Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, January 8, 2021
Koinonia Information Session and Koinonia Vote

Info Session:
Saturday, January 9, 10am

Sunday, January 10, 11:30am -- Please sign in at 11am

The Trustees have signed a purchase agreement for the sale of Koinonia Retreat Center.

The sale is contingent on a vote of approval from the congregation.

Our broker, Transitions in Business, will hold an information session via Zoom on Saturday, January 9, at 10am on Zoom. They will review market conditions, the terms of this offer, and efforts made to market the property.

MEMBERS of Hennepin are encouraged to attend the information session, either by phone or by video, if they have not attended the two previous sessions.

At a church conference on Sunday, January 10, District Superintendent Dan Johnson will lead Hennepin members in a discussion and vote. The conference will begin at 11:30am, but please join the Zoom meeting early--starting at 11am--so that we can take attendance and set up the details of the meeting.

You must be a member of HAUMC in order to vote.

On Saturday, January 9, join by video by clicking here, or call in from your phone by dialing 929-205-6099.

Meeting ID: 938 2171 9984
Passcode: 755912

On Sunday, January 10, join by video by clicking here, or call in from your phone by dialing  301 715 8592.

Meeting ID: 989 5759 6041
Passcode: 554329

For details about participating in the Church Conference and vote on Sunday, January 10, please watch the following message from Peter Nielsen, our Office Manager.
New Sermon Series
Uncommon Love for the Common Good
Begins January 10, 2021

Nelson Mandela once said, "Where people of goodwill get together and transcend their differences for the common good, peaceful and just solutions can be found even for those problems which seem most intractable." 

In this series, Uncommon Love for the Common Good, we will explore how God's love--bold, unexpected, powerful and redemptive love--can change the world. Together, we’ll hear the call to love in God’s name and work for the common good.
Join Carrie Newcomer for a midwinter evening of new and favorite songs. Carrie Newcomer, nationally renowned performer & recording artist, will present a concert on Saturday, January 30, at 7pm.

This livestream event is hosted by HAUMC Music & Fine Arts Ministry. A portion of every ticket sold through this particular website will go to support the Music & Fine Arts ministries at Hennepin.

Carrie Newcomer is described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and one who “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone. Her song “I Should’ve Known Better” appeared on Nickel Creek’s Grammy award-winning gold-certified album “This Side,” and she earned a regional Emmy for the PBS special “An Evening with Carrie Newcomer.”

Recent media appearances include PBS’s Religion and Ethics and Krista Tippett’s On Being.

The concert will utilize the new livestream platform Mandolin -- concert attenders will need to sign on to this platform to access the performance. After claiming your Mandolin ticket you can request songs in the Mandolin chat function for this show!

Ticket prices are:

$20 | Individual Ticket
$30 | Family/Household Ticket
$10 | Student Ticket

  1. Follow this link to purchase tickets.
  2. Once you have your ticket, then register on the Mandolin.com website so you'll be ready to enter the concert on January 30.
Make Your 2021 Financial Commitment to Hennepin today!

Have you turned in your 2021 Commitment Card yet? Or made your 2021 pledge on Realm? If so, thank you!

Your gift helps to make possible all the innovative and life-changing ministry programs of Hennepin.

If you haven’t sent in your completed Commitment Card yet, please do so by January 22, 2021--it is necessary for our ministry leaders plan for this year.

If you’d prefer to make your pledge using Realm, our online church management software, but you're not quite sure how, call us and we’ll walk you through it. It is so easy!

For a glimpse of what your gift makes possible, enjoy this video, "What Does Hennepin Ministry Look Like Now?"

To download a copy of the Commitment Card, click on the image below.
Church Conference to Approve the 2021 Budget
Sunday, January 31, 11:30am on Zoom

You are invited to a church conference for the purpose of approving the 2021 Budget. All members are encouraged to attend.

Join the Zoom Meeting by video here, or dial in by phone: 312-626-6799.

Meeting ID: 971 2969 5397
Passcode: 028893
Passionate Worship
Worship This Week
Uncommon Love for the Common Good: Servant Sayings

Sacred Journey at 8:30am
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9 (Easy to Read Version) -- The Lord's Special Servant

Traditional Worship at 10am
Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-9 (New Revised Standard Version) -- God’s Servant Will Set Everything Right
Uncommon Love for the Common Good:
A Conversation with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Saturday, January 16, 10-11:30am on Zoom

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, writer, speaker, and moral activist, weaves his personal journey of transformation and compelling stories of ordinary people who leaned into the public square with fresh imagination to love in uncommon ways and create transformation in their communities.

This 90-minute conversation and discussion offers an opportunity to engage with one of the most thoughtful, inspirational voices in progressive faith.

Jonathan has been called “a scribe for the moral movement in America.” His most recent book, Revolution of Values, returns to the heart of the Christian message—to follow Jesus, love our neighbor, bless those who persecute us, and pursue justice on behalf of “the least of these.”

He serves on the national steering committee of the Poor People's Campaign and directs The School for Conversion, an education center committed to "making surprising friendships possible."

All are welcome at this free event.

To join the workshop by video click here.

To join by phone, call in: 312 626 6799.

