Hennepin Happenings
News & Events @ Hennepin Avenue UMC
August 9, 2019
FEATURED EVENTS
First Annual Hennepin Avenue UMC
 Youth Mini-Golf Invitational
August 18, 12noon-4pm

Fore! The First Annual Hennepin Avenue UMC Youth Mini-Golf Invitational will take place on Aug. 18 from 12noon to 4pm. The afternoon will include fun and fellowship as we play a round of mini-golf at the Walker Art Center's Skyline Mini Golf course. Post-putting, we'll gather back at HAUMC for ice cream and to celebrate the afternoon's Champion. All students entering grade 8-12 are encouraged to participate and bring friends!

No need to register--just show up at Hennepin with $10 cash to pay for your round of mini golf. Contact Rick Belbutoski, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries, with questions:  rick@haumc.org .
Improve Your Music Reading Skills!
August 19 & 20, 7pm in the Choir Room

A two-night "beginner's guide for reading music" as a refresher for skilled musicians, and an entry point for new choral singers. On August 19-20 (7-9:30pm) in the HAUMC Choir Room, participants will grow in their understanding of notes on staff, finding their place in a score, and reading diatonic major/minor using solfége with movable DO.

Sessions are led by Gerald Gurss (Artistic Director of Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus) and are free and open to all! Please let Mark Squire know of your interest and he'll have class materials ready for you! Email mark.squire@haumc.org.
You Can Still Sponsor a Student in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored a child in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone, to go to school. Your sponsorship is incredibly important to the life of the child because it enables the child to actually attend school! Last year 110 students were sponsored. As of today, 65 sponsorships have been renewed. Plus, 30 people have made brand-new sponsorships. You can join them!

There is still time to sponsor a student. You can make your donation online by going to ocministriesmn.org, or you can write a check to “Minnesota Annual Conference” and drop it off at the receptionist's desk to the attention of Ann Carlson.

Thank you, sponsors!
MINISTRY NEWS
Summer Worship Series: The Gift of Wonder

First puppies, then kazoos! This summer, we're having fun and getting to know God in a new way. Experience The Gift of Wonder in our 9-week summer worship series. Can you imagine a God who dances with shouts of joy, laughs when you laugh, loves to play, enjoys life, and invites us to join in the fun?

In this series we will explore what it means to delight in God, to set our imaginations free, to return to the rhythm of life, to cultivate gratitude, and more. Using the book The Gift of Wonder by Christine Aroney-Sine as our guide, every week we will try a new practice for opening ourselves to awe and wonder–to God.
Call for Sunday School Teachers

You can help Hennepin's littlest members discover God's love as a Hennepin Kids for LYFE Sunday School teacher! Our Hennepin Kids for LYFE Sunday morning program continues to grow. For the third consecutive year, we are adding another Sunday school class to accommodate our Sunday School students, and more students means more teachers! 

You are invited to join the team of Sunday School teachers. Teaching teams consist of 3 teachers per class. Each week one teacher signs up as lead teacher, with a second person acting as assistant teacher. Each teacher commits to teaching twice per month. All classroom materials and curriculum are provided.  

New and experienced teachers are welcome. Contact Lynne Carroll with questions and to sign up! Lynne@haumc.org. 
2019 Balch Memorial Fund Grants

The Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund enables Hennepin's United Methodist Women to make grants of up to $2,000 to organizations or ministries that benefit women, children and youth. Preference is given to small projects where the grant will make an immediate and significant impact. Contact umw@haumc.org for more information and to request an application. The completed form must be received by August 31 .
Summer Choir: A Great Place for Singing

During these beautiful summer months, the Sanctuary choir slips into "summer mode" and welcomes additional singers to join in the ministry. Instead of midweek rehearsals, the ensemble meets an hour before worship (9am) for musical preparation and prayer. Experienced singers (music-reading is advised, a love of singing required!) need only call or email Mark Squire to let him know you plan to sing a single week or for several summer Sundays! Come join in the joy of song!
Calling All Shutterbugs!
Send Us Your Wonder-Full Photos of Hennepin

Amateur and professional photographers, we invite you to share your photos of Hennepin Avenue UMC and its ministries in action. This summer, as we explore The Gift of Wonder, we would love to share your images with the greater Hennepin community. We are especially looking for not only photos of our awe-inspiring building, but also of our amazing community of people, our powerful worship services, and our transformational ministry programs and events.

