We are determined to stay connected with you, our Hennepin community.

Our video worship services are available online every Sunday (see below for details).

Live-Stream Worship on Website
Watch Worship Live on Facebook

Hennepin’s Phased Reopening Plans

We’re Moving Back to the “Orange Phase

Hennepin Avenue UMC’s leadership continues to closely monitor recommendations regarding the prevention of COVID-19 transmission from the Minnesota Department of Health, and to use the Minnesota Conference’s Phased Re-Gathering Plan for Churches to guide our policies and procedures for operations within the church building.  (You can find this plan at www.minnesotaumc.org/regatheringplan
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As hospitalizations due to COVID and the number of new daily COVID cases in MN stays steady, we are reopening our church building for certain limited purposes.

Here is what to expect during the Red Phase
(think “virtual” or “very small group”):

    1. in-person on-site baptisms, weddings and funerals are permitted for groups of no more than 10 people;
    2. worship services continue to be held online only;
    3. most groups and committees continue to meet virtually;
    4. a receptionist will be on-site Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm, and the building will be fully closed on weekends;
    5. throughout the church building hand-sanitizing stations are in place; 
    6. appropriate signage has been posted to indicate spaces within the building that remain closed;
    7. most staff continue to work remotely;
    8. staff in the office wear masks, measure their temperature before working in the office, and are directed to disinfect their personal workspace before leaving;
    9. members, vendors, and other guests adhere to the same requirements as staff.
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    Thank you for your prayers and patience as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have any questions regarding Hennepin’s reopening plan, please contact Joe Polach, Director of Facilities, by phone at 612.435.1335 or by email: joep@haumc.org
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    COVID-19-related EVENTS

    FREE TAKE-HOME SALIVA TESTS

    We are offering free saliva tests that you can take at home. You can pick up your test any Monday, Wednesday or Friday 7:30-2:30 at the Dignity Center, 425 Groveland Ave. Please email TheDignityCenter@gmail.com or call 612-435-1315 to schedule a pick-up.
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    A few notes about the test:
    • You should not eat, drink or use tobacco products for 30 minutes before taking the test.
    • You will need access to the internet (via phone or computer when using the test) for a zoom meeting with someone with Vault labs who will observe/walk you through the testing process.
    • You will also need to register with Vault Labs (online) to take the test. Each person taking the test will need to register AND provide a separate email for results notification.
    • You will receive their results via email within 48–72 hours after the test.
    • You will need to take the test (in the provided, pre-paid envelope) to a United Parcel Service (UPS) the same day you take the test. You cannot take the envelope to the post office (USPS) or FedEx.

    covid-19 vaccination pilot program

    On January 18, the State of Minnesota launched a vaccination pilot program at nine sites across the state. As the federal government increases vaccine supply, a more extensive network of vaccination clinics will roll out in communities.
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    The January pilot program is open for:
    • Minnesotans 65 and older (who can sign up online or over the phone)
    • Pre-K-12 educators and staff (who will work directly with their program or school)
    • Child care workers (who will be randomly selected and notified)
    Pre-register online or by phone at 833-431-2053. Appointments are extremely limited, and no walk-ins will be accepted.
    Because this is a limited pilot program, vaccine demand is greater than available supply, so please remain patient and continue to wear a mask, wash your hands regularly and stay six feet away from others who do not live in your household.
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    Here is a link to Frequently Asked Questions about the vaccine.


      Pastoral Care

      Congregational Care is available.

      Hennepin Avenue UMC Pastors, Visitation Ministers and Care Team offer support for all life events. To let us know you or a loved one needs care, please use one of the contact buttons below. You can also call the office (612-871-5303), or email (pastoralcare@haumc.org); the pastor on call will contact you as soon as possible.

      Please note that we do not have access to names of people who are hospitalized. We need you to contact us or have a loved one contact us to tell us about the hospitalization.

      Congregational care is one of the most important gifts of spiritual community, and we want to be with you in celebration or sorrow. If you experience an emergency or a bereavement, or want to request a prayer, please reach out to us.


      Request Pastoral Care & Prayers
      Celebrate & Share Life Events

      Now is the time for new connections!



      How to Live Stream

      There are many easy ways to access the worship service digitally:
      1>> On our website    2>> on you-tube   3>> on you-tube  4>> on a mobile device via our app.  5> > on the phone

      We strongly encourage you to practice using one or more of these in advance of the serviceIf you need help, we invite you to find a friend, family member, or neighbor who can help you get it set up, or you may send an email to hello@haumc.org.



          Reception Desk & Building Hours
          612-871-5303

          MODIFIED building “business” HOURS ARE NOW IN EFFECT DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, AS WE TRY TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND CARE FOR OUR STAFF AND VISITORS. Effective February 16, 2021, the Hennepin Avenue UMC building will observe the following hours:

          Receptionist Hours:
          Monday through Friday: 9am–4pm

          Building Hours:
          Saturday & Sunday: Closed 

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          While we have limited hours with receptionists answering the telephone, we will continue to monitor and respond to voicemail messages–please don’t hesitate to call us:  612-871-5303


          SCHEDULING UPDATES

          Bishop Ough urges the postponement or cancellation of all non-essential, in-person small group meetings or gatherings in church buildings. If you need to cancel a meeting or event scheduled to take place at Hennepin Avenue UMC, please email: scheduling@haumc.org or call our front desk: 612-871-5303


          Children, Family, & Youth Programs

            All camps and retreats have been offered in a virtual format during the pandemic.
            All mission trips have been postponed until travel is safer again.


              MINISTRIES & COMMUNITY OUTREACH

              THE FOLLOWING CHURCH MINISTRIES ARE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED:
              • Sunday Brunch 
              • Sabbath Beginnings Worship
              • Seeds of Celebration


              SMALL GROUPS AT HENNEPIN

              The following small groups are temporarily suspended:
              • Lenten Study Group “The Walk”
              • Thursday Women’s Bible Study
              • Friday Men’s Bible Study
              • Pub Theology gatherings
              • Gutsy Women of Faith gatherings
              • Life Adventures for Seniors & Friends


                CHOIR PRACTICE AT HENNEPIN

                The following in-person Choir Rehearsals are temporarily suspended:
                • Sanctuary Choir
                • Journey Choir
                • Altar Choir
                • Hennepin Chime
                • Youth Bell Choir


                    Communication

                    We know that this situation around this virus will continue to change, and quickly. We are committed to communicating with you clearly and frequently. Please watch for updates through email, check our Facebook page frequently. Thank you for your cooperation and your commitment to staying together and staying strong as we pray for one another and our world as we support each other in responding to the threat of COVID-19 in our community. 
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                    Jesus said, “Do not be anxious. Do not be afraid.”

                    We do not live in fear because we are rooted in faith that assures us that God is with us. Please feel free to contact us with questions and concerns.