Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
Friday, April 9, 2021
Coming in April
Supporting Stressed Teens: A Conversation with Heather Alden and Rick Belbutoski
Sunday, April 11, 1-2pm on Facebook Live

April is Stress Awareness Month, and as we begin the second year of pandemic it's important to recognize our youth are dealing with a lot of stress.

On April 11 at 1 pm, log on to HAUMC's Facebook Live for a conversation about defining, identifying, and helping teens cope with stress.

Heather Alden and Rick Belbutoski will be in conversation to discuss the topic of teen stress and how parents and guardians are so important to helping teens work through it.

Share the Facebook event with your friends!
Zoom Cooking Class
Monday, April 12 at 5:30pm on Zoom

Join Cheryl Englebretson, Twin Cities Personal Chef and Culinary Nutrition Expert, for a zoom cooking class with other Hennepin families.

You’ll create an easy, healthy, whole foods meal that your entire family will enjoy.
When you are finished, sit down to dinner with just your family, or stay on the call and enjoy a zoom dinner party with all of the other class participants!

Cost is $25/household. Please only register one person in the household.

Register here. Invite your friends to join you!
THE MAHLE PANEL in Progressive Christian Thought
April 15, 2021, 11:15am-12:45pm
Topic: "Who Are We?: Christian Nationalism, White Supremacy and Pathways of Liberation"

Livestream on hamline.edu/stream 

The insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th, 2021, opened the eyes of many people in our nation--and including the world--to the religious views, politics and aims of Christian Nationalism and its intersections with bigotry, violence and white supremacy. To unpack and understand what happened against the larger movements of history, religious traditions and injustice, the several distinguished guests have been invited to share in a panel of conversation as Hamline University's 2021 Mahle Panel in Progressive Christian Thought.

The Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, New York City, and Canon Theologian at the Washington National Cathedral and author of Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
The Rev. Adam Lawrence Dyer, lead minister at First Parish in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist, Cambridge, Massachusetts and author of Love Beyond God
Robert P. Jones, CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute, Washington, D.C. and author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Katherine Stewart, investigative reporter covering religious liberty, politics, policy for the New York Times, NBC, and the Washington Post, as well as the author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

To learn more visit this page.
Hennepin Hope: The Podcast
Info Meetings
Saturday, April 17 at 11am and Thursday, April 22 at 7pm
on Zoom

Young Adults at Hennepin are inviting other young people with a heart for social justice to explore issues of faith and racial justice through the planning, producing, and launching of a new Hennepin podcast.

The podcast will serve as a digital contribution to HAUMC’S growing digital presence and will be an important part of conversation being had about equity in Minneapolis and the country.

Those with interest in the project should attend one of two information sessions being held on Zoom at 11 am on Saturday, April 17, and 7 pm on Thursday, April 22, to learn more about this exciting project.

Join by video here, or dial in by phone to 929-205-6099

Meeting ID: 947 0459 1775
Passcode: 822745
Passionate Worship
In the Gospel of Luke, we learn that as the risen Jesus appeared to his disciples, “in their joy they were disbelieving.” We can imagine them saying "We just can't believe it. We just can't believe it!" 
But finally they did believe, and when they did Jesus entrusted them with the task of witnessing this miracle to others. Maybe you,too, find yourself saying, I just can't believe it!–or find yourself wondering what the “it” is that you believe about Easter. 

Together we will explore how we understand the mystery of the resurrection, and how we are called to bear witness to the ways that God brings new life and hope into the world.
Worship This Sunday
Witness This!
Stranger Things

Sacred Journey at 8:30am

Traditional Worship at 10am
From our Neighbors
Healing our City:
Come in to the Daily Virtual Prayer Tent on Zoom

Beginning March 8 and continuing for 4-6 weeks, the city of Minneapolis and the names of George Floyd and Derek Chauvin will again feel like the center of the world’s gaze. In contrast, we will be focusing on a different center and we invite you to join us in our Healing Our City Virtual Prayer Tent.
We are not ignoring the trial but taking advantage of this moment to address the injustice. We want to use the energy of this moment to go deep. We want to use this moment of openness and to take all this attention and energy to face what is truly offensive to God. In this way we pray we might do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.

