Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
October 25, 2019
End-of-Life Planning Workshop
October 27, 11:15am in the Art Gallery

End-of-life planning is not just for seniors! It's an important part of spiritual well being and holistic care that begins with thinking about what quality of life means for you, then finding resources that can help you makes choices that align faithfully with your understanding.

Topics include what an Advanced Directive is and how it can be used to protect you in critical moments. We'll also discuss funeral practices, and Hennepin Avenue UMC member Wendy Longacre Brown will share her experience as a "death doula," someone who helps people to savor the beauty of life while preparing for closure.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is requested to ensure that there will be enough workshop materials for all. Register at the Reception desk.
October 27, 4pm in the Parking Lot

Trunk-or-Treat is right around the corner! On October 27 from 4:00 to 5:30pm Hennepin Avenue UMC will host hundreds of kids from the church and neighborhood for this family-friendly event.

Help us make this celebration a success by bringing extra candy to the East entry starting September 29.

To volunteer for this great event, go to haumc.org/register to sign up to be a trunk host, help with indoor hospitality, or do face paintings. Share the event here.
Soul Cafe: Milestones
October 27, 7pm in the Art Gallery

In the long history of jazz, perhaps no one has been a more prolific innovator than trumpeter Miles Davis. Miles re-invented himself almost every decade, starting in his teens. In the process he kept expanding the vocabulary of jazz, adding new sounds, new colors and new options for musicians to explore.

We will sample Miles’ music across these decades including some of his biggest hits. To accompany these milestones in the life of a great jazz artist, we have found poetry that marks turning points of our lives and our times. To do justice to the wide range of Miles Davis music, we are excited to add two guests musicians to this performance: Omar Abdulkarim and JT Bates.

Bring a friend! $10 requested donation.
State of the Church: Let Love Be Our Aim
November 10, 11:45am in the Sanctuary

Join us for an update on The United Methodist Church, and celebrate what God is doing through Hennepin Avenue UMC, including congregational goals and financial updates–plus an update on Koinonia Retreat Center, and a preliminary budget for 2020.
Save the Date! Charge Conference
November 24, 11:30am in the Sanctuary

A charge conference will be convened on November 24 at 11:30 AM in the Sanctuary for the purpose of setting clergy compensation for 2020. This charge conference is required by The United Methodist Book of Discipline. Child care will be available. All members are encouraged to attend.
New Sermon Series: Let Love Be Our Aim

Beginning Sunday, October 27, join us for a 5-week sermon series exploring the ways God calls us to practice extravagant generosity.

Who would Hennepin Avenue UMC be as a church if we let love be our aim? How is God transforming lives through your investment in the ministries of Hennepin? How can we as a church make God's love real and transform our world?

Be inspired by all that Hennepin Avenue UMC is and does because of your gifts, as you plan your 2020 Annual Giving, and prepare for Commitment Sunday, November 24.
Volunteer to Enhance Worship

As technology plays an even bigger integral role in worship, opportunities to volunteer time and passion are growing quickly. There are current opportunities to help with slides, sound and cameras. Don't worry about any areas of expertise you have or don't have; we will provide training.

Please contact Royd at royd@haumc.org if you are able to volunteer your time to enhance the Sunday worship experience for everyone at Hennepin Avenue UMC!
Volunteer as a Social Worker Supervisor

The Dignity Center is looking for a LICSW to supervise a Masters of SW student completing his foundation internship at the Dignity Center. The time commitment is 2 hours a month (can be two 1-hour sessions), starting as soon as possible and lasting until May 2020. If interested or if you have any questions, contact Mary Martin at mary@haumc.org . The following is our student's availability:
  • M: 12:30-2:00
  • T: Anytime before 2:00
  • W: 12:30-2:30
  • TH: Anytime before 2:00
  • F: 12:30-4:00
Disciple Bible Study
Tuesdays, 6:30pm in Room 104
Begins September 17

Enter the Bible and grow in your faith with Pastor Frenchye Magee. This 24-week class meets you where you are and is a perennial favorite at Hennepin Avenue UMC! Gain new understanding of scripture, build new relationships, and live out your faith through weekly readings, in-class films, group discussion, and prayer. Disciple is a commitment that gives back to you many times over.

Register at haumc.org/register . Cost of the study book is $20.00.
Making Sense Class
October 27, 11:15am in Room 106
Led by John Guy

Please join the Making Sense Class this Sunday–we have begun a discussion of Jimmy Carter’s book Faith: A Journey for All .

This is Jimmy.
Jimmy is 95 years old.
Jimmy had brain cancer in 2015.
Jimmy broke a hip in May 2019.
Jimmy fell at home on Sunday requiring 14 stitches.
Jimmy showed up on Monday to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Jimmy is one tough dude.
Join us as we discuss the faith journey of this former President and current one tough dude.
Progressive Christianity
October 27, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
One Long Table: Align to End Homelessness
October 27, 1pm at Temple Israel
2323 Fremont Avenue S, Mpls.

Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness (DCEH) has been working collaboratively with over fourteen interfaith congregations for more than twelve years. While the overall mission continues, our work has evolved. Come share a meal and celebrate with DCEH as we unveil our new name and branding! We’ll hear from special guests from DCEH’s past, StreetSong MN performances, members of Street Voices of Change, and we’ll raise money together to keep aligning our work and communities toward ending homelessness. 

Buy or sponsor tickets here .
Legacy Giving Workshop
November 3, 11:15am in the Longfellow Room

What is legacy giving? Why should you consider making a legacy gift, and when is a good time to begin planning such a gift? How do the new tax regulations affect my planning? Join the discussion on legacy giving to learn about how legacy gifts help ensure for future generations what you treasure about Hennepin. These gifts also provide significant financial planning benefits for donors and their families. This forum will highlight the concepts and strategies of making legacy gifts. The information is useful for adults of all ages!

