eSpire
June 1, 2018
I-35W Closures this Weekend
Do you come to Hennepin from the south Minneapolis metro? This weekend, enjoy a Sunday drive on surface streets--p arts of I-35W will be closed south of downtown again this weekend.

Beginning Friday at 10 p.m. both northbound and southbound directions of I-35W will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday for demolition of the 26th Street overpass.

Northbound will be closed from I-94 down to Hwy. 62, while southbound is off-limits from I-94 to 46th Street. 
FEATURED EVENTS
Sally Johnson Potluck , Toast & Roast
Saturday, June 2
6pm Pot Luck dinner in the Social Hall
Bring food to share: hot dish, side, salad or dessert. Plates, silverware and beverages will be provided.

7pm Toast & Roast in the Art Gallery
Enjoy songs, stories, poems, and laughs, as presented by Hennepin members and friends as we celebrate Sally's 33 years of ministry to our community. It will be a wonderful celebration and a memorable evening!
Live to Serve! Servant Sunday and Church Conference
Live to Serve! On  June 3rd  we will celebrate all the great volunteers of HAUMC. If you have volunteered to serve in any way at Hennepin Avenue this year, make sure you are here so we bless you and thank you. Following the 10am worship, there will be a Church Conference to elect new Hennepin leaders and approve compensation for our newest clergy, Rev. Frenchye Magee. Please gather in the sanctuary at 11:15am. Childcare will be provided.  
Exploring Dignity at Koinonia
A former Koinonia Board chair once said, “The Dignity Center Retreat may be the best thing Koinonia does.” This year’s three-day retreat started last Tuesday. Dignity Center participants who have made significant progress towards meeting housing, education and work goals experienced many things for the first time: pontoon boat rides, fishing, campfires, a room of their own and the joy of spending time in the Big Woods Forest that surrounds Koinonia. They also learned about job interview skills, living a healthy lifestyle and money management. You, the people of HAUMC, have made this possible. Thank you!

Please pray for this week’s guests who are attending the Lake Sylvia Flute Camp.
HENNEPIN KIDS FOR LYFE CAMPS
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 haumc.org/children.

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
at HAUMC

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
at HAUMC

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!
MINISTRY NEWS
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.
Our MNIC Student Graduation Ceremony
Thursday, June 7 at 7:00pm in the Sanctuary
Students enrolled in the Minnesota Internship Center (MNIC) at campuses all over the metro area will celebrate their graduation in our sanctuary. MNIC is a public charter school program that offers students who need flexible, dynamic education a path to earn their high school diplomas in a supportive environment. Hennepin is proud to host a MNIC campus here in our building, and we can't wait to celebrate their achievements. Don't miss this!
News from Koinonia

A former Koinonia Board chair once said, “The Dignity Center Retreat may be the best thing Koinonia does.” This year’s three-day retreat started last Tuesday. Dignity Center participants who have made significant progress towards meeting housing, education and work goals experienced many things for the first time: pontoon boat rides, fishing, campfires, a room of their own and the joy of spending time in the Big Woods Forest that surrounds Koinonia. They also learned about job interview skills, living a healthy lifestyle and money management. You, the people of HAUMC, have made this possible. Thank you!

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 haumc.org/pubtheology.
ART & MUSIC AT HENNEPIN
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.
OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Pub+Project
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.
SERVE:
4-6:30pm

Hennepin Avenue UMC
SOCIALIZE:
6:30-8pm

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  www.haumc.org/breakfast .
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  carlsonaj99@gmail.com.
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 ttsu.me/tm5y2p . (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 ( bafflemuse@yahoo.com )
Judy Jerde ( jaj@hopefultravelers.net )
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  carlsonaj99@gmail.com . 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.
Host Families Sought for International Students in Minneapolis - Stipend Paid

Greenheart International, a nonprofit agency, is searching for host families for our F-1 international students arriving in late August. Greenheart is fully accredited by CSIET, and we abide by US State Department regulations. Our website is www.greenheart.org. All of our host families are fully screened. Greenheart offers monitoring of students, medical insurance, and a 24 hour emergency hotline for any emergency situations that might arise. Enhancement activities for students/host families provided from time to time.

Our students are attending Minneapolis public schools as their school of choice, and will be residing with host families for the duration of their stay (through early June). A stipend of $700/month is provided to the host family to offset costs associated with hosting. Students typically walk, or take public transit to their schools. 

Host families provide a private room, must be over the age of 26, pass a criminal background check and a a home visit by a local coordinator. They should plan to provide a room with a desk and suitable bed, meals, and a caring environment for their student. 

We have 2 students from Cambodia:

Roth (boy, Cambodia) - 16 years old - enjoys soccer, ping pong, basketball, reading, biking, camping, going to the gym, movies, theater, computers/internet, outdoor activities, robotics, watching sports. He has a mild allergy to dogs and cats. He has no dietary restrictions. He would be in 12th grade.

Chungheng (boy, Cambodia) - 17 years old - enjoys running, going to the gym, listening to music, watching movies, soccer, gardening, outdoor activities, robotics, watching sports. He has no pet allergies, but does have an allergy to dust. No dietary restrictions. He would be in 12th grade.

For more information about the program, please contact Mary Armstrong at 952-657-3406 or email armstrong.mary@mac.com .
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 mary@haumc.org or 612.435.1337 for more information or to sign up.
COMING EVENTS
Kjeringsleppets, a women's book group
June 6, 6pm in the Ministry House
All members, past and present, are invited to a farewell gathering with Sally Johnson. Bring a food item to share. We'll talk about insights and wisdom from The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd, the book that gave birth to our group, but don't stay away if you haven't read it. It's more important that we all gather together one last time.​ Contact Sally@haumc.org.
United Methodist Creation Care Summit

July 26-29 at Hamline University
Registration is now available at www.umcreationcaresummit.org 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 www.umcreationcaresummit.org , or contact Rev. Susan Mullin, susan.mullin@comcast.net, 763-229-4156. 
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