Thursday, May 5, 2022
IMPART: Keep the Story Alive
May 9, 6-8pm Art Gallery
Free event

Kelly Sherman-Conroy; Mato Wašté Winyan Lakota (Good Bear Woman). Kelly is a Doctoral Candidate at Luther Seminary. As a proud member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe Kelly dedicates her time to social justice, racial reconciliation, trauma and healing, Indigenous leadership, and family ministry.

She will guide us through the complex context of living history addressed by the film.

The film:The Indian System
Filmmaker Sheldon Wolfchild portrays his grandfather, Medicine Bottle. He tells a Dakota oral history of the 1862 war, the hangings of the Dakota 38 Plus 2, and the removal of the Dakota from Minnesota

You can watch the trailer here:
Read on below for full series details or on our website at
Tickets Now Avaible!
Jonatha Brooke & The Cello Songs Project
Friday, June 24 7:30pm
The Art Gallery

Jonatha Brooke presents, with Cello Songs Project, her original songs in a new sonic landscape of strings, percussion and voices, with arrangements by composer Adi Yeshaya and featuring the world premiere of his string quartet “Children’s Themes.”

Hailed by Billboard as "one of the most gifted and unique artists of the decade," singer-songwriter Jonatha Brooke performs a very special hometown concert with The Cello Songs Project -- a new collaboration with accomplished cellist and producer Rebecca Arons. Both Massachusetts transplants, these innovative, Minneapolis-based musicians have worked together since early workshops of Jonatha’s award-winning off-Broadway show My Mother Has Four Noses and went on to co-produce Jonatha's 2019 recording Imposter. Together they will present a program in The Art Gallery that will include world premiere performances of Jonatha's poetic folk/pop songs as well as the debut of the new string quartet "Children's Theme" by composer Adi Yeshaya -- dedicated to the children of Ukraine.
Adi has collaborated with Rebecca for over 20 years, arranging and recording instrumental tracks for artists such as Prince, Judith Hill, Rita Ora and many others.

Joining them for this performance will be an amazing cast of musicians hailing from New York, Israel and Minneapolis, including world-renowned percussionist Benny Koonyevsky (Israel Philharmonic, Gloria Estefan, Vanessa Williams), jazz bassist Jeff Bailey (Minneosta Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, James Carter, Chastity Brown), indie/pop vocalists Aby Wolf (Champagne Confetti, Dessa) and Linnea Mohn (Rogue Valley), and noted string players Allison Ostrander (violin), Elise Meichels Parker (violin) and Susan Janda (viola).

For tickets: Click Here
For more event information: Click here
And you can sign up for The Cello SongProject Newsletter here
United Women in Faith Monthly Circle
May 12, 1pm Zoom

This month we are so thrilled to have HAUMC member Hyon Kim talk about her new book, a personal memoir, Alone on the Battlefield; a Child Surviving the Korean War.

Her life journey takes her across the ocean and back as she struggles to reconcile her devastating past with the woman she seeks to become and searches for a community in which she truly belongs. We are so thankful to be able to celebrate such inspiring members of our HAUMC family!
You can purchase her book here.
About the Author:
Ms. Hyon Kim is the founder and CEO of MN Best, Inc., founder of Midwest Alliance for North Korean Refugees, and co-founder of OurTech Coop. She has a BS from the University of Minnesota.

Ms. Kim was the first Asian to serve on the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. She was Honorary Chair for the Global Minnesota “Year of Korea” in 2016 and named one of Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal “Top 25 Women to Watch.”
Meeting ID: 876 1312 6826
Passcode: 555079
Join by phone: +1 651 372 8299

If you are interested to learn more or to join the local branch of this national organization Click Here
Or email: Susanne Mattison at
Laura Dirks at
Mikah Meyer: A Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary
Friday, May 20th, 7pm

Mikah Meyer has been called everything from “The Rick Steves of the National Parks" to a "Best Instagram to Follow.”
His travel adventures and life journey are compelling, welcoming and are the very best of what it means to follow your own path. Whether that is being “out” in parks and nature, living the van life, or setting down roots in Minnesota, the core in all he does is filled with loving the experience of being alive.

On May 20, 7pm, Mikah will present “A Journey from Ordinary to Extraordinary,” in the Sanctuary.
This an exclusive opportunity to see the HAUMC resident artist share his story.
Find information at

On May 21, 12-6pm, on Boom Island, in partnership with Twin Cities Pride, Mikah Meyer is hosting the first-ever OUTVenture festival – a queer-run outdoors festival that is welcoming to everyone.

