Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, June 26, 2020
Is the Spirit Calling You to Action?

Are you ready to organize and mobilize for social justice in our neighborhoods? Be part of HennepinHOPE , a new campaign of our Risk Taking Mission and Service ministries.

We're making it easier for you to get and share timely, action-focused news about Risk Taking Mission and Service ministry efforts.

*Follow @HennepinHOPE on Twitter
*Send email to our HennepinHOPE lay leaders at socialjustice@haumc.org
* Sign up to receive future HennepinHOPE email updates at haumc.org/email
Have YOU Signed In Yet?
Realm: Our New Connection Tool

Hennepin is moving to a new kind of church record-keeping software platform called Realm. Realm offers you some exciting opportunities to connect more easily than ever with your Hennepin community. Realm not only supports you in your involvement at Hennepin, but also serves important administrative needs for our staff.

Realm will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a community of believers.
On Monday, June 15, we sent an invite to start using Realm. (You may need to look in your spam folder.) Follow the instructions in that email, and enjoy getting to know Realm.

Questions? Didn't receive the email? Call the church or email us at data@haumc.org or visit haumc.org/realm .
Hennepin's Commitment to Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation: Visit haumc.org/anti-racism

Last Friday, we shared a Statement from Hennepin's Strategic Council on the Death of George Floyd and Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation. You can read and add your name to this statement here .

On our new web page, haumc.org/anti-racism , you can find this message, plus statements from our clergy and bishop, as well as links to resources for adults, families, and children and information about anti-racism actions you can take right now.

We'll be adding resources all the time--visit the page regularly, and share it with friends!

Join in this vital work of becoming an anti-racist community!

Activism Opportunity
Taking Back Pride:
March for #Justice4GeorgeFloyd & #DefendBlackTransFolks
Sunday, June 28 at 11am | 400 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis

Most people are familiar with Pride Festivals full of rainbows, floats, and crazy costumes. However, the origins of the LGBTQIA rights movement are rarely discussed in mainstream society. Much like the labor movement and other struggles for liberation, a time came in the summer of 1969 when people had to resist and fight back against their oppressors.

It's the sacrifices and struggles of queer/trans BIPOC (Black, indigenous, people of color) - like Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson, who led an uprising to fight back against police violence at the Stonewall Uprising which kicked off the mass movement for queer/trans liberation in the U.S. - that we celebrate!

So this year, we march for justice yet again.

Sponsor a Child to go to School in Baiwalla!
Due by July 30

Hennepin Avenue UMC supports the work of OC Ministries of the MN Annual Conference in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone. This comprehensive effort includes developing a school, a farm and several income generating micro-businesses. Last year, HAUMC members sponsored 160 elementary school children , funding tuition, uniforms, meals, and supplies.

in this, the third year of our collaboration towards this vital ministry, there are three options for sponsorship:
• Sponsor an elementary student for $150
• Sponsor a secondary student for $300 (available as a $25 per month option)
• Donations of any amount to a general fund to be used as needed for student fees or operating expenses

In just a few clicks, you can sponsor a student or make a donation online here,

You can also send a check made out to Minnesota Annual Conference with the memo “Baiwalla Child Sponsorship” to:
122 West Franklin Ave. Suite 400,
Minneapolis, MN 55404

You can also give us a call at 612-870-0058 to make a secure donation over the phone.

Sponsorships are due by July 30.

For questions about the project, contact Ann Carlson at 763-464-6850 or  carlsonaj99@gmail.com .
Connect with Your Hennepin Community
We are determined to stay connected with you,
our Hennepin community.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church properties continue to remain closed, and in-person worship remains postponed, both until further notice.

Updates will be posted here, sent to your email, and shared on our website at haumc.org/covid-19 . Please connect with our community online for worship, fellowship, learning and support. Visit haumc.org/events for details.
Passionate Worship
Finding Hope: Between Here and There
A Sermon Series on Loss and Transformation
June 14 through July 5
Global pandemic and local racial injustice have left many of us feeling isolated, fearful, angry, and hopeless. In this series, we will gather to lament our losses and to bear witness to each other's experiences.

We will explore what it means to overcome hopelessness, how to have hope in the moment, how to find hope for the future, and how to share hope with our communities.

