June 8, 2018

Rev. Sally Johnson's Farewell Sunday

Join us Sunday, June 10, at Sacred Journey (8:30am) and Traditional Worship (10am), as we say farewell to Rev. Sally Johnson.

Sally will give the sermon and we will bless her into her retirement during each service.
New Construction Closures
This weekend, new construction-related highway and ramp closures will go into effect. Plan for extra time and enjoy a drive through the uptown neighborhood.

Beginning Friday at 10 p.m.  I-94 will close from I-394 to I-35W until 5 a.m. Monday, June 11.
•   The ramp from I-94 east to I-35W south will close until fall 2021.
•   The ramp from I-35W north to 31st and Lake Street will close to general traffic at least until fall 2018.
•   The ramp from 31st Street to I-35W south will close to general traffic at least until fall 2021.
•   The ramp from 35th Street to I-35W north will close to general traffic at least until fall 2021.
What are your kids doing this summer?
Send them to summer camp with their HAUMC community!

Spots are still open--Learn more and register your campers at

Earth Camp
July 8-11
at Koinonia

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!
This is a great "sleep away" camp experience for young campers.
Participants 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 learning activities, games, music, and snacks from 9am to 12noon each day. Participants ages 3 years-4th grade, and older campers are welcome as helpers!
New LYFE Books are Here
God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church by Elaine A. Heath is our summer LYFE group book and will guide our worship beginning June 24. Books are available at the reception desk for $10 or you may stop by the table in Calrson Hall on June 3 to buy a book and get all of your LYFE questions answered.
News from Koinonia

The staff of Koinonia Retreat Center express deep thanks for the retreat ministry of Pastor Sally Johnson. Sally is one of Koinonia’s “frequent flyers” – having hosted more retreats than any other HAUMC leader. Countless guests have felt the warm embrace of a cozy cabin, the Big Woods forest, Lake Sylvia’s sparkling waters and Koinonia’s legendary cuisine because of Sally’s work. May God always bless and keep her.
Please pray for this week’s guests who are attending the Lake Sylvia Flute Camp.
Making Sense of the Bible: New Bible Study with Pastor Judy Zabel

June 10, 1pm in the Longfellow Room
This is an organizing meeting for a NEW Bible Discussion Group using the book, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, by Adam Hamilton. We'll decide if we will continue to meet on Sunday afternoons or at another time. This is a great class for skeptics and the curious because this group will focus on ways to reexamine some of the most controversial teachings in the Bible. Where did the Bible come from? Is it relevant for today's world? What is the nature of Scripture? This class is not designed to indoctrinate, but rather to open up discussion. Feel free to invite your friends.
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversation, Spiritual Matters
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. Invite a friend to join you, and learn more at
Sing in the Summertime!

Sanctuary Choir welcomes additional singers in the summer months for the 10am Sanctuary worship services. Come and rehearse with us on Sundays at 9:15am in the choir room.
Salon se Lève: 
Chamber Chamboree Fundraiser
June 10, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery
Come and hear our wonderful emerging young artists and our amazing alumni. This event is ticketed and tickets can be purchased at the door for $15.
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 next project will be June 3.

Hennepin Avenue UMC

Leaning Tower of Pizza
At Community Meals, you can be a table host, work in the kitchen, manage the giveaway tables, and more. Meet terrific people, offer radical hospitality, and have a great time serving our community. This is one of the most popular entry point ministries of HAUMC, and an RSVP is required, so sign up !
Sunday Summer Brunch

Summer Sunday Brunch begins on June 10. Stop in to enjoy a delicious brunch all summer long! Michelle DeVaughn, Lona Dallessandro and Ali Shaaban have graciously offered to lead volunteers teams throughout June, July and August. If you'd like to extend radical hospitality to our members and guests at Sunday Brunch, please sign up at .
Volunteers Needed to develop NEW Ministry in Sierra, Leone

