Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
November 22, 2019
This Sunday!
Thanksgiving/Commitment Sunday
November 24

Please join us in giving thanks for all the blessings God has given us as we celebrate and make our financial commitments for 2020. This year, we have a goal for 100% participation from every person who calls Hennepin their church home. Please bring your commitment card with you to worship, or pick one up in Carlson Hall. All giving will be received with thanksgiving!
Charge Conference
November 24, 11:30am in the Sanctuary

A charge conference will be convened on November 24 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary for the purpose of setting clergy compensation for 2020. Child care will be available. All members are encouraged to attend.
Young Adult Care Packages

Hennepin loves young people! Each year we send care packages to our 18-22 year olds to remind them we are thinking of them whether they are studying, working, taking a gap year or something else! We are accepting donations of items they love to receive – mints, chocolate, pens, gum, cough drops, chapstick, post it notes, tea or hot cocoa packets, instant soup mix, notes of encouragement, etc.

Collection boxes are in the East entry and donations should be at the church by November 23.

Any questions, please email Debra at hovla003@yahoo.com.   
Poinsettia Dedication
Dedications due by Dec 8

Poinsettia Presence and Presents! Honor the special people in your life and make the sanctuary Christmas-card beautiful with a poinsettia dedication! Dedications received by Sunday, December 8 will be printed in the Christmas Eve bulletin. Poinsettias are $20 each. Five names may be listed with each dedication.

Stop by the Reception Desk to make your dedications or use the online form:
Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service
November 28, 10am at
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis

Join in solidarity with the Twin Cities Interfaith Community to celebrate God’s generosity and to express our gratitude in story and song.

This annual event is shared among the downtown Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faith communities of Minneapolis, whose clergy gather throughout the year for shared learning, mutual support, and common mission. Don't miss one of the most moving and beautiful traditions of our downtown interfaith community!

This year’s event will be hosted by Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and our preacher will be Imam Makram El-Amin of Masjid An-Nur in North Minneapolis.

All are welcome--bring friends and family to this open and comfortable gathering.
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.
Making Sense Class
November 24, 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.
Progressive Christianity
November 24, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
Hennepin Kids
Family Advent Festival
December 7, 10am in the Social Hall

Join us for the Hennepin Kids Family Advent Festival in the Social Hall. Gingerbread creations, holiday ornaments, and so many cookies! Cost is $20/family. Your registration includes lunch and 6 dozens cookies that you will bake, decorate, and take home. Please bring a donation of baking supplies for Groveland Food Shelf. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register at haumc.org/registration.
Hennepin Marketplace
December 8, 9:30am in Carlson Hall

Come to Hennepin Marketplace and see the world of good that the Outreach Ministries of Hennepin have been promoting. Support this work by purchasing crafts and goodies from across the world--some exotic, some familiar, all beautiful. Wander through Carlson Hall before and after worship to peruse the offerings and discover ways to get involved in supporting our neighbors in Minneapolis and around the world.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
December 8, 11:30am in the Harrison 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.
Adulting 101: Christmas on a Budget
December 8, 12:30pm in the Longfellow Room

Adulting 101 is a fun casual way for young adults to engage in topics they care about. Each session features a topic expert, an opportunity to discuss the day's topic, and a chance to connect with other people with shared interests. On December 8, we'll discuss how to manage Christmas expenses on a limited budget.
Life Adventures
Krista Riedel: Christmas Bells
December 13, 12pm in the Social Hall

Come celebrate this special time of year with HAUMC member Krista Riedel, who will ring in the season with songs you will remember. Krista has rung bells in Hennepin Avenue UMC’s worship services and currently directs Hennepin's youth bell choir. 

Prepaid reservations are due by noon Monday, December 9. Cost is $18 and includes lunch.
Hennepin Kids Dinner Theater
December 21, 1pm in the Social Hall

Parents enjoy an afternoon out. Kids spend the afternoon creating a Dinner Theatre experience to share with their parents when they return. Ages 3 years-5th grade. Older kids and teens are welcomed to attend as helpers and sous chefs. Cost is $20/child or $30 family max.

