Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
March 6, 2020
Staying Healthy & Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus

We know that many of you are concerned about the spread of coronavirus, and about what Hennepin is doing to help keep you healthy when you gather here in community.

Our facilities staff are paying special attention to cleaning and disinfecting our building , especially places where hands touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, etc. Hennepin Kids for LYFE staff and volunteers are taking steps to clean and disinfect the nursery and preschool classrooms. We have placed bottles of hand sanitizer, antibacterial foam dispensers, and boxes of tissues throughout the building for your use.

We remind you that the two best methods for preventing the spread of flu, coronavirus, and other germs are 1) thorough and frequent hand washing and 2) covering your cough or sneeze.

If you are sick or think you might be coming down with something, we invite you to rest well at home and to participate in Sunday worship via our live stream, available on Facebook, on our HAUMC Live Stream app, or on our website, haumc.org/live .

Although we are a community that loves to shake hands and show welcome and affection, especially at the Sign of Peace, we invite you to instead smile or "bump elbows" if you prefer to avoid hand-to-hand contact.

If an outbreak of coronavirus were to occur in our community, we'll activate plans for more extensive efforts to contain the infection. If you would like to read more about coronavirus and how to prepare for its spread, this article offers some valuable information.

If you have questions or concerns about staying healthy at Hennepin, please let us know.
March Food Drive 
Now through Easter Sunday

One Can,
Two Can,
Who Can?
You Can...
Double your donation for the March Food Drive!

MN FoodShare kicks off on March 1! Each Sunday through Easter, we will be collecting much-needed food items for the Groveland Food Shelf. Our goal is to double our pounds of food from last year's 5000 pounds!

Please fill one of our reusable grocery bags, available in the East Entry on Sundays, with food you enjoy and bring it back to church between now and Easter Sunday. Better yet, fill two bags and help us double our donation!

Items in short supply include: 
cooking oil 
condiments like pickles and olives 
canned meats 
peanut butter 
boxed meals
anything that is vegetarian-friendly such as vegetarian baked beans or mock duck  
toilet paper 
Remember, if you enjoy the food you are giving, then one of the clients of Groveland Food Shelf will enjoy it as well!
Make Your Easter Dedications: Lilies and Music
Now through March 23

Honor someone significant to you with the gift of flowers and music at Hennepin this Easter!

For $25 you can dedicate a beautiful lily to decorate the sanctuary or sponsor the wonderful music heard during Easter Sunday worship.

Fill out a form at the Reception Desk or complete your dedication online .

Make your check out to HAUMC. Be sure to indicate “Easter Lilies” or “Easter Music” in the memo line.

All dedications received by March 23 will be printed in the Easter bulletin.
Support Our Baiwalla Mission Trip

Our Baiwalla Mission Trip team leaves March 23. On this trip, we're going to help install a computer lab in the new school! We would like your help with two goals:  to provide 20-30 culturally-focused picture books to support student literacy, and 50 t-shirts to outfit 2 boys' and 2 girls' soccer teams.

Please consider a $10 donation to help us make these purchases. A table will be set up in Carlson Hall Sunday March 8 and March 15. Stop by to learn more and donate. Questions? Call Ann Carlson  763-464-6850.  
Koinonia Marketing Update
Sunday, March 29 at 11:30am-12:30pm in the Art Gallery 

On Sunday, March 29, following the Traditional Worship service, an update on the sales marketing of Koinonia will be held in the Art Gallery from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Hosted by the Board of Trustees, the session will be presented by Transitions in Business, the firm acquired by the Trustees to market the sale of Koinonia. A question and answer period will follow.
Passionate Worship
Lenten Sermon Series
Rooted Faith:
Exploring Our Spiritual Foundations

As we wait for new growth to break through the winter snow, we'll explore how our spiritual lives grow from deep roots of tradition, experience, learning, and grace.

In this sermon series on "Rooted Faith," we'll consider the roots of Jesus' faith, and ask how his example helps us root our own faith and the faith of our children.  
Come see--the seeds of faith are sprouting all around us!
Worship This Week: Rooted in Generosity, Living Tradition

8:00am Communion Service in Border Chapel
8:30am Sacred Journey in the Art Gallery
10am Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary

Matthew 15:1-9 (NRSV) The Tradition of the Elders
Matthew 15:1-9 (MSG) What Pollutes Your Life
Save the Date!
Lumina in Concert:
The Veil and the Thorn
Sunday, March 22 at 7-8:30pm

The Twin Cities' premiere women's ensemble "Lumina" presents their Lenten-themed concert "The Veil and the Thorn" on Sunday, March 22, at 7pm. These four talented singers are dedicated to the mystery, beauty, and hope inherent in music. Their programming draws from a rich well of musical sources, including Medieval chants, Renaissance motets, folk song traditions, and works by living and local composers.

