Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, January 15, 2021
Uncommon Love for the Common Good:
A Conversation with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Saturday, January 16, 10-11:30am on Zoom

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, writer, speaker, and moral activist, weaves his personal journey of transformation and compelling stories of ordinary people who leaned into the public square with fresh imagination to love in uncommon ways and create transformation in their communities.

This 90-minute conversation and discussion offers an opportunity to engage with one of the most thoughtful, inspirational voices in progressive faith.

Jonathan has been called “a scribe for the moral movement in America.” His most recent book, Revolution of Values, returns to the heart of the Christian message—to follow Jesus, love our neighbor, bless those who persecute us, and pursue justice on behalf of “the least of these.”

He serves on the national steering committee of the Poor People's Campaign and directs The School for Conversion, an education center committed to "making surprising friendships possible."

All are welcome at this free event.

To join the workshop by video click here.

To join by phone, call in: 312 626 6799.

Meeting ID: 962 9350 2332
Passcode: 472111
Jonathan will also be our guest preacher in both Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship on Sunday, January 17. He will be sharing a message called, "Here I Am! Answering the Call to Moral Activism."
Celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Facebook Live!
Monday, January 18 at 4:15 on Hennepin's Facebook page

Hennepin clergy, staff and youth invite you to tune in on Monday, January 18, as they read aloud King's famous "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Together we will hold space and time to reflect on King's vision for justice, and his call for us all to be "extremists for love."

You are invited to share your own reflection about what King's message means for you by posting in the comments on Facebook during the reading.

Visit HennepinAvenueUMC@Facebook.com to like and share the video on Monday!
Looking for Tuition Assistance?
Call for Applications: Hennepin Scholars 2021

Looking for support for college tuition? Apply for a Hennepin Scholars award for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Scholarships are awarded in modest amounts to students pursuing seminary, college or university degree programs, or other post-secondary degree or certificate programs.

Applicants may be Hennepin members, Hennepin employees or others. Application deadline is January 22, 2021; award notification by February 5, 2021.

For more information, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321 or jack@haumc.org. For application materials, visit Hennepin’s website, click “Give,” then scroll to Hennepin Scholars.
Join Carrie Newcomer for a midwinter evening of new and favorite songs. Carrie Newcomer, nationally renowned performer & recording artist, will present a concert on Saturday, January 30, at 7pm.

This livestream event is hosted by HAUMC Music & Fine Arts Ministry. A portion of every ticket sold through this particular website will go to support the Music & Fine Arts ministries at Hennepin.

Carrie Newcomer is described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone. Her song “I Should’ve Known Better” appeared on Nickel Creek’s Grammy award-winning gold-certified album “This Side,” and she earned a regional Emmy for the PBS special “An Evening with Carrie Newcomer.”

Recent media appearances include PBS’s Religion and Ethics and Krista Tippett’s On Being.

The concert will utilize the new livestream platform Mandolin -- concert attenders will need to sign on to this platform to access the performance. After claiming your Mandolin ticket you can request songs in the Mandolin chat function for this show!

Ticket prices are:

$20 | Individual Ticket
$30 | Family/Household Ticket
$10 | Student Ticket

  1. Follow this link to purchase tickets.
  2. Once you have your ticket, then register on the Mandolin.com website so you'll be ready to enter the concert on January 30.
Have you made your 2021 Pledge?
Make Your 2021 Financial Commitment to Hennepin today!

We're approaching our budget goal, but have some distance to go--please make a gift in any amount as you are able--every gift is important!

If you haven’t sent in your completed Commitment Card yet, please do so by January 22, 2021--it is necessary for our ministry leaders plan for this year.

If you’d prefer to make your pledge using Realm, our online church management software, but you're not quite sure how, call us and we’ll walk you through it. It is so easy!

To download a copy of the Commitment Card, click on the image below.
Church Conference to Approve the 2021 Budget
Sunday, January 31, 11:30am on Zoom

You are invited to a church conference for the purpose of approving the 2021 Budget. All members are encouraged to attend.

Join the Zoom Meeting by video here, or dial in by phone: 312-626-6799.

Meeting ID: 971 2969 5397
Passcode: 028893
Passionate Worship
Worship This Week
Uncommon Love for the Common Good
Here I Am: Answering the Call to Moral Activism

Guest Preacher:
Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove

Sacred Journey at 8:30am

Traditional Worship at 10am

Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Free COVID-19 Testing at Hennepin
Thursday, January 21, and Thursday, January 28
11am-4pm in the Social Hall, Hennepin Avenue UMC


Hennepin Avenue UMC is once again partnering with the Minneapolis Department of Health to offer free COVID-19 testing. This time, the health department will be administering saliva tests instead of nasal swabs.

Results are emailed to you 24-48 hours after taking the test.

A few details:

How the saliva test works
You must not eat, drink, chew or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes before starting a saliva test.