Together we'll walk the spiritual path from here to there.
Worship This Week: Hope for Today

8:30am Sacred Journey
Scripture: Psalm 90 : God's Eternity and Human Frailty

10am Traditional Worship
Scripture: Matthew 9:1-8 (NRSV) : Jesus Heals a Paralytic

Watch the worship services here !
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Food Donations and Lake Street Small Business Support

It has been amazing to see residents support their communities with donations of food and household products. Minneapolis Public School food distribution sites have received such an outpouring of donations that they can no longer process more.

To best support those in need, please make financial donations to local food shelves or non-profit organizations you trust instead of dropping off food.

The City of Minneapolis is compiling and regularly updating this list of resources and opportunities to help residents affected by the riots.

The Lake Street Council/Visit Lake Street are raising funds to support damaged small businesses and nonprofits. Learn more about how to help Lake Street rebuild here .
Sew, Deliver and Donate funds for
Health Care Workers' Masks

If you are looking for an opportunity to sew masks for front-line health care workers, go to  maskarmy4heroes.weebly.com  for information on how to sign up to obtain free kits or register to receive masks at no charge for the health care location where you work.

If you don’t sew, you can assist with deliveries and/or make donations for the purchase of special H600 fabric, which is almost as protective as the N95 masks.

The goal is to deliver 50,000 masks as soon as possible, and already over 4,000 have been donated.

If you have questions, you may contact HAUMC member Anita Nerhus (612) 202-1372. She is a cousin of Rebecca Rausch, the founder of Mask Army 4 Heroes.
Intentional Faith Development
Vital Conversations: Realities of Race and Racism
Tuesday, June 30 7:00pm on Zoom

You are invited to gather with fellow Hennepin members and friends to have Vital Conversations about the realities of race and racism in America.

Using the award-wining Vital Conversations Video Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), we will dive into some tough topics that threaten to divide and damage our community. The video series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, scholars, activists and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the world today.
Join a Zoom call for the final one of four of the 75-minutes sessions. Heather Alden and Michelle DeVaughn will be facilitating. Email us with any questions: Heather Alden at ( haepower3@gmail.com or Michelle DeVaughn at devaughnmm@gmail.com ).

Click here for the Zoom meeting, or dial in from your phone: 312-626-6799.
Meeting ID: 976 1951 8382
NEW! "Almost Too Early" Daily Meditation with Rick Belbutoski

Start your weekday with Rick, Hennepin's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, on Instagram.

Live at 6:30am--almost TOO early--he will share encouragements and experiences to ground and center you for the day.

Follow @HennepinAveUMC on Instagram and find Rick in the Stories.
Join your pastors in a virtual get-together every Monday-Friday!
Twice daily, we invite you to start your day with "Coffee with Judy" at 8am for 30 minutes of coffee, connection and conversation; and end your day with "Closings with Frenchye" at 8pm for 30 minutes of reflection, connection and prayer.
8:00 – 8:30am Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪+1 224-458-3414;
PIN: ‪513 534 392#
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪+1 252-460-1038
PIN: ‪725 249 383#
Free Online Anti-Racism Books and Movies

During this time when we can't provide service to you in person, the Library Team suggests these free resources:

The University of MN Press is providing online access to 22 books in its Reading for Racial Justice Collection through August 31 ( upress.umn.edu ).

Also, Just Mercy, the 2019 film about civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson, is available on multiple streaming platforms until June 30.
Confront Implicit Bias:
Take an Online Course

In our work for racial justice, we must confront the ways that racism is woven into our culture, our institutions, and even our own psyches. “Implicit bias: What we don’t think we think” is an online course created by The United Methodist General Commission on Religion and Race for anyone interested in learning and teaching others about implicit bias.

Share this link with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers--and commit yourself to learning more about how implicit bias perpetuates racial injustice: www.gcorr.org/online-course-implicit-bias/ . The cost to register is $20.
Now on Thursdays!
Hennepin Book Club: Unsheltered
Thursday, July 16 at 7pm on Zoom

Join your Hennepin friends for our new monthly book club, hosted by Jane Mylrea.

At our July 16 meeting, Cece Cope will lead our discussion of Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.

At our August 20 meeting Linda D'Avignon will lead our discussion of The Topeka School by Ben Lerner.