This virtual prayer tent will continue daily throughout the course of the trial. You may access this prayer experience via Zoom or as a livestream on our Healing Our City Facebook page. It will also be available as a recording on our Facebook page.
If you have questions or would like to get involved, please drop us a note!
If you would like to be added to a mailing list to get updates about this initiative, please sign up. The Center for Leadership and Neighborhood Engagement will not sell or share your information.
Risk-Taking Mission and Service
April is Environmental Justice Month!

Environmental justice is an important part of the struggle to improve and maintain a clean and healthful environment. People who live, work and play in America's most polluted environments are commonly people of color, Indigenous Peoples, and low-income communities.

Environmental Justice requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.

We invite you, your family, and your friends to take action towards Environmental Justice by downloading a Climate BINGO card and complete the actions for a BINGO! Take photos of you and/or your family completing the activity between April 1-22, post to the HAUMC Facebook page, Twitter, and/or to Instagram. Make sure to tag #HennepinHOPE

All households that post will receive a free box of Energy Star LED light bulbs! Completed BINGO cards will win a HAUMC reusable grocery bag and a pack of light bulbs!

Environmental justice continues to be an important part of the struggle to improve and maintain a clean and healthful environment. Join us to take action that serves our communities and heals our planet for future generations.

Old School by Steeple People:
Donations Needed! And expanded donation days!
Old School by Steeple People 1901 Nicollet Ave S.

Old School by Steeple People needs YOUR STUFF!!! We have shelves that are a little too empty.

Our new and improved donation days (beginning April 14) are WEDNESDAY 12-4 and SATURDAY 12-4. If those days don't work for you, please call to set up an appointment: 612 871-8305.

As you likely recall, we particularly need: kitchen items, decor, jewelry (in any condition), art, men's clothing, women's dresses, small furniture items (like end tables) in beautiful condition.

Thanks for your help!
Doing the work of anti-racism:
Support "Food for the People" CSA

Looking for a way to support local farmers and BIPOC neighbors? Check out Food for the People CSA!

The mission of this program is to provide locally grown food to Black, Indigenous, and communities of color while supporting a cooperative of local, diverse farmers to earn a living wage.

This program was created because as farmers we believe everyone should have access to locally and responsibly grown farm food, not just those with financial wealth, and that operating a small farm and feeding your local foodshed should be a dignified job, not one of poverty and scarcity. Please join us in supporting this work! Find more information and ways to contribute at www.sharedgroundcoop.com.

In 2020, the Food for the People CSA program. donated CSA shares to 62 low-income BIPOC families in the Twin Cities. This year they are working to increase that number to 100 families.
Learn more and donate if you are able! www.sharedgroundcoop.com
Sacred Ground:
An Earth Day Celebration with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
Thursday, April 22
12noon to 1pm Online

Join us for this MNIPL community-wide celebration and time to connect to the sacredness of the earth. We are excited to have Joy Persall as our keynote speaker! Joy a woman of Ojibwe Metis’ descent, a mother, grandmother, gardener, and seed keeper.

Click here for more event information and to register.
Save the Date
Walk for Hope: Fundraiser to Support Common Hope
Sunday, June 13 | 12noon

Let's Walk Sunday June 13.
We will meet in the HAUMC Parking lot and walk through the neighborhood.

Walk the extra mile and support a student's journey to graduation.

It's been almost a year since the word “quarantine” entered our everyday vocabulary. And now more than ever, we appreciate the POWER of HEALTH CARE, COMMUNITY, and HOPE. It makes sense then -- to celebrate spring -- and start your WALK FOR HOPE!

Common Hope is celebrating its 35th anniversary and to mark the occasion, this year's Walk For Hope is set to BE BIGGER and BETTER! We're counting on you to walk again. Help us show the world that THE POWER OF HOPE has never been stronger.

Last year, you were part of raising more than $115,000 to support distance learning for students without connectivity, provide access to homework helplines, and get chronic disease medicine to those who needed it most!

