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January 10, 2020
Our 2020 Strategic Initiatives

The HAUMC Strategic Council, Ministry Team leaders, and program staff members have reviewed our HAUMC Mission Insite report and CAT Survey (Congregational survey taken in 2018), and have had three leadership retreats to discuss and identify three strategic initiatives which we will use to guide our work to live fully into our mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The three strategic initiatives that came out of this process are:

  • We will grow in love of God and neighbor by intentionally building a multi-racial beloved community inside and outside our church walls, working to advance racial, economic, and environmental justice for all.

  • We will reach and welcome new people by expanding the ways in which we communicate what God is doing through the ministries of Hennepin.

  • We will heal a broken world by working to undo the harm that church and society have caused in exclusion and discrimination through systemic forms of oppression against all marginalized people including the LGBTQ community.

We seek your feedback and ideas as to how we can live out our strategic initiatives. Please look for the baskets in Carlson Hall beginning in February to submit your thoughts and ideas to the Strategic Council.
NEW! This Saturday!
Gutsy Women of Faith
January 11, 10am at Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse
2809 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

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. This group will meet for the first time at Uncommon Grounds Coffeehouse on Saturday, January 11 from 10-11 am. All are welcome--invite friends to join you!

Questions? Contact Sonja Johnson at johnson.sonja@outlook.com.
January Sermon Series:
Tenacious Solidarity

With whom do you have solidarity? How do we develop tenacious solidarity with others during this time of division, intolerance, and injustice?

In this series, we explore what it means to stand in solidarity with one another and with God. We'll be studying scriptures about religion, immigration, and race relations. Our LYFE Groups will be using a book by Walter Brueggermann called  Tenacious Solidarity: Biblical Provocations on Race, Religion, Climate, and the Economy

Bring a friend with you to worship at Hennepin!
Lenten Devotionals

Lent begins Wednesday, February 26, and submissions for this year’s devotional booklet are open. This year’s theme is "Rooted Faith." What are the roots of your faith? Where are the holy places and spaces that sustain you and invite you to growth? Are there companions and relationships that have been significant? As we make the 40-day journey to Easter Sunday, we will reflect on the places, spaces, purposes and people which ground our faith. Short reflections, essays or poems of 250 words or less and original images are welcome.

Please submit to communications@haumc.org by Monday, February 10 .
Church Conference
January 26, 11:30am in the Sanctuary

All Hennepin Avenue UMC members are invited to participate in the Church Conference to approve the 2020 Budget. Childcare will be provided.

The Displacement Series – Oil paintings by Jenna Myrland
Showing in Carlson Hall January and February

Meet-the-Artist Receptions:
Sunday January 19th at 11:15am
Friday January 24th at 7:00pm


Realism has always been at the core of all my work. The exacting and layered process of this technique best expresses my reverence for humanity. The Displacement Series is a 6-piece collection and each piece is a candid portrait of a person living as a refugee or displaced person. They are inspired by the 10 years I spent working in international humanitarian relief.

The paintings are simple and truthful. My goal is to create an empathy bridge that invites the viewer to shed the layers of emotional, mental and physical distance. I have included subjects in both private and public spaces, alternately creating context and intimacy.

Ultimately, my work serves to draw the viewer past labels and categories and into the individual experience. It does so not through terror or trauma, but from a place of emergent possibility. From this place, I invite the viewer to question. What is our role as individuals in helping one another? How does this role reinforce or challenge our own identity? What does it mean to enter another’s life from a place of service? What dynamics and constructed narratives do we operate from, and how might we begin breaking down these layers?

A young man who lives in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda once said to me “’Refugee’ does not define who I am.” No one thing defines us as humans, and yet, for this man and millions more, this category controls so many lives. Whether I am working to capture the spirit of this man, or any other person, I hope to always communicate the infinitely complex beauty that makes us fully human.

Jenna Myrland lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and two young daughters. She is a graduate of Luther College with a Sociology major and considers herself a self-taught artist. While working at the American Refugee Committee for ten-years, Jenna designed and launched human-centered experiences that connected humanitarians and refugees worldwide.
Unveiling the Restored "Job's Messengers"
January 31, 2020, 7pm in the Art Gallery

Join us for an evening celebration including live instrumentals, a quick talk by art conservator Jane Caplon about refurbishment, a premier of the revolutionary new Greenstein translation of "Job," and a concert excerpt from Hennepin Singers' February 2 concert with 4 Voices String Quartet. The evening will culminate in the unveiling of the freshly restored frame and rehung painting, "Job's Messenger's."
Luminous Night of the Soul
Hennepin Singers & 4 Voices Concert
February 2, 7pm in the Art Gallery

An evening of shimmering beauty, soul-searching anguish and ultimately eternal hope presented by Hennepin Singers and 4 Voices String Quartet, and special guests.

