Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
December 20, 2019
A Great and Mighty Wonder: A Musical Celebration
December 21 & 22, in the Sanctuary

Join our marvelous musicians in a musical celebration of Advent and Christmas at "A Great a Mighty Wonder" featuring our Sanctuary Choir, soloists Mark Billy & Mikah Meyer, harp and orchestra.

The concert will feature holiday favorites, including carol settings old and new: Silent Night, The First Noel, Good Christian Friends Rejoice--and featuring the choral gems "In Terra Pax" by Gerald Finzi, "Dona Nobis Pacem" from J. S. Bach's B-minor Mass, and Holst's "Christmas Day."

Performances will be
  • Saturday, December 21 (4pm)
  • Sunday, December 22 during 10am Worship

Please be sure to invite friends and neighbors to enjoy this beauty-filled celebration of Christmas!
Copper Street Brass
Christmas Concert
December 22, 3pm in the Sanctuary

There’s no better time for brass than the holidays! Resident Artists Copper Street Brass' popular holiday concerts celebrate the stories and sounds of the season performed with passion, humor, and virtuosity. Hear music ranging from classical to carols, childhood movies to rock and pop, and much more.

Purchase tickets at https://copperstreetbrass.org . $25 for adults, Kids 17 and under free, $10 for college students with ID.
Make Love Our Aim--Turn in Your Commitment Cards!

During this holy season, we are grateful to you for making love our aim! Through your financial commitment, we can raise the funds necessary to support our ministry. As of Wednesday, December 18, 68.4% of our total 2020 budget has been committed. If you have not yet made your commitment to support our church ministry in 2020, please find extra Commitment Cards in the pews and at the reception desk.
Holy Surprises!
Open Yourself to the Miracles of Christmas

Advent is a time to wait and to prepare. As we ready our homes and our hearts for the coming of the Christ child, we wait with expectant hearts, filled with curiosity and wonder as we open ourselves to God's holy surprises.

A Great and Mighty Wonder: A Musical Celebration
December 21 | 4pm in the Sanctuary and
December 22 | 10am in the Traditional Worship service

Celebrate the joyful surprises of Advent & Christmas with the Hennepin Avenue UMC Sanctuary Choir, soloists and orchestra. Free and open to all.
Christmas Eve Worship Tuesday, December 24
Contemplative Christmas
2:00pm in the Art Gallery

Walk the labyrinth and be uplifted by carols and poetry of the season in this contemplative worship service.
Christmas Pageant
4:00pm in the Sanctuary*†

Lively, family-friendly worship service featuring our children's and youth choirs and nativity pageant.
Carols & Candlelight
7:30pm in the Sanctuary*† (7:00pm Prelude Concert)

Traditional worship celebration featuring Hennepin Singers and carols by candlelight.
Candlelight Communion
11:00pm in the Sanctuary† (10:30pm Prelude Concert)

Traditional worship celebration featuring our Sanctuary Choir, brass and handbells, carols by candlelight and Holy Communion.
* Free nursery care available.
† Worship from wherever you are! Watch the live stream at  haumc.org/live .
For directions and parking info, find us on Facebook @HennepinAvenueUMC
Serve on Christmas Eve

We're recruiting a team to provide radical hospitality to our guests on Christmas Eve. If you have the gift of helping, this is your sweet spot!
  • To acolyte or help with parking contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org.
  • To greet, contact Steve Boyd at tandsboyd@gmail.com.
  • To usher, contact Ellen Sundell at ellen@haumc.org.
Parking on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, let’s welcome our guests by reserving the Hennepin parking lot for them! If you need to park near the building entrance in one of the handicapped parking spaces, please don’t hesitate to do so. But if you can park elsewhere, we invite you to choose one of these alternatives:

  • Park for free in the Walker Art Center parking ramp. On your way out of worship, pick up a parking voucher from an usher or at the front desk. Use the voucher as you exit the ramp.
  • Park in the Alliiance parking lot just across Groveland Avenue at 400 Clifton Avenue.
  • Park in the White Earth Nation parking lot at 1730 Clifton Place.
Salon se Lève Concert
December 29, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

Come join the festive start to Salon se Lève’s 20th Season with Laron Award winning cellist Nygel Witherspoon. This dynamic young performer is sure to amaze and inspire! The next Salon se Lève performance will be Rebecca Tank and Kimmie Shen on Sunday, January 19, 2020. Events are free and open to the public.

