Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
June 7, 2019
Special Update
Responding to the General Conference:
The New Way Forward

In May, more than 600 United Methodists gathered in Leawood, Kansas for UMCNext, a conversation in response to the adoption of The Traditional Plan by the 2019 Special General Conference. Participants from every U.S. annual conference took part in the gathering. The group found ways to work together, despite differences, and found many areas of common ground including four commitments:

  1. We long to be passionate followers of Jesus Christ, committed to a Wesleyan vision of Christianity, anchored in scripture and informed by tradition, experience and reason as we live a life of personal piety and social holiness.
  2. We commit to resist evil, injustice and oppression in all forms and toward all people and build a church which affirms the full participation of all ages, nations, races, classes, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
  3. We reject the Traditional Plan approved at General Conference 2019 as inconsistent with the gospel of Jesus Christ and will resist its implementation.
  4. We will work to eliminate discriminatory language and the restrictions and penalties in the Discipline regarding LGBTQ persons. We affirm the sacred worth of LGBTQ persons, celebrate their gifts, and commit to being in ministry together.

To read more about the gathering and the next steps forward, visit www.umcnext.com .
Celebrate Rev. Nate Melcher's Ministry
June 9, 8:30am & 10am during Worship

June 9 will be Pastor Nate's last Sunday at Hennepin. We give thanks for his ministry among us over the last five years. We will send him to Richfield UMC with our thanks and our blessings. Pastor Nate will preach on this Pentecost Sunday. Wear red in celebration of the birthday of the Church. Please stay for a reception in Carlson Hall following 10am Worship.
Celebrating our Volunteers at Servant Sunday!
June 9, 8:30am & 10am during Worship

On Servant Sunday we celebrate the work, service, and leadership of the many volunteers who give hands, feet, and a heartbeat to ministries here at Hennepin. Thanks to you, the grass is greener here at Hennepin and lives are changed, both here and around the world.
Starts Monday!
Vacation Bible School: To Mars and Beyond
June 10-14, 8:30am - 4:00pm at Hennepin Avenue UMC

Go beyond with FAITH! Hennepin Kids for LYFE presents "To Mars and Beyond," our summer camp experience for kids ages 3 years through 4th Grade graduates.

Kids will discover the wonders of God's universe, exploring where God's power can take them. The adventure includes out-of-this-world science fun, crafts, music and timeless bible stories. We'll inspire kids to chart their own course with God, who is able to do far beyond what we can ask or imagine!

Cost: $35 per child, $50 family max. Contact Lynne Carroll with questions or to sign your older child up as a VBS helper!

Register at haumc.org/events .
DCEH Emergency Rental Assistance Program
Hits 300 Milestone

Just before Memorial Day, the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness issued a check for Emergency Rental Assistance to our 300th unique household! As a member congregation of the DCEH, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is proud of the work that this collaborative has done to help keep families in their housing.

Over 80% of the households that received our emergency rental assistance are still intact. The families are still in stable housing 3-6 months later, and many continue involvement with the congregations with which they engaged.

Hennepin Avenue UMC regularly contributes to the Emergency Rental Assistance program. You can directly support this much needed ministry. To learn more, check out the website www.dceh.org/era. To contribute financially to our shared work of preventing homelessness go to www.dceh.org/give.
Progressive Christianity
June 9, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone one is welcome to this discussion group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Couples Retreat
June 15, 10am-3pm in the Church of Youth Room

Enjoy this time set apart to cultivate your relationship. Through brief presentations, personal reflection, and time with your partner, you will enrich your marriage in several key areas. Your $65 registration fee covers program costs with Lisa Ervin, Licensed Therapist and Spiritual Director, plus lunch and childcare, if needed. Register at haumc.org/register .
Pub Theology
June 19, 6pm at Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W #100, Minneapolis

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.
The Green Team's First Meeting
June 20, 6:30pm in the Art Gallery

Join us at our first meeting on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30pm for this important new ministry. Please add yourself to the guest list below as we are, thankfully, a large and growing group to accommodate. You may also RSVP by emailing Adele at adele@haumc.org . Let us know if you can’t make this meeting, but are interested in being a part of the Green Team so we can keep in touch with you as well. Please give some thought regarding what gifts you bring to this work; your passion, your background, and what draws you to creation care to share with the group. Everyone has something to offer whether it's time, expertise, enthusiasm, etc.

