November 9, 2018
Submissions for the Advent Devotional Due Monday
By noon, November 12

Our church's theme for Advent is, Do You Hear What I Hear? Throughout Advent, we will be using the four verses and story of this familiar song to reflect as a congregation on different ways of experiencing God: how we see and hear the presence of God in the world, how we know God in our hearts and minds, and how we pray to God.

How and where do you see God plainly visible in our world, or where does God remains unseen and shrouded in mystery? Where do you hear God's voice speaking to you, and what is it calling you to do? What do you know of God intimately in your heart and mind, and how has that knowledge and awareness changed over time? How and when do you pray to God, and what difference has that made in your life?

You are invited to write a short reflection for our church's Advent devotional booklet about where you see the light of God shining brightly or hear God's voice speaking plainly. Or to describe what you know about the essence of God and how you know it to be true. Or to share a personal experience that led you to pray a prayer that impacted your life deeply.

Your reflection, poem, or prayer of 250 words or less is welcome and is due Monday, November 12, at noon. Send to .
Art Talk:
Conserving the "Holy Family" Painting
November 11, 11:30am in the Art Gallery

Learn how a dark and dirty painting which hung in the Dossal Alcove for years was brought back to life through conservation. Rita Berg, a conservator at Midwest Art Conservation Center, will share with us the before-and-after transformation of this painting.
The Liturgists Podcast - Live!
November 16-17 in the Sanctuary

The Liturgists Podcast is a genre-bending weekly discussion of faith, science, and art for the spiritually homeless or religiously skeptical. Friday night features a live podcast recording in the Sanctuary, and Saturday is filled with speakers and special topics. It's an excellent event for inviting a friend! Listen to recent podcasts at and learn more about the event at .

Hennepin members can attend for free by registering to volunteer: .
Hennepin members can attend for a discounted $65 ticket rate (Promo Code: CHURCH): click here.
Tickets Now on Sale

Race, Religion, Response: America's Original Sin with Jim Wallis

January 12, 2019, 7pm:
Keynote Presentation and Panel Discussion

January 13, 2018, 10am:
Jim Wallis will preach during Traditional Worship

Jim Wallis, author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America , will deliver a keynote address and join a panel of local anti-racism experts to help our community respond to the devastating impact racism has on our nation. We will read and discuss this book as a church in our LYFE Groups and in worship during January, 2019.

Tickets for the Saturday evening event are $40 each ($30 for students) and include a copy of the book. Volunteers attend for free. Click here to buy your tickets online starting TODAY.

Sunday's worship service is free and open to all.
Ministry News
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
November 11, 11:30am in Room 106

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
Disciple Bible Study
Started October 16
Tuesdays at 6:30-8pm in the Room 104

Enter the Bible and grow in your faith with co-teachers Bill Tipping and Rev. Nate Melcher. This 24-week class meets you where you're at and is a perennial favorite at Hennepin! Gain new understanding of scripture, build new relationships, and live out your faith through weekly readings, in-class films, group discussion, and prayer. Disciple Bible Study is a commitment that gives back to you many times over. Register at
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversations, Spiritual Matters
November 21, 6-7:30pm
Now on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Avenue W #100 Minneapolis, MN 55403
This drop-in group of Hennepin members and friends age 21+ gathers monthly to discuss faith, life, stress, family, and so on with a tasty beverage. Invite a friend to join you, and learn more at
Adulting 101: Slacktivist to Activist
December 2, 1pm in the Longfellow Room

Are you tired of wanting things to be different but not sure where to start? Still figuring out what it means to make a difference? It’s time to get active at the level you’re prepared to try. Come and hear from local activists and experts on how to get involved and engaged in the movements that matter to you.

