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Announcements January 13, 2017

 This Sunday’s Worship Information

January 15, 2017

First Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon: “Laying Down Our Christian Swords (Where?)” Rev. Travis Norvell

Music: Judson Choir

Worship Leader: Tim Fox

Ushers: Jane & Larry Jacobson, Craig Wiester

MLK Sunday Today

Join us at 7:30 am for a public reading of “A Letter from a Birmingham Jail” at the MLK, JR. Memorial Park between 42nd and 41st streets on Nicollet Ave. Copies of King’s seminal work will be provided.

Later that day the TRUST Board of Directors will host the Annual MLK Service at Living Spirit UMC (45th and Bloomington) at 5:00 PM. The service includes a guest speaker and uplifting music in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. In light of events in 2016, this service will take on even greater significance than in years past. There will be a free will offering. A light supper will follow. Please join us.

Coffee & 2nd Hour will be downstairs this Sunday!

Sunday’s theme of “Water” will flow over into 2nd Hour after the service this weekend. Please join us downstairs for activities and reflection on water and food in our lives and in the lives of our family members around the globe. Middle-schooler’s will join in. We look forward to your presence and participation! Seneca and Beth



Email Notes from Travis

I hope you are staying warm and cozy. I also hope you are able to enjoy the beauty of the lengthening days. While riding my bike the other day on 40th st I came across a “singing bush” a leafless bush with 50 chickadees in it just chirping away. It was like sitting at Orchestral Hall.

This Sunday we will observe both Martin Luther King, Jr Day with a public reading of Letter from a Birmingham Jail at MLK, Jr. Park at 7:30 am and the Baptism of Jesus with our Water Ritual. We will link our water ritual by also reflecting on the importance of clean water and the sacredness of water. And we have 2 seats remaining at the Judson Table for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on Monday, January 16th, at 7:00 am at the Mpls Convention Center.  Email me if you are interested.

Peace, Travis



Next Week at Judson

Jan. 15 / Sun. 7:30 am Reading “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”~MLK Jr. Park
9:30 am Worship~Sanctuary
10:30 am CE Meeting~Fellowship Hall
11:00 am Second Hour Education~Fellowship Hall
5:00 pm TRUST MLK Service~Living Spirit UMC
Jan. 16 / Mon. Office Closed for MLK Holiday
6:30 pm Strength Training for Women~Providence Room
7:00 pm Finance Meeting~Library
Jan. 17 / Tue. 6:00 pm Girl Scouts~Providence
6:00 pm JPS Listening Group~Fellowship Hall
7:00 pm Council Meeting~Ann Judson Room
   Jan.18 / Wed. 11:00 am JPS Listening Group~Ann Judson Room
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal~Sanctuary
Jan. 19 / Thur.  6:30 pm Strength Training for Women~Providence Room
Jan. 21 / Sat. 10:00 am Celebration of Life for Verna Hesse~Sanctuary
3:00 pm Mpls Trombone Choir Rehearsal~Sanctuary
Jan. 22 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship~Sanctuary
10:30 am Fellowship Time~Ann Judson Room
11:00 am Second Hour Education



Office closed on Monday, January 16 

for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday



Knitting Group meets this Saturday

The January meeting will be at the Chatfield home, 4252 Toledo Avenue So, St. Louis Park, Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1:00 pm on. If you need a ride, or if you are able to provide a ride, please contact one of our drivers or email me at All are welcome and you don’t have to knit to enjoy our company.

Verna Hesse’s Celebration of Life next Saturday, January 21 at 10 am.

Bars and helpers needed

Following Verna Hesse’s Memorial Service next Saturday, there will be a reception in the Ann Judson Room. Bars and cookies are needed, as well as help with set up, serving and clean up. If you can be of service in any way, please contact Sandi Knoche at 612-823-0399, Thank You!

Soup Group Message from Diana Larsen

Due to the events happening on Jan. 21 the Soup Group will meet instead on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 9 am. Diana hopes people are available to help. Cookie makers would also be welcome. Please contact Diana Larsen at 612-724-7515.

Think Three is Sunday

Please bring three (3) items or more for Joyce Food Shelf on or before Sunday, January 15th! ITEMS NEEDED: CANNED MEATS (chicken, tuna, salmon, ham, chili, beef stew). Also, coffee and tea are always needed as well as personal hygiene items. There are baskets for your items in the arcade and at the back of the sanctuary. Monetary donations are also very much appreciated. Please designate “Joyce Food Shelf” on your check or on the offering envelope. Thank you so much for your donations and THINK THREE ON SUNDAY, JANUARY 15TH!

Water Service/Observance of the Baptism of Jesus on Sunday

In the winter of 1636 a party from the Massachusetts Bay Colony set out to capture and execute Roger Williams because of his religious ideas. Williams escaped and found refuge across the Seekonk River due to the welcome of Wampanoags. As Baptists, we owe our presence in America to the hospitality of Native Americans. This year we will stand in solidarity with the Native American struggle at Standing Rock.