 Click here to add yourself to the guest list.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
June 23, 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.
New Summer Worship Series
Beginning June 30

This summer, get to know God in a new way. Experience The Gift of Wonder in our 9-week summer worship series beginning June 30. 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.
Sunday Brunch
10am-noon in the Social Hall
$10 per person | $25 per family

Our very own (famous!) Chef Warren Seta serves Sunday Brunch... Come eat! It's a time of food, fellowship, and service to one another – made possible through the work of volunteers. Everyone is invited to the lower level Social Hall to join friends and make new ones as we enjoy brunch together.

Note the new price – We rely on your payment to cover our expenses. Please consider covering the cost for a guest who cannot pay.
June 23-29, Northern Pines Camp

7th-10th Graders experience the expansive love of Jesus in this diverse camp community. Explore who God created you to be in small groups and worship and let your identity as a beloved child of God shine. Feel the Spirit in games, crafts, sports, campfire, and Quest. Share the love of Christ with your friends in song, support, and lots of laughter. Carry on loved traditions and make new ones in our 65th summer together. Make the road by walking the next steps with Jesus on your spiritual journey at LYFE Camp, and may you Live Your Faith Everywhere!

Cost: $430. Scholarships available, contact Rev. Nate at nate@haumc.org. See more photos and testimonials at lyfecamp.org .

Register at http://campminnesota.org .
Music and Arts Immersion Camp for Singers in Grades 3-8
July 29-August 2, at the Basilica of St. Mary
88 17th St N, Minneapolis

Children of diverse abilities and cultures will join together to create a musical cantata ("In the Image" by Mark Burrows) using music, drama and choreography, Orff (mallet) instruments, handbells, percussion and art, all through the light of the Christian faith. Campers will present performances highlighting their achievements on the last day of camp, at 1pm and 2:30pm. Daily schedule: 8:30am - 4pm, breakfast, lunch and daily snacks provided. This will be taking the place of “Joyful Uproar” of years past.

Tuition: $100.00 (scholarships are available). A NON-REFUNDABLE $25 registration fee is due by July 15 to secure a spot, with the balance due on first day of camp.

Questions? Ready to register? Contact Director of Music and Fine Arts Mark Squire at mark.squire@haumc.org.
Earth Camp
August 12-15, at Koinonia Retreat Center

Earth campers will make new friends and reconnect with existing pals on the lovely shores of Lake Sylvia! Campers celebrate God's creation and learn about their role in creation care--all while enjoying swimming, hiking, bonfires, and the ever-popular gaga pit!

For kids in Grades 1 through 6. Scholarships are available.

Please email Lynne Carroll at lynne@haumc.org for more info, and register at haumc.org/events.
Urban Theology
by James Boyd-Brent
Through June 10 in Carlson Hall

Final days! Take a closer look at the Fine Arts Team Spring exhibit: the works of printmaker James Boyd-Brent. Brent lives and works in Minneapolis, creating works that reflect his enthusiasm for the physical world. He's drawn to both the physical and the imaginative aspects of places and how the experience of them can be simultaneously extraordinary and everyday.
Hansel and Gretel: Opera in Concert Presentation
June 13, 14, & 15, 7pm in the Art Gallery

Humperdinck's immortal opera "Hansel und Gretel" will be presented by the LAHSOW-Minneapolis Opera Workshop in concert under the direction of Music Director & Pianist Luke Housner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (June 13 - 15) at 7:00pm in the Art Gallery. This lush, romantic setting of the familiar fairy tale will be sung by 18 workshop participants, including HAUMC's Mark Billy, in German (with English subtitles). The performances are free, with a free-will donation gratefully received at these marvelous presentations.
Bells of the Lakes Concert
June 16, 4pm in the Sanctuary

