Thursday, October 7, 2021
FEATURED THIS WEEK
A New Worship Experience Starts Saturday!
Saturday Contemplative Worship Series
October 9, 16, 23, and 30
4pm in Koinonia Hall

3:30pm: Pre-service fellowship in Carlson Hall; light meal available following the service

Looking for a place of quiet rest to refill & revitalize? You’re invited to try a Contemplative Worship experience being offered on four Saturdays in October. Starting October 9, we'll be gathering in Koinonia Hall (formerly Social Hall) to enjoy a peaceful setting where we can quiet ourselves and open our souls to the ministry of God within. You're welcome to come early for pre-worship fellowship in Carlson Hall. A light meal will also be available (pending COVID protocols) following the service.

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Sponsor Gifts for Native American Youth!
Shoebox Christmas Gifts
September 12-October 24

Hennepin Avenue UMC (Hennepin) is collecting donations to create Shoebox Christmas Gifts for Native American children and youth. This ministry is in partnership with the United Methodist Mission in Spirit Lake, ND where youth and adults from Hennepin have served in years past. Hennepin is one of several United Methodist churches that will be gathering donations for more than 6,000 young people living on reservations in the Dakotas and Minnesota who might not otherwise receive a Christmas present. Click here to hear about the impact of this outreach ministry.

Each shoebox will include an assortment of toys, winter gear, art supplies, and hygiene essentials. To build one shoebox it will cost $25. Our goal is to be able to make 200 shoebox gifts. Click here to sponsor Christmas Shoeboxes (click "register" button on the form).

On November 6th, Hennepin youth will be joining youth from all over the Twin Cities to thoughtfully pack the shoeboxes as a part of the Serve MSP Fall Day of Service and in an ongoing partnership with the United Methodist Mission in Spirit Lake, ND.
If you would like to shop for toys in addition to sponsoring a shoebox, we will be collecting new toys for the following age ranges: Infants, toddlers, children, and youth, ages 3–13 and up! These toys and special gifts can be dropped off in a donation bin in the East Entry or shipped directly to: 511 Groveland Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403.

If you have any questions please contact Rick Belbutoski at rick@haumc.org.

(NOTE: Click "Register" Button on the Form)
Celebrating the Vote!
A Way Forward: Marriage Equality at Hennepin Avenue UMC

We are happy to announce that Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church has voted to affirm our commitment to radical hospitality for all by opening our doors wide for all couples including LGBTQIA+ couples who wish to be married at Hennepin. The vote for marriage equality was 203 in favor, with 10 against.

As you may know, the church experienced a complete internet outage just before the conference was to start, and we scrambled to get mobile phones and internet hot spots in place to broadcast the conference over Zoom for our virtual attendees. While this is not the online experience we had hoped to provide, we are grateful we could still allow our members who attended virtually the opportunity to vote. We apologize for the technical difficulties, and we thank you for your grace and patience.

We acknowledge that there are differing views on human sexuality and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ in The United Methodist Church and at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. We are not all of one mind. We reaffirm our commitment to extend radical hospitality to all persons no matter how they voted. God is at work in all of us as we seek to grow in our love of God and our neighbors, welcome all people, and heal a broken world. May God continue to guide us and teach us as we seek to be faithful in serving and loving one another in Christ's name. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS VOTE > > VISIT THE INCLUSION WEBPAGE

TO SCHEDULE A WEDDING > > VISIT THE WEDDING WEBPAGE
MINISTRY NEWS
Passionate Worship
Join Us Sundays!
Sermon Series: Come to the Table

In this sermon series, we recommit to welcome ALL to the table.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus shared meals with all kinds of people. In a world where there is an increase of hate and division, as followers of Jesus, God calls us to make space for all of God’s children at the table. This series will help us be more mindful about seeing God in one another.
This Sunday's Message:
"Laughter at the Table"
by Pastor Laura Hannah

Scripture: Genesis 18:1–15
Traditional Worship at 10am
Welcome to Worship!
Our Worship Service
is Available Both
In-Person & Online!
Traditional Worship
10am in the Sanctuary


To learn more about attending in-person, viewing online, and an overview of the worship service, click the links below.

Worship With Us Online > > > VISIT WEBPAGE HERE

Worship With Us In-Person > > > MAP & DIRECTIONS HERE

Learn More About Our Worship Services > > > READ MORE HERE
Connect in this Hybrid Opportunity!
Sunday Morning Connect
Sundays at 11:15am on Zoom, or in the Longfellow Room

Connect every Sunday morning at 11:15am, at our new hybrid event! "Sunday Morning Connect" is an opportunity for fellowship and connection, now available online via Zoom and in-person.

