July 4, 2024 | Weekly Newsletter

Grounding in Faith with Pastor Elizabeth

The Hennepin Avenue UMC flagpole flying the American Flag and Pride Progress Flag against a blue sky.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Declaration of Independence

Happy Fourth of July!

It has never felt more important to lean into the ground of our national being.

Whatever your political persuasion, I trust you will join me in celebrating the foundations of our nation: All people are endowed by their creator with unalienable rights; all meaning all.

All around us we hear so much fracture, and it lands in the place of despair in our bodies.

How then shall we live?

We choose to mindfully practice anti-fracture. As a church we commit to building beloved community. We are deeply aware of our need for mutual care and commitment.

It has never felt more important to lean into the ground of our faith being.

Our church is in the midst of a city longing for healing. What then shall we do?

We are holding parking lot parties meant to build community and healing. This is our ministry!!!!! We are called to bear witness to the power of connection.

We are joining with the Women's Club and the Citizens for a Loring Park Community to provide a venue where we share food, fun, and the joy of intentionally living anti-fracture.

This church needs you to come and represent hope. The party runs from five to seven on July 10th and August 14th. There are food trucks, vendors, kid's activities and the great gift of holy community communion.

This is our time.

Please show up.

Pastor Elizabeth

Loring Park Neighborhood Party

July 10 from 5-7pm in the Hennepin Parking Lot!

Hennepin is partnering with local organizations to host a party for the whole neighborhood! Join us on July 10, 2024, from 5pm to 7pm in the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church parking lot for two evenings of community celebration...Read More.

Upcoming Events

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July 4

Independence Day | Building Closed

July 7 | 11:15am

The Good News of Metanoia with Bill Tipping

July 10 | 5pm

Loring Park Neighborhood Party

July 11 | 1pm

UWF Monthly Gathering

July 14 | 9:15am

Second Hand Sundays with Old School

July 14 | 11:15am

The Good News of Metanoia with Bill Tipping

July 16 | 6:30pm

Christy Douglas Artist Talk

July 18 | 7pm

Monthly Virtual Book Club

July 21 | 11:30am

New Members Class

July 24 | 3:30pm

Disability Action Team Virtual Open House

August 4 | 11:15am

Learning to Listen - Care Ministry Class

Visit our events page to view all upcoming and re-occuring events

This Sunday's Message:

Claiming Voice

by Pastor Elizabeth Macaulay

Scripture: Psalm 48, Mark 6; 1 - 13

Power! Sermon Series

June 23 - August 4

Giving and Service Spotlight:

Pride Parking Lot Fundraiser

In case you haven't heard, we are hosting the Loring Park Neighborhood Party in our parking lot on July 10th from 5-7pm!

Volunteer opportunities include help with set up, clean up, bounce house supervision, helping with crafts, hosting water stations, and more.

If you are interested in helping, come to Hennepin on July 10 at 5pm (or earlier to set up) and we will give you a way to help out!

Church News of the Week:

The stories that keep us connected

Why Do We Chalk for Pride?

Reflections from Emily Dahm

Images of chalk art on the Hennepin Ave UMC sidewalk and retaining wall. The art is rainbow colored flowers and a rainbow beneath the flowers.

Last Thursday afternoon while I was out in front of Hennepin on my own sketching out the design for the “Protect Trans People” mural, I heard someone say to me “Looks like you could use some help”. I hadn’t planned on the community chalking to begin until the next day, but collaboration waits for no one. I accepted the help and Leo and I began working on the mural. I got to know a little bit about him. He is an artist and... Read More.

Celebrating a Successful Pride Parking Fundraiser!

Reflections from Pastor Laura Hannah

A volunteer standing in front of the Hennepin parking lot next to a sign that reads Parking for Twin Cities Pride Festival.

This past weekend, HAUMC joyfully opened its lot to Pride Festival goers, and we are thrilled to share the success of our fundraiser for LGBTIA inclusion in the United Methodist Church. We raised over six thousand dollars! These funds will support essential trainings, LGBTIA-affirming Vacation Bible School curriculum, and other vital efforts.

Seeing parents with their... Read More.

The Good News of Metanoia with Bill Tipping

July 7 and 14 at 11:15am in the Art Gallery

We declare ourselves a church of connection and transformation. From the newly elected Governance Board, to the vitalization work being done with our consultant Convergence, we are connecting and transforming into new things. Jesus challenges us to align with the Spirit and move past the limitations of our comfort zones. The offer is one of freedom and possibility from God, who is always able to do... Read More and View Event.

Christy Douglas Artist Talk: My Roots Run Deep

July 16 at 6:30pm in Carlson Hall

A Graphic outlining the details of the Christy Douglas Artist Talk. The name of the exhibition is My Roots Run Deep. A photo of Christy is included as well.

Christy Douglas is a Minneapolis-based painter specializing in abstract expressionism. Growing up in the South, she honed her artistic skills at the Savannah College of Art & Design and earned her BFA from the University of Mississippi. Her work has been exhibited nationally and featured in Southern Living Magazine. This marks her first solo exhibition. Additionally, she will be participating in the Hopkins Center... Read More and View Event.

July is Disability Pride Month: Join the Disability Action Team for a Virtual Open House!

July 24 at 3:30pm on Zoom

A graphic that describes the details of the Disability Action Team Virtual Open House. For the Zoom link, email DisabilityActionTeam@HAUMC.ORG

The Disability Action Team is hosting our first-ever Virtual Open House. Join us over Zoom on Wednesday, July 24th at 3:30 pm. No need to drive anywhere, you can attend from the comfort of your home or office. This event will only happen online.

This is not just for Hennepin, it is for anyone interested in making faith communities places (and virtual spaces) of authentic inclusion... Read More.

My Baiwalla Story

Reflections from Joan Jemison

Joan Jemison highlighting in Baiwalla Sierra Leone.

Last March I went with a group from Hennepin Church and Good Samaritan UMC on a mission trip to Baiwalla, Sierra Leone. I had never been to a Third World Country but I thought I knew a little bit about what it would be like. But I had no idea!!! Oxford and Webster's dictionaries define Third World Countries as “underdeveloped or developing countries of Africa, Asia, or Latin America.” Google named three characteristics... Read More.

Sharing Dignity

A Message from Rev. Margaret Kelly

A note from a client of the Dignity Center that reads I want to thank y'all for all the help the center has done for me. May God bless the center in Jesus name. Amen. One day at a time.

Last week, the pastor whose love of community led to the creation of the Dignity Center passed away. His name would come up periodically in the origin story of the Dignity Center. Pastor Dennis Oglesby believed the church needed to be engaged in the work of being church, not simply an institution for the sake of being an institution. He and a few lay people opened the Dignity Center as a friendly place for folks to drop in... Read More.

HAUMC Fall Retreat

A graphic illustration of children sitting on a log enjoying the outdoors.

We're planning a fall retreat for families and HAUMC community members!

We'd love your input as we solidify plans and we appreciate you taking a few minutes to give us your thoughts on the form below

Fill out the HAUMC Fall Retreat form.

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