Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, April 23, 2021
Help Us Celebrate this Year's High School Graduates!
Traditional Worship Returns for In-Person Service beginning Sunday, May 30, at 10am

We are happy to announce that we intend to transition back to our building for in-person worship on a limited basis beginning Sunday, May 30, for our 10:00am Traditional Worship service in the sanctuary. We will be using a registration system that helps us manage attendance limits for everyone’s safety – more on that below.

Your safety is our priority. Therefore, we’ll be utilizing CDC safety protocols which include distancing, wearing masks, hand sanitizing, and practicing safe entering and exiting procedures for all who participate in in-person worship.

We will not be serving any food or beverages at this time. Sunday school will be available and, whenever possible, will be held outdoors this summer. More specific information will be mailed mid-May.

If you would like to attend the 10:00am Traditional Worship service in person, you will need to register each week. Information on how to register online or by phone will be sent out in mid-May. Registration for each Sunday will open the previous Monday morning at 9:00 AM and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. If the registration fills to capacity--or for any reason you prefer not to return to the building just yet--please continue to worship by livestream (worship services will continue to be available online).

At this time, only the 10:00am Traditional Worship service will be in person. Sacred Journey worship will continue to be streamed online at 8:30am every Sunday as it has been for the past year.

Do you have questions? Comments?
We are hosting listening posts in the coming weeks.
Meeting links and numbers will be available at haumc.org/events. If you do not have access to a computer and wish to participate via phone, please call the church for call-in information.

Worship and Building Listening Posts on Zoom
(the same Zoom meeting info applies to all four meetings)

Wednesday, May 5 at 7 PM
Sunday, May 16 at 7 PM
Sunday, May 23 at 7 PM

Join by video here, or dial in from your phone: 929-205-6099.

Passcode: 967615
Meeting ID: 957 7141 6429

A recording of one of the above sessions will be made available on our website no later than Monday, May 17, for those who are unable to attend.
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
Witness This!
I Have Power

Sacred Journey at 8:30am

Traditional Worship at 10am

The Good Shepherd
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
April is Environmental Justice Month!

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.

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.

Interfaith Unity Iftaar
Virtual Gathering: An Opportunity to Learn & Grow
Saturday, April 24
7pm on Zoom

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Gandhi Mahal, and interfaith partners invite you to attend our Seventh Annual Interfaith Unity Iftar. Our interfaith community will be gathering virtually again this year during Ramadan. People of all faiths and spiritual practices are welcome to attend this special event!

When: Saturday, April 24 at 7:00 pm CT on Zoom

We are honored to hear wisdom from our guest speaker, Iman Masmoudi. Following her talk and a Q&A, a group of panelists will discuss anti-hate efforts. The evening will close with Ruhel Islam, Owner of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant, offering the call to prayer (Adhan).

Ramadan Mubarak, for those who celebrate. MNIPL wishes you a blessed Ramadan! 
With gratitude,
Whitney Terrill
Environmental Justice Program Manager
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
P.S. We are delighted to offer a free Interfaith Unity Iftaar each year during Ramadan. If you are able to provide a donation of any amount, your gift helps ensure this event will continue and supports our Muslim Climate Action Circle and other work with the Muslim community. Thank you!
Old School by Steeple People
Earth Day Celebration!
Wednesday, April 21 through Sunday, April 25
10am to 5pm and by appointment

Join us at Old School for an Earth Day Celebration! We celebrating by reusing, recycling and renewing clothing and household goods that might otherwise be in a landfill!

Bring in donations Wednesday 4/21 (11-5) or Saturday 4/24 (11-5) and you will receive 10% off your in-store purchases! If Wednesday and Saturday don't work for you that week, simply call 612 871-8305 to arrange for another donation time. THANK YOU!!!!
Old School Facebook Live Event
Join us online!
Monday, April 26 | 6pm

Please join us for our eighth Old School FaceBook Live Event! We'll gather virtually at 6:30 pm.