What better way to celebrate our National Park heritage, Spring, Pride, and the Midwest's love of the outdoors!
Passionate Worship
Join Us Sundays!
The "We" Factor

“The Bible knows nothing of solitary religion.” John Wesley

We have been created for community.
We have been made for each other.
We are the image of God so that we may recognize the divine in each other.
God’s goal for humanity is for us to create a loving community on earth that thrives!
Not by denying our differences, but by holding each other in love.
The question then becomes -How do we create a community based in love?
This Sunday:
We Factor: Truth in Community
"Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion." David Icke

Message by Pastor Laura Hannah
Scripture: John 1:1-18 (The Inclusive Bible)
Traditional 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
Are you a local expert?
Welcome a Somali Refugee Family!
Share your expertise and local knowledge with a family to help them make Minneapolis feel like home!
Express your interest by May 13

Do you know the best restaurants, museums, festivals, markets, hikes, or helpful little nuggets of information about the Twin Cities?

HAUMC People have an opportunity to work in a team to welcome a Somali Refugee family through Lutheran Social Services.
If you love the Twin Cities this is your opportunity to share why you think this is such a wonderful place to live!
This family is already settled in an apartment, the next step is to become part of the community by meeting supportive, neighborly people.
Just 8-10 people are needed to join a team to take turns doing fun activities! *

What the welcoming team entails:
Time Commitment: @ 2 hours, twice a month
  1. Befriend the family and schedule an eating event to become acquainted.
  2. Take the family on outings to parks, museums, walking trails, libraries, and recreation centers, depending on their interests.
  3. Respond to what they tell us are their needs: Practice English? Learn how to drive? Help with communicating with their children’s school? Help them learn to use the bus? The light rail?

* All refugee team members must attend an orientation on working with refugee families.

If you are interested:
Contact Ann Carlson by May 13 // 763-464-6850
Full series information
Impart: Wisdom from the Community Series
Mondays, May 9, June 13, July 11 from 6-8pm
Art Gallery

We invite you to participate in what is an exceptional opportunity.
You can register for each event individually.
We encourage you to register prior to the event, but it is not required. The event is free and we hope to see you here!

Monday, May 9 Impart: Keep the Story Alive
The film Indian System will be presented. Rev. Kelly Sherman-Conroy will share her story as an Indigenous person in Minnesota, weaving historical context into present-day, lived experience. This session will include intentional small group and large group reflection.

Monday, Jun 13 Impart: Grounded in Your Truth
The film Jim Crow of the North will be presented and AsaleSol Young will address the context and meaning in the layers of their identity as Black Minnesotan. This session will include intentional small group and large group reflection.

Monday, July 11 Impart: Kingdom-Builders
The film White Savior will take what we’ve churned up in our past two sessions and process it through the lens of how we relate to God. Rev. Joann Conroy and Rev. Angela Khabeb, will lead us through an exploration of the unique role the body of Christ has to play as we shape a better future for all.
Annual Conference 2022
May 24-25, 2022
St. Cloud, MN

Registration for Annual Conference 2022 is open! Register by May 15.

Attendees are encouraged to book their hotel rooms early, but be sure your reservation allows you to cancel up until right before the event in case a COVID surge prevents us from meeting in-person.

Click here for to for more information and to register for the event.
Hennepin and Border Churches Join Together
- A New Beginning in 1957
History Cabinet Display, Carlson Hall

As we re-examine what it means to be part of the "beloved community" it is good to look at the evidence from our past.

The current history display focuses on the Merger of the Border Church with Hennepin Ave UMC- the "invitation heard around the world."

In 1955 most churches were segregated, even within denominations. Border was a Black Methodist church in North Minneapolis (founded in 1937). At the time Hennepin Church was an all-white Methodist church. Then, in 1955 the Border members learned they would have to move to "make way" for new public housing. The cost of building a new church was too high for the congregation of 85. In an unprecedented move, Hennepin Church invited the Border congregation to join them. 67 Border parishioners initially agree, and more would soon follow. The invitation to desegregate and merge made news locally and around the world. You can see artifacts from that time, now on display in the History Cabinet.
Hennepin Scholars! Congrats!

