Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, September 11, 2020
Family Movie Night:
Friday Night CANCELLED

The local weather forecast calls for 90% chance of rain beginning at 8pm this evening. It is with very heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel our movie for tonight. We hope to be able to reschedule at a later date.

The Hate U Give will still be shown on Saturday night at 7pm. Although all are welcome, this movie is rated PG-13 and does have some strong language and more mature themes. A summary is below:

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds -- the poor, mostly black neighborhood where she lives and the wealthy, mostly white prep school that she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is soon shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend at the hands of a police officer. Facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.
Tomorrow Night!
Saturday, September 12
7-10pm in the Hennepin Avenue UMC Ministry House backyard

Celebrate Back-To-School in a whole new way!

On Saturday, September 12 from 7-10 pm, we invite middle school and youth families in the Ministry House backyard for a socially distanced movie night. All are welcome at this free event--bring some neighborhood friends along!

Bring your own blankets and/or lawn chairs (and some bug spray!). Movie style snacks will be available.

Please RSVP by emailing rick@haumc.org for Saturday's movie.
Vital Conversations about Race and Racism
Mondays, September 14 through October 5 at 7pm on Zoom

You are invited to gather with fellow Hennepin members and friends to have Vital Conversations about the realities of race and racism in America.

Using the award-winning Vital Conversations Video Series provided by the General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR), we will dive into some tough topics that threaten to divide and damage our community. The video series features contemporary theologians, sociologists, laity, clergy, scholars, activists and other thought-leaders dealing with challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the world today.

Join one or all four of the 75-minutes sessions. We also welcome back those who attended this summer. Here's a preview of our topics:

9/14: Deconstructing White Privilege with Dr. Robin Diangelo
9/21: Meaningful Conversations about Race with Rev. Dr. Hooker
9/28: Tearing Down Fences in Baltimore with Rev. Cynthia Moore-KoiKoi
10/5: The Lunch Date, an Oscar-winning short

Heather Alden and Michelle DeVaughn will be facilitating. Email us with any questions: Heather Alden at haepower3@gmail.com or Michelle DeVaughn at devaughnmm@gmail.com.

Join by video (click the link)
Meeting ID: 972 6645 4704
Passcode: 874591

Join by phone
Dial 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 972 6645 4704
Walk for Hope
Benefit for Common Hope
Sunday, September 20 at 12pm
Meet in the Hennepin Ave UMC parking lot

Hennepin Ave United Methodist Church is a Common Hope Faith Community Partner, joining in Common Hope’s work to fight poverty with diplomas in Guatemala. Five students are being sponsored by HAUMC members to support them in their education journey! Among these are Bryan, studying his final year of Culinary Arts, and Ana, a preschooler.
This September, we are participating in Common Hope’s virtual Walk For Hope to unite and show the world that HOPE matters. Families in Guatemala are facing new levels of food insecurity, unmet needs for connectivity, and strained physical, emotional, and educational health. Our Walk For Hope will help support vital COVID-19 Crisis Response for Common Hope students and families in Guatemala.

Join our team to walk and help raise $96 to fund one month of programming for a student in Guatemala OR support our team by making a donation!
Our Walk For Hope Team will come together for a socially-distanced walk to the Sculpture Garden and Lake of the Isles on September 20th at 12:00pm. Please meet at the church parking lot, and join us to Walk For Hope!
Connect with Your Hennepin Community
Twin Cities District United Methodist Women
2020 Fall Gathering and Annual Business Meeting 
Saturday, September 26, 10am to 12noon online

To attend the Gathering and Business Meeting you must register by Friday, September 18, to receive the Zoom invitation.

To register, email the registrar: sandrameyer51@hotmail.com or register online. Registration is free.

The meeting will begin with worship at 10am followed by the business meeting and election/installation of officers.  

The program, beginning at 11:15am, will include the UMC recommended video "Deconstructing White Privilege" with Dr. Robin DiAngelo. Discussion will follow. 
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Questions? Didn't receive the email? Call the church or email us at data@haumc.org or visit haumc.org/realm.
Hennepin's Phased Reopening Plans
We're In the "Orange Phase"

Hennepin leadership continues to closely monitor recommendations regarding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission from the Minnesota Department of Health, and to use the Minnesota Conference’s Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches to guide our policies and procedures for operations within the church building.
(You can find this plan at https://www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan.) 

Based on this information, Hennepin leadership has decided to move to the Orange Phase of the Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches, and to reopen our church building for certain limited purposes, effective August 14.

