Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, September 4, 2020
Worship as a Global Community
Special Broadcast of the
UMC Service of Lament
September 6, 2020 at 8:30 and 10am

On Sunday, September 6, we begin a sermon series called "Dismantling Racism: Pressing On To Freedom."

Together we are going to do the crucial and holy work of confronting implicit bias, resisting racial injustice, committing to personal transformation and demanding policy change. 

You are invited to join us for a very special worship experience that morning. In place of our Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship services at 8:30am and again at 10am, we are going to share a Service of Lament created by the United Methodist Church.

Featuring spiritual leaders from across the world, music and art that will stir your soul, and prayers that will open your heart, this service will stay with you. We will celebrate Holy Communion together, too, so gather your bread and juice.

All are welcome--invite your friends and neighbors to tune in. You will find the broadcast on our website, on Facebook, and on YouTube.
Vital Conversations about Race and Racism
Mondays, September 14 through October 5 at 7pm on Zoom

You are invited to gather with fellow Hennepin members and friends to have Vital Conversations about the realities of race and racism in America.

Using the award-winning Vital Conversations Video Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), we will dive into some tough topics that threaten to divide and damage our community. The video series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, scholars, activists and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the world today.

Join one or all four of the 75-minutes sessions. We also welcome back those who attended this summer. Here's a preview of our topics:

9/14: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Diangelo
9/21: Meaningful Conversations about Race with Rev. Dr. Hooker
9/28: Tearing Down Fences in Baltimore with Rev. Cynthia Moore-KoiKoi
10/5: The Lunch Date, an Oscar-winning short

Heather Alden and Michelle DeVaughn will be facilitating. Email us with any questions: Heather Alden at haepower3@gmail.com or Michelle DeVaughn at devaughnmm@gmail.com.

Join by video (click the link)
Meeting ID: 972 6645 4704
Passcode: 874591

Join by phone
Dial 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 972 6645 4704
Family Movie Nights at Hennepin
Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12
7-10pm in the Hennepin Avenue UMC Ministry House backyard

Celebrate Back-To-School in a whole new way!

On Friday, September 11 & Saturday, September 12 from 7-10 pm, we invite middle school and youth families in the Ministry House backyard for a socially distanced movie night. All are welcome at this free event--bring some neighborhood friends along!

Bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs (and some bug spray!). Movie style snacks will be available.

Friday night's movie is Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and is recommended for families with students in 5th-7th grade.

Saturday night's movie is The Hate U Give, and is recommended for families with students in 8th-12th grade.
Social Justice Leadership Opportunity
Join the Align MPLS Organizing Team

You've read the anti-racism books. You've watched the closing of the homeless camps with a clenched heart. You've had some hard conversations.

Now are you ready to DO SOMETHING MORE about systemic racism and homelessness?!

Join the Align MPLS Organizing Team!

Align MPLS, formerly known as The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, engages congregations and communities to address homelessness by working together. The ultimate vision of Align MPLS is a future in which everyone has access to safe, decent, stable, and affordable housing in Minneapolis. Learn more about Align MPLS at this link: https://www.alignmpls.org.

The Align MPLS Organizing Team is made up of lay leaders from member congregations who organize fellow congregants to take action on homelessness and housing. Team members discuss, develop, and implement Align Mpls’ campaign guide, a resource for communities to use when engaging congregants around advocacy, education, goods drives, and volunteer opportunities. The Align MPLS Organizing Team is a place for people on the ground to share and learn from each other, to build a deeper interfaith community, and to strengthen all of our efforts.

The Align MPLS Organizing Team meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm - 8pm.

If you are interested in applying for the Align MPLS Organizing Team, contact Mary Martin at mary@haumc.org.
Koinonia Retreat Center Update
Update from the Koinonia Legacy Task Force

The Koinonia Legacy Task Force was formed in the summer of 2019 to develop a recommendation for how funds from a sale of Koinonia Retreat Center will be used to further the ministry of Hennepin Avenue UMC in ways that will move us forward in our mission. The task force met regularly through March 2020. While meetings were put on hold for a time due to the pandemic, we were still able to collect and review ideas submitted by the congregation. Meetings have resumed, and a preliminary report summarizing feedback received to date will be presented to the Strategic Council in September.

We continue to seek feedback from the congregation and will resume providing regular updates. If you would like to make a recommendation for the use of the Koinonia Retreat Center proceeds, please submit your suggestion to the following dedicated email address, koinoniaconversations@haumc.org, or reach out to any of the following task force members:

Rod Bacon Dan Dahm David Focht Lona Dallessandro
Debra Hovland David Kinyon Faith Nutz Chidi Omeoga
John Roberts Brian Seim Mark Squire Judy Zabel
Connect with Your Hennepin Community
The easiest way to connect with Hennepin?
Download the REALM Connect app today!

