Thursday, July 28, 2022
Healing Minnesota Stories Sacred Site Tours
July 30, 10:00am - 2:00pm
October 30, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
St. Peter's Catholic Church, Mendota Heights

Healing stories are also a part of the continued work of building a beloved community.

Both Reverend Jim Bear Jacobs and Dr. Kelly Sherman Conroy continue their work to provide ways of healing the historical trauma that is still very present in the lives of Native Americans.

"We believe in the power of healing stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible. The listener and storyteller are both healed by their acts. Churches and all faith communities can play a key role in promoting and experiencing healing by opening ourselves to our own history and listening to the stories of Native people. Through the sharing and retelling of old traumatic stories, we can create new positive ones."
While dozens of private Sacred Sites Tours have taken place for groups this year, the Minnesota Council of Churches is happy to announce two open-to-the-public tours. Learn more about how you can participate in Healing Minnesota Stories by absorbing the sacred narratives of Minnesota places. Learn more and register.
Minneapolis National Night Out
August 2

Minneapolis leads the Nation in participation of National Night Out! This is something to be very proud of, especially after all the dispiriting news and increasing divides in our Nation.
Make sure you participate in your local Night Out events to strengthen the community and remember that we are all stronger and healthier together....and demonstrate that we know what community looks like in this state!
COMMON HOPE: Walk for Hope with Jane and Avi Mylrea
Saturday, July 30, 10am
Lake Harriet

Our sponsor students, Ana, 6, and Josue, 14, continue their education in Guatemala through the church's support!

If you are free July 30 at 10:00, Jane and Avi Mylrea are gathering to walk at Lake Harriet for the Walk for Hope and they would love to have you join them! or support their "walking the extra mile" with a donation. Just click the link. to give!

Your Walk For Hope raises funds that provide students with access to academic support during these challenging times.

Learn how you can go the Extra Mile to keep kids learning!
Reverend Judith Banya visits HAUMC
Art Gallery
Sunday, July 31, 11:30am
Monday August 8, 7pm
light refreshments

Reverend Judith will be present this Sunday in Worship and directly after to greet the congregation.
You also have the opportunity to see Rev. Judith Banya in-person, in the Art Gallery either on Sunday, July 31 at 11:30am or Monday, August 8th at 7pm. Or attend both!

Rev. Banya will tell her inspiring personal story of how she came to set up a multi-faceted ministry in the remote village of Baiwalla, Sierra Leone.
Your Sponsorship makes this all possible and is even more important now to ensure the longevity of this amazing opportunity for the children of Baiwalla. It is so wonderful to imagine the impact these kids will make on their country in 10-15 years!

We hope you will continue sponsoring children’s schooling for many years

-$310 to sponsor a student attending the Ormsby School for one year
-$150 to sponsor a child’s school lunch for one year

On-line: Please pay online through OC Ministries: (
Check: Make check out to Minnesota Annual Conference. Put in memo line: Baiwalla Child Sponsorship.
Send to Minnesota Annual Conference, 122 W, Franklin Ave. Suite 400 Minneapolis Mn. 55404

If you have questions please direct them to Ann Carlson, Chair Project Baiwalla Ministry Team, 763-464-6850 or
****Please note that due to the increase in costs, automatic renewals made on line through Minnesota Annual Conference are no longer active so you will have to sign-up again in order to continue your student’s sponsorship.
Recognizing Remarkable Generosity: The Legacies

Each legacy gift is a story, a testament of faith in God’s blessings and faith in Hennepin’s future.

We benefit each day, often more than we realize, from these heartfelt and generous gifts.

In the past two years Hennepin received estate proceeds from six individuals totaling nearly $125,000.

We remember with deep gratitude Lavonne Grover, Gerhard Weiss, Clarice Seim, Shirley Johnson, Jean Heidenreich and Vivian Lofgren.
Their legacies ensure the future.

The gifts provided unrestricted funds for art and music ministries, Women In Faith, Passionate Worship, and Risk-Taking Mission & Service legacy funds. The funds allow us to continue work and soul-feeding enrichment to both the congregation and the community at large.
We are truly blessed by their gifts.

To explore how you may leave an imprint on Hennepin, contact Jack Fistler, Director of Legacy Giving, 612-435-1321 or
Passionate Worship
Join Us for Worship on Sundays
The Jesus Way Sermon Series This Sunday!
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

Count the Cost
by Rev. Judy Zabel

Scripture: Luke 12:13-21
Traditional Worship at 10am
This Sunday

During worship, we will thank Rick and Lynne for their exceptional leadership and to wish them well on the next steps of their journey.

