Friday, June 4, 2021
Celebrate a Legacy of Ministry at Koinonia
Koinonia Spirit Day!
Thursday, June 27 at 11:15am–1pm in the Ministry House Backyard

We invite our entire Hennepin Avenue UMC community to celebrate the legacy of our ministry at Koinonia! We will honor our memories and experiences, and share a time of blessing for this beloved part of our history together.

We will begin serving a typical camp lunch at around 11:15am in the East Entry. Activity stations will include opportunities to create a souvenir nametag, share stories and favorite memories, and even take home photos from our photo wall!
Celebrating our Volunteers This Sunday!
Servant Sunday
Sunday, June 6 in the
8:30 & 10am Worship Services

We honor the many Hennepin members and friends whose acts of service help transform our communities near and far with love, generosity, dignity, patience, and effort.

We have more than 20 committees and nearly as many teams that assist with Sunday worship and hospitality. Add to that the task forces and volunteers in local and international risk-taking mission and service and we have literally hundreds of you actively involved in being church. Thank you!

Join us as we celebrate in our online and in-person worship services at 8:30am and 10am this Sunday, June 6.
Summer Anti-racism Series: Small Groups
This Is Our Story:
Celebrating and Learning from the Black Church
Wednesdays | June 9, 16, 23, and 30
7–9pm on Zoom

Hennepin Avenue UMC welcomes you to the small group series
This is Our Story-This is Our Song: Celebrating and Learning from the Black Church

In this four-week, virtual video study, we will celebrate and learn more about the Black church, through watching the documentary, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," the sweeping history of religion, politics, and culture led by Henry Louis Gates Jr., and sharing conversation together about to understand its unique mission and ministry, and its countercultural message of liberation and flourishing that has often run counter to the message found in its mainstream white counterpart.

Each week, participants will watch the four 1-hour segments of the PBS documentary, “The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song," the sweeping history of religion, politics, and culture led by Henry Louis Gates Jr., then come together for a 45-minute conversation.

There is no cost, but registration is requested to receive the Zoom link.
Summer Anti-racism Series: Hennepin Avenue UMC presents
An Evening with Jericho Brown
Saturday, June 19 | 6:00 – 8:00pm
in the HAUMC Sanctuary (or virtually)

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is delighted to welcome 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Jericho Brown, to the Twin Cities for a special poetry reading followed by a moderated audience conversation. This is a hybrid event, carefully designed to be an engaging, interactive experience for an in-person and virtual audience. The evening will offer poems from The Tradition, Jericho's award- winning collection, as well as other works. 

Jericho Brown is the first black, gay poet to win the Pulitzer Prize and the location and date of this event are especially appropriate to these intersectional realities: the Twin Cities are home to the longest-running LGBTQ Pride parade and June 19 is observed as Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States.

Buy Tickets Now on Eventbrite

There are TWO ways to attend... This is a hybrid event, with registered tickets available for in-person or virtual attendance.

In-person Attendance ($20)
Experience Jericho in person, with reserved, socially distanced seating for 150 in the beautiful HAUMC building.

Virtual Attendance ($10)
Virtual attendees will receive access instructions on the day of the event. Please be sure to check your email and spam folders regularly.

Student Tickets
While supplies last, a percentage of in-person tickets have been reserved at a reduced price for students and community groups–upholding Jericho’s commitment to empowering the next generation of writers. These discounted tickets must be purchased in blocks of five (5) or ten (10) tickets directly from Hennepin Avenue UMC. For more information, contact: 

We're Looking for Event Volunteers! Interested in volunteering? Contact our community engagement specialist, Cheryl Gibbons at
Signed Copies of The Tradition Available for Purchase!
We are partnering with local booksellers Magers & Quinn, to provide access to signed copies of Jericho Brown's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, The Tradition. Available in limited quantity. Click Here to buy a signed copy of the book.
Healing Our City Community Partnership
A portion of the proceeds from this event will support Healing Our City, a grassroots collaboration of community members integrating the power of soulful prayer, compassionate intention, and loving action into our world.
Jericho Brown Poem "To Be Seen", Read by Larry Duncan
The full text is available here.
Coming Soon Via Zoom!
Church Conference
Sunday, June 6 at 7pm on Zoom

All members of Hennepin Avenue UMC are invited to attend a church conference called for June 6 at 7pm for the purpose of electing lay leadership. 

