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Bring Your Doubts.
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Do you know us? We are seekers, believers, doubters, and dreamers who gather each Sunday at the corner of 41st and Harriet. We are married, partnered, single, gay and straight; we are families at all ages and stages of life. We are theologically progressive and politically diverse - and we welcome all.

We are from Lutheran, Catholic, Baptist, Unitarian and many other faith traditions - and from no tradition. We are Judson Memorial Baptist Church. We strive to learn about and live the love of God.

We invite you to join us any Sunday morning


November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Sunday

Homily: "With Hearts & Hands & Voice" Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader:  Eileen McLaughlin

Personal Reflection: Susan Austin

Music: Judson Choir



Current month's bulletins:

11-5-17 Bulletin - Insert / 10-29-17 Bulletin / 10-22-17 Bulletin


Current month's newsletter - November 2017 Newsletter

            This week’s announcements - November 10, 2017



Fifth Anniversary Roast and Toast Celebration for Reverend Travis Norvell Sunday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. Are you tired of receiving nut goodies and salted nut rolls in the mail to entice you to come to church? Well, show up of your own free will at this roast and toast event for our good pastor, Reverend Travis Norvell. The celebration will include the renowned Judson buffet potluck, all ages humor, and some surprises. Be there or who knows what might show up in your mail?  


Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at Judson Memorial  Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

As part of its Music Series, Judson Memorial Baptist Church will be holding its FIFTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CAROL SING-AND-PLAY-ALONG on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

If you like singing holiday carols or playing holiday carols on your musical instrument or listening to holiday carols or eating holiday cookies, the Community Holiday Carol Sing-And-Play-Along is the place for you.  Joining together in community with our common human heart is especially important in these times. Plus, there is no admission fee. It is FREE for everyone.

There will be word booklets (so it will be easier to sing all of the verses). Char and Barbara Engen-Mangskau and will lead us in singing (and playing) holiday songs of all types —such as Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, Joy to the World, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Holiday Is Coming (a fun round), and their own Home For Christmas. Jim ten Bensel, a famous Minneapolis musician and also a member of Judson, will be there to join in the fun and lead us in a rousing rendition of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Van Johnson will also be there to perform The Rebel Jesus. Watch the December Messenger for further details/updates on the sing-and-play-along.

There will be several copies of easy instrumental books (playable by beginning instrumentalists and accomplished musicians as well as all levels in-between) so that people who play all kinds of instruments can play along on most of the holiday songs.  We have books for woodwinds, brass, strings, recorders, guitars, and percussion. Some small hand percussion instruments will be provided. So, bring your instruments and prepare to have some fun playing holiday carols while other people sing them. A special surprise this year is in the works. A twin cities composer/arranger has tentatively agreed to make some new instrumental arrangements for us. Watch the December Messenger for details.

Cookies have been donated (Don’t worry they won’t be stale because they have not been made yet.) and a “donation jar” will be on the table with the cookies.  All (i.e. 100%) of the money placed in the “donation jar” will be given to YouthLink for use in their work with homeless youth.


 Adult Ed through December.    Schedule


Worship in November

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:18, New Revised Standard Version)

November is a month of opportunity…starting with an extra hour (time change November 4) and ending with a holiday period of thanksgiving. Notice that the Thessalonians verse says: to give thanks IN all circumstances, not FOR all circumstances. Some circumstances are difficult, challenging, even tragic—certainly not situations for which to be thankful. The Bible only has a few verses that clearly state “the will of God.” This is one of them: to give thanks in all circumstances. 

So all of us are invited; no matter what our circumstances, to join together in worship this month. November is a month which holds a blessing for us. Together we can experience its joy, sorrow, hope, despair, its comfort, and thanksgiving.5

November is a month of opportunity...

November is an opportunity for thanksgiving. For food—when 13% of the world is hungry. For shelter; with conveniences that would be the envy of royalty in any other age. For travel—the likes of which were unimaginable 100 years ago. For ease of communication; at our fingertips.  For cars—which start 99.5% of the time. For people, who are civil (often even kind) 93% of the time.

November is an opportunity for appreciation. An opportunity to appreciate Pastor Travis Norvell; he’ll be preaching every Sunday in November. November is an opportunity to sprinkle our appreciation throughout our congregation, expressing thanks for those whose spiritual lives intersect with ours, those on spiritual journeys with us.

November is an opportunity to worship together. To smile, to shake hands, to hug. To talk and pray. To listen and reflect. To sing and meditate. To eat and drink. To laugh and cry. To worry and relax. To thank God for our sacred moments together.


Judson’s Mission: We are a spiritually grounded community united in providing sanctuary for all who enter. We seek to open ourselves to the healing and the transforming power of God’s love as we seek to follow the life of Jesus: honoring our deepest differences, seeking justice and mercy, discovering and implementing our gifts, and nurturing our children.

Faith Formation

 We're excited to have children and youth gathering once again in their small groups during 2nd Hour - Preschoolers and K upstairs in the Preschool Room; 1-4th graders downstairs in the Rainbow Room; and 6-11th grade-guys upstairs in the Providence Room.


Worship and Wonder

Worship and Wonder during the service after Time with Children. (Worship and Wonder: most 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month.)

 Weddings at Judson

We at Judson Church celebrate that Love is now the Law in Minnesota. We worked hard to make marriage equality a reality. If you are a same sex couple looking for a welcoming & affirming church to host and celebrate your wedding then we are here to serve. Please go over our wedding brochure and then set up a meeting to speak with our Pastor, The Rev. G. Travis Norvell. To see our wedding brochure, please click "Weddings".  To see the list of fees, please click "fees" and to see our alcohol policy please click "alcohol".

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Minneapolis, MN 55409-1442

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