Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
February 1, 2019
Love is Love is Love is Love:
Hennepin Singers Concert & Dessert Buffet
February 16, 7pm in the Art Gallery

A love-themed musical celebration, featuring a choral concert by the Hennepin Singers under the direction of Shari Speer, and accompanied by a sumptuous catered dessert buffet.

Tickets are $25 per person and are on sale here.

Complimentary childcare by RSVP to lynne@haumc.org (childcare reservations by 2/11/19).
Call for Lenten Devotional Submissions

Throughout Lent, the congregation will reflect on feeling immersed in and sustained by a "Wellspring of Hope." Each week has a question to ponder: Where do you feel... Well-loved? Well-tended? Well-received? Well-prepared? Well-guarded? Well-protected? Please write an original reflection, poem, or prayer of 250 words or less responding to one of these hopeful questions.

Due Monday, February 18 at noon to communications@haumc.org .
Adulting 101: Personal Branding
February 3, 1pm in the Longfellow Room

Personal branding is the way you show up, the way you market yourself to convey your best skills and attributes. First impression “snapshots” people attach to us become part of our personal brand, and are worth cultivating. Join consultant and coach Bill Lewis for a workshop on taking charge of your personal brand so people think about you the way you want them to think of you.

RSVPs are helpful but not necessary. RSVP to Nate Melcher at nate@haumc.org.
Ministry News
UMCOR Sager Brown Mission Trip Update

Ten members and friends of Hennepin recently returned from a Jan. 6-18 mission trip to UMCOR Sager Brown in Baldwin, LA. They constructed a wheelchair ramp for the home of a local resident; played bingo and built yard chairs for a senior living facility; cleaned an apartment at a local center for abused women; shelled pecans for income at a center for developmentally delayed adults; created school bags in the sewing room; and worked in the UMCOR disaster relief depot to create cleaning buckets and verify layette and birthing kits distribution overseas, and school kits for distribution across the United States.

Many thanks for the extravagant generosity of these volunteers!
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.
  • NEW Tuesdays at 7:00pm with Nancy & Keith Sjoquist, at their home, 3141 Hennepin Ave S, Minneapolis.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm with Bryan Carter & Kristy Barnes.
  • Sundays at 11:30am with Heather Alden and Maren Jensen, begins Jan. 27 in the Longfellow room.

Register at haumc.org/register .
The Salvation of Dr. Who:
Small Group Study Lead by Curtis Johnson
Mondays through February 11, 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.”

Study books are $10. The group is free and open to all.
Library Exhibit
Now-February 3, in the Library

The Library Team has recently partnered with the Outreach Committee to create a special display of books on homelessness within a larger display of books on racism. The books are both fiction and nonfiction and for readers of all ages. Titles include Our Invisible Neighbors ; Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City ; and The Weight of Mercy: A Novice Pastor on City Streets . Check one--or more!--out!
Life Adventures: The String Man
February 8, 12 noon in the Social Hall

Hennepin seniors and friends, here's a Valentine with "no strings attached." Paul Imholte, "The Stringman," will entertain us with traditional, light classical, and original music on hammered dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and autoharp. Along the way, he'll give us a history of the various instruments. Prepaid reservations are due by noon, Monday, February 4 . Cost is $18 and includes lunch.
Service+Cinema Lock-In: Lego Movie 2
February 8-9, 7pm in the Church of Youth Room

Youth, Club 67, and parents: register for a Friday night service project with Feed My Starving Children, a lock-in with The Lego Movie, and then a morning matinee of The Lego Movie 2 on opening weekend! Register at haumc.org/register . Cost: $10.
Parenting for LYFE: Empathy
February 10, 11:15am in the Social Hall

Empathy is at the heart of what it means to be human. It’s the foundation for acting ethically, for good relationships, and for loving well. It is also at the heart of preventing bullying and racism. Heather Alden and Kathryn Johnson, Hennepin members and professionals in our public schools, will lead our discussion on what empathy looks like in young children and what we can do to foster these important skills.

Parenting for LYFE is an open, drop-in group that meets monthly to discuss all things parenting. 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.
Progressive Christianity
February 10, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

All are welcome to this discussion group, which meets the second and fourth Sundays of the month.
Youth Ski Trip
February 15-17, Lutsen and Spirit Mountain

Register for this annual retreat to Lutsen and Spirit Mountain for a weekend of skiing, games, good food, and a great road trip. $260 covers lodging, lift ticket, transportation, and most meals. Free lessons available, rentals are an additional charge. Scholarships available. For more information, contact Rev. Nate Melcher at nate@haumc.org.

Register at haumc.org/register .
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversations, Spiritual Matters
February 20, 6-7:30pm
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.
Confirmation Spring Retreat
March 1-2, Camp Koronis, Paynesville

8th-9th Graders: take a road trip to Camp Koronis to join 100 other United Methodist Confirmation students from across Minnesota for workshops, service projects, and games. The retreat is free, but registration is required, and we need to register early!

