Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
May 22, 2020
NEW! Coffee Hour:
Virtual Sunday Fellowship
Weekly on Sundays
11:30am to 12:30pm 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 at our brand-new online Coffee Hour! Hosted by Hennepin member Mike DeVaughn. Bring a cup of coffee (or tea, or juice!) and enjoy checking in and catching up with your Hennepin friends--and make some new friends, too!

If this is your first time using Zoom, here are some helpful tips .

Or join by phone using the dial-in information below:
Dial 312-626-6799.
Enter the Meeting ID: 894 7948 0458.

If you need technical assistance using Zoom, email us at support@haumc.org.
Calling All Prospective Confirmation Students!
May 24 at 2pm via Zoom

Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Rick Belbutoski invites Hennepin youth and and their parents to an online conversation for those who are planning to participate in the Confirmation program in September.

Confirmation will be open to students between grades 8-11 who are interested in exploring their own commitment to faith and the church. During the Zoom call, we will discuss a new structure of the two-year Confirmation program, answer questions, and explore what it means for youth to take ownership of their own faith journey. Email  Rick@haumc.org  with questions.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 893 5005 0473
Dial manually:
       +1 346 248 7799
Meeting ID: 893 5005 0473
Get Involved!
Now is a Great Time to Lead

How are YOU called to serve? Whatever your talents, availability, interests and gifts, we've got a place for you to share and serve at Hennepin. In particular, we have several openings for the 2020-2021 class of Lay Leaders to join committees and teams including the Finance Committee, Staff Parish Relations Committee, Connections, and more.

To learn more about opportunities to lead and to serve, contact Cheryl Gibbons, Community Engagement Specialist, at cheryl@haumc.org .
Save the Date!
Election of New Lay Leaders
Sunday, June 7 | 11:30am to 12pm

HAUMC Election of Leaders for 2020-21 will be June 7, 11:30 AM-Noon online and by phone.

Our District Superintendent, Dan Johnson, has given us permission to elect our next class of leadership using Zoom and phone voting.

Ginger Sisco, Chair of our Connections Committee, will present the slate of nominees and Hennepin members will vote to elect.

There will be an opportunity for three nominations from the congregation for the Connections Committee.

Zoom meeting details coming soon! Stay tuned!
Coming Soon! 
Realm: Our New Connection Tool

Hennepin is moving to a new kind of church record-keeping software platform called Realm. Realm offers you some exciting opportunities to connect more easily than ever with your Hennepin community. Realm not only supports you in your involvement at Hennepin, but also serves important administrative needs for our staff.

Realm will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.

You will hear lots more about Realm in the coming months. Watch your email for an invitation to start using Realm. Follow the instructions in that email, and enjoy getting to know Realm. Questions? Email Becky Boland at becky@haumc.org .
Connect with Your Hennepin Community
We are determined to stay connected with you,
our Hennepin community.

Hennepin Avenue Church continues to remain closed, and in-person worship remains postponed, both until further notice.

Our video worship services are available online every Sunday (see below for details).

A decision by senior leadership as to when to reopen our church and return to in-person worship will be based upon the most recent information coming from Bishop Ough and Governor Walz, and the best judgment of staff.

The governor's stay-at-home order will expire on Monday, May 18th. However, Bishop Ough has directed us not to hold in-person worship services through May 30.

In the meantime, Hennepin staff and leadership is preparing plans to safely re-open one step at a time. Until then, connect with us in one of the following new ways!
NEW! "Almost Too Early" Daily Meditation with Rick Belbutoski

Start your weekday with Rick, Hennepin's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, on Instagram.

Live at 6:30am--almost TOO early--he will share encouragements and experiences to ground and center you for the day.

Follow @HennepinAveUMC on Instagram and find Rick in the Stories.

Join the conversation and share YOUR perspectives! See you in the morning!
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:
‪+1 224-458-3414;
PIN: ‪513 534 392#
8:00 – 8:30pm Central Time
Weekdays M-F
Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪+1 252-460-1038
PIN: ‪725 249 383#
Try Our Online Request Forms for CONGREGATIONAL CARE
To increase our ability to provide congregational and pastoral care with graceful efficiency, Hennepin Avenue UMC is introducing online care request forms which allow you to share information at your convenience in real time. 