Here is what to expect during the Orange Phase:
  • worship services continue to be held online only;
  • most groups and committees continue to meet virtually;
  • in-person on-site weddings and funerals are permitted for groups of no more than 50 people;
  • a receptionist will be on site Monday through Friday, 8am to 2pm, and the building will be fully closed on weekends;
  • throughout the church building hand-sanitizing stations are in place; 
  • appropriate signage has been posted to indicate spaces within the building that remain closed;
  • most staff continue to work remotely;
  • staff in the office wear masks, measure their temperature before working in the office, and are directed to disinfect their personal workspace before leaving;
  • members, vendors and other guests adhere to the same requirements as staff.

In the Orange Phase, Hennepin staff will continue to place restrictions on gathering. Certain groups may be allowed on-site on a case-by-case basis depending upon the size of the group, ability to meet during weekday hours only, ability to follow sanitizing procedures, and ability to properly social distance. Groups may be required to submit a written plan to the Office Manager outlining their efforts to meet these requirements. Ultimately, groups will be discouraged from meeting in person on site if they are able to meet remotely, and Hennepin staff reserves the right to control frequency and number of groups.

Thank you for your prayers and patience as we navigate the best way in which to reopen safely. If you have any questions regarding HAUMC’s reopening plan, please contact Joe Polach, Director of Facilities, by phone at 612.435.1335 or by email at joep@haumc.org.
Koinonia Retreat Center Update
Update from the Koinonia Legacy Task Force

The Koinonia Legacy Task Force was formed in the summer of 2019 to develop a recommendation for how funds from a sale of Koinonia Retreat Center will be used to further the ministry of Hennepin Avenue UMC in ways that will move us forward in our mission. The task force met regularly through March 2020. While meetings were put on hold for a time due to the pandemic, we were still able to collect and review ideas submitted by the congregation. Meetings have resumed, and a preliminary report summarizing feedback received to date will be presented to the Strategic Council in September.

We continue to seek feedback from the congregation and will resume providing regular updates. If you would like to make a recommendation for the use of the Koinonia Retreat Center proceeds, please submit your suggestion to the following dedicated email address, koinoniaconversations@haumc.org, or reach out to any of the following task force members:

Rod Bacon Dan Dahm David Focht Lona Dallessandro
Debra Hovland David Kinyon Faith Nutz Chidi Omeoga
John Roberts Brian Seim Mark Squire Judy Zabel
Passionate Worship
New Sermon Series
Dismantling Racism:
Pressing On To Freedom
September 6 through October 18

Ibram X. Kendi teaches us that “the only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it –and then dismantle it.”

In this sermon series we explore ways that our faith calls us out, compelling us to do the holy work of identifying implicit biases, describing the injustices of racial difference, repenting the sin of our indifference, and showing up to live love into action.

Sermon topics include:
Confess: Say the Names, Tell the Truth
Repent: Shine the Light
Practice Real Love
Show Up to Reclaim our Souls and more!

Worship this Week: Sunday, September 13

Sacred Journey at 8:30am and Traditional Worship at 10am

Confess: Say the Names, Tell the Truth
I John 1:5-10 (The Message) -- Walk in the Light

All are welcome as we join together for conversation, prayer, and transformation.
This week in worship:
Sacred Journey welcomes Bruce Henry
Sunday, September 13 at 8:30am on Facebook, YouTube and haumc.org/live

Bruce Henry, vocalist, composer, storyteller, artist and educator, visits Hennepin this week at Sacred Journey! Anchored in Chicago, Illinois, with strong ties to the Twin Cities, Bruce has been described as a singer “whose voice is his horn.” His expertise and musical creativity have been heard across the nation and overseas. Bruce shares a wealth musical history, the African-American sacred tradition, and culture in every song. Sacred Journey is privileged to have him as guest in worship.
Listen to Worship Over the Phone!

Would someone you know enjoy listening to our worship services via a phone call? Or would YOU? Whether you're away from wi-fi or just prefer a landline, we've got a new way for you to connect with Hennepin on Sunday mornings.

Hennepin's worship services are now available to listen to over the phone starting at 8:30am (Sacred Journey) and 10am (Traditional Worship) on Sundays. Call the toll-free phone number 877-790-4366 (or 877-790-HENN) and listen to the songs, prayers, and preaching you love. You can call anytime throughout the week--we'd love to have you 'listen in'!

Please feel free to share this number with everyone who might be blessed by this new way to connect.

For any questions, contact Peter Nielson (Office Manager) at the church.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Social Justice Leadership Opportunity
Join the Align MPLS Organizing Team

You've read the anti-racism books. You've watched the closing of the homeless camps with a clenched heart. You've had some hard conversations.

