Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
July 19, 2019
School Supply Drive
Final Week, East Entry

July is Education Awareness Month! Step into any big box store and you'll find school supplies already on sale...and you know what's better than buying new school supplies? DONATING new school supplies!

You can supply students around the world and at home with the supplies needed to succeed in school. HAUMC will be supporting UMCOR, Joyce Preschool, MNIC, The Dignity Center, and students in Biawalla, Sierra Leone. Lists of needed supplies can be found at the reception desk or online at haumc.org/supplies. Collection bins will be located in the East Entry.

Thank you for your extravagant generosity to students all over the world.
Project Baiwalla
Student Sponsorship Fair
Sundays July 21 - August 4 in Carlson Hall

Project Baiwalla is returning this July to offer Hennepin members an opportunity to renew their financial commitment to sponsor children in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone. Last year, we were so touched by Hennepin's extravagant generosity, sponsoring the education of 120 children. Each donation of $150 paid for an individual student’s school fees, including cost of uniforms, shoes, books, and related school expenses for one year. We hope members will continue to give these children a chance at having a bright future! The next school year is right around the corner!

For those that are not familiar, Project Baiwalla is an Outreach Ministry of Hennepin Avenue UMC and OC Ministries. Together with OC Ministries of the Minnesota Annual Conference and community partner Pastor Judith Banya, we are working to build up the resources of the Baiwalla community so that their basic needs are met regarding their nutrition, education, health care and spiritual needs.
International Cello Institute Recitals

The International Cello Institute is presenting their annual distinguished faculty recital series, CELLOici, during July at HAUMC in the Art Gallery. There are two remaining recitals in the series:
  • July 21, 3:00pm - Colin Carr, internationally renowned cello soloist;
  • July 26, 7:30pm - Brant Taylor, Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at internationalcelloinstitute.com/recitaltickets . Individual tickets are $25 for Adults and $15 for Seniors. Children and students are free.
Summer Worship Series: The Gift of Wonder

First puppies, then kazoos! This summer, we're having fun and getting to know God in a new way. 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.
Summer Choir: A Great Place for Singing

During these beautiful summer months, the Sanctuary choir slips into "summer mode" and welcomes additional singers to join in the ministry. Instead of midweek rehearsals, the ensemble meets an hour before worship (9am) for musical preparation and prayer. Experienced singers (music-reading is advised, a love of singing required!) need only call or email Mark Squire to let him know you plan to sing a single week or for several summer Sundays! Come join in the joy of song!
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 photo-vision 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
July 21, 11:15am in Room 104
Led by John Guy

Come join the Making Sense Class as we work to understand some of the complex issues regarding our faith, the future of the United Methodist Church, and other pressing issues.

We are beginning a study of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger, addressing the challenges faced by the United Methodist Church, HAUMC and what we can do to help our clergy and lay leaders as we navigate this uncharted territory.

So grab a coffee and join us in Room 104. We look forward to welcoming you!
Progressive Christianity
July 28, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Youth Mission Trip Info Session
July 28, 11:30 am in the Longfellow Room

Youth and their parents/guardians are invited to gather to hear more about the Youth Mission Trip to Spirit Lake taking place August 4-9. Ask questions about what to pack, get details about transportation, start bonding with the Mission Trip team, and visit with Rick Belbutoski, our new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Life Adventures: Come Sail With Us!
August 7, 11:30am at Lake Minnetonka

Seniors and friends: Come sail with us! Summer is the time to be on a lake, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Join us for a relaxing and scenic cruise on Lake Minnetonka. We’ll have lunch on our own after the cruise. Unfortunately the ship is not handicapped-accessible. Carpools can be arranged. When you sign up, tell us if you will need a ride or be willing to drive. The ship sails promptly at 11:30 from the Excelsior dock.

Prepaid reservations are due Sunday, August 4, please sign up at the HAUMC reception desk. Cost is $14.
Earth Camp
August 12-15, at Koinonia Retreat Center

Earth Camp is a great entry point into sleep away camps. Campers who have completed 1st - 6th grade will enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of hiking, fishing, swimming, and bonfires. We experience God with all of our senses while we make new friends and connect with some of our favorite church friends as well.

Register at  haumc.org/register . Chaperones are needed, so dust off your hiking boots, and contact Lynne Carroll at  lynne@haumc.org  if you are interested!
First Annual Hennepin Avenue UMC
 Youth Mini-Golf Invitational
August 18, 12noon-4pm

Fore! The First Annual Hennepin Ave. Youth Mini-Golf Invitational will take place on Aug. 18 from 12noon to 4pm. The afternoon will include fun and fellowship as we play a round of mini-golf at the Walker Art Center's Skyline Mini Golf course. Post-putting, we'll gather back at HAUMC for ice cream and to celebrate the afternoon's Champion. All students entering grade 8-12 are encouraged to participate and bring friends!

