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October 14 - UMW & Bible Sunday

October 14 - Parenting for LYFE @ 11:15 in the Social Hall

October 28 - Trunk-or-Treat @ 4pm in the East parking lot

November 10 - Carol and Cherub Choirs begin practicing @ 9:15am in the Border Chapel

November 18 - Best Media Practices for Kids, Preteens, and Families @ 6:30 in the Art Gallery

December 1 - Family Advent Kick-off @ 10am-1pm in the Social Hall

December 15 - First Ever Hennepin Kids Dinner Theatre @ 1-6pm in the Social Hall

Snap Shot
Whirl - Team Blue, Purple & Green
 Last Week (10/7)
Rebekah & Isaac

This Wee k (10/14) 

Next Week (10/21)   Joseph and His Bros.
Connect - Team Orange 
Last Week (10/7)  Flood

This Week (10/14)  Tower of Babel

Next Week (10/21)  Rewind

Re:form - Club 67 
Last Week (10/7)    
Is the Old Testament more important than the New Testament?
This Week (10/14)  
Why are there so many versions of the bible?

Next Week (10/21) Can it be proven that God exists

MEA at Koinonia
Join friends at Koinonia for fall fun. The fall colors are at their peak!  We'll carve pumpkins, play games, enjoy movie night and bonfires. Cost is $78 for adults, $65 for youth, free for kids under 5. Register at


with Guest Speaker Dawn Rundman Ph.D. Developmental Psychology
Sunday, November 18th 
@ 6:30-7:45pm

How early should kids get their first tablet or mobile device?  How am I supposed to keep up with the latest apps my kids use? And what does technology have to do with faith?   If you're trying to keep up with the media landscape, this session is for you! Dawn will review current research and walk you through a process to assess how you and your family members can develop digital citizenship and a framework for deliberate, meaningful media usage informed by your faith. She'll share fresh ideas and usable tools throughout the session.
As our Hennepin community explores what it means to strengthen our Spiritual CORE (Centered, Open, Receptive, Engaged), we will post weekly thoughts on what it means to have a strong CORE as a family.

Extravagant Generosity
"Giving moderates the powerful and sometimes destructive need for acquisition...(it) aims us at what really satisfies..(p.120)"

Membership vows for the United Methodist Church include sharing of "our time, our talents, our gifts, and our service".  The way that we model this behavior has lasting affects on our children.  Here are some ideas that have been shared with us from other Hennepin families:
  • Children are encouraged to give part of their allowance for offering at Chapel Time
  • Find a place to donate half of their Halloween Candy after Trick-or-Treating is all done
  • Shop as a family for gifts to donate to recipients of the Angel Tree (Hennepin Christmas outreach), Toys for Tots, or other Christmas outreach projects.
  • Talk at home about how your family plans annual giving to support Hennepin Church and other local charities.
It can be stunning to see the ideas that our kids come up with for sharing extravagant generosity when we get them pointed in the right direction!
This Sunday is Bible Sunday!
Please let me know if your family will join us in the Traditional Worship Service at 10am to participate in this important milestone.   Our 3 years olds will receive the Desmond Tutu Story Bible, and our 3rd graders will receive the Deep Blue Bible from Cokesbury.   
You may RSVP to Lynne Carroll at .
Parenting for LYFE is THIS SUNDAY!

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.  For this month, we will meet in the Social Hall at 11:15.  Grab some brunch, feed your kids, and then our awesome childcare helpers will be on-hand to lead fun crafts with your kids while parents have discussion time.

Sunday, October 14th @ 11:15am in the Social Hall
Reading Matters
Developing literacy skills starts long before our children are actually readers, and the positive effects are far-reaching.  Bring you favorite kids' book to share with the group.  It's Bible Sunday, so we'll also talk about how children's bibles affect kids' early understanding of their faith.

Trunk or Treat
New For This Year - "Costume Closet"

Do you have old costumes at home that no longer fit you or your kids?  Why not donate them for Trunk or Treat?  Along with trunks full of treats, the Youth Spooky Labs, Halloween crafts, hot cocoa, and face painting, we would like to offer a rack of costumes for our neighbors who may not have one of their own.  Just bring in your gently used, clean costumes, and leave them in the designated bin in the East Entry.  Our volunteers will hang them and be on-hand during Trunk-or-Treat to help our neighbors find a great costume to help them enjoy the fun!
Sign up to volunteer or to host a trunk at
The Power of Parenting with Persistence
Written by Tera Michelson
I am directionally challenged. I've been losing my car in parking lots and cruising past my freeway exits for decades. My inclination for getting lost doesn't squelch my zeal for road trips. One of the loops in the soundtrack of my life is the electronic voice from a GPS or map app, feeding me directions, turn by turn. With Siri's help, I  get to my destination...eventually.
When Siri is rerouting from my latest wrong turn, she announces, "Recalculating," or "Please make a U-turn." These words are very familiar to my ki ddos. This rang true for me the day I overheard my son in the backseat, comforting a friend. In his most soothing tone he said, "Don't worry. We're not lost. We're just finding a different way there."
Little did I know that my traveling experiences would prepare me in a unique way for parenthood. I spend most of my time as a parent feeling lost, going down unmarked, one-way streets, not knowing what kind of roadblocks or detours to anticipate. Let's be real here-parenthood is 95% persistence and 5% persuasion (trying to make your idea feel like their idea). We correct, redirect, then repeat, repeat and repeat.  Your young one doesn't want to eat those carrots? What if we cut them into "Veggie Coins?" Offer a dip? Stir in some maple syrup? Parental persistence reroutes us. We get to the end goal...eventually.
As parents, we get to reframe failure with persistence. We aren't failing, we are simply navigating roadblocks that are keeping us from our destination. Decisions come fast and hard for children. For toddlers through teenagers, making choices can be very intense, immediate and loaded with consequences. Most life events can't be avoided. You can't skip over, dive under or dodge around them. Sometimes, life requires that the only way is through. We role model persistence when we try, fail, pick ourselves up and try again. Jesus is all about fresh starts and do-overs. God never gives up on us.
Three Tips for Teaching Tenacity:
  • Make your family a safe place to fail. What could be better than falling flat in a support system of love, patience and grace? Home is where we kiss boo-boos, bandage wounds and pick each other up to get back on course. Your child will never have a safer place to fail than with you to guide him to persist through it.
  • When you make mistakes, don't hide them; embrace them, instead. Talk to your kids about how it feels to fail-powerless, hopeless, helpless. Discuss your options and plan for what to do next. Be transparent about the steps you will take to try again.
  • When your children make mistakes, help them identify their emotions: anger, fear, frustration, sadness, worry. Accept these feelings and work together to find healthy ways to process and cope: laugh, take deep breaths, count backwards from 10, rate the strength of your emotion on a scale of 1-5.
Failure is a learning tool that turns into positive persistence. Together, we can do hard things. Remember, don't worry; you aren't lost, you are just finding a new route. "Recalculating..."

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And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8