As we are beginning a new season of ministry, it's good to see one another's faces and hear one another's voices! Whether you are gathering for Sunday Morning Connect with a cup of coffee at home, or joining in-person (masked up!) in Hennepin Avenue UMC's Longfellow conference room – all are welcome to this hybrid event!

FOR MORE INFORMATION > > > VISIT OUR WEBSITE
Worship & Fine Arts
You're Invited:
Dreaming Our Future
Saturday, October 16 and
Sunday, October 17
In-person and on Zoom

How blessed we are at Hennepin Avenue UMC with our robust and exciting music and fine arts ministries! This long history of excellence has only been possible with the enthusiastic and generous support of our church community. Now you are cordially invited to participate in a lively conversation to dream into our next chapters of creativity!

On Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, the Worship & Fine Arts Leadership Team will host three 75-minute conversations (“Dreaming Our Future”) around 5 focusing topics that will help us imagine the ministry ahead. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas, as well as interact with the dreams of other fellow participants! These in-person and online guided conversations are sure to stir the imagination and hopefulness of our Beloved Community. Please make your reservation by Friday, October 8.

FULL DETAILS & REGISTRATION > > > CLICK HERE
Save the Date!
Four Voices String Quartet in Concert
Thursday, October 28 at 7pm at Hennepin Avenue UMC

The Four Voices String Quartet – a Hennepin Avenue UMC Resident Ensemble – will present an adventurous program, including a world premiere performance of Maria Schneider's newly revised "String Quartet No. 1", at Hennepin on Thursday, October 28 at 7pm.

The program will also feature works by Caroline Shaw, Jennifer Higdon, Laura Caviani and Fanny Mendelssohn. Schneider is a native of Minnesota, a 2021 finalist for the Pulitzer Price in Music, as well as a multi-Grammy-winning composer. The Schneider String Quartet was originally commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by Duke Performances/Duke University with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Schneider has created this freshly conceived version with and for the Four Voices String Quartet.

This exciting performance will also be pay-for-view live-streamed from the Hennepin Sanctuary. Tickets for this performance (in-person and live-streamed) will be available in advance (EVENTBRITE LINK COMING SOON), as well as at the door (cash or credit card).

TICKETS (COMING SOON) > > > $20 adults; $10 students

FOR MORE INFORMATION > > > VISIT OUR WEBSITE
Gallery Happenings at Hennepin Avenue UMC
Art Gallery & Carlson Hall

Wonderful things have been happening in the Art Gallery and Carlson Hall over the past weeks thanks to the continuing work of the ministry by the Fine Arts Team (Beth Arel, chair).

The team celebrated record attendance at their September 17 gallery reception, featuring Michael Shoop and his nature photography. The renowned nature photographer shared stories from the field and the craftsmanship behind his work, and a large number of first-time guests to Hennepin Avenue UMC (masked & socially distanced) were warmly welcomed in Carlson Hall and some extended their visit to include the Art Gallery.

With the close of this exhibit, a new group of works from the Hennepin collection has been put on display, including works by Watanabe, Pinkham, Kim, and Asher. These pieces demonstrate a wide range of styles and techniques, all with eye-catching colors to draw the viewer into interaction with each piece.

The work of conservation in the Art Gallery is ongoing: “Abraham and the Three Angels” (Pourbus) is presently at Midwest Art Conversation Center (MACC) undergoing treatment for the effects of a low humidity incident earlier in the year. Fortunately, the diagnosis is very positive for the restoration of the cherished piece for display. Du Nuoÿ’s “Christian Pilgrims at the Tomb of the Holy Virgin in Jerusalem” has just been transported to MACC for minor conservation on the painting, as well as substantial work on its impressive (and heavy!) ornamental frame. The relationship between painting and frame has been tenuous for many years, and the Fine Arts Team looks forward to a happier union!

While this work is taking place two lesser-seen pieces have been moved into the Gallery. From the Hennepin collection “Madonna and Donors” (Bernardo da Siena, 14th C.), as well as “Isaac Blessing Jacob” (misattrib. to Flink, removed from the general collection due to condition issues) have been placed in the open spaces.

This is and more is the continuing work of the Fine Arts Team who invite you to visit (and/or revisit) these marvelous works of beauty and meaning!

READ ABOUT MORE FINE ARTS PROJECTS > > > VISIT OUR WEBSITE
New Display in Carlson Hall:
"Sing to the Lord a New Song" Display from the Hennepin Avenue UMC Archives

Music has always been important at Hennepin Avenue UMC – as a form of worship and as an invitation to others to join in worship.

