May 11, 2018
Highway and Road Closures This Weekend--Plan Ahead!

Beginning 10pm Friday, May 11, both directions of I-94 will be closed from I-35W to I-394 and both directions of Hennepin Avenue/Lyndale Avenue will be closed from Dunwoody Boulevard to Oak Grove Street until 5am on Monday, May 14.

Motorists can follow posted detours:

  • NB Hennepin Ave/Lyndale Ave. Detour: EB Franklin Ave. to NB 1st Ave. S to Marquette Ave.; left onto 11th St. S to Hennepin Ave., or continue on 11th St. S to Glenwood Ave. to Lyndale Ave.
  • SB Hennepin Ave/Lyndale Ave. Detour: Left on Hennepin Ave.; right on 12th St. S; right on LaSalle Ave. to WB Franklin Ave. to Lyndale Ave., or continue on Franklin Ave. to Hennepin Ave.

Singing in the Light
Sunday, May 13, 4pm in the Art Gallery
All ages and all abilities are welcome. No music to read.No performance. Songs, rounds, and chants from around the world. Singing in the Light is an ongoing fundraiser for the community work of Mar de Jade Wholistic Lifestyle Center, Chacala, Mexico. Suggested donation at the door: $10-$20 .  
Old School by Steeple People is Not Accepting Donations Temporarily

The Old School by Steeple People van will not be in the parking lot of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church for the next couple weeks due to several factors:

1) construction on 94

2) construction in our store space at  1901 Nicollet . We don't want our lovely donations to get covered in sheetrock dust!

3) Mother's Day

4) Memorial Day

Our next donation collection in the parking lot will be Sunday June 3 from 9 am - 11:30 am. Thank you so much for your ongoing generosity and support. We are working hard to make Old School by Steeple People better than ever!
Graduation Sunday
Sunday, May 20, 10am in the Sanctuary
We want to celebrate this year's high school and college graduates in our Hennepin family during worship and with cake! If you have a graduate this year, please contact Dawn at so their name can be put in the bulletin.
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.
Bells of the Pond Concert
May 12, 2pm in the Sanctuary
Bells of the Pond is a quartet subset group of the large ensemble, Bells of the Lakes. Hennepin members: Darin Riedel, Krista Riedel and Laura Wahl are 3 of the 4 members. Please join them in a FREE open to the public concert on Saturday, May 12th in the Art Gallery.
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.
Downtown Church Choirs’ Festival:
Evening and Morning, Darkness and Light
Rescheduled TBD in May, 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.

Loving Kindness Make-up
Sunday, May 20, 11:15am in the Border Chapel 
Loving-Kindness practice teaches us how to have a loving heart, with gentle kindness toward ourselves and others. This class, lead by Mary Jo Meadow, develops self-acceptance, and a caring and compassionate heart. 
Theology of Prince Class

May 22 at 6:30pm at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
3000 5th St. NW New Brighton, MN 55112
In this special one-time class on the Theology of Prince, students will be introduced to Prince's shift from eroticism on his 1980 Dirty Mind album to his religious eroticism on his 1981 Controversy album. We will also discuss Prince's artistic expressions of his spiritual growth from his 1984 movie Purple Rain to his 1990 movie Graffiti Bridge. We will watch Graffiti Bridge in class. Free. Registration required. A list of required reading, viewing, and listening is available on the class website: .
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
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. 
The Commission on a Way Forward Makes Decision
Thank You to everyone who joined Bishop Ough and Rev. Zabel for discussions regarding the Commission on a Way Forward this past April. The majority of the Council recommends the One Church Plan as the best way forward for The United Methodist Church.

No Brunch this Sunday!
There will be no Sunday Brunch on May 13 in honor of Mothers' Day. It will return May 20 .
It's Spring at Koinonia!
If you sit by a bonfire or fireplace in the next year at Koinonia – you have these Work Day volunteers to thank! There are many dates open for a family or solo retreat this summer. Call Kevin or Teresa at 888-801-7746 to schedule your visit!
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
Sally Johnson Potluck , Toast & Roast
Saturday, June 2 at 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
Share a song, poem, story, or skit to celebrate Sally’s long and eventful ministry with us. To get onto the program, send a brief description of what you will offer (with approximate running time) to the emcees, Steve Blons ( and Dennis Behl (, no later than Tuesday, May 29 (so the flow of the evening can be planned). All contributions are welcome, from sentimental to slapstick. We need your help to make this a fun evening to remember.
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 celebrate you and thank you. Following the 10 am worship at 11:15 am there will be a church conference to elect leaders.  
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. 
Lakes & Legends Brewing
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.
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


Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
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, so sign up!

Leaning Tower of Pizza
A classic gathering spot in our neighborhood, Leaning Tower of Pizza has a wide assortment of pizzas, foods, and tasty beverages.
2018 DCEH Sofas and Spokes
May 19, 9am-12pm in the Parking Lot

Make a REAL difference in someone's life by cleaning out your clutter! Donate adult bikes and gently used furniture for our neighbors in need.
Wondering what is a good enough condition to donate? Just ask yourself, "Would I give it to a loved one?" If yes, your donation is definitely welcome, and will be greatly appreciated. All items must be brought to the church, no pick-ups! Contact Julia Buege Freeman at (612) 317-3413 or

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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