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Announcements April 14, 2017

 This Sunday’s Worship Information

 April 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

easter flowers

Easter Sunday

Sermon: “Ain’t no grave can hold my body down” Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader: Dave Zumeta


Music: Judson Choir and Brass

Ushers: Joel Frederickson, Jane Ann Nelson, Marlys Wiens

Email Notes from Travis

I think the next few days – Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, & Easter morn – are the fastest days of the church year. So much happens and there never seems enough time to slow down and ponder them.  

We offer a service this evening at 6:30 (Communion and Tenebrae), on Good Friday the sanctuary will be open from 1-4 for silent meditation and walking the labyrinth, and Easter service on Sunday morn at 9:30.  

If you haven’t had a chance to read the Easter story in Matthew I invite you to when you have a moment, Matthew 28:1-10. The components for the Easter sermon, so far, include Keith Jarrett’s Koln concert, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and God’s creative act of Resurrection. Hope to see you on Easter morn.  

Peace, Travis

This Week at Judson

Apr. 16 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship – Easter Sunday Sanctuary
Apr. 17 / Mon. 6:30 pm MN Philharmonic Orchestra Ann Judson Room
  6:30 pm Strength Training for Women Library
Apr. 18 / Tues. 6:30 pm Girl Scout Fellowship Hall
  7:00 pm Spiritual Voyageurs Library
Apr. 19 / Wed. 5:45 pm Race Matters Discussion Ann Judson Room
Apr. 20 / Thurs.   Messenger Deadline  
  9:00 am JPS Music Providence Room
  6:30 pm Strength Training for Women Providence Room
Apr. 22 / Sat. 9:00 am Soup Group Fellowship Hall Kitchen
  9:00 am Property Committee Library
  10:00 am Art Group Ann Judson Room
Apr. 23 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
  10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
  11:00 am Second Hour Education  

Open Sanctuary – All Are Welcome

Silent Meditation & Walking Labyrinth available on Good Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 at Judson Church. Enter at the Arcade door on Harriet, through the gate.

Office Manager on vacation

The office manager will be on vacation Monday, April 17 and Monday, April 24.


Warm Congratulations to Susan and Austin, and Rosie and Finn Mason on the Dedication of Henry and Charlie last Sunday! And “Thank You” to Kristine, Evan and Rose who hosted our Reception following the service!

Next Race Matters Meeting

Join us for an honest and sometimes challenging conversation about race and ethnicity Wed. April 19, 5:00- 6:45 pm, Ann Judson room. Please bring an open mind, a friend who might see things differently than you do and a snack to share.

Judson Preschool-You’re Invited

Judson Preschool’s longtime director, Kristie Roedl, is retiring in May 2017 after 20 years of service. The Judson Preschool Board would like to invite you to two opportunities to meet with former and current preschool folks and to bid farewell to our wonderful director. This is also a great opportunity to support our fantastic Judson Preschool.

Judson Preschool Spring Fundraiser–Saturday, May 6 7:00-10:30 PM at Kieran’s Irish Pub in downtown Minneapolis. $35/person includes apps and 2 drinks. Silent and live auction items. To purchase tickets, contact Abby at by April 25th. Tickets are available the day of the event, but we appreciate an earlier RSVP. 

Judson Spring Picnic–Thursday, May 18 4:00 – 9:00 PM at Beard’s Plaisance near Lake Harriet. Join Judson families for a BYO dinner followed by a (free) ice cream truck (6-7 PM). No need to RSVP, but check Judson Preschool Facebook page for weather or other information. Any questions, contact Abby at

Message from Jeanne McKusick

Jeanne is looking for a fully furnished 1 or 2-bed room apartment or Condo from Mid-May to mid-Oct. in a western suburb of Mpls. (Minnetonka 1st choice). The place she had lined up became unavailable, due to family problems. Please contact Jeanne with any suggestions.

Second Hour Education – April 23

In early October 2016, the Judson Property Committee began the process of applying for a mini-grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO). Our goal was to reduce roof run-off into the Mississippi watershed by installing rain gardens and/or native plantings as a way of reflecting the churches commitment to being stewards of God’s creation.  At the end of October, we were invited to submit a final proposal that included design criteria, budget, timetable, support letters from our partners, and examples of our work. At the end of January, we heard that our proposal had been accepted! 

Join Jane Jacobson and Barb Balcom in Adult Education on April 23rd

to hear all about the grant – why are we doing this, where will the rain gardens and/or native plantings be located, what will be installed, and how you can help.

Thank you from Van Johnson and Doug Weatherhead

Thanks to all volunteers for helping with Dinner and a Show 2017. Also thanks to all who attended and supported the event!

