Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, March 26, 2021
FEATURED THIS WEEK
Holy Week and Easter Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday: Sacred Journey worship at 8:30am and Traditional worship at 10am on our website, Facebook, HAUMC Live Stream app, and YouTube. Hosannas and hope--plus a parent&child baptism--will be the heart of our celebration.

Maundy Thursday: Interactive Worship Gathering on Zoom at 7pm. Includes Holy Communion and DIY Washing of the Feet.

Join the Zoom meeting by video, or dial in by phone: 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 993 3605 3388
Passcode: 504983

Good Friday Tenebrae: Streamed video worship service at 12noon and 7pm. "Tenebrae" means "shadows"-- in this contemplative service of music and art experience the mystery of Christ's passion and death.

Easter Sunday Celebration: Streamed video worship service at 8:30am and 4pm (Sacred Journey) and 10am and 8pm (Traditional Worship). We'll feature special musical guests, highlight the transformative outreach ministries of the Hennepin community, and welcome new members into the Hennepin congregation in these two celebrations of the Resurrection. All are welcome at these exuberant services.
Close Encounters:
Linked through Lent
Daily Virtual Small Groups

Each day during Lent, you are invited to participate in lay-led conversation and encounter to encourage, inspire, and connect us with each other and with God.

Linked thru Lent groups meet for 45 minutes for connection, conversation, inspiration, encouragement (and maybe a good laugh). Come as often as you can.

No registration needed. Simply drop in for a close encounter of the Hennepin kind!

Group times and leaders are:

Monday, 6:30 - 7:15 PM, Jo Park and Meg Selby
Tuesday, 7:00 - 7:45 PM, Kemi Ojelade and Kimm Schneider
Wednesday, 11:00 - 11:45 AM, Kathi Austin Mahle and Kay Nelson
Thursday, 5:00 - 5:45 PM, Kathryn Johnson and Deb Roberts
Friday, 12:30pm - 1:15 PM, Jan Russell
Saturday, 8:00 - 8:45 AM, Bill Tipping and John Haberman
Sunday, 9:00-9:45 AM, Kathryn Johnson and Peter Nielson

All groups can be accessed by video using this link. You can also join by phone by calling 929-205-6099.

Meeting ID: 892 1247 2212
Passcode: 252039
Breathing With You:
A Sketch/Prayer Retreat with Ann Gerondelis
Good Friday, April 2
9am-12noon

Join artist, architect, and spiritual pilgrim, Ann Gerondelis, Good Friday morning for an intimate, contemplative experience of sketch/prayer. Ann, a Friend of Iona Community, and author of Open Our Hearts, (sketchprayers.com) is the creator of the images used this year in the Close Encounters Lenten series. She will share her journey, inspiration, and creative process in conversation with participants, then guide participants to explore the intuitive movements, moments, and deep places that open us to close encounters with God in the world. No previous art experience needed. Digital artists may be especially intrigued by Ann’s melding of technology and spirituality

COST: Free, but registration is required by March 31. Register online here.

Join the retreat by Zoom video here, or dial in from your phone by calling 301-715-8592.

Meeting ID: 973 8635 2029
Passcode: 497360
MINISTRY NEWS
How Are You Called to Say YES to Leadership at Hennepin?

The Connections Committee is seeking lay leaders for 2021-2022 for the Strategic Council, Committees such as Connections, Finance, Staff Parish Relations, and Trustees; Teams such as Adult, Congregational Care, Music and Fine Arts Ministry Leadership, Technology, Young Adult, Youth, Risk Taking Mission & Service; and Task Forces such as Digital and Generosity.

We invite you to use your time and talent by stepping up and into a leadership role at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church!

