September 14, 2018
One Week From Today:
"I've Come Up From Down"

Dignity Center
Concert Fundraiser
September 21, 7pm
Westminster Hall

Get your tickets now for a grand musical celebration of triumph over adversity with JD Steele and Friends.

Tickets will be available in Carlson Hall on Sunday morning, September 16, and also can also be purchased online at

Your ticket purchase will help the Dignity Center continue its life-changing work supporting the stability quest of hundreds of our neighbors experiencing poverty and homelessness.
Artist's Talk with Jean Heidenreich
Exhibit Open Now in Carlson Hall

On Sunday September 16 , Jean will give an informal talk about her art on display in Carlson Fellowship Hall, starting at 11:15 am.

Jean Heidenreich is a calligrapher, watercolorist, and creator of paintings using acrylic paints (opaque and transparent), liquid acrylic inks, etc. Her objective is to create a variety of interesting textures, shapes and colors and arrange them on paper in unusual ways, then assign an ambiguous name. Her work as an artist has included teaching calligraphy classes for 29 years, demonstrating lettering at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival for over 25 years, creating her own greeting card line sold locally and a card line for a national card company. 
Entry Point: New Members Class
September 16, 11:30am in the Church of Youth Room

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
Progressive Christianity
September 23, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

All are welcome to join the discussion of the implications of traditional and non-traditional Christian faith, meeting the 2nd and 4th Sundays, in the Harrison Room..
Conversations on a Way Forward
Starting September 24

Last fall, Bishop Ough hosted 15 different Conversations on A Way Forward across the Dakotas-Minnesota Area. They were attended by over 1,000 lay and clergy members.

Again this fall, Bishop Ough will host a series of 15 gatherings across the Area to continue the Conversations on a Way Forward as the denomination prepares for the special session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.

In addition to information about the proposals that will be before the delegates to the 2019 General Conference, the gatherings will provide a setting in which to share resources and tools for how to facilitate dialogue and build resiliency in local churches. 

Visit the Minnesota Annual Conference website for a schedule of dates and locations for these conversations, and to register.  
Hennepin United Methodist Women (UMW) to Host
Twin Cities District Fall Gathering
Saturday, September 29, 8:30am-1:30pm in the Art Gallery

The focus of this meeting is a UMW mission study...Our Money Matters. Sara Nelson-Pallmayer from Exodus Lending, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Minnesotans attain financial stability, will speak on
"A Pathway to Financial Stability: How to avoid payday debt trap."

Registration forms are available on the kiosk in Carlson Hall under UMW. Cost is $12 (includes lunch). Checks written to UMW are due by Friday, Sept 21 to Laura Dirks. Contact Laura at or 612-378-3026.
Spire Recognition Brunch
October 6, 9:30am-12pm in the Social Hall

Featuring Sandra Spieler, Artistic Director
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater

Be our guests on Saturday morning, October 6, for a program and brunch to celebrate Legacy Giving donors to Hennepin. Featured speaker will be Sandra Spieler, award-winning and amazing-creative Artistic Director and Co-Founder of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater (HOBT) in Minneapolis. For over forty years, HOBT has used artistic creativity and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the celebrations and struggles of our lives in community. Through main stage and touring shows, and its annual May Day parade and festival, HOBT creates visual theater for all ages and backgrounds. RSVP today – on line, at the reception desk, call the church at 612-871-5303 or email . Join the celebration and program, and enjoy brunch. Maybe a puppet will greet you!
Rev. Judith Banya Adult Forum
October 7, 11:15am-12:15pm in the Art Gallery

Rev. Judith Banya, pastor of Baiwalla United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone West Africa, will be here at Hennepin on World Communion Day to share her compelling and inspiring story. Rev. Banya is heeding God's call to help transform the lives of people experiencing extreme poverty through community-based development efforts focused on clean water, hunger, and education. HAUMC has already committed to sponsoring 105 students to attend elementary school in Baiwalla, and Rev. Banya will share what this means for her community. She will also share how the Hennepin outreach team helped to build a secondary school in Baiwalla last December. Our next outreach trip to Baiwalla will be in March of 2019.
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversations, Spiritual Matters
October 10, 6-7:30pm at 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
Retreat: To Find a Home Away from Home, Come to Koinonia

GENTLEMEN – the November 10-11 (Sat- Sun) Inter-Gen Men’s Retreat is coming up! Teaching staff are David McNally and Nate Melcher. Pick up a flyer in Carlson Hall, then register at

Do you have a retreat idea for your business or church group? Contact Koinonia Program Director Mark Peterson at It’s a busy week at Koinonia - please pray for this week’s guests: HAUMC Confirmation Retreat; MN Council on Disability Retreat; Central Presbyterian Family Retreat; Minnetonka UMC Men’s Retreat; Truthseekers Church Retreat.
Watching Hennepin Worship Services from Afar?
There's an app for that!

Live Streaming Hennepin's Sunday worship services just got even easier--there's an app for that! With just a few taps, you can watch the live stream from wherever you've got wi-fi. The app will even send you notifications when the broadcast has started.

Visit the App Store on your Android or Apple device (phone, tablet, or laptop computer), and search for "HAUMC Live Stream." Install the free app and be with us from afar every Sunday!
Singing in the Light
September 16, 4pm in the Art Gallery

Singing in the oral tradition—just for the joy of it! All ages and all abilities are welcome. No music to read. No performance. Songs, rounds, and chants from around the world. Singing in the Light is an ongoing fundraiser for the community work of Mar de Jade Wholistic Lifestyle Center, Chacala, Mexico.

