Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
September 27, 2019
Share the Journey:
The Dignity Center's
Fall Fundraiser Luncheon
Tuesday, October 8, 12noon at Hennepin

Join The Dignity Center on October 8 from 12–1pm for our fall fundraising luncheon–we welcome Mayor Jacob Frey as he shares his vision for affordable housing in Minneapolis. The luncheon is free to attend, and we ask everyone to give generously to directly support The Dignity Center.

Sign up to host a table or register to attend at www.thedignitycenter.org . If you prefer to register by phone, call Becky Boland at 612-435-1305.
Jim Wallis &
Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan in Conversation
October 9, 6:30pm in the Sanctuary

Join Magers and Quinn Booksellers & Sojourners at Hennepin Avenue UMC on Wednesday, October 9, for a conversation between author Jim Wallis and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, moderated by Tom Weber. Jim's new book, Christ in Crisis , examines the state of our nation and the ways in which the solution to our current political and spiritual crises is rooted in a return to Jesus's foundational teachings.

Books are available for pre-purchase via Eventbrite by clicking here . Pre-sale tickets include preferential seating. Books will also be available for sale at the event.

Doors will open at 5:00pm for those who pre-purchase the book, and 5:30pm for general attendees.

If you are interested in volunteering during this event, please contact Cheryl at cheryl@haumc.org.
Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton & Chelsea Clinton
October 24, 7pm in the Sanctuary

Join Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton as they celebrate the women who have inspired them throughout their lives. THE BOOK OF GUTSY WOMEN: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience is the first book that Secretary Clinton and Chelsea have written together, and they are excited to welcome readers into a conversation they began having when Chelsea was a little girl. Join them as they discuss the women throughout history who have had the courage to stand up to the status quo, ask hard questions, and get the job done. 

Register here . Tickets are $45 and include the book.
God's Beloved Queer: Awakening & Flourishing the Queer Soul
October 26, 9am-12pm in the Art Gallery

Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary is heading on the road with Dr. Rolf Nolasco to bring his workshop, "God's Beloved Queer: Awakening & Flourishing the Queer Soul" to Minneapolis! Nolasco is professor of pastoral theology as well as a trained psychotherapist and the author of numerous books, including his latest, God’s Beloved Queer. All are welcome to attend this workshop, in particular LGBTQIA+ persons and those who work in and with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Register here . Registration cost is $15. 
Passion & Practice:
The Heart of Methodism
A 6-week Sermon Series
Beginning September 8

You are invited to explore the distinctive heritage of Methodism, which remains passionately relevant for 21st-century followers of Christ who are committed to transforming the world.

Throughout the series, discover how Methodism calls you to use your mind and your heart to pursue holiness and renew your spiritual passion through acts of mercy, compassion and love.

The resource book for the series is Adam Hamilton's, Revival: Faith As Wesley Lived It. You can find the companion video series on YouTube.
October 27, 4pm in the Parking Lot

Trunk-or-Treat is right around the corner! On October 27 from 4:00 to 5:30pm Hennepin Avenue UMC will host hundreds of kids from the church and neighborhood for this family-friendly event.

Help us make this celebration a success by bringing extra candy to the East entry starting September 29.

To volunteer for this great event, go to haumc.org/register to sign up to be a trunk host, help with indoor hospitality, or do face paintings. Share the event here.
Disciple Bible Study
Tuesdays, 6:30pm in Room 104
Begins September 17

Enter the Bible and grow in your faith with Pastor Frenchye Magee. This 24-week class meets you where you are and is a perennial favorite at Hennepin Avenue UMC! Gain new understanding of scripture, build new relationships, and live out your faith through weekly readings, in-class films, group discussion, and prayer. Disciple is a commitment that gives back to you many times over.

Register at haumc.org/register . Cost of the study book is $20.00.
CREED... A 7-week Study of What
Christians Believe and Why
Tuesdays, 6:30pm in Room 202
Begins September 24

Longtime Disciple Bible Study leader Bill Tipping invites you to explore the next stage of spiritual development at you consider the questions that give meaning and purpose to life. Based on the book, Creed: What Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton. You'll have a chance to consider why faith matters with a small, enthusiastic group.

