Thursday, November 9, 2023

Grounding in our Faith with Pastor Laura:

The story of why I became an election judge is not super exciting, but it is a story that highlights how values are passed on from those older than us. A congregant at a previous congregation I served was so proud of his role as an election judge. I loved to hear stories from elections from years past. He would often encourage me to apply to become an election judge. I had many excuses on why not, but I said would think about it.

In many ways, the pandemic in 2020 changed everything. As the election approached, I read a post that challenged younger folks who are not immune compromised to become election judges to give folks who are worried about COVID a year off. The years of gentle prodding came full circle, and I applied right then to serve as an election judge. Within a couple of hours, the head of elections in the county responded and told me about the next steps in the process and how to do my training.

Election day came and went despite all the worries about the virus and worries about violence against election judges. I was exhausted at the end of the day, but the last thing I did that day was to email my congregant. I told him that I served my first election as a judge and I dedicated my day of service to him.

We don’t always hear from others about the impact we have on people. But do not lose sight of the impact that we have on others-especially younger folks. It may seem like it is not sinking in, but they listen and watch how we live out our values.

Keep on living out your values and faith with boldness knowing that living with integrity is infectious (in a good way).


Pastor Laura

It's that time of year when everything ramps up for the holidays. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of your email and click the link titled "VIEW ENTIRE MESSAGE" to see the whole newsletter! We have all the information you could possibly need to plan in the newsletter or on the events page.

Check out the Events Calendar for information on these, and other, upcoming events, classes, and opportunities. You can even subscribe or add events to your own calendar to help keep yourself organized!

We have many music-related events coming up. You can view our Music Ministry booklet digitally HERE.


November 2023

Nov 9 UWF Monthly Circle

Nov 11 Veteran's Day

Nov 12 Dr. Mark Seeley Guest Speaker HFC

Nov 14 The Book of Job: Class with Cooper Wiggen

Nov 16 Virtual Book Club

Nov 18 Sound Healing with Marc Anderson

Nov 19 Commitment Sunday / Angel Tree Begins

Nov 20 Disciple Bible Study: Winter’s Journey Into Spring with Bill Tipping

Nov 21 Advent's Imagination with Climate Futures with Nancy Victorin-Vangerud

Nov 21-24 Dignity Center Closed for Thanksgiving

Nov 23-25 Church closed for Thanksgiving

Nov 23 Interfaith Thanksgiving at Plymouth Congregational


Dec 2 Advent Festival!

Dec 3 Advent Begins with Lessons and Carols worship

Dec 17 Christmas on Copper Street with Copper Street Brass.

Dec 21 First Day of Winter / Monthly Virtual Book Club

Dec 24 Advent 4 @10am / Xmas Eve Worship @ 4, 8, and 11pm.

Angel Tree graphic indicating dates to donate presents for refugee children from Nov 19-Dec 10

Poinsettia Delivery

December 3

We will be delivering poinsettias to members and constituents who are unable to attend Sunday services to celebrate the season and show love and concern for all our community.

We deliver the plants on or after Sunday, December 3.

If you would like a poinsettia delivered or would like to help deliver the plants contact Rev. Lynn at (612) 871-5303 x190.

Standing on the Promises: Stewardship begins!

November 5-November 19, 2023

Hennepin Ave UMC is grounded in promise. We minister in 2023 because of the vision and generosity of generations who have gone before us.

At our baptisms, we are washed in God's grace. Through baptism, we are claimed as beloved and enlisted as co-creators of God's Shalom in this blessed world.

We do none of this living and loving alone.

The Standing on the Promises sermon series is a reminder of each of our identities as a part of a powerful whole. No matter who you are, you are welcome to remember and live the promise of living and loving in the way of Jesus.

Stewardship is here!

Send in your Estimate of giving forms

Send in your estimated giving forms to support our vital ministry and keep up the exciting momentum we are building! What a way to begin Stewardship; celebrating our saints that have passed, hearing from our current saints, and listening to some good news about the state of our Church!

