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This Sunday’s Worship Information

January 22, 2017

Second Sunday after Epiphany

Sermon: “Blues Service” Rev. Travis Norvell

Music: Jimmi Langemo and the Band of Souls

Worship Leader: Ryan O’Donnell

Ushers: Dave Zumeta, Eileen McLaughlin

Second Hour Education

We welcome Jerie Smith, Volunteer Coordinator with Aurora Center and Jonathan Andicoechea, a student Volunteer, will lead a discussion about sexual assault on the University of Minnesota Campus. The Aurora Center provides free and confidential crisis intervention to victims of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment. The Aurora Center is a place for ALL people affiliated with the University of Minnesota or Augsburg College impacted or concerned about sexual or relationship violence.



Email Notes from Travis

My Old Testament professor used to say that in the Book of Psalms (and in all our of lives) we move back and forth on the Praise and Lament continuum. He said praise is always traveling toward lament and lament is always traveling town praise. And it will be our calling to help people, as pastors live in this continuum. This Sunday we will travel toward lament with a Blues Service.

You may recall that back in November Jimmi and the Band of Souls was scheduled to lead a Blues Service at Judson. But then sickness came down hard and they had to cancel. I told Jimmi we would reschedule. Then Jimmi told me that the rescheduling would have to happen sooner rather than later because the band would be dissolving soon due to members moving to other parts of the nation. So I gave Jimmi some dates…then another round sickness came again. Then everyone was on the mend and we discovered we had one Sunday that worked for everyone (drumroll) this Sunday!

This Sunday Judson is honored to host the last performance of Jimmi and the Band of Souls with a Blues-themed service. The readings will come from the psalms; the music will come from the band. And we will all dive deep into lament so we can welcome praise.

See you on Sunday




Next Week at Judson

Jan. 22 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship~Sanctuary
10:30 am CE Meeting~Fellowship Hall
11:00 am Second Hour Education~Fellowship Hall
11:00 am Youth & Jimmi Langemo~Office One
11:15 am CE Committee~Library
Jan. 23 / Mon. 5:15 pm Loaves & Fishes-Serving~St. Stephens School
6:30 pm Strength Training for Women~Providence Room
6:30 pm JPS Board Meeting~Ann Judson Room
Jan. 24 / Tue. 9:00 am JPS Yoga~Providence Room
   Jan. 25 / Wed. 9:30 am Staff Meeting~Library
12:00 pm JPS Yoga~Providence Room
5:00 pm Race Matters Potluck~Ann Judson Room
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal~Sanctuary
Jan. 26 / Thur.  6:30 pm Strength Training for Women~Providence Room
Jan. 28 / Sat. 10:00 am Art Group~Ann Judson Room
3:00 pm Mpls Trombone Choir Rehearsal~Sanctuary
Jan. 29 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship~Sanctuary
10:30 am Fellowship Time~Ann Judson Room
11:00 am Second Hour Education



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

Bars and helpers needed

Following Verna Hesse’s Memorial Service 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!

One Great Hour of Sharing Collection Sunday

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 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!

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!

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.

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.

Second Hour on Sunday, January 29 about “Empty Bowls.” 

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Executive Director, will join us during Second Hour to not only share her passion about the upcoming annual neighborhood event known as “Empty Bowls”, but will bring bowls for those of us who want to paint! “Empty Bowls” is an annual Kingfield Neighborhood event that brings the community together to share a meal of homemade soups, bread, and desserts, all donated by local restaurants and served in handmade bowls donated by many local (and regional) artists and students. All profits from this event go to Nicollet Square, one of Judson’s missions. The “Empty Bowls” fundraiser is at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Thursday, February 9, from 4-8 p.m. For a suggested donation of $20, participants eat dinner and take home their bowl of choice as a reminder of our neighbors who are in need of food and shelter. Come to the January 29 Second Hour to learn more!  Sarah is bringing bowls for us to paint, and all that we need to paint them. They will be used at the February 9 fundraiser. For more information and to see opportunities to volunteer, please go to

“Thank you for this water we are so blest to have….”

And thank you to all who participated in “Solidarity Sunday” during 2nd Hour this past Sunday. Your willingness to participate in the experiences and to share your reflections was an amazing gift. Thank you to Seneca for letting the Light shine and facilitating our time together so beautifully. Copies of “A Prayer Pamphlet” designed by Seneca and used during the morning will be available in the back of the sanctuary.

 Concert at Field School next Thursday

Brooks Peterson, one of our 7th graders, has a 6:30 pm concert next Thursday, Jan. 26 at Field School, 4645 Fourth Ave. S, Minneapolis. I will be leaving from Judson and happy to pick up up to 5 people!  Beth ( or 612-716-0489)

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

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

$20 One Great Hour of Sharing

$20 Starfish

$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

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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

fax 612-822-8055

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