No need to register--just show up at Hennepin with $10 cash to pay for your round of mini golf. Contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, with questions:  rick@haumc.org .
Sunday Brunch
10am-noon in the Social Hall
$10 per person | $25 per family

Every weekend, Chef Warren Seta serves Sunday Brunch in our Social Hall. It's a time of food, fellowship, and service to one another. Everyone is invited 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. We invite you to practice Radical Hospitality by covering the cost of brunch for a guest who cannot pay.
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).
Hennepin Hosts National Night Out--Let's Meet our Neighbors!
Tuesday, August 6, 6:00-8:00pm
in the Hennepin Avenue UMC parking lot

On Tuesday, August 6, the Loring Park community comes to Hennepin for National Night Out! We’re opening our doors and getting to know our neighbors as we celebrate the summer, have fun, and work together to make Loring Park a safer, more caring place to live. Contact Audra Howard and Suzanne Taylor for more information. Volunteers are needed to help make this first-time hosting a great event! Look for the NNO display and sign up today in Carlson Hall!
Save the Date!
The Dignity Center's
Fall Fundraiser Luncheon
Tuesday, October 8, 12noon at Hennepin

The Dignity Center invites you to promote dignity and support outreach that transforms the lives of people experiencing homelessness at our Fall Fundraiser Luncheon. Watch for details coming soon!
Drive our Immigrant Family to Sunday Worship

Flexible volunteers needed to drive on Sunday mornings. Our immigrant family from the Congo loves attending Hennepin Avenue UMC! But since they are a family of 7 and live on the east side of St. Paul, providing transportation to worship is a challenge for the Refugee Services Committee. If you can help occasionally or regularly, please contact Judy Tucker at  judytucker8@gmail.com  or Joan Jemison at  luciusjoan@msn.com .
Be a Chaperone or Host at Earth Camp

Earth Camp is scheduled for August 12-15. This camp welcomes campers who have completed 1st-6th grades. Earth Camp serves as a great entry point camp for kids who are just beginning to experience sleep away camps. Chaperones are needed in order to allow maximum registration for this event. You may volunteer to help for one day or for all 4 days.

To help with this camp experience, please contact Lynne Carroll at  lynne@haumc.org .
Discover Something Wonderful at Old School by Steeple People

This is Lisa. Lisa is showing off her Old School table. Why is Lisa so happy?
A) she got a great deal
B) she bought a beautiful table
C) she knows she's taking care of the environment by buying second-hand
D) she supported local charities by choosing to shop at Old School by Steeple People
E) All of the above!

The answer is E, for easy, exciting, and economical!
Be like Lisa. Shop Old School.

Open every day except Tuesday. #greenfaith #oldschoolthrifty
Help Open the Doors of the New Baiwalla Secondary School

The new Baiwalla Secondary School is finished and scheduled to open in September. OC Ministries of the Minnesota Annual Conference is assisting with the start up needs. Can your company or business help furnish laptop computers for the computer lab, office supplies and equipment, gardening tools, food commodities, educational DVD’s or science lab equipment? Contact Ann Carlson at 763-464-6850 or carlsonaj99@ gmail.com  with donations or questions.
Responding to the Crisis at the U.S./Mexico Border
Shared from the United Methodist Committee on Relief

In light of the recent news about children in U.S. government holding facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, the United Methodist Committee on Relief has received numerous requests to respond. Unfortunately, the facilities in question are managed in such a way that precludes even UMCOR’s assistance. Access to these government facilities is extremely limited.

As the arm of The United Methodist Church mandated to cultivate and promote mission, the General Board of Global Ministries seeks to equip churches with tools to use as they confront the frustration and helplessness that this situation evokes. While this particular case is in the U.S., we recognize that migration is a global issue and the breadth and depth of Global Migration programming at UMCOR and Global Ministries reflects that fact.

As a church that is united on the need to care for children, we can be in mission together. Here are things you can do:

1. Pray: Pray for children. Below, you will find a prayer to use this Sunday. You might choose to dedicate a service to suffering children everywhere or conduct a prayer vigil in your community for the children suffering along the border.

2. Act: Act on behalf of children. While UMCOR hygiene kits cannot be taken to U.S. government holding centers, they are being distributed at transitional shelters all along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the last three months, UMCOR delivered 46,128 hygiene kits to six church-run transitional shelters. Instructions on how to make and send these kits are available  here

You can also act by calling your U.S. elected officials.The General Board of Church and Society offers some suggestions on issues to raise with these officials. Find those  here .

3. Give: Give on behalf of children. Through the  Global Migration Advance , UMCOR provides grants to organizations along the U.S. border and elsewhere around the world that are working to fill gaps in the needs and rights of migrants.

Jesus implored his disciples to welcome the children. This is our mission: to make sure the children are welcomed. Thank you for your prayers, your actions, and your gifts.
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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