Since 1999, this monthly performance series presents, supports and encourages Minnesota’s most gifted emerging young artists, utilizing the 19th century ambiance of a salon concert. Pre-college musicians are chosen to perform in this series after winning a major regional, national or international competition in the previous school year. These recitals are presented by the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with Salon se Lève’s Volunteer Council/Contributing Membership and the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Downtown, Minneapolis. As has been our tradition, all concerts (except the Benefit Concert) are free and open to the public. The program is funded through generous donations of its contributing members.

The Displacement Series – Oil paintings by Jenna Myrland
Showing in Carlson Hall January and February

Meet-the-Artists Receptions:
Sunday January 19 at 11:15am
Friday January 24 from 7 – 8:30pm


Realism has always been at the core of all my work. The exacting and layered process of this technique best expresses my reverence for humanity. The Displacement Series is a 6-piece collection and each piece is a candid portrait of a person living as a refugee or displaced person. They are inspired by the 10 years I spent working in international humanitarian relief.

The paintings are simple and truthful. My goal is to create an empathy bridge that invites the viewer to shed the layers of emotional, mental and physical distance. I have included subjects in both private and public spaces, alternately creating context and intimacy.

Ultimately, my work serves to draw the viewer past labels and categories and into the individual experience. It does so not through terror or trauma, but from a place of emergent possibility. From this place, I invite the viewer to question. What is our role as individuals in helping one another? How does this role reinforce or challenge our own identity? What does it mean to enter another’s life from a place of service? What dynamics and constructed narratives do we operate from, and how might we begin breaking down these layers?

A young man who lives in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda once said to me “’Refugee’ does not define who I am.” No one thing defines us as humans, and yet, for this man and millions more, this category controls so many lives. Whether I am working to capture the spirit of this man, or any other person, I hope to always communicate the infinitely complex beauty that makes us fully human.

Jenna Myrland lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two young daughters. She is a graduate of Luther College with a Sociology major and considers herself a self-taught artist. While working at the American Refugee Committee for ten-years, Jenna designed and launched human-centered experiences that connected humanitarians and refugees worldwide.
Unveiling the Restored "Job's Messengers"
January 31, 2020, 7pm in the Art Gallery

Join us for an evening celebration including live instrumentals, a quick talk by art conservator Jane Caplon about refurbishment, a premier of the new revolutionary Greenstein translation of "Job," and a concert excerpt from Hennepin Singers' February 2 concert. The evening will culminate in the unveiling of the freshly restored frame and rehung painting, "Job's Messenger's."
Luminous Night of the Soul
Hennepin Singers & 4 Voices Concert
February 2, 7pm in the Art Gallery

An evening of shimmering beauty, soul-searching anguish and ultimately eternal hope presented by Hennepin Singers and 4 Voices String Quartet, and special guests.

The evening program includes choral works by Ola Gjeilo and Alberto Ginastera, as well as a riveting work for string quartet, "Credo" by composer Stephen Puts (composer of MN Opera's "Silent Night" and serves as Director of MN Orchestra's Composer's Institute). The program will be interspersed with readings from the new translation of the biblical book "Job" by Edward Greenstein.

The performance is free and open to the public.
One Combined Worship Service
December 29, 10am in the Sanctuary

We will all worship together at our one worship service on December 29 at 10am in the Sanctuary. Brunch will not be served that day.
Be A Hennepin Scholar--Apply Now!