Stay connected to our church wherever you go by downloading the free Connect - Our Church Community app for iPhone and Android devices. Use it to communicate with your groups, RSVP to events, manage your giving, update profile information, and more. It makes it easier for us to connect throughout the week and know what’s happening.
Download the app for Apple devices here.
Download the app for Android devices here.

If you haven't signed in to Realm yet, check your email for an invitation from us. Follow the instructions in that email, and get to know the simple, easy-to-use features of Realm.

Questions? Didn't receive the email? Call the church or email us at data@haumc.org or visit haumc.org/realm.
Hennepin's Phased Reopening Plans
We're In the "Orange Phase"

Hennepin leadership continues to closely monitor recommendations regarding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission from the Minnesota Department of Health, and to use the Minnesota Conference’s Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches to guide our policies and procedures for operations within the church building.
(You can find this plan at https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan.) 

Based on this information, Hennepin leadership has decided to move to the Orange Phase of the Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches, and to reopen our church building for certain limited purposes, effective August 14.

Here is what to expect during the Orange Phase:
  • worship services continue to be held online only;
  • most groups and committees continue to meet virtually;
  • in-person on-site weddings and funerals are permitted for groups of no more than 50 people;
  • a receptionist will be on site Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm, and the building will be fully closed on weekends;
  • throughout the church building hand-sanitizing stations are in place; 
  • appropriate signage has been posted to indicate spaces within the building that remain closed;
  • most staff continue to work remotely;
  • staff in the office wear masks, measure their temperature before working in the office, and are directed to disinfect their personal workspace before leaving;
  • members, vendors and other guests adhere to the same requirements as staff.

In the Orange Phase, Hennepin staff will continue to place restrictions on gathering. Certain groups may be allowed on-site on a case-by-case basis depending upon the size of the group, ability to meet during weekday hours only, ability to follow sanitizing procedures, and ability to properly social distance. Groups may be required to submit a written plan to the Office Manager outlining their efforts to meet these requirements. Ultimately, groups will be discouraged from meeting in person on site if they are able to meet remotely, and Hennepin staff reserves the right to control frequency and number of groups.

Thank you for your prayers and patience as we navigate the best way in which to reopen safely. If you have any questions regarding HAUMC’s reopening plan, please contact Joe Polach, Director of Facilities, by phone at 612.435.1335 or by email at joep@haumc.org.
Passionate Worship
New Sermon Series
Dismantling Racism:
Pressing On To Freedom
September 6 through October 18

Ibram X. Kendi teaches us that “the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it –and then dismantle it.”

In this sermon series we explore ways that our faith calls us out, compelling us to do the holy work of identifying implicit biases, describing the injustices of racial difference, repenting the sin of our indifference, and showing up to live love into action.

Sermon topics include:
Confess: Say the Names, Tell the Truth
Repent: Shine the Light
Practice Real Love
Show Up to Reclaim our Souls and more!

All are welcome as we join together for conversation, prayer, and transformation.
Listen to Worship Over the Phone!

Would someone you know enjoy listening to our worship services via a phone call? Or would YOU? Whether you're away from wi-fi or just prefer a landline, we've got a new way for you to connect with Hennepin on Sunday mornings.

Hennepin's worship services are now available to listen to over the phone starting at 8:30am (Sacred Journey) and 10am (Traditional Worship) on Sundays. Call the toll-free phone number 877-790-4366 (or 877-790-HENN) and listen to the songs, prayers, and preaching you love. You can call anytime throughout the week--we'd love to have you 'listen in'!

Please feel free to share this number with everyone who might be blessed by this new way to connect.

For any questions, contact Peter Nielson (Office Manager) at the church.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Save the Date for The Dignity Center's Fall Fundraiser
Sharing the Journey: We’re in this Together
Tuesday, October 6 2020 at 12noon

The Dignity Center’s Fall Fundraiser will be a virtual, online event this year!

What does it take to serve people experiencing homelessness in the middle of a global pandemic?

Hear from volunteers, participants, community partners, staff and clergy who will share the inspiring and uplifting stories of compassion, connection, and creativity that have kept The Dignity Center open during lockdown.

TOGETHER we’ll share the experience of walking with our neighbors on their path to stability, and making the journey that truly transforms lives. You will be invited to give generously to support the mission of The Dignity Center--now more than ever!

Register for free at www.thedignitycenter.org.

Can’t make it to the virtual event? Please consider making a gift online at http://www.thedignitycenter.org, or by mail to The Dignity Center, 511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403.

We can’t wait to share this journey with you!
Is the Spirit Calling You to Action?

Are you ready to organize and mobilize for social justice in our neighborhoods? Be part of HennepinHOPE, a new campaign of our Risk Taking Mission and Service ministries.

We're making it easier for you to get and share timely, action-focused news about local opportunities to take social justice action through protests, marches, donation drives, advocacy, petitions, and more.

