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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.                             



This Sunday’s Worship Information:

Sermon: “In Mercy Broken” – Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader:  Keith Ford

Music: The Judson Choir

Time with Children: Rev. Travis Norvell

Ushers: Joel Frederickson, Bob & Mary Nelson


Current month’s bulletins:

10-4-15 Bulletin /9-27-15 Bulletin / 9-20-15 BulletinInsert /9-13-15 Bulletin – Insert 


Current month’s newsletter – October Newsletter 2015

           This weeks announcements – October 2, 2015


Children, Youth and Families

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

Next Sunday, Oct. 11, 1-4th graders will again share Worship and Wonder during the service after Time with Children. (Worship and Wonder: most 2nd and

4th Sundays of each month.)


  • Mississippi River Paddle– 5 Judson youth and 3 adults will be joining 28 others next Sunday, Oct. 11 for an afternoon on the River. (Please pray for favorable paddling conditions.)

Halloween Party  & Lock-in – This frightful event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Lynnhurst UCC on 45th and Colfax.  6th-12th graders can plug in at any point!  5pm: set-up Haunted House; 6-8pm: dress in scary costumes and help with Haunted House (ALL FAMILIES with young children invited!); 8pm: help with tear-down; 9pm: It’s Lock-in time! Questions? Plan to go? Contact Beth.

 Event:  Race Relations and Faith Communities with  Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle

On Sunday, October 11 at 1 pm at Judson Church, Join faith leaders and concerned community leaders for a discussion with Rev. Dr. Marvin McMickle on the role of faith communities in race relations. Dr. McMickle is currently the President of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, NY, author of 15 books, and a contributor to UNITE Rochester, an initiative to raise awareness about race and racism and inspire an inclusive approach to solving community problems. In addition to his teaching and writing experiences he was also the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, OH for 24 years. He is a sought after speaker and preacher. He brings a treasury of wisdom in the realm of race relations for the Twin Cities metro area. He will also challenge us! He will also preach at the 9:30 am worship service on October 11.

Worship in October:  Provocative and Encouraging

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering…And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together…but encouraging one another…

                                                                                                                                                          Hebrews 10:23-25

Worship in October promises to be provocative and encouraging. At the end of the month, you will reflect on your personal highlights–a song, a “Time with Children” moment, a sermon point, a prayer, a moment of silence, a personal reflection, a conversation.

Here are a few highlights we look forward to this month:

* October 4 will be communion. Pastor Norvell will be speaking on the topic, “In Mercy Broken.”

* October 11 Judson is honored to have Dr. Marvin McMickle with us. Dr. McMickle is president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Google his name to get a taste of his life of service, accomplishments, and humility. Pastor, teacher, theologian, and author of 15 books, Dr. McMickle is, in Travis’ words, “an amazing person.”

* October 18 is Children’s Sabbath. Judson children, such a blessing every week, will take an even  bigger role in this service. Pastor Novell’s sermon is entitled “The Mirror of Childhood.”

* October 25 will be a unique morning: We will take the concept of this summer’s Breakfast and Blessings and morph it into an out-of-the-ordinary all church business meeting / dream session. Pastor Norvell will preach on “What to Do with the Sidewalks.”

At Judson, we claim that relationships, creativity, and inclusiveness are primary traits of our DNA. It is provocative and encouraging to see those traits play out in our worship services. This October, the blessings are guaranteed to be…




2015-16 Mission Year Kick-Off : Stone Soup Supper

Saturday October 10, 5 -7 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall, Judson’s Missions Committee invites you to come for supper.  Stone Soup Supper.  Perhaps we should call it “pay-it-forward” stone soup. We will have soup ready rather than waiting for things to cook after we all arrive. We encourage you to bring a donation for “future soup” to add to our food shelf cauldron.

The Missions Committee has been reflecting on the story of Stone Soup and how we each bring our own special ingredients to any effort our community takes on. We are also hoping that now, after a few years of being introduced to different missions and causes which Judson holds dear through our “mission of Stone Soupthe month” approach, we are ready to continue to support our chosen missions, and also become more deeply engaged in a few of the justice related areas to which we may be called -and through which we may be able to experience the unrealized creative and healing power a focused and determined community might possess.

We will have display tables for each of the missions we are supporting this year, with Mission Committee members available to answer questions. Our general focus for this upcoming year “The Year of Eating”, is around the issues of poverty, food security, racial justice and homelessness. We have a few special projects planned for this upcoming year, taking after the example our youth have been setting for us on their mission trips and Urban Immersion service projects.

Here is the re-cap, and the stuff you really need to know:

  • Oct 10, 5-7 pm Soup Supper in Fellowship Hall
  • Bring “future soup” food shelf donation
  • Stone Soup story re-told, reflections invited
  • Service activity for kids
  • Display tables introducing Missions for 2015-2016 mission year
  • Another installment in “The Year of Eating”,

RSVP to Missions: Char 612-616-8479 or

Starfish Ministries

 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. 

 To see our missions projects that we are involved in click here”.

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

4101 Harriet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409-1442

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