Calling all students: Applications for Hennepin Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year are available now, with a January 24, 2020 deadline . The earlier deadline will enable eligible recipients to also apply for matching funds through the UMC's "Dollars for Scholars" program. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing seminary, college or university degrees; or other post-secondary degree or certificate programs. For information and application forms, contact Jack Fistler at 651-435-1321 or jack@haumc.org or stop at the reception desk.
2020 Flower Donations

The 2020 flower donation chart is now available on the announcement kiosk in Carlson Hall.  If you wish to provide a chancel floral arrangement for a 10 AM worship service in the sanctuary, sign up on an available Sunday.  Questions?  Contact the Flower Coordinator, Sarah Schwartz at 832.655.8666 or  sarahds319@gmail.com .
Making Sense Class
December 22, 11:15am in the Conference Room

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.

Join us in December as we spend some time in reflection on Holy Surprises with a Southern Spin!
Progressive Christianity
December 22, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to join in a discussion of "dark" times in one's life. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
January 12, 2020, 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

If you are interested in becoming a member or simply want more information about of HAUMC, please join us at Entry Point to meet Rev. Judy Zabel. Child care is available. RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org.
Youth Ministry Conversation
January 12, 2020, 5pm in the Church of Youth Room

This event is for youth and their parents/guardians. The goal is to get feedback on how Rick can better serve the youth and their families, celebrate the successes of fall 2019, and share more about the vision for 2020 and beyond.
New Year's at Koinonia
December 30, 2019 - January 1, 2020, at Koinonia Retreat Center

Ring in the new year in a cozy, comfortable setting! New Years at Koinonia is a decades old event where campers of all ages say farewell to 2019 and hello to 2020 in the company of friends and family. Arrival is anytime after 10 AM on December 30th, and departure is after a fun New Year’s Chapel Service and brunch on January 1st.

  • Age 18+: $120 - 2 nights; $60 - 1 night
  • Age 6-17: $60 - 2 nights; $30 - 1 night
  • Under age 6: FREE!

Questions or to register, contact Kevin Dahlen or Teresa Ring at 888-801-4476, email Kevin at kevin.dahlen@haumc.org or register at haumc.org/register.
End-of-Year Giving

Giving at year-end enables you to complete your 2019 pledge, consider an additional gift to Hennepin, pre-pay on a 2020 operating pledge, or complete payment on a Steps of Faith campaign pledge. For tax purposes, allow ample time to complete your gift transactions and save all receipts and acknowledgments.
Checks:  Mail your gift postmarked on or before Dec. 31
Credit Card : Make your gift by December 31 through the Hennepin website
Securities: Stock and securities transfers need to be initiated in time for broker’s processing, and to ensure the transfers are executed and hit our Charles Schwab account by December 31. Please advise us of your pending transfer so we may track the transfer.
IRA Charitable Rollover (for those age 70 ½ or older):  Instruct your IRA administrator to send a check directly to Hennepin, postmarked by Dec. 31.
Even if you do not itemize deductions on your 2019 federal tax return, the State of Minnesota allows a partial deduction for charitable gifts on Minnesota returns. Check with your financial advisor for details.
As needed for giving documents, please use:
Full legal name – Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Federal tax ID# 41-0694729
For questions or additional information on year-end giving options, contact Brian Seim, Director of Finance, at brian@haumc.org or 612-435-1302 or Jack Fistler at jack@haumc.org, (612) 435-1321 or (651) 353-6942 (cell/text). There is still time for more Extravagant Generosity in 2019.
Gutsy Women of Faith
January 11, 2020, 10am at Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse
2809 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

Gutsy Women of Faith is a new group for young women to grow in relationship, discuss issues of life and faith, and dive into topics of importance. This group will meet for the first time at Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse on Saturday, January 11 from 10-11 am. All are welcome--invite friends to join you!

Questions? Contact Sonja Johnson at johnson.sonja@outlook.com.
Holy Diversity:
Celebrating Cultural Difference
January 25, 2020, 9am in the Social Hall

Minnesota has seen a 29% growth in its population of people of color since 2010, ranking us 9th highest in the country for increasing diversity. Yet achievement gaps and racial tension in Minnesota show how far we have to go to celebrate cultural difference as an expression of God in the world. Join us Saturday, January 25 as Rev. Dr. Grace Pak, pastor, teacher, and professional certified coach specializing in religion and race relations, facilitates a conversation to bring people together across cultural differences in order to live fully into God's Kingdom.

