Friday, May 28, 2021
Summer Anti-racism Series:
Magers & Quinn and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church present
Dr. Carol Anderson | The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America
Thursday, June 3 at 7:00pm on Zoom

Join Magers & Quinn and Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church for a virtual event with noted historian Dr. Carol Anderson.

There are two ways to join...

Option 1)
$5 Event Access + a $5 Magers and Quinn (online) Discount Code, valid for any purchase from our web store! (Code will be emailed to ticketholder prior to event)Purchase here (Eventbrite)

Event access and gift card will be sent to the email address associated with your order. Please ensure that your Eventbrite account is linked to an email address you have access to and check regularly.

Option 2)
Book Purchase + Event Access: Pre-order book The Second from Magers and Quinn online – Purchase here by June 1 (Book)

Shipping and pickup options are available. Please note that the book has an official publication date of June 1, and will not ship or be available for pickup prior to that date.

Customers who purchase the book from our website will receive an event access email at the address associated with your order.

All customers will receive the access instructions on the day of the event. Please be sure to check your email and spam folders regularly.

About the Book and Author
In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a “pro-gun” nor an “anti-gun” book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans. Read More Here
Summer Anti-racism Series: Small Groups
This Is Our Story:
Celebrating and Learning from the Black Church
Wednesdays | June 9, 16, 23, and 30
7–9pm on Zoom

Hennepin Avenue UMC welcomes you to the small group series
This is Our Story-This is Our Song:
Celebrating and Learning from the Black Church

Where does the ministry and mission of the Black church fit into the insistent calls for church that is multi-racial?

How do we become an authentic beloved community that centers BIPOC voices without asking for their surrender of psychological and spiritual safety?

Can we imagine new expressions of worship, culture, and community that bring life to all people?

These are just three of the important questions to ponder on the journey of moving from anti-racism to becoming a truly multicultural congregation. The desire to be multiracial often comes with the hidden assumption that the Black church will be rendered unnecessary. However, the Black church is the oldest, most continuous, and most important institution ever created by, and committed to, the survival and flourishing of African American people,

In this four-week video study, we will celebrate and learn more about the Black church, through watching the documentary, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," the sweeping history of religion, politics, and culture led by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and sharing conversation together about to understand its unique mission and ministry, and its countercultural message of liberation and flourishing that has often run counter to the message found in its mainstream white counterpart.

Each week, participants will watch the four 1-hour segments of the PBS documentary, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," the sweeping history of religion, politics, and culture led by Henry Louis Gates Jr., then come together for a 45-minute conversation.

This four-week study complements the worship series for Pentecost Sunday, which focuses on stories from the book of Acts and the early church, and the new communities that formed across ethnic and racial barriers as the Holy Spirit inspired the spread of Jesus’ message of love and inclusion.

Week 1 – Episode 1: The Freedom Faith, reveals the historic beginnings, as enslaved Africans found ways to preserve culture and beliefs.

Week 2 – Episode 2: A Nation Within a Nation, shares how independent Black churches helped the formerly enslaved navigate emancipation and the promise of Reconstruction.

Week 3 – Episode 3: God will Make a Way, explores the 20th century social, economic, political and ministry changes.

Week 4 - Episode 4: Crisis of Faith, meets the contradictions of liberation, legacy, loss, and leadership after the death of pivotal leaders and the liberation.

This is a virtual study, all activities are online. The study guide can be downloaded. There is no cost, but registration is requested to receive the Zoom link.

Watch a trailer for the PBS documentary series here.

Kicks Off This Week! Summer Concert Series
Copper Street Brass
Thursdays | June 3, July 1, July 29
7pm in the church parking lot

Copper Street Brass is offering FREE outdoor concerts at Hennepin Avenue UMC this summer!

The time to see Copper Street Brass (CSB) LIVE is here! Join us this summer as we present FREE in-person outdoor concerts!

June and July, CSB will perform three different shows, each one programmed with totally unique music. From a road trip soundtrack to movie music, there’s something for everyone.

Thursday, June 3: "Route 66"
Thursday, July 1: "American Bandstand"
Thursday, July 29: "That 70s Show"

Concerts start at 7pm, in the Hennepin Avenue UMC parking lot! Bring your lawn chairs and popcorn–we can’t wait to see you (weather permitting)!

