Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
May 29, 2020
Confront Implicit Bias: Take a Free Online Course

In our work for racial justice, we must confront the ways that racism is woven into our culture, our institutions, and even our own psyches. “Implicit bias: What we don’t think we think” is a free online course created by The United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race for anyone interested in learning and teaching others about implicit bias.

Share this link with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers--and commit yourself to learning more about how implicit bias perpetuates racial injustice: www.gcorr.org/online-course-implicit-bias/ .
A Conversation for Young Adults about George Floyd
Sunday, May 31 at 2:30pm on Zoom

Young Adults are invited for a conversation about how they've been impacted by the death of George Floyd. The conversation will provide a safe space to speak openly, learn from each other's unique perspectives, and support one another as we process this tragedy together.

Join the Zoom Meeting here .

Meeting ID: 853 7013 0844
Password: 140746
Dial-In Manually: 301-715-8592; passcode: 85370130844#
Get Involved!
Now is a Great Time to Lead

How are YOU called to serve? Whatever your talents, availability, interests and gifts, we've got a place for you to share and serve at Hennepin. In particular, we have several openings for the 2020-2021 class of Lay Leaders to join committees and teams including the Finance Committee, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Connections, and more.

To learn more about opportunities to lead and to serve, contact Cheryl Gibbons, Community Engagement Specialist, at cheryl@haumc.org .
Election of New Lay Leaders
Sunday, June 7 | 11:30am to 12pm on Zoom

HAUMC Election of Leaders for 2020-21 will be June 7, 11:30am to 12noon online and by phone.

Ginger Sisco, Chair of our Connections Committee, will present the slate of nominees and Hennepin members will vote to elect.

There will be an opportunity for three nominations from the congregation for the Connections Committee.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting by video, or call in by phone by dialing: 312-626-6799.
Meeting ID: 919 7024 1743
Password: 244601
New Discussion Group
Vital Conversations: Realities of Race and Racism
Weekly on Tuesdays, June 9 through June 30, 7:00pm on Zoom

You are invited to gather with fellow Hennepin members and friends to have Vital Conversations about the realities of race and racism in America.

Using the award-wining Vital Conversations Video Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), we will dive into some tough topics that threaten to divide and damage our community. The video series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, scholars, activists and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the world today.
Join a Zoom call for one or all four of the 75-minutes sessions. Heather Alden and Michelle DeVaughn will be facilitating. Email us with any questions: Heather Alden at ( haepower3@gmail.com or Michelle DeVaughn at devaughnmm@gmail.com ).

Click here for the Zoom meeting, or dial in from your phone:  312-626-6799.
Meeting ID: 976 1951 8382
Connect with Your Hennepin Community
We are determined to stay connected with you,
our Hennepin community.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church properties continue to remain closed, and in-person worship remains postponed, both until further notice.

A decision by senior leadership as to when to reopen our church and return to in-person worship will be based upon the most recent information coming from Bishop Ough and Governor Walz, and the best judgment of staff.

In the meantime, Hennepin staff and leadership is preparing plans to safely re-open one step at a time. Until then, connect with us in one of the following new ways!
NEW! "Almost Too Early" Daily Meditation with Rick Belbutoski

Start your weekday with Rick, Hennepin's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, on Instagram.

Live at 6:30am--almost TOO early--he will share encouragements and experiences to ground and center you for the day.

Follow @HennepinAveUMC on Instagram and find Rick in the Stories.

Join the conversation and share YOUR perspectives! See you in the morning!
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:
‪+1 224-458-3414;
PIN: ‪513 534 392#
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪+1 252-460-1038
PIN: ‪725 249 383#
Coffee Hour:
Virtual Sunday Fellowship
Weekly on Sundays
11:30am to 12:30pm via Zoom

It's good to see one another's faces and hear one another's voices!

Gather with other members of the Hennepin community for fellowship and connection at our brand-new online Coffee Hour! Hosted by Hennepin member Mike DeVaughn. Bring a cup of coffee (or tea, or juice!) and enjoy checking in and catching up with your Hennepin friends--and make some new friends, too!

If this is your first time using Zoom, here are some helpful tips .

Or join by phone using the dial-in information below:
Dial 312-626-6799.
Enter the Meeting ID: 894 7948 0458.

