Thursday, September 01, 2022


New Interim Director of Outreach and The Dignity Center Named!

As Mary Martin retires, Rev Kevin Schill has been named Interim Director of Outreach and the Dignity Center. 

Many of you would have heard that Mary Martin is retiring to Key West! And we are glad to be able to say we have an Interim Director ready to step in immediately!

Many who know Mary, know that retiring to Key West has been a dream of hers for quite some time. This summer The Dignity Center is hitting three major milestones that made Mary feel like she could step away, and that the work would continue. 

The Dignity Center turned 20 years old at the beginning of the summer, and on August 31st will have provided 100,000 pounds of food to the community, in partnership with Second Harvest. We also celebrate the ratio of people seeking advocacy having surpassed the number of people seeking meals! All of this makes Mary feel like there has been some progress and reason to celebrate in the fight to address housing and economic instability.  

Kevin Schill will be joining our staff team as Interim Director of Outreach and The Dignity Center beginning September 12, 2022, for three months. Kevin will be stepping in to direct and also spend these next three months accessing The Dignity Center and its relationship with other Hennepin Outreach ministries.

Below is a special message from Mary and an introduction to Kevin. 

A personal Message from Mary.

I am proud of the work of The Dignity Center. I am proud that we kept The Dignity Center open through COVID and navigated our way through the myriad of changes in community resourcing. I am proud of the student internship program and the learning experience we can provide. And I am proud that we are finally working with people who want to make the necessary changes towards their stability. All because of every single one of you. It has truly been an incredible journey, and I will always be grateful to have worked with you all.

Although I’m going to miss the students, participants, and volunteers, I look forward to this next phase in life where I get to spend more time making art and cruising the Southernmost Point!

Goodbye and take care,


Meet Kevin Schill.

Interim Director of Outreach and The Dignity Center.  

Start date Sept 12, 2022.

Term: 3 Months 

Rev. Kevin Schill will be joining our staff team as Interim Director of Outreach and Dignity Center beginning September 12, 2022. The initial plan is to do some research into what is most needed right now to serve our neighbors experiencing housing instability so that we can be sure that we are meeting the most pressing needs with effectiveness. Kevin is a trained interim minister with special skills in public policy, mental health, and addiction recovery.

Click here to watch a sermon he gave at Park Ave United Methodist on Feb 9 2020. 

Wise words and a perfect example of the sense of community he can bring to the Outreach and Dignity missions.

Kickoff Sunday: You Got This!

Sunday, September 11

10am Worship

11:15-12:30 festivities! 

Join us as we kick off the fall season of Sunday School and Confirmation with the Hennepin Avenue UMC community.

A neighborhood event where all are welcome!

Games, family activities, ice cream, and more. Rumor has it there will be a bouncy house. 


The whole staff will be on-site to join the fun and meet the congregation. 

Be sure to pick up our Staff Bingo board and see if you can collect all their names! You must introduce yourself for credit.



Kickoff also features a backpack-stuffing event where we fill backpacks with the school supplies that you have donated in August; to be delivered to neighborhood children in need through People Serving People.

We still need a lot of school supplies so make sure you look at the list and drop some off!

CLICK HERE to view the list.

Passionate Worship

Join Us for Worship on Sundays

The Jesus Way Sermon Series

July 24 - September 4

The way of Jesus is a way of love and guided by the holy spirit who lives in the soul. Not by ego, materiality, consumerism, personal validations, and power plays. The way is humility, marginality, disruption when you see injustice, and compassion over propriety. Understanding when to break rules, when to change the rules, and to adhere to them. Trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide you, and recognizing that doesn’t mean it will be easy. It just means the way will be authentic and full of true abundance and love. The way leads to the recognition of God within ourselves, in others, and in creation.

Let's re-examine the texts written for us on the story of Christ and take the time to reflect on our own ways forward. We will take our time to really engage on the journey of discovering, or re-discovering The Jesus Way.

This Sunday's Message

The Jesus Way

Complete Surrender

by Rev. Judy Zabel

Scripture: Luke 14:25-33

Worship at 10am

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 by phone using the dial-in information:
‪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 by phone using the dial-in information:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 892 5043 5902
Passcode: 113680
One Sunday a Month, 9:30-11:15am
Room 101, Education Wing

Megan Williams, Director of the Nursery is looking for 3-4 volunteers to join her experienced team to help in the Nursery on Sundays.

The commitment is one Sunday per month from 9:30 to 11:15
Kids are infants to 2 years old

Show up and PLAY!
No experience necessary! Megan is there nearly every Sunday, otherwise, someone experienced will be in her place.

There is a background check to ensure the safety of the children.

Please email Megan Williams for more information and to volunteer!

Worship Bags are available for children in worship! 

Sunday School is paused for the month of August.

BUT We encourage you to bring the whole family to worship!  

Worship bags have been updated and are available at every sanctuary entrance, and seasonal book baskets are also available to keep children engaged during service. With so many baptisms this summer it's a great way for children to learn about the family of faith at HAUMC. 

Sunday school will kick off in full on Sunday, September 11.

Men's Bible Study Group

Weekly Friday Mornings

7am to socialize, meeting begins 7:30am

Longfellow Room and Zoom 

Join a group of men for Bible study, conversation and fellowship. Each week they will explore a new lesson, as outlined in the Standard Lesson Commentary, (NIV) edition.

Come for the fresh caramel rolls & coffee, and stay for friendship and faith study!