Register at the Reception desk. There is no charge, but registration is requested to ensure ample materials are on hand. For more information, contact Jack Fistler, Director of Legacy Giving,  jack@haumc.org  or 612-435-1321.
Life Adventures for Seniors & Friends
Ruth Bachman: Facing Life's Challenges
November 8, 12pm in the Social Hall

Mountain climber, author and survivor advocate Ruth Bachman will bring a timeless message about the one constant in life: Change. She will encourage us to look closely and patiently at all of life’s challenges that can bring possibilities for transformation. Ruth has facilitated workshops on resilience, storytelling for healing and navigating change in a variety of settings.

Prepaid reservations are due by noon, Monday, November 4. Cost is $18 and includes lunch.
Koinonia Men's Retreat:
What Did/Do You Expect?
November 9-10, Koinonia Retreat Center

Hennepin Avenue UMC men will gather at Koinonia November 9-10 to ponder answers to that question, especially where our own lives are concerned. Come and join us for inspiration, from each other and from Koinonia's beauty. We will begin with lunch on Nov. 9 and end with brunch on Nov. 10. Price is an unbelievable $60 for three meals and the overnight stay.

Please do three things:
  • Send an email to kevin.dahlen@haumc.org that you intend to come.
  • Make sure these dates are on your calendar, if not already.
  • Think of a guy you don't know well, maybe in a different generation, to ride with. That will increase connections and reduce emissions!

See you at Koinonia!
Parenting for LYFE
November 17, 11:15am in the Social Hall

Parenting for LYFE is an open, drop-in group that meets monthly to discuss all things parenting. We welcome the wisdom of parents with children of all ages. After enjoying brunch as a family, parents are invited to stay in the Social Hall to participate in our monthly discussion topic, while kids will enjoy music class in Room 105, led by retired music teacher Patricia Rice. This month, we will look at how a moving child is a learning child. Everyone knows that a healthy diet is important for a growing child, but did you know that physical activity is absolutely essential for brain development?
Fall Art Display
September 8 - October 27 in the Art Gallery

The Fine Arts Team is proud to present their fall sculpture show, Family , featuring the artistry of Zimbabwe Shona artists, from the Curator Rex Mhiripiri of Mhiripiri Galleries. Mhiripiri has one of the largest collections of Zimbabwe sculptures in the world outside Zimbabwe.

Shona sculpture is most often carved from serpentine or verdite stone, and derives its name from the majority tribe in Zimbabwe, the Mashona. The heritage and ancient tradition of working stone in this part of Africa has existed for centuries. Zimbabwe literally translates to "large house of stone.” 

Serpentine comes in many different forms, colors, and degrees of hardness: black, green, yellow, brown, gray and mixtures of different colors within the same stone. The intensely hard stone of Springstone is often chosen among the more prominent artists because of its prestige and difficulty to carve. Verdite is a highly prized and rare semiprecious stone which is predominantly green, but is also found in bronze and brown. Granite, rapoko and soapstone are also used by Shona sculptors.

Zimbabwe stone artists have achieved world recognition, and have had their work exhibited in major galleries and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Rodin museum in France. 
A Passion for Drawing:
Musings in the Moment
An Exhibition of Artworks by Anita White

“When difficulties arise… drawing is a way to find empathy and humor.” –Anita White

The Hennepin Avenue UMC Fine Arts Committee is excited to present the art of Anita White for our upcoming exhibit in Carlson Hall, on display October 24 through November 31. You will have two chances to meet the artist and ask questions about her work–details coming soon!  

White graduated in 1974 with honors from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and lives in South Minneapolis near Minnehaha Falls. Her time living on an Irish island for three and half years created a deep sense of telling the story of places and people through drawing. These feelings shaped her travels to Mexico and Romania, which also inspired her art work. Early travels to Spain in 1969 and later in 1987 sparked a love of drawing flamenco which continues to the present day.

Drawing has also been a way for White to process and bear witness to life’s deeper moments. She drew her way through the care-taking of her parents and her brother’s mental health challenges. White created dozens of pen and watercolor sketches in ambulances, hospital rooms, and in the emergency department waiting room.

She drew, she said, through “panic, anxiety and healing”–which included drawing her late husband Josh’s medical issues. White calls this art “Narrative Medicine,” many examples of which are now on long-term display at Hennepin HealthCare. White explains:
“Drawing is a way to navigate daily life. A way to interact and honor others.
To find joy and beauty and the hidden humor that bubbles up in challenging moments.” 

Experience Anita White's work in Carlson Hall this fall!
Coat Drive
October 6-27, in the East Entry

Please help the Dignity Center provide warm coats, hats, and gloves for our neighbors in need. Your new or gently used coats and gloves will be collected in the marked bin in the East Entry.

Adult sizes only, please. XL+ are especially needed.
Old School by Steeple People

Need a Halloween costume? Looking for a great way to contribute to your community? Old School by Steeple People is THE PLACE. Come visit us at 1901 Nicollet Avenue S. Open every day, except Tuesday, from 11am-6pm.
Serve Up Radical Hospitality for Hennepin's Sunday Brunch Guests

Who doesn't love brunch? At Hennepin Avenue UMC, it is a time for radical hospitality, family, friendship and great food!

Share these blessings with our community by volunteering to help serve brunch in our Social Hall. All ages of volunteers are welcome, so your whole family can serve together.  Sign up at haumc.org/brunch.

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