RSVPs are helpful but not necessary. RSVP to Nate Melcher at
Singing in the Light
November 11, 4pm in the Art Gallery

Singing in the oral tradition--just for the joy of it!
We meet occasional Sunday afternoons at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
All ages and all abilities are welcome. No music to read. No performance. Songs, rounds, and chants from around the world--from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Singing in the Light is an ongoing fundraiser for the community work of Mar de Jade Wholistic Lifestyle Center, Chacala, Mexico. This is the retreat center where Barbara and her colleague Margie Weaver lead their Singing and Yoga Retreat. They offer a variety of programs in their community including those that support children, youth, and single mothers. 

Suggested donation at the door: $10-$20 (please don't let money keep you away--nobody checks what you give). No need to RSVP - just grab your friends and come.
TENKI photography show
Showing now

In December 2017, photographer Kathleen Ambre worked alongside non-profit organization OC Ministries to document outreach projects in the small village of Baiwalla, Sierra Leone. OC Ministries is a mission-centered organization based in Minnesota ministering to the minds, bodies and spirits of children in developing countries. Currently, OC Ministries is collaborating with Rev. Judith Banya, pastor of the Baiwalla UMC, to build a new secondary school for the children in the village. 

Kathleen’s photography exhibition titled: “Tenki” (“thank you” in Sierra Leonean Creole, or Krio) showcases the names, faces and stories of the many vibrant children she met in Baiwalla. Learn more about how you can support the mission of OC Ministries at 
Copper Street Brass Open Rehearsal
November 15, 3pm in the Social Hall

Join Copper Street Brass for an open rehearsal or catch our Facebook/Instagram Live Stream if you can’t make it in person! We’re working on music for our upcoming “Christmas on Copper Street” concert.

Open rehearsals are free and open to all. We simply ask that if you plan to come in person that you register with us beforehand by calling (763) 307-3452 or email so we may plan for you.
Sofia Concert
November 17, 7:30pm in the Art Gallery

Sofia will be playing their beautiful songs of healing. Some familiar, some originals, some ancient. Carin Vagle has studied singing in India and performed and led sacred music for two decades. Dean Magraw is a world-renowned guitar player. Timothy Frantzich has written music and traveled singing for three decades. Together they are Sofia. Suggested donation: $20.
"A Place Called Home" Concerts
November 17, 7pm at First Baptist Church, St. Paul
November 18, 4pm at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Hopkins

StreetSong-MN, a choir of people experienced with homelessness and sponsored by the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, will join voices with Chorus Polaris lifting up messages of hope and possibilities in "A Place Called Home" free concerts Nov. 17-18 under direction of Bill Mathis.

"A Place Called Home" is a concert that expresses hope for all of us as we come together to understand and value all people, especially those trapped in homelessness. It is timely as the community response to the Hiawatha homeless encampment and the Wilder Foundation’s October survey of homeless people in Minnesota heighten visibility and urgency of the challenges of homelessness.

For more information on StreetSong-MN, visit
For more information on Chorus Polaris, visit .
Salon se Leve: The Larson Award Winner,
Katia Tesarczyk, in Recital
November 18, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

You won’t want to miss our “most outstanding performer” from last season in her full recital as Salon se Lève Larson Award winner. A first prize winner of the Schubert Club, Thursday Musical and Dakota Valley Symphony competitions among others, Katia Tesarczyk is a virtuoso with a very bright musical future. The performance is free, and the community is cordially invited.
Donations for a New Refugee Family

Refugee Services has asked HAUMC to welcome a refugee family from the Congo who fled from Uganda. This family includes a single mom and 6 kids ages 4 to 15. They arrive December 4 and we must have their house furnished by their arrival.

Please call Ann Carlson (763-464-6850) or Mary Martin (612-435-1337) if you would like to make a donation. Please do not simply bring donations to leave at the church.