This group meets every Friday starting 7 am in the Longfellow Room, in-person, and via zoom.


CLICK HERE to join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 657 846 999

Password: 753530

Dial manually

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

On View in Carlson Hall

Saint John's Illuminated Bible

Framed Reproductions of this stunning work

On View Aug 4-Sept 21

Carlson Hall

with Special events September 12 (7pm Art Gallery)

The HAUMC Fine Arts Team is delighted to welcome an exhibition of The Saint John’s Bible.

Framed reproduction pages of this magnificent masterwork will be on display in Carlson Hall from through Wednesday, September 21.

A full-sized reproduction volume of The Saint John’s Bible: Gospels and Acts will be displayed at various times during this six-week residency.

“This exhibit, initiated by our dear friend Jean Heidenreich, has been in the works for several years,” shared Mark Squire, “but has been postponed by pandemic and the rescheduling of the UMC General Conference.”

Heidenreich, herself a talented artist and calligrapher, was a dynamic force within the Fine Arts Ministry until her death in October 2020. The team is dedicating the exhibit to Jean’s memory.

Go to for more information on the exhibition and events.

Risk-Taking Mission & Service

The Envision Community Model Home is now in the HAUMC parking lot! 

Look out for more information as to how to tour this innovative, community-centric, solution to housing! 

Good in the Neighborhood!

When Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove spoke with us in early 2021, he suggested that one way HAUMC can champion social justice is to use the power we have to bless what’s happening that we didn’t start. In that spirit, we invite you to bless this organization with:

  • your prayers of thanksgiving for their great work
  • prayers for future successes
  • share the good news of their mission with your friends
  • support them with your time, talents, and donations if you’re so moved

August 2022: Every Meal

Fighting Child Hunger 

More than 300,000 children in Minnesota live with food insecurity. When these children don’t have access to the free and reduced meal programs at school, they don’t have access to reliable food and the risk of hunger is very real. Every Meal works to fight hunger in our community by filling the gaps in food access that children face during weekends, summers, and extended breaks.

We are a mobile delivery solution, providing food to children right where they are – at school. Our broad network provides 4-5 pounds of substantive, nutritious food directly to the children – at the end of each school week, we put the food into their backpacks for them to take home. Click the links below to learn more about their vital programs. 

Call to action:

Westminster has the opportunity to partner with Every Meal and Hall STEM Academy, a Minneapolis school, to address childhood food insecurity.

If you are interested in joining a HAUMC team to ensure school children have food to take home with them every weekend, email

Click Here to learn more about Every Meal.


Sep. 24 & Oct. 22 at 9:30am - 12pm

2609 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN

HAUMC members helped Source MN Ministries hand out free food to 300 families last Saturday and had a great time doing it!

Come and join us for the next opportunity!

Contact Jessica: to coordinate for Sept 24 and Oct 22. We can all sign-up for the same time slot and meet there! Visit for more information.

Intentional Faith Development

Monthly Virtual Book Club

Thursday, September 15, 7pm

Zoom only

American Childhood by Annie Dillard

A book that instantly captured the hearts of readers across the country, An American Childhood is Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Dillard's poignant, vivid memoir of growing up in Pittsburgh in the 1950s and 60s.

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

CLICK HERE to 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 Circle


September 8, 1pm

Longfellow Room / Zoom

We believe love in action can change the world.

The United Women in Faith combined circles will resume gathering monthly on the second Thursday at 1pm in person and via Zoom. The next gathering will be on Thursday, September 8, at 1pm in the Longfellow Room. Driven by God’s love and united in sisterhood, we work to improve the lives of women, children and youth. Every day, we show up. We take action. We get it done. And we invite you to join us!

This month Susanne Mattison will be sharing what she learned while attending Assembly 2022 events virtually in May. We'll also be making plans for our programs in the coming months.

Click here to join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 876 1312 682

Passcode: 555079

Join by phone: +1 651 372 8299

If you are interested to learn more or join the local branch of this national organization Click Here

Or email: Susanne Mattison at and Laura Dirks at


Sundays, 15 minutes after Worship

Harrison Room

Do you sometimes struggle with religious doubts? Do you ever feel that what you believe is out of step with what you’ve been told to believe?

Or perhaps you feel your faith needs a jump-start to make your spiritual life grow more deeply?

You’re invited to take part in a Sunday morning experiment called Reflection.

We will gather for 45 minutes after the Sunday morning service to reflect on various religious questions, and, if you want, to share your reflection with the group.

There are no agendas or “right” answers. The questions are open-ended. All reflections are welcome, whether traditional or completely unorthodox.

The free form gatherings will begin 15 minutes after worship Harrison Room.

Feel free to join us as an observer, and see if this approach engages you.

Radical Hospitality


Aug 30- Sept 4

Do you need to update your wardrobe or get some good back-to-school clothes? 

Starting August 30th-Sept 4th all clothes and shoes will be half-off!  WHAATT?! 

Not only will you look good, but you will feel good supporting this neighborhood non-profit in Stevens Square. 


Extravagant Generosity
Aid to Ukraine
There is continued need for Aid in the Ukraine.

While our steeple colors change as the seasons continue, there is still need in the Ukraine.

If you would like to give to United Methodist Committee on Relief to provide aid to Ukraine through Hennepin HAUMC you can follow the link to Realm below. Pray also for an end to the conflict so the rebuilding can start.


Or follow the link on the GIVE page and select UMCOR disaster relief.

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