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Advent December 5, 2010 Advent Devotionals Are In!
Be sure to get a copy of our latest devotional at the information tables or reception desk today!

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. Dec. 5: Ginger Sisco, Dec. 12: Bruce Robbins.

In Days to Come...Great Joy!
Christmas Eve Pageant Dec. 24 @ 4pm
All children ages 3 and up are invited to enter into the story of the birth of Jesus by participating in the annual Christmas Eve Pageant. It will be a simple retelling of the Christmas story. Rehearsal is Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4 PM. Parents or other adults are needed for costuming and help during the pageant. Children in 3rd grade and older are invited to be readers. Children ages 3 through 2nd grade may sign up to sing in one of the special choirs. Additional rehearsals for choirs are scheduled Sunday mornings during Advent. Sign up online, or in person at the reception desk.

Parsonage Open House Dec. 12 We welcome Rev. Bruce Robbins back to Hennepin after a four month sabbatical! On Sunday, Dec. 12, noon2 pm, you are invited to a special open house at the parsonage for holiday snacks and to see the recently remodeled first floor rooms. The Board of Trustees and the Staff Parish Relations Committee are your hosts.

Welcome Back Bruce!

Advent Art Project
Artist Amanda Hunter will lead a conversation and experience of ways we can all be a part of the Advent “In Days to Come...Great Joy” community art project today at 11:00 AM in Room 203. Sculptural “Vessels of Anticipation, Hope and Joy” will hold our prayers and become containers for all we anticipate in this season that leads us toward the birth of the Christ Child. ALL AGES are invited to come and see how you can get involved!

Boots for homeless Children
Sacred Journey community led by the Polach family invites everyone to collect new boots for children at the Stonebridge Elementary School, a school of 160 students who are homeless or transient. For the past eight years we have provided new boots for these children the week before Christmas break. We need: Girls and Boys NEW boots, sizes 11 to 4. Bring them to the church on Sunday and the Polach’s will collect them. If you would prefer to make a donation so boots can be purchased, please make a check to HAUMC and add “BOOTS” to the memo line. The boots and donations are needed by next Sunday, Dec. 12. Help us to once again create The Miracle of the Boots!

Worship Leaders at 9:30 & 11:00
December 5, 12, 19 Bruce Robbins, Preaching

Christmas Around the World
11 AM, Sunday, Dec. 12
Take a world tour with the Sanctuary Choir, soloists and chamber orchestra. Music in a wide variety of styles and languages from many countries will carry you to places you’ve been and places you’d like to go, in this season of joy and hope.

Little Kids Big Fun
Wrapping Party! December 8
The Adults will get lessons from a former professional gift-wrapper, as well as fun for those of us w/o anything to wrap. The Kid’s activity: Christmas ornaments and games! We’ll start at 5:30 PM for dinner, then from 6:20-7:20 PM kids and their grownups will do their own thing. You’ll be out the door by 7:30 PM.

Life Adventure’s Christmas Celebration Friday, Dec. 10th at Noon, lunch and program of story and song with Jodi Gustafson, Office Manager and Sally Johnson, Minister of Worship and Spiritual Formation. Hear the story Great Joy! by MN author Kate DiCamillo, and join in many joyous songs of the season, accompanied by our Communications Director, Daniel Pederson. Reservations due by Dec. 5. Lunch is $12.00

Great Joy!

Barefoot Zone: Walking the Spiritual Path
by Sally Howell Johnson

So far, we have heard from 339 households who have responded with their pledge card. Will you take the time to respond this week? We want to hear from everyone…with your financial pledge and with your prayer concerns. Pledge cards are at the information tables, and can be found online at, under the “Giving” menu. Thank you for your support of Hennepin in 2011.

A new book collecting some of Sally’s daily blog writings is being published! The price is $14.00. You can order online at or by phone at 1-888-696-1828. Order forms are also available at the reception desk. All proceeds from the book go to the Hennepin Foundation Scholarship fund.

7 PM, Thurs., Dec. 9 We will get an early start to celebrating Christmas with our annual 40 Below Christmas Potluck. We will have access to the kitchen in the Dignity Center to heat up and put finishing touches on our culinary delights! Set up from 6:30, with the party starting at 7:00. Hope to see lots of people! This is a low key event with great food, people and conversation.