Three additional CSB summer concerts will be held at Path of Grace UMC in Maplewood. Complete locations, programs, and safety info can be found here:
"What Did We Do Last Time?"
Pandemic History Display
beginning in May in Carlson Hall

When you return to the church building to worship in person, check out the History Display Cabinet in Carlson Hall. You will find an exhibit on how Hennepin Church dealt with a pandemic 100+ years ago. People wore masks and the church was closed for a period in 1918. They were also in the midst of World War I. 

Find out more when you come to church! 
Passionate Worship
In the Gospel of Luke, we learn that as the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples, “in their joy they were disbelieving.” We can imagine them saying "We just can't believe it. We just can't believe it!" 
But finally, they did believe, and when they did Jesus entrusted them with the task of witnessing this miracle to others. Maybe you, too, find yourself saying, I just can't believe it! – or find yourself wondering what the “it” is that you believe about Easter. 

Together we will explore how we understand the mystery of the resurrection, and how we are called to bear witness to the ways that God brings new life and hope into the world.
Worship This Sunday: Has Anything Changed?
Rev. Judy Zabel

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

Welcome Back to In-Person Worship!
Traditional Worship Returns for
In-Person Service
Beginning Sunday, May 30, at 10am

Welcome back to in-person worship this weekend! Registration is required to attend; REMINDER that registration closes on Fridays at 2pm.

Read more here.

Register for 5/30 worship here.
To learn all about the air quality improvements we've made, to ensure the safest and most comfortable environment as we return to worship together, watch the video > > > > > > >

To read the letter we sent to the congregation, click here.
Worship With Us Online!
Sacred Journey Worship Is Virtual
Sundays at 8:30am

There are many easy ways that you can join us virtually on Sunday mornings!

To learn more about all of the ways to tune in, click here.
Join Us for Fellowship Online!
Coffee Hour
Sundays at 11am 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.

Meeting ID: 897 1628 3933
Passcode: 701690
Celebrating Rev. Frenchye Magee
Sunday, June 20
8:30 and 10am Worship

We will celebrate Rev. Frenchye Magee’s ministry on June 20th at both services of worship. Pastor Frenchye has been a blessing and an important part of our ministry for three years. We wish her well and pray that God will use her in wonderful ways to bless others in her next season of ministry.

We encourage you to send Rev. Frenchye Magee a card or note giving thanks for her ministry. You may send cards to 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403
Mini-Recital Celebration:
Our Organ is Back!
Wednesday, June 23 at 12 Noon

Hennepin Avenue UMC Principal Organist Donald Livingston presents a lunch hour mini-recital on the newly refurbished Robert Sipe Sanctuary Organ on Wednesday, June 23 at Noon. Seating in the Sanctuary will be physically distanced.

Guests will hear marvelous demonstrations of the instrument, repertoire including Calvin Hampton, Fanfares, 1977; Howells, Psalm-Prelude Op. 32 no. 1; Bach, Partita Sopra il Corale "Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen" BWV 770; and Henri Mulet, Carillon-Sortie. Livingston will also provide narration highlighting the renovation process!
The performance will be video recorded and posted on social media at a later date for those who would prefer to watch from home. The performance is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the organ here.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Summer Anti-racism Series: Hennepin Avenue UMC presents
An Evening with Jericho Brown
Saturday, June 19 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
in the HAUMC Sanctuary (or virtually)

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is delighted to present 2020 Pulitzer-prize-winning poet and professor, Jericho Brown. Brown is at the vanguard of a new generation of Black and gay writers, unwilling to confine their identities. His work is described as “the poetry of bloodship: the meaning of family, of love, of sexuality; the resonances of pain and the possibilities of redemption.” His poems have appeared in The NationThe New YorkerThe New Republic, and The Best American Poetry.

A Jericho Brown reading is an experience: breathtaking moments of sinuous language, punctuated by moments of power, and followed with incisive, warm engagement with the audience. Jericho's interaction and love of empowering the next generation creates an amazing opportunity to engage with a master craftsman in person.

There are two ways to attend... This is a hybrid event, with registered tickets available for in-person or virtual attendance.

In-person Attendance ($20)
Experience Jericho in person, with reserved, socially distanced seating for 150 in the beautiful HAUMC building.

