Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
January 4, 2019
International Cello Institute 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert
Tonight, 7:30pm in the Art Gallery

You are cordially invited to a 10th Anniversary Celebration Concert of the International Cello Institute. This evening of beautiful cello music will feature performances by distinguished alumni and special guests, including special guest Cicely Parnas with Mary Jo Gothmann, pianist. 

Tickets may be purchased at the door. Cost is $25. Students are free.
Adulting 101: New Year, New Budget
January 6, 1pm in the Longfellow Room

You can control your money or your money can control you. Take charge in this seminar led by Paul Christopher (Thrivent Financial) meant to help you think intentionally about how you acquire your money, how you regard it, how you manage it, and how you spend it. RSVPs are helpful but not necessary. RSVP to Nate Melcher at nate@haumc.org.
The Salvation of Dr. Who: Small Group Study
Mondays beginning January 7, 7pm in the Longfellow Room

Bring your sonic screwdriver and explore the intersection of faith and science through the beloved TV series Doctor Who in this new, video-based discussion group. Author Rev. Matt Rawle ( Faith of a Mockingbird, Hollywood Jesus ) brings attention to the religious in the midst of pop culture. In The Salvation of Doctor Who , Matt draws on the long-running cult favorite to chart the intersection of faith and science. Chapters include “Bigger on the Inside,” “God and Time and God’s Time,” “The Oldest Question in the Universe,” and “The Sonic Screwdriver Is Mightier Than the Sword.”

Small group led by Curtis Johnson. Study books are $10; pick yours up at the first class. Register at haumc.org/register .
Jim Wallis, author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America , will deliver a keynote address and join a panel of local anti-racism experts to help our community respond to the devastating impact racism has on our nation. Panelists include

• Anika Bowie, Vice President of  NAACP MPLS
• Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, CEO of  Minnesota Council of Churches
• Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director of  CAIR-Minnesota (CAIR-MN)
• Sondra Samuels, President and CEO of  Northside Achievement Zone

We will read and discuss this book as a church in our LYFE Groups and in worship during January 2019. General Admission Tickets are $25; General Admission plus a copy of the book, America’s Original Sin, is $40 per ticket or $30 for students. Click here to buy your tickets online TODAY.
Ministry News
Progressive Christianity
January 6, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

All are welcome to join in this discussion group. The topic will be Jesus and Christ.
Short-Term Life Groups: America's Original Sin

Join the church-wide discussion about anti-racism. Sign up for a 5-week LYFE Group opportunity to discuss America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. Groups being offered:
  • Sundays at 7:00pm with Pastor Nate Melcher, begins Jan. 13 in the Longfellow room.
  • Tuesdays at 7:00pm with Michelle & Mike DeVaughn, begins Jan. 15 at their house: 5812 James Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55419.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm with Bryan Carter & Kristy Barnes, begins Jan. 16 in the Longfellow room.
  • Sundays at 11:30am with Heather Alden and Maren Jensen, begins Jan. 27 in the Longfellow room.

Register at haumc.org/register .
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversations, Spiritual Matters
January 16, 6-7:30pm
Now on the 3rd Wednesday of each month
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 haumc.org/pubtheology.
Parenting for LYFE
January 20, 11:15am in the Social Hall

Parenting for LYFE is an open, drop-in group that meets monthly to discuss all things parenting. We welcome parents with children of all ages. Grab brunch as a family, and then our child care helpers will have engaging activities for your little ones while parents have a chance to discuss a parenting topic of the day.

We will begin 2019 by welcoming early childhood expert and author, Dr. Dawn Rundman, who will introduce her book, “Little Steps, Big Faith.” In her book, she navigates current early childhood brain research to arrive at surprising insights about how very young children experience God and how parents can use science to teach faith.
Entry Point
January 20, 11:30am in the Longfellow 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 larry@haumc.org .
Outreach Opportunities
Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved at Hennepin Avenue, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org.
Help to Host Sunday Brunch

All ages welcome, making it a fun opportunity for families to serve together. Set up and clear away the best brunch in town.

Sign up at haumc.org/breakfast .
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  theboydsmn@gmail.com  
To Usher, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org
To Acolyte, contact Cheryl Gibbons at  cheryl@haumc.org 
To help in the Sound Booth, contact  communications@haumc.org  
To assist with candles, contact Cheryl Gibbons at  cheryl@haumc.org

Share your gifts during Sacred Journey Worship!
Greeters and Hospitality helpers serve during worship. Contact Denny Smith at monarchdj@comcast.net  for details and to sign up.
New Art Display: Ricardo Levins Morales
January and February, in Carlson Hall

The HAUMC Fine Arts Team is pleased to present the works of local graphic artist Ricardo Levins Morales in the Carlson Hall gallery during January and February. Morales, who describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist,” was born in Puerto Rico and was drawn into activism in Chicago when his family moved there in 1967. His art is an integral part of his activism with farmers, environmental, labor, racial justice and peace movements.