Christmas Party


Community Meals

Depending on how many guests arrive this evening, we will have served nearly 4600 people approximately 7500 meals in 2010. Those same 4600 guests were also able to take home socks, underwear, pantry items and toiletries. We are truly blessed by your faith, hope, love and generosity.

Youth “Brunch” Theater
Today, 11:00 AM Social Hall

Your church is worth it!

Come, enjoy the fun and thoughtful production “Inventing a Christmas Story,” presented by our Hennepin Youth in partnership with UMW. Walkins only as space allows. Adults-$12, Children/ students-$5, Families-$30. 3-course brunch included.


Just in time for holiday giving the “elves” at Steeple People have been sorting books to bring them to church and simplify Christmas shopping. Today and Dec. 12, check out our tables in the East Entry and see our selection of Christmas books for all ages, as well as many other nearly new books. Find the perfect gift while supporting this Hennepin ministry. We will accept cash or checks.

A Sleigh Full of Books from Steeple People

Last Sunday Sally Johnson invited people to take a Great Joy booklet to record the joy they experience during Advent. These small books are available at the reception desk. Record the joys you experience, honor them, offer your gratitude and then share the stories with others. This can be your Advent practice as we live out our theme of “In Days to Come...Great Joy.” Contact Sally with questions:

Unwind from the hustle and bustle of Christmas at our Koinonia Retreat Center Dec. 31—Jan 2. This year we are planning for sleigh rides, broom ball, sledding and a concert courtesy of The Mult i g e n e r a t i o n a l c om m i t tee. You can plan to come and spend one or two nights at Koinonia. Two Day Package cost is: Adults $120, children under 12, $80, Family max $240.

Fire and Ice: Koinonia

Register before Dec 20: Adults $95, Children $55, family max $190. One Day Package cost is: Adults $60, children under 12, $40, Family max $120. If you register before Dec. 20: Adults $50, Children, $30.00, family max of $95. Register at church reception desk. More information is in the December !nSpire.
Surviving and Celebrating the Holidays Holistically
4:00 PM, Sunday December 12 Border Chapel

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 7:00 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: Dec. 6 & 20, Jan. 3 & 17, 7-8:30 PM. This Group is for those worried about their current job or transitioning to a new career. Facilitator Leslie Philmon has 16 years experience as a career coach. If you had a successful job change this year, consider bringing Christmas cookies Dec. 20 and sharing your story. Eggnog provided! Thank you. 50s and 60s Group: Are you firmly planted in middle age? Don’t want to admit you might qualify for senior discounts? Single, divorced, married? If yes, then you might want to join this group at 7 PM on Friday, Dec. 10 at the home of Marla and Bill Tipping. For more information, please contact Marla: 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! January 27, 2011: Reviving Christian Humanism: The New Conversation on Spirituality, Theology and Psychology by Don Browning.

Global Issues Forum 7:00 PM, Thurs., Dignity Center needs donations for Dec. 16, Rethinking Immigration. DC Client Christmas. Many Dignity With presenters Donna Gabaccia, Center clients do not have a caring Director of the Immigration History community that provides gifts or Research Center (UofM), and parties. The Dignity Center wants to Kathleen Moccio, professor of be that caring community, but Immigration Law at St. Thomas we needs help to purchase $20 Target will explore the global and historical gift cards and pay for the holiday perspectives of U.S. immigration party. Can you help? Write a check and suggest why our policies often to “The Dignity Center” and direct it produce some of the problems they to Ann Carlson’s mail box. Thanks! are intended to address. Souper Bowl: Are you a football fan or a Community Meals fan? Either Donate! Volunteer! way you know Souper Bowl Sunday Heartwarmers: For many Hennepin is February 6. Buying a can of soup Church families, the Hennepin for each win your team has will be Heartwarmers have become an a super gift to the hungry. Thanks! annual Christmas tradition. Pick up Annual Youth Bake Sale on Sundays your Heartwarmer today in the East Dec. 12 & 19, please bring your Entry and share the warmth with favorite holiday treats for donation family and friends. to be sold at this event. Please packThank Offering: The Hennepin United age treats so they are ready to be Methodist Women are continuing sold, and bring them to the Bake to receive Thank Offerings. Please Sale tables in Carlson Hall before make note of this on your check or 9:30 AM on the morning of the envelope. sale. Contact Paula Colton if you Dignity Center needs volunteers on want to help: or December 20 from 9:00-2:00 to set 612-435-1304. up, serve and clean up for the DC Client Christmas party. Contact Ann Ambassador Cards Carlson or 612Available 435-1336 to help. Thanks! A Hennepin member is providing DC needs volunteer Lawyers. The Ambassador Cards to church members Dignity Center hosts a Volunteer who would like to attend the current Lawyer Network (VLN) legal clinic production of Black Nativity at Penumbra M/W/F mornings from 9:00—11:30, Theatre, running through Dec. 26 th. offering brief legal services. Lawyers These cards allow holders to purchase with three years of civil legal experi- a ticket to a Penumbra show for $10 (a ence are eligible to volunteer. $38 value). They are good for the entire Contact Mary Martin for more info season, not just this production. Pick up at or 612-435- your Ambassador Card at the Reception Desk today! 1337.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Calendar of Events
1st Sunday of the Month * All Church Worship *
(Children attend worship with their family)