Now are you ready to DO SOMETHING MORE about systemic racism and homelessness?!

Join the Align MPLS Organizing Team!

Align MPLS, formerly known as The Downtown Congregations to End Homelessness, engages congregations and communities to address homelessness by working together. The ultimate vision of Align MPLS is a future in which everyone has access to safe, decent, stable, and affordable housing in Minneapolis. Learn more about Align MPLS at this link: https://www.alignmpls.org.

The Align MPLS Organizing Team is made up of lay leaders from member congregations who organize fellow congregants to take action on homelessness and housing. Team members discuss, develop, and implement Align Mpls’ campaign guide, a resource for communities to use when engaging congregants around advocacy, education, goods drives, and volunteer opportunities. The Align MPLS Organizing Team is a place for people on the ground to share and learn from each other, to build a deeper interfaith community, and to strengthen all of our efforts.

The Align MPLS Organizing Team meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm - 8pm.

If you are interested in applying for the Align MPLS Organizing Team, contact Mary Martin at mary@haumc.org.
Save the Date for The Dignity Center's Fall Fundraiser
Sharing the Journey:
We’re in this Together
Tuesday, October 6 2020 at 12noon

The Dignity Center’s Fall Fundraiser will be a virtual, online event this year!

What does it take to serve people experiencing homelessness in the middle of a global pandemic?

Hear from volunteers, participants, community partners, staff and clergy who will share the inspiring and uplifting stories of compassion, connection, and creativity that have kept The Dignity Center open during lockdown.

TOGETHER we’ll share the experience of walking with our neighbors on their path to stability, and making the journey that truly transforms lives. You will be invited to give generously to support the mission of The Dignity Center--now more than ever!

Register for free at www.thedignitycenter.org.

Can’t make it to the virtual event? Please consider making a gift online at http://www.thedignitycenter.org, or by mail to The Dignity Center, 511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis MN 55403.

We can’t wait to share this journey with you!
Is the Spirit Calling You to Action?

Are you ready to organize and mobilize for social justice in our neighborhoods? Be part of HennepinHOPE, a new campaign of our Risk Taking Mission and Service ministries.

We're making it easier for you to get and share timely, action-focused news about local opportunities to take social justice action through protests, marches, donation drives, advocacy, petitions, and more.

*Follow @HennepinHOPE on Twitter
*Send email to our HennepinHOPE lay leaders at socialjustice@haumc.org
*Sign up to receive future HennepinHOPE email updates at haumc.org/email
Intentional Faith Development
HAUMC Library books now available via Curbside Pickup

Over 3,000 books in the HAUMC library are now available for curbside pickup! Curbside pickup service is offered from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays – Fridays by appointment only.

Browse the library catalog, at www.LibraryThing.com/catalog/HAUMC. You’ll find books on anti-racism and climate change as well as biographies, current fiction, devotionals, and so much more.

You can also request a library team member to do a search and create a reading list for you--like a personal shopper for books!

And we haven’t forgotten the children – dozens of new books have been added in 2020!

Contact us at library@haumc.org for more information and to schedule a personal curbside pickup time!
Entry Point: Your Invitation to Become a Member of Hennepin Avenue UMC
Sunday, September 20
11:30am on Zoom

What does it mean to make Hennepin my spiritual home?
What do I need to know to become a member of Hennepin?
How can I engage more fully in HAUMC ministry communities?
How can I use my gifts to help to transform a broken world?

If you are asking any of these questions, or you’re simply interested in learning more about what being a member of HAUMC is like, please join us at a special Entry Point via Zoom to meet Rev. Judy Zabel and have your questions about membership answered.

RSVP to Larry Duncan:

Join via Zoom video meeting by clicking here.

Join via Phone:
passcode: 94141738165# 
Youth Book Club
Monthly starting Wednesday, October 7 at 7pm

This fall, The Hennepin Youth program will include a Book Club.

Youth are able to join the club by signing up to read the month’s book, and join in the scheduled conversation for that book. Each book will touch on an important social issue, and provide an opportunity for youth to discuss their thoughts while sharing in a great story.

Each student who signs up will have the book sent to their home--for free!

This September, to prepare for our first discussion on October 7, the Youth Book Club will be reading Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker.

To join the group reading this month’s book and sign up for the group’s first meeting on Wednesday Oct. 7th at 7 pm (location TBD) please register here.
Hennepin Book Club:
There There by Tommy Orange
Thursday, September 17 at 7pm on Zoom

Join your Hennepin friends for our monthly book club, hosted by Jane Mylrea.

