Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
May 5, 2019
Koinonia Conversation
May 5, 11:30am in the Sanctuary

There will be a Koinonia conversation in the SANCTUARY at 11:30am-1:00 pm. You will hear about Koinonia's history, our current reality, and additional financial information, including some projections for the coming years. 

The decision about whether we will sell Koinonia has not yet been made, but we will discuss one crucial update: a local religious group is interested in buying Koinonia and would maintain and invest in Koinonia as a church camp for the long term.  

This session is to listen and to hear your questions so we might provide all the information you need to vote on June 2nd at a Church Conference at 11:30am. 

 This is a very important decision and we want to make a wise decision together.  Please attend both the information session and the Church Conference if you are a MEMBER of Hennepin.  At the Church Conference, m embers must be present to vote, and will vote by paper ballot only. Non-members are not eligible to vote in Church Conferences. 

Child Care will be provided for both the information sessions and the Church Conference.
Faith to Save the Planet:
An Evening with Brian McLaren
May 12, 7pm in the Sanctuary

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church will host a free evening event on responding to climate change from a faith perspective with Brian McLaren. With writing heralded by the New York Times as “Provocative and powerful,” McLaren is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” around issues such as climate change. He reminds us that “Global warming is a matter of science, economics, and politics, but it is a spiritual, moral, religious issue - a matter of the head but also the heart, and we who are people of faith must acknowledge that we need to be part of the solution but too often many of us have been part of the problem. …We people of faith need to learn and passionately tell a new and healing story, a bigger, better, more gracious story.”

McLaren will moderate a panel of local leaders who are helping Minnesotans respond to the worldwide challenge of climate change through science and faith. Panelists include:
  • Mark Seeley, climatologist; retired University of Minnesota professor
  • Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Minister of Social Justice & Advocacy, Nativity Lutheran Church
  • Halston Sleets, board member of the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
  • Alina Yaman, pipeline resistance coordinator, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light

6:00pm Doors Open
7:00pm Keynote Speaker
8:00pm Intermission
8:15pm Panel

This event also features several local environmental justice organizations for attendees to connect with in-person and a pop-up bookstore featuring works by Brian McLaren and other environmental justice and environmental theology materials.

Free general admission tickets are available now at https://hennepinmclaren.eventbrite.com
Dignity Center Fundraiser
May 23, 12 noon in the Social Hall

You are invited to support all on their path to stability. Gather with fellow supporters of The Dignity Center at our Fundraiser Luncheon. Hear from program participants about how their lives have changed because of The Dignity Center and be inspired by keynote speaker Dr. Greg Owen of the Wilder Foundation, the organization who leads the Minnesota Homeless Study.

RSVP at hennepindignitycenter2019.eventbrite.com or by calling 612.871.5303. This event is free to attend, and we ask you to give generously to directly fund The Dignity Center.

If you are unable to attend and are ready to support the participants of The Dignity Center and their work toward stability, go to the RSVP link above to make a donation.
Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth
A 9-week worship series starting April 28

This spring and summer, you are invited to confront global climate change from a faith perspective during our new worship series: Green Faith.

Using the book Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth by Fletcher Harper as our guide, the Hennepin community will explore how "God is calling us to live differently" in the age of global climate change. We will explore how we can and must take action to protect Creation, reconnect to nature-based spirituality, and commit more fully to environmental justice.

Each Sunday, you will hear Green Faith-themed sermons on topics like "Many Faiths, One Earth," "The Pale Blue Dot," and "Our Kairos Moment." Throughout the series, we're hosting events and programs to explore Green Faith through art, film, music, food, discussion, and more.

