Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
March 8, 2019
The first sign of spring?
Daylight Savings Time!

Defy that snow! Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 am on Sunday, March 10, so dial back those analog clocks before bed on Saturday.
Meet the Artist Thrace Soryn
 Tonight, 6-8pm in Carlson hall

Thrace Soryn, our current artist on display, will be available for conversation and fellowship as you experience her new exhibition of paintings: "Shadow and Reflection." This event is free and the community is warmly invited.

Soryn, a retired psychologist, now concentrates her energy and freedom in artistic practice. "My work rises from a passion to draw us together by creating meaning from the mystery, strife, joy, sorrow, emotional solitude and connection in our lives."

All proceeds from any sales of work in the exhibit are being donated to the Walk-In Counseling Center, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of free counseling service in east & west downtown areas of Minneapolis.
General Conference Debriefing
 March 10, 11:30am in the Sanctuary

Pastor Judy Zabel will lead a General Conference Debriefing in the Sanctuary at 11:30-12:30 on Sunday, March 10. We will also live stream and record this presentation. Please submit questions ahead of time to  judy@haumc.org  so Pastor Judy can be prepared to answer them during the question-and-answer portion of the presentation. We will also take questions from the floor on Sunday. 

Continue to pray for United Methodist churches. This is a difficult time and we pray that God will strengthen us and give us wisdom as we follow God's lead.
Ride the Advocacy Bus to Homeless Day on the Hill
March 13, 8am - 4pm
Departing 8am from the Parking Lot

Join our neighbors -- members of the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, the Dignity Center and Street Voices of Change -- and travel to the State Capital to support the Homes for All 2019/2020 Legislative Agenda. Free parking and complimentary bus transportation are provided to make for a hassle-free day. Bus departs HAUMC at 8am and returns by 4pm.

  1. To attend, register online (free) with the MN Coalition for the Homeless by clicking here.
  2. Next, sign up at the HAUMC Reception Desk or call 612-871-5303 to reserve your seat on the bus.
  3. Finally, to learn about the Homes for All Legislative Agenda, check out the March 10 Forum at 11:15am in the Art Gallery.

Schedule for the Day:
8:00am - Depart Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
8:30 - 9:00am - Registration at Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar Street St. Paul
9:00 - 10:00am - Program and advocacy training
10:00am - 3:00pm - Advocating at the Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev. Martin Luther King Drive St. Paul
3:00pm - Bus Departs for Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

For More Information, please visit the MN Coalition for the Homeless’ website: www.homesforall.org
The Theology of Legos

Hennepin Kids for LYFE is thinking summertime--As we plan for summer Sundays, we are finding great curriculum materials that utilize legos for storytelling. If you have legos at home that are no longer being used by your kids or grandkids, would you be willing to donate them to Hennepin Kids?

Donations may be left at the reception desk to the attention of Lynne Carroll.
Progressive Christianity
March 10, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this twice-monthly discussion group. We will be discussing the metaphysical truth shared by all religions.
Youth Mission Trip 2019:
Parent/Teen Informational Meeting
March 10, 5:30pm in the Church of Youth Room

This year's mission trip for 8th-12th graders will take place in North Dakota at the Spirit Lake Ministry Center, a United Methodist partner of the Spirit Lake Tribe. God is calling you to make a difference with this week of hands-on mission work. Cost: $350. Scholarship is available. Down payment of $100 due March 17 .

Register at haumc.org/register.
Life Adventures: Protect Minnesota
Has Been Cancelled

The March 15 Life Adventures event has been canceled. We look forward to seeing you at April's Life Adventures where we will have a food chat with Lynne Rossetto Kasper.
Parenting for LYFE: Rituals & Routines
March 17, 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 return to our book, "Little Steps, Big Faith." We will look specifically at the important role of rituals and routines in every aspect of healthy development.
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversations, Spiritual Matters
March 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.
Women's Retreat
March 23-24, at Koinonia Retreat Center

Join Pastor Frenchye Magee, Rev. Stephanie Escher for "WOMEN OF THE WELL," the 2019 Spring Women’s Retreat! This year's program places the biblical story of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman alongside the work of Mary Oliver, Rachel Held Evans, and others to draw from the wells of women's spirituality. Participants will explore what it means to be centered, open, receptive and engaged on the journey to a more authentic relationship with God.

Just over an hour from the Twin Cities, Koinonia is a world away from the frenetic pace of urban life. The beautiful woods and shoreline of Lake Sylvia provide a wonderful natural setting for creativity, contemplation, and community. Women of all ages will enjoy this relational, interactive weekend designed to help you listen for (and claim) your unique expression of God’s grace in the world!

Two registration options allow you to adapt your schedule and give yourself the gift of spiritual growth:

Overnight   $110 (30 spaces available)
Includes accommodation, all meals, snacks and programming for Saturday and Sunday.
A Day Away  $60 (20 spaces available)
Includes full programming and meals for Saturday only. 

Register today at haumc.org/register .
Adult Baptism Class
March 24, 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

Have you been wondering if you could be baptized and join Hennepin? If you would like to explore adult baptism, Pastor Judy will hold a class for any adult who would like to be baptized at Hennepin Avenue UMC.