You can fill out the Estimate of Giving Form RIGHT HERE! Once you do that you can take the next step and set up automatic giving so you can set it and forget it.

Or if you prefer, printed copies and envelopes are at reception or worship entrances. Just ask our lovely ushers or Brenda or Corrine at reception!

Pastor Laura Hannah

This Sunday

Worship at 10am

Ruth 1:1-18

This Sunday's Message

Standing on Promises: Learning

Pastor Laura Hannah

Welcoming Our Newest Members!

We recently welcomed these new members into our beautiful congregation at Hennepin Avenue UMC! Please help us give them a warm reception.

The Shardlow Johnston Family

The Shardlow Johnston Family

George Shardlow was born and raised in the North Metro. After graduating from Roseville High School, he went to Luther College and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. George serves as Legislative Director at Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). When he's not working, he enjoys baking bread and working in the garden.

Madison Johnston grew up in the West Metro and graduated from Hopkins High School. After that, she attended Loyola University and Princeton Seminary (where she overlapped with Pastor Laura!) Madison is Head of Accounts at Triple20, the largest social impact design and exhibit house in the country. In her spare time, she loves lifting weights and going on day trips.

George and Madison live in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis with their daughter, Junia, and their rescue dog, Eddie. They have been searching for a church home for quite some time, and are thankful for the warm HAUMC welcome.

Jill Williamson

Jill Williamson

Jill wanted to be part of a solid, established Christian community with a strong emphasis on social justice issues and strong, solid preaching.

Christine and Art Monzingo

Christine and Art Monzingo

Christine and Art are happy to join the HAUMC community.They appreciate the church for its people, progressive outlook, dynamic liturgy, community service, and arts programs.

They live in the Twin Cities part of the year to be near their son, Jeffrey, a long-time Richfield resident. Christine is a retired litigation and appellate attorney and Art is a retired biochemist. They have both served on nonprofit boards related to music, art, and education. They have appreciated and enjoyed Minnesota since 2008, when their son became associated with Minnesota Independence College and Community (formerly, Minnesota Life College). Founded by Roe and Bev Hatlen, who owned the Old Country Buffet, the school provides post-high-school adults on the autism spectrum or with learning disabilities with a college-like experience and a life-long community.


Dr Mark Seeley Guest Speaker!

Hope for Creation

Sun, Nov 12th at 11:30am, Art Gallery

What does a changing climate mean for Minnesota? What changes have already occurred, and what might we expect in the coming years? Please join us at Hennepin Avenue UMC on Sunday, November 12th to learn from Dr. Mark Seeley about the impacts and implications of climate change in our local area. Aspects of Dr. Seeley's work focus on the intersection of Religion and Climate stating, "John Wesley’s understanding of science and climate in the context of his religious beliefs and the founding of the Methodist church."

Dr. Seeley's presentation is part of a year-long class at Hennepin called Hope for Creation in a Climate-Changed World hosted by Hennepin’s Climate Action Team in partnership with the Center for Ecological Regeneration at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

Join the Facebook Event HERE!

Reintroduction to the Bible: The Book of Job with Rev. Cooper Wiggen

Tuesdays, Oct 24-Nov 14, 9:30am

Harrison Room

Encounter Job’s quest for spiritual survival amid evil, inadequate religion, and his world’s woeful lack of compassion. This story turns on a sudden appearance of God who declares for Nature’s Wisdom. Job challenges some of our cherished beliefs and cries out for courageous wisdom.

Students need no Biblical background except curiosity. The class will explore the four transformations of consciousness revealed through Job’s quest. Loss of Innocence, regenerative faith, Justice Wisdom, and Creation Mysticism.


Click HERE to watch "Unboxing Blessings" - the Executive Director of the Dignity Center, Rev. Margaret Kelly, opens up a gift donated through the Dignity Center's Amazon Wish List. These items will be given to newly housed people! You can Support the Dignity Center through their Amazon Wish List HERE. If you would like to help the DC Angels you can contact Margaret at

Patrick plays piano as Sally sings in the art gallery to the visionary lunch attendees who listen with rapt attention

Visionary Lunch was a success!