Suggested donation at the door: $10-$20.
Fall Choir Schedule

Altar Choir (Children's Choir, grades 4 - 7) will meet with Darin Riedel starting September 16, 6:30pm in Chapel. Register with Darin this Sunday in Carlson Hall. This ensemble will include lively singing, handbell ringing, music learning and worship leading! Accompanied by Krista Riedel, this is a fantastic opportunity to grow in faith and song. Contact Darin with questions: .

Journey Choir (Youth Choir, grades 8 - 12) met with Stephanie Escher Sunday, September 9, and will continue to meet Sunday nights at 6:30 in the Choir room. This dynamic group of singers sings a wonderful breadth of repertoire, is a highly committed group of talent young people! Each month Journey Choir will bless worship services, including special services during Lent and other opportunities throughout the year. You can reach Stephanie at .

Cherub Choir (Pre-K & K choir) and Carol Choir (Grades 1 - 3, led by Darin Riedel) will start in November. These Sunday morning ensembles provide wonderful singing and serving opportunities for our youngest music-makers over a short period of weeks. Lots of parental assistance is appreciated with these energetic groups, and piano players are needed for both groups. If you can help out, please contact Director of Music & Fine Arts Mark Squire (

Stay tuned for a fantastic short-term handbell opportunity for high school ringers next spring!
School Kit Assembly Line
September 16, 9:30-10am and 11:15am-12pm in the East Entry

Combining the school supplies you donated in July with some additional purchases, we now have enough items to complete 400 UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) school kits. Come one! Come all! Join the East Entry merriment, grab a bag, and be part of the assembly line that assures that children who have experienced disaster will have the tools they need for learning. You are invited to walk the assembly line again and again and again.....but do take time out to look over the UMCOR Sager Brown informational displays and consider being part of the next UMCOR Sager Brown Mission Team that delivers the kits to the UMCOR Disaster Relief Depot next January.
Old School by Steeple People Needs a Commercial Architect

Help! Are you a licensed commercial architect who loves Old School by Steeple People?

We need a tiny drawing of our floor plan to present to the City of Minneapolis, specifically a floor plan indicating compliance with commercial code regulations (ADA, Fire Exits, Restrooms etc). We already have measurements.


Ideally, you, a lovely commercial architect, would say, "Hey, I love Old School! I'll donate X hours to do this project in exchange for Old School's never-ending gratitude and community-focused love." Less ideally, you, a lovely commercial architect, would say, "Hey, I love Old School! I'll reduce my rate to something a non-profit can afford!"

Can you do it? Call 612 871-8305 or email .
Please forward to everyone you love. We really want to open our store.

Old School by Steeple People
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.
Planning Ahead:
UMCOR Sager Brown

Want to experience Cajun country, escape MN in January, appreciate someone else's cooking, or enjoy the fellowship of other volunteers as you act as the hands and feet of Christ? Have one or more yes answers? Then mark your calendar and consider joining Pastor Judy and and Rev. Lyndy Zabel and other Hennepin members and friends for one week or two, January 6-18, 2019 for a trip to UMCOR Sager Brown. There you will serve in the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) disaster relief depot and/or the local community of Baldwin, LA. and can, in your free time, explore the history and culture of Southern LA. Questions? Contact or 651.698.1344. Sign ups accepted through September.
Hennepin Marketplace
October 7, 8am in the Carlson Hall

This World Communion Sunday, come to Hennepin Marketplace and see the world of good that the Outreach Ministries of Hennepin have been promoting. Support the wonderful work by purchasing craft and goodies from across the world - things different - some exotic, some familiar - all beautiful. Make sure to wander through Carlson Hall before and after worship to peruse the offerings and to find a way to get involved in supporting our neighbors in Minneapolis, and around the world. All sales impact the lives of many near and afar.
Spring 2019 Baiwalla Mission Trip
March 8-19, 2019

Save the dates for the next Baiwalla Mission Trip. We will be sending another team to Baiwalla, Sierra Leone next Spring, March 8-19, 2019. The approximate cost (depending on airfare) is $2700. We will stay at the United Methodist guest house in Baiwalla. There is solar power so there will be electricity, running water and a good bed. We will know the exact project details closer to the date. While we are there, we will continue to build our partnership with the Baiwalla United Methodist Church and with Rev. Judith Banya. To learn more, please contact Pastor Judy at .  
Knit or Crochet a Welcome Scarf

The United Methodist General Conference will be coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference.

We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. That's where you come in!

We are inviting United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16. 

To find detailed instructions, plus knitting and crochet patterns, visit
Questions? Contact: Karen Andrews at or call 651-485-6630.
Securing Your Place of Worship
3rd Annual Worship
October 13, 8am-3:30pm

Hennepin Avenue UMC, in partnership with Kingswood Security Consulting, presents the 3rd Annual Securing Your Place of Worship workshop.

As "soft targets" like schools and churches experience increasing incidents of violence, we can all take steps to secure our places of worship and the people in them.

This workshop, designed for clergy, administrators, volunteers, lay leaders, and staff of all religious denominations, presents practical wisdom from top safety and security experts from about the country. 

Keynote speakers include:
Carl Chinn - "Surviving an Active Shooter: New Life Church, What Happened Next?"James Densley - "Crime Opportunity Theory: How to Strengthen Soft Targets" and Jarret Brachman - "Deadly Force at Soft Targets"
To learn more and to register, visit .
Do Justice Conference
November 8, 1-8pm at Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina

The Do Justice Conference is for pastors and faith leaders to explore how racial justice is an essential part of the gospel. As we confront the ethical issues of mass incarceration and racial tension in society, we will explore our Biblical mandate to uphold principles of compassion, justice, and forgiveness. Register for the conference and/or for an evening with keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson .

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