Over the years, Hennepin has commissioned music from University of Minnesota Professor Lloyd Ultan, world-renowned Stephen Paulus, and Charles R. McHugh, a member of the congregation. Copies of the handwritten scores are housed in Hennepin Avenue UMC Archives.

The scores are as individual as a signature, as beautiful as calligraphy. They are a treasured part of Hennepin's history. The scores are on display in the Hennepin History cabinet in Carlson Hall. Will you take a look?
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Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Help Keep Our Neighbors Warm!
Winter Coat Drive
October 3–31 in the East Entry

We are looking for warm clothes! From October 3 to 31, please bring new or used donatable winter wear to The Dignity Center or Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church. Please email dignity@haumc.org to arrange a drop-off day and time. We will make sure that the poor and the marginalized receive your warm blessing – without charge! Thank you for your support!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE DIGNITY CENTER > > > CLICK HERE
Help Share the Word!
The Dignity Center:
Fall Fundraiser
Beginning October 1

Greetings from The Dignity Center! This October, The Dignity Center is hosting a month-long online campaign, called “Sharing Dignity: Building the Path Forward.” Each week, we’ll be sharing personal video stories that highlight the important work we do and the incredible relationships we have! 

Our featured story this week is from our summer intern, Kaylee Blanchette. Thank you Kaylee for all you have done to support The Dignity Center!

VIEW KAYLEE'S STORY > > > CLICK HERE

We invite you to SHARE THE WORD about The Dignity Center by encouraging others to follow us on Facebook @TheDignityCenter and visit our Fall Fundraiser webpage: thedignitycenter.org. When you “share,” we broaden our reach in our Twin Cities community and help to support people on their path to stability! We appreciate YOU!

SUBSCRIBE TO “SHARING DIGNITY” NEWSLETTER > > > CLICK HERE

VISIT "DIGNITY CENTER" WEBSITE > > > CLICK HERE
Sponsor a Common Hope Student Today!
It's Sponsorpalooza!
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 through October 15

Hennepin Avenue UMC is a proud Faith Community Partner with Common Hope, a local non-profit that is fighting poverty with diplomas in Guatemala. For 35 years, Common Hope has partnered with families in Guatemala to help remove barriers to education.

During the pandemic, students are facing increasing challenges. Income, health, food insecurity, and access to technology are all factors playing into families’ ability to keep their children in school–and as a result, Guatemala is facing an emerging education crisis.

Hennepin members are making an impact and helping students persevere. Seven students are sponsored by Hennepin members, including Ana (a 1st grader), and Josué (an 8th grader), in Guatemala. Ana and Josué, along with all students in Guatemala, are in the final month of their school year–almost two full academic years of remote learning. Common Hope is so grateful for the church’s sponsorship to help Ana and Josué continue in their studies in this unprecedented time and know that there is a whole congregation cheering them on! The dedicated support from the church not only with education support, but also food and health kits have been so valuable to Ana, Josué, and their families!
We invite you to consider joining other Hennepin members and sponsor a Common Hope student. For a student in Guatemala, knowing that someone cares about your success and has confidence in you can be a game-changer. For the cost of one dinner out, YOU can be that person. You can BE THE HOPE!

September 15 through October 15 is Sponsorpalooza at Common Hope as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Become a sponsor this month and help trailblazing students find a sponsor!

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT COMMON HOPE & SPONSOR A CHILD > > > CLICK HERE
New Documentary & Service Series
for Young Adults!
Cinema & the Street
October 16 (in-person service project)

Move from education into action with this three-month series for young adults.

Beginning in October, the first Saturday of each month, young adults are invited to connect on Zoom to view a documentary together on important social issues that impact our community and the world. Following the documentary, we will reflect on what we learned and felt during the viewing and what we know from our own experiences. Two weeks later we will gather in person to make a difference in the Twin Cities by sharing in a service opportunity that corresponds with that month's topic. 

THE OCTOBER EVENTS...
On October 2nd we watched the documentary "Push" (preview here) This 2019 documentary focuses on our human right to "adequate housing," and what's behind the difficulty in finding an affordable place to live. 

October 16: At 5pm, we will prepare a meal, serve, and eat with our neighbors staying in the shelter at Simpson Housing Services to connect with some of the people most impacted by the lack of adequate housing in the Twin Cities. Simpson Housing Services’ mission is to house, support, and advocate for people experiencing homelessness.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SERIES > > > VISIT OUR WEBSITE
Intentional Faith Development
Save the Date! Upcoming Church Conference
State of the Church Finances
Sunday, November 7 at 11:30am
In-person and on Zoom

You are invited to attend the State of the Church Finances where you’ll learn about Hennepin Avenue UMC’s financial status as of 9/30/21 and preliminary budget projections for 2022. All members are welcome to attend.