Bells of the Lakes, the premiere community handbell ensemble of the Twin Cities directed by William H. Mathis, will present a spectacular concert closing their 2018-2019 season! The theme of the concert is water. Flowing from "Shall We Gather at the River" through Beethoven's "Scene by the Brook" and short pieces from Handel's "Water Music," the concert will close with "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee." Much of the music was arranged by Bill Mathis, and he will conduct the ensembles in the combined pieces. Hennepin's sanctuary will be the site for this concert, a “thank you” to the Hennepin congregation for their support over the past 23 years.
Salon se Lève Chamber Chamboree Fundraiser
June 16, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

In a spectacular gala fund-raiser, Salon se Lève pulls out “all the stops” with emerging young artists, amazing alumni, and professional artists playing some of the world’s greatest solo and chamber music, filling the HAUMC Art Gallery with a resonance to be remembered and our hearts with joy! This event is ticketed and followed by a fabulous reception!

Cost: $25/$15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the door or at the Wirth Center's Office at 320-255-0318.
Sign Up to Volunteer for PRIDE!
June 22-23

The Downtown Congregations and MN Reconciling Congregations will each have a booth in Loring Park, Saturday and Sunday June 22 & 23.  

We invite you to help share our mission with PRIDE.
The booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
We need volunteers to sign up to help staff the booths. Shifts are 2 hours long.

You will receive a confirmation email when you sign-up, as well as another email closer to PRIDE that will have more detailed information.

We will also be participating in the parade on Sunday. Stay tuned for more!
Minnesota Methodists
Statement of Support

If you are in agreement for an inclusive Methodist church, please go to minnesotamethodists.org and sign the general statement on the homepage. The more people who sign the statement, the better able we are to show the call for an inclusive, affirming church. If you have questions, please contact Becky Boland at bolandbecky@gmail.com or at 612.281.1595.
UMC-Next Minnesota Feedback

United Methodists from across the United States are gathered for conversation on the future of the denomination. The priority is to allow participants to speak freely and plainly, offer ideas, and find a shared space with one another as they consider God’s calling for the future of the UMC. UMN-Next Minnesota is looking for your feedback regarding what is next for Methodism in Minnesota. If you live in Minnesota or are a member of the Minnesota United Methodist Church community, please take some time to complete the survey at: https://forms.gle/4xhLPUfaZioyEUkR6 . All feedback is confidential.
Volunteer at The Dignity Center and the Life You Change Could be Your Own!

The Dignity Center welcomes people of all ages and experience who are looking for a chance to make a difference and take a stand against poverty and homelessness. We have positions available to fit your skills and time availability.

Email Mary Martin at mary@haumc.org and schedule a tour today!
Calling All Electric Vehicle Drivers

Cars and other motorized vehicles release more carbon into the atmosphere than any other source. We can eliminate these carbon emissions by driving plug-in electric vehicles powered by renewable electricity. Hennepin Avenue UMC supports taking climate action, and would like to highlight the number of members who drive EVs. Do you have a plug-in EV? Please send a note with the type of EV you drive to Adele Dahm at adele@haumc.org .
Old School by Steeple People

Old School by Steeple People is now open Mondays! We're open for business every day except Tuesday, our volunteer-only store beautification day. Store hours are 11-6 with an extra hour of shopping on Thursdays (open til 7). For volunteer opportunities, please contact Molly Johnson at news@oldschoolthrifty.org.
Knit or Crochet a Welcome Scarf

The United Methodist General Conference is coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference. We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf. That’s where you come in! We are inviting United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16. To find detailed instructions, plus knitting and crochet patterns, visit minnesotaumc.org/lydiaproject .

Questions? Contact: Karen Andrew at karenandrew257@gmail.com.
Serve Radical Hospitality at Hennepin's Sunday Brunch

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 .
Koinonia Retreat Center’s Mission:
“To foster and sustain beloved community for Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, other guests and all of creation.”

Join us to experience “beloved community” once again at the “Fall Fun at Koinonia” Retreat, October 17-20 (MEA weekend) – an annual gathering for singles, couples and families.

Sign-up at www.haumc.org/register .

Please pray for this week’s guests: The TCVC Retreat in Silence.

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