Tickets are $15 General Admission. Purchase tickets online at Eventbrite .
Sanctuary Organ to Receive Refurbishment
beginning March 23

For over 40 years the Robert Sipe pipe organ at Hennepin has been our principal instrument for Sanctuary worship services and concert life, and is recognized as one of the Twin Cities’ finest instruments.

The time has come to go “under the hood” to not only perform routine maintenance but also to address an increasing number of both mechanical and electrical issues which are negatively impacting the sound and general performance of the instrument.

Starting Monday, March 23, the Sanctuary Organ will go “off-line” with pipework, reservoirs, draw knobs and a few other parts being shipped off to the C.B. Fisk Company in Gloucester, MA for refurbishment. At the same time, technicians will be working within the instrument on campus to replace solenoids, outdated electrical wiring and circuitry, as well as upgrading the memory in the console. 

We have wonderful things planned for Sanctuary music during the time when the organ is being refurbished--we'll feature piano and also a digital instrument with truly astonishing sound quality. This instrument will be a brilliant addition to Palm Sunday and Easter services.

The refurbishment project, without any unforeseen delays, should be concluded by the end of April. While this is an inconvenience for a few weeks, we look forward to enjoying the full scope of what our updated Robert Sipe instrument can add to our worship experience!

We'll share more with you as the process gets underway!
Intentional Faith Development
Lenten Study Group:
The Walk
Tuesdays at 6:30pm, March 3 through April 7

So you want to grow as a follower of Jesus, but aren’t quite sure how to start? Or, you need encouragement to strengthen your faith. Why not take a WALK?

Each Tuesday during Lent, Bill Tipping leads us through, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Faith by Rev. Adam Hamilton. Together we will examine five essential spiritual practices rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God; Worship, Study, Serve, Give and Share. Each of these practices is intended as part of our daily walk with Christ, and they are essential to growing together as a community.

Register online today and reserve your space for The WALK!
Thursday Morning Lenten Study
Thursdays, 11:00am March 5-April 16 in the Longfellow Room

You are invited to join the Thursday Morning Bible Study for a seven- week Lenten Study, “The God We Can Know...Exploring the 'I Am' Sayings of Jesus” recorded in the Gospel of John.

In this study author Rob Fuquay explores what Jesus meant when he said “I am..." the Bread of Life; the Light of the World; the Good Shepherd; the True Vine; the Way, the Truth, and the Life; the Resurrection and the Life”. Each chapter features commentary on scripture and interesting stories from Fuquay’s personal experiences to help connect the “I Am” sayings to our lives. 

Come join this insightful, curious group led by Mary Mensheha and Juanita Reed-Boniface for intentional faith development, friendship and support. Cost of the study book is $8.00.
Entry Point:
Welcoming Prospective Members
Sunday, March 8 at 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

If you are interested in becoming a member or simply want more information about Hennepin Avenue UMC, please join us at Entry Point to meet Rev. Judy Zabel, ask questions about Methodism and membership, and connect with others seeking their "home church."

Child care is available. RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org. New Members will join March 15 at a Worship Service of their choice.
Gutsy Women of Faith
Saturday March 14 at 10-11am
at Common Roots Café 
2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Gutsy Women of Faith is a new group for young women to grow in relationship, discuss issues of life and faith, and dive into topics of importance. Open to all--bring a friend!

Questions? Contact Sonja Johnson at johnson.sonja@outlook.com.
Parenting for LYFE
Sunday, March 15 at 11:30am-12:45pm in Room 106

The bible is full of tough stories. From God's wrath in the story of the flood to the killing of the first borns in the story of Moses--it's grim stuff. How we feel about these stories as adults will inform how we talk about them with our kids. Join us as we tackle these tough questions and become better equipped to raise faithful kids together in our loving church community.

Free and open to parents with kids of all ages! Bring a friend, grab brunch in the social hall and come on up to Room 106.
Preschool Music and Movement
Sunday, March 15 at 11:30am-12:45pm in Room 105

Preschool Music and Movement is the partner program to Parenting for LYFE. Designed for ages 3-6 years, our music leaders will engage preschoolers in early music making through singing, music, instruments and play. Sign your child in on the clipboard outside of room 105 before or after worship. Our preschool leaders will serve them a healthy snack before class while parents enjoy our engaging Parenting for LYFE topic of the day.
Annual Gathering of Minnesota Reconciling Congregations & Communities
Saturday, March 28  at 11:30 am-2pm at Spirit of Hope UMC 
7600 Harold Avenue Golden Valley, MN 55427

You are invited to gather with other Reconciling United Methodists beginning at 11:30am, with potluck lunch at noon (bring a dish to share) and program at 1pm.