Review the 2020-21 Lay Leaders list at http://haumc.org/lay-leaders/ 

Contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org or 612.435.1332 to sign up or to find where you might share your gifts.
Passionate Worship

Worship This Week
Close Encounters with God:
Kingdom Dreams

Sacred Journey at 8:30am
Traditional Worship at 10am

When have you had a close encounter of the God kind? God comes to us--right to us!--so that we might have a close relationship. In this series, we are exploring God's covenants with people of faith, and celebrate the ways that we experience God's closeness through prayer, nature, community, acts of justice, holy wisdom and more.
From our Neighbors
Healing our City:
Come in to the Daily Virtual Prayer Tent on Zoom

Beginning March 8 and continuing for 4-6 weeks, the city of Minneapolis and the names of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin will again feel like the center of the world’s gaze. In contrast, we will be focusing on a different center and we invite you to join us in our Healing Our City Virtual Prayer Tent.
  
We are not ignoring the trial but taking advantage of this moment to address the injustice. We want to use the energy of this moment to go deep. We want to use this moment of openness and to take all this attention and energy to face what is truly offensive to God. In this way we pray we might do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.

This virtual prayer tent will continue daily throughout the course of the trial. You may access this prayer experience via Zoom or as a livestream on our Healing Our City Facebook page. It will also be available as a recording on our Facebook page.
If you have questions or would like to get involved, please drop us a note!
If you would like to be added to a mailing list to get updates about this initiative, please sign up. The Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement will not sell or share your information.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
April is Environmental Justice Month!
Coming Soon: CLIMATE BINGO

Environmental justice is an important part of the struggle to improve and maintain a clean and healthful environment. People who live, work and play in America's most polluted environments are commonly people of color, Indigenous Peoples, and low-income communities. For example, people of color, Indigenous Peoples, and low-income communities are the first to experience negative climate change impacts like heat death and illness, respiratory illness, infectious disease, and economic and cultural displacement.

Environmental Justice requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.

We invite you, your family, and your friends to take action towards Environmental Justice by downloading a Climate BINGO card and complete the actions for a BINGO! Take photos of you and/or your family completing the activity between April 1-22, post to the HAUMC Facebook page, Twitter, and/or to Instagram. Make sure to tag #HennepinHOPE

All households that post will receive a free box of Energy Star LED light bulbs! Completed BINGO cards will win a HAUMC reusable grocery bag and a pack of light bulbs!

Environmental justice continues to be an important part of the struggle to improve and maintain a clean and healthful environment. Join us to take action that serves our communities and heals our planet for future generations.

Stay tuned for the link to download your BINGO card next week!
End of Winter Sale at Old School!
March 20-31

There may be remnants of snow outside, but it's the END OF WINTER at Old School by Steeple People.

All winter coats, accessories, sweaters will be half price 3/20 through the end of March!

Come on over and shop.

Donation day is Wednesday from 12-4. If that time doesn't work for you, please call for an appointment. Please bring spring/summer items!

Winter be GONE!
Climate Justice and Racial Justice Webinar hosted by Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Tuesday, April 6, 7-8pm

In April's Community Connector webinar, we'll explore why racial justice is integral to climate justice. MNIPL’s Environmental Justice Manager, Whitney Terrill, and MNIPL Board Member, Raj Sethuraju, will discuss the historical intertwining of racism, policing, and climate damage, and will make connections to Minnesota’s current context amidst the trial of Derek Chauvin. Click here to register.

MNIPL's monthly Community Connector webinar is for everyone!
Sacred Ground:
An Earth Day Celebration with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Thursday, April 22
12noon to 1pm Online

Join us for this MNIPL community-wide celebration and time to connect to the sacredness of the earth. We are excited to have Joy Persall as our keynote speaker! Joy a woman of Ojibwe Metis’ descent, a mother, grandmother, gardener, and seed keeper.

Click here for more event information and to register.
Save the Date
Walk for Hope: Fundraiser to Support Common Hope
Sunday, June 13 | 12noon

Let's Walk Sunday June 13.
We will meet in the HAUMC Parking lot and walk through the neighborhood.

Walk the extra mile and support a student's journey to graduation.

It's been almost a year since the word “quarantine” entered our everyday vocabulary. And now more than ever, we appreciate the POWER of HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITY, and HOPE. It makes sense then -- to celebrate spring -- and start your WALK FOR HOPE!