Meeting ID: 962 9350 2332
Passcode: 472111
Jonathan will also be our guest preacher in both Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship on Sunday, January 17. He will be sharing a message called, "Here I Am! Answering the Call to Moral Activism."
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Free COVID-19 Testing at Hennepin
Thursday, January 21, and Thursday, January 28
11am-4pm in the Social Hall, Hennepin Avenue UMC


Hennepin Avenue UMC is once again partnering with the Minneapolis Department of Health to offer free COVID-19 testing. This time, the health department will be administering saliva tests instead of nasal swabs.

Results are emailed to you 24-48 hours after taking the test.

A few details:

How the saliva test works
You must not eat, drink, chew or smoke anything for at least 30 minutes before starting a saliva test.

At the testing location, you will receive a kit and use your smartphone to scan a QR code that brings you a testing website. Once on the site, a health care professional will tell you how to take the test, but you will do it yourself.

You will spit into a funnel attached to a tube. Producing the required amount of saliva usually takes 10-12 minutes.

When your container is filled to the line, take off the collection funnel and screw on the cap with blue preservatives. Keep screwing on the cap until the divider between the blue preservative and your saliva sample cracks and you can shake the vial to mix the blue preservative and saliva together. Shake the vial for 5 seconds.

Finally, walk your vial to the submission table and throw away the packaging from the testing kit. Your sample will get sent to a lab.

You will get your results emailed to you within 24-48 hours. If you don’t have an email, you’ll get a call at the phone number you provided.

What to expect at the testing site:

Wear a mask or face covering if you can.

You can show either your confirmation email/text or tell staff your name, birthdate, and address.

Bring your insurance card if you have health insurance. The test will be 100% at no cost to you whether or not you have insurance. If you do, we may ask your insurance company to help pay for your test.

Each person getting tested will need to have their own email address and a phone number to receive your results.

If you don't get your results, please email mn@vaulthealth.com or call 800-800-5698.
Twin Cities District United Methodist Women (UMW)
Winter Gathering
Saturday, January 23 from 10am to 2pm via Zoom

Twin Cities District United Methodist Women Winter Gathering and UMW Leadership Development

10 am-- Worship and Offering for Jacob Wetterling Resource Center
10:40 am Guest Speaker, Patty Wetterling National Child Safety Advocate, Visionary & Educator shares a message called, "Believe."

Noon to 2 pm UMW Leadership Development Breakout Sessions: President, Communications, Program Resources, Treasurer, Social Action.

To participate please register online: https://bit.ly/TCGather. 
There is no fee for this Gathering. We look forward to seeing you!
Intentional Faith Development
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
Sunday, January 10 at *new time* 2pm on Zoom

Entry Point is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Hennepin Avenue UMC and making Hennepin your spiritual home. It is a chance to meet the pastors, ask questions, meet others, and decide if membership at Hennepin is right for you.

All are welcome! Invite a friend!

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting by video, or dial in by phone: 312-626-6799.

Meeting ID: 831 1276 9393
Passcode: 116917
Hennepin Book Club
Thursday, January 21 at 7pm on Zoom

Do you love reading? Especially during this homebound time? Join your Hennepin Avenue UMC community for a virtual book club!
Join us for an hour-long book discussion by Zoom meeting on January 21, 2021 at 7pm.
This month’s book selection will be “Olive, Again” by Elizabeth Strout. We will discuss this book at book club on January 21.
We will continue to discuss the future schedule and book selections at each meeting. We will try to select books available online through local libraries or inexpensive websites like thriftbooks.com.
Please email Jane Mylrea if you are interested: janecmylrea@yahoo.com
Being Anti-Racist: Read, Learn, Act, Impact:
A Reading & Discussion Group for Parents
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.

January - The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
February - My Grandmother's Hands, by Resmaa Menakem
March - A Good Time for Truth, edited by Sun Yung Shin

No need to RSVP or to attend each week.
To receive the Zoom link, please email bolandbecky@gmail.com.
January's book
February's book
March's book
Radical Hospitality
Join your pastors in a virtual get-together every Monday-Friday!
Twice daily, we invite you to start your day with "Coffee with Judy" at 8am for 30 minutes of coffee, connection and conversation; and end your day with "Closings with Frenchye" at 8pm for 30 minutes of reflection, connection and prayer.
8:00 – 8:30am Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 892 5043 5902
Online Support Group
Sundays at 6:30pm on Zoom

All of us are recovering or are struggling with something. In this time of pandemic, perhaps it’s isolation, loneliness, grief, or loss.

No matter your struggle, this group is a safe place for you to connect, learn, share, and listen as we support each other. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

Email dkfocht@gmail.com for more details, or just dial in!

Meeting weekly on Zoom. Join by video here.
Meeting ID: 944 6225 8131
Password: 427306

Join by phone by calling: 312-626-6799.
Extravagant Generosity
Looking for Tuition Assistance?
Call for Applications: Hennepin Scholars 2021

Looking for support for college tuition? Apply for a Hennepin Scholars award for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Scholarships are awarded in modest amounts to students pursuing seminary, college or university degree programs, or other post-secondary degree or certificate programs.

Applicants may be Hennepin members, Hennepin employees or others. Application deadline is January 22, 2021; award notification by February 5, 2021.

For more information, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321 or jack@haumc.org. For application materials, visit Hennepin’s website, click “Give,” then scroll to Hennepin Scholars.
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