Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
November 8, 2019
State of the Church Meeting:
Let Love Be Our Aim
November 10, 11:45am in the Sanctuary

Join us for an update on The United Methodist Church, and celebrate what God is doing through Hennepin Avenue UMC. Hear our congregational goals and financial updates–plus an update on Koinonia Retreat Center, and a preliminary budget for 2020.

So that everyone can attend the State of the Church Meeting, both Progressive Christianity and Making Sense classes will not meet on Sunday, November 10.
Parenting for LYFE
November 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. 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 how a moving child is a learning child. Everyone knows that a healthy diet is important for a growing child, but did you know that physical activity is absolutely essential for brain development?
Young Adult Care Packages

Hennepin loves young people! Each year we send care packages to our 18-22 year olds to remind them we are thinking of them whether they are studying, working, taking a gap year or something else! We are accepting donations of small items that may be helpful or fun for them to receive – mints, chocolate, pens, gum, cough drops, chapstick, post it notes, tea or hot cocoa packets, instant soup mix, notes of encouragement, etc.

Collection boxes are in the East entry and donations should be at the church by November 23.

Any questions, please email Debra at hovla003@yahoo.com.   
Meet the Artist: Anita White
November 17, following Traditional Worship, and
November 19, 7pm in Carlson Hall

The Fine Arts Team is pleased to host two Meet-the-Artist Receptions for our current exhibits of works by Anita White. Meet Anita and hear about her artistic process and inspiration. Her works will continue to be on display through the end of November. Free and open to all!
Pub Theology
November 20, 6pm at Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W #100, Minneapolis

All are welcome at Pub Theology. Every third Wednesday of the month, the young adult ministry hosts a "spirited' conversation from 6-7 pm at Sisyphus Brewing. These casual, "come as you are conversations," are a great way to find deeper faith community. Invite a friend to join you, and learn more at haumc.org/pubtheology .
The Angel Tree is Back!
November 24-December 8, in the East Entry

Every year Hennepin members practice extravagant generosity by purchasing gifts for refugee children who are new to Minnesota. Visit the Angel Tree in the East Entry to check out an angel ornament. Then purchase gifts for your angel, and remember to return your ornament and your unwrapped gifts by December 8.
End-of-Year Giving

Giving at year-end enables you to complete your 2019 pledge, consider an additional gift to Hennepin, pre-pay on a 2020 operating pledge, or complete payment on a Steps of Faith campaign pledge. For tax purposes, allow ample time to complete your gift transactions and save all receipts and acknowledgments.
Checks:  Mail your gift postmarked on or before Dec. 31
Credit Card : Make your gift by December 31 through the Hennepin website
Securities: Stock and securities transfers need to be initiated in time for broker’s processing, and to ensure the transfers are executed and hit our Charles Schwab account by December 31. Please advise us of your pending transfer so we may track the transfer.
IRA Charitable Rollover (for those age 70 ½ or older):  Instruct your IRA administrator to send a check directly to Hennepin, postmarked by Dec. 31.
Even if you do not itemize deductions on your 2019 federal tax return, the State of Minnesota allows a partial deduction for charitable gifts on Minnesota returns. Check with your financial advisor for details.
As needed for giving documents, please use:
Full legal name – Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Federal tax ID# 41-0694729
For questions or additional information on year-end giving options, contact Brian Seim, Director of Finance, at brian@haumc.org or 612-435-1302 or Jack Fistler at jack@haumc.org, (612) 435-1321 or (651) 353-6942 (cell/text). There is still time for more Extravagant Generosity in 2019.
Thanksgiving/Commitment Sunday
November 24

Please join us in giving thanks for all the blessings God has given us as we celebrate and make our financial commitments for 2020. Let us make love our aim as we give generously to making God's love real through the ministries of Hennepin Avenue UMC. This year, we have a goal for 100% participation from every person who calls Hennepin their church home. All giving will be received with thanksgiving!
Charge Conference
November 24, 11:30am in the Sanctuary

A charge conference will be convened on November 24 at 11:30am in the Sanctuary for the purpose of setting clergy compensation for 2020. This charge conference is required by The United Methodist Book of Discipline. Child care will be available. All members are encouraged to attend.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship Service
November 28, 10am at
St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral
519 Oak Grove St., Minneapolis

Join in solidarity with the Twin Cities Interfaith Community to celebrate God’s generosity and to express our gratitude in story and song.