Would you like to be a part of developing a NEW international outreach ministry to help a Small town, Baiwalla, Sierra Leone? You would be joining 5 team members who have committed to building this new ministry. At first, the ministry will focus on education, nutrition, and sanitation. We'll offer individuals a chance to sponsor kids to go to school, gather school supplies to ship to them, and collect beans to supplement the rice mixture to be sent from Feed My Starving Children. We need help organizing and promoting the projects, and also help educating the HAUMC community about the needs in Baiwalla. Intrigued? Contact Ann Carlson at 763-464-6850 or
Share Our Reconciling Mission at PRIDE

Twin Cities PRIDE is June 23 & 24 . MN Reconciling Congregations will have a booth in Loring Park, and we will participate in the parade on Sunday. We invite you to help share our mission with PRIDE.
The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday with take down at 6 p.m. We need volunteers to sign up to staff the booth. To sign up for a shift, tap or click . (Most shifts are two hours long.) You will receive a confirmation email when you sign-up as well as another closer to PRIDE that will have more detailed information. 

You may ask, “Why should I work in the Reconciling booth?” Here is what a volunteer said after working in the booth last year:

One of the comments I heard from the visitors to our booth was, "We didn't know the church cared or supported us." That comment made me sad to think they previously didn't KNOW the church cared about them, yet made me glad to know that we were there for an important reason--to let them know the church DOES care.

Please sign-up to help staff the booth this year. We want visitors to PRIDE to know that there are churches that care about them! 
Nancy Glades and Judy Jerde are coordinating the booth this year. Please let us know if you have questions. We're looking forward to a great PRIDE celebration!
Thanks for your help!
Nancy Glades ( )
Judy Jerde ( )
Old School by Steeple People Accepting Donations this Sunday

Did you spend Memorial Day weekend cleaning out closets, cabinets and cupboards? Donate those gently-used household goods and clothing to Old School by Steeple People. The donation van will be back on Sunday, June 3 from 9am - 11:30am. Thank you so much for your ongoing generosity and support. The Old School team is working hard to make Old School by Steeple People better than ever!
Stroller Needed for our Refugee Family
Abrahet with her son Nftalem, now 6 weeks old would love to go for walks, but they need a STROLLER . Do have one you can donate? Contact Ann Carlson 764-464-6850 or . This family is so thankful for the clothes, diapers, and toys you have donated. Thank you for helping to meet their needs as they make a new home here in Minnesota.
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.

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. 
Mission u Too, Single Day Mission Study
July 28 at Detroit Lakes UMC: Embracing Wholeness
Children's study...Is It Just Money/Money Matters

August 4 at The Well, Rosemount UMC: What About Our Money 
Childrens's study...Is It Just Money/Money Matters

Mission u Too, Single Day Mission Study, is available 2 different days and locations. This shorter version encourages participants and kids who can't spend 3 days at Mission u to attend. Cost is $40 for adults, kids $20 for 1st child, $15 for 2nd or more children. 

Registration is online at (Detroit Lakes); (The Well, Rosemount). Registration is due by June 22.
Write to LYFE Campers!

Through the summer, Hennepin invites you to explore what it means to write and receive letters. One way to share the experience of exchanging personal messages with our community is to write to LYFE Campers.

You are invited to write to our youth and adult leaders while they're away at LYFE Camp, June 24-30. Encourage their faith journey, tell them your camp stories, share why you're part of Hennepin, or just say hi! Campers who receive 3 letters in one day, or who receive a package, get a special surprise! Follow the fun all week at Pastor Nate's blog.

Send mail to:
Northern Pines Camp
20033 County Road 1
Park Rapids, MN 56470

Campers are:
Becca Carroll
Sean Carroll
Ben Crow
Jacy Demcisak
Dana Kenney-Lillejord
Ava Krueger
Jamie Johnson
Joe Meinholz (HAUMC's 2018 ELI Intern)
Rev. Nate Melcher
Somi Nsude
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