Announcing our 2022 Hennepin Scholars, who will receive scholarship support for their 2022-2023 academic year. These talented students will be honored at Graduation Sunday May 22.
Congratulations to all!
Heather Alden
Anna Jensen
Erin Dailey
Alison Alden-Pope
Jacy Demcisak
Anna Serstock
Jake Demcisak
Simbarashe Sigauke
Abel Hanns
Jaidyn Spencer
Feven Hanns
Rylie Spencer
For information about Hennepin Scholars or to contribute to the Hennepin scholarship fund, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321 or
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
Ana's birthday is in May!
Say Happy Birthday to one of our sponsored students through Common Hope!

Even the smallest greeting can make their birthday brighter! You can send a birthday greeting online or mail your greeting to our U.S. office. 
Before you start, you'll need your student's ID Number, which is 1110775- r1439

**Please note cards sent to the US Post will likely not make it to your student during their birthday month. To ensure they receive your greeting, please send your greeting online by the 20th of their birthday month!

Common Hope Gift Fund
You can help cover the cost of a birthday gift for Ana and the other 3,141 Common Hope students! Common Hope makes sure that every student feels special on their birthday!

In Guatemala, it is tradition to light fire crackers in the morning by the birthday boy or girl's door and sing, "La Mañanitas."
While we can't suggest the firecrackers, you can listen to the jingle by clicking below and teach it to your children!
Every birthday is a reason to celebrate! 

Thank you for the role you play in making celebrations for Ana possible!
Calling for Reform in Eviction Laws!

Minnesota is one of only 7 states that does NOT require a landlord to formally notify a tenant before filing an eviction.

Additionally, our laws essentially allow eviction records to remain on tenants’ records without discretion: regardless of whether the tenant wins, loses, or settles the case.
Our neighbors who are low-income are disproportionately affected.

We can make a difference by engaging the Minnesota Senate on the issues of: (1) requiring pre-eviction notice and (2) eviction expungement.

Phone calls and letters to your local representatives will make a difference!
Sofas and Tables and Chairs, Oh My!
Saturday May 14, 9am-noon
Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church Parking Lot

Furniture will be given to outreach ministry guests from the AlignMPLS congregations to create safe and dignified homes. Many participants are now exiting homelessness with new apartments!

Questions – contact Mary at 612-435-1337
Can’t attend but have furniture to donate?
Call 651-602-0478 for pick up (limited area).
Intentional Faith Development
Book Study with Pastor Laura!
Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin Curtice.
Thursdays, June 2-30, 7-8pm

"Native is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God."

As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith.

Each Thursday, Pastor Laura will lead a discussion on a section of the book. This book will allow the group to access the wisdom of an indigenous author on the connection between faith and indigenous heritage.

This book study is a perfect follow-up to the impart: Keep the Story Alive
session and is a great way to continue the conversation and learnings!

Each participant is responsible for acquiring the book.

You can buy the book here.

Click here to register.
Monthly Virtual Book Club
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
May 19, 7pm

Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief—a novel about faith, science, religion, and love. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut- acclaimed national best seller, Homegoing.

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

Ways to connect:
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! (
Sundays in June at 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’s no agenda or “right” answers. The questions are open-ended. All reflections are welcome, whether traditional or completely unorthodox.

The experimental gatherings will be at 11:15 am in the Harrison Room on Sundays in June.

Feel free to join us as an observer, and see if this approach engages you.
Radical Hospitality
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church Parking Lot
Second Sunday every month

May 8th
June 12th
July 10th
August 14th
September 11th
October 9th

We will be at HAUMC to collect your quality donations the second Sunday of every month, in the Parking Lot!

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

We accept donations at the store Tuesday-Sunday 11am-5pm!
If you have a car full of donations please call us to set up a drop-off time.

Extravagant Generosity
Simple Giving – Beneficiary Designations
Sunday, May 15, at 11:15am
Room 106 and on Zoom

Well with tax time wrapped up for another year it is time again to think of future financial planning!

A simple signature is all it takes. You can provide a legacy gift to benefit future generations at Hennepin via beneficiary designations such as retirement plans, insurance policies or other financial accounts.

Cindy Aegerter, Hennepin member and senior gift planner, Thrivent Charitable, will highlight this simple and impactful way to leave a legacy for Hennepin and the estate planning advantages it will give for you!
Make plans to join the discussion!
In-person: Room 106
Zoom: Click Here

**This workshop is hosted by Legacy Giving Team members and Jack Fistler, Director of Legacy Giving, and is part of a series on financial and gift planning in 2022.
Aid to Ukraine
There is continued need for Aid 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.


*The steeple colors have been changed to show solidarity with the people of Ukraine.
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