Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
August 23, 2019
Hennepin Avenue UMC,
You are Amazing!

Thanks to you, we are increasing the number of students we are sponsoring to attend school in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone, from 110 last year to 157 this year! Many of these kids are orphans who would never have this life-changing opportunity if it weren't for you. All of them are extremely grateful. THANKS for living out your faith in this powerful way!
Spruce the Spire
August 31, 8:30am in the East Entry

You are invited to delight in God's creation! Help us pretty up our highly visible garden at Groveland & Lyndale and add some plants to the parking lot garden before the Hennepin Expo. No need to RSVP--Just show up and bring a shovel if you have one. Any questions contact Michelle at devaughnMM@gmail.com.
Explore Hennepin Expo
September 8, 11:30am-2pm

Experience Hennepin Expo, a new way to do Rally Sunday! 
Choose your Worship service:
  • Sabbath Beginnings Communion Service at 8am in Border Chapel
  • Extended Sacred Journey worship service beginning at 8:30am, followed by sandwich-making for The Dignity Center at 9:30am and a presentation about the Envision Community Tiny House project at 10am
  • Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary at 10am, featuring Copper Street Brass
Explore the Expo, 11:00am - 2:00pm:
  • Ministry Fair, live music, face-painting and bouncy house, prayer walls and food trucks with delicious food and beverages available for purchase (in the parking lot, rain or shine!)
  • Scholastic Book Fair, Member Connection support, School Supply Kit assembly and Coffee & Donuts (inside)
Hennepin Expo is open to all--and it is the perfect time to invite friends and introduce them to our church! 

Please note: much of the parking lot will be reserved for Hennepin Expo. To support our members and guests who have mobility concerns, we ask that everyone who is able to park in the Walker Art Center ramp or Alliiance parking lot do so on this day. Pick up a parking voucher from the receptionist. 

Sunday Brunch will not be served on Sunday, September 8.
Summer Worship Series: The Gift of Wonder

It's the final few weeks of summer--Experience The Gift of Wonder in our 9-week summer worship series. Can you imagine a God who dances with shouts of joy, laughs when you laugh, loves to play, enjoys life, and invites us to join in the fun?

In this series we will explore what it means to delight in God, to set our imaginations free, to return to the rhythm of life, to cultivate gratitude, and more. Using the book The Gift of Wonder by Christine Aroney-Sine as our guide, every week we will try a new practice for opening ourselves to awe and wonder–to God.
Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Roll Sunday
September 1, in Carlson Hall

Join us in Carlson Hall on Sunday, September 1, for Chef Melissa's Cinnamon Rolls. Full Sunday Brunch will NOT be served.
Call for Sunday School Teachers

You can help Hennepin's littlest members discover God's love as a Hennepin Kids for LYFE Sunday School teacher! Our Hennepin Kids for LYFE Sunday morning program continues to grow. For the third consecutive year, we are adding another Sunday school class to accommodate our Sunday School students, and more students means more teachers! 

You are invited to join the team of Sunday School teachers. Teaching teams consist of 3 teachers per class. Each week one teacher signs up as lead teacher, with a second person acting as assistant teacher. Each teacher commits to teaching twice per month. All classroom materials and curriculum are provided.  

New and experienced teachers are welcome. Contact Lynne Carroll with questions and to sign up! Lynne@haumc.org. 
2019 Balch Memorial Fund Grants

The Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund enables Hennepin's United Methodist Women to make grants of up to $2,000 to organizations or ministries that benefit women, children and youth. Preference is given to small projects where the grant will make an immediate and significant impact. Contact umw@haumc.org for more information and to request an application. The completed form must be received by August 31 .
Calling All Shutterbugs!
Send Us Your Wonder-Full Photos of Hennepin

Amateur and professional photographers, we invite you to share your photos of Hennepin Avenue UMC and its ministries in action. This summer, as we explore The Gift of Wonder, we would love to share your images with the greater Hennepin community. We are especially looking for not only photos of our awe-inspiring building, but also of our amazing community of people, our powerful worship services, and our transformational ministry programs and events.

Please email your photos to photos@haumc.org with the subject line "Wonder-Full Hennepin." In the body of the message, please include a caption that explains your photo's context and names anyone who is shown--and be sure to include your full name so we can give you photo credit!

By sharing your photos with us, you give Hennepin's Communications staff permission to freely use the image for promotional purposes (on our website and social media, etc.) and in Hennepin communications (worship slides and bulletins, digital newsletters, etc).

Questions? Contact Amy Griffiths, Director of Marketing and Communications, at amy@haumc.org . Happy snapping!
Making Sense Class
August 25, 11:15am in the Longfellow Room
Led by John Guy

This diverse group meets weekly, with occasional breaks to re-group or between discussion topics, for lively discussion, study, and friendly debate about what it means to be a Christian in a world that is increasingly complex. John Guy serves as facilitator. The class uses the Bible, along with other topical books to explore how the message of Christ speaks to the challenges of today for the church and for the church in the world. 