We will also be welcoming Reverend Judith Banya and having a baptism.

Be sure to stay after the service for cake and reception for Lynne and Rick.
And say "Hi" to Rev/ Judith in Carlson Hall, and then join her in the Art Gallery as she talks about all the amazing things that have come to pass at the Richard Ormsby School in Baiwalla starting at 11:30am. It should be a wonderful day in all aspects of ministry and faith building.
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
Saint John's Illuminated Bible
Framed and full-sized Reproductions
On View Aug 4-Sept 21
Carlson Hall
with Special events Sunday, Aug 21 (11am Carlson Hall) and 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 on display in Carlson Hall from Thursday, August 4 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 2022. The team is dedicating the exhibit to Jean’s memory.

Monday, September 12, 7:00pm in the Art Gallery
Fine Arts Team is welcoming the Director of The Saint John’s Bible Tim Ternes for a colorful presentation “From Inspiration to Illumination, an Introduction to The Saint John’s Bible.”

Sunday, August 21, following worship, in Carlson Hall
Three Saint John Bible Interns will serve as docents in Carlson Hall for any who would like a walking tour of the exhibit.

Those groups wishing a more experiential interface with The Saint John’s Bible, utilizing the spiritual practice of Visio Divina, should contact Mark Squire for scheduling options.

The Saint John's Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Copper Street Brass: FREE Summer Concert Series
I Love Rock 'n Roll
Thursday Aug 18, 7:00 pm - 8:00pm
HAUMC Parking Lot
**There will be Ice Cream!

Join with the neighborhood and your faith community for the Copper Street Brass Summer Concert Series in the HAUMC parking lot

They explore the greatest hits of music from '50s legends like Elvis, Buddy Holly, and Chuck Berry to genre-expanding bands of the '60s like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Beach Boys to arena rock stars of the ‘70s and ‘80s who took the world by storm.

So join us and sing along to the rock anthems you know and love!

Please note these concerts are outdoors and are weather dependent. We will post on our Facebook page rain or shine to update the status of each performance.
Sing with the Sanctuary Choir
Sanctuary Summer Choir Sundays are June 12, June 26, July 17, July 24,
July 31, August 7

During the summer months, the HAUMC Sanctuary Choir welcomes additional singers to join in the ministry of song!
No weeknight rehearsing during the summer - just come at 8:45am on Sunday and join friends old & new. Choral experience helpful, but not required. To participate, contact Mark Squire
United Women in Faith Combined Circles Brunch!
Nicollet Island Inn
August 7 2022, 11:30am

Continuing with the traditions of Hennepin’s blended Circles we are following a favorite summer tradition for Susanna Wesley Circle. A brunch in August after church services at a restaurant location. So we are gathering at the Nicollet Island Inn!

The first Sunday in August, August 7, 2022 at 11:30 am, enjoy good company and good food in a historic setting. The dining at the Inn is on the first level and VERY comfortable.

The website to view the brunch and lunch menus is:
RSVP to Susanne Mattison at or 612 987 3336 by July 31st.
Greater UMC positions on the Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe vs Wade

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, adopted three rules that summed up God's directive for humanity- "Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God." The overturning of Roe v Wade will result in great harm to mainly Black, Brown, Indigenous, and poor communities. I remain committed to working alongside this congregation and the greater community to address the harm that is being done in the name of "valuing life". My prayer is that God will protect the vulnerable and provide help to those that need it most in a post-Roe v Wade era. -Pastor Laura Hannah

"The issuance of this ruling has denied the sacred worth of women who face “the tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion.” - From the Roe v. Wade Statement from Council of Bishops, June 25, 2022.

Read the full press release from the Council of Bishops here

Read the UWF full press release here

HAUMC is in alignment with our greater faith community and with the majority of Americans when we decry the Supreme Court's decision.
Below are additional resources to understand the positions of the United Methodist Church.

You can read the Supreme Court opinion here

Read an overview article distilling the varying UMC responses here

The UMC's official stance on abortion here

Read the Church and Society Position here

The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women respond and provide a spiritual lament here

Minnesota is one of the few states in our region that will continue to protect the right to access safe abortion. We will continue to communicate resources and ways to take action to support women and their families who have now been disenfranchised by this decision.
Gun Violence

On June 10th we had to issue an official response to gun violence from Bishop Bard. Less the one month later, the situation is, incredibly, even worse.

Once again we had a weekend full of gun violence, across the country. While the parade in Suburban Chicago got the most press, there were several mass shootings in the rest of the country, including in Minnesota, and in fact on Boom Island.

We are so tired of this.
If you are, please contact state and national representatives.
You can find your representatives here:
Once you click through to their website, you may use their contact forms. 

