Pentecost Season October 10, 2010

Sundays @ Hennepin
A Story To Stand On
Sundays thru Dec.19 11:00 AM Our fall theme is “A Story To Stand On.” In worship we will hear parables of Jesus, those stories which have shaped our lives. Through Dec. we will hear favorite scripture stories of Hennepin members which have informed their faith journeys. Oct. 10: Leah Rosso, Oct. 17: Kita McVay.

T-shirts with the Hennepin logo will be available in Carlson Hall, this Sunday, from 9-11 AM and at the Congregational Dinner at 5 PM. Sizes S, M, & L will be available at $6.00 each.

Quilt Sale
Today, in Carlson Hall, the Knotty Quilters will have a fall sale of their quilts and handmade items.

Community Meals
336 guests celebrated a beautiful Sunday night in our basement where a delicious chicken dinner greeted everyone…although we did run out. Our U of M veterinary friends vaccinated 27 pets. No matter if you volunteer, donate or just worry about us, it’s all marvelous! Thank you for making Hennepin the place where everyone’s at home.

Interfaith Explorations
Enter an interfaith dialogue guided by Gail Anderson, Director of Unity and Relationships at the MN Council of Churches. Consider the next outing: A Morning at Adath Jeshuran Conservative Jewish Synagogue, Sat., Oct. 16, 9:45 AM-12 Noon. Please reserve your space by calling the church at 612-871-5303.

Hunger Connections
Last week Pastor Leah talked about our connectional system. Our Hunger Offering this month will be sent to UMCOR for flood relief not only in Pakistan but also for India which is also having severe floods which are causing problems in our Gandhi school. UMCOR has already issued a $70,000 grant to Church World Service (CWS) and smaller grants to Global Medic, Muslim Aid and the Church of Pakistan. CWS working with other relief groups has provided food to 55,500, health care to 26,500 and shelter kits to 17,500 families. Talk about connection. Isn’t it amazing what our Hunger Offering will do. Please be generous.

Potluck/Meeting Today!
Sunday, October 10 at 5:00 pm is our last potluck/ congregational meeting. A hot entrée is provided, and you are asked to bring the fixin’s: A-B Appetizers, bread; C-R Side dish, vegetable, salad; S-Z Dessert. Dinner at 5 pm, music and agenda at 5:45. Childcare provided.

Worship Leaders at 9:30 & 11:00

This Week!

Sabbath To End Homelessness
Sundays Oct. 10-Nov. 7, 11:00 AM Join in this multi-week presentation surrounding the issue of homelessness. October 10: A History of Homelessness presented by Mikkel Beckmen, Executive Director, St. Stephen’s Human Services. Come learn about the History of Homelessness from a man who has worked in this community for 20 years to make the human right of housing a reality for all. To reach this goal we need to first understand how it all began. October 17: Journey out of Homelessness with Al Phenow, Richard Jones, and Teri Fagre. Can you imagine what it would be like to be homeless? How would you survive? How would you get back on your feet and regain stability? Three Dignity Center clients share their powerful stories of transformation from hopelessness to hope as they rebuilt their lives from homelessness to housed. October 10 Chris Jackson, preaching October 17 Bishop Sally Dyck, preaching October 24 Leah Rosso, preaching

Connect 4
Oct. 24, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon. Connect 4 is an effort designed to connect new (& new-ish) members through conversation. Hosted by new members Rachel Austin and Amy Batiste, the October session will be discussing the fall theme “A Story To Stand On” sharing our own stories and the stories that have inspired us. RSVP: Call Church Office – 612-8715303 or email Rachel Austin at

All Saints’ Day
We will celebrate All Saints’ Day on Oct. 31st this year! Come for meaningful worship to celebrate the Saints of our past, the Saints that have died this year, and the Saints that are still present with us. In United Methodist tradition, we believe that we are all part of the communion of saints. Come and celebrate the saints in your life!

Reconciling Ministries

Oct. 10, 10:45 am Longfellow Room

Your gifts to the church operating budget support the infrastructure of our many outreach ministries such as Community Meals and the Dignity Center, which make such a difference in people’s daily lives. Thank you for your financial pledge to Hennepin Church in 2011. Your church is worth it!

Silent Movie Night
7 PM, Friday, October 29

The Movie is free and the popcorn, too! Drinks only $1. Come and enjoy this Classic thriller and invite your friends to join you at Hennepin Church! Program sponsored by the Hospitality Committee and supported by a Hennepin Foundation grant.

10:00 AM Saturday Oct. 30 Loving Kindness is a 2500-year old meditation practice that helps us overcome self-dislike and builds self-love and self-acceptance. As we grow in self-appreciation, we find ourselves behaving more gently and lovingly toward others. The practice makes us increasingly able to live without fear or dislike of anyone else. Class led by Dr. Mary Jo Meadow. Cost: $8.00. Call the Church office to register 612-871-5303.