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.
Worship with Us Online
  1. On your desktop computer, tablet, or smartphone, go to the live stream page of the Hennepin websitewww.haumc.org/live. When it is time for the service to begin, “refresh” the page and the video will be shown live.
  2. Download the HAUMC Live Stream app to your mobile device (smartphone or tablet). Go to the App Store and search for HAUMC Live Stream. Click “Get,” and when the download is complete, click “Open.” When it is time for the worship service to begin, open the app and select the service you wish to watch from the list.
  3. Watch the live stream on our Facebook page, Facebook@HennepinAvenueUMC. If you already follow us on Facebook, simply visit our Facebook page at the time of the worship service and scroll down to watch the live video. Otherwise, type “HennepinAvenueUMC” into the search bar on your Facebook page, and then click on the link to our page.
  4. Can't be with us at 8:30 or 10am on Sundays? That's okay! Watch the worship services any time on our YouTube channel. As soon as each worship service is finished, you'll find the complete video there within minutes.
Passionate Worship
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!
Transforming Communities:
Your Guide to Grassroots Activism

How can we use our strengths to heal our neighborhoods and make permanent positive change for good?

This series, based on the book Transforming Communities: How People Like You Are Healing Their Neighborhoods by Sandhya Rani Jha , explores the power of listening, reconciliation, and authentic human connection in effective community organizing and social justice.

Worship This Week:
The Power of Truth and Reconciliation

8:30am Sacred Journey
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 (The Message)

10am Traditional Worship
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:14-19 (New Revised Standard Version)

10am Traditional Worship

Watch the worship services here !
Pentecost Sunday: Celebrate the Spirit
and the birthday of Sacred Journey
Sunday, May 31

On Pentecost we celebrate the ways that God meets us right where we are, speaking directly to our hearts with a message of assurance to replace our fears with hope. Join in our 8:30am Sacred Journey worship service for a special Sharing of the Peace and The Story by Steve Blons honoring Sacred Journey's 26th birthday. In our 10am service, welcome and rejoice in the presence of the Spirit with scripture, prayers and taizé singing. 
Servant Sunday:
Honoring our Amazing Volunteers
Sunday, June 7

We invite you to honor the many Hennepin members and friends whose acts of service have helped to transform our communities with love, generosity, dignity, patience, and effort.

From those who help serve Community Meals to those who serve on Committees to those who serve across the globe in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone, we lift up YOU who are being the church and transforming the world.

Join the celebration in our online worship services at 8:30 and 10am on Sunday, June 7.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
Sew, Deliver and Donate funds for
Health Care Workers' Masks

If you are looking for an opportunity to sew masks for front-line health care workers, go to  maskarmy4heroes.weebly.com  for information on how to sign up to obtain free kits or register to receive masks at no charge for the health care location where you work.

If you don’t sew, you can assist with deliveries and/or make donations for the purchase of special H600 fabric, which is almost as protective as the N95 masks.

The goal is to deliver 50,000 masks as soon as possible, and already over 4,000 have been donated.

If you have questions, you may contact HAUMC member Anita Nerhus (612) 202-1372. She is a cousin of Rebecca Rausch, the founder of Mask Army 4 Heroes.
Take GCORR's Free
Implicit Bias Online Course

“Implicit bias: What we don’t think we think” is a new online course created by The United Methodist General Commission on Religion for anyone interested in learning and teaching others about implicit bias.

The learning engagements included in each section allow for individual work, group work, and optional sermon preparation. All of the learning engagements recognize and lift up the reality that context is known best by those on the ground.

Drivers Needed for Meals on Wheels

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is seeking Meals on Wheels delivery drivers for Fridays. HAUMC volunteers arrive between 11-11:30am to pick up packed meals a delivery sheet and a binder containing a map, directions from place to place, and a car window message notifying police and others that meals are being delivered. Most routes take 60-90 minutes, and two volunteers per route means one can drive and the other navigate.

Contact Peggy Kjorstadt-Kaatz for more information or to sign up at kaatzpjs@hotmail.com or 612.388.0413.
Volunteer with Our Align Partner,
Al-Maa'uun Mosque,
to Bring Food to Our North Side Neighbors

The need is strong. So is our community.

Late last month Al-Maa'uun, our fellow member of the Downtown Council of Churches and Align Minneapolis, launched a new, unprecedented effort to deliver hot meals and groceries to our community. They have provided food support services from their location on Lyndale for years, with very limited delivery, because it was the best way to serve the community. Under the current health guidelines, even more people need access to nutritious food, but they are unable to safely host people in their space.

So they created  WWW.FEEDNORTHMPLS.ORG  to allow those in need to request assistance. If you are in need of food support or know someone who is, please share this link.