To register, call 612.870.0058.
Youth Winter Lock-In
January 25, 2020, 6pm at Escape The Room
923 Nicollet Mall #375, Minneapolis

On January 25 the youth are invited to the Winter lock-in. We're kicking our night off at Escape The Room in downtown Minneapolis at 6 pm, and will head back to church for a night filled with fun, food, and great time with friends. Cost of the event is only $45, and is due by Sunday, January 19. 

Register at haumc.org/register.
Presidents Day Weekend Youth Ski Trip
February 14-16, Spirit Mountain, Duluth

This February 14-16 youth are invited to participate in this year's Winter Ski Trip. Youth will depart from the church on Friday evening and return Sunday evening. Youth will once again be staying at Fitzgerald Manor and will ski at both Lutsen and Spirit Mountain. The cost of trip is $300 and includes lodging, food, lift tickets and transportation. This cost does not include equipment rental. Those who need to rent equipment for the trip are encouraged to do so in town prior to the trip.

Register at haumc.org/register.
Sabbath to End Homelessness
February 23, 2020, in the Sanctuary

In Minneapolis there are over 700 people living without shelter on any given night, according to St. Stephen's Street Outreach. Our Outreach Ministries, including The Dignity Center and Community Meals, welcome and support hundreds of people with lived experience of homelessness every month. 

Join us on Sunday, February 23, when we will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community. StreetSong, a community choir comprised of people with lived experience in homelessness, will perform during worship, and Hennepin Kids for LYFE and the Hennepin Youth will engage in hands-on activities practicing awareness and advocacy. All are welcome. 
Mission Trip to Baiwalla, Sierra Leone
March 9-21, 2020

Purpose of the trip: To provide the new school staff with educational help to enhance the development of the school. Skills wanted: hands on learning; setting up a computer lab; introducing a library; school finance and record keeping; leadership development and working with a Board, music education and child behavior management; communications and marketing, or share any skills you have. Learn about Sierra Leone, culture, history, music and dance. Visit several United Methodist Missions in the country.

Interested? Contact Ann Carlson 763-464-6850 or carlsonaj99@gmail.com.

Commitment deadline: January 13, 2020 .

Cost: under $2000 depending on the number of people.
Old School by Steeple People

Old School by Steeple People can help you with your holiday gift-giving. Your shopping budget will stretch like the loaves and fishes!

Come visit us at 1901 Nicollet Ave S. We're open every day (except Tuesday = closed) from 11 am to 6 pm. Shop. Donate. Volunteer.
Volunteer to Enhance Worship

As technology plays an even bigger integral role in worship, opportunities to volunteer time and passion are growing quickly. There are current opportunities to help with slides, sound and cameras. Don't worry about any areas of expertise you have or don't have; we will provide training.

Please contact Royd at royd@haumc.org to become part of the technical team that enhances the Sunday worship experience for everyone at Hennepin Avenue UMC!
Volunteer for Our Food Ministries!

You are invited to share in Hennepin's amazing and delicious food ministries! Every Sunday, you can provide radical hospitality to Hennepin members and guests.

On the first and fifth Sunday afternoons of each month, feed our hungry neighbors at Community Meals.

On the second through fourth/fifth Sunday mornings of each month, help to host the best Sunday Brunch in town.

Contact Cheryl Gibbons to sign up! Cheryl@haumc.org.
Support Mental Health Services:
Join the Board of NAMI-Hennepin

How would you like to be involved in the cause of mental health in Hennepin County? A good way to do this would be to be on the Board of NAMI-Hennepin.

You can do as much as you like or as little as attending one monthly meeting on the second Monday at 6:30-8:30p at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 4100 Lyndale Ave S.

This is a great opportunity to get some knowledge of what the mental health needs out there are. We are a progressive and open, welcoming, friendly group.

If you have questions, please contact Bruce Ario at 612-338-9084 or  ariowriter@centurylink.net . Feel free to just show up.
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