The visionary Lunch was on Friday, Nov 3. It featured beautiful music by our own Sally Messner and Patrick Henning. The Special Guest speaker was Alexa Beller from the Midwest Art Conservation Center. She was one of the experts who worked on The Bread of Life and our Pourbus! (the one with the Turkey).

Thank you to all our Visionaries and their inspirational love of HAUMC. Thanks also to our volunteers who provided such lovely hospitality and a lovely meal.

Sound Healing with Marc Anderson

Sat, Nov 18 at 4pm in the Art Gallery

Suggested Donation: $10

Marc Anderson is a local musician and meditation teacher with a history at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. He holds a staff position at Macalester College in the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Marc has developed a transcendent sound healing experience, also known as a sound bath, which he has been offering at various churches, yoga centers, and community spaces for several years. This experience is known for its deeply relaxing, cleansing, and healing qualities; he is excited to bring this experience to our congregation!

Monthly Virtual Book Club

Thursday, November 16, 7pm


Dear Jacob: A Mother's Journey of Hope by Patty Wetterling

With stunning detail, Patty Wetterling shares the untold story of the 27-year search for her son Jacob—and its astonishing conclusion.

If you enjoy reading, please join the Hennepin Avenue UMC community for an hour-long discussion via Zoom about this book!

The books can be read online through local libraries or inexpensive websites like

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 898 0983 7941

Passcode: 496102

To share this event with your friends and family, click here

Email Jane Mylrea if you are interested to get on the mailing list! (

United Women in Faith

Monthly Combined Circle:

Thursday, November 9, 1pm

Hybrid: Longfellow Room/ Zoom

We believe love in action can change the world.

The United Women in Faith combined circles gather monthly on the second Thursday at 1 pm. Every day, we show up. We take action. We get it done. And we invite you to join us!

HAUMC's United Women in Faith combined circle is continuing to offer a hybrid option for our programs in 2023.

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 876 1312 6826

Passcode: 555079

Join by phone: +1 651 372 8299

If you are interested in learning more or joining the local branch of this national organization Click Here

Or email: Susanne Mattison at and Laura Dirks at

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Faith Development

Poetry, Prayers, and Practice: Wednesday Facebook Live Hosted by Hennepin Ave UMC Clergy

Wednesday 5pm on Facebook Live!

This week we hear from Pastor Elizabeth Macaulay!

You can see the video from last night on Facebook right HERE.

You can access the full playlist, at any time, on YouTube!

Hope for Creation in a Climate-Changed World: Happening Now!

Sundays at 11:15am

Art Gallery

Wouldn't it be amazing to be a hub, incubator, center of thought, heart, and faith to address Climate Change?

REMINDER: This Sunday, Nov 12 we will welcome special guest facilitator - Meteorologist and Climatologist Dr. Mark Seeley.

All are welcome to attend as often or as little as you're able. No prior knowledge is needed. You can follow along with the material or just drop in.

The fall sessions will be oriented around the theme: How did we get here?

You can sign up for the newsletter/discussion updates HERE:

It is the best way to stay up to date with the class and have the zoom link and materials.

Check out the EVENTS page for more information for the upcoming sessions!

A Winter's Journey into Spring

Disciple I Bible Study with Bill Tipping

Monday Nights, 7-8:15pm,

Nov 20-May 6 on Zoom

24-week class to be taught on Zoom on Monday nights from 7-8:15, starting November 20 and ending the week of May 6.

Based on the curriculum outlined in Disciple I textbook; this an opportunity to explore the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in a small group covenant community setting, learning from and inspiring each other. This class has been completed by close to 70 members of the Hennepin community already, and, after the interlude of the pandemic, is now available again.

Zoom will make it accessible and comfortable to all, especially through the winter evenings.