At the testing location, you will receive a kit and use your smartphone to scan a QR code that brings you a testing website. Once on the site, a health care professional will tell you how to take the test, but you will do it yourself.

You will spit into a funnel attached to a tube. Producing the required amount of saliva usually takes 10-12 minutes.

When your container is filled to the line, take off the collection funnel and screw on the cap with blue preservatives. Keep screwing on the cap until the divider between the blue preservative and your saliva sample cracks and you can shake the vial to mix the blue preservative and saliva together. Shake the vial for 5 seconds.

Finally, walk your vial to the submission table and throw away the packaging from the testing kit. Your sample will get sent to a lab.

You will get your results emailed to you within 24-48 hours. If you don’t have an email, you’ll get a call at the phone number you provided.

What to expect at the testing site:

Wear a mask or face covering if you can.

You can show either your confirmation email/text or tell staff your name, birthdate, and address.

Bring your insurance card if you have health insurance. The test will be 100% at no cost to you whether or not you have insurance. If you do, we may ask your insurance company to help pay for your test.

Each person getting tested will need to have their own email address and a phone number to receive your results.

If you don't get your results, please email mn@vaulthealth.com or call 800-800-5698.
Twin Cities District United Methodist Women (UMW)
Winter Gathering
Saturday, January 23 from 10am to 2pm via Zoom

Twin Cities District United Methodist Women Winter Gathering and UMW Leadership Development

10 am-- Worship and Offering for Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
10:40 am Guest Speaker, Patty Wetterling National Child Safety Advocate, Visionary & Educator shares a message called, "Believe."

Noon to 2 pm UMW Leadership Development Breakout Sessions: President, Communications, Program Resources, Treasurer, Social Action.

To participate please register online: https://bit.ly/TCGather. 
There is no fee for this Gathering. We look forward to seeing you!
Update on the Envision Community: 2021 Info Sessions
Tuesday January 19, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and
Saturday January 23, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Zoom

Exciting things are happening for Envision Community! A site has been identified for the 2-year demonstration!

As part of the Envision collaborative, the congregation of Hennepin can spread the word about this unique effort to address homelessness in our city.

Envision is more than just a tiny home village, it is a place where people experiencing homelessness can elevate themselves to be designers, problem-solvers, and decision-makers for the community they created. (Learn more at EnvisionCommunityMN.org).

Envision continues to grow into a community where people find peace and belong with the support and prayers of many organizations including our congregation.

There will be 2 community meetings to discuss the plans for 4122 Fremont Ave NE. If you live, work or own property in the Webber-Camden neighborhood, please consider attending.

Please pass an invitation to anyone you know who may have an interest or connection to the property.

The meetings will be on Tuesday January 19, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday January 23, 2021, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Can’t attend a meeting? Go to envisioncommunitymn.org/fremont and complete our brief community survey.

Check out this photo: the inside of a sample Envision Community Tiny House!
Old School by Steeple People
Facebook Live Sale
Monday, January 25, 6:30-8:15pm on Facebook

Please join us for our next Old School by Steeple People FaceBook Live event!
Simply click on this link (https://fb.me/e/3W9IpRYCt) for a fun evening and opportunity to purchase lovely Old School thrifty items from the comfort of your own home. Think QVC Channel only better items, real people, and awesome prices.

If we show you something you like, you simply say "I want the gorgeous multi-colored cashmere scarf!!!" (or whatever) in the comments.

We call you for payment after the sale and then you pick up your items during store hours (Wednesday - Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm).

Our last sale was a blast--so much fun! We hope to see you at this one--invite your friends!
Intentional Faith Development
Hennepin Book Club
Thursday, January 21 at 7pm on Zoom

Do you love reading? Especially during this homebound time? Join your Hennepin Avenue UMC community for a virtual book club!
Join us for an hour-long book discussion by Zoom meeting on January 21, 2021 at 7pm.
This month’s book selection will be “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout. We will discuss this book at book club on January 21.
We will continue to discuss the future schedule and book selections at each meeting. We will try to select books available online through local libraries or inexpensive websites like thriftbooks.com.
Please email Jane Mylrea if you are interested: janecmylrea@yahoo.com
Being Anti-Racist: Read, Learn, Act, Impact:
A Reading & Discussion Group for Parents
Weekly on Sundays at 7:30pm on Zoom

Join a group of parents, grandparents, and other adults on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. We discuss great books, learn through conversation, and support each other as we take action steps to be anti-racist within our daily lives. All while trying to have an impact on the kids we love.

January - The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
February - My Grandmother's Hands, by Resmaa Menakem
March - A Good Time for Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin

No need to RSVP or to attend each week.
To receive the Zoom link, please email bolandbecky@gmail.com.
January's book
February's book
March's book
Radical Hospitality
8:00 – 8:30am
Monday through Friday every week

Morning Coffee is a chance to check in, engage in a lively discussion about a short scripture passage or topic, and then pray our way into the day. The group is always open to anyone who wants to experience a loving community as you start your day.

Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
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.
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