Thursday, September 08, 2022


Kickoff Sunday: You Got This!

Sunday, September 11

10am Worship

11:15-12:30 festivities! 

You got this! What a way to start off the new season for HAUMC! 

We are REALLY excited to be in such a wonderful place of renewal this fall.

Join us as we kick off the fall season of Sunday School and Confirmation with the HAUMC 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.

  • This Sunday is packed and you won't want to miss it. Drop off clothes for Old School between 9-10am, the start of a brand new Sermon Series called Renew for worship at 10am, and then a kickoff party at 11:15 where everyone can meet; reconnect or connect for the very first time. 

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. First, it turned 20 years old, then on Aug 31st they will have provided 100,000 lbs of food to the community and also this August, the ratio of people seeking advocacy 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.

Read below in Risk Taking MIssion and Service is a special message from Mary and an introduction to Kevin 

Koinonia Foundation Funds Informational Session #2: Discussion

September 25, 11:30 AM

Art Gallery, Zoom

The second informational session for the distribution of the Koinonia Funds will take place in the Art Gallery and on Zoom. This will be an opportunity to have more in-depth discussions about the fund allocations. Allocating the funds is a priority and we will take the time to ensure that the decision is made carefully and with a vision to fulfill our mission as a church, to create disciples for Christ. Please make sure you take these opportunities to broaden the scope of the conversation by bringing your own thoughtful perspectives and being ready to listen to ideas that you may not have considered.  


CLICK HERE to join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 999 1800 4936

Passcode: 485137


We are so thrilled to have Tim Ternes, Director of The Saint John's Bible project, with us to tell us the inspiring story of how this amazing work of theology and art came to be!


It is a wonderful story of faith and creation. 

For more on The Saint John's Bible Click Here

*The prints will remain on view in Carlson Hall until September 21. 

Passionate Worship

Join Us for Worship on Sundays

New Sermon Series!

Renew Sermon Series

September 11 - October 2

God’s mercies are new every morning! But sometimes it is easy for us to get stuck in the same old routine. As we begin a new school year, let’s hit the “reset button,” so we can claim the fresh start God makes available to us. As we rediscover our true identity in the love of God, we will discover new purpose and, guided by the compass of God’s values, head off in an exciting God-given direction!

This Sunday's Message

Renewed Purpose

by Rev. Judy Zabel

Scripture: Mark 1:29-39

Worship at 10am

Come early to drop your fall donations for Old School Second hand Sunday (9-10am) and of course, stay for Kickoff Sunday! 


Sundays, 15 minutes after Worship

Harrison Room

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.

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


Entry Point: Becoming a Member

Sunday, September 18, 11:30am

Longfellow Room, Zoom

We'll be meeting online and in-person at 11:30am in the Longfellow room.

Entry Point is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about Hennepin Avenue UMC. Meet the pastors, ask questions, meet other members, and decide if membership at Hennepin is right for you! All are welcome! Always!

Those who are already members, take this opportunity to invite a friend!

And we welcome all new members, long-standing members, and guests to join us the following Sunday, September 25, 2022- for a special service of renewing our baptisms, confirming faith, and welcoming any new members! 


CLICK HERE to join the Zoom meeting or

Join by phone

651 372 8299

Meeting ID: 851 0636 8268

Passcode: 325806


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!

Men's Bible Study Group

Weekly Friday Mornings

7am to socialize, meeting begins 7:30am

Longfellow Room and on Zoom

Join a group of men for Bible study, conversation, and fellowship. A year-long study with weekly lessons. 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 & faith study! 

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


CLICK HERE to join the Zoom meeting


Join by phone

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 657 846 999

Password: 753530

For more information or any questions feel free to call Rev Jim McChesney at 651-604-0752.

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!

Risk-Taking Mission & Service

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.

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

September 2022: Every Meal 

Fighting Childhood 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

On Saturday, Aug 27 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


Join by phone: +1 651 372 8299

Meeting ID: 876 1312 682

Passcode: 555079

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

Radical Hospitality

Second Hand Sunday!  

Old School at HAUMC Parking Lot (Eastern Edge)


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

Two more chances left!! 

September 11th

October 9th

Special Thanks to the following folks who stopped by with a donation to old school last week during second hand Sunday!

We really appreciate you thinking of us and we hope to see you all again on Sunday September 11!

Until then visit us at 1901 Nicollet Ave, Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 -5:00

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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