Please RSVP to Dawn at dawn@haumc.org .
New Art Show --
Shadow & Reflection:
The Paintings of Thrace Soryn
Now-April 21, in Carlson Hall

The Fine Arts Team presents a Lenten exhibit of the work of local painter Thrace Soryn. Deeply reflective and contemplative, the exhibit can serve as an opportunity to practice "listening" to what a particular painting may have to say, as well as for the soul's reply, enriching this traditionally contemplative season. 
Salon se Lève
March 24, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

Both winners of the Schubert Club and the Thursday Musical Competitions, pianist Kimberly Shen is joined by violinist James Thompson to make their Salon se Lève debut. Performance is free and the community is cordially invited.
In Recital: Leslie Shank & Timothy Lovelace
April 7, 3pm in the Art Gallery

Described by The New York Times as “an impressive violinist [who plays] intimately and sweetly at one moment and with fearless enthusiasm at the next,” Leslie Shank leads an active musical life as a soloist and chamber musician. She has been a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 27 years, 24 as assistant concertmaster. Shank gave her New York recital debut at Carnegie's Weill Hall as a winner of the Artists International Competition and was twice re-engaged to perform on its Special Presentation Series. Ms. Shank is joined by Timothy Lovelace, piano, for this spectacular performance. The concert is free and the community is cordially invited.
Minnesota FoodShare:
Feed the Wellspring of Hope
Now-31, East Entry

March means MN FoodShare is underway! We're partnering with the Blaisdell Y again this year, and setting new "pounds goals" for food donations to support Groveland Food Shelf. We've set benchmarks for each Hennepin clergy member to jump in the Y's pool fully dressed: 2,000 lbs. for Pastor Nate, 2,500 lbs. for Pastor Frenchye, and 3,000 for Pastor Judy! Pick up a grocery bag and shopping list after worship. Bring your bag filled with groceries back to Hennepin Avenue UMC March 3-31. Be a wellspring of hope for families in need of healthy food--and help our clergy make a big splash to fight hunger!
Homes for All Forum - Postponed
New date and time TBD

The Homes for All Forum has been postponed. Stay tuned for the new time and date to come. Come and hear Matt Traynor from the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. He will be presenting on the Homes for All 2019/2020 Legislative Agenda. We know that there isn’t one kind of housing that fits the needs of every Minnesotan. So, from a homeless veteran to a first-time home buyer, this legislative agenda addresses the full continuum of housing needs. To get this agenda enacted, we need you to talk to your legislators. So, come learn about the issues and the proposed solutions.
Emma Norton Opening Doors Dinner
April 25, 5pm at the Intercontinental, St. Paul Riverfront

Emma Norton, a national mission institute of UMW, provides transformational housing for women and families on their journey of recovery from homelessness, mental illness, and/or chemical dependency. Please join us in helping to open more doors for women and families at Emma Norton’s annual silent auction and dinner. Join 300+ supporters and partners for an evening of community, philanthropy, and celebration!

Individual tickets are $50 ($60 after 3/15) . Sponsor a table for 8 for $750 and provide extra support for Emma Norton residents--and be recognized at the event.

For questions, please contact Shawna Nelsen at snelsen@emmanorton.org or 651-251-2632.

Register online at www.emmanorton.org/event.htm .
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 .
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/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 with Audio/Visual production, 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.
Looking for a Swahili Speaker to Help with Teaching Cultural Literacy of USA

Do you speak Swahili or know of someone who does? Our Refugee Resettlement Team needs to find a volunteer who speaks Swahili to help us communicate with our refugee family from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Contact Nancy Goodhouse at 434-409-6886 or nancygoodhouse@gmail.com or Ann Carlson at 763-464-6850 or carlsonaj99@gmail.com.
United Seminary Open House
& Service of Blessings
March 11, 4:30pm at United Theological Seminary of Twin Cities
767 Eustis St., Suite 140, St. Paul

Come help United Seminary celebrate its vibrant new campus in St. Paul! We have had a long and valued relationship with Hennepin Ave UMC. United alumni have served your congregation, and members of HAUMC have been United faculty, staff and board of trustee members. We welcome the entire HAUMC community to join us for this special event. Go on a tour, learn about where theological education and United are headed, and help us bless this space. Appetizers and refreshments will be provided.

For more details and to register, please go to: https://www.unitedseminary.edu/event/openhouse/ .
Public Showing:
Envision Community Tiny Homes Unit
March 15, 5pm at The University of Minnesota School of Architecture - Rapson Hall
89 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

Join Dr. Bill Walsh, the Envision Team, and the members of Street Voices of Change for the first ever viewing of an Envision Community unit mock up! This full size unit is funded by the Pohlad Family Foundation, designed by architects from Alchemy and the Minnesota Design Center, and will be finished and furnished by University of Minnesota architecture students and members of the Street Voices of Change team. The public showing forms part of a Catalyst Week exhibition at the U of M and will be located in the central courtyard on the first floor of the School of Architecture's Rapture Hall.

The Envision Community Project seeks to address Minnesota's housing crisis through a micro community solution that features truly affordable homes, intentional community living, learning, growth, and well-being.
Spring is for the Birds - Birding Retreat
April 25-26, at Koinonia Retreat Center

“I never noticed the birds until I took a walk in the woods with Bob Janssen!” Mark your calendars for the “Spring is for the Birds” Retreat featuring the birdman of Minnesota – our own Bob Janssen. This Thursday-to-Friday event is for veteran birders or newcomers. Stay another night “on the house” and help out with Spring Work Day at Koinonia on Saturday, April 26th.

Register at haumc.org/register .

Please pray for this week’s guests: Pilgrim Center for Reconciliation Retreat, Loyola High School Retreat, Unity Church Prayer Chaplains Retreat, and Samaritan Hill Women’s Retreat.
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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