Ginger Sisco, chair of our Connections Committee, will present the slate of nominees for the four administrative committees and strategic council for 2021-22. Hennepin members will vote to elect. There will be an opportunity for three nominations from the attendees for the Connections Committee. Thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who serve our church ministries!
Join Zoom Meeting Here.
Meeting ID: 933 2209 2530
Passcode: 994628 | Dial manually: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Passionate Worship
THIS IS MY STORY: New Worship Series
June 6 – July 11

Storytelling connects us with one another. As we share stories about life, our stories help us to better understand and more deeply love one another. The Book of Acts is full of great stories about people who risked their lives to tell the story of faith. If you haven't read this action-packed book of the Bible, now’s the time!

Each week we will pull out a story of a person who gave witness to the amazing work of the Spirit. These early leaders of the Church met trials, roadblocks, and resistance, and yet they kept moving forward. As we unpack their stories, you'll see that there is so much we can learn to become agents of God's transformation.
Worship This Sunday: "Stephen"
by Rev. Frenchye Magee, Associate Pastor

Sacred Journey at 8:30am
Traditional Worship at 10am

Welcome Back to In-Person Worship!
Traditional Worship Returns for
In-Person Service

Welcome back to in-person worship! Registration is required to attend; REMINDER that registration closes on Fridays.

Read more here.

Register for 6/6 worship here.
Worship With Us Online!
Sacred Journey Worship Is Virtual
Sundays at 8:30am

There are many easy ways that you can join us virtually on Sunday mornings!

To learn more about all of the ways to tune in, click here.

Sacred Journey returns to in-person worship Sunday, July 4 in the Art Gallery.
Celebrating Rev. Frenchye Magee
Sunday, June 20
8:30 and 10am Worship

We will celebrate Rev. Frenchye Magee’s ministry on June 20 at both services of worship. Pastor Frenchye has been a blessing and an important part of our ministry for three years. We wish her well and pray that God will use her in wonderful ways to bless others in her next season of ministry.

We encourage you to send Rev. Frenchye Magee a card or note giving thanks for her ministry. You may send cards to 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55403
Mini-Recital Celebration:
Our Organ is Back!
Wednesday, June 23 at 12 Noon

Hennepin Avenue UMC Principal Organist Donald Livingston presents a lunch hour mini-recital on the newly refurbished Robert Sipe Sanctuary Organ on Wednesday, June 23 at Noon. Seating in the Sanctuary will be physically distanced.

Guests will hear marvelous demonstrations of the instrument, repertoire including Calvin Hampton, Fanfares, 1977; Howells, Psalm-Prelude Op. 32 no. 1; Bach, Partita Sopra il Corale "Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen" BWV 770; and Henri Mulet, Carillon-Sortie. Livingston will also provide narration highlighting the renovation process!
The performance will be video recorded and posted on social media at a later date for those who would prefer to watch from home. The performance is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the organ here.
"What Did We Do Last Time?"
Pandemic History Display
beginning in May in Carlson Hall

When you return to the church building to worship in person, check out the History Display Cabinet in Carlson Hall. You will find an exhibit on how Hennepin Church dealt with a pandemic 100+ years ago. People wore masks and the church was closed for a period in 1918. They were also in the midst of World War I.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Local Justice Mission for Youth:
Serve MSP Day Camp
August 3-5, 2021

Save the date for upcoming Local Justice Mission Trip, Serve MSP.

Serve MSP is a day camp for youth in grades 7–12. Youth will spend time volunteering with service partners that work to support and advocate for the marginalized and those in need in the Twin Cities area. Each day, youth will hear from community speakers and leaders about topics rooted in social justice. Together, we'll also unpack scripture and stories related to these topics.

August 3–5 participants will gather at several locations in the Twin Cities (itineraries distributed to adult leaders before camp week). August 2 is our Zoom Kickoff Event and a closing worship service will be held on August 5.

$40/student (includes a t-shirt) *scholarships are available*

Learn More and Register here.
NEW June Conversation for Youth & Families!
Hot Topics: What it Means to Be a Good Ally
Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm on Facebook LIVE

Following the positive response from April's Facebook Live Conversation on Supporting Stressed Teens, Heather Alden and Rick Belbutoski are teaming up for another monthly series. June's conversation will focus on Pride month and and what it means to be a good ally.

Tune in on Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm. All conversations will be available on-demand after they air.

