August 10, 2018
Build Affordable Housing with Hennepin!

Hennepin's Young Adult ministries team is excited to once again roll up our sleeves and don our safety glasses to build affordable housing.

As real estate prices in Minneapolis soar, it is more important than ever to make safe, stable housing accessible to our neighbors.

Next week, on August 15 , join your Hennepin community at a Habitat for Humanity project in White Bear Lake.
Registration is required: Sign up at .

Afterwards, we will gather to socialize and relax over Italian food and cold beverages.
8am - 4pm

Habitat Build Location
3695 St. Regis Dr,
White Bear Lake, MN 55110


2692 Co Rd E East,
St Paul, MN 55110
Jazz Sunday
August 19 at 8:30am and 10am Worship

Sunday morning, August 19, jazz returns to grace worship at Hennepin Church, both at the 8:30 Sacred Journey service and at the 10:00 Traditional Service. This will not be a concert but worship in the spirit and flavor of jazz, using a variety of the styles jazz has developed over its 100 year history. Musicians include Steve Blons on guitar, Dave Graf on trombone, Phil Hey on drums, Steven Hobert on piano, Tom Lewis on bass, Pete Whitman on sax, Art Katzman on trombone, and Steve Sopoci on trombone--with surprise guests, too.
Watching the Worship Services from Afar? There's an app for that!

Live Streaming Hennepin's Sunday worship services just got even easier--there's an app for that! With just a few taps, you can watch the live stream from wherever you've got wi-fi. The app will even send you notifications when the broadcast has started.

Visit the App Store on your Android or Apple device (phone, tablet, or laptop computer), and search for "HAUMC Live Stream." Install the free app and be with us from afar every Sunday! 

Let's Talk Summer Camps
Sunday, August 12 | 11:30am in the Church of Youth Room

Our Summer Sunday School attendance continues to grow! However, our Summer Camp attendance is not growing. Something is not adding up. We need to hear from YOU! Please join us Sunday, August 12 at 11:30am 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.
UMW 2018 Mission Grants Available

The Jane E. Balch Memorial Fund makes grants of up to $2,000 to organizations or ministries inside or outside of Hennepin that benefit the needs of women, children and youth. To request an application contact Laura Dirks: lauraedirks@ or (612) 378-3026. Completed applications must be received by August 31.
Pub Theology: Spirited Conversation, Spiritual Matters
This drop-in group of Hennepin members and friends age 21+ gath ers monthly to discuss faith, life, stress, family, and so on with a tasty beverage. Invite a friend to join you, and learn more at

Sisyphus Brewing
712 Ontario Avenue W #100
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Conversations on a Way Forward
Starting Monday, September 24 at 6:30-9 PM

Last fall, Bishop Ough hosted 15 different Conversations on A Way Forward across the Dakotas-Minnesota Area. They were attended by over 1,000 lay and clergy members.

Again this fall, Bishop Ough will host a series of 15 gatherings across the Area to continue the Conversations on A Way Forward as the denomination prepares for the special session of General Conference on February 23-26, 2019 in St. Louis.

In addition to information about the proposals that will be before the delegates to the 2019 General Conference, the gatherings will provide a setting in which to share resources and tools for how to facilitate dialogue and build resiliency in local churches. 

In preparation for the gatherings, Bishop Ough encourages persons and congregations to read Anatomy of Peace by the Arbinger Institute and God Unbound by Elaine A. Heath. Bishop Ough also encourages all United Methodists to participate in the denomination-wide prayer vigil, Praying Our Way Forward.

Schedule for Minnesota Gatherings:

Alexandria UMC (2210 Sixth Avenue East)
Monday, Sept. 24, 6:30 – 9 PM

Duluth: First UMC (230 East Skyline Parkway)
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 – 9 PM

Rochester: Christ (400 Fifth Avenue SW)
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 – 9 PM

Bloomington: Normandale Hylands UMC (9920 Normandale Blvd)
Thursday, Sept. 27, 6:30 – 9 PM

Maple Grove: Cross Winds UMC (15051 Weaver Lake Road)
Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 - 11:30 AM

Mankato: Centenary UMC (501 South Second Street)
Sunday, Sept. 30, 2:30 – 5 PM

Woodbury: The Grove UMC (7465 Steepleview Road)
Monday, Oct. 1, 6:30 – 9 PM

Go to the Minnesota Annual Conference website for more information and to register.  
Retreat: To Find a Home Away from Home
Come to Koinonia!

Koinonia is one of our Congregation’s hubs of hospitality. Consider this week’s guest list: MN Annual Conference Local Licensed Pastors Retreat; Minnesota Council on Disability; Teen Council Training Retreat; Kimball Future Farmers of America Retreat; Elim Mission Church Retreat. Please pray that these groups have successful visits, and mark your calendars for the Nov 10-11 Men’s Retreat and New Year’s at Koinonia, Dec 30 – Jan 1. Happy camping!
Neoteric Chamber Winds
Tuesday, August 14th

The Twin Cities’ leading chamber wind ensemble, Neoteric Chamber Winds, announces its 8th season of free concerts. Performances begin at 7:30pm and are free of charge ($10 donation suggested).

