May 4, 2018
Highway and Road Closures This Weekend--Plan Ahead!

Beginning 10pm Friday, May 4, 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 7.

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.

Last Chance! Take the Congregation Assessment Tool (CAT) Survey by Monday, May 7 at 12 noon

Be sure to lend your voice to the CAT to help us know who we are as a church now so we can be intentional about becoming the church we want to be next!  The deadline is Monday at noon, so please tap/click here today! 

Your 15 minutes can get us one step closer to a grant of up to $30,000 for new young adult ministry initiatives! You can also participate in the  Young Adult Ministries Feedback Forum this Sunday, May 6 , in the Sanctuary immediately following 10:00am worship. We'll go over what we're doing as a team for this grant initiative and take your questions and feedback as we prayerfully discern what's next for young adult ministries in our church.

Thank you for your participation!
Hennepin Outreach Ministries Marketplace
this Sunday, May 6

Come to Carlson Hall for a little inspiration this Sunday. Our Outreach Ministries will host a marketplace to share goods for sale--some exotic, and some familiar--all beautiful ways to support our Outreach programs.

New this year! May is Environmental Justice month, and we've created a terrific reusable shopping bag featuring this great image. It's sturdy, big enough for a real grocery run, and fits in a bike basket. What a great way to show the world that at Hennepin, we're excited to care for Creation. Buy multiples and ditch those plastic bags!
Life Adventures: Food Chat with Lynne Rossetto Kasper

May 11, 12 noon in the Social Hall
Calling all foodies! If you like to work with food or even just enjoy eating it, the next Life Adventures program is for you. Join us as we hear from Lynne Rossetto Kasper, recently retired host of National Public Radio’s show The Splendid Table . An award-winning food program host and food writer, she is the author of several cookbooks, including one that recently won the James Beard Classic Cookbook Award! Prepaid reservations are due Monday, May 7. Cost is $15 to attend lunch. The program begins at 1:00pm and is free.
It's Spring at Koinonia!
Thanks to the birders and Spring Work Day volunteers who spent Friday and Saturday at Koinonia. There were birds to galore to watch, and the work day crew was a tremendous help getting Koinonia ready for our summer guests. The best way you can support our Retreat Center is to visit our Retreat Center. Call Kevin or Teresa at 888-801-7746 to book a family retreat!

Please pray for this week’s guests who will attend the Minnesota Annual Conference Soul Leaders’ Retreat.
Young Adult Initiative Feedback Forum
May 6, 11am in the Sanctuary
Calling all generations for feedback! The Young Adult Ministries Team will give the church an update on the Young Adult Initiative process through Garrett-Evangelical Seminary and hear your feedback about what the future of young adult ministry can look like. This session will help the team write a grant proposal for up to $30,000. and we want to hear from all generations, thanks!
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.
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
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.
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
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: .
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.

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.

Old School by Steeple People store will NOT accept any and all furniture. They will only accept furniture items that can be carried into and out of the store by one person.

If you would like to volunteer at Old School by Steeple People, or want to stay up-to-date o n 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


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.
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 .
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
The Commission on a Way Forward:
A Conversation with Pastor Judy Zabel
Sunday, May 6 at 5:30pm
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 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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