The evening program includes choral works by Ola Gjeilo and Alberto Ginastera, as well as a riveting work for string quartet, "Credo" by composer Stephen Puts (composer of MN Opera's "Silent Night" and serves as Director of MN Orchestra's Composer's Institute). The program will be interspersed with readings from the new translation of the biblical book "Job" by Edward Greenstein.

The performance is free and open to the public.
Downtown Churches Choral Festival Performance
February 9, 2pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis

The principal choral ensembles of 7 the largest downtown churches are combining for a Choral Festival Performance on Sunday, February 9, at 2pm. More than simply a concert, the experience will include inspiring readings and feature the premiere of a newly commissioned work written just for this occasion. HAUMC's Sanctuary Choir will sing John Weaver's "Epiphany Alleluias" along with collaborations on anthems by Elgar, Near, Betinis and Rudoi. With ample parking, the choral festival will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church--all are welcome to this free performance!
Save the Date!
Holy Diversity:
Celebrating Cultural Difference
January 25, 9am-3:30pm at Brooklyn UMC
7200 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Center

An event of relevance and strategic importance for every church. Presented by the Twin Cities District Strategy Team in partnership with Minnesota Mosaic and Minnesota Methodists. This training is intentionally designed for clergy and congregations serving in a cross-racial/cross-cultural ministry context. By increasing the level of intercultural competency, deepening the understanding of relationship dynamics, and being equipped with practical communication tools, clergy and congregations will become more intentional and effective in their ministry.

Invite your friends to come and hear Rev. Dr. Grace Pak, pastor, teacher, and professional certified coach specializing in religion and race relations, as she facilitates a conversation to bring people together across cultural differences in order to live fully into God's Kingdom.

Cost is $10 and lunch is included. Register at https://mnumc-reg.brtapp.com/HolyDiversity.

Rev. Dr. Grace Pak will also preach at both Sacred Journey and Traditional Worship on Sunday, January 26.
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 .
Youth Ministry Conversation
January 12, 2020, 5pm in the Church of Youth Room

This event is for youth and their parents/guardians. The goal is to get feedback on how we can better serve our youth and their families, celebrate the successes of Fall 2019, and share more about the vision for 2020 and beyond. Questions? Contact Rick Belbutoski, the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, at rick@haumc.org.
Making Sense Class
January 12, 11:15am in the Conference Room

This diverse group meets weekly, with occasional breaks to re-group or between discussion topics, for lively discussion, study, and friendly debate about what it means to be a Christian in a world that is increasingly complex. John Guy serves as facilitator. The class uses the Bible, along with other topical books to explore how the message of Christ speaks to the challenges of today for the church and for the church in the world.
Progressive Christianity
January 12, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
January 12, 2020, 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

If you are interested in becoming a member or simply want more information about of HAUMC, please join us at Entry Point to meet Rev. Judy Zabel. Child care is available. RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org.
Pub Theology
January 15, 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 .
Be A Hennepin Scholar--Apply Now!

Calling all students: Applications for Hennepin Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year are available now, with a January 24, 2020 deadline . The earlier deadline will enable eligible recipients to also apply for matching funds through the UMC's "Dollars for Scholars" program. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing seminary, college or university degrees; or other post-secondary degree or certificate programs. For information and application forms, contact Jack Fistler at 612-435-1321 or jack@haumc.org or stop at the reception desk.
Youth Winter Lock-In
January 25, 6pm at Escape the Room
923 Nicollet Mall #375, Minneapolis

On January 25th the youth are invited to the Winter Lock-in. We're kicking off our night at Escape the Room in downtown Minneapolis at 6 pm, and will head back to church for a night filled with fun, food, and great time with friends. Cost of the event is only $45, and is due by Sunday, January 19th. 

Register at haumc.org/register.
Twin Cities United Methodist Women
Winter Gathering/Leadership Training
February 1, 8:30am at Good Samaritan UMC
5730 Grove St., Edina

Guest speaker: Rev. Dr. Curtiss De Young, CEO of the Minneapolis Council of Churches, will speak on "Racism and Spirituality." The day will include the following:
  • 8:30am Emma Norton Tea/Coffee
  • 9:30am Worship
  • 10:30am Speaker
  • 12 noon Lunch
  • 1pm Leadership Training Sessions
  • President/Program Coordinator
  • Secretaries
  • Treasures
  • Membership/Nurture/Outreach
  • Spiritual Growth
  • Social Action - Climate Change
  • 1:45pm Closing

Cost: $12 and includes lunch, or $5 for worship and speaker.