Register NOW and walk the extra mile for HOPE! (https://give.commonhope.org/campaign/walk-for-hope/c322252)

Common Hope website with FAQ and Walk resources: 
Save the Dates
Local Youth Mission Trip
August 2-6, 2021

You're invited to save the first week in August for the upcoming Local Justice Mission Trip.

As an intentional response to the inequities that have been illuminated and amplified by the pandemic and killing of George Floyd in the hands of the Minneapolis Police, Hennepin youth will have the opportunity to join youth from all over the Twin Cities for a week of service.

The local justice mission is a collaborative effort from five area United Methodist Church's and is open to middle and high school students.

More details are coming soon. Please mark your calendars.
Intentional Faith Development
Hennepin Book Club
Thursday, April 15 @ 7pm on Zoom

This month's selection:
Daybreak Woman–An Anglo Dakota Life, by Jane Lamm Carroll 

Do you love reading? Especially during this homebound time? Join your Hennepin Avenue UMC community for a virtual book club!

Join us for an hour-long book discussion by Zoom meeting on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm (see book list and dates below).

Please email Jane Mylrea if you are interested: janecmylrea@yahoo.com.

May 20 @ 7pm
Book: The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
June 17 @ 7pm
This is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankl
July 15 @ 7pm
The Road to Coorain, by Jill Con Kerway
August 19 @ 7pm
A Long Petal of the Sea, by Isabelle Allende
September 16 @ 7pm
Jack, by Marilyn Robinson
Being Anti-Racist: Read, Learn, Act, Impact:
A learning and action group for families
Weekly on Sundays at 7:30pm on Zoom

Join a group of parents, grandparents, and other adults on Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m. We discuss great books, learn through conversation, and support each other as we take action steps to be anti-racist within our daily lives. All while trying to have an impact on the kids we love.

No need to RSVP or to attend each week. To receive the Zoom link and what reading we are on, please email realm@haumc.org to be added to the Realm group.
Twin Cities District UMW Virtual Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 24, 10am to 12noon on Zoom

Link to meeting provided after registering
Registration Deadline: April 20

Twin Cities District UMW Virtual Spring Gathering promotes the National UMW program "Just Energy for All."

In support of that program, the virtual meeting will have Rev. Susan Mullin, Ordained Deacon (MN Conf.) and Director of Faith Community Organizing, together with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MNIPL), who will speak about "Climate Justice".

She will also explain how churches and UMW groups can be informed and involved in the "Just Energy for All" program.

10 am Worship and Offering for MNIPL and TCUMW
10:40 am Speaker, Susan Mullin followed by discussion
From Ministry Now to Ministry Next:
Family, Youth and Children's Ministry
Listening Sessions with Lynne & Rick coming in May

A lot has happened in the lives of our children, youth and families over the past year. We believe that ministry should reflect our collective lived experiences.

Please join Rick and Lynne as they host listening sessions with parents and youth. We invite you to share ideas about what we should keep from our previous ministry offerings, and what changes could be made to better reflect the lessons learned from the past year.
Sessions will be held in person in the Ministry House backyard and also on Zoom. Playground supervision for younger kids will be available, and we’ll have fun activities for older kids, too.  

Hennepin Kids Meetings:
Sunday, 5/16@3pm kids - Ministry House backyard
Saturday, 5/22@10am - Ministry House backyard
Sunday 5/23@5pm on Zoom 

Youth Meetings:
Sunday, 5/16 @ 1pm - Ministry House backyard
Saturday, 5/22@11:30 - Ministry House backyard
Sunday, 5/23@5pm on Zoom

Please use this online sign up form to help us plan our time together. 
Radical Hospitality
8:00 – 8:30am
Monday through Friday every week

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. The group is always open to anyone who wants to experience a loving community as you start your day.

Join by phone using the dial-in information below:
‪Dial: 312-626-6799
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
8:00 - 8:30pm
Monday through Friday every week

Are you looking for a warm way to end your day?

Why not drop in to Closings and share a conversation with friends?  Closings is an open, lay-led group for connection, conversation, and community.

