Thursday, May 11, 2023


Remember there is FREE parking on Sunday Mornings in the covered lot next to the Walker Art Center. Just pick up a voucher from reception or any of the ushers.

A Few Dates to Keep in Mind

Now on view in Carlson Hall: Art In Bloom by Joan Bohlig

May 13 - 14 Doors Open Minneapolis

May 14 Second-hand Sunday

May 20 Responding to Christian Nationalism Class with Jerry Gale

May 21 Graduation Sunday - Family / Youth-led worship

May 28 Pentecost

May 29 Memorial Day - Church building closed

May 31 - June 1 Methodist Annual Conference

June 2023

June 4 Servant Sunday / Charge Conference

June 11 Judy Zabel's Celebration Potluck

Check out the Events Calendar to stay up to date on these upcoming events, classes, and opportunities. You can even subscribe or add events to your own calendar to help keep yourself organized!

Read on below in Ministry News for the announcement of the New Director of Worship and Music.

Charge Conference to Elect Lay Leaders and Approve Clergy Compensation for New Senior Pastor

Sunday, June 4, 11:30am

Sanctuary and on ZOOM

All members of Hennepin Avenue UMC are encouraged to attend a charge conference for the purpose of electing lay leadership and setting clergy compensation for our new Senior Pastor.

The Chair of our Connections Committee will present a slate of nominees for the four administrative committees and strategic council for 2032-24. Hennepin members will vote to elect. Later in June, a full list of members of 2023-24 committees, teams, and task forces will be available.

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church and The MN Annual Conference requires a charge conference to set clergy compensation.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 910 4976 6678

Passcode: 774237


Doors Open Minneapolis

May 13-14, 10am-5pm

Here, and all over Minneapolis!

We are so thrilled to be part of this wonderful event that allows people to tour the storied spaces of Minneapolis and see how our resilient community thrives and evolves. In 2019 hundreds of new visitors came through HAUMC and we are ready to host them again!

Thanks to everyone who signed up through Doors Open and who emailed to help make the space as welcoming as possible! We are so set to welcome the public on May 13-14th!

Check out the schedule of programming and full HAUMC event info HERE or you can pick up a schedule from reception.

You can play the Where's Welsey Game! This weekend we will have the busts of John Wesley scattered throughout the building - find him and learn a bit about Methodism and our building along the way!

Check out the DOORS OPEN Facebook event to stay on top of all the venues and details. And you can download a printable guide to the venues here - they are also available on-site at many locations. You can check out Doors Open Minneapolis website here for more in-depth information.

And bring a little cash for gifts and refreshments.

-Youth will be offering popcorn and water (suggested donation) to raise money for the youth group and their vision trip to Guatemala on Saturday from 10am-4pm.

-The Fine Arts team will be selling some lovely greeting cards and the Art at Hennepin Book, 8th edition, available at reception.

-The Knotty Quilters will be having a quilt sale from 11:30am-1:30pm on Sunday so be sure to check out their exquisite crafts(wo)manship.

All purchases are non-deductible during this event. Cash only.

This Sunday!

Second-Hand Sundays 2023!

Old School by Steeple People

May 14, 9:15am-10:15am

HAUMC parking lot


May 14

June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

October 8

Volunteers from Old School will be in the HAUMC parking lot from 9:15am to 10:15am collecting donations for the store on the second Sunday of the month. This is an ongoing tradition with OSSP so bring your gently used clothes and housewares to the Parking lot!

You can follow them on Facebook or Instagram to see their best treasures!

Responding to Christian Nationalism

May 20 at 9:30-11:30am

In-Person: Art Gallery

Are you tired of Christian Nationalism being the loudest voice heard in context with Christianity right now?

Christian Nationalism is a troubling ideology that seeks to merge Christian and American identities to assert control in our society. It is not an ethos, but rather a dogma created to maintain an unfair status quo.

It warps both the Christian faith and America's Constitutional Democracy into a credo that maintains social and economic privilege for a very small number of people.

This workshop will provide a description of Christian Nationalism, discuss biblical responses to Christian Nationalism, and outline how to stand in your faith, to stand up to Christian Nationalism.

Led by Jerry Gale.

You can sign up on Realm HERE

Roots of Discipleship

May 4 - June 29, Thursdays 7-8:15pm on Zoom

Join Bill Tipping for this wonderful 9-week group exploration of discipleship.