To learn more, visit:
Intentional Faith Development
Registration Deadline is TODAY June 4th!
UMW's Virtual "Mission U" 2021
June 11–13, July 16–18, August 6–8

This summer, the United Methodist Women continue a summer tradition of mission study "Mission U" creates spiritual community and lessons that change us. All interested women and men are invited!

June 11-13: Pushout–The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools
July 16-18: Bearing Witness in the Kin-dom
August 6-8: Finding Peace in an Anxious World

There are four session times for each course: 2 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. Times TBD. Books are titled the same as the events and can be ordered online.

Visit the MN Conference website for registration:
Learn How You Can Participate!
2021 Annual Conference
June 22–24, 2021

The 2021 Annual Conference is just weeks away, and everyone can participate, whether or not you’re a voting member!

June 22 and 24 will be entirely virtual, and June 23 will invite attendees to meet in small, in-person groups at various sites across the state. Laity can participate by:

  1. Watching the live stream on the Minnesota Conference Facebook page
  2. Attending Laity Session, which will feature a teaching session on breaking through gridlock and approaching conversations in new ways
  3. Gathering at host sites for discussion and a teaching session with Rev. Rachel Billups.

For more information and to register, read the article here.
Youth Trip to Valleyfair
Wednesday, June 30
8:30 or 10am to 4:30pm

Students entering grades 6–12 are invited to join Rick and Lynne for a day at Valleyfair! 

Drop off at Hennepin between 8:30–9am. We'll gather for a short service project and then leave for Valley Fair at 10:30am. All students who plan to participate in the trip must arrive at the church building by 10am.

Those who are interested in spending part of their day in the water park are welcome to bring a swimsuit to change into or wear underneath their clothes. For the safety of the students, all swimwear should provide appropriate coverage, must not be see-through, and should be worn securely at all times.

The group will plan to leave the park to head back to the church building at 4:30pm. Pickup at the church will begin at 5pm.

The cost of the trip is only $30 per student, but students should plan to bring spending money for food and additional purchases.

Register for this event here.
Radical Hospitality

Morning Coffee is a chance to check in, engage in a lively discussion about a short scripture passage or topic, and then pray our way into the day. All are welcome!

Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Sundays at 11am
on Zoom

Refill your favorite mug and click the link to join a virtual gathering of Hennepin friends–we visit and share news, laugh and connect, and generally get to know each other better.

Meeting ID: 897 1628 3933
Passcode: 701690

Are you looking for a warm way to end your day? Drop into Closings and share a conversation with friends. This open, lay-led group is a place for conversation, connection, and community. 

Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Passcode: 975868
Monthly Virtual Book Club
Thursday, June 17 | 7pm on Zoom

Do you love reading? Especially during this homebound time? Join your Hennepin Avenue UMC community for a virtual book club!

Join us for an hour-long book discussion by Zoom meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm. We will continue to discuss the future schedule and book selections at each meeting. We will try to select books available online through local libraries or inexpensive websites like

Please email Jane Mylrea if you are interested:

June 17 @ 7pm
Book: This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel

To share this event with your friends and family on Facebook, click here!
Extravagant Generosity
In the Hennepin Avenue UMC Parking Lot
"Second-hand Sundays" Donations to Old School is Back!
June 13, July 11, Aug 8, and Sept 12 | 9 to 10:30am

Old School by Steeple People is delighted to invite you to Second-hand Sundays! June through September, on the second Sunday of the month, Old School volunteers will be in the parking lot at Hennepin accepting donations. Our van is currently at Newgate School, so we will be using our personal vehicles.

What does this mean for your donations? Please bring up to 3 bags/boxes of "cream of the crop," high-quality, seasonal clothing, jewelry, accessories, household items.

We are not able to accept: out-of-season items, sports equipment, electronics, large furniture, medical supplies, hazardous materials including paint/cleaning supplies.

If you have a car full of donations, please set up an appointment with Manager Molly at Old School. She is reachable by phone at (612) 871-8305. Molly will coordinate a convenient donation drop-off time with you.

Look for Old School on the following dates:
  • Sunday, June 13
  • Sunday, July 11
  • Sunday, August 8
  • Sunday, September 12

To learn more about Old School, visit:
Join our team!
Walk for Hope: Fundraiser to Support Common Hope
Sunday, June 13 at 12noon

Hello HAUMC Amigos! This year we are registered again to Walk For Hope in honor of Ana and Josue (our sponsored students in Guatemala). We are going the extra mile this year to support the 3000+ students that Common Hope supports! Will you join us?
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