We are currently discussing Canoeing the Mountains by Todd Bolsinger through the end of this month and will begin Jimmy Carter’s latest book Faith: A Journey for All in September.
Progressive Christianity
August 25, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Life Adventures: Climate Crisis Action
September 13, 12 noon in the Social Hall

Carbon pollution caused by human activity has continued to increase, and the planet is getting hotter. We are in a climate crisis. John Dunlop, a renewable energy engineer and 40-year Hennepin Avenue UMC member, will discuss the powerful benefits of taking urgent action on climate change. He will present ideas from the national conference of the American Solar Energy Society, which he chaired this summer.

Prepaid reservations are due by noon Monday, September 9 . Cost is $18 and includes lunch.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
September 15, 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

If you are interested in becoming a member of HAUMC, please join us at Entry Point to meet Rev. Judy Zabel and have your questions about membership answered. Child care is available. RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org.
Parenting for LYFE
September 22, 11:15am in the Social Hall

Parenting for LYFE is an open, drop-in group that meets monthly to discuss all things parenting. We welcome the wisdom of parents with children of all ages. Grab brunch as a family, and then our child care helpers will have engaging activities for your little ones.

This month, we will look at sibling relationships. Best of friends or worst of enemies? Maybe it changes moment by moment! How can we foster great long-term relationships for our kids?
Rally for a New Church at Leadership Institute
September 25-26, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood KS

Join your clergy and fellow members from Hennepin Avenue UMC as we gather at Leadership Institute September 25-27, 2019 and rally for a new Methodism that affirms and values all. Hennepin will assist with costs. To show interest, email Becky Boland at bolandbecky@gmail.com.
Summer Art Display
Through the Summer in Carlson Hall

The Fine Arts Team is pleased to present their summer exhibit with a display of works from the HAUMC permanent collection around the theme of wonder. Curated by team member Tom Arneson, who suggests, "When you spend some time with the show, think about which pieces speak to you of wonder and awe." What do you see? What does a particular piece speak to you? The exhibit will continue through the summer months.

Would you like to be involved in the Fine Arts Ministry? Contact Mark Squire (Director of Music & Fine Arts) or Beth Arel (Fine Arts Team Chair).
Fall Art Display
September 8 - October 27 in the Art Gallery

The Fine Arts Team is proud to present their fall sculpture show, Family , featuring the artistry of Zimbabwe Shona artists, from the Curator Rex Mhiripiri of Mhiripiri Galleries. Mhiripiri has one of the largest collections of Zimbabwe sculpture in the world outside Zimbabwe.

Shona sculpture is most often carved from serpentine or verdite stone, and derives its name from the majority tribe in Zimbabwe, the Mashona. The heritage and ancient tradition of working stone in this part of Africa has existed for centuries. Zimbabwe literally translates to "large house of stone.” 

Serpentine comes in many different forms, colors and degrees of hardness: black, green, yellow, brown, gray and mixtures of different colors within the same stone. The intensely hard stone of Springstone, is often chosen among the more prominent artists because of its prestige and difficulty to carve. Verdite is highly prized and rare semiprecious stone which is predominantly green, but is also found in bronze and brown. Granite, rapoko and soapstone are also used by Shona sculptors.

Zimbabwe stone artists have achieved world recognition, and have had their work exhibited in major galleries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Rodin museum in France. 

The Team is hosting a gallery reception on Friday, September 13 from 6 to 8 pm, and Sunday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Art Gallery. Curator Rex Mhiripiri of Mhiripiri Galleries will be present to answer questions.
Share the Journey @
The Dignity Center's
Fall Fundraiser Luncheon
Tuesday, October 8, 12noon at Hennepin

Join The Dignity Center on October 8 from noon-1 p.m. for our fall fundraising luncheon as we welcome Mayor Jacob Frey as he shares his vision for affordable housing in Minneapolis.

Sign up to host a table or register to attend at http://haumc.org/dignity/.
If you prefer to register by phone, call Becky Boland at 612-435-1305.
Discover Something Wonderful at Old School by Steeple People

So there's this great nonprofit thrift store conveniently located just blocks from Hennepin Church! Have you heard about it? Come update your autumn wardrobe at Old School by Steeple People! 1901 Nicollet Avenue South. We're open every day except Tuesday from 11am to 6pm. 

The Old School van will be in the church parking lot on Sundays to accept donations from 9:30 - 10:30. Hope to see you soon!
Serve Up Radical Hospitality for Hennepin's Sunday Brunch Guests

Who doesn't love brunch? At Hennepin, it is a time for radical hospitality, family, friendship and great food! Share these blessings with our community by volunteering to help serve brunch in our Social Hall. All ages of volunteers are welcome, so your whole family can serve together. Sign up at haumc.org/brunch .

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