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August 6th - August 10th 
Vacation Bible Camp "ROME: Paul and the Underground Church"
ages 3 years-4th grade
*register at

August 12  @ 11:30-12:30
Hennepin Kids Parent Meeting
Church of Youth Room
*childcare is provided

Summer Sunday 
Snap Shot
Love Letters from God

 Last Week (7/29)
Joyful Uproar - No Hennepin Kids Sunday School

This Wee k (8/5) 
Fruits of the Spirit

Next Week (8/12)   Readers Theater
Hennepin Has Sponsored 52 Children in Baiwalla!

We are ASTOUNDED by this congregation's generosity! Because of you over 50 children will be able to attend school this year and will be provided a nutritious meal every day. Your contributions are truly life changing. Were you gone last Sunday? If you are interested in sponsoring a child we are still collecting donations! Contact Ann Carlson at for more information.

Our Motown Mission Trippers have been doing some spectacular work in Detroit with Pastor Nate Melcher this past week!  They return on Saturday evening, so please keep them in your prayers for safe travels and meaningful work and fellowship.

Adult Team Members:
Maren Jensen
Mary Martin
Rev. Nate Melcher
Kemi Ojelade

Youth Team Members:
Sean Carroll
Anna Jensen
Jamie Johnson
Jenna Holden
Ava Krueger
Ellie Krueger
Evelyn Lillemoe
Julia Scott

School Supply Drive Was a HUGE Success!

Our school supply drive was a huge success! Thanks to your generous donations, Joyce Preschool will begin classes with fresh supplies for their students,   The Dignity Center  clients will have materials to further their education, and  UMCOR  school kits will once again be filled and provide materials for students all over the world! We are blessed to be a blessing!

Thank You for Your Extravagant Generosity!

By: Mo Willems

Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. 
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. 
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. 

In Waiting Is Not Easy! Piggie has a surprise for Gerald, but he is going to have to wait for it. And Wait. And wait some more...

Want to see other recommended books about patience from Beaming Books? Check out this spectacular reading list here!
Thank You Joyful Uproar Families!
Our performance of "Paul and Co" was such a great reminder about the impact of the Apostle Paul and his missionary journeys on the early church.  Our musicians worked really hard all week, and their ministry was appreciated by our entire worshiping community!  Special thanks to all of our music leaders for the week:  Jill Apple, Joe and Linda Bohr, Josh Billings, Darin Riedel, and Mark Squire!
Rome Vacation Bible Camp Next Week!
9:00 AM TO 12:00 PM

It's happening! Our "Rome" Vacation Bible Camp begins on Monday, August 6th! Join Hennepin Kids for LYFE as we form families and experience the ancient marketplace, meet the Apostle Paul, and learn about how early Christians met in secret caves! If you haven't already, make sure to visit to register!

Please email Lynne Carroll at for more info.
Let's Talk Summer Camps...
Our Summer Sunday School attendance continues to grow!  However, our Summer Camp attendance continues to decline.  Something is not adding up!  We need to hear from YOU!

Please join us on Sunday, August 12th at 11:30 in the Church of Youth room to share your input and to brainstorm ideas for exciting, new summer ministries for Hennepin Kids for LYFE!  Input is needed from parents and caregivers with children of all ages!

Grab brunch and bring it with you!  We'll have a teen or two to help wrangle kids!

What if your entire family only had $1/day to eat and live? 
What if your school lunch was the only meal that you ate every day? 
What if school lunch ran out before you were served?

This is the reality for hundreds of children and their families in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone. But here's some great news! We are changing lives.Thanks to the partnership between OC Ministries' Baiwalla Outreach Team, Hen nepin members and other United Methodists, we have sponsored 23 children and counting! Sponsoring a child ($150 total) covers school tuition fees, books, uniforms, and a daily lunch for one year.

"Beans for Baiwalla" is a joint project that will supplement the food available for the school lunch program, so that there will be enough lunch for every student. It's easy to help! To make a donation, send bags of dried beans with your children when you drop them off at VBC! If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please contact Ann Carlson at for more information.

The  Values Project is a year-long initiative designed to equip families to raise children who thrive emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Get inspiration, practical ideas, family activities, and parenting tips from our network of seasoned parents and faith leaders, because it takes a village to raise a good human. Each month we'll explore a different value-like honesty, loyalty, creativity, kindness, compassion, and patience.

A young child is ushered into a room by an adult researcher who says: "Here's a marshmallow for you. If you wait until I come back, you can have two. Or you can eat it now, but you only get one marshmallow."  The researcher leaves and the torture begins...

Written by J. Bradley Wigger

Maybe you've seen the videos demonstrating the marshmallow test. A young child is ushered into a room by an adult researcher who says something like: "Here's a marshmallow for you. If you wait until I come back, you can have two. Or you can eat it now, but you only get the one marshmallow." The researcher leaves and the torture begins. Child after child stares at the marshmallow. Some poke at it, others smell it. I've seen some even kiss the treat, as if making friends will help reduce the temptation. Grimaces. Furrowed brows. You can see the agony as children try to resist eating the one now. Some succeed, others barely try and just go for it.

The research was originally conducted at Stanford by Walter Mischel in the 1960s, and his subsequent research found that the ability to wait for the second marshmallow in the preschool years was a strong predictor of academic success and self-control in adolescence and beyond. Two different thinking systems are competing: a hot one that responds immediately and a cooler one that can slow down the reaction, imagine consequences, and generate self-control. Mischel playfully suggests that if Adam and Eve had been able to cool down their hot temptations, they could have stayed in the garden longer.
The key to such cooling is, surprisingly, a vivid imagination. Specifically, the ability to imagine your future self.

The implication is that children who can clearly imagine a hoped-for future can potentially override the present hot temptation. And I'm drawn to the notion that patience is deeply tied to hope. The apostle Paul would agree:

For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. (Romans 8: 24-25)

Patience here-the ability to wait, the resistance to impulse, the capacity to cool hot temptations-is the fruit of hope. And hope is not possible without a powerful imagination, the ability to envision what we do not see.

I have been studying children's imaginations for many years now and contrary to theories about the concreteness of their thinking, I have found that most kids have no problem imagining the unseen. From invisible friends and germs to love and God, they frequently have vivid imaginations for the unseen in ways that are often harder for adults... Continue Reading

Click Here to download free activities that reinforce the value of patience in fun, interactive ways. Your whole family can participate!
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And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and to walk humbly with your God.
- Micah 6:8