Invite your neighbors and friends to join in as we deepen our Green Faith.
Brian McLaren Preaching
May 12, 10am in the Sanctuary

Brian McLaren, author of our 2016-2017 worship series book, We Make the Road by Walking , is our guest preacher about environmental justice at our Traditional Worship Service.
Graduation Sunday
May 19, 10am in Traditional Worhsip

We want to celebrate graduates of all ages! Whether you're graduating high school or college this spring, your church wants to lift up you and your big accomplishment in worship. A cake reception will follow in Carlson Hall. High school graduates will receive a special blessing in worship: please RSVP with Pastor Nate at nate@haumc.org.
Celebrating our Volunteers at Servant Sunday!
June 9, 10am in Traditional Worship

If you have volunteered to serve in any way at Hennepin Avenue this year, make sure you are here so we can bless you and thank you.  
UMW Legacy Ice Cream Social
May 5, 10am in the East Entry

Join Hennepin's United Methodist Women for an ice cream social in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the United Methodist Women group. Ice cream will be served from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the East Entry with a free will offering toward building the Legacy Fund for the next 150 years of living faith through mission in support of women and children around the world.
Parenting for LYFE
May 5, 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 the wisdom of 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.
This month, we will look at the benefits and security of being lovingly held in a sacred community that can last a lifetime.
Adulting 101: Storytelling
May 5, 1-2:30pm in the Longfellow Room

Everyone has a story to share, yet we don't all know how to share it. Learn with a skilled storyteller from Strike Theater how to take the spark of your story and craft it into something worth sharing with the world. This edition of Adulting 101 is a little longer than usual so all participants get work shopping time, so RSVPs are especially helpful this time: nate@haumc.org. As always, Adulting 101 is free!
Short-Term LYFE Group: Contemplative Spiritual Writing
May 9, 16, and 23, 1pm in the Harrison Room

Live Your Faith Everywhere! Explore your faith through guided spiritual writing, listening, and art in a small group setting. Reflective writing prompts include cultivating hope, grief and grace, spiritual memoir, and Green Faith by Fletcher Harper. Dig deep with your roots and find renewing waters to grow.

For information contact Ingrid Bloom at a.good.day.ib@gmail.com and register at haumc.org/register .
Life Adventures:
Lost Minneapolis Mansions and Estates
May 10, 12 noon in the Social Hall

Larry Millett, historian, author of Lost Twin Cities and other books, and former reporter, editor, and architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press , will take us on a virtual tour of beautiful historic buildings in Minneapolis that have been lost to history as the city has grown and changed over the years.

Prepaid reservations are due Monday, May 6 . Cost is $18 and includes lunch. Drop your check off at the reception desk.
Progressive Christianity
May12, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone one is welcome to this discussion group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Pub Theology - A Special Celebration of Rev. Nate
May 15, 6pm Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W #100, Minneapolis

Please join the HAUMC Young Adult group for a multi-generational Pub Theology. This will serve as a send-off and celebration of Pastor Nate, who launched this ministry over five years ago! The monthly event will continue on under coordination of the young adult leadership team after Pastor Nate moves to Richfield UMC this summer.
Vacation Bible School: To Mars and Beyond
June 10-14, 8:30am - 4:00pm at Hennepin Avenue UMC

Go beyond with FAITH! Hennepin Kids for LYFE presents "To Mars and Beyond," our summer camp experience for kids ages 3 years through 4th Grade graduates.

Kids will discover the wonders of God's universe, exploring where God's power can take them. The adventure includes out-of-this-world science fun, crafts, music and timeless bible stories. We'll inspire kids to chart their own course with God, who is able to do far beyond what we can ask or imagine!

Cost: $35 per child, $50 family max. Contact Lynne Carroll with questions or to sign your older child up as a VBS helper!

Register at haumc.org/events .
June 23-29, Northern Pines Camp

7th-10th Graders experience the expansive love of Jesus in this diverse camp community. Explore who God created you to be in small groups and worship and let your identity as a beloved child of God shine. Feel the Spirit in games, crafts, sports, campfire, and Quest. Share the love of Christ with your friends in song, support, and lots of laughter. Carry on loved traditions and make new ones in our 65th summer together. Make the road by walking the next steps with Jesus on your spiritual journey at LYFE Camp, and may you Live Your Faith Everywhere!

Cost: $430. Scholarships available, contact Rev. Nate at nate@haumc.org. See more photos and testimonials at lyfecamp.org .

