Welcome to Judson
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.
SERVICE STARTS AT 9:30 am
This Sunday’s Worship Information:
Sermon: “Love Thy Neighbor” – Rev. Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher
Worship Leader: Gayle Foster Lewis
Time with Children: Barbara York
Ushers: Deb Clark, Gary Tazelaar
Welcome Rev. Dr. LeAnn Snow Flesher
Dr. Flesher is the Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Old Testament at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, CA. Her current research focuses on the intersection between the Bible, Theology, Hermeneutics, US Politics, and Global Economics. This summer at the ABC Biennial in Kansas City, KS, she, and Dr. Jennifer Davidson, presented a paper on human bodies and the Black Lives Matter movement. She was ordained in the American Baptist Churches, USA in 1993. She is a Minnesota native with degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bethel Theological Seminary. She did her PhD work at Drew University in Madison, NJ. We welcome Dr. Flesher to Judson.
Jo Bolles – Guest Musician
Jo Bolles has performed music at Judson for a number of years. She came to us by way of Sydney Rice and Craig Wiester who knew her when they were members at Grace Trinity. Craig brings Jo in every year to do music in honor of Sydney’s birthday.
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Worship in September
In all this I have given you an example that by such labor we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Happy Labor Day! Happy back-to-school! Welcome back!
The attendance thinned out a little over the summer but most of us are back and refreshed, including Pastor Travis. So we’re all set for a crowded sanctuary and a busy month of worship.
The Worship Committee has lined great speakers for our Reflection period, including Anna Lovat, Wayne Urbaniak and Beth Waterhouse. And a reminder – if you have something you’d love to share with us but have wondered how you get to be a ‘reflectionist’ (or is it ‘reflector’), wonder no more. Just call or email Beth Waterhouse (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let her know. Or simply mention it to any member of the Worship Committee. We are always eager to hear new voices or old friends share with the congregation.
September 13 is the date for our traditional Rally Day. Look for a dose of fun added to worship on that Sunday. And Sunday, September 20, we revisit our Songs of Justice format from last fall. This year we welcome Bret Hesla to lead us in song ( www.brethesla.com). Bret describes himself as a songwriter and song-leader. So, warm up your tonsils and get ready to sing. Speaking of singing, September of course means the return of music director John De Haan and the wonderful Judson Choir to enhance our services. Have you been hankering to sing with the choir? Funny, there’s a spot just waiting for you. Talk with John and or any choir member. And let’s add one more big thank you to everyone who contributed music to our services this summer.
For the Worship Committee, Keith Ford
These gifts will provide greatly needed supports for months to come for our neighbors in need. However, the need for cash assistance for rent, utilities, diapers, etc. continues to be great, especially in the winter months. Here are a few facts regarding the Starfish Ministry. Did you know:
- Since its inception in 2011, Starfish has served 205 individuals or families.
- Approximately 20% of those have been served more than once as their life situations represent their chronic
poverty/need. Starfish limits assistance to one time per year per request.
- Monthly budget amounts distributed by the volunteers range from $21,800 to $3,000, depending on funds
available. A minimum amount is kept in the account from month to month, practicing the belief that the
money is donated to help those in the community and should be used for that purpose and on a timely
- The monthly budget is exhausted between the 3rd and the 12th of the month. Usually, funds are exhausted
by the 5th or 6th day on the month.
- All money donated to Starfish goes to people in need. There are no administrative or personnel costs.
As we begin the New Year with hope and optimism, please prayerfully consider donating your time and money to those in our local community who could benefit from the sharing of our financial, physical and emotional resources. You can donate to Starfish Ministries by place cash or a check in the envelopes in the pews and marking them with Starfish. Checks should be made out to Judson Church and put Starfish in the memo line.
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“