Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
January 11, 2019
Tomorrow Night!

Jim Wallis, author of America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America , will deliver a keynote address and join a panel of local anti-racism experts to help our community respond to the devastating impact racism has on our nation. Panelists are Jaylani Hussein of the MN Council on American-Islamic Relations, Anika Bowie from the Minneapolis NAACP, Sondra Samuels of Northside Achievement Zone, and Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung of the Minnesota Council of Churches.

Tickets are available at hennepinwallis.evenbrite.com or at the door. General Admission Tickets are $25; General Admission plus a copy of the book, America’s Original Sin, is $40 per ticket or $30 for students.

We will read and discuss this book as a church in our LYFE Groups and in worship during January, 2019.

We are honored to have Jim Wallis preach at an extended 10am Traditional Worship on Sunday, January 13.

(The Sacred Journey worship service will take place as usual this Sunday.)
Life Adventures: Discover Exotic Malta
January 18, 12 noon in the Social Hall

Hennepin seniors and friends, how lucky are we to travel to Malta with Hennepin’s own John and Evelyn Anderson during this cold month of January? We’ll experience scenes from this fascinating island and hear about a book John wrote under the pen name of Raymond John: “The Cellini Masterpiece.”

Prepaid reservations are due by noon, January 15. Cost is $18 and includes lunch.
Ricardo Levins Morales Reception
January 18, 6pm in Carlson Hall

 All are welcome to attend a special “Meet the Artist” reception hosted by the Fine Arts Team. This will be an opportunity to interact with Ricardo Levins Morales and experience his social justice-focused graphic art. In addition, The Ricardo Levins Morales 2019 Liberation Calendar, a colorful and informative collection of Morales prints and important stories of hope, resilience and resistance, will be available for purchase ($15 each) at the reception desk.
Ministry News
New Flower Coordinator

We welcome Sarah Schwartz as the new Flower Coordinator. Please contact Sarah at 832-655-8666 or sarahds319@gmail.com to donate altar flowers in memory, honor or celebration of someone special. You may also sign up to donate flowers throughout the year at the Carlson Hall kiosk.
Progressive Christianity
January 13

Will not meet on Sunday, but will meet next week, January 20, at 11:15am in the Harrison Room.
The Salvation of Dr. Who: Small Group Study
Mondays January 14 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.”

Small group led by Curtis Johnson. Study books are $10; pick yours up the first class. The group is free and open to all.
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, begins Jan. 13 in the Longfellow room.
  • Tuesdays at 7:00pm with Michelle & Mike DeVaughn, begins Jan. 15 at their house: 5812 James Ave S., Minneapolis MN 55419.
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm with Bryan Carter & Kristy Barnes, begins Jan. 16 in the Longfellow room.
  • Sundays at 11:30am with Heather Alden and Maren Jensen, begins Jan. 27 in the Longfellow room.

Register at haumc.org/register .
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversations, Spiritual Matters
January 16, 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.
"Building Community"
Sabbath to End Homelessness observance
January 20

Come join in an educational and enriching observance of the Sabbath to End Homelessness featuring Joe Kreisman, Director of the Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, at the 8:30am Sacred Journey worship service; special liturgy and sermon at the 10am Traditional worship celebration; and a 11:15am Sunday Forum with Dr. William Walsh of Envision Community – a collaborative offering housing and healthcare solutions to persons without homes through tiny house communities. All morning, visit Carlson Hall to learn how to participate in actions to help end homelessness led by representatives of The Dignity Center, Street Voices of Change, and the Homes for All Coalition. 
Library Exhibit
January 20-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 .
Parenting for LYFE
January 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 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.

We will begin 2019 by welcoming early childhood expert and author, Dr. Dawn Rundman, who will introduce her book, “Little Steps, Big Faith.” In her book, she navigates current early childhood brain research to arrive at surprising insights about how very young children experience God and how parents can use science to teach faith.
Entry Point
January 20, 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

If you are interested in becoming a member of HAUMC, please join us at Entry Point to meet Rev. Judy Zabel and have your questions about membership answered. Child care is available.

RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org .
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 .
Outreach Opportunities
Get Involved

If you are interested in getting involved at Hennepin Avenue, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org.
Help to Host Sunday Brunch

All ages welcome, making it a fun opportunity for families to serve together. Set up and clear away the best brunch in town.

