang, violin and Denis Evstuhin, piano
April 22, 2pm in the Art Gallery
Helen Chang, Denis Evstuhin, pianist Oleg Levin and friends offer a recital featuring works of Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Ned Rorem.

Scott Lykins, cello and Matthew McCreight, piano
April 28, 7:30pm in the Art Gallery
Enjoy an eveining with Scott Lykins, cello, and Matthew McCright, piano, as they play 20th Century masterworks for cello and piano by Piazolla, Barber, and Shostakovich. Tickets may be purchased at here.

Soul Café : "Exuberance"
Sunday, April 29, 7pm in the Art Gallery
Soul Café is a performance of jazz and poetry, built around a theme selected for the evening. It is an exploration of spirituality and art, with the added dimension of improvisation, allowing everyone present to join in the creative process. Soul Café affirms the artistic inspiration that comes from the One Spirit that gives birth to us all. These performances celebrate that Spirit. Requested donation is $10.
Spring Fling! Hennepin Singers Concert
May 5, 6pm in the Art Gallery
Hennepin Chamber Singers present a Spring Concert and Buffet Dinner.  Call by May 1st for ($15) reservations. (612) 871-5303.
Hennepin Chime Spring Concert
May 6, 7pm in the Sanctuary
Hennepin Chime under the direction of Bill Mathis, offers a spring concert of delightful music.
The Private Life of a Masterpiece
May 16, 7pm in the Art Gallery
May 20, 11:15am in the Art Gallery
Art, faith and popular culture mash-up in the award winning documentary “The Private Life of a Masterpiece” series produced by BBC. The series reveals the fascinating stories behind artworks, not just how they were created but also how they came to influence others in the modern world. Mark your calendar to explore the inside story of the masterwork The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci. There will be a free screening of the documentary in the Art Gallery followed by a group discussion.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church ChoirFest in Morning Worship
May 20, 10am in the Sanctuary
Includes Sanctuary Choir, Journey, and Altar Choir.
Refugee Resettlement

Araya Refugee family have new baby!
The new baby boy arrived last Wednesday March 28! He needs clothes and diapers. Please donate usable clothes newborn to one year as well as disposable diapers. Bring to church April 15 and 22 and deposit in labeled box. Thanks!!!
Tutors Needed!

We are seeking tutors at the Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC) on Tuesdays from 3-4 p.m. Background checks will be performed on all volunteers.This is a wonderful opportunity to help young people move forward in their lives! Contact Mary Martin at or 612.435.1337 for more information or to sign up.
Old School by Steeple People is Accepting Donations

Every Sunday at 9am - 11:30am
in the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church parking lot

Did you hear the news? Old School by Steeple People will soon open in its new location: 1901 Nicollet Avenue South. Beginning on Sunday, April 8, and continuing every Sunday, bring your donations of gently used clothes, household items, and furniture to the Steeple People donation van parking in the Hennepin parking lot. Bring items that would make you feel good or that you would give to a friend as a gift.

Please do not leave donations inside the church building or at any of the building entrances.

If you would like to volunteer at Old School by Steeple People, or want to stay up-to-date on the latest news of the new store, follow Old School by Steeple People on Facebook, or OldSchoolThrifty on Instagram.
Common Hope: A Vision of Opportunity in Guatemala
May 6, 10:15am in the Art Gallery
In February, Hennepin member Jane Mylrea traveled to Guatemala as part of a Vision Team with Common Hope, an organization partnering with children, families and communities to improve lives through education, healthcare, housing and family development. She had the opportunity to learn about Guatemala, its people, its culture, enhancing her understanding of Common Hope's work in Guatemala and the challenges facing this culture. Join Jane to hear about her experience and the important work of Common Hope. There will be a presentation at 10:15am and another at 11:15am.
Pub+Project is our brand-new ministry for young adults to build community as a community. Come together for a service project, then go out together to socialize. Our first Project will be at Feed My Starving Children. This service project helps feed impoverished children around the world. We will gather together afterwards at the Tavern 4&5. RSVP to Nate Melcher at


Old School
by Steeple People

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Steeple People is back! This spring we have the chance to see the new space with a tour plus serve this nonprofit staple of the community by sorting donation items. Be one of the "new school" volunteers at Old School!
One of the top entry point ministries of HAUMC, you can be a table host, work in the kitchen, manage the give away tables, and more. This is one of the most powerful ministries we do, sign up!

Leaning Tower of Pizza
Steeple People is an uptown staple and so is Christos Greek restaurant! A variety of vegetarian and meat-eater options plus libations.
A classic gathering spot in our neighborhood, Leaning Tower of Pizza has a wide assortment of pizzas, foods, and tasty beverages.
Compass 180 Open House
May 6, 11am at 301 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Eight years ago a prison outreach program began at Hennepin Church. Over those years it has helped 47 different individuals and their families faced with re-entry from incarceration begin new careers and companies. None of these scholarship recipients have returned to prison. On May 6th Compass 180 will celebrate the life of possibility and renewal. The program itself will enter a new phase. It will become VOCARE 180 (Latin for your calling) a non-profit organization with a core values of vocational justice and the power of work and dreams. The Open House will be from 11:00 to 2:00 at the Pillsbury “A” Mills in downtown Minneapolis. Brunch will be served. All of our recipients would love your attendance. Please RSVP a Without the help of the Laymen’s Fund, The Steeple People and the incredible people on the advisory committee none of this would have
happened. THANK YOU.
Emma Norton “Opening Doors” Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
May 7, 4-7:30pm
Mpls Marriott NW, 7025 Northland Drive N, Brooklyn Park

Please join Emma Norton in celebrating and strengthening our lifelong partnership with the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. You’ll enjoy a lively evening with delicious food and an opportunity to bid on silent auction items to benefit the people Emma Norton serves. Register at by April 9 for the Early Bird ticket price.
Foundation Scholarships for 2018-2019

Applications Available Now and Due April 30
Applications are now available for the Foundation Scholarships. Awards are up to $3,000 for students pursuing seminary, college or university programs. Open to Hennepin members and employees, or others with a connection to Hennepin. Applications available at the reception desk, online, or by contacting Jack Fistler at 612-435-1321 or
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 Bruce R. Ough will lead this conversation about where we’ve been, where we are and what the future might hold.

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 24-27

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.
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