You'll be able to see a curated collection of lovely items including spring accessories, decor, kitchen items, jewelry, and toys. If you're interested in purchasing any of the items, simply chime in in the comments section, "Hey! I want that silk iguana scarf!"

Click here to join in on the fun!
VeTouch Free Veterinary Clinic
Sunday, May 2 (by appointment only) Hennepin Avenue UMC (parking lot)
511 Groveland Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

VeTouch is a non-profit veterinary student club that provides basic pet care and nutritional support to low or no-income Twin Cities families. The volunteers are veterinary students who also have the opportunity to gain valuable clinical experience while promoting the human-animal bond and establishing a client-veterinary relationship. These students work under the guidance of licensed veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians.

  • Due to COVID-19, our clinics are CURBSIDE AND APPOINTMENT ONLY until further notice. We are seeing patients at the Dignity House next to the Hennepin Church - please use the same parking lot. In order to accommodate more clients we have extended our hours and are now seeing appointments from 9am to 4pm. Please contact us at vetouch@umn.edu if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.
  • Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of CoVID or if you have been exposed! Masks are required as well.
  • We are now paper-free! We switched to an online computer system in order to keep better records. Please make sure we have your email address on file so we can send you copies of your pet's chart!
  • NO WALK-INS! Please call or email if you would like to make an appointment for our next clinic!
  • VeTouch Clinics are typically held on the first Sunday of every month.
  • We provide care for dogs and cats. 
  • All care is free.
  • Se habla espanol.
Doing the work of anti-racism:
Support "Food for the People" CSA

Looking for a way to support local farmers and BIPOC neighbors? Check out Food for the People CSA!

The mission of this program is to provide locally grown food to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color while supporting a cooperative of local, diverse farmers to earn a living wage.

This program was created because as farmers we believe everyone should have access to locally and responsibly grown farm food, not just those with financial wealth, and that operating a small farm and feeding your local foodshed should be a dignified job, not one of poverty and scarcity. Please join us in supporting this work! Find more information and ways to contribute at www.sharedgroundcoop.com.

In 2020, the Food for the People CSA program. donated CSA shares to 62 low-income BIPOC families in the Twin Cities. This year they are working to increase that number to 100 families.
Learn more and donate if you are able! www.sharedgroundcoop.com
Save the Date
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?
1.    Join our team or donate to our page and help us spread the word with your friends! https://give.commonhope.org/HAUMCWalk2021
·       $96 helps fund one month of support for a student!
·       $576 helps fund six months of support for a student!
·       $1,152 helps fund one year of support for a student!
2.     Walk with us on Sunday, June 13th, at noon. We will meet at HAUMC’s parking lot. Everyone is welcome!

We walk because less than 20% of kids graduate from high school in Guatemala. We walk to support education for students living in poverty so that they can graduate from high school and help end generational poverty for their families. We walk for the kids just starting school, where they will likely hold a book for the first time. We walk, so families have access to quality health care. We walk to help young people dream, grow, and succeed. We walk the Extra Mile to fight poverty with diplomas!

Last year, walkers raised more than $115,000 for Common Hope programs! Every dollar you raise Walking for Hope directly supports education for kids, health care, housing, and programs for their entire family.
Visit www.commonhope.org to learn more or contact Teresa Bettmann at TeresaB@us.commonhope.org if you have questions or need additional information!
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
From Ministry Now to Ministry Next:
Family, Youth & Children's Ministry
Listening Sessions with Lynne & Rick coming in May

A lot has happened in the lives of our children, youth, and families over the past year. We believe that ministry should reflect our collective lived experiences.

Please join Rick and Lynne as they host listening sessions with parents and youth. We invite you to share ideas about what we should keep from our previous ministry offerings, and what changes could be made to better reflect the lessons learned from the past year.
Sessions will be held in person in the Ministry House backyard and also on Zoom. Playground supervision for younger kids will be available, and we’ll have fun activities for older kids, too.  