Be the Spark for Environmental Justice

How can we take on the urgent challenges of environmental justice in our time and place? Using stories, the arts, video, and hands-on learning opportunities, this workshop will equip participants to mobilize their communities around local and global issues of environmental justice. Materials center on the deep issues of justice and the beloved community through a progressive Christian faith lens. Pastors, church members, educators, seminary students, and members of communities of faith beyond the United Church of Christ are all welcome to attend.

When: 5 PM Wednesday, May 24 until 12 PM Friday, May 26; 

Where: Pilgrim Point Camp, 2059 Pilgrim Point Rd, Alexandria, MN (directions); 

Who: Pastors, church members, 

educators, seminary students, and members of communities of faith beyond the UCC are all welcome to attend; 

Cost: $110 (includes lodging, all meals, snacks and program). A limited number of single rooms are available for an additional cost of $50.

Registration Deadline: May 15, 2017

Bill Forsyth is a board member of MN Interfaith Power & Light, who is one of three sponsors of this event. The other two are the United Church of Christ Environmental Ministries and the Minnesota Conference of United Church of Christ. Poster for Conference

“Recognition Sunday” is coming up!

As is tradition, the Judson community will once again be honoring our graduating seniors during the service and with a reception on Sunday, May 7. Sam Clague is graduating from Hopkins High School on June 1! Do you know a graduating senior, perhaps someone who’s been away for a while but spent many formative years here at Judson? Please contact Beth.;  612-822-0649, ext. 11. Thank you!


Mission Giving this past Week

$20 Shapan Orphanage

$30 Starfish

Starfish collections

Starfish is a joint ministry of Judson Baptist Church and Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Its purpose is to help individuals and families in temporary financial crises-to serve as a bridge to assist people from our community, who contact us. It is funded by donations. Starfish is a blessing. We are thankful for this ministry-for those who contact Starfish for help, for those who contribute money and time and prayers.


Resources for upcoming or ongoing activities/events:


Capri Theater

First Thursday of each month – Films and Discussion

Monica has offered her house as a meeting point for people wanting to go to the films as a group.

Moonlight – currently running

Deals with race and gender


A Good Time for Truth

Collection of Essays – Minnesota writers

The Fire This Time: A new Generation of Writers on Race in America

Collection of Essays and poetry – Jessmyn Ward

March: Book 1

Graphic Novel by Andrew Aydin and John Lewis

Young adult and “up”

The New Jim Crow

By Michelle Alexander

Massive incarceration in the age of “colorblindness”

The Warmth of Other Suns

Isabelle Wilkins

Story of the great migration of African-Americans from the south to industrialized north during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s

Small Great Things

Jodi Picoult – Novel that explores race, privilege, and bias


Let’s Talk – Penumbra

90-minute presentations led by Sara Belamy

Resources for ACTION

Climate March Set for April 29

Easy Action – emails with quick ways to get your voice heard on various issues

This is the signup link

Livingroom Conversations – Betsy Ford’s resource

Respectful Conversations – MCC



Gordon Smith Judson Fund

The Gordon Smith Judson Fund (GSJF) is an endowment fund envisioned and initiated by the generous gift of church member Gordon Smith, then created and sustained by the ongoing support of the congregation of Judson Memorial Baptist Church. Gordon was supported by his church to attend a Baptist Youth Conference in Oslo, Norway. While there, he received what he referred to as his call to a ministry which inspired his subsequent life’s work serving for many years with American Baptist organizations. His desire was to provide opportunities for individuals to continue to move forward the Kingdom of God into the future for posterity. Consequently, the purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to individuals of any age, or groups, who are members of or attend Judson Memorial Baptist Church and who have a plan that meets the vision and requirements outlined. VISION: The fund is designed to be used in any of the following ways:

  1. Keeping our Baptist Heritage of commitment to missions and making a difference in the world alive in future generations. 
  2. Being a catalyst for creating new ways of doing relevant ministry in the world. 
  3. Maintaining Judson’s progressive theology and supporting action reflecting those beliefs related to social justice issues. Here are a couple links to information about the fund and the application for the fund.



Reminder: Sermons & Personal Reflections Videos Available

Most Sundays, the sermon, and personal reflection are videotaped. These videos are posted on the Vimeo video-sharing site at Sermons. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jackie Thureson.  



Regular happenings at Judson Church

Choir rehearsal-Every Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 pm (September through May). 

Art Studio-Every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm (September through May)

Knitting Group-Every month on the second Saturday from 1 to 3 pm (September through June). 

Spiritual Voyageurs-The first and third Tuesday evening each month from 7 to 9 pm.

Think Three Sunday-The third Sunday of every month bring three items of food for the food shelf.

Starfish Ministry-The first Sunday of every month accept donations to the Starfish ministry.

Soup Group-The third Saturday of each month in Fellowship Hall Kitchen from 9 to 11:30 am (September through May). 

Women’s Strength Training-Every Monday and Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Providence Room. For more information, contact Marianna Padilla at


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