Books can be purchased through Cokesbury and you can sign up HERE!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 984 9098 0500

Passcode: 264355

Join by phone: 312 626 6799

Advent's Imagination with Climate Futures

Tuesdays, 10-11:30am,

Nov 21-Dec 19th in the Harrison Room

Led by Nancy Victorin-Vangerud, retired chaplain and urban gardener

The season of Advent invites us to a ‘thin edge of time’ in which we yearn and dream of futures bearing life’s abundance. Advent sparks faith’s imagination, continuing hope for creation where the arc of justice bends and green shoots emerge from adversity. This season, Advent aligns with the United Nations’ Convention of Parties (COP28), Nov. 30–Dec. 12th, in Dubai, where advocates from all nations will gather, yearning for paths beyond Earth’s climate emergency.

Join Nancy Victorin-Vangerud in a 5-week exploration of Andrew Dana Hudson's "cli-fi” book, Our Shared Storm: A Novel of Five Climate Futures (2022).

Hudson tells five short stories, each based on a different UN climate scenario (from sustainable to catastrophic) set in 2054 at a COP60 in Buenos Aires.

Through the shifting entanglements of four main characters, the stories help us learn about the COP process, climate modeling, and potential steps we can intentionally work towards (note–hopeful ending!). Register HERE and the book will be freely provided at the church office.

For more information, feel free to email


11:15am after worship, Sundays

Harrison Room

Reflection is an opportunity to set aside some time for deepening personal faith and to learn about the faith experiences of others.  What started as an experiment initiated by George Rodgers Adams ("Rodge") in June has become a wonderful new way to explore faith at HAUMC!

Each week we will pose a question for an informal, open-forum discussion. Anyone is welcome to join at any time. No former knowledge is needed, just bring your curiosity and an inquiring mind.

You can email Rodge Adams at for more information.

It is a standing gathering so feel free to drop by on a Sunday as your schedule allows.

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursdays, 11am-12pm

Hybrid, Longfellow Room and Zoom

“Thursday Morning Bible Study Class has begun their second study of the fall with the book “The Lord’s Prayer” from the Rose Visual Bible Studies.

Each of the six lessons will focus on one particular phrase from the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:8-13, combined with a passage from Jesus’ experiences and teachings from the Gospels. New members are welcome. Class leaders are Mary Mensheha and Juanita Reed-Boniface.”

Join Zoom Meeting by Video Here 


Join by phone

Dial: +1 929-205-6099

Meeting ID: 864 1531 0144

Passcode: 437485

Daily Prayer Fellowship: Coffee Time

8–8:30am Monday–Friday Mornings


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 Zoom Meeting by Video Here or

Join by phone

‪Dial: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140

Passcode: 975868

Daily Prayer Fellowship: Closings

8–8:30pm Mon, Tues, & Thurs Evenings


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.

Join Zoom Meeting by Video Here


Join by phone

‪Dial: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 892 5043 5902

Passcode: 113680


Last week Bob Scott revealed his long-term faithful support of Hennepin in such a beautiful way. You can watch his message HERE.

You can watch the full, beautiful All Saints Worship HERE.

We also heard all the exciting plans and good news in the state of the church. You can watch the recording of it HERE.

Church Conference Update:

Both votes were passed: Clergy Compensation and the Sale of the Bruce Ario Estate property. Refer back to the previous HH for more information.

**Please note there will not be a printed version of the sermon this week.

A construction lift and several workers repairing portions of the church

Pardon our Plywood

Our lantern above the Sanctuary and below the Steeple requires window work due to broken glass and deformation due to old age. For the next several months, three of the eight window sections will be removed, and plywood will be temporarily installed in their place (The other five sections were completed in years past).

Early in the new year, the refinished windows will be re-installed. Workers will also install unobtrusive storm windows on all eight sections to help prevent bird-strike damage and help keep moisture out of the lantern. During this project, we will adjust our steeple lighting to mask the plywood as much as possible.

We are excited to complete this decades-spanning effort in the coming months. These repairs should last 75+ years.

Family Ministry Update from Clergy

We want to let the families of Hennepin Avenue UMC know how we will proceed in the interim while we search for the new Director of Family Ministry.