The program will focus on General Conference 2020--how it works and how to support the United Methodist social justice organizations that are working for inclusion. Rev. Carol Zaagsma, Minnesota's lead delegate, and others will speak. For child care, contact Gloria Peck at 763-542-8641 by March 21.
Easter Egg-stravagaza
Saturday, April 4 at 10am-2:30pm in the Social Hall 

Our community celebrates Easter with egg dying, egg hunts, and Easter family fun! This is a free event but your RSVP is critical for planning supplies! Please RSVP by 3/28/2020 at https://onrealm.org/HennepinAvenueU/Registrations.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
You Can Transform Lives!
Join the Volunteer Lawyers Network

Are you a lawyer in Minnesota looking for a way to positively impact people experiencing poverty? The legal clinic at the Dignity Center needs you.

The Dignity Center has been partnering with Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN) for over 10 years to provide legal advice and services to Dignity Center participants who are working with an advocate to get their lives back on track. VLN provides malpractice insurance and all the necessary training.

As a volunteer, you can broaden your network, earn CLE credits and develop new (or dust off old) legal skills. Time commitment is one, 3-hour shift once a month. Shifts are Wednesdays or Fridays from 9-12am.

Interested in signing up or learning more? Contact Mary Martin, Director of The Dignity Center at mary@haumc.org.
Homeless Day on the Hill
Wednesday, March 11 at 8:00am-3pm

Join HAUMC and AlignMpls in the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless to raise awareness on the importance of preventing and ending homelessness. Gather together to meet with legislators, share stories, and show support for Homes for All’s legislative agenda.

The event begins in the morning with an advocacy program and training session at Central Presbyterian Church, followed by optional advocating at the capitol. This free, family-friendly event is open to all who care about ending homelessness in Minnesota.

HAUMC will provide a bus departing from the HAUMC parking lot at 8am.
Sign up for the bus on Sunday February 23 at the Sabbath to End Homelessness.

Celebrate The Dignity Center's Golden Birthday
March 15-20

The Dignity Center turns 18 on March 18!

You are inviting to celebrate all week long:

Sunday, March 15, 12 - 1:30pm: Open House, Lunch, Birthday Cake and Tour

Monday, March 16, 12:30 - 1:30pm: Open House, Birthday Cake, and Tour

Wednesday, March 18, 12 - 1:30pm: Open House, Lunch, Birthday Cake and Tour

Friday, March 20, 12:30 - 1:30pm: Open House, Birthday Cake, and Tour

Thank you for supporting people on their path to stability.
With your help, we've been transforming lives for 18 years!
Breaking Barriers AIDS Conference: Tackling Stigma
Monday, May 4 at 8am-4pm  
3pm Closing Worship ~ Bishop Karen Oliveto, Preacher
Hennepin Avenue UMC, 511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

Sponsored by the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee (UMGAC)

Since the beginning of the HIV & AIDS crisis, stigma has kept people from being tested or acknowledging their status if they were infected. This reality has fueled the epidemic resulting in alarming numbers of infections and deaths.

This event is a forum for story-telling and healing through listening and action, with a special emphasis on stigma eradication. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Conference Registration fee: $10 (lunch included) ~ Deadline: April 20th Register Online today.

Worship Service only: free admission)
Free transportation from Minneapolis Convention Center to Hennepin Avenue UMC

Questions? Email joylab47@yahoo.com or visit www.umglobalaidsfund.com.
2020 Youth Mission Trip
July 26-31, Chicago, IL

The 2020 youth mission trip will be headed to Chicago July 26-31. We will be staying at the Historic First Church of the Brethren, a church with a long history of being a community leader on issues of social justice.

The group will be doing a variety of projects throughout the week, serving with a variety of ministry partners.

Registrations are due no later than May 10. Cost is $375. Scholarships are available. Register today!
Mission Trip to Antigua, Guatemala
November 29-December 5

Interested in a mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala, Nov. 29-Dec 5, 2020?

Hennepin Avenue UMC will partner with Common Hope , a social service organization based in St. Paul, to advance their work with children and families living in Guatemala who want to improve their lives through education, health care, and housing.

To express interest and learn more about the trip, please contact Hennepin members Kimm Schneider (612kimmschneider@gmail.com) or Jane Mylrea (janecmylrea@yahoo.com).
Radical Hospitality
Life Adventures: Lori Sturdevant
When Republicans Were Progressive
Friday, March 13 at 12pm in the Social Hall

Hennepin Avenue UMC member Lori Sturdevant will discuss her latest book, written in 2018 with former senator Dave Durenberger (R) Minnesota. It’s the story of the Republican Party that dominated Minnesota politics in the 20th century. Prepaid reservations are due by noon Monday, March 9. Cost is $18 and includes lunch.
What if church wasn't a place, but a feeling?
What if "radical hospitality" was more than just words?