Hennepin Kids Meetings:
Sunday, 5/16@3pm kids - Ministry House backyard
Saturday, 5/22@10am - Ministry House backyard
Sunday 5/23@5pm on Zoom 

Youth Meetings:
Sunday, 5/16 @ 1pm - Ministry House backyard
Saturday, 5/22@11:30 - Ministry House backyard
Sunday, 5/23@5pm on Zoom

Please use this online sign up form to help us plan our time together. 
Twin Cities District UMW
Virtual Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 24 | 10am to 12noon
on Zoom

Register online:
Link to meeting will be provided after registering. Registration Deadline: April 20

Twin Cities District UMW Virtual Spring Gathering promotes the National UMW program "Just Energy for All."

In support of that program, the virtual meeting will have Rev. Susan Mullin, Ordained Deacon (MN Conf.) and Director of Faith Community Organizing, together with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL), who will speak about "Climate Justice".

She will also explain how churches and UMW groups can be informed and involved in the "Just Energy for All" program.

10 am Worship and Offering for MNIPL and TCUMW
10:40 am Speaker, Susan Mullin followed by discussion
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.

No need to RSVP 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.
Radical Hospitality
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
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
Extravagant Generosity
Help Make a Home for Our Neighbors
Donate to "Sofas and..."
13th Annual Donation Drive

Saturday, May 15 | 9am to 12noon
in the Hennepin Avenue UMC parking lot
511 Groveland Avenue, Mpls

Do you have used furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas, end tables, lamps, and dressers that could use a new home?

If so, you are cordially invited to the 13th annual Align Minneapolis furniture drive – “Sofas & ...” on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 from 9-noon at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis).

Furniture will then be given to guests of Align Minneapolis outreach ministries to assist in furnishing new apartments.

Questions? Contact Mary@haumc.og, 512-435-1337.

No beds, appliances or construction materials, please.

If you would like to learn more about the life-changing, dynamic work of the AlignMPLS, visit their website at www.alignmpls.org!
2021 Tax Incentives for Giving to Hennepin Avenue UMC

Two charitable giving incentives of the CARES Act are extended for 2021. Here’s what it may mean for planning your giving to Hennepin:

1. Expansion of the universal charitable deduction for cash gifts. For taxpayers taking the standard deduction, the “above-the-line” deduction is $300 for single filers, and (increased to) $600 for married couples filing jointly.

2. Extension of the cap on deductions for cash gifts. For those who itemize, the cap on annual gifts continues for 2021 at up to 100% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI).

Again, these tax incentives are available only for cash gifts to qualified charities.

For more details on these incentives, or other tax-wise gift options to fulfill your annual pledge or to make a legacy gift, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321, or jack@haumc.org.
Opening Doors Gala
Emma Norton Services Annual Event and Silent Auction
Thursday, April 29, 7pm-8:30pm on Zoom
Register FREE, on website: https://emmanorton.org/engage/events

Emma Norton Services is a national mission site of the UMC. ENS supports women recovering from homelessness, trauma, mental, chemical and chronic health issues. and single parent families with 3 or more children in safe, affordable housing.

The Opening Doors Gala is ENS annual fundraising event. This is the 2nd Annual Virtual Opening Doors Gala It is an evening of philanthropy, community and celebration bringing together supporters from all over the country!

The goal is 400 viewers raising $100,000 to support their mission of providing transformational housing and growth for women and families on their journey of recovery.

Hennepin UMW is supporting the event by providing themed gift baskets for the Silent Auction. Monetary donations to support the event are welcome at VVirasy@emmanorton.org.
2021 Walker Methodist
STRIDE FOR SENIORS 16th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk
June 5, 2021, 9am to 12noon
at Lake Harriet or virtually

Time to register for Walker Methodist Foundation's annual fundraising event. Use code SENIORS to sign up at bit.ly/walkerrace2021. Direct donation to "Health Center". $40 for 10K, $35 for 5K.

2021 participation can be in person or virtually! Either way, participants receive a T-shirt and more.

Proceeds from the race go to support services for residents of Walker Methodist Communities.

Please contact Susanne Mattison with questions: susanne_mattison@yahoo.com or 612 987 3336.
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