If you need technical assistance using Zoom, email us at support@haumc.org.
Try Our Online Request Forms for CONGREGATIONAL CARE
To increase our ability to provide congregational and pastoral care with graceful efficiency, Hennepin Avenue UMC is introducing online care request forms which allow you to share information at your convenience in real time. 

From your phone, tablet or laptop, you can share a prayer request or celebration, let us know about hospitalizations for you and your loved ones, or make confidential pastoral prayer requests .

To use the online request system, go to haumc.org/care from any of your devices. You can also call the office (612-871-5303) , or email pastoralcare@haumc.org . The pastor on call will contact you as soon as possible.
Coming Soon! 
Realm: Our New Connection Tool

Hennepin is moving to a new kind of church record-keeping software platform called Realm. Realm offers you some exciting opportunities to connect more easily than ever with your Hennepin community. Realm not only supports you in your involvement at Hennepin, but also serves important administrative needs for our staff.

Realm will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

You will hear lots more about Realm in the coming months. Watch your email for an invitation to start using Realm. Follow the instructions in that email, and enjoy getting to know Realm. Questions? Email Becky Boland at becky@haumc.org .

Worship with Us Online
  1. On your desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, go to the live stream page of the Hennepin websitewww.haumc.org/live. When it is time for the service to begin, “refresh” the page and the video will be shown live.
  2. Download the HAUMC Live Stream app to your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Go to the App Store and search for HAUMC Live Stream. Click “Get,” and when the download is complete, click “Open.” When it is time for the worship service to begin, open the app and select the service you wish to watch from the list.
  3. Watch the live stream on our Facebook page, Facebook@HennepinAvenueUMC. If you already follow us on Facebook, simply visit our Facebook page at the time of the worship service and scroll down to watch the live video. Otherwise, type “HennepinAvenueUMC” into the search bar on your Facebook page, and then click on the link to our page.
  4. Can't be with us at 8:30 or 10am on Sundays? That's okay! Watch the worship services any time on our YouTube channel. As soon as each worship service is finished, you'll find the complete video there within minutes.
Passionate Worship
Pentecost Sunday: Celebrate the Spirit
and the birthday of Sacred Journey
Sunday, May 31

On Pentecost we celebrate the ways that God meets us right where we are, speaking directly to our hearts with a message of assurance to replace our fears with hope. Join in our 8:30am Sacred Journey worship service for a special Sharing of the Peace and The Story by Steve Blons honoring Sacred Journey's 26th birthday. In our 10am service, welcome and rejoice in the presence of the Spirit with scripture, prayers and taizé singing. 
Worship This Week:
The Power of Empowering Community

8:30am Sacred Journey
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 (The Message)
A Sound Like a Strong Wind

10am Traditional Worship
Scripture: Acts 2:1-21 (New Revised Standard Version)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit

Watch the worship services here !
Servant Sunday:
Honoring our Amazing Volunteers
Sunday, June 7

We invite you to honor the many Hennepin members and friends whose acts of service have helped to transform our communities with love, generosity, dignity, patience, and effort.

From those who help serve Community Meals to those who serve on Committees to those who serve across the globe in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone, we lift up YOU who are being the church and transforming the world.

Join the celebration in our online worship services at 8:30 and 10am on Sunday, June 7.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Sew, Deliver and Donate funds for
Health Care Workers' Masks

If you are looking for an opportunity to sew masks for front-line health care workers, go to  maskarmy4heroes.weebly.com  for information on how to sign up to obtain free kits or register to receive masks at no charge for the health care location where you work.

If you don’t sew, you can assist with deliveries and/or make donations for the purchase of special H600 fabric, which is almost as protective as the N95 masks.

The goal is to deliver 50,000 masks as soon as possible, and already over 4,000 have been donated.

If you have questions, you may contact HAUMC member Anita Nerhus (612) 202-1372. She is a cousin of Rebecca Rausch, the founder of Mask Army 4 Heroes.
Hennepin Avenue UMW Invites YOU
Emma Norton Fundraising Dinner on Zoom
Thursday, July 23 at 7pm on Zoom

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Women invite you to attend the Emma Norton Opening Doors Dinner and Virtual Auction with us! We will be hosting a Zoom call during the event for all of us to virtually gather, enjoy dinner and each other's company, and support this great United Methodist Women-founded organization.