Pastor Laura will be the contact person for the Confirmation program and Youth Ministry in general. She will interface with our partners from Good Samaritan and Lake Harriet-Jan and Ariel to make sure that Confirmation is a solid faith-forming experience for our youth in the program. She is excited to participate alongside the confirmands in this learning journey. 

We are so thankful for the leadership of Kelsey Johnson and Loretta Kenney who have graciously agreed to lead the Sunday School program on Sunday mornings.

Kelsey and Loretta are long-time volunteers in the Sunday School program and dedicated to the faith formation of our children.

Pastors Elizabeth and Laura will trade off leading the Time with Children portion of the worship service. If you have any questions about the Family Ministry Program, please contact Pastor Laura ( 

You may be wondering how you can support this program going forward. As always, we welcome your prayers for the children and youth of Hennepin Avenue UMC as they grow in their faith. The success of this program depends on the greater support of the church community, we welcome your skills and time to make this program better and more vibrant. The job has been listed, please share this job listing with your network. Click here for the job listing. 

In ministry with all of you,

Pastors Elizabeth and Laura

Volunteers Needed!



Koinonia Hall

**$10 per person/$20 per family

Brunch is back and we have Bryan Carter, Kristy Barnes, Marla Tipping, and Lynne Carroll to thank for it! It has been a smashing success thanks to them and now is the time to let Lynne know you are ready to step up and step in to keep it going - just ONE hour (give or take) ONCE a month is all they need! The three of them have put their brains together so the process is easy and fun those who serve as well as those who are served.


There are 3 shifts - you can let Lynne know if you have a preference

Set up: 9:30-10am

Serving: 10:45am-12pm

Clean up: 12-1pm

Sign up HERE for your slot now!

Memorial Flowers

Sign-ups available

Remembering the beloveds that came before us is one of the precious gifts of being in a beloved community together. If you would like to donate sanctuary flowers in memory of or in honor of a loved one or in honor of a special event, we have created a new process to do this. Click the link below and fill out the information for your desired date.

If you are unable to sign-up digitally, you may also ask for a form at the reception desk.

Sign up HERE.

Now On View

Transition: Works from the private collections of the Fine Arts Team

Carlson Hall

October-November 29 2023

The exhibition includes works of art from the personal collections of the current Fine Arts team with additional loans from alumni collections. Each contributor was asked to pick a work related to the theme of transition and write a small text about why they chose to share this particular work from their home.

We really believe in the spiritual power of art. The church and our world are going through great transition. Individuals go through transitions at various points in their lives. The word holds resonance in a variety of ways for different people.

The exhibition reflects how art can speak and what it means to those who live with it. It is an opportunity to get to know the team through the objects through a form of expression that they love! The works span a diversity of media and we invite you to take the time to see how each piece might speak to you.

And be sure to leaf through the book art by Emily Dahm, the touch and feel of the book are integral to the experience.

The submissions include works by Fine Arts Team Alum and previous directors: Tom Tyler, Tom Arneson and Margaret Osborne among others.

Image artwork: Beaming Suns, (detail) 2023. (c) Ella Adlen Pope, courtesy of the artist.

Old School by Steeple People (OSSP)

Store hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11am–6pm

Have you see OSSP Must Haves with Morgan and Tammi? What a fun duo and what a great partnership this continues to be for us!

If you haven't seen them already in the store displays, you can follow them on Facebook or Instagram to see their trendy and thrifty looks for fall! And of course it is all for good causes and community!

Donations are accepted 11am–4pm, and by appointment

  • Must be in bags or closed boxes and labeled “clothes”, “books”, or “hard goods”
  • If donating clothing: clean and in-season only, please
  • Maximum 3 bags/ boxes as we have limited storage
  • No electronics, please

Best of Minneapolis Award in the Thrift Store 2022

Sustainable Jungle 2022

#1 in “Gettin’ Twin Cities Thrifty“ 2022

City Pages “Best Thrift Store” 2019

Old School by Steeple People, a 501c3 nonprofit, serves the community by selling donated quality used clothing and household goods at affordable prices and donating profits to worthy charitable causes.


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