All are welcome! Invite friends and make new ones!

Join the Zoom Meeting here . Meeting ID: 445 460 5643.
Radical Hospitality
Coffee Hour:
Virtual Sunday Fellowship
Weekly on Sundays
11:30am to 12:30pm via Zoom

It's good to see one another's faces and hear one another's voices!

Gather with other members of the Hennepin community for fellowship and connection. Hosted by Hennepin member Mike DeVaughn.

Or join by phone using the dial-in information below:
Dial 312-626-6799.
Enter the Meeting ID: 894 7948 0458.

If you need technical assistance using Zoom, email us at support@haumc.org.
Online Recovery Support Group
Sundays at 6:30pm on Zoom

No matter where you are in your recovery journey, this group is a safe place for you to connect, learn, share, and listen as we support each other. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you. Email David Focht at  dkfocht@gmail.com  for more details.

Meeting weekly on Zoom. Join by video here .
Meeting ID: 944 6225 8131
Password: 427306

Join by phone by calling: 312-626-6799.
From your phone, tablet or laptop, you can share a prayer request or celebration , let us know about hospitalizations for you and your loved ones, or make confidential pastoral prayer requests.

To use the online request system, go to haumc.org/care from any of your devices. You can also call the office (612-871-5303) , or email pastoralcare@haumc.org . The pastor on call will contact you as soon as possible.
Extravagant Generosity
United Methodist Church Dakotas-Minnesota Area
"Just Love" Special Appeal

When we’re fearful and fuming, depleted and damaged, may we respond by just loving God and neighbor. When we witness discrimination and division, callousness and cruelty, may we respond by loving justly. Just love allocates human and financial resources to assess and address crisis response, relief, recovery rebuilding, renewal, repentance and restitution, trauma therapy, and anti-racism. Just love addresses the food, Black home and business ownership, and health care deserts within our communities.

Your gifts will enable partnerships with our congregations on the frontlines to support ministries of mercy (crisis counseling, housing stability, food/medicine) and ministries of racial justice (education, advocacy, intervention). A Rapid Response Grant Team with representatives from urban core churches and Black congregational leaders will oversee special appeal allocations, and your donations will be directed to where there is the greatest need in rebuilding our neighborhoods. 

Give online here .

If you prefer, checks can be mailed to the Minnesota Conference at 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2472. Please note “JUST LOVE” on the memo line. 

Thank you for your generosity and stewardship of God’s mercy and justice.
Hennepin Avenue UMW Invites YOU
Emma Norton Fundraising Dinner on Zoom
Thursday, July 23 at 7pm on Zoom

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Women invite you to attend the Emma Norton Opening Doors Dinner and Virtual Auction with us! We will be hosting a Zoom call during the event for all of us to virtually gather, enjoy dinner and each other's company, and support this great United Methodist Women-founded organization.

Please email your RSVP to  umw@haumc.org  for a reply with meeting details and more information.
Make Your Offering by
Text Message

We're making it easier than ever to make your offering to Hennepin--starting now, you can give by text message from your mobile device.

Send a text to 73256 with the message: Hennepin $ , followed by the dollar amount. For example: Hennepin $100 or Hennepin $25 .

You will receive a text reply. Just tap the link in that message to go to a new page, where you can enter the details of your offering and provide payment information.

Once you click "submit," you will receive a digital receipt for your gift.

Try it this week as you join us for online worship!
Sharing the Future: Explore Legacy Giving

For generations Hennepin has nourished the faith and lives of individuals and families through prayers, worship, outreach services and social relations. Our faith community has embraced and aided members and friends in times of joy and challenge.

Legacy gifts are a part of that treasured heritage. We benefit each day at Hennepin, often more than we realize, from the generous and heartfelt estate gifts from Hennepin members. These legacy funds, in part, are helping sustain our ministries amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will enrich the fabric of our future.

You can share in Hennepin’s future through your financial planning today. Your gift, of any size, will touch future generations in myriad ways. A bequest provision, life income gift, a beneficiary designation in a retirement or insurance plan, es examples, will leave a lasting imprint.

To explore a Legacy Gift, or inform us of an intent already in place, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321, or jack@haumc.org.

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