Virtual Attendance ($10)
Virtual attendees will receive access instructions on the day of the event. Please be sure to check your email and spam folders regularly.

Student Tickets
While supplies last, a percentage of in-person tickets have been reserved at a reduced price for students and community groups–upholding Jericho’s commitment to empowering the next generation of writers. These discounted tickets must be purchased in blocks of five (5) or ten (10) tickets directly from Hennepin Avenue UMC. For more information, contact: 

Exclusive Signed Copies of The Tradition Available for Purchase!
We are partnering with local booksellers Magers & Quinn, to provide access to signed copies of Jericho Brown's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Tradition. Available in limited quantity.

In-person attendees who purchase prior to Friday, June 18 may pick up their copy at Hennepin Avenue UMC during the event. Virtual attendees should pick up at Magers & Quinn Booksellers or select a shipping method.

Healing Our City Community Partnership
A portion of the proceeds from this event will support “Healing Our City,” a grassroots collaboration of community members integrating the power of soulful prayer, compassionate intention, and loving action into our world. “Local, regional, national, global… when we are together, no one is considered ‘the other'… our eyes and hearts look toward healing our city.” Learn more at:

Buy Tickets Now: Eventbrite

Buy a Signed Copy of the Book: Click Here 

About Jericho Brown: Read His Bio Here
Local Justice Mission for Youth:
Serve MSP
August 3-5, 2021

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

Serve MSP is a day camp for youth in grades 7–12. At Serve MSP, youth will spend time volunteering with service partners that work to support and advocate for the marginalized and those in need in the Twin Cities area. Each day will also include time to hear from community speakers and leaders about topics rooted in social justice. We’ll be unpacking scripture and stories related to these topics, too, with an anchor held in this verse from Esther: “For such a time as this.”

Minnesota has been a central figure in conversations about social justice in recent history. Serve MSP will allow an opportunity to safely gather with other youth and community leaders, to serve organizations that are doing justice work every day, and to engage in necessary conversations.

We'll gather from August 3–5 at several locations in the Twin Cities (itineraries will be distributed to adult leaders before camp week). We'll have a Zoom Kickoff Event on Aug 2 and a closing worship service on August 5. In the weeks leading up to Serve MSP, adult leaders will have a menu of service and learning opportunities to choose from and can determine what will be best for their group (based on group size, age, learning emphasis).

$40/student will cover the cost of materials (and for a sweet t-shirt) over the course of the camp week; scholarships are available.

Thank You for Making
The Dignity Center's Birthday Fundraiser a Success!

Dear supporters of The Dignity Center,

Thank you for supporting our birthday fundraiser! YOU enabled us to reach and surpass our birthday giving goal!

We had hoped to raise $19,000 for our 19th birthday, but with your help, we raised $21,000 for housing and housing support! THANK YOU so much for enabling us to strengthen our program by serving our community which we love, and in which we are deeply invested.

If you are interested in continuing to support The Dignity Center’s fundraising efforts, we invite you to join the team planning our Fall Fundraiser. For more information and to get connected, contact Sarah Doebler, Director of Development for The Dignity Center, at

Stay up-to-date with the latest happenings at The Dignity Center by subscribing to our newsletter here, or by following us on Facebook here.
Intentional Faith Development
Coming Soon Via Zoom!
Church Conference
Sunday, June 6 at 7pm on Zoom

All members of Hennepin Avenue UMC are invited to attend a church conference called for June 6 at 7pm for the purpose of electing lay leadership. 

Ginger Sisco, chair of our Connections Committee, will present the slate of nominees for the four administrative committees and strategic council for 2021-22. Hennepin members will vote to elect. There will be an opportunity for three nominations from the attendees for the Connections Committee. Later in June a full list of members of 2021-22 committees, teams, and task forces will be available in print and on the website.

Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who serve our church ministries!

Join Zoom Meeting Here.
Meeting ID: 933 2209 2530
Passcode: 994628

Dial manually: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Registration Deadline is June 4th!
UMW's Virtual "Mission U" 2021
June 11–13, July 16–18, August 6–8

United Methodist Women continue a summer tradition of mission study with a VIRTUAL Mission U in 2021. Mission U creates spiritual community and lessons that change us.

All interested women and men are invited to join the Virtual Mission U events! The registration deadline for the June event is June 4th.

