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Announcements January 12, 2018


 This Sunday’s Morning Worship Information

January 14, at 9:30 am

Homily: “Till Earth and Heaven Sing”, Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader: Leslie Rapp

Music: Judson Choir

Ushers: Van Johnson, Mac Chatfield, Joel Frederickson

Second Hour Adult Ed. — The Sabbatical Task Force will outline plans for the sabbatical year-so far! This includes the search for a sabbatical pastor, introductions to two spiritual consultants who will lead us in some special opportunities, book reviews of the Congregational Book Read (The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster), and announcement of two pilgrimage opportunities that are in the works. Plus, sign ups for book discussion groups and an opportunity for you to weigh in with your ideas.


Email Notes from Travis

Have you ever had the feeling no matter what book you picked up to read, no matter what song was playing on the radio, no matter what conversation you were having they all revolved around the same theme? I feel that way about the pilgrimage we are planning for this summer. Or it could be I have “pilgrimage glasses” and only see and hear and talk about what I want to see, hear and talk about. Please, no comments from the balcony Waldorf and Statler. Last Sunday I shared in the sermon a mix of the what and why of pilgrimage (then shared in second hour more about our plans).  This Sunday I want to share more of the what and why mix (don’t worry if you weren’t here for last week, this is not an accumulative sermon series). Jesus calls Philip with simple words follow me; Martin Luther King, Jr said, the time is always right to do the right thing; Mother Teresa said peace begins with a smile. All of these imperatives are generous invitations to pilgrimage, to walk a different road, to explore the path where the mind and heart meld into one.




Coffee will be back for sale on Sunday the 14th.


Doris Appelquist

We were notified on last Friday that Doris Appelquist had passed away on that morning, December 29, 2017, at 90. The service for Doris will be on Saturday, January 20, at 2 pm. Please keep Carl and his family in your prayers.

 Pat Cafarelli

We were notified by Beth Granger that her mother, Pat Cafarelli, passed away on Saturday, December 23 at the age of 91. We will keep you posted as to when a service might take place. Please keep Beth and her family in your prayers.

Messenger articles due on Saturday, January 20 by the end of the day.


Judson’s Stained Glass Windows

Dear Friends at Judson,

All through this Windows Campaign, Fran Nelson has shared her memories and her insight. Thanks, Fran! She helps us remember that it’s just as important to think of the light and life and shining examples pouring out of the windows as it is to think of the sunlight pouring in through their colored-glass beauty.

We are now entering into an important second phase of this

Judson Windows Campaign. Is your pledge in? Eileen McLaughlin reports that we have achieved a pledge/gift total of $79,350.Though that is wonderful, and many pledges are hugely generous, that’s not yet the end of the story. The total of pledge promises will directly determine the size of the contract that we formalize with Willet Hauser Stained Glass out of Winona, MN. We are lucky to have a “scale-able” project, but oh how grand it would be to do the whole job at once, during 2018! Our goal to repair all of the windows in $138,000. Together, can we get closer to that figure? I think so, and I hope so– let’s see what happens as the final pledges come in. Please remember that Pledge Sunday for this campaign is January 14, 2018. Consider a pledge across two years.

Call in a figure or bring a pledge card or a note to church on Sunday the 14th.  Happy New Year!

— Beth Waterhouse, Co-chair of the Windows Campaign


Textile Group (formerly known as the knitting group)

The textile group meets the second Saturday of the month at 1:00 pm. All are welcome. Come see what we’re all about. Fran Hirsch has graciously offered to host our group at Judson on Jan.13th at 1:00 pm. Thanks, Fran. Please email Fran at if you are coming. As always, rides are available, just email Sandy Chatfield at


Annual Martin Luther King Reading

The Fifth Annual Public Reading of A Letter from a Birmingham Jail – on Sunday, January 14th, at 7:30-8:30 am in the Multi-Purpose Room at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Park. All are invited to read/hear the reading of Dr. King’s 1963 letter. Copies of the letter will be provided. In years past this event was held outdoors at the Freedom Form, but due to freezing conditions, we are holding this year indoors. This event is sponsored by Judson Memorial Baptist Church. Any questions please contact Rev. Travis Norvell, 612-300-6746.


Join us for TRUST’s annual Martin Luther King Celebration

on Sunday, January 14th at 5:00 PM at Living Spirit United Methodist Church, 4501 Bloomington Ave South. The service will feature the Sons of Levi as our musical guests. Join us for fellowship and music. A soup and sandwich supper will follow the service. Free will offering


January 15, 2018, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Breakfast.  