Thanks for blessing this family with your love!
Angel Tree
November 18-December 9, in the East Entry

We are, once again, partnering with Minnesota Council of Churches Refugee Resettlement to provide Christmas gifts to children who have resettled in the Twin Cities in the past year. When you check out your angel ornament from the tree, it will have a child’s name, gender, and age. Use this information to purchase gifts, and then return the unwrapped gifts with the ornament to the East Entry. Minnesota Council of Churches recommends a gift for learning, a gift for warmth, and a gift for fun.
Purses with a Purpose
Now through November 18, in the East Entry

Helen's House, a women’s residence for sober living located across the street from Hennepin Avenue UMC, is asking us to help them spread the gift of giving. Purses with a Purpose is a new project run by the residents of Helen’s House to spread God's love in practical ways to our neighbors in need. The goal is to reach 100 women experiencing homelessness with the gift those daily essentials: a good handbag full of those little items every woman needs. Please reach deep into your hearts and closets and fill a donated purse with these suggested items, then place the purse in the bin in the East Entry:

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Lotion
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Socks
  • Winter Hat
  • Gloves
  • A note of love and encouragement
  • ...and anything else YOU reach for in your purse each day.

Care Package Drive for
College Students
November 4-18, in the East Entry

Remind young adults who grew up at Hennepin they're loved by their home church. Please donate items to stuff care packages full of fun! Donate items by Nov. 18 so packages can go out in time for finals. Consider buying in bulk (Costco, online, etc.) to spread the love. Ideas include: 

  • personal notes of affirmation and encouragement (yes, we take notes to specific young adults!) 
  • shoebox-sized boxes for shipping 
  • single-serve hot drink / soup mix (ramen, coffee, hot cocoa, soup, etc.) 
  • high-protein snacks (nuts, trail mix, beef jerky) 
  • microwave popcorn and other pre-packaged snacks 
  • candy, suckers, chocolate, mints, and gum 
  • cough drops, tissues, wet wipes, chapstick, EmergenC packets, and cold/flu season items 
  • highlighters, Post-It notes, and other school supplies that would come in handy during finals. 
Serve During Worship

Share your gifts during Traditional Worship! 
Greeters, Ushers, Acolytes, Sound Booth and Candle helpers serve on Sunday morning before and during worship. 
To Greet contact Steve Boyd at  
To Usher contact Jeff Graham at  
To Acolyte contact Cheryl Gibbons at 
To help in the Sound Booth contact  
To assist with candles, contact Cheryl Gibbons at

Share your gifts during Sacred Journey Worship!
Greeters and Hospitality helpers serve during worship. Contact Denny Smith at for details and to sign up.
Leading the Conversation: Gun Violence Communications Workshop
November 18, 1:30pm at St. mark's Episcopal Cathedral

Are you uncomfortable talking about gun violence? We have all watched in AWE as students have stepped up to lead the gun violence prevention movement. These young leaders have overnight become articulate and passionate communicators about gun violence and legislation to prevent it. Wish you could speak as knowledgeably as the students? If so, then join us and learn to lead the conversation.
  • Learn how to speak with confidence to anyone about gun violence prevention by attending this workshop, led by Protect Minnesota’s Executive Director Nancy Nord Bence. In the past two years she has presented this information nearly 900 people from across Minnesota. At this interactive event you’ll:
  • Learn how to speak about gun violence as a public health issue–in a way that won’t alienate hunters and responsible gun owners.
  • Learn about legislation that has been PROVEN to decrease gun deaths in other states, and could do the same in Minnesota.
  • Develop your personal 1-minute message to lead the conversation about the need for these important gun bills.
  • Learn the difference between dialogue and debate and important dialogue skills.
  • Learn what messages don’t work–and why.
  • Become informed about opportunities to engage in citizen lobbying at the Capitol.
Many thanks to Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral for hosting this workshop, and their dedicated support of gun violence prevention. This event is appropriate for adults and youth age 12 and older.
Attendance is free, but please register by going to: .
Digital Citizenship: Media Best Practices for Kids, Preteens, and Families
November 18, 6:30pm in the Social Hall

How early should kids get their first tablet or mobile device? How are parents supposed to keep up with the latest apps kids use? And what does technology have to do with faith?