*Follow @HennepinHOPE on Twitter
*Send email to our HennepinHOPE lay leaders at socialjustice@haumc.org
*Sign up to receive future HennepinHOPE email updates at haumc.org/email
Intentional Faith Development
The UMC General Commission on Religion & Race presents:
New Online Course Launching September 1 
Pre-registration is now open!

This online course centers on one big idea: the differences between anti-racism and defending oneself against charges of racism. As a 101 course, the content will focus on defining anti-racism as interrupting and dismantling racism; identifying which actions fall into categories of anti-racism (avoidance or defending oneself against charges of racism); and building resilience to white fragility. The three sessions will roughly fall under these categories: theory (big idea), practice (identifying the differences), and personal (internal work).

By taking this course, students will:
  1. Learn how to explain anti-racism to your church siblings or family
  2. Build your skills in interrupting racism in real-time
  3. Practice becoming stronger against white fragility – overcome the temptation to give up when the realities of racism become intense
  4. Create a foundational toolbox to disrupt and dismantle racism that will ground any other anti-racism work you do

Pre-register now for a special discount!
Special price for the first 100 registrations: $34.99
Regular price: $39.99
Hennepin Book Club:
There There by Tommy Orange
Thursday, September 17 at 7pm on Zoom

Join your Hennepin friends for our monthly book club, hosted by Jane Mylrea.

At our September 17 meeting Linda D'Avignon will lead our discussion of There There by Tommy Orange.

All are welcome! Invite friends and make new ones!

Join the Zoom Meeting here. Meeting ID: 445 460 5643.
Almost Too Early:
Daily Meditation with Rick Belbutoski

Start your weekday with Rick, Hennepin's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, on Instagram.

Live at 6:30am--almost TOO early--he will share encouragements and experiences to ground and center you for the day.

Follow @HennepinAveUMC on Instagram and find Rick in the Stories.
Join your pastors in a virtual get-together every Monday-Friday!
Twice daily, we invite you to start your day with "Coffee with Judy" at 8am for 30 minutes of coffee, connection and conversation; and end your day with "Closings with Frenchye" at 8pm for 30 minutes of reflection, connection and prayer.
8:00 – 8:30am Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 892 5043 5902
Radical Hospitality
Coffee Hour:
Virtual Sunday Fellowship
Weekly on Sundays
11:30am to 12:30pm via Zoom

It's good to see one another's faces and hear one another's voices!

Gather with other members of the Hennepin community for fellowship and connection.

Or join by phone using the dial-in information below:
Dial 312-626-6799.
Enter the Meeting ID: 894 7948 0458.

If you need technical assistance using Zoom, email us at support@haumc.org.
Online Support Group
Sundays at 6:30pm on Zoom

All of us are recovering or are struggling with something. In this time of pandemic, perhaps it’s isolation, loneliness, grief, or loss.

No matter your struggle, this group is a safe place for you to connect, learn, share, and listen as we support each other. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

Email dkfocht@gmail.com for more details, or just dial in!

Meeting weekly on Zoom. Join by video here.
Meeting ID: 944 6225 8131
Password: 427306

Join by phone by calling: 312-626-6799.
From your phone, tablet or laptop, you can share a prayer request or celebration, let us know about hospitalizations for you and your loved ones, or make confidential pastoral prayer requests.

To use the online request system, go to haumc.org/care from any of your devices. You can also call the office (612-871-5303), or email pastoralcare@haumc.org. The pastor on call will contact you as soon as possible.
Extravagant Generosity
United Methodist Church Dakotas-Minnesota Area
"Just Love" Special Appeal

When we’re fearful and fuming, depleted and damaged, may we respond by just loving God and neighbor. When we witness discrimination and division, callousness and cruelty, may we respond by loving justly. Just love allocates human and financial resources to assess and address crisis response, relief, recovery rebuilding, renewal, repentance and restitution, trauma therapy, and anti-racism. Just love addresses the food, Black home and business ownership, and health care deserts within our communities.

Your gifts will enable partnerships with our congregations on the frontlines to support ministries of mercy (crisis counseling, housing stability, food/medicine) and ministries of racial justice (education, advocacy, intervention). A Rapid Response Grant Team with representatives from urban core churches and Black congregational leaders will oversee special appeal allocations, and your donations will be directed to where there is the greatest need in rebuilding our neighborhoods. 

Give online here.

If you prefer, checks can be mailed to the Minnesota Conference at 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2472. Please note “JUST LOVE” on the memo line. 

Thank you for your generosity and stewardship of God’s mercy and justice.
Make Your Offering by
Text Message

We're making it easier than ever to make your offering to Hennepin--starting now, you can give by text message from your mobile device.

Send a text to 73256 with the message: Hennepin $, followed by the dollar amount. For example: Hennepin $100 or Hennepin $25.

You will receive a text reply. Just tap the link in that message to go to a new page, where you can enter the details of your offering and provide payment information.

Once you click "submit," you will receive a digital receipt for your gift.

Try it this week as you join us for online worship!
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