Questions or to register, contact denkmannd@hotmail.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.

The "Early Bird" cost of the trip is $340 for those who make a security deposit of at least $100 by Sunday, February 2 . Youth can still sign up to attend the trip after February 2nd, as long as space allows, however the total cost of the trip jumps to $375.
Wonderfully Made: Youth Lock-In
February 7-8, Church of Youth Room

Our 5th and 6th graders will explore human growth, sexuality, and relationships with God in the center of it all. Parents join the retreat for a parent introduction on Friday night and re-join their teens for a final wrap-up session on Saturday morning.

Questions? Contact Lynne Carroll at lynne@haumc.org. Register at haumc.org/register.
Presidents Day Weekend Youth Ski Trip
February 14-16, Spirit Mountain, Duluth

This February 14-16 youth are invited to participate in this year's Winter Ski Trip. Youth will depart from the church on Friday evening and return Sunday evening. Youth will once again be staying at Fitzgerald Manor and will ski at both Lutsen and Spirit Mountain. The cost of trip is $300 and includes lodging, food, lift tickets and transportation. This cost does not include equipment rental. Those who need to rent equipment for the trip are encouraged to do so in town prior to the trip.

Register at haumc.org/register.
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.
Drake Resident Disaster Recovery:
Volunteer at the MARC

On Christmas Day, Francis Drake Hotel apartment building that houses families and individuals facing homelessness, had to evacuate all of the residents away from their housing and into Red Cross Disaster relief care. 
The greatest need for volunteers currently is at the Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) the Red Cross is setting up. On Friday January 3rd, and Saturday January 4 the Red Cross will be opening a Multi Agency Resource Center (MARC) at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

The MARC will provide recovery resources for the people affected by the Francis Drake Hotel fire. Partner resources at the MARC will include a variety of service agencies, distribution of donated items along with other state and local partners. At the MARC we will have a variety of volunteer opportunities for you to continue your involvement supporting our mission work. We have a great need, and we are hoping you will consider this additional way to serve. 

If you have not already registered as a Red Cross partner volunteer and would like to, please use this direct link to sign up: 

As a reminder, volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older and complete all 5 volunteer intake steps (including a background check), prior to signing up for shifts. 
Sabbath to End Homelessness
February 23, in the Sanctuary

In Minneapolis there are over 700 people living without shelter on any given night, according to St. Stephen's Street Outreach. Our Outreach Ministries, including The Dignity Center and Community Meals, welcome and support hundreds of people with lived experience of homelessness every month. 

Join us on Sunday, February 23, when we will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community. StreetSong, a community choir composed of people with lived experience in homelessness and others who care about them, will perform during worship, and Hennepin Kids for LYFE and the Hennepin Youth will engage in hands-on activities practicing awareness and advocacy. All are welcome. 
Mission Trip to Baiwalla, Sierra Leone
March 9-21

This past fall, a new school, the Richard Ormsby Junior and Senior Secondary school, opened in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone. Purpose of the mission trip is to provide the new school staff with educational help to enhance the development of the school. Skills wanted: hands on learning; setting up a computer lab; introducing a library; school finance and record keeping; leadership development and working with a Board; music education and child behavior management; communications and marketing; or share any skills you have. Learn about Sierra Leone, culture, history, music and dance. Visit several United Methodist Missions in the country.

Interested? Contact Team Leader, Ann Carlson, at 763-464-6850 or carlsonaj99@gmail.com.

Commitment deadline: January 13, 2020 .

Cost: under $2000 depending on the number of people.
Old School by Steeple People

Let Old School by Steeple People help you with your New Year's Resolutions!
  1. Exercise more: Volunteer at Old School! You can lift, walk, smile, walk some more, bend, all in a supportive, friendly community!
  2. Help other people: Volunteer at Old School! There are volunteer roles to fit any personality and schedule.
  3. Contribute to society in a meaningful way: Volunteer at Old School! Your efforts support local charities such as The Dignity Center and the Groveland Food Shelf.
  4. Meet a new friend: Volunteer at Old School! We want to be your new friend!

For volunteer opportunities, contact Molly at  news@oldschoolthrifty.org . Old School is open every day (except Tuesday) from 11 am to 6 pm.
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!
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.
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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