Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
April 26, 2019
Koinonia Conversations
April 28, 11:30am in the Art Gallery or
May 5, 11:30am in the Art Gallery

There will be two opportunities for conversations to discuss our ownership of Koinonia Retreat Center. These conversations will be led by our Strategic Council for the purpose of determining if we are ready to authorize the Trustees to sell Koinonia. Although we don't have a firm offer, we have had some serious inquiries from a church group that is interested in buying Koinonia.

All members of Hennepin will receive a Case Statement in the mail the week of April 15 detailing Koinonia's history and our current reality, so you will have time to prepare for these conversations.

We want to hear all perspectives as we prepare to make a decision together on June 2, 2019 at a Church Conference.
Soul Café
April 28, 7pm in the Art Gallery

Heartsong: Celebrating Poet Mary Oliver & Women of Jazz
with guests Laura Caviani and Andrea Canter

Joining musicians Steve Blons, Brad Holden, Steven Hobert and Chris Bates will be Laura Caviani, a founding member of Soul Café, who has set one of Mary Oliver’s poems to music. You also will be blessed by the art of Andrea Canter, local jazz journalist and photographer whose images will accompany our performance.
Movie & A Meal:
First Daughter and The Black Snake + Dinner by The Sioux Chef
May 4, 4:30pm in the Social Hall

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary chance to celebrate film, food, and environmental justice with luminaries of the Minnesota art & activism community.
This event, part of our Green Faith discussion series, begins with a screening of First Daughter and The Black Snake , the riveting documentary by filmmaker Keri Pickett , which follows the efforts by Winona LaDuke , famed Native American environmentalist, former Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate, and executive director of Honor the Earth, in her battle to stop development of several pipelines that would cut across Indian reservations in northern Minnesota, jeopardizing food and water sources for the Ojibwe tribes living there.

Following the movie, you'll enjoy a buffet catered by Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef , winner of the 2019 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. After dinner, enjoy discussion with Keri and Winona, as they share the passion of filmmaking and indigenous culture preservation.

4:30 movie screening
6:30 buffet dinner
7:00 interview and conversation with filmmaker Keri Pickett and activist Winona LaDuke

Tickets: $25.00 via Eventbrite at hennepinfirstdaughter.eventbrite.com .
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.
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
Purchase the New Worship Series Book:
Green Faith
Sundays in Carlson Hall

The worship series after Easter is "Green Faith: Mobilizing God's People to Save the Earth," inspired by the book by Fletcher Harper. Buy your copy on a Sunday in April in Carlson Hall for $17. If you prefer, you can read one of several "reserve copies" kept in our library throughout the series.

Connect with a LYFE Group to discuss the book with friends: contact Kathryn Johnson at kmj1960@aol.com.
Progressive Christianity
April 28, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone one is welcome to this discussion group. We will be discussing personal spirituality.
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 Deep Listening
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 off your check at the reception desk.
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.
New Art Display:
Urban Theology by
James Boyd-Brent
April 23-June 10, 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.

A “Meet the Artist” reception will be held on Friday, May 3 (6-8pm) in Carlson Hall. 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.
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 .
Roadside Kindness Kit Mini Drive
April 15-28, The East Entry

A Roadside Kindness Packet is a little gift of love that goes a long way. In it, persons who stand at the side of the road or stop you on the sidewalk to ask for money, find information about where meals can be had, or where in-depth assistance is available. They also get an energy bar to help them make it to the nearest help center.

Homelessness has increased 10% in Minnesota since the last population count in 2015. Because of this fact, and in anticipation of increased panhandling due to warmer weather, the Dignity Center is launching a drive for the contents of the Roadside Kindness Kit. We need lip balms, travel sized lotions and granola bars to help us create several thousand of these kits. You can help us by initiating a drive for these items in your family, workplace or ministry/social group. Once you donate these items, we will assemble them into Roadside Kindness Kits and have them available for wide distribution. Your little gift of love will help lots of persons who need that comprehensive assistance.

Roadside Kindness Kits provide a practical means to acknowledge the need of a fellow human, and to aid without doing damage. Each kit represents a new opportunity to be a blessing to someone in need.

The following is a list of items which can be purchased or collected:

Granola Bars
Travel size lotion
Chapstick/lip balm
Sandwich size Ziploc bags

Items should be delivered to the East Entry by Sunday, April 28 .
Old School by Steeple People

The Old School van will be back in the parking lot Sunday mornings from 9:30-11:30 beginning April 28. Bring your gently used donations! After you visit the van, you can stop by the store at 1901 Nicollet Ave S. City Pages just crowned us "Best Thrift Store!” Come and see for yourself Wednesday - Sunday from 11am-6pm.
Conference-Wide Spirit Lake Mission Trip
July 7-12, Sheyenne, ND
Registrations and deposits due April 30

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 .
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.
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 Retreat Center’s mission is to “foster and sustain beloved community for Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church, other guests and all of God's creation.” Koinonia's staff and leaders have offered this ministry of hospitality for over five decades, and we are excited about entering our 58th season of welcoming campers. We will always be thankful for the support Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church has offered these many years. Without you, this important work would not be possible.

Please pray for this week’s guests who are attending the 2019 Earthkeeper’s Retreat.
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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