If you’re trying to keep up with the media landscape, this session is for you! Dr. Dawn Rudman will review current research and walk you through a process to assess how you and your family members can develop digital citizenship so you can develop a framework for deliberate, meaningful media usage informed by your faith. She’ll share fresh ideas and usable tools throughout the session.

Dawn Rundman holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and speaks at churches, conferences, and other events about the intersections between science and faith. Previously a college professor, she now develops faith formation resources at 1517 Media and has developed over 20,000 pages of curriculum and Bibles. Dawn’s new parenting book, Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith , is now available wherever books are sold. She lives in Edina with her prom date/husband Jonathan and their two kids.
Thanksgiving Interfaith Worship
November 22, 10am at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Everyone is invited to the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Westminster. The service will include scripture from various religious traditions, choral and congregational singing, and a sermon offered by The Rev. Paul Lebens-Englund, Dean of Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral.

The 60-minute service will be led by Westminster’s Senior Pastor, The Rev. Dr. Tim Hart-Andersen, and other senior clergy from churches, synagogues, and mosques in or near downtown. This is a truly exceptional service of unity, interfaith friendship, and holy gratitude. Bring your family for an uplifting and inspiring celebration.
Charge Conference
November 25, Immediately after Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

There will be a Charge Conference for the purpose of setting clergy compensation for 2019 as required by The United Methodist Book of Discipline. All members of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church are eligible to vote. This charge conference will last no more than 30 minutes. Child Care will be provided.
Hennepin Marketplace & Book Fair
November 25 and December 2, in Carlson Hall

Support the wonderful work of Outreach Ministries by purchasing crafts and goodies from across the world. Also, find some great books for your holiday gift giving. Our book fair features books for ages birth-middle school, and provides family faith resources for intentional faith development at home.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Advent Kick-Off
December 1, 10am in the Social Hall

This popular Christmas song will come to life at the UMW and Hennepin Kids Advent kick off. Join this multi-generational event where we will decorate cookies, create Christmas ornaments, and even decorate a tree to enjoy throughout the entire Christmas season. Our morning will conclude with Christmas songs led by Minneapolis theater professional, Greta Oglesby, and a special holiday lunch. Adults $15, children 4 and up $7. Scholarships are available. Purchase tickets in Carlson Hall on Sundays or Register at .
Homeless Memorial March & Service
December 20 at Simpson UMC

5:00 pm | March & Silent Vigil
Hennepin County Government Center
3rd Avenue South & 5th Street South, Minneapolis
The march will follow 5th Street South westward to Nicollet Avenue and proceed south to 28th Street.

6:30 pm | Service of Remembrance
Simpson United Methodist Church
2740 1st Avenue South, Minneapolis

7:30 pm | Community Meal
Simpson Shelter
Lower level of Simpson United Methodist Church

All are welcome!

Shuttles to the march will depart from the Kmart at Lake Street and 1st Avenue, Minneapolis, starting at 4:00 pm. The last shuttle will depart at 4:20 sharp. For more information click here.
Share the Good News:
Advent & Christmas Highlights
November 18-Dec 9

November 28

December 1

December 2-First Sunday of Advent

December 8

December 9-Second Sunday of Advent

December 15

December 16-Third Sunday of Advent

December 24-Christmas Eve
Angel Tree Outreach Ministry

Advent Art Show opens in Carlson Hall

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” Intergenerational
Advent Celebration

Pick up your Advent Devotional

Hennepin Marketplace and Book Fair

The Tune-Ups Holiday Concert

Sing Out, My Soul! Advent Concert

Hennepin Kids for LYFE Dinner Theater

Copper Street Brass Christmas Concert at 3pm

Blue Christmas Service at 5pm

Carols & Couplets in the Art Gallery at 2pm

Carols & Candles Family Service in the Sanctuary
at 4pm

Prelude Concert in the Sanctuary at 7pm

Carols & Candlelight Service in the Sanctuary at

Prelude Concert in the Sanctuary at 10:30pm

Carols, Candlelight & Communion in the
Sanctuary at 11pm

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