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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


February 18, 2018

First Sunday of Lent

Sermon: Rev. Thomas Bowden

Worship Leader: Sandi Knoche

Music: Judson Choir

Ushers: Nora Reeh, Larry Jacobson, Kathi Blomquist and Ken Rowe

Welcome, Rev. Thomas L. Bowen of Shiloh Baptist Church, Wash. D.C.

This Sunday we welcome The Reverend Thomas L. Bowen is the Earl L. Harrison Minister of Social Justice and has faithfully served the Shiloh congregation as a member of its ministerial team since July 2002. He is also the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs in the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser and is considered the chief advocate and voice of the faith community in the District of Columbia.

Rev. Bowen is a founding member of the Jamestown Project, an action-oriented think tank, and a member of the African American Ministers Leadership Council of People for the American Way. He also has served on the Board of Trustees for the Lorain County (Ohio) Urban League, the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Centennial Celebration Task Force for the American Baptist Churches, Inc. 


Current month's bulletins

2-18-18 Bulletin / 2/11/18 Bulletin / 2-4-17 Bulletin / 1-28-18 Bulletin 


Current month's newsletter - February 2018 Newsletter

            This week’s announcements - February 16, 2018

Adult Education Hour – Topics for February

February 4 - CE is hosting an inter-generational Learning and Service project. Learn about Small Sums from Director, Terre Thomas. Small Sums is an organization that helps homeless individuals, who have found jobs, with the things that they need to start back to work.  We will put together “Roadside Kindness Packets”

 February 11 – Jazz Sunday with King Cakes after the service (no adult education)

February 18 - Thomas Bowen will be Judson’s guest preacher this week. Rev. Bowen serves Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington DC and is also the Director of Religious Affairs in the DC Mayor’s office. We are excited to welcome him to the Second Hour for a sermon “talk back.”

February 25 - It’s Oscar time and that means we welcome Doug Wallace back to Adult Education Second Hour to share his thoughts on some of the nominated films and how the themes impact us as people of faith.  Specific films for Doug’s talk will include “Call Me By Your Name”, “The Darkest Hour”’ and “The Shape of Water”.


Lenten Schedule

February 14th 6:30 pm Ash Wednesday Service February 18th 9:30 am First Sunday in Lent

     Second Hour:  Rev. Thomas Bowen, guest preacher—talk back

February 25th 9:30 am Second Sunday in Lent

     Second Hour:  Doug Wallace—Academy Awards talk back

March 4th 9:30 am Third Sunday in Lent

     Second Hour: Pilgrimage series–Jesus Why you be Trippin– Ayo Yetunde

March 11th 9:30 am Fourth Sunday in Lent

     Second Hour: Pilgrimage series–Jesus Why you be Trippin– Ayo Yetunde

March 18th  9:30 am Fifth Sunday in Lent

     Second Hour: Pilgrimage series–Jesus Why you be Trippin– Ayo Yetunde

March 25th 9:30 am Palm Sunday March 29th 6:30 pm Maundy Thursday Service April 1st 9:30 am Easter Service  

Upcoming Events at Judson Church


Bill wrote🎤"All God's Children Got a Place in the Choir"🎶.


Recording artist and folk song legend Bill Staines brings his stories and songs to south Minneapolis on Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm in the beautiful sanctuary of historic Judson Memorial Baptist Church. Bill Staines has written more than 300 songs and has had his songs recorded by the likes of Peter, Paul, and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough, and Jerry Jeff Walker. His music and songs like “All God’s Critters,” “The Roseville Fair,” “Child of Mine,” and “River" have become folk music classics.

On stage, Staines is an intimate, compelling performer, encouraging his audience to sing with him on his chorus songs. He will mix in traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads.

Bill has made numerous radio and television appearances and has been a frequent performer on “A Prairie Home Companion" and now at the historic Judson Memorial Baptist Church. Judson's beautiful sanctuary has wonderful acoustics and is handicapped accessible on Harriet Avenue. Plenty of on-street parking.

General admission at the door. Doors open at 6:45pm. Suggested donation $15.


Minneapolis Trombone Choir

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 18 at 4 pm when Judson Church hosts the 45th Annual Minneapolis Trombone Choir Concert in the sanctuary. There will be new compositions by members of the choir, along with classical, jazz, and contemporary pieces. Suggested donation $15. All proceeds go the Special Music Fund at Judson Church.


"Dinner and a Show" returns

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7 at  Judson Church when Doug Weatherhead and Van Johnson will again host “Dinner and a Show”.  More information to follow.

Worship in February

Take an opportunity to slow down, to meander rather than to rush, to allow life to sink in a bit, to find ways to go deeper and not always stay on the surface. Take time to observe, to pay attention, and then to act — and in so doing provide the space to move from the rush to replenish. When we take this practice seriously, we plant its blessings so that they benefit not only us in our lives for this season, but also extend to the world around us. Erin Dunigan

Find replenishment at Judson during this quiet time just before Lent. Gather as a community for Communion on February 4th. Sway to the Jazz music on February 11th. Celebrate and reflect on Black History Month on February 18th. Be inspired by the personal reflections, sermons and choir music throughout the month. Just come and be.

February 18th - First Sunday of Lent Sermon: Rev. Thomas Bowden Worship Leader: Sandi Knoche Music: Judson Choir

February 25th - Second Sunday of Lent Sermon: “Wilderness Christianity” Rev. G. Travis Norvell Worship Leader: Jimmi Langemo Personal Reflection: Dreya Layman Music: Judson Choir


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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