Loving Kindness Meditation

Concert Event November 12

Donor and Customer Appreciation at Steeple People
The success of the Steeple People Surplus Store is due to our generous donors and customers. The SPSS Board, volunteers and staff wish to express our appreciation by inviting you to stop by the store on Fri., Oct. 22 from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM or Sat., Oct. 23 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. There will be treats, discounts (25% off any one item in the store), and a drawing for SPSS gift certificates. An exciting concert event is happening at Hennepin on Friday night, November 12. Three local bands will be performing in the sanctuary for this free concert. More info is coming soon! Yet another great opportunity to invite friends to Hennepin… (remember our congregational goals of reaching new people and cultivating our spiritual vitality?) Mark your calendars now!

LGBT, friends and parents are invited to pick up a cup of coffee in Carlson Hall and join us for a time of conversation. This group normally meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month. Everyone is Welcome!

In the Art Gallery “But Ask the Beasts and They Will Tell You” will feature artist Judd Nelson and his sculptures made from salvaged and reclaimed metals. The exhibit runs through Oct. 10 in the Art Gallery and is sponsored by the Hennepin Foundation. All are welcome!

Sculpture Show Closing Today

“New” Life Adventures
Retirement-age people: Join friends for service events and activities. Friday, Oct. 15: State Park Beauty. Join Doug Ohman as he presents photos of Minnesota’s state parks from his recent book, “Prairie, Lake, Forest.” Please register by Wednesday, Oct. 13, cost is $8.00. Oct. 23: Another opportunity to visit the Hindu Temple.

The Power of Story
Nov. 7, 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary Kevin Kling, a well-known Minnesota playwright and storyteller whose commentaries can be heard on NPR’s All Things Considered will join us as part of our fall theme, “A Story to Stand On.” A wonderful opportunity to invite your friends to Hennepin…start planning now!



Weekly Classes/Activities
Thursday Bible Study 11 AM to 12:00 noon in the Longfellow Room. The New Testament book, Acts of the Apostles, will be our fall topic. New participants always welcome! Chris Jackson, Juanita Reed Boniface and Mary Mensheha share leadership. Men’s Bible Fellowship. At 7:15 on Friday Mornings a group of men gather for bible study, conversation and fellowship. All men are invited to attend this lively discussion. Job Support Group: Mon., Oct. 18, 7:00 - 8:30 pm. Hennepin offers a Roundtable Job Support Group for people who are worried about their current job or transitioning to a new career. We welcome Leslie Philon as the new facilitator for the group. She has 16 years experience as Career Coach and Consultant. Kjerringsleppets Women’s Book Group will discuss Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd on Wednesday, November 3: The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew. Contact for info. The Science & Faith Roundtable: If you’re interested in how science and religion can be partners in the quest for truth, this group may be for you! Next meeting is 7:00 PM, Oct. 28 - Questions of Truth: Fiftyone Responses to Questions About God, Science, and Belief by John Polkinghorne and Nicholas Beale. Note location change for October: O.C.C. Auxiliary Dining Room, Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave, St. Paul.



The October Hunger Offering will support the UMCOR response to the floods and landslides in Pakistan. Over 1,000 have died and 25,000 are stranded without food or water. Over 8 million Pakistanis are in dire need of emergency assistance food. The Hennepin Peace Through Justice Committee urges your support. Finance Office Volunteer Needed: One hour, Tuesday or Wednesday, between 10 am and 4 pm. You may serve once a week or once/twice a month. Access to a car required. Contact Chris Jackson at 612-4351308 or Backpacks Needed: It's back to school time for many Dignity Center clients. They need backpacks to carry their belongings. Good condition used (and new) backpacks are appreciated. Donate blood: Memorial Blood Center will accept blood donations at the Woman’s Club (410 Oak Grove) from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Saturday, Oct. 9. Walk-ins welcome. Call 651-3327165 for an appointment. Free parking in the lot next to the Woman’s Club. UMCOR Sager Brown. Thinking about volunteering for the Sager Brown mission trip Jan. 9 - 21, 2011? Learn more at Learn about the mission trip by talking to a Sager Brown volunteer in Carlson Hall today or contacting Vaubels at or 952-922-3449. Registration remains open until Nov. 1 or until the 25 participant level is reached

Christmas is coming and the Steeple People Surplus Store is seeking volunteers to help price Christmas donations in time for the Holiday Sale in November. Contact Anne Hepper at Bike Mechanics are needed to help work on donated bikes for the D.C.E.H. Bike Ministry. Contact Mary Martin for details at 612-4351337 or email: Cashiers are desperately needed at the Steeple People Surplus Store. A fun way to meet interesting customers and other volunteers. Training provided for user-friendly cash register. Stop by the store to observe our operation to see if it is a good fit. To volunteer, contact Avis Hoffman at Walk to Emmaus has the men’s walk this weekend at Camp Koronis in Paynesville. Please pray for those who are participating.