This annual event is shared among the downtown Jewish, Christian, and Islamic faith communities of Minneapolis, whose clergy gather throughout the year for shared learning, mutual support, and common mission. This is an opportunity to bring those communities together in recognition of the many ways we’re bound together in life, work, and witness. Don't miss one of the most moving and beautiful traditions of our downtown interfaith community!

This year’s event will be hosted by Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral and our preacher will be Imam Makram El-Amin of Masjid An-Nur in North Minneapolis.

Doors open at 9:00 am! Experience the beauty of St. Mark’s historic worship space. Walk the Labyrinth in the Bishop Henry Whipple Chapel.

All are welcome--bring friends and family to this open and comfortable gathering.
Hennepin Kids
Family Advent Festival
December 7, 10am in the Social Hall

Join us for the Hennepin Kids Family Advent Festival in the Social Hall. Gingerbread creations, holiday ornaments, and so many cookies! Cost is $20/family. Your registration includes lunch and 6 dozens cookies that you will bake, decorate, and take home. Please bring a donation of baking supplies for Groveland Food Shelf. Children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult. Register at haumc.org/registration.
Hennepin Marketplace
December 8, in Carlson Hall

Come to Hennepin Marketplace and see the world of good that the Outreach Ministries of Hennepin have been promoting. Support this work by purchasing crafts and goodies from across the world--some exotic, some familiar, all beautiful. Wander through Carlson Hall before and after worship to peruse the offerings and discover ways to get involved in supporting our neighbors in Minneapolis and around the world.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
December 8, 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.
Adulting 101
December 8, 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 December 8, we'll discuss how to manage Christmas expenses on a limited budget.
Koinonia Conversations Update

We are pleased to announce that the Koinonia Legacy Task Force has been formed and is comprised of representatives from all standing committees and Core Practice teams.

The purpose of this task force is to develop a recommendation for how funds from a sale of Koinonia will be used to further the ministry of Hennepin in ways that will move us forward in our mission. The task force has begun meeting. We will keep the church membership informed as developments arise.

If you would like to make a recommendation for the use of the Koinonia proceeds, please submit your suggestion to the following dedicated email address, koinoniaconversations@haumc.org, or reach out to any of the following task force members:

Rod Bacon – Strategic Council 
Lona Dallessandro – Risk Taking Mission & Service
David Focht – Strategic Council 
Judy Zabel – Extravagant Generosity
Chidi Omeoga – Strategic Council 
Brian Seim – Extravagant Generosity
Faith Nutz – Finance 
Frenchye Magee – Radical Hospitality
Dana Taylor – Finance 
Mark Squire – Passionate Worship
Dan Dahm – Trustees 
Debra Hovland – Intentional Faith Development
David Kinyon – Staff Parish Relations
John Roberts – Connections
A Passion for Drawing:
Musings in the Moment
An Exhibition of Artworks by Anita White

“When difficulties arise… drawing is a way to find empathy and humor.” –Anita White

The Hennepin Avenue UMC Fine Arts Committee is excited to present the art of Anita White for our upcoming exhibit in Carlson Hall, on display October 24 through November 31. You will have two chances to meet the artist and ask questions about her work–details coming soon!  

White graduated in 1974 with honors from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and lives in South Minneapolis near Minnehaha Falls. Her time living on an Irish island for three and half years created a deep sense of telling the story of places and people through drawing. These feelings shaped her travels to Mexico and Romania, which also inspired her art work. Early travels to Spain in 1969 and later in 1987 sparked a love of drawing flamenco which continues to the present day.

Drawing has also been a way for White to process and bear witness to life’s deeper moments. She drew her way through the care-taking of her parents and her brother’s mental health challenges. White created dozens of pen and watercolor sketches in ambulances, hospital rooms, and in the emergency department waiting room.

She drew, she said, through “panic, anxiety and healing”–which included drawing her late husband Josh’s medical issues. White calls this art “Narrative Medicine,” many examples of which are now on long-term display at Hennepin HealthCare. White explains:
“Drawing is a way to navigate daily life. A way to interact and honor others.
To find joy and beauty and the hidden humor that bubbles up in challenging moments.” 

Experience Anita White's work in Carlson Hall this fall!
Copper Street Brass
Christmas Concerts
December 12 & 22 in the Sanctuary

There’s no better time for brass than the holidays! Resident Artists Copper Street Brass' popular holiday concerts celebrate the stories and sounds of the season performed with passion, humor, and virtuosity. Hear music ranging from classical to carols, childhood movies to rock and pop, and much more. Two performances at HAUMC:
  • Thursday, December 12 at 10am
  • Sunday, December 22 at 3pm

Purchase tickets at https://copperstreetbrass.org . $25 for adults, Kids 17 and under free, $10 for college students with ID.
Volunteer to Enhance Worship

As technology plays an even bigger integral role in worship, opportunities to volunteer time and passion are growing quickly. There are current opportunities to help with slides, sound and cameras. Don't worry about any areas of expertise you have or don't have; we will provide training.