Register at http://campminnesota.org .
Music and Arts Immersion Camp for Singers in Grades 3-8
July 29-August 2, at the Basilica of St. Mary
88 17th St N, Minneapolis

Children of diverse abilities and cultures will join together to create a musical cantata ("In the Image" by Mark Burrows) using music, drama and choreography, Orff (mallet) instruments, handbells, percussion and art, all through the light of the Christian faith. Campers will present performances highlighting their achievements on the last day of camp, at 1pm and 2:30pm. Daily schedule: 8:30am - 4pm, breakfast, lunch and daily snacks provided. This will be taking the place of “Joyful Uproar” of years past.

Tuition: $100.00 (scholarships are available). A NON-REFUNDABLE $25 registration fee is due by July 15 to secure a spot, with the balance due on first day of camp.

Questions? Ready to register? Contact Director of Music and Fine Arts Mark Squire at mark.squire@haumc.org.
Earth Camp
August 12-15, at Koinonia Retreat Center

Earth campers will make new friends and reconnect with existing pals on the lovely shores of Lake Sylvia! Campers celebrate God's creation and learn about their role in creation care--all while enjoying swimming, hiking, bonfires, and the ever-popular gaga pit!

For kids in Grades 1 through 6. Scholarships are available.

Please email Lynne Carroll at lynne@haumc.org for more info, and register at haumc.org/events.
Meet the Artist:
James Boyd-Brent
May 3, 6-8pm in Carlson Hall

Come celebrate the opening of the Fine Arts Team Spring exhibit: the works of printmaker James Boyd-Brent. Brent lives and works in Minneapolis, creating works that reflect his enthusiasm for the physical world. He's drawn to both the physical and the imaginative aspects of places and how the experience of them can be simultaneously extraordinary and everyday.

The Walker Collection in the Art Gallery will also be accessible for the enjoyment of one and all.
Hennepin Chime Concert
May 12, 3pm in the Art Gallery

HAUMC’s talented handbell ensemble presents an eclectic program which is sure to delight! Free and open to all. Bring your mom!
Chorus Polaris Concert:
Millennia - Psalms Ancient and Modern
May 19, 5pm in the Sanctuary

Chorus Polaris is an eclectic community chamber chorus of 35 professional and amateur singers singing an extraordinary range of music, from Renaissance motets to jazz to masterworks with orchestra. The May concert is entitled "Millennia: Psalms Ancient and Modern," which will feature Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, as well as older and newer settings of psalms and psalm-like texts, each a gem of the poetic and choral arts. Free and open to all, but donations are appreciated.
Minnesota Methodists Statement of Support

If you are in agreement for an inclusive Methodist church, please go to minnesotamethodists.org and sign the general statement on the homepage. The more people who sign the statement, the better able we are to show the call for an inclusive, affirming church. If you have questions, please contact Becky Boland at bolandbecky@gmail.comor at 612.281.1595.
Spruce the Spire: Spring Cleaning
May 11, 8:30-11:30am

Help us dust, polish, mulch, plant, pick-up and sweep our building and grounds as we prepare for visitors from around the country as part of the Doors Open Minneapolis event the following week. All ages are welcome.

Sign-ups are really helpful, but you can always show up. Sign up at signup.com/go/VLAXfDm or in Carlson Hall on Sundays.
Sofas & Spokes
May 18, 9am-12 noon in HAUMC Parking Lot

The annual Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) furniture and bicycle drive is coming soon! Donations of gently used furniture and bicycles will be accepted. Furniture and bicycles will then be given to guests of DCEH outreach ministries to assist in furnishing new apartments and to provide bicycles as an economical, reliable, and environmentally-friendly method of transportation to work and appointments. Questions? Contact Julia at 612-317-3413 or jfreeman@mary.org. Adult bikes only; no beds, appliances or construction materials, please.
Volunteer at the Dignity Center and the Life You Change Could be Your Own!

The Dignity Center welcomes people of all ages and experience who are looking for a chance to make a difference and take a stand against poverty and homelessness. We have positions available to fit your skills and time availability.