Sunday, October 10, 2010
8:30 - 9:00 8:30 - 12:30 8:45 - 12:30 9:00 - 10:00 9:30 - 10:30 9:30 - 10:30 9:45 - 10:45

Calendar of Events
Holy Communion Border Chapel Coffee Fellowship Carlson Hall Nursery / Child Care Rooms 101 & 103 Sacred Journey Art Gallery Festival Worship Sanctuary Sixth Grade Art Project Room 2 Seventh Grade Confirmation Parsonage Basement Sunday School for Grades 8-12 Church of Youth Sunday School Education Wing Preschool Age 3 Room 105 Pre-K Room 1/3 Kindergarten Room 5/7 First Grade Room 4/6 Second Grade Room 8 Third Grade Room 201 Fourth Grade Room 203 Fifth Grade Room 205 Breakfast at Hennepin Social Hall Blood Pressure Screening Room 204 Quilt Sale Carlson Hall Youth Council Dossal Alcove Reconciling Ministries Longfellow Room Many Voices Border Chapel A Story to Stand On: Leah Rosso Room 202 Seeds of Celebration Harrison Room History of Homelessness Art Gallery Chamber Singers Choir Room Compass 180 Meeting Harrison Room Confirmation Parsonage Basement Congregational Meeting/Potluck Social Hall Journey Rehearsal Choir Room

9:00 AM Dignity Center—Open 7:00 PM Faith and Life Discussion Group

8:30 AM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 1:00 PM 1:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 9:00 AM 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Library Committee Altar Choir Children’s Council Russia Partnership Dignity Center—Open Knotty Quilters Recyclers Archives Committee Steeple People Board Abundant Life Group Lay Leadership Meeting Local Outreach Sanctuary Choir Joy Circle Thursday Bible Study Labyrinth Foundation Board Hennepin Chime Men’s Bible Fellowship Dignity Center — Open Alanon Life Adventures Luncheon


New Member Classes in November
The next set of our New Member Classes will be November 14 & 21. Come meet new people and get to know Hennepin Church as we eat a meal together, take a tour, look at the roots of United Methodism, and have discussion around spiritual gifts. Classes are from 11:00 AM — 1:00 PM, and a meal is provided at both.

10:30 - 12:30 10:30 - 11:15 10:30 - 12:30 10:45 - 11:45 10:45 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:30 3:30 - 5:00 5:00 - 6:30 5:00 - 8:00 7:00 - 8:00



10:00 AM Mindfulness Meditation

First Aid, CPR Classes Offered
First Aid and CPR are excellent skills for anyone to learn and two courses will be offered this fall. You can take one or both: no previous experience is necessary. Upon completion each participant will receive a certification card from the American Red Cross. The training you receive could safe your life or the life of someone you love. To register call the church office at 612-871-5303 Oct. 17 — Standard First Aid Noon – 4:00 PM, $22 per person Nov. 14 — Infant and Child CPR Noon – 4:00 PM, $30 per person

Breakfast at Hennepin 10:30 AM—12:30 PM
Join your friends in the lower level Social Hall this fall for our Sunday breakfast. Cost is $5 per person, or $12 per family/household. A great way to see old friends and make new ones.
Now Accepting PayPal Free Parking!
If you wish to make a gift or donation to Hennepin Church, please note we have another way to facilitate that. You may make your gift online, safely through PayPal. Just go to our new church website: and then choose “Giving” from the top menu. Looking for some exercise? A way to meet others? A way to help Hennepin Church? Park in the ramp! By parking in the Walker Art Center Ramp Sunday mornings, you will help those who are not very mobile be able to park in the parking lot. You’ll also make sure that people who are visiting the church not get discouraged before they ever enter the door! Sept 12, 19, & 26: There will be people in the ramp to help you before and after worship. Please try it out! You may find you like having a warm car in the winter and a cool car in the summer! (Pick up your free parking passes from an usher or at the front desk.)

Gratitude for your Giving and Continued Support
At the end of September, the Operating Budget Income Received in each of the past three years has amounted to: 2010—71% of Budget Thank You 2009—66% of Budget For your 2008—68% of Budget Support!

Sunday Spire Deadline

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

511 Groveland Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | 612.871.5303 |

Please email all information to by 10:00 AM For questions call Paula Colton, in- on Monday for the following structor. at 612-435-1304. Classes Sunday Spire, or drop off at the limited to 10 students...sign up soon! church, attn: Daniel Pederson.

PASTORAL CARE: Please notify the church office if you, a family member or an other church member are experiencing an illness, a hospitalization, or another need for pastoral care. CONGREGATIONAL JOYS AND CONCERNS are posted each week in the Pastoral Care section on the kiosk in Carlson Hall. Greeting cards for members in need of cheer are available to sign at the reception desk near the East Entry. PACEM SINGERS are available to sing to Hennepin members and friends bringing comfort of favorite hymns and songs to your surroundings. DOWNTOWN GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: Saturday mornings Sept. 4 - Dec. 18, at Central Lutheran Church (333 South 12th St., Mpls.) 9:30 - 11:30 AM. Oct. 16 topic: “Grief and Self-Awareness.”



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