9:00 AM Dignity Center—Open 7:00 PM Job Support Group

8:30 AM 11:00 AM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 9:00 AM 9:30 AM 1:00 PM 5:30 PM 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 9:00 AM 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 12:00 PM Library Committee India Partnership Adult Nurture Altar Choir Shared Ministry Team Communications Ministry Reconciling Committee Dignity Center—Open Knotty Quilters Recyclers Little Kids, Big Fun Steeple People Board Meeting Local Outreach Sanctuary Choir Joy Circle Thursday Bible Study Labyrinth 40 Below Christmas Potluck Hennepin Chime Men’s Bible Fellowship Dignity Center—Open Alanon Life Adventures Luncheon

8:30 - 9:00 8:30 - 12:30 8:45 - 12:30 9:00 - 10:00 9:30 - 10:30 9:45 - 10:45 10:30 - 12:00 10:45 - 11:45 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:00 11:00 - 12:30 11:00 - 12:30 4:45 - 6:30 7:00 - 8:00

Holy Communion Border Chapel Coffee Fellowship Carlson Hall Nursery / Child Care Rooms 101 & 103 Sacred Journey Art Gallery Festival Worship Sanctuary God’s Children Sing Room 105 Seeds of Celebration Harrison Room Library Board Longfellow Room Many Voices Border Chapel A Story to Stand On: Ginger Sisco Room 202 Advent Art Project Room 203 God’s Children Sing Room 205 Kindergarten Milestone Room 5/7 Youth Brunch Theater Social Hall Chamber Singers Choir Room Community Meals Social Hall Journey Rehearsal Choir Room



Please send all Calendar Corrections and Room Requests to Jodi Gustafson. or 612-435-1325


Christmas Eve at Hennepin
12:00 Noon — Border Chapel
A contemplative service of carols and communion.

Breakfast at Hennepin ~ Returns next week ~
Today, our Youth Brunch Theater will be presented in the Social Hall and takes the place of Breakfast at Hennepin. You may purchase tickets, if available, for $12— Adults, $5—Children, $30—Families. Coffee is available in Carlson Hall.

2:00 PM — Art Gallery
Music, poetry, silence and candlelight on the labyrinth.

Gratitude for your Giving and Continued Support
At the end of November, the Operating Budget Income Received in each of the past three years has amounted to: 2010—87% of Budget Thank You 2009—84% of Budget For your 2008—83% of Budget Support!

Welcome to a Sunday afternoon gathering in Border Chapel that allows a safe, holy place to share among

community. Join others for personal reflection and sharing of how to cope and enjoy the holidays simultaneously. Learn how to balance yourself between the hectic and the holy activities of the season. Please call Cynthia Ashley, Parish Nurse at church 612-435-1310 for info.

Now Accepting PayPal

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.

4:00 PM — Sanctuary
A family friendly service with pageant, choirs and candlelight. Childcare available for infants.

7:00 PM — Sanctuary
Carols, communion and candlelight. Childcare available for infants, ASL interpreted.

Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

11:00 PM — Sanctuary
Carols, communion and candlelight. Prelude concert begins at 10:30 PM

511 Groveland Avenue | Minneapolis, MN 55403 | 612.871.5303 |

Please email all information to by 10:00 AM on Monday for the following Sunday Spire, or drop off at the church, attn: Daniel Pederson.

Sunday Spire Deadline

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. Dec. 11 topic: “Moments, Mentors and Miracles.”



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