Each weeknight from 8:00-8:30pm, we end the day with gratitude, grace (and a good joke or two!). We also pray for and with each other and for our world. Drop in for one evening or for all five. It will encourage and inspire you (and even make you laugh!)

No registration needed. 

Join Zoom Meeting by video here
Meeting ID: 842 8341 6140
Passcode: 975868
Zoom Coffee Hour
Sundays at 11:00am on Zoom

Refill your favorite mug and click the link to join a virtual gathering of Hennepin friends--we visit and share news, laugh and connect, and generally get to know each other better. Always open to all.

Join Zoom meeting by clicking here.
Meeting ID: 897 1628 3933
Passcode: 701690
Extravagant Generosity
Help Make a Home for Our Neighbors
Donate to "Sofas and..."
13th Annual Donation Drive
Saturday, May 15, 9am to 12noon
in the Hennepin Avenue UMC parking lot
511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis

Do you have used furniture such as tables, chairs, sofas, end tables, lamps, and dressers that could use a new home?

If so, you are cordially invited to the 13th annual Align Minneapolis furniture drive – “Sofas & ...” on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 from 9-noon at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (511 Groveland Ave, Minneapolis).

Furniture will then be given to guests of Align Minneapolis outreach ministries to assist in furnishing new apartments.

Questions? Contact Mary@haumc.og, 512-435-1337.

No beds, appliances or construction materials, please.

If you would like to learn more about the life-changing, dynamic work of the AlignMPLS, visit their website at www.alignmpls.org!
2021 Tax Incentives for Giving to Hennepin Avenue UMC

Two charitable giving incentives of the CARES Act are extended for 2021. Here’s what it may mean for planning your giving to Hennepin:

1. Expansion of the universal charitable deduction for cash gifts. For taxpayers taking the standard deduction, the “above-the-line” deduction is $300 for single filers, and (increased to) $600 for married couples filing jointly.

2. Extension of the cap on deductions for cash gifts. For those who itemize, the cap on annual gifts continues for 2021 at up to 100% of the taxpayer’s adjusted gross income (AGI).

Again, these tax incentives are available only for cash gifts to qualified charities.

For more details on these incentives, or other tax-wise gift options to fulfill your annual pledge or to make a legacy gift, contact Jack Fistler, 612-435-1321, or jack@haumc.org.
Opening Doors Gala
Emma Norton Services Annual Event and Silent Auction
Thursday, April 29, 7pm-8:30pm on Zoom
Register FREE, on website: https://emmanorton.org/engage/events

Emma Norton Services is a national mission site of the UMC. ENS supports women recovering from homelessness, trauma, mental, chemical and chronic health issues. and single parent families with 3 or more children in safe, affordable housing.

The Opening Doors Gala is ENS annual fundraising event. This is the 2nd Annual Virtual Opening Doors Gala It is an evening of philanthropy, community and celebration bringing together supporters from all over the country!

The goal is 400 viewers raising $100,000 to support their mission of providing transformational housing and growth for women and families on their journey of recovery.

Hennepin UMW is supporting the event by providing themed gift baskets for the Silent Auction. Monetary donations to support the event are welcome at VVirasy@emmanorton.org.
2021 Walker Methodist
STRIDE FOR SENIORS 16th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk
June 5, 2021, 9am to 12noon
at Lake Harriet or virtually

Time to register for Walker Methodist Foundation's annual fund raising event
Use code SENIORS to sign up at bit.ly/walkerrace2021. Direct donation to "Health Center". $40 for 10K, $35 for 5K.

2021 participation can be in person or virtually! Either way, participants receive a T-shirt and more.

Proceeds from the race go to support services for residents of Walker Methodist Communities.

Please contact Susanne Mattison with questions: susanne_mattison@yahoo.com or 612 987 3336
Do you have news to share in Hennepin Happenings?
Please fill out an announcement form at www.haumc.org/events.
The deadline for announcements is 12 Noon on Monday for announcements to be included in the following Friday's newsletter. 
Submissions are subject to editing for space and content.
Thanks for sharing your news!
511 Groveland Avenue, Minneapolis MN, 55403 | 612-871-5303