Please email your photos to photos@haumc.org with the subject line "Wonder-Full Hennepin." In the body of the message, please include a caption that explains your photo's context and names anyone who is shown--and be sure to include your full name so we can give you photo credit!

By sharing your photos with us, you give Hennepin's Communications staff permission to freely use the image for promotional purposes (on our website and social media, etc.) and in Hennepin communications (worship slides and bulletins, digital newsletters, etc).

Questions? Contact Amy Griffiths, Director of Marketing and Communications, at amy@haumc.org . Happy snapping!
Making Sense Class
August 11, 11:15am in Room 104
Led by John Guy

Come join the Making Sense Class as we work to understand some of the complex issues regarding our faith, the future of the United Methodist Church, and other pressing issues.

We are beginning a study of Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger, addressing the challenges faced by the United Methodist Church, HAUMC and what we can do to help our clergy and lay leaders as we navigate this uncharted territory.

So grab a coffee and join us in room 104. We look forward to welcoming you!
Progressive Christianity
August 11, 11:15am in the Harrison Room

Everyone is welcome to this discussion group. This Sunday we will discuss one author's view of how the church should respond to global warming. We meet the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.
Pub Theology
August 21, 6pm at Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Ave W #100, Minneapolis

Experience this key entry point for young adults in the life of the church! Open to everyone 21+, this gathering is filled with spirited conversation about faith, world events, and and life--all fueled by the tasty beverage of your choice. Invite a friend to join you, and learn more at  haumc.org/pubtheology .
Rally Sunday is now Hennepin Expo
September 8, 11:30am-2pm

Save the date for a new Rally Sunday experience! Food trucks, live music, bouncy house, prayer wall, and Ministry Fair—plus previews of our Fall events and programs!
Entry Point: Becoming a Member
September 15, 11:30am in the Longfellow Room

If you are interested in becoming a member of HAUMC, please join us at Entry Point to meet Rev. Judy Zabel and have your questions about membership answered. Child care is available. RSVP to Larry Duncan at 612-435-1309 or larry@haumc.org.
Parenting for LYFE
September 22, 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. Grab brunch as a family, and then our child care helpers will have engaging activities for your little ones. This month, we will look at sibling relationships. Best of friends or worst of enemies? Maybe it changes moment by moment! How can we foster great long-term relationships for our kids?
MUSIC & ART AT HENNEPIN
Wonder
Summer Art Display
Through the Summer in Carlson Hall

The Fine Arts Team is pleased to present their summer exhibit with a display of works from the HAUMC permanent collection around the theme of wonder. Curated by team member Tom Arneson, who suggests, "When you spend some time with the show, think about which pieces speak to you of wonder and awe." What do you see? What does a particular piece speak to you? The exhibit will continue through the summer months.

Would you like to be involved in the Fine Arts Ministry? Contact Mark Squire (Director of Music & Fine Arts) or Beth Arel (Fine Arts Team Chair).
Family
Fall Art Display
September 8 - October 27 in the Art Gallery

The Fine Arts Ministry Team is proud to present their fall sculpture show, “Family," featuring the artistry of Zimbabwean Shona artists. The show, September 8 through October 27 in the Art Gallery, will feature 20 works in stone by a variety of artists.

The Team is hosting a gallery reception on Friday, September 13 from 6 to 8 pm, and Sunday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the Art Gallery. Curator Rex Mhiripiri of Mhiripiri Galleries will be present to answer questions.
ACTIVISM & OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
Save the Date!
The Dignity Center's
Fall Fundraiser Luncheon
Tuesday, October 8, 12noon at Hennepin

The Dignity Center invites you to promote dignity and support outreach that transforms the lives of people experiencing homelessness at our Fall Fundraiser Luncheon. Watch for details coming soon!
Discover Something Wonderful at Old School by Steeple People

School is coming! Shop for all your back-to-school needs at Old School by Steeple People. Prices are AWESOME! We're open every day except Tuesday. Our hours are 11am-6pm daily and until 7pm on Thursdays. We are located at 1901 Nicollet Avenue S.
Serve Up Radical Hospitality for Hennepin's Sunday Brunch Guests

Who doesn't love brunch? At Hennepin, 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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