Register at haumc.org/registration.
Final Days!
A Passion for Drawing:
Musings in the Moment
An Exhibition of Artworks by Anita White
Carlson Hall, through Nov 30

“When difficulties arise… drawing is a way to find empathy and humor.” –Anita White

The Hennepin Avenue UMC Fine Arts Committee is excited to present the art of Anita White for our upcoming exhibit in Carlson Hall, on display October 24 through November 30. You will have two chances to meet the artist and ask questions about her work–details coming soon!  

White graduated in 1974 with honors from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and lives in South Minneapolis near Minnehaha Falls. Her time living on an Irish island for three and half years created a deep sense of telling the story of places and people through drawing. These feelings shaped her travels to Mexico and Romania, which also inspired her art work. Early travels to Spain in 1969 and later in 1987 sparked a love of drawing flamenco which continues to the present day.

Drawing has also been a way for White to process and bear witness to life’s deeper moments. She drew her way through the care-taking of her parents and her brother’s mental health challenges. White created dozens of pen and watercolor sketches in ambulances, hospital rooms, and in the emergency department waiting room.

She drew, she said, through “panic, anxiety and healing”–which included drawing her late husband Josh’s medical issues. White calls this art “Narrative Medicine,” many examples of which are now on long-term display at Hennepin HealthCare. White explains:
“Drawing is a way to navigate daily life. A way to interact and honor others.
To find joy and beauty and the hidden humor that bubbles up in challenging moments.” 

Experience Anita White's work in Carlson Hall.
Copper Street Brass
Christmas Concerts
December 12 & 22, 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. Two performances at HAUMC:
  • Thursday, December 12 at 10am
  • Sunday, December 22 at 3pm

Purchase tickets at https://copperstreetbrass.org . $25 for adults, Kids 17 and under free, $10 for college students with ID.
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!
Sandwich Making for
The Dignity Center
November 24, 9:30am in the Art Gallery

Our Dignity Center invites you to help make sandwiches for homeless participants this winter. It's a fun family event! Bring your choice of the following : prepared sliced luncheon meats (ham, beef, turkey), packs of cheese slices, or loaves of white or whole wheat bread to the gathering that morning, then help assemble the sandwiches. Come and spend 45 minutes helping and serving those less fortunate.

Contact Dennis Behl (dennbehl@gmail.com) to register food items you would like to contribute so we can plan ahead.
Spruce the Spire Holiday Decorating
November 24, After Worship until 12:30pm

Decorate Hennepin for the holidays! Help us put up trees and greenery, prep welcome bags and candles, and much more as we prepare for Advent and Christmas at Hennepin! All ages are welcome. Sign-ups are really helpful, but you can always just show up. Go to https://signup.com/go/EQpahhU or sign up in Carlson Hall on Sundays. 
The Angel Tree is Back!
November 24-December 8, in the East Entry

Every year Hennepin members practice extravagant generosity by purchasing gifts for refugee children who are new to Minnesota. Visit the Angel Tree in the East Entry to check out an angel ornament. Then purchase gifts for your angel, and remember to return your ornament and your unwrapped gifts by December 8.
2019 Homeless Memorial March
December 19, 5pm at the Hennepin County Government Center
3rd Ave S & 5th Street S, Minneapolis

Honoring people who have died while homeless in Minnesota. Timeline of events:
5pm: Vigil and Silent March 
  • Hennepin County Government Center 3rd Ave S & 5th St S, Minneapolis 
  • The march will follow 5th St S westward to Nicollet Ave and proceed south to Plymouth Congregational Church

6pm: Service of Remembrance 
  • Plymouth Congregational Church 

7pm: Community Meal
  • In the lower level of Plymouth Congregational Church

What to wear: Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing, keeping in mind the weather conditions (e.g., snow, ice and wind) in mind. 

Please visit simpsonhousing.org for additional information.
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!
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.

Old School by Steeple People will be at the Hennepin Marketplace on Sunday December 8 from approximately 8am-1pm. We'll have a lovely variety of jewelry and books for your holiday shopping pleasure. Please bring a credit/debit card as we'll have limited cash on hand (and we don't take checks). Can't wait to see you! #oldschoolthrifty #shopsecondhand
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.

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