Check out our new video celebrating how Radical Hospitality at Hennepin transforms lives.
Lights, Cameras–Worship!
Volunteer to Become a Multimedia Assistant

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!
Volunteer as a Sunday Tour Guide

Tour Guides are needed on Sunday mornings following our 10am worship service to show guests our historic building. If you have the gift of teaching or knowledge, this might be the perfect spot for you. Training and a sample script are provided.

Questions or if you are interested, contact Cheryl Gibbons at cheryl@haumc.org.
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.
Extravagant Generosity
2020 Flower Donations

The 2020 flower donation chart is now available on the announcement kiosk in Carlson Hall.  If you wish to provide a chancel floral arrangement for a 10 AM worship service in the sanctuary, sign up on an available Sunday.  Questions?  Contact the Flower Coordinator, Sarah Schwartz at 832.655.8666 or  sarahds319@gmail.com .
Save the date!
Sofas & Spokes
Saturday, May 16 at 9am-12 Noon

Do you have used furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas, end tables, lamps, and dressers that could use a new home? Perhaps you have adult bicycles you are no longer using? If so, you are cordially invited to the 12th annual Align Minneapolis furniture and bicycle drive – “Sofas & Spokes” -- on Saturday, May 16, from 9-noon at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis). Furniture and bicycles will then be given to guests of Align Minneapolis outreach ministries to assist in furnishing new apartments and to provide bicycles as an economical, environmentally-friendly and healthy method of transportation to work and appointments. Questions? Contact Mary@haumc.org, 612-435-1337. Adult bikes only; no beds, appliances or construction materials, please. 

Would you like to learn more about the life- changing, dynamic work of the ALignMpls? Visit their website at www.alignmpls.org !
Stock Contribution Help

Please contact Brian Seim, brian@haumc.org, at the time of donating stock to the church. Doing that will help identify and relate specific stock donations to the correct church member. Thank you.
Tax Squeeze for Some IRA Heirs

The SECURE Act signed in late 2019 changes provisions for leaving iRAs to adult children of IRA owners, essentially ending the "stretch" IRA . Owners of IRAs may wish to review with financial advisors their estate plans for distributing IRA assets. Contact Jack Fistler at 612-435-1321 or jack@haumc.org for more info on the SECURE Act and strategies for charitable contributions using IRAs.
Old School by Steeple People Needs a Treasurer!

Middle-aged, ethical, non-profit thrift store seeks fiscally-minded treasurer for loving, committed relationship and fiduciary fun.

You: working knowledge of QuickBooks, detail-oriented, experience or interest in retail finance, Point of Sale know-how, eager to contribute about 3-5 hours per week to a worthy cause.

Old School: we're a forty-something, volunteer-driven 501c3 nonprofit in the vibrant Stephens Square neighborhood of Minneapolis. Over the past four decades, we've donated over a million dollars to local charities. We love our store. We love our customers. We love our volunteers. Come and see why City Pages voted us "Best Thrift Store."

If you think You + Old School = a match made in heaven, please contact Brenda Lewis (Brendalewis78@hotmail.com).

Come visit us any day except Tuesday from 11 am to 6 pm.

xoxo, Old School 1901 Nicollet Ave S. 612 871-8305.
Donate | Shop | Volunteer
Westminster's Town Hall Forum:
Bill McKibben-Taking Climate Change Seriously
Tuesday, March 17 at 12 Noon at Westminster Presbyterian Church

Westminster's Eco-Justice Team invites you to attend a special Town Hall Forum with Bill McKibben in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day . McKibben is an environmental activist, educator, author, and one of the leading voices on climate change. He is the founder of 350.org, the world's largest grassroots campaign to counter the effects of climate change. The Eco-Justice Ministry will host two tables in Westminster Commons where you can learn more about what you can do to make a difference, both as an individual, and in collaboration with larger advocacy efforts. Check out the Eco-Justice book cart created by Barbara Mauk, our church librarian, highlighting books the Eco-Justice team has purchased for the church library, including those by McKibben.
Support Mental Health Services:
Join the Board of NAMI-Hennepin

How would you like to be involved in the cause of mental health in Hennepin County? A good way to do this would be to be on the Board of NAMI-Hennepin.

You can do as much as you like or as little as attending one monthly meeting on the second Monday at 6:30-8:30p at Bethlehem Lutheran Church at 4100 Lyndale Ave S.

This is a great opportunity to get some knowledge of what the mental health needs out there are. We are a progressive and open, welcoming, friendly group.

If you have questions, please contact Bruce Ario at 612-338-9084 or  ariowriter@centurylink.net . Feel free to just show up.
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