Please email your RSVP to  umw@haumc.org  for a reply with meeting details and more information.
Intentional Faith Development
Parents, Please Take Our Summer Activities Survey
by Sunday, May 31

Hennepin Kids and Hennepin Youth are committed to being a supportive presence in the lives of our families this summer. We know that engagement in specific activities will look different depending on every family's individual circumstances.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey that most closely reflects the ages of the young people in your household. We will use your feedback to make decisions about how best to be in ministry together over the summer months. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!

Youth Survey:

Hennepin Kids Survey:

New College LYFE Group
Sundays starting June 7 at 8:30pm on Zoom

College students need community!

We're launching a new LYFE (Life Your Faith Everywhere) group for 18-24 year olds, beginning Sunday, June 7, at 8:30 pm on Zoom.

The group will meet every Sunday night throughout the summer, and provide an opportunity for young adults to connect and grow their faith.

Click here to join the Zoom meeting by video, and Email Rick Belbutoski , Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, with questions.

Zoom Meeting ID: 812 8085 1771
Password: 037043
Entry Point: Become a Member of Hennepin Avenue UMC
Monday, June 15 at 6pm on Zoom

What do I need to know to become a member of Hennepin? How can I engage more fully in HAUMC ministry communities? How can I use my gifts to help to transform a broken world?
If you are asking any of these questions, or you’re simply interested in learning more about how to become a member of HAUMC, please join us at a special Entry Point via Zoom to meet Rev. Judy Zabel and have your questions about membership answered.
RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org .

Follow this link to join the Zoom meeting, or dial in from your phone: 301-715-8592; passcode: 94141738165#. 
Hennepin Book Club: Where the Crawdads Sing
Tuesday, June 16 at 7pm on Zoom

Join your Hennepin friends for our new monthly book club, hosted by Jane Mylrea.

The book selection for June is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Trish O'Brien will lead the discussion.

At our July 21 meeting, Cece Cope will lead our discussion of Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.

At our August 18 meeting Linda D'Avignon will lead our discussion of The Topeka School by Ben Lerner.

All are welcome! Invite friends and make new ones!

Join the Zoom Meeting here . Meeting ID: 445 460 5643.
Radical Hospitality
Conversations on A Way Forward
Sunday, June 14 at 11:30am and
Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm on Zoom

We have scheduled two opportunities for a Congregational Conversation regarding the Way Forward led by these two questions:

1. If the General Conference decides to maintain its current stance on human sexuality and inclusion, that is no change to the language contained in the Book of Discipline, what should Hennepin do?
2. If the General Conference agrees to a split, and the remaining United Methodist Church is inclusive where does Hennepin stand?

These Congregational Conversations will take place on Sunday, June 14th, from 11:30am - 12:30pm, and again on Wednesday, June 24, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

These conversations will be facilitated through a Zoom invitation from the Church. The Zoom invitation will be forthcoming, and will include a phone call in number for those that would like to participate and listen by phone.
Extravagant Generosity
Make Your Offering by
Text Message

We're making it easier than ever to make your offering to Hennepin--starting now, you can give by text message from your mobile device.

Send a text to 73256 with the message: Hennepin $ , followed by the dollar amount. For example: Hennepin $100 or Hennepin $25 .

You will receive a text reply. Just tap the link in that message to go to a new page, where you can enter the details of your offering and provide payment information.

Once you click "submit," you will receive a digital receipt for your gift.

Try it this week as you join us for online worship!
Sharing the Future: Explore Legacy Giving

For generations Hennepin has nourished the faith and lives of individuals and families through prayers, worship, outreach services and social relations. Our faith community has embraced and aided members and friends in times of joy and challenge.

Legacy gifts are a part of that treasured heritage. We benefit each day at Hennepin, often more than we realize, from the generous and heartfelt estate gifts from Hennepin members. These legacy funds, in part, are helping sustain our ministries amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will enrich the fabric of our future.

You can share in Hennepin’s future through your financial planning today. Your gift, of any size, will touch future generations in myriad ways. A bequest provision, life income gift, a beneficiary designation in a retirement or insurance plan, es examples, will leave a lasting imprint.

To explore a Legacy Gift, or inform us of an intent already in place, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321, or jack@haumc.org.

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