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February 2 , 2016
In This Issue...
Being a Reconciling Congregation
This Sunday at 11:15 AM

Hennepin has been a Reconciling Congregation, welcoming the GLBT community, since 1994. Our neighbor Dave Nuckols will share thoughts and answer your questions concerning the present and future of the reconciling movement from his perspective on the Board of Directors of the UMC-wide Reconciling Ministries Network. Dave is also the co-lay leader of Minnetonka UMC and serves on Bishop's Ough's Human Sexuality Task Force. His experience includes working with the progressive coalition at both the 2012 and 2016 General Conferences. Dave will represent Minnesota as its 1st reserve lay delegate for the upcoming General Conference alongside Hennepin's own Judy Zabel and Paula Colton. Join us for this stimulating discussion where we will envision HAUMC's next steps as a leading congregation in the reconciling movement.

Lent Art Show
This Sunday through Easter

The display of art in Carlson Hall during /lent features art from Hennepin's permanent collection. Along with familiar and beloved prints and paintings by Georges Rouault, Sadao Watanabe, and He Qi, the show includes a painting purchased from the recent show of work by Minneapolis artist, Julie Ann Stevens. "The Christ in You" is not a conventionally pretty picture, but it is full of power and meaning. Sometime when you are in Carlson Hall and it is quiet, spend a few minutes gazing into the painting. It invites us to see, in the suffering and agony of those we encounter, a reflection of the agony of Christ. It encourages us to see the Christ in each person - even those who we do not find easy to like.

Final UMCOR Health Kit Assembling
This Sunday in Carlson Hall

Come help us reach our goal of 2500 Health Kits.  We will be assembling and preparing for shipment to Sager Brown in Baldwin, LA.

The Faith of a Mockingbird:
A Small Group Study Connecting Faith and Culture

Sundays in January at 5:30 PM
led by Kathryn Johnson and Nancy Graves-Cronin

Pastor and author Matt Rawle is on a mission. He sees Christ all around him-in books, movies, TV shows, rock music-and he wants to share what he sees. As Matt says, "God offers the raw ingredients, and 'culture' is whatever we cook up."

In The Faith of a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, pastor and author Matt Rawle uses Lee's beloved characters to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics.

Youth Ski Trip
February 12 - 15 | $250 plus rentals 
Register today at hennepinchurch.org/events

We're heading up to Lutsen for our annual ski trip and it's time to commit. The costs covers transportation, room, board, and lift tickets but not ski/snowboard rental (bring your own gear or rent on your own upon arrival). Please contact Pastor Nate if your family is in need of a scholarship. Church of Youth teens and parents have priority. If there is room left, we'll open registration for people to bring one same-gender friend soon. Space is limited, sign up today!

Valentine Party: Music by From the Heart
Life Adventures: Friday, February 12 at 12:00 Noon

Celebrate Valentine's Day a little early. Enjoy a special luncheon and musical program by From the Heart. This popular quartet of soprano, baritone, pianist and woodwind instrumentalist returns with a program filled with a wide variety of love songs performed in their engaging style.

Prepaid reservation due at the reception desk by February 10th. Cost is $15.

"Beat the Winter Doldrums" Project
February 13-14 at the Emma Norton Residence in St. Paul  (DATE CHANGE) 

The United Methodist Women are counting on a few good women (or men) to help with our upcoming service project!  We are going to renovate one of the rooms at the Emma Norton Residence in St. Paul. Volunteers are needed to clean, paint, shop and decorate.  Join a car pool at the church at 9 a.m. on the 13th or come another time during the day as your schedule allows.  Call or email Nancy Gale if you are interested: 763-509-0622 or ngale@anokatech.edu.