June 11-13: Pushout–The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
July 16-18: Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom
August 6-8: Finding Peace in an Anxious World

There are four session times for each course: 2 on Saturday, 2 on Sunday. Session times are not yet decided. Books of the same title as the event can be ordered.

Visit the MN Conference website for registration:
Learn How You Can Participate!
2021 Annual Conference
June 22–24, 2021

There are three ways that laity can participate in Annual Conference!

The 2021 Annual Conference is just weeks away, and everyone can participate, whether or not you’re a voting member!

June 22 and 24 will be entirely virtual, and June 23 will invite attendees to meet in small, in-person groups at various sites across the state.

Laity can participate by:
1–Watching the live stream on the Minnesota Conference Facebook page;
2–Attending Laity Session, which will feature a teaching session on breaking through gridlock and approaching conversations in new ways; and
3–Gathering at host sites for discussion and a teaching session with Rev. Rachel Billups.

For more information and to register, read the article here.
Youth Trip to Valleyfair
Wednesday, June 30
8:30 or 10am to 4:30pm

Students entering grades 6–12 are invited to join Rick and Lynne for a day at Valleyfair! 

Drop off at Hennepin between 8:30–9am. We'll gather for a short service project and then leave for Valley Fair at 10:30am. All students who plan to participate in the trip must arrive at the church building by 10am.

Those who are interested in spending part of their day in the water park are welcome to bring a swimsuit to change into or wear underneath their clothes. For the safety of the students, all swimwear should provide appropriate coverage, must not be see-through, and should be worn securely at all times.

The group will plan to leave the park to head back to the church building at 4:30pm. Pickup at the church will begin at 5pm.

The cost of the trip is only $30 per student, but students should plan to bring spending money for food and additional purchases.

Register for this event here.
Radical Hospitality
Servant Sunday
Sunday, June 6 in the
8:30 & 10am Worship Services

We honor the many Hennepin members and friends whose acts of service help transform our communities near and far with love, generosity, dignity, patience, and effort.

We have more than 20 committees and nearly as many teams that assist with Sunday worship and hospitality. Add to that the task forces and volunteers in local and international risk-taking mission and service and we have literally hundreds of you actively involved in being church. Thank you!

Join us as we celebrate in our online and in-person worship services at 8:30 and 10am on Sunday, June 6.
Monthly Virtual Book Club
Thursday, June 17 | 7pm on Zoom

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. We will continue to discuss the future schedule and book selections at each meeting. We will try to select books available online through local libraries or inexpensive websites like

Please email Jane Mylrea if you are interested:

June 17 @ 7pm
Book: This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel

To share this event with your friends and family on Facebook, click here!
Daily Prayer Connection with Judy
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.

Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Daily Connection, Conversation, and Community
8:00 - 8:30pm
Monday through Friday every week

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

Why not drop into 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. 

Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Passcode: 975868
Extravagant Generosity
25% Off Storewide!
Old School Memorial Weekend Sale
1901 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis

Get ready for summer 2021 with 25% off STOREWIDE at Old School on Memorial Day weekend!

Refresh your decor. Update your selection of elastic-waist pandemic pants. Accessorize with a stylish and affordable necklace. We can't wait to see you at Old School by Steeple People!

The sale runs Friday through Sunday from 11am–6pm.

Donations are accepted Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11am–5pm, or by appointment.

To learn more about Old School, visit:
Many Thanks to You!
"Sofas and..." Donation Drive
Was a Huge Success!

THIS WAS THE BEST FURNITURE DRIVE WE HAVE EVER HAD!!! By the end of the morning, the HUGE truck was almost all full with high-quality, useful items. The weather was perfect, the volunteers were joyful, and the SVdP store was the super partner that they always are.

Most unique item of the event... the end table that really was a beer/beverage cooler! We just never know what will be donated. But it still didn’t top the most unique item of all time... the lobster trap!

Many thanks to all of you for spreading the word–promotion is the key to a successful event and it certainly paid off!
Join our team!
Walk for Hope: Fundraiser to Support Common Hope
Sunday, June 13 | 12noon

Hello HAUMC Amigos! This year we are registered again to Walk For Hope in honor of Ana and Josue (our sponsored students in Guatemala). We are going the extra mile this year to support the 3000+ students that Common Hope supports! Will you join us?
Learn more at:
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