Register at haumc.org/register. Cost of the study book is $10.00.
Thursday Morning Bible Study
Resumes beginning Thursday, September 5, 11:00am in the Longfellow Room

Come join us for coffee, muffins, fellowship & introduction to our fall study of Adam Hamilton's book, Simon Peter .

Simon Peter—an ordinary fisherman who heard an extraordinary call. He left everything to follow his teacher and possessed a passion that would change the world.

That’s one way to describe Peter. Here’s another: poor, uneducated, quick-tempered, and full of doubts and fears. Doesn’t even sound like the same man. And that’s the point of  Simon Peter,  a six-week adult Bible study by Adam Hamilton. Peter was just an ordinary guy who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call.

Discover how you, too, have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.

Cost of the study book is $12.00.
Progressive Christianity
October 13, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Roll Sunday
October 6, in Carlson Hall

Join us in Carlson Hall on Sunday, October 6, for Chef Melissa's Cinnamon Rolls.

Full Sunday Brunch will NOT be served.
Fifty-Year Member Recognition Luncheon
October 11, 12pm in the Social Hall

To honor the loyalty and faithfulness of Hennepin Avenue UMC's longtime members, the Senior Council will host the annual 50–Year member recognition luncheon. All Hennepin Avenue UMC members and friends are invited to this special occasion.

There is no charge for the luncheon but let us know you'll be there by calling 612-871-5303, sending an email to courtney@haumc.org or stopping by the reception desk. 

Reservations are required by Monday, October 7 at noon.
World Thank Offering Sunday
October 13

The World Thank Offering, giving freely and abundantly in response to God’s goodness has been the way of life for United Methodist Women for almost 150 years.

United Methodist Women and their fore mothers have used the World Thank Offering since 1881 to give thanks to God for our blessings and to share our love with others. As one of the five channels of giving, the World Thank Offering supports United Methodist Women-related national mission institutions and projects as well as international ministries.
Adulting 101
October 13, 12:30pm in the Longfellow Room

Adulting 101 is a fun casual way for young adults to engage in topics they care about. Each session features a topic expert, an opportunity to discuss the day's topic, and a chance to connect with other people with shared interests.

On October 13 we'll be exploring how to be a better ally to the LBGTQIA+ community.

No need to RSVP–just invite a friend and show up!
Fall Fun at Koinonia
October 17-20

Everyone is welcome to join us for Fall Fun at Koinonia. There will be games, crafts, movie night, an ice cream social, scavenger hunt, photo contest, and the leaves will be gorgeous! Cost is $100 for adults, $60 for kids under 16, and free for kids under 5.

Questions or to register, contact Kevin Dahlen or Teresa Ring at 888-801-4476 or email Kevin at kevin.dahlen@haumc.org.

Parenting for LYFE
October 20, 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.

After enjoying brunch as a family, parents are invited to stay in the social hall to participate in our monthly discussion topic, while kids will enjoy music class in Room 105, led by retired music teacher Patricia Rice.

This month, we will look at parenting with a growth mindset. We will explore the differences between growth vs. fixed mindset, and how a growth mindset can help frame both learning and parenting.
Legacy Giving Workshop
November 3, 11:15am in Room 104

What is legacy giving? Why should you consider making a legacy gift, and when is a good time to begin planning such a gift? How do the new tax regulations affect my planning? Join the discussion on legacy giving to learn about how legacy gifts help ensure for future generations what you treasure about Hennepin. These gifts also provide significant financial planning benefits for donors and their families. This forum will highlight the concepts and strategies of making legacy gifts. The information is useful for adults of all ages!

Register at the Reception desk. There is no charge, but registration is requested to ensure ample materials are on hand. For more information, contact Jack Fistler, Director of Legacy Giving,  jack@haumc.org  or 612-435-1321.
Altar Choir–Come Join the Song!

Led by director Darin Riedel, 4th through 7th graders meet every Sunday at 6:30pm during the school year and sing in worship frequently. The choir is welcoming all returning and new friends right now!

For more information, contact Darin at darin@haumc.org .
Sanctuary Choir Welcoming New Singers

The Sanctuary Choir is welcoming new members for their 2019-2020 ministry season. All voice parts welcome, solid choral experience necessary, a sense of fun and worship required. This singing, worshiping, praying, celebrating, challenging ensemble brings music ministry to the Sanctuary throughout the year, and strives to support the singing ministry of the congregation each and every week.