This group centers on intentional efforts to explore the possibilities of discipleship and develop as a faith leader both internally and externally.

Zoom meeting: click here!

If you have any questions email Bill at

Vacation Bible School - Save the Dates!

June 26-30

Good Samaratian UMC

Mark your calendars for June 26-30. We will be partnering with Good Samaritan UMC for VBS again this year. If you or your middle school/high school students are available to volunteer to help at VBS, let Keesha know! Email Keesha at

Passionate Worship

This Sunday's Message

Celebrate: Diversity

Rev. Judy Zabel, Senior Pastor

Scripture: Luke 9:18-24

Worship at 10am

It is Mother's Day and Christian Family Day this Sunday. However you define these terms is the truth that we embrace.

[Image description: Rev. Judy Zabel, a Caucasian female with medium-length silver hair, smiling and preaching from the pulpit, looking upwards in optimism.]

Next week we will be celebrating our four High School graduates during worship. Be sure to stick around for a cake reception in Carlson Hall following the service!

Weekly Faith Development


11:30am after worship, Sundays

Harrison Room

Reflection is an opportunity to set aside some time for deepening personal faith and to learn about the faith experiences of others.  What started as an experiment initiated by George Rodgers Adams ("Rodge") in June has become a wonderful new way to explore faith at HAUMC!

Each week we will pose a question for an informal, open-forum discussion. Anyone is welcome to join at any time. No former knowledge is needed, just bring your curiosity and an inquiring mind.

You can email Rodge Adams at for more information.

It is a standing gathering so feel free to drop by on a Sunday as your schedule allows.

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 Zoom Meeting by Video Here or

Join by phone

‪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 Zoom Meeting by Video Here


Join by phone

‪Dial: 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 892 5043 5902

Passcode: 113680

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursdays, 11am-12pm

Hybrid, Longfellow room and Zoom

Thursday morning Bible Study “Fruit of the Spirit

This six-week study produced by Rose Visual Bible Studies features the context around Paul’s writings about the fruit and hopes to understand what it means to keep in step with the Spirit. Full-color visuals, thought-provoking questions, Bible passages for further reflection, and more will offer a deeper look into a familiar topic.

Mary Mensheha and Juanita Reed-Boniface will facilitate the weekly sessions, at 11:00 a.m. in the Longfellow Room. 

Join us in person or on Zoom.

New members are always welcome!!

CLICK HERE to join the Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 864 1531 0144

Passcode: 437485

Dial manually

+1 929 205 6099 US

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MN Annual Conference

May 31-June 1

Saint Cloud, MN

The 169th session of the Minnesota Annual Conference will take place May 31-June 1, 2023 at the River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

Drawing on Luke 24: 13-35, the theme of this year’s gathering is “Encounter. Transform. Respond. The Emmaus Experience.” Updated information will be posted HERE

Reverend Kelly's Installation and Calling to the Dignity Center

Last week was the Installation of Reverend Margaret Kelly. If you missed this moving service, you watch it here Strongly called and with a strong vision for all that the Dignity Center can do.

Read her special note from the "Sharing Dignity" Newsletter HERE to share in the vision and excitement building within and around the Dignity Center!

We are so blessed to have her!

"Dear ones, the Ministry House is God’s house. and heal in community! I can see the vision God is sharing with me and The Dignity Center. I can see what ministry God is calling us into."

[Image description: Reverend Margaret Kelly a caucasian woman with short red hair and glasses smiles warmly in her professional headshot, wearing her collar under a cream top]

Scroll to the bottom of your email and click the link titled "VIEW ENTIRE MESSAGE" to see the whole newsletter

Care Givers Needed

Care Giving Team- a vital part of HAUMC

A special note from Roger Lynn

As the new Minister of Pastoral Care, I find this work exciting and meaningful. I look forward to working with the Care Givers group to give and gain support in this important ministry.

One of Hennepin's important ministries is caring for those within our community that have special needs. Members of the Care Givers group meet that need. Each member chooses one or more persons in need and visits with them on the phone or in-person.

We meet as a group regularly to give each other support in our caregiving.

If you are interested, you can reach Roger Lynn at the church office, (612) 871-5303 ext 190.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: Keeping HAUMC hospitable for everyone!

The good news is, we are getting busier and busier, which means we need to remember what it's like to function as a church community!