Neoteric Chamber Winds was founded in 2011 to explore music written in the 20th and 21st centures for uncommon combinations of wind instruments.Featured this season are works by three young/living composers—Michael Markowski (31), Jennifer Jolley (37), and Jonathan Russell (39), and rarely heard compositions by Henri Marteau and David Canfield. We also honor two composers recently departed—David Maslanka (1943–2017) and Guy Woolfendon (1937–2016).
Please join us for these exceptional programs.
Summer Art Show

Rev. Jim McChesney is our featured artist for the Summer Art Show. In midlife, he took a watercolor class which led to painting weekly with friends in the Northstar Watercolor Society. He has taught painting, led tours, done art fairs, sold his work in coffee shops and galleries and given pictures to family and friends. Jim likes to paint all sorts of scenes: barns, churches, nature, people, and still life. "I believe God put art in each of us, so we must paint or draw or write or sing." Rev. McChesney has served Hennepin Church in the past as Minister of Evangelism and New Members. He now serves as a Visitation Pastor in the parish. The show will run in Carlson Fellowship Hall through late August.
Sing in the Summertime!

Summer Sanctuary Choir welcomes additional singers in the summer months for the 10am Sanctuary worship services. Come and rehearse with us on Sundays at 9:15am in the choir room.
We Need Sunday Brunch Volunteers

What's better than Sunday brunch? Volunteering at Sunday Brunch!

Michelle DeVaughn, Lona Dallessandro and Ali Shaaban are leading volunteers teams throughout the summer.

If you'd like to extend radical hospitality to our members and guests at Sunday Brunch, please sign up at .
Calling All Gardeners!
We are looking for donations of daylilies and hostas to plant in the HAUMC planters and all about the church. If you have extras, please bring them to church on the next three Sundays: August 5, 12 and 19. You are invited to stay and help plant or just admire your donation on a following Sunday. If you don’t have any daylilies or hostas, you may want to pick some up at your local garden center as most are on sale in August. Thank you for helping to beautify the grounds.
Sponsoring a Child To Go To School in Baiwalla, Sierra Leone

Heartfelt thanks to all Baiwalla Child Sponsors!

Hennepin Church, you have exceeded all expectations for sponsoring children in Sierra Leone to go to school. Currently, we have money in hand for sponsoring 86 kids to go to school. Way to Go! Heartfelt thanks! (We expect more checks to dribble in over the next couple of weeks. So that Pastor Judith receives the money before school starts, we need to receive all sponsorship gifts by Sunday, August 19. Please give your check to the church receptionist and indicate it if for Baiwalla Student Sponsorship.
Dignity Center Concert Fundraiser
September 21 at 7pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church
1200 S Marquette Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55413

The Dignity Center's annual fundraiser takes the form of an exciting concert titled, "I’ve Come Up from Down. " It is an Intimate musical celebration of triumph over adversity featuring Soul-Gospel Singer, JD Steele and Friends. It will be held in the brand new Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church. 
Tickets are $50 and are available online at
Planning Ahead:
UMCOR Sager Brown

Want to experience Cajun country, escape MN in January, appreciate someone else's cooking, or enjoy the fellowship of other volunteers as you act as the hands and feet of Christ? Have one or more yes answers? Then mark your calendar and consider joining Pastor Judy and and Rev. Lyndy Zabel and other Hennepin members and friends for one week or two, January 6-18, 2019 for a trip to UMCOR Sager Brown. There you will serve in the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) disaster relief depot and/or the local community of Baldwin, LA. and can, in your free time, explore the history and culture of Southern LA. Questions? Contact or 651.698.1344. Sign ups accepted through September.
Spring 2019 Baiwalla Mission Trip
March 8-19, 2019
Save the dates for the next Baiwalla Mission Trip. We will be sending another team to Baiwalla, Sierra Leone next Spring,  March 8-19, 2019 . The approximate cost (depending on airfare) is $2700. We will stay at the United Methodist guest house in Baiwalla. There is solar power so there will be electricity, running water and a good bed. We will know the exact project details closer to the date. While we are there, we will continue to build our partnership with the Baiwalla United Methodist Church and with Rev. Judith Banya. To learn more, please contact Pastor Judy at  
Knit or Crochet a Welcome Scarf

The United Methodist General Conference will be coming to Minneapolis in 2020. The Dakotas-Minnesota Area has a wonderful opportunity to come together to provide hospitality for this conference.

We intend to greet every delegate, dignitary, bishop, and spouse with a handmade scarf, to serve not only as a memento of General Conference but also as a practical solution to drafty, air-conditioned rooms. That's where you come in!

We are inviting United Methodists in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota to help us knit or crochet 10,000 purple scarves. We are calling this initiative the Lydia Project, after Lydia in Acts 16. 

To find detailed instructions, plus knitting and crochet patterns, visit
Questions? Contact: MaryAnne Korsch, Deacon at First UMC, Duluth, at or (218) 343-8813.
Securing Your Place of Worship - 3rd Annual Workshop
Saturday, October 13 at 8 AM - 3:30 PM

Hennepin Avenue UMC, in partnership with Kingswood Security Consulting, presents the 3rd Annual Securing Your Place of Worship workshop.

As "soft targets" like schools and churches experience increasing incidents of violence, we can all take steps to secure our places of worship and the people in them.

This workshop, designed for clergy, administrators, volunteers, lay leaders, and staff of all religious denominations, presents practical wisdom from top safety and security experts from about the country. 

Keynote speakers include:
Carl Chinn - "Surviving an Active Shooter: New Life Church, What Happened Next?"James Densley - "Crime Opportunity Theory: How to Strengthen Soft Targets" and Jarret Brachman - "Deadly Force at Soft Targets"
To learn more and to register, visit .
Do Justice Conference
November 8, 1-8 PM at Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina

The Do Justice Conference is for pastors and faith leaders to explore how racial justice is an essential part of the gospel. As we confront the ethical issues of mass incarceration and racial tension in society, we will explore our Biblical mandate to uphold principles of compassion, justice, and forgiveness. Register for the conference and/or for an evening with keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson.
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