Volunteers are also needed  to help deliver groceries and meals. If you are able to volunteer please contact the FOOD ASSISTANCE HOTLINE at 612-326-5851 or email:  needfood@almaauun.org.
Intentional Faith Development
Parents, Please Take Our Summer Activities Survey
by Sunday, May 31

Hennepin Kids and Hennepin Youth are committed to being a supportive presence in the lives of our families this summer. We know that engagement in specific activities will look different depending on every family's individual circumstances.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey that most closely reflects the ages of the young people in your household. We will use your feedback to make decisions about how best to be in ministry together over the summer months. Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts!

Youth Survey:

Hennepin Kids Survey:

Coming Soon!
New College LYFE Group
Sundays starting June 7 at 8:30pm on Zoom

College students need community! We're launching a new LYFE group for 18-24 year olds, beginning Friday, June 7, at 8:30 pm on Zoom.

The group will meet every Friday night throughout the summer, and provide an opportunity for young adults to connect and grow their faith.

Stay tuned for the Zoom meeting details, and email Rick Belbutoski , Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, with questions.
Looking for a Good Book?

During this time when our church library is closed, the library team wants to remind you that resources are still available.

All public libraries in the 7-county metropolitan area have materials for both adults and children that can be viewed and checked out electronically even though their buildings are closed.

The Ramsey County Library even offers curbside pick-up for hard copies at 3 locations. If you have a library card for any of these locations, you can use it at all of them.

In addition, Internet Archive has a rich electronic collection of popular adult and children’s fiction & nonfiction books available to borrow for free at www.openlibrary.org .
Radical Hospitality
The Dignity Center Remains Open

People experiencing homelessness are exempt from the Governor's shelter-at-home order. The Dignity Center continues to serve people living on the margins of our community, for whom "social distancing" is not an option.

We are open and operating with limited interaction. We have entered phase three of our COVID-19 programming support plan.

Here are some ways we are adapting our services:

Existing Participants working on goals can make requests for assistance through email or by phone.
Existing Participants will receive limited services at one of the 3 doors at the Dignity Center. We plan to provide services with limited interaction, including our home-cooked meals Dignity to Go!

Our home-cooked meal will be served from the garage in to-go containers and can be enjoyed in The Dignity Center’s basement area with cereal, Starbucks and hot coffee.

Hygiene kits, toiletries, and other items will be available at the door off the driveway.

Appointments for referrals, consultation and/or assistance will be made from the front door (through appointment only, please call ahead).

WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE WHAT WE CAN, FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN, AS BEST AS WE CAN...and we hope to return to normal services as soon as we can!
Extravagant Generosity
Sharing the Future: Explore Legacy Giving

For generations Hennepin has nourished the faith and lives of individuals and families through prayers, worship, outreach services and social relations. Our faith community has embraced and aided members and friends in times of joy and challenge.

Legacy gifts are a part of that treasured heritage. We benefit each day at Hennepin, often more than we realize, from the generous and heartfelt estate gifts from Hennepin members. These legacy funds, in part, are helping sustain our ministries amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and will enrich the fabric of our future.

You can share in Hennepin’s future through your financial planning today. Your gift, of any size, will touch future generations in myriad ways. A bequest provision, life income gift, a beneficiary designation in a retirement or insurance plan, es examples, will leave a lasting imprint.

To explore a Legacy Gift, or inform us of an intent already in place, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321, or jack@haumc.org.

Thank You, Donors, for Making
The Dignity Center's Golden Birthday Wishes Come True!
TDC Birthday Candles
HUGE THANK YOU  to you, dear Dignity Center supporters!! The response to our 18 th  Golden Birthday Campaign has been amazing, especially considering the difficult time we all find ourselves in. 

Our goal was to raise $18,000 during this month-long celebration of our 18th birthday.

Because of YOU, and our donor match, we surpassed our goal: we raised over... drumroll, please... $28,000

This is truly a miracle! Together, we are continuing to  serve our Twin Cities neighbors  who are struggling. We can extend our meals program and financial assistance offerings to people who desperately need them during this crucial time.

Thank you again for your extravagant generosity!
Stay at Home and Clean Your Closets!

The Governor's Stay at Home order provides a unique opportunity for us to sort our stuff!

As you delve into the closets, cupboards, drawers and piles, please keep Old School by Steeple People in mind.

We always need men's clothing, kitchen items, decor, small furniture like end tables, and jewelry.

Please set your lovely items in a corner of your closet or garage.

We'll see you again and will (eventually) welcome you and your donations with open arms - from six feet away!

Meanwhile, Check out our perfect new website from Room 34 Creative Services. We're working with Scott Anderson at Room 34, trying to figure out long-term website dreams! In the interim, we're keeping it simple and stylish!

Old School
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