Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, July 31, 2020
Thank You for Helping to Heal Our City with
30 Days of Silent Prayer

Thank you to everyone who participated in 30 Days of Silent Prayer at the prayer tent at Hawthorne Crossings. We are especially grateful to the event founders, Don and Sondra Samuels, and all the volunteers who made this month-long event so meaningful.

To see videos, hear expressions of hope for the future, and get a glimpse of community coming together with love, visit https://www.facebook.com/healingourcity .
Virtual Vacation Bible School
starts next week!

Compassion Camp

All kids are invited to Compassion Camp--Hennepin's first-ever virtual Vacation Bible School. We'll miss gathering in person with all our wonderful young people, but we've got lots of LOVE coming right to your door!

Next week, we'll be delivering free VBS gift packs directly to your home, and brand-new VBS YouTube videos full of activities, stories and fun will be available just a few days later.

If you would like additional VBS supplies to share with friends who might enjoy VBS with you, please email Lynne Carroll, Director of Children's and Family Ministries, at  lynne@haumc.or g by Monday, August 3.
School Supply Drive
July 12-August 24, 10am-2pm Mondays through Fridays

Help support students in our community and beyond be prepared for the 20/21 school year!

We've made it extra-easy to donate school supplies: visit our wishlist on Amazon.com , pick out the items you want to donate, and have them shipped right to Hennepin: 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

If you prefer do purchase and drop off your donations in person, please ring the bell at the East Entry, wear a mask and sanitize your hands when you bring in your donation. 

Here is the list of requested items:

Pencils with erasers, pens, looseleaf paper, pocket folders, 3-ring binders, dividers for 3-ring binders, single-subject notebooks, file folders, scotch tape, glue, blunt tip scissors, stapler, rulers, post-it notes, handheld pencil sharpeners, drawing paper, boxes of 24 crayons, watercolor paints, play-doh, paper towels, erasers, dry erase markers, colored markers, stickers, Dixie cups, paper cups, paper plates, Kleenex, backpacks, and assignment calendars.
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 .
Connect with Your Hennepin Community
We are determined to stay connected with you,
our Hennepin community.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church properties including Koinonia Retreat Center continue to remain closed, and in-person worship remains postponed, both until further notice.

Updates will be posted here, sent to your email, and shared on our website at haumc.org/covid-19 . Please connect with our community online for worship, fellowship, learning and support. Visit haumc.org/events for details.
Passionate Worship
Why Church Now?
Rebuilding the Community of Jesus
A New Sermon Series July 12 through August 30
Artist and author Cleo Wade says, "We are the builders who are building a world that has never been built before."

As we do the work of dismantling racism and building a world of justice, love, and liberation for all, we ask "why church?" and "why now?"

In this sermon series we'll study the teachings of the Apostle Paul to ask: How can we find the courage to align our behaviors with our beliefs? How are we called out--right now--to confront injustice and change it?
 Worship This Week: Grow Up!

8:30am Sacred Journey & 10am Traditional Worship
Scripture: Ephesians 4:1-16 (The Message)
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
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 Risk Taking Mission and Service ministry efforts.

*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
Social Justice Leadership Opportunity
Join the Align MPLS Organizing Team

The Dignity Center invites YOU to 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 .
We Need Masks at The Dignity Center!

The Dignity Center has remained open during the pandemic, and we've continued serving hot meals, providing access to computers and phones, and offering a community space for physically-distanced gathering.

To do this in a safe way, we've been distributing free face masks to our participants and volunteers--and we've run out !

Please donate unused commercial or hand-made masks to The Dignity Center. Drop off donations at T he Dignity Center any Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8am to 2pm. Set up a delivery appointment for other times by emailing dignity@haumc.org, or call 613-435-1315 and leave a message.

Woo-hoo! Great news!
Old School by Steeple People Has Re-Opened!

Everyone's favorite thrift store, Old School by Steeple People, re-opened on Thursday, July 9!

Here are a few details: New store hours: Th – Sun 11:00 – 6:00

Old School is working hard to provide a healthy environment for shopping, donating, and volunteering. We thank you for your support, flexibility, and patience during this time.

Donation Guidelines:

- Would you feel good about giving an item to a friend? If your answer is yes, THAT is the kind of quality we're looking for.
- Donation hours are Wednesdays from 12-4pm.
- Items need to be in bags or closed boxes and labeled (e.g. clothes, books, hard goods). We will quarantine all donations and need to stack items.
- Maximum 4 bags or boxes as we have limited storage.
- No Holiday items (for now), please.
- No electronics or textbooks, please.

Do you know about using Amazon Smile ( smile.amazon.com ) instead of regular Amazon? List "Steeple People Thrift Store" (our legal name) as your beneficiary and every time you make a purchase, your favorite 501c3 gets a percentage.

Update from Common Hope-Guatemala
COVID-19 Crisis Response
Fighting a NEW Poverty. Creating the NEW normal.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is a Common Hope Faith Community Partner. HAUMC sponsors two Common Hope students in Guatemala: Bryan (Final Year of Culinary Arts Vocational School) and Ana (preschool) to help them work towards their education goals and their families break the cycle of poverty. We look forward to traveling to Guatemala on a Common Hope Vision Team in 2021 to meet Bryan and Ana in person! (Unfortunately, the November 2020 Hennepin Church vision trip is cancelled.)

During this time of COVID-19, Common Hope is finding answers in the face of uncertainty, pivoting program delivery, and meeting families where they are. Right now, Common Hope families are fighting new levels of food insecurity, unmet connectivity, and strained physical, emotional, and educational health.

Whether it’s Common Hope social workers communicating regularly with families, staff delivering Hope Kits of food, face masks, and education materials to all 1,658 families, ensuring students are connected to their school’s or Common Hope’s online education resources, or providing telehealth and delivering prescriptions for chronic illnesses--Common Hope is adapting each step of the way to walk alongside families during this unprecedented time. But we cannot do it alone.

Our sponsorships are helping us provide this vital support to Bryan and Ana’s families! Common Hope is grateful for HAUMC’s partnership – especially during these difficult times.

You are encouraged to learn more about Common Hope at their website and social media pages Facebook , Instagram , LinkedIn or Twitter to see how you can personally engage in the good work we are doing together! ¡Muchas gracias! 
Intentional Faith Development
New Book Chosen!
Hennepin Book Club:
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Thursday, August 20 at 7pm on Zoom

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

At our August 20 meeting Linda D'Avignon will lead our discussion of An American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

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:
‪+1 224-458-3414;
PIN: ‪513 534 392#
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪+1 252-460-1038
PIN: ‪725 249 383#
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!
Sharing the Future: Explore Legacy Giving

For generations Hennepin has nourished the faith and lives of individuals and families through prayers, worship, outreach services and social relations. Our faith community has embraced and aided members and friends in times of joy and challenge.

Legacy gifts are a part of that treasured heritage. We benefit each day at Hennepin, often more than we realize, from the generous and heartfelt estate gifts from Hennepin members. These legacy funds, in part, are helping sustain our ministries amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will enrich the fabric of our future.

You can share in Hennepin’s future through your financial planning today. Your gift, of any size, will touch future generations in myriad ways. A bequest provision, life income gift, a beneficiary designation in a retirement or insurance plan, es examples, will leave a lasting imprint.

To explore a Legacy Gift, or inform us of an intent already in place, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321, or jack@haumc.org.

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