At our September 17 meeting Linda D'Avignon will lead our discussion of There There by Tommy Orange.

All are welcome! Invite friends and make new ones!

Join the Zoom Meeting here. Meeting ID: 445 460 5643.
Join your pastors in a virtual get-together every Monday-Friday!
Twice daily, we invite you to start your day with "Coffee with Judy" at 8am for 30 minutes of coffee, connection and conversation; and end your day with "Closings with Frenchye" at 8pm for 30 minutes of reflection, connection and prayer.
8:00 – 8:30am Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 892 5043 5902
Radical Hospitality
Trunk or Treat Volunteers Needed

Trunk or Treat 2020 will provide a unique opportunity for us to support our neighborhood. Even with a pandemic, we have plans to create an event that will still be a blessing to dozens of families, while still keeping them safe.

Please read through the opportunities to be involved listed below, and decide how you’d like to participate in this important event.

Trunk host - Individuals, families, and local organizations are invited to decorate trunks. Local organizations will have the opportunity to share information about their services with those who attend. All trunks will be entered to win the prize for "Favorite Trunk, "Scariest Trunk", and "Funniest Trunk,’ as voted on by those who attend.

Event Usher - Due to Covid-19, this year’s event will be held completely outdoors. We still anticipate a large number of guests, and it’s going to require people who are willing to mask up and help others stay safe while enjoying this year’s event.

Donate one of the following candies:

Dots, Free2b Sun Chips, Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Mini’s, Ring Pop, Saf-T Pops, Skittles, Smarties, Sour Patch Kids, Starbursts, Swedish Fish, Surf Sweets Organic Fruity Berries

For details and to sign up, visit our event on Realm.
Coffee Hour:
Virtual Sunday Fellowship
Weekly on Sundays

Now starting at approximately 11am (immediately following Traditional Worship) via Zoom

It's good to see one another's faces and hear one another's voices!

Gather with other members of the Hennepin community for fellowship and connection.

Meeting ID: 897 1628 3933
Passcode: 701690
Join by phone: Dial 312-626-6799 and enter the following when prompted:
Meeting ID: 897 1628 3933

If you need technical assistance using Zoom, email us at support@haumc.org.
Online Support Group
Sundays at 6:30pm on Zoom

All of us are recovering or are struggling with something. In this time of pandemic, perhaps it’s isolation, loneliness, grief, or loss.

No matter your struggle, this group is a safe place for you to connect, learn, share, and listen as we support each other. No registration required. We look forward to seeing you.

Email dkfocht@gmail.com for more details, or just dial in!

Meeting weekly on Zoom. Join by video here.
Meeting ID: 944 6225 8131
Password: 427306

Join by phone by calling: 312-626-6799.
From your phone, tablet or laptop, you can share a prayer request or celebration, let us know about hospitalizations for you and your loved ones, or make confidential pastoral prayer requests.

To use the online request system, go to haumc.org/care from any of your devices. You can also call the office (612-871-5303), or email pastoralcare@haumc.org. The pastor on call will contact you as soon as possible.
Extravagant Generosity
United Methodist Church Dakotas-Minnesota Area
"Just Love" Special Appeal

When we’re fearful and fuming, depleted and damaged, may we respond by just loving God and neighbor. When we witness discrimination and division, callousness and cruelty, may we respond by loving justly. Just love allocates human and financial resources to assess and address crisis response, relief, recovery rebuilding, renewal, repentance and restitution, trauma therapy, and anti-racism. Just love addresses the food, Black home and business ownership, and health care deserts within our communities.

Your gifts will enable partnerships with our congregations on the frontlines to support ministries of mercy (crisis counseling, housing stability, food/medicine) and ministries of racial justice (education, advocacy, intervention). A Rapid Response Grant Team with representatives from urban core churches and Black congregational leaders will oversee special appeal allocations, and your donations will be directed to where there is the greatest need in rebuilding our neighborhoods. 

Give online here.

If you prefer, checks can be mailed to the Minnesota Conference at 122 W. Franklin Ave., Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55404-2472. Please note “JUST LOVE” on the memo line. 

Thank you for your generosity and stewardship of God’s mercy and justice.
Make Your Offering by
Text Message

We're making it easier than ever to make your offering to Hennepin--starting now, you can give by text message from your mobile device.

Send a text to 73256 with the message: Hennepin $, followed by the dollar amount. For example: Hennepin $100 or Hennepin $25.

You will receive a text reply. Just tap the link in that message to go to a new page, where you can enter the details of your offering and provide payment information.

Once you click "submit," you will receive a digital receipt for your gift.

Try it this week as you join us for online worship!
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