This year Judson will be a community host site for the MLK breakfast, breakfast will be served at 7:30 am. We will provide a live simulcast of the program on TPT. Cost is $5 per person, free 18 and younger. Please register online at Judson is the only South Minneapolis site.


Memorial Service for Doris Appelquist – we need your help!

The memorial service for Doris Appelquist is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th at 2 p.m. We need help with set-up, serving, cookies & bars, and clean-up. If you are able to help in any way please let Sandy Chatfield ( or Polly Schrom ( know. Thank you so much!


All Church Read

What does pilgrimage mean in the practice of Christianity? What does pilgrimage mean for the Judson community? What is your personal experience with pilgrimage, both literally and theoretically? Join Judson members and friends this winter as we explore the concept of pilgrimage in the context of our church community and within our personal lives.

As we embark on the exploration of pilgrimage as a part of the Lily Foundation Grant, our first step is an all-church read of The Sacred Journey by Charles Foster. Copies of the book are available in Judson’s library; simply sign one out on a Sunday morning.  Next, sign up to attend a discussion group facilitated by a member of the Sabbatical Team during the month of February. Join members of the Sabbatical Team this Sunday, Jan. 14 during the 2nd hour to learn more about this opportunity.

Out of town or want to scribble in the margins of a book? The Sacred Journey is available (at a low cost) online and at your local library. Discussion questions, book reviews, and additional reading lists about pilgrimage will be available online at the beginning of February.


Joyce Food Shelf Continues to Need Specific Non-Food Items 
Joyce food shelf needs some specific non-food items – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, and razors (razors can be multi-packaged as they open and separate them to give to more individuals). Please bring these items to Judson any Sunday or anytime it is convenient. There are baskets for your items at the back of the sanctuary and in the arcade. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated. Please designate “Joyce Food Shelf” on your check or on the offering envelope. Special thank you to Jim ten Bensel as he delivers the items to them. And, thank you to all for your past and future donations.


WaC-Wednesdays at Curran’s

This is an open invitation for you to join Judson folks at 9:00 any Wednesday morning at Curran’s (4201 Nicollet Ave. S., Minneapolis). Put it on your calendar as “WaC” (Wednesdays at Curran’s). It’s another opportunity for us to connect with one another. Just show up and find our group at one of the round tables or a long table. Have breakfast, or just coffee; no agenda or topic-just conversation as we enjoy spending some time together. If you have questions, contact Keith Ford or Wayne Urbaniak.


Mission Giving this past Week

$250 Starfish

$320 Shapan

$300 Thailand

Starfish Information December

Requester’s helped: 13 Total Aid: $5,045

Rent and Utilities: $4,095 / Food, gas, bus (19): $950

Monthly budget exhausted: December 8, 2017

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. Please consider giving a donation this morning to the Starfish Ministry by designating on your check or on the offering envelope “Starfish Ministry” when the offering is taken.

Mission Activities this year

Judson Church has supported a number of activities which help support both our local and global community:


  • Development of the Rain Garden
    • Educate the community on ways to prevent polluted runoff from entering local storm drains
  • En Vía – Support financially and through member volunteering (built stoves
    • Non-profit organization that works to empower women to better support themselves (Oaxaca)
  • Loaves and Fishes – Support financially and through volunteers
    • Fee meal program that serves those in need
  • Meals and Wheels – Support financially and through volunteers
    • Provides nutritious home-delivered meals and fostering independence for seniors
  • Joyce Food Shelf – monthly donations of food
    • Distribute food to those in need
  • Parish Nurse – Support financially and help members within the community
    • Bring spiritual, emotional, and physical health through holistic care
  • TRUST – Support financially and through volunteers
    • Organizes churches through critical mass to provide opportunities through service
  • Shapan Orphanage – Support financially (Thailand)
    • Provides food, education, and clothing for children
  • Starfish Ministries – Support financially and through Volunteers
    • Provide financial support to community member who have short-term needs




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. There are informational copies regarding the fund in the back of the sanctuary as well as application forms to fill out. Members: Jerry Larsen-Member at Large, Gretchen Williams-Christian Education, Steve Hirsch-Finance, and Marlys Wiens-Missions.

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).

Sydney Rice Memorial Art Studio-Every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 pm (Sep. thru May)

Textile Group (Formerly known as the 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.

Women’s Strength Training-Every Monday at 6:30 pm and and Thursday at 5:30 pm in the Providence Room. For more information, contact Marianna Padilla at

4101 Harriet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409-1442

fax 612-822-8055

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