Morales’ art has won numerous awards, but according to the artist the greatest affirmation is the way his art has been used by grassroots movements and communities, including within his Twin Cities surroundings. “I’ve created over the years to encourage the laughter, hope, love and anger that move us toward a better world,” says Morales in regard to the prints on display. “Many were made for and within the labor and social justice movements of our time.”

All are welcome to attend a special “Meet the Artist” reception on Friday, January 18 (6 – 8pm) in Carlson Hall, hosted by the Fine Arts Team. This will be an opportunity to interact with Ricardo Levins Morales and his graphic art. In addition, The Ricardo Levins Morales 2019 Liberation Calendar, a colorful and informative collection of Morales prints and important stories of hope, resilience and resistance, will be available ($15 each) at the reception desk.
“Ricardo is a visual poet and weaver of hope and meaning for our times.” — Alexa Bradley

“Ricardo Levins Morales’ work recharges my spirit and strengthens my resolve.” — Stone Cairns

“I was attracted to RLM’s art because of its beauty, and I have also found it to be a powerful tool for education about social movement history and current social justice issues.” — Tim DeChristopher
Salon se Lève
January 13, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

We present two first prize winners of the Thursday Musical Competition: flutist Elizabeth Kleiber and pianist Emma Taggart, winner of Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerto Competition. The performance is free, and the community is cordially invited.
In Recital: Andrew Hackett
January 27, 3pm in the Sanctuary

HAUMC Organist Andrew Hackett presents a brilliant program of rich repertoire on the Sanctuary organ. Reception following. The performance is free, and the community is cordially invited to attend.
Singing in the Light
January 27, 4pm in the Art Gallery

Singing in the oral tradition -- just for the joy of it!
We meet occasional Sunday afternoons at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
All ages and all abilities are welcome.
No music to read.
No performance.
Songs, rounds, and chants from around the world -- from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Singing in the Light is an ongoing fundraiser for the community work of Mar de Jade Holistic Lifestyle Center, Chacala, Mexico. This is the retreat center where Barbara and her colleague Margie Weaver lead their Singing and Yoga Retreat. They offer a variety of programs in their community including those that support children, youth, and single mothers.

Suggested donation at the door: $10-$20 (please don't let money keep you away -- nobody checks what you give). No need to RSVP - just grab your friends and come.
Dignity Brew: a Dignity Center Social
January 24, 4pm at La Dona Cerveceria
241 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis

Shake off the Winter woes and warm up at this Latin-themed brewery with friends of the Dignity Center and Thrivent Financial Services. This benevolent 3 hour concoction features great company, Latin American & Minnesota fused Beer, tasty tacos and burritos, amazing prizes, and the opportunity to learn about Thrivent Financial Services and the Dignity Center's work to support persons with a lived experience of homelessness.

Entrance: A Warm Smile
Church Conference
January 27, 11:15am in the Sanctuary

There will be a church conference for the purpose of receiving and approving the 2019 budget. All Hennepin members are eligible to attend and vote. Child care will be provided.
Conference-Wide Spirit Lake Mission Trip
July 7-12, Sheyenne, ND

The Spirit Lake Reservation, located in east-central North Dakota on the south shores of Devil Lake, is home to more than 6,000 people in the Dakota tribes of Pabakse, Sisseton, and Wahpeton bands. Established in 1867 via treaty, those who call the reservation home live in extreme poverty and struggle with incessant flooding and an unemployment rate of over 43%.

This summer, make it your family’s mission to live life through service with them and join us on a conference-wide mission trip led by Hennepin Avenue UMC. The Spirit Lake Ministry Center offers comfortable accommodations and a variety of meaningful service work for volunteers of all ages as well as opportunities to engage with the Spirit Lake community and culture. Total cost is $200 per person (includes lodging, food, and transportation). For questions or information contact Becky Boland at bolandbecky@gmail.com. To learn more about the Spirit Lake Ministry Center, visit www.spiritlakeministrycenter.org.

Register at https://mnumc-reg.brtapp.com/SpiritLakeMission19 . Registrations and deposits are due April 30 .
Tai Chi Classes Now Being Offered
Beginning January 15
Tuesdays, 11am in the Church of Youth Room
Thursdays, 6pm in the Church of Youth Room
Saturdays, 2:30pm in the Church of Youth Room

Classes will be offered by Rondi Atkin, who has been doing tai chi for more than half her life. She began studying tai chi in the mid-1980s while living in Chicago. She began studying Yang-style tai chi under the instruction of Elizabeth Wenscott. In 1994 she was awarded an instructor certificate in Tai Chi Ch'uan by Master Hsu Fun Yuer and started her own school in Chicago. In 1999, she returned to Minnesota and in 2004, she resumed her tai chi studies at Twin Cities T'ai-chi Ch'uan. She currently studies under Sifu Ray Hayward at Mindful Motion T'ai-Chi Academy.

Tai chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. If you are looking for more balance, flexibility, and strength in body, mind, and spirit, then come try a class.

For more information, contact Rondi Atkin at rondi@taichiinthehood.com. The cost is based on a sliding fee and the first class is free.

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