Sunday is the deadline for the Picture Directory

You are all a vital part of the Judson community and we would really like to have your picture included. Pictures can be in any setting. If you would rather not be included in the directory, please let me know. You can send the pictures to Thank you.

One Great Hour of Sharing Collection Today and Next Sunday, Jan. 22nd

The theme this year for One Great Hour of Sharing is “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will Stay.” (Ruth 1:16)  OGHS supports disaster relief, development projects, and refugee ministries of the American Baptist Churches and its partners. On January 15th and 22nd, Judson will be taking an offering for One Great Hour of Sharing. You can write a check to Judson with OGHS in the memo line or put cash in the envelopes that will be provided in the pews. Thank you for your continued support of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering!

Adult Forum next Sunday, January 22
We welcome Jerie Smith from the U of M Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education. Jerie’s mission is to provide emotional support and advocacy for University of Minnesota students in cases of sexual violence, relationship violence, sexual harassment and stalking.

Women’s March Minnesota

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

Do you hear that voice? It’s calling you to join a small group of citizens, to show up on Saturday, January 21, 11:00 am. To be heard and seen and feel the positive energy of the good people from our great state of MN and fill your soul so that we may take on the necessary work of protecting our rights, safety, health and our families. If that voice is speaking to you, email Missy Durant at for more details. Women’s March on Washington — Minnesota March, January 21, 2017. We stand together for the protection of our rights, safety, health and families. Join us. For more information and to register (it’s free)

Judson’s Loaves and Fishes on Monday, January 23

A vote of volunteers and a follow-up meeting showed overwhelming support for continuing TRUST’s (and Judson’s) involvement in Loaves and Fishes. The 2017 schedule will continue as it has in recent years with TRUST churches cooking, serving, and cleaning up on the fourth Monday of odd numbered months. Judson is scheduled to serve from 5:15 to 6:30 on January 23rd.

Race Matters – Pot Luck Discussion Continues

Our late December Pot Luck generated a lot of discussion and ideas for further action.  The idea for these ongoing potluck groups grew out of the Penumbra Race Workshop and the desire to keep the work moving forward. However, the group is open to EVERYONE!!  Being a workshop participant is not a pre-requisite.  Please join in and bring your ideas.

January Pot Luck

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Bring a dish to share

RSVP to Betsy Ford

Your RSVP helps us plan for room set-up, so thanks for emailing Betsy!


Resources for upcoming or ongoing activities/events:

Myth of Color Blindness – Conference sponsored by ACLU

Friday, January 13 – 8:30 -noon

Capri Theater – Film series and discussion-First Thursday of the month

Meet at Monica Lewis’ house if you want to “carpool” with others



Save Feb 26th for Judson’s largest “Year of Discovery” Winter Event!

 The Winter Event includes: Great Gatherings with Silent Auction, the Sunday Service, and a Judson Youth Pancake Fundraiser Breakfast. All this is happening in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, Feb 26th. Discover huge bargains at the Great Gatherings Silent Auction, while discovering Judson kids’ cooking talent, all while hearing a pre-Lenten message from pastor and choir. AND, remember to contact Ken Rowe ( and Kathi Blomquist ( with your Silent Auction offerings (the end of Ken’s email is a small l, not a 1).

Become a Community Connector with MNIPL

MN Interfaith Power and Light (MNIPL) is an awesomely creative local organization doing amazing work. Judson has had several connections with them in recent years, including the participation of 5 of our children in their 2-week “All in the Circle: Creative Arts and Nature Camp” last summer.

MNIPL is in the process of building a cohort of “Community Connectors” to serve as liaisons between MNIPL and the Connector’s faith community as a part of their new Movement Builder program.

Do you know of anyone at Judson (perhaps yourself?) who might be interested in learning about the role of a “Community Connector”?

Here are some of the details about what being a Community Connector would look like:

  • Receive monthly updates and action opportunities from MNIPL and communicate those opportunities to  your community
  • Have access to a network of other faith communities and resources as you pursue climate justice initiatives
  • Utilize MNIPL staff support to engage your community
  • Share with MNIPL what is energizing your community so that we can help connect you with others and learn from your experiences

For more information, please be in touch with Bill Forsyth or Beth Rademacher here at Judson, or Claire Baglien at MNIPL (763.772.6439)

Job opening at Judson Preschool 2017

As many of you know Kristie Roedl will retire in 2017 after 20 years of dynamic leadership of our preschool. We are looking for a new Director for the program. If you are a licensed, experienced teacher or know of someone who might be interested in a leadership role in a top rated preschool in South Minneapolis, we would like to hear from you. For an application, or if you have questions, contact Sandy Chatfield, Preschool Board of Directors member, at or 952-927-8990.


Mission Giving this past Week

$40 Starfish

$20 Youth Link

$20 Youth Coffee



Article from Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light 

regarding Standing Rock

Here is a link to the article listed above:

Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light-Standing Rock



American Baptist Home Mission Societies 

Joins Christian Leaders Supporting Nonviolent 

Protest at Standing Rock

Here is a link to the article listed above:



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

4101 Harriet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409-1442

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