Email Mary Martin at mary@haumc.org and schedule a tour today!

“I feel that I make a difference one person at a time.”—Joe, Volunteer at The Dignity Center
Calling All Electric Vehicle Drivers

Cars and other motorized vehicles release more carbon into the atmosphere than any other source. We can eliminate these carbon emissions by driving plug-in electric vehicles powered by renewable electricity. Hennepin Avenue UMC supports taking climate action, and would like to highlight the number of members who drive EVs. Do you have a plug-in EV? Please send a note with the type of EV you drive to Adele Dahm at adele@haumc.org .
Old School by Steeple People

Old School by Steeple People is looking for VOLUNTEERS! We can match you with people and projects you'll enjoy. Maybe you love organizing shelves of merchandise or you have a deep and abiding affection for knick knacks. We need volunteers every day except Monday. Please email assistant manager Molly at news@oldschoolthrifty.org if you're interested.

Is your car FULL of donations? The easiest way to remedy this situation is to stop by the HAUMC parking lot Sunday morning between 9:30am and 11:30am. We'll help you unload directly into the Old School van.

Thanks for your support! We hope to see you at 1901 Nicollet Ave Wednesday - Sunday 11-6.
Knit or Crochet a Welcome Scarf

The United Methodist General Conference is coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference. We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf. That’s where you come in! We are inviting United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16. To find detailed instructions, plus knitting and crochet patterns, visit minnesotaumc.org/lydiaproject .

Questions? Contact: Karen Andrew at karenandrew257@gmail.com.
Serve Radical Hospitality at Hennepin's Sunday Brunch

Who doesn't love brunch? At Hennepin, it is a time for radical hospitality, family, friendship and great food! Share these blessings with our community by volunteering to help serve brunch in our social hall. All ages of volunteers are welcome, so your whole family can serve together.

Sign up at haumc.org/brunch .
Koinonia is open every day of the year to host your personal, family, shared interest or business retreats. The best way you can support our Retreat Center is to attend events, or even better - schedule your own retreat!

Call Kevin or Teresa at 888-801-7746 to check availability, or program Director Mark Peterson at mark.peterson@haumc.org to share your idea for a fun retreat. For the latest news about Koinonia, visit facebook.com/KoinoniaRetreatCenter .

Please pray that this week’s guests have successful retreats: Institute of Himalayan Tradition Retreat and Minnesota Annual Conference Soul Leaders’ Retreat.
Walker Methodist Health Care Center Jewelry Sale
May 9 & 10, 8am-5pm
May 11, 8am-3pm
Walker Methodist Health Care Chapel
3737 Bryant Ave S, Minneapoli

Walker Methodist Health Care is hosting its annual jewelry sale. Come for some good finds to help a great cause! All proceeds are used to fund programs and activities for Walker Methodist Health Center residents.
Our Movement Forward: Centering POC+Q+T Voices
May 17 & 18, Lake Harriet UMC
4901 Chowen Ave S, Minneapolis

Lake Harriet UMC is hosting a summit to discuss the future of the United Methodist Church, centering POC+Q+T (People of Color, Queer, and Transgender) voices in leadership. POC+Q+T people of faith and allies are invited to register and attend this summit. There will be a pre-conference on May 17 from 5-9pm, with the conference on May 18 from 9am-5pm. The summit will address such questions as:
  • In the wake of the passage of the Traditional Plan, how can United Methodists who affirm LGBTQIA+ lives shape the future of the church in a manner that does not continue to replicate racist, sexist, classist, and colonialist structures?
  • How do we articulate a passionate love for God to our communities?
  • What are the non-negotiables for the church moving forward?
  • What is the nature of the problem for which the local church is the solution?
  • How do we want to relate to each other? What are the benefits/costs for staying together as a denomination?
  • What theological and spiritual understandings must be at the core of our covenant and solidarity?

For more information, go to um-forward.org/our-movement-forward .

To register, go to um-forward.org/omf-registration . Suggested donation of $50.

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