"Camp Chill" Fundraiser
January 31 - February 14

Have you ever wanted to tell one of your pastors to go jump in a lake? Now is your chance! Help raise our "Camp Chill" goal of $1000 to help send kids and teens to camp this summer. If we hit our goal by February 14, Pastor Nate will join other pastors and youth ministers from across the state to jump in the frigid waters of Lake Koronis on February 20. Donate in person or online: hennepinchurch.org/register

Advance Directives and Funeral Planning
Sundays, February 14, 21, & 28 from 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM

A two session workshop on creating or updating your Advance Directives will be held in the Art Gallery. You should plan on attending both sessions. The instructor is Koinonia Program Director Mark Peterson, a veteran hospital chaplain. Mark is certified by the Minnesota Council of Churches to do Advanced Care planning. A third session on "Planning Your Funeral," taught by Pastor Sally Johnson, will be held on February 28. Once completed, you will have the option of storing your Advance Directives and Funeral Plan at Church. Register for these workshops www.hennepinchurch.org/register, or at the Reception Desk in Carlson Hall. There is no cost.

Zentangle...the art of drawing meditation
Wednesday, February 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

As a part of our Hands On Lent Year (HOLY), this class will lead folks in the practice of meditative drawing available to everyone. Simple techniques will be shared and the class will end with a short worship service.

The Jesus Fatwah
Love Your Muslim Neighbor As Yourself
Led by Rev. Bill Mate
Sundays, February 14, 21, & 28 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Feb. 14: From the people who created Living the Questions, this dvd based series weeds through the disinformation rooted in stereotype and watered by fear.

Feb. 21:  The conversation continues in Islam 101: Misconceptions, Islam in America, Making Connections with Christians and Muslims.

Feb. 28:  The conversation continues led by 17 Islamic and Christian scholars offering reliable information about what Muslims believe, how they live out their faith and how we can all be building relationships across the lines of faith.

LYFE Camp and Mission Trip Information Meeting
Sunday, February 21 at 11:15 in the Church of Youth Room

Teens and parents are invited to learn about LYFE Camp (7th-12th Graders), the camp Pastor Nate has led for over ten years and the Senior High Mission Trip (9th-12th Graders). Learn about mission, content, scholarships, costs, deadlines, and more for both of these powerful ministries.

The Copper Street Brass presents "An Evening at the Grammys"
February 26 & 27 at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis

Join Hennepin's Artists in Residence on February 26 & 27 at 7pm as they celebrate music's biggest night at the Parkway Theater in Minneapolis. These concerts pay tribute to the music and legacy of award-winning artists and bands who have won, or have been nominated for, a Grammy. They'll cover songs from musical legends like Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder to modern day winners like Adele and Daft Punk. And the winner is...

Tickets range from $20-$55. Get yours today before the awards have all been handed out! Go to   www.copperstreetbrass.org or call (612) 722-3667 for tickets and more information

Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot Box
February 24 at 7:00 PM in the Art Gallery

Produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center, this movie was made to remind us that this event, more than any other, moved the Civil Rights agenda in this country to enacted legislation. It is made from film shot at the time and a great reminder of the human spirit moving with resolve.

An Altar in the World.....
A Retreat for Women at Koinonia Retreat Center
April 8 - 10, 2016

Come away for a relaxing weekend at Hennepin's retreat center on Lake Sylvia. We will use the book An Altar In the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor as our guide. There will be time for worship, prayer, singing, hiking, reading, creativity, needlework, yoga and enjoying one another's company. No need to read the book before unless you want to. Cost is: $125.00 and registration can be made at hennepinchurch.org/register. Questions, Sally@haumc.org.

Open Yoga
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM & Saturdays at 11:00 AM

Feeling tired and achy? Struggling to find balance in your life? You need no yoga experience to practice.  Sessions move at a gentle pace offering tools to increase your strength and flexibility, calm and focus, mindfulness and gratitude. 

Worried about your age? One regular student is 82 years old. 

Don't have a yoga mat? Gently used mats are available. 

Come with loose clothing - pajamas and sweatpants welcome. Free will donation; first class free. Leader Leslie Ball is a certified instructor trained at both Kripalu Center and Corepower Yoga - with a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary. Email Leslie with any questions: leslie@leslieball.com .

Thank you for all of your pledges! If you would still like to pledge for 2016, please click here for a printable pledge card, pick up a card at the church reception desk, or call 612-871-5303 to have one mailed.

Go to our event calendar at the HAUMC website to find out about upcoming events Hennepin Church.

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