September 28, 2018
Twin Cities Nonviolent Concert, "Let it Begin with Me"
September 29
7pm in the Sanctuary

Enjoy the world-premiere of a new commissioned jazz piece called, ”Let It Begin with Me,” performed by Aane Fosse’s 4-Peace Band featuring Patricia Lacy. 
Suggested donation is $10-20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds: ALL ARE WELCOME.  
Ready to Launch: Adulting 101
October 7, 1pm in Room 106
and every first Sunday of the month

Adulting 101 is here!

Adulting (v): to carry out one or more of the responsibilities expected of fully developed individuals, used by those who "adult" less than 50% of the time.

Adulting can be hard, but Hennepin is here to help! We're launching a new monthly worksop series to give you life hacks for managing your money, tracking your mood, planning great meals, sewing a button, and plenty more. Anyone who attends is welcome to step up and offer their own life hack!

RSVPs are helpful but not necessary. Email Pastor Nate at
50 Year Member Recognition Luncheon
October 12, 12:00PM in the Social Hall

To honor the loyalty and faithfulness of Hennepin's longtime members, the Senior Council will host the annual 50 Year Member Recognition Luncheon on Friday, October 12, 2018. All Hennepin members and friends are invited to this special occasion.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Hennepin Foundation, there is no charge for the , but reservations are required by noon on Monday, October 8. Stop by the reception desk or call the church to place your reservation.
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.
We are Serving Community Meals This Sunday and Next!
September 30 and Oct 7, 4:30-6:30pm in the Social Hall

Hennepin hosts Community Meals every first and fifth Saturday of the month--including this upcoming Sunday. At Community Meals, our hungry neighbors and guests enjoy a beautiful, sit-down meal served by Hennepin volunteers and friends. This program is part of Hennepin's Outreach Ministry, and is one of the most powerful ways we help to heal a broken world. Dinner is free for all who attend.

We invite you to participate as volunteers to help host the holiest dinner party in town. Sign up for volunteer roles online .
POSTPONED: Spire Recognition Brunch with Sandy Spieler

Our Spire Recognition Brunch, slated for Saturday, October 6, is being postponed .

Special thanks to those who had made reservations. We are planning even better ways to honor Hennepin’s legacy donors--watch for details on a new recognition activity.

Please contact Jack Fistler, at 612-435-1321 or for questions or information.

World Communion Sunday
Adult Forum
with Rev. Judith Banya
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.
Blessing of the Animals
October 7, 6:00PM in the Outdoor Labyrinth Space

You and your pet are invited to a special blessing!

All creatures great and small are welcome for an outdoor, intergenerational worship experience like none other! Partnering with our next-door neighbor, St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, we'll worship in the outdoor labyrinth space on the east side of the building near the parking lot.

Celebrate all of creation with beautiful music and hear guest speakers from our community partners, the Animal Humane Society and VeTouch.

Please use a carrier or leash for your pet to help the community of creatures gather together safely!
Progressive Christianity
October 14 and 28, 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.
Disciple Bible Study
Starting 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
October 17, 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
Sunday, October 28, 4:00pm

Neighbors, friends, and families are invited to our free annual Trunk-or-Treat! Help spread the word: RSVP, like, invite, and share! Church members will be ready with treats at their decorated car trunks. Get a free treat bag or bring your own. Costumes are encouraged (no scary costumes, please). Come inside the “Cocoa Cabana” for games, snacks, face painting, crafts, photo fun, movies. Tour the popular “Spooky Labs” for kids run by the youth group. This is a fun and safe bonus trick-or-treating experience for your kids and grandkids!

Members! Sign up to host a trunk, offer hospitality, and help make this event that reaches hundreds of our neighbors happen! Register at
Fall Work Day at Koinonia
November 9, 12 Noon

Join your friends to get our Retreat Center ready for Winter. Jobs for helpers of all abilities. Gentlemen attending the Nov 10-11 InterGen Men’s Retreat are invited to stay overnight for FREE! Work day begins with lunch at noon on Friday. Register at
InterGen Men's Retreat
November 10-11, at Koinonia Retreat Center

Attention Men! Do you have plans for the weekend of November 9-11? How about this: Work Day at Koinonia on Friday, November 9 and the Inter-Gen Men’s Retreat on November 10-11. (We hope women of HAUMC will join us for the Work Day.)
Watch this space for an announcement about a Women’s Retreat coming soon, and remember New Year’s at Koinonia, December 30 – Jan 1. Happy Camping!

Please pray for this week’s guests: Laura Wahl/Cole Buckley Wedding; Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation Retreat; St. John’s University School of Theology Retreat; St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict Writing Retreat.
Soul Cafe:
Jazz, Poetry, and the Spirit
October 28, 7:00-8:00pm in the Art Gallery

Spend an evening with the Soul Cafe ensemble
as we celebrate the gift of Light  and the gift of Darkness. We’ll play a little jazz. We’ll read a little poetry. We’ll ponder the Milky Way! Featuring Steve Blons, Brad Holden, Steven Hobert, Chris Bate, and poetry selected by Jan Bucher and Steve Blons. $10 Requested Donation. Please bring a friend!
Youth & Children's Choirs--Fall 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!
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.
Conversations on a Way Forward
Now Through October 31

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 in February 2019. All interested persons are invited to participate. Go to for more information and to register.
Sager Brown Mission Trip Information and final day to register:
Sunday, September 30, in Carlson Hall

This Sunday, visit the UMCOR Sager Brown informational displays and sign up to be part of the next mission trip that delivers supplies to the UMCOR Disaster Relief Depot in January, 2019. Registration for the mission trip is due this Sunday, September 30.
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--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.
Save the Date!
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 .  
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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