There are three volunteer roles that could use some extra love on a continual basis. In all these cases, many hands make light the work so even if you can only do it once a quarter or once a month, please know that we encourage you to come and care for our spiritual home!

Building hosts! are urgently needed 6:30-9:15pm on Thursday evenings to welcome our largest AA group and assist our staff with hospitality. Training will be provided. Contact if you are willing to serve in this role.

Watering Plants! Volunteers are needed to water the planters throughout the summer. If you are interested please contact our Director of Operations,

Coffee hosts! Four more coffee hosts are needed so we have a rotation of volunteers available to serve. Training will be provided. Contact if you are interested in serving.

Be on the lookout for more fun event-specific volunteer opportunities coming up too, as the summer and fall roll on!

It's a small world after all!

Long-Time friends reconnect at Old School by Steeple People

OSSP volunteers Carol Kroll and Evie Anderson were in junior choir at Edgewater UMC in south Minneapolis in the 1950s.

They lost touch but recognized each other at HAUMC about a half-century later. They renewed the friendship and now volunteer together on Wednesday afternoons!

Who knows, this could happen to you! OSSP is always looking for volunteers the help out. Check out their website for more information.

[Image description: Top: a picture of a 1950s junior choir in white robes with black bows at the neck, Carol and Evie are circled in the picture. Bottom: Evie and Carroll in the Old School by Steeple People store, elder women with short grey hair and glasses wearing their OSSP shirts, side by side, holding the photograph of their junior choir and smiling broadly.]

[Image description: a middle-aged Caucasian woman with wavy, chin-length, brown hair and brown eyes smiles warmly directly to camera in a green outdoor setting]

Sally Messner named new Director of Worship and Music

We are pleased to announce that Sally Messner will be the new Director of Worship and Music at Hennepin Avenue UMC.

Some of you may remember Sally from her year with us as a music intern in 2002-03 when she conducted children’s choirs and handbell ensembles, sang in the Sanctuary Choir, and served as the soprano section leader for the Chamber Singers.

Sally received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Valparaiso University and a Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Luther Seminary. Sally has served in Methodist, Lutheran, and Presbyterian churches and is active in the national church music community.

Sally’s first day with us will be Monday, June 26.

Please join us in welcoming Sally back to Hennepin Avenue UMC!

Phishing Scams ALERT

Spammers and phishers have ramped up again to target HAUMC’s staff and congregation. Please be extremely careful. 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!

If you are ever the recipient of one of these messages or if you are suspicious of an email from an account associated with the church or even another member, please don't hesitate to forward it to for our team to review.

Do not reply to these messages until you know that they are safe.

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.

United Women in Faith

Monthly Combined Circle:

Thursday, May 11, 1pm

Hybrid: Longfellow Room/ Zoom

We believe love in action can change the world.

The United Women in Faith combined circles gather monthly on the second Thursday at 1pm. Every day, we show up. We take action. We get it done. And we invite you to join us! HAUMC's United Women in Faith combined circle is continuing to offer a hybrid option for our programs in 2023.

Join Zoom Meeting HERE

Meeting ID: 876 1312 6826

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

Monthly Virtual Book Club

Thursday, May, 18, 7pm


Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Mandel’s sensational sixth novel offers immense pleasures of puzzle box plotting and high-flying imagination... Masterfully plotted and deeply moving, this visionary novel folds back on itself like a hall of mirrors to explore just what connects us to one another, and how many extraordinary contingencies bring us to each ordinary day of our lives.”—Esquire

Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, Emily St. John Mandel’s dazzling story follows these engrossing characters across space and time as their lives ultimately intersect.

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

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 898 0983 7941

Passcode: 496102

Email Jane Mylrea if you are interested to get on the mailing list! (

Old School by Steeple People

Best of Minneapolis Award in the Thrift Store 2022

Sustainable Jungle 2022

#1 in “Gettin’ Twin Cities Thrifty“ 2022

City Pages “Best Thrift Store” 2019

Old School by Steeple People, a 501c3 nonprofit, serves the community by selling donated quality used clothing and household goods at affordable prices and donating profits to worthy charitable causes.

Store hours: Tuesday through Sunday 11am–5pm

Donations are accepted 11am–4pm, and by appointment

  • Must be in bags or closed boxes and labeled “clothes”, “books”, or “hard goods”
  • If donating clothing: clean and in-season only, please
  • Maximum 3 bags/ boxes as we have limited storage
  • No electronics, please


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