Please contact Royd at royd@haumc.org to become part of the technical team that enhances the Sunday worship experience for everyone at Hennepin Avenue UMC!
Heading Home Hennepin Annual Meeting
November 20, 12:30pm in the Social Hall

Save the date! The Heading Home Hennepin Continuum of Care (CoC) Annual Meeting is just around the corner. This meeting is an opportunity for those who work to prevent and end homelessness in Hennepin County to come together, network, and learn from one another. This year we will focus on the collaboration it takes to serve the most vulnerable in our community. Keynote speakers:
  • Commissioner Angela Conley has made housing and homelessness central to her campaign and has done so by centering the voices of those with lived experience.
  • Mayor Jacob Frey has championed an agenda centered on increasing access to affordable housing including launching Stable Homes, Stable Schools and putting forward $40 mil. in city funding dedicated to affordable housing.

Following the keynote speakers, there will be two breakout sessions that will include the following topics:
  • Operationalizing Racial Equity
  • Expanding the housing toolkit
  • What is new in strategies to prevent homelessness
  • Reforming our shelter model

Agenda for the Day:
  • 12:30-1pm: Arrival and Networking
  • 1-2pm: David Hewit and Keynote Speakers
  • 2-3pm: Round 1 of Breakouts
  • 3-4pm: Round 2 of Breakouts
Free to attend, but please RSVP to HeadingHomeAnnualMeeting.eventbrite.com .
Sandwich Making for
The Dignity Center
November 24, 9:30am in the Art Gallery

Our Dignity Center needs your help making sandwiches for Homeless clients/guests this winter. It's a fun family event! Bring your choice of the following : prepared sliced luncheon meats (ham, beef, turkey), packs of cheese slices, or loaves of white or whole wheat bread to the gathering that morning, then help assemble the sandwiches. Come and spend 45 minutes helping and serving those less fortunate.

Contact Dennis Behl (dennbehl@gmail.com) to register food items you would like to contribute so we can plan ahead.
Spruce the Spire
November 24, After Worship until 12:30pm

Decorate Hennepin for the holidays! Help us put up trees and greenery, prep welcome bags and candles, and much more as we prepare for Advent and Christmas at Hennepin! All ages are welcome. Sign-ups are really helpful, but you can always just show up. Go to https://signup.com/go/EQpahhU or sign up in Carlson Hall on Sundays. 
INTRODUCING: Align Minneapolis

The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) is now:


Align Minneapolis is committed to engage the community around us to address homelessness. Through learning, volunteer opportunities, community partnerships, community organizing, and development of effective strategies and programs.

We Align
  • congregations across faith towards a common goal
  • direct services with the needs of the community
  • those who are housed with people who have lived experiences of homelessness
  • state, city, and county laws and funding with our values
  • our knowledge of homelessness with facts and experiences

How we take action
  1. INSPIRE - Call people to take action based on religious values
  2. EDUCATE - Strengthen awareness of the issues of homelessness and appropriate solutions
  3. ADVOCATE - Build the public will for policy change
  4. SERVE - Coordinate delivery of services among congregations

They are asking people to contact the Hennepin County Commissioners and demand minimum standards for the services and care shelters provide to people staying there. To learn more about this, go to www.alignmpls.org/advocacy .
Old School by Steeple People

HI! Do you like people? Do you enjoy interacting in a community-minded thrift store environment? Old School by Steeple People would LOVE for you to join our afternoon cashiering crew in the 2:30 pm - 6 pm shift any day of the week we are open. That's any day of the week except Tuesday! We're flexible!

If you are interested in cashiering, please email our assistant manager, Molly, at news@oldschoolthrifty.org. We can't wait to see you at the store.
Cinnamon Rolls
Volunteer for Our Food Ministries!

You are invited to share in Hennepin's amazing and delicious food ministries! Every Sunday, you can provide radical hospitality to Hennepin members and guests.

On the first and fifth Sunday afternoons of each month, feed our hungry neighbors at Community Meals.

On the second through fourth/fifth Sunday mornings of each month, help to host the best Sunday Brunch in town.

Contact Cheryl Gibbons to sign up! Cheryl@haumc.org.

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