Thursday, May 18, 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 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! and Second-hand Sunday

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 Approve Lay Leaders and 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 approving 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 2023-24. 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

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

Judy Zabel Potluck Celebration!

Sunday, June 11, Time: 11:00 - 1:00

Art Gallery

Collecting Congregational Memories for Judy's party in Carlson Hall!

Drop off your notes and/or pictures in Carlson Hall on May 21, May 28, or June 4

June 11 will be Pastor Judy's last Sunday at HAUMC as Senior Pastor before she embarks on the next part of her journey -Retirement!

We will be celebrating all she has given to the Church and wish her the fondest farewell by hosting a Traditional Methodist Church Potluck!

We also will be collecting memories from the congregation to use in a special gift to her on that day!

The memories will be collected by a drop box in Carlson Hall or via email. Photos can be included. To share your memory of Judy via email send it to this email address:

Please put Judy Memory for celebration in the subject line.

Potluck info:

Bring a main dish or a side dish, whatever you would like!

If you are especially thankful for Judy's service at Hennepin, also bring a dessert!

Please RSVP on Realm once the event is created or email your RSVP to

Put RVSP Judy Potluck in the subject line.

Vacation Bible School

June 26-29

Good Samaritan UMC

We are partnering with Good Samaritan UMC for VBS again this year and we need more volunteers to help make it a fun, safe, and successful week! You can sign up here if you’re

able to join us.

Doors Open Recap- It was a blast!

We had overwhelmingly positive feedback from everyone who came. The feeling in the building was very comfortable for all our guests and many made a point to say so. Nearly everyone commented on some new discovery they made. 

Joey (Sanchez) and Jerry (Gale) are fantastic tour guides and we are so lucky to have them to introduce guests to our space and to HAUMC! 

We were able to show a little love to our partners and friends: MNIC, Align, and Envision.

You can expect to see Mr. Wesley hanging around for a little bit longer, so feel free to play the Where's Wesley game!

The organ tours (Patrick Henning and Jonathan Orwig) were very successful and people loved them! Word on the street is that the organ tours may become a "thing!"

The Walker presentation by Cathy Schutt and the historical objects she allowed us to keep on display in the art gallery provided a really interesting context.

People loved seeing the Dignity Center and all of its closets, Many were very interested in its current work as well and thought it was a nice way to use a mansion! 

A very special thanks to Margaret Osborne for a lot of the archival materials, and to the Knotty Quilters and Recyclers for showing off their projects and doing a bit more heavy lifting than I think they expected! 

The library looked so wonderful and on Saturday, a number of people took little breaks in there and took a book or two (from the free cart!) with them. 

Adele Dahm’s work on the designs- for literally everything- are just gorgeous. She also gave up her weekend to get some photographic coverage. I am ever thankful for her hard work and creativity. 

Mike’s (Demcisak) help with traffic flow and signage was instrumental to the event's success. 

And of course, Peter Nielson, whom I relied on for all logistics and building-related things.

Everyone helped to make a very good impression on all those who came to Doors Open. Thanks again for all your contributions! 

Passionate Worship

This Sunday's Message

Graduation Sunday

Led by Keesha Sedwick

Scripture: Luke 9:18-24

Worship at 10am

This Sunday we will be celebrating our four highschool graduates during worship. Be sure to stick around for a cake reception in Carlson Hall following Worship.

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Congratulations to our eight 2023 Hennepin Scholars!

These students are attending institutions across the country, pursuing programs in a variety of subject areas. Their talents and energies are inspiring! Their activities at Hennepin have included mission trips, volunteering for Vacation Bible School and Sunday school, serving community meals, youth choir, and council and church committees. They have excelled in academics, music, drama, community service, sports, as well as in leadership!

Heather Alden- Pursuing education principalship licensure at Hamline University. Hamline and Univ. of Houston alumna. Involved in children’s/youth programs at HAUMC and led adult nurture sessions.

Rebecca Carroll- To study graphic design and interactive media at the University of Wisconsin – Stout. Plans also to study design in Rome. At HAUMC, cookie bakes, youth movie nights, and especially VBS.

Megan Dailey- To study forensic neuroscience or psychiatry at the University of Washington. Served community meals, VBS, nursery, and Sunday school at Hennepin.

Jacy Demcisak- Majoring in anthropology, for a career in library science/archives services at Montana State University. At HAUMC, youth council, in handbell and vocal choirs, Sunday school, VBS.

Jake Demcisak- Studying creative writing at Columbia College of Chicago. . Involved in Sunday school and leadership in VBS, part-time receptionist at Hennepin.

Ella Kowalczyk- To study exercise science at College of Saint Benedict for a career in physical therapy. Sunday school volunteer and acolyte at Hennepin.

Alison Alden-Pope- Studying biology, career interest in pediatric genetics or physician’s assistant at Tufts University. Youth choir, bells at HAUMC, active in Sunday school, children’s programs, and VBS.

Conner Simms- Pursuing MBA/MAL degree at Augsburg University for continued healthcare role. Works as a hospital liaison for organ donation at LifeSource. Chaplain with USAF Reserve. SPR Committee at Hennepin. 

Contributions to Hennepin Scholars funds are welcome anytime. For more information, contact Jack Fistler, Director of Legacy Giving:

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

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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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


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 26th. 

Please join us in welcoming Sally back to Hennepin Avenue UMC

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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

Second-Hand Sundays 2023!

Old School by Steeple People

May 14, 9:15am- 10:15am 

HAUMC parking lot 


June 11

July 9

August 13

September 10

October 8

Yet another rainy Sunday in May! Thanks to all who continued to brave this icky spring. Make sure to drop by in June.

Volunteers from Old School will be in the HAUMC parking lot from 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM 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!


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