Common Hope is celebrating its 35th anniversary and to mark the occasion, this year's Walk For Hope is set to BE BIGGER and BETTER! We're counting on you to walk again. Help us show the world that THE POWER OF HOPE has never been stronger.

Last year, you were part of raising more than $115,000 to support distance learning for students without connectivity, provide access to homework helplines, and get chronic disease medicine to those who needed it most!

Register NOW and walk the extra mile for HOPE! (https://give.commonhope.org/campaign/walk-for-hope/c322252)

Common Hope website with FAQ and Walk resources: 
Save the Dates
Local Youth Mission Trip
August 2-6, 2021

You're invited to save the first week in August for the upcoming Local Justice Mission Trip.

As an intentional response to the inequities that have been illuminated and amplified by the pandemic and killing of George Floyd in the hands of the Minneapolis Police, Hennepin youth will have the opportunity to join youth from all over the Twin Cities for a week of service.

The local justice mission is a collaborative effort from five area United Methodist Church's and is open to middle and high school students.

More details are coming soon. Please mark your calendars.
Intentional Faith Development
Hennepin Book Club
Thursday, April 15 @ 7pm on Zoom

This month's selection:
Daybreak Woman–An Anglo Dakota Life, by Jane Lamm Carroll 

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 the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm (see book list and dates below).

Please email Jane Mylrea if you are interested: janecmylrea@yahoo.com.

May 20 @ 7pm
Book: The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
.
June 17 @ 7pm
This is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankl
.
July 15 @ 7pm
The Road to Coorain, by Jill Con Kerway
.
August 19 @ 7pm
A Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabelle Allende
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September 16 @ 7pm
Jack, by Marilyn Robinson
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Being Anti-Racist: Read, Learn, Act, Impact:
A learning and action group for families
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.


In March we will be discussing A Good Time for Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin.

No need to RSVP or to attend each week. To receive the Zoom link and what reading we are on, please email realm@haumc.org to be added to the Realm group.
Coming in April
Supporting Stressed Teens: A Conversation with Heather Alden and Rick Belbutoski
Sunday, April 11, 1-2pm on Facebook Live

April is Stress Awareness Month, and as we begin the second year of pandemic it's important to recognize our youth are dealing with a lot of stress.

On April 11 at 1 pm, log on to HAUMC's Facebook Live for a conversation about defining, identifying, and helping teens cope with stress.

Heather Alden and Rick Belbutoski will be in conversation to discuss the topic of teen stress and how parents and guardians are so important to helping teens work through it.

Share the Facebook event with your friends!
Save the Date
THE MAHLE PANEL in Progressive Christian Thought
April 15, 2021---11:15am-12:45pm
Topic: "Who Are We?: Christian Nationalism, White Supremacy and Pathways of Liberation"

Livestream on hamline.edu/stream 

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021, opened the eyes of many people in our nation--and including the world--to the religious views, politics and aims of Christian Nationalism and its intersections with bigotry, violence and white supremacy. To unpack and understand what happened against the larger movements of history, religious traditions and injustice, the several distinguished guests have been invited to share in a panel of conversation as Hamline University's 2021 Mahle Panel in Progressive Christian Thought.

To learn more visit this page.
Radical Hospitality
DAILY PRAYER CONNECTION
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.

 or
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Closings
8:00 - 8:30pm
Monday through Friday every week

Are you looking for a warm way to end your day?

Why not drop in to Closings and share a conversation with friends?  Closings is an open, lay-led group for connection, conversation, and community.

Each weeknight from 8:00-8:30pm, we end the day with gratitude, grace (and a good joke or two!). We also pray for and with each other and for our world. Drop in for one evening or for all five. It will encourage and inspire you (and even make you laugh!)

No registration needed. 

Join Zoom Meeting by video here
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Passcode: 975868
Zoom Coffee Hour
Sundays at 11:00am on Zoom

Refill your favorite mug and click the link to join a virtual gathering of Hennepin friends--we visit and share news, laugh and connect, and generally get to know each other better. Always open to all.

Join Zoom meeting by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 897 1628 3933
Passcode: 701690
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