The meeting will start at 11:30am in person in the Longfellow Room, and will be available to attend by Zoom. We will be finished by 11:45am. Zoom links will be available soon.

This meeting will be hosted by Senior Pastor Judy Zabel, Brian Seim (Director of Finance), and members of our Finance Committee and Generosity Team.
Welcoming All Women!
The United Methodist Women Invite You to their Monthly Circle
Thursday, October 14 at 1pm on Zoom

You are invited to join the United Methodist Women's combined circles, gathering monthly on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm on Zoom. The next gathering will be on Thursday, October 14 at 1pm.

The October speaker will be Emily Halstead, the Interim Executive Director of Joyce Preschool. The school was founded in 1966 by Ruth Helen Marks, wife of the pastor of Joyce UMC. Joyce Preschool has offered high-quality preschool to families regardless of their ability to pay ever since. Emily will be speaking about how Joyce has been doing during the COVID era.

Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-67999
Meeting ID: 834 0015 8682
Daily Prayer Fellowship:
Coffee with Judy
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
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.

Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Passcode: 975868
Radical Hospitality
Please Sign Up to Be a Volunteer!
Trunk-Or-Treat Returns!
Sunday, October 31 from 12–2pm

Hennepin Avenue UMC is hosting a community-wide event and we need your help to host it!

Trunk or Treat returns to Hennepin Avenue UMC on Sunday, October 31st from noon to 2pm! Children are invited to wear their costumes to church, and the community and Hennepin volunteers are invited to stay after service for lunch, a pumpkin decorating contest, and other fun activities before Trunk or Treat kicks off at noon and goes until 2 pm. Invite your friends!

Hennepin members are also invited to bring pumpkins from home to participate in "The Best Jack O' Lantern" contest, which will be voted on by the families who attend Trunk or Treat. The best jack o'lantern and the best-decorated trunk will win a prize, as will some of our guests from the event. Kids will also enjoy face painting and a fun inflatable to play on!

SIGN UP TO HOST A DECORATED TRUNK > > > CLICK HERE

SIGN UP TO BE AN EVENT VOLUNTEER > > > CLICK HERE

HELP US ADVERTISE! SHARE ON FACEBOOK > > > CLICK HERE
Monthly Virtual Book Club
Thursday, October 21 from 7–8pm on Zoom

Do you love reading? Join the Hennepin Avenue UMC virtual book club. We'll meet via Zoom on the upcoming dates to discuss:

October 21 @ 7pm: Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

November 18 @ 7pm: The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, by Elizabeth Berg

December 16 @ 7pm: All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriott

FOR MORE INFORMATION > > > CLICK HERE
Extravagant Generosity
Final Collection at Hennepin for the Year is
This Sunday!
Second Hand Second Sundays

It is our last Second Hand Second Sunday of the year! On Sunday, October 10th, Old School by Steeple People will be in the Hennepin Avenue UMC parking lot from 9–10:30am to pick up your quality donations (3-4 bags maximum, please). We are accepting in-season clothing, home goods, books, art, and jewelry. Special donation request: We need men's fall and winter clothing and shoes!

TO VISIT THE WEBSITE > > > CLICK HERE
Old School is Onboarding New Volunteers!

We are looking for more people to join the Old School by Steeple People volunteer community!

We work hard to ensure that we create a fun and inclusive space for everyone shopping and volunteering their time at Old School.

We have a Store Manager, a Store Supervisor, and one part-time Cashier who works through East Side Senior Services. Everyone else you see working at Old School is volunteering their time!

Our volunteers cashier, process donations, price donations, merchandise the store, and help keep our store clean and presentable. There is no minimum or maximum for how often you volunteer at Old School. As an extra little perk, all volunteers get 10% off their purchase when they volunteer!

Our store hours are:
Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

Our volunteer schedule and shift options are:
Wednesday–Sunday: 11am–2:30pm, or 2:30pm–6pm*

*Evening cashier volunteers may have to stay slightly past 6pm if we are busy at the end of the night, but volunteers are usually on their way home 5–10 minutes after we close the store.

FILL OUT OUR VOLUNTEER FORM > > > CLICK HERE
OR EMAIL US > > > manager@oldschoolthrifty.org

TO VISIT THE WEBSITE > > > CLICK HERE
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