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.
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 .
New Art Display: Ricardo Levins Morales
January and February, 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.”

All are welcome to attend a special “Meet the Artist” reception on Friday, January 18 (6 – 8pm) in Carlson Hall, hosted by the Fine Arts Team. This will be an opportunity to interact with Ricardo Levins Morales and his graphic art. In addition, The Ricardo Levins Morales 2019 Liberation Calendar, a colorful and informative collection of Morales prints and important stories of hope, resilience and resistance, will be available ($15 each) at the reception desk.
“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
Salon se Lève
January 13, 2:30pm in the Art Gallery

We present two first prize winners of the Thursday Musical Competition: flutist Elizabeth Kleiber and pianist Emma Taggart, winner of Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Concerto Competition. The performance is free, and the community is cordially invited.
In Recital: Andrew Hackett
January 27, 3pm in the Sanctuary

HAUMC Organist Andrew Hackett presents a brilliant program of rich repertoire on the Sanctuary organ. Reception following. The performance is free, and the community is cordially invited to attend.
Singing in the Light
January 27, 4pm in the Art Gallery

Singing in the oral tradition -- just for the joy of it!
We meet occasional Sunday afternoons at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
All ages and all abilities are welcome.
No music to read.
No performance.
Songs, rounds, and chants from around the world -- from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Singing in the Light is an ongoing fundraiser for the community work of Mar de Jade Holistic Lifestyle Center, Chacala, Mexico. This is the retreat center where Barbara and her colleague Margie Weaver lead their Singing and Yoga Retreat. They offer a variety of programs in their community including those that support children, youth, and single mothers.

Suggested donation at the door: $10-$20 (please don't let money keep you away -- nobody checks what you give). No need to RSVP - just grab your friends and come.
Dignity Brew: a Dignity Center Social
January 24, 4pm at La Dona Cerveceria
241 Fremont Ave N, Minneapolis

Shake off the Winter woes and warm up at this Latin-themed brewery with friends of the Dignity Center and Thrivent Financial Services. This benevolent 3 hour concoction features great company, Latin American & Minnesota fused Beer, tasty tacos and burritos, amazing prizes, and the opportunity to learn about Thrivent Financial Services and the Dignity Center's work to support persons with a lived experience of homelessness.

Entrance: A Warm Smile
Movie and a Meal: First Person Plural
January 26, 4:30pm in the Art Gallery

4:30pm Doors open for Seating
5-6:45pm Film Screening
7pm Somali meal and discussion with director and actors

First Person Plural is the new feature film by Twin Cities filmmaker, Eric Tretbar, whose independent feature films explore the intimate conflicts of love, family duty, belief and politics as they depict the many peoples and communities of the Twin Cities. 

Developed with actors, artists, composers and musicians from the Twin Cities’ thriving Somali, film, theater and music communities, First Person Plural is the story of two Minneapolis filmmakers—the son of a Somali imam and daughter of a white Baptist preacher—who fall in love on Thanksgiving Day and bring together their estranged families for Thanksgiving dinner.

With a cautionary twist, the film expresses hope and tolerance at a time when we need them most. First Person Plural takes us inside the creative process—of cinema, belief, and love—showing how the images we create and consume can bring understanding, but also destruction. Love can conquer all, but it’s fragile, and needs our care and courage.

We hope you can join us for this special preview screening, followed by a discussion of the film’s issues and production with the director and actors. This event is open to the public and tickets are now available here . Cost: $25 and includes the movie and meal.
Church Conference
January 27, 11:15am in the Sanctuary

There will be a church conference for the purpose of receiving and approving the 2019 budget. All Hennepin members are eligible to attend and vote. Child care will be provided.
Koinonia is open every day of the year to host your personal, family, shared interest or business retreats. The best way you can support our Retreat Center is to attend events, or even better - schedule your own retreat! Call Kevin or Teresa at 888-801-7746 to check availability, and program Director Mark Peterson atmark.peterson@haumc.org to share your idea for a fun retreat. For the latest news about Koinonia, visit facebook.com/KoinoniaRetreatCenter .

Please pray for this week’s guests: Cretin Durham Hall Retreat and College of St. Benedict New Faculty 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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