If you would like more information on the Laws in Minnesota
There are many levels at which to get involved, locally and nationally.
Phishing Security Warning

Spammers and phishers continue to target Hennepin Avenue UMC's staff and congregation. Their continued tactics are to create email accounts that appear to belong to staff and well-known congregation members. If you are the recipient of a note asking for a favor and/or to only email them back & not call, please be on alert that this may be a phishing expedition. Do not reply to these messages.
If you are the recipient of one of these messages or are suspicious of an email, please forward it to for our team to review.
We employ high-level security measures to keep your information safe, and we have no indication that our systems have been compromised. We just ask you to always be vigilant and to report any suspicious messages that appear linked to the church, staff, or members to
Risk-Taking Mission & Service
The Dignity Center and YOU have now served
100,000 lbs of food!
When: Wednesday, August 31st at noon!
Where: The Dignity Center
What: Party! Lunch and cake provided by 2nd Harvest!
Join us to celebrate this milestone occasion! The Dignity Center and YOU have now served 100,000 pounds of food in partnership with Second Harvest Heartland! Food isn't our main mission, but is a very necessary piece to fuel our participants on their path to having a stable, safe home and livelihood. We are using this milestone to bring awareness to the great need that still exists in our community, and to raise funds for the future of The Dignity Center.

Please RSVP to for us to get a rough number for planning purposes.

YOU make all this possible! We would not have been able to reach this point without you!
Rental Assistance Update: Huge Increase in Requests for Assistance From the Dignity Center

Now that we are half-way through 2022, some new statistics are out from our partner Align Mpls and other sources about the state of housing and need for rental assistance.
Through our partnership with Align Minneapolis, Minneapolis residents are eligible to receive Emergency Rental Assistance if they meet various criteria. This helps struggling individuals and families avoid being evicted and homeless by receiving one-time help in the case of a crisis.

Because of the pandemic, inflation, and other crises, reviewed ERA applications have more than DOUBLED between May and June!! In June Align reviewed more than the total of applications they had received earlier in 2022!
Themes we saw in the reason households fell behind on rent included- job loss, instability in hours at jobs, loss of income due to illness, and car repair expenses.

The Dignity Center assists individuals in filling out ERA applications. Many come in several times to work through getting all the necessary paperwork. THANK YOU for keeping our doors open to serve our community! Keeping our neighbors housed and stable helps strengthen our community for all of us!

We need your help to do our work. Please donate HERE to support our future and ongoing efforts to serve our struggling Twin Cities community. We provide invaluable advocacy for our participants long-term. 
Thank you! 
Good News from 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
Source Ministries
"The heart of providing food relief is to gather a community of individuals and congregations to rise up and help our community members in need."

Source Ministries is an outreach ministry based in Minneapolis that provides street outreach, anti-trafficking support, and food to people in Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs: 

  • For 25 years, Source MN has served East Lake Street
  • At the center of their efforts is food distribution at the Lake Street Kmart, where along with a team of volunteers, they distributed 200 tons of groceries.
  • The increase of our food distribution has grown over 25-fold in a short amount of time. Dozens of volunteers are needed each week, as they host 2 distributions: weekly from our community center and host a monthly outdoor giveaway at the historic Lake Street Kmart parking lot.
  • They host a food drive that distributes one million pounds of food each year to people living with food insecurity.
  • Here is a video that shows Source and food drive volunteers in action!
Intentional Faith Development
Monthly Virtual Book Club: IS LIVE!
Thursday, July 28, 7pm

In-Person- meet at HAUMC and if the weather is good, we will use the Ministry Backyard or the Longfellow Room.

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett

"Looking forward to seeing you in person at church ⛪️. Will either be in Dignity Ctr backyard or Longfellow Room. I will also bring my computer for zoomers. Hope you are enjoying Ann Patchett’s “These Precious Days.”
Bring book ideas!" - Jane Mylrea

If you have any questions you can email Jane Mylrea:
Sundays throughout the summer, 11:15am
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 experimental gatherings will be at 11:15am in the Harrison Room on Sundays throughout the summer.

Feel free to join us as an observer, and see if this approach engages you.
Radical Hospitality
Second Hand Sundays at HAUMC
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Parking Lot (Eastern Edge)
August 14, 9-10am

We collect quality donations from HAUMC members the second Sunday of every month from now through October!

September 11th
October 9th

We really appreciate you thinking of us and we hope to see you all again on Sunday, August 14th!
Until then visit us at 1901 Nicollet Ave, Tuesday - Sunday 11am-5pm.

If you have any questions about donations give us a call at 612-827-8305.

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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