For more information or to become involved in September, please contact Mark Squire at mark.squire@haumc.org .
Calling all Youthful Ringers!

We're excited to announce the start of the Hennepin Avenue UMC Youth Bell Choir for all interested ringers, grades 4 through 12. Krista Riedel is directing this energetic and fun music-making group, with rehearsals on Sundays 11:30am-12:30pm starting on September 15. The group will be serving in worship services as well as special events.

Interested in participating? Contact Krista at krista@haumc.org.
Journey Choir

Journey Choir is a ministry focused vocal choir for students grades 8 through 12. The ministry season starts in just a couple of weeks!

If you're interested in participating, contact Mark Squire, Director of Music & Fine Arts, at mark.squire@haumc.org to let him know you're coming!

All interested singers are welcome; rehearsals begin Sunday, September 15 at 6:30pm.
Fall Art Display
September 8 - October 27 in the Art Gallery

The Fine Arts Team is proud to present their fall sculpture show, Family , featuring the artistry of Zimbabwe Shona artists, from the Curator Rex Mhiripiri of Mhiripiri Galleries. Mhiripiri has one of the largest collections of Zimbabwe sculpture in the world outside Zimbabwe.

Shona sculpture is most often carved from serpentine or verdite stone, and derives its name from the majority tribe in Zimbabwe, the Mashona. The heritage and ancient tradition of working stone in this part of Africa has existed for centuries. Zimbabwe literally translates to "large house of stone.” 

Serpentine comes in many different forms, colors and degrees of hardness: black, green, yellow, brown, gray and mixtures of different colors within the same stone. The intensely hard stone of Springstone, is often chosen among the more prominent artists because of its prestige and difficulty to carve. Verdite is highly prized and rare semiprecious stone which is predominantly green, but is also found in bronze and brown. Granite, rapoko and soapstone are also used by Shona sculptors.

Zimbabwe stone artists have achieved world recognition, and have had their work exhibited in major galleries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Rodin museum in France. 
Baiwalla, Sierra Leone Secondary School Opens

After 4 years of construction and 6 months of planning the opening, the Baiwalla, secondary school opened September 16 with 97 kids enrolled. The whole town was ecstatic about the long-awaited new school. Many of Hennepin Avenue UMC's sponsored kids will be attending this school, while a few will be attending elementary school in town. The school will be ramped up over three years, reaching full capacity in 2021.

Thank you, Hennepin Avenue UMC friends, for all the support you have offered to the Baiwalla community! You are transforming lives!
Serve Up Radical Hospitality for Hennepin's Sunday Brunch Guests

Who doesn't love brunch? At Hennepin Avenue UMC, 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.
Old School by Steeple People

The Old School van has gone into hibernation for the winter. Please bring donations to the store during business hours:
  • Monday: 11am-6pm
  • Tuesday: closed
  • Wednesday: 11am-6pm
  • Thursday: 11am-7pm
  • Friday: 11am-6pm
  • Saturday: 11am-6pm
  • Sunday: 11am-6pm

We love gently-used, high-quality clothing and nice, functioning household goods. If you would feel good about giving an item to a friend as a gift, that’s the kind of quality we’re looking for.
Wondering what to do with stained/holey clothing? Some cities offer curbside recycling. Also, the Goodwill Outlet stores and H&M stores recycle textiles.

Old School cannot accept the following (and we often have to pay disposal fees, meaning we have less money to donate to worthy charities):
  • Anything broken: sorry, we don't do repairs
  • Automotive, building, & plumbing materials
  • Fluorescent fixtures & bulbs, hardwired fixtures
  • Carpeting
  • Encyclopedias
  • Consumer product recall items
  • Gas-powered equipment
  • Household chemicals
  • Large appliances (fridge, freezer, air conditioner)
  • Small appliances with timer function (coffee makers, microwaves)
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Mattresses, box springs, waterbeds, sleeper sofas, most bed frames
  • Out-of-season items
  • Weapons & ammunition

Seasonal items:
Skis, poles, boots may be donated October – January
Bikes may be donated March - September

Thanks so much for supporting Old School by Steeple People!
Coat Drive
October 6-27, in the East Entry

Please help the Dignity Center provide warm coats, hats, and gloves for our neighbors in need. Your new or gently used coats and gloves will be collected in the marked bin in the East Entry. Adult sizes only, please. XL+ are especially needed.

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