Register at haumc.org/register .
Activism & Outreach Opportunities
Make Sandwiches for The Dignity Center Participants
February 17, 9:30am in the Art Gallery

Time to spread some love and help make sandwiches for The Dignity Center participants. Bring your deli donation--sliced ham or turkey, sliced cheeses, and white or wheat bread. Then join the fun of assembling 400 sandwiches immediately following Sacred Journey. All ages welcome. Contact Dennis at dennbehl@gmail.com to let him know what you are planning to bring.
Coach Citizen Advocates to Help Promote Clean Energy
February 5, at Christ on Capitol Hill
105 University Ave West, St. Paul

Interfaith Power and Light is looking for volunteers to help prepare everyday Minnesotans to have conversations with their own state legislators about why we need a pathway to 100% clean energy. There are two shifts that you can sign up for: 8:30am-12:30pm or 11am-3pm. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/100PctMNLobbyDay .
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/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.
EarthKeepers Training
April 25-28, at Koinonia Retreat Center

The God who created us now calls us to participate in healing relationships between people and the earth, and between the peoples of the earth. How are you being called to lead in this healing? Join the United Methodist Hopeful EarthKeepers movement, as we work together to steward a more just and sustainable world!

EarthKeepers work within their communities by:
  • Lifting up the importance of caring for creation at the heart of our Christian faith;
  • Responding creatively to ecological devastation and climate change;
  • Working for justice so that all communities have access to clean water, clean air, clean energy, healthy food, and green space.

Who are EarthKeepers?
  • EarthKeepers are United Methodists who are keenly aware of the ecological challenges in our world today and feel called to be part of a movement to transform the world. They work with their congregations and communities in many different ways: for example, growing community gardens, advocating for renewable energy policies, working for environmental justice, creating liturgy, or leading discussion groups on creation theology.
  • EarthKeepers are laity and clergy, students, part-time and full-time workers, and retirees. They may have a vocation that allows them to focus on caring for creation during their regular work hours, or they may choose to volunteer their time.

  • EarthKeepers participate in three days of intensive training in theology and community organizing.
  • EarthKeepers help others understand how caring for God’s creation is a core part of our identity as Christians.
  • EarthKeepers provide leadership for a community project or advocacy campaign that aims to transform our relationship to God, the earth, and one another. Come with a project of your own, or join with others in new or ongoing projects.
  • EarthKeepers meet quarterly with a regional cohort for worship and ongoing support and training.

  • $250 early bird / $275 after March 1 (staying at camp).
  • $125 / $150 (commuter).
  • $40 / $50 (Saturday only, for current EarthKeepers, includes lunch and supper).

Deadline: April 17

Questions, contact: Rev. Susan Mullin at susan.mullin@comcast.net
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 .
Copper Street Brass: Tools of the Trade
February 17, 1pm in the Sanctuary

Being a professional musician is something people do as a job. And just like a builder builds houses for her job, musicians use tools (instruments) and materials (building blocks of music) just like a builder to do our job of building songs.

The musicians in the Copper Street Brass use tools called “Brass Instruments” to build songs. During the presentation we’ll meet each brass instrument, learn its name and job, and hear how it is used as a tool to build songs using musical building blocks like melody, harmony, and rhythm. Be ready to move and sing along to your favorite songs with CSB! This concert is free and open to all.
Salon se Lève: A Very Special Valentine
February 17, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

Showcasing the national award winning pianist Shuen Wu, back by popular demand to thrill us with his virtuosic performances of unusually heart-stopping repertoire…And in her debut appearance for Salon se Lève, the violinist Catherine Carson, first prize winner of the Thursday Musical Competition is sure to resuscitate us with her heart warming golden-toned instrument--a VERY special Valentine indeed!
Current Art Display: Ricardo Levins Morales
Now Through March 4, 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."
“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
Blessing of the Delegates and Joint Worship Service
February 17, 10am in the Sanctuary

We will be celebrating a Joint Worship Service with Brooklyn United Methodist Church to prepare our hearts for the Special General Conference in St. Louis. We will celebrate being a diverse and vital church that is ready to face the future unafraid. Members of the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will inspire us with their presence and song. Invite your family and friends. Brunch will be in Social Hall following worship.
Group Retreats: 104; Overnight Guests: 2447; Meals Served: 9022; Longest Stay: 10 days; Shortest Stay: 1 day. 2019 registrations are up and we anticipate a budget surplus by the end of the year! Thanks for your support of our Retreat Center in 2018 – come see again us soon!

Please pray for this week’s guests: Robbinsdale UCC Retreat and the Windton Boyd Retreat. Happy camping!
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 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 scale and the first class is free.

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