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Announcements January 27, 2017

 This Sunday’s Worship Information

January 27, 2017

First Normal Sunday of the Year

Sermon: “The Gospel in 140 Characters” Rev. Travis Norvell

Music: Judson Choir

Worship Leader: Sandi Knoche

Ushers: Joel Frederickson, Deb Clark, Gary Tazelaar

Second Hour Education


Catch the Spark, Discover a Neighborhood Fundraiser, and Paint a Bowl!

Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kingfield Neighborhood Executive Director, joins us this Sunday, Jan. 22, for 2nd Hour. In addition to bringing her passion for both our neighborhood and for “Empty Bowls” – the amazing annual fundraiser for Nicollet Square now in its 7th year and coming once again to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Thursday, February 9, from 4-8 PM – Sarah will be bringing 30-40 beautiful plain bowls and supplies for those of us who want to paint! Sarah will be speaking in the Ann Judson Room and will then move upstairs to the Providence Room with everyone – adults and youth – who would like to spend time lovingly painting a bowl for this very important fundraising event. Tables and supplies will await us there!



Email Notes from Travis

I heard today that Raymond Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish, would cut out over 75% of Carver’s original short stories. Today I read a 500-word short story by Carver that made me cry. What he was able to do in such a tiny space is quite remarkable. But then again, all great people have been able to do this: Moses, Jesus, Mary, Teresa of Avila, King, Gandhi, & on and on.

This Sunday I want you to attempt to condense the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus, to 140 characters (a tweet)? Or can you condense the mission of Judson into 140 characters? Feel free to use symbols or icons to help you with possibility. On Sunday the front cover of the bulletin is a tweet template for you to try it out. It would be great to send them out as tweets next week too. So have some fun, loosen up your mind and see what emerges…

Peace, Travis


This Week at Judson

Jan. 29 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
  10:30 am Fellowship time Ann Judson Room
  11:00 am Second Hour Education  
  11:00 am En Via Team Meeting Library
Jan. 30 / Mon. 6:30 pm Strength Training for Women Providence Room
Jan. 31, Tues. 9:30 am Staff Meeting Library
  7:00 pm Spiritual Voyageurs Library
Feb. 1 / Wed. 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Feb. 2 / Thurs. 9:00 am JPS Activity Providence Room
  6:30 pm Strength Training for Women Providence Room
Feb. 4 / Sat. 11:00 am Joan Weatherhead Service Sanctuary
  3:00 pm Mpls Trombone Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Feb. 5 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
  10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
  11:00 am Second Hour Education  


Soup Group Message from Diana Larsen

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.

Building our Prophetic Resistance

Register today and join us January 28th. This event is FREE and open to those ready to Resist!
Register: / “We were called for such a time as this…” Esther 4:14

Today, we are facing a profound crisis. This January our call as people of faith will be tested as never before. We cannot continue ‘business as usual’ while our neighbor has their health care stolen from them or has their family torn apart. What is our response as we face an environmental crisis that could threaten our survival and threaten our commitment to God’s creation and future generations of God’s people on this Earth? Through our faith, we have a unique and prophetic vision for the future that oppressive systems cannot overpower. Our strongest offense is our powerful defense. We are in a new era. We have a renewed call on us as people of faith to come together and make a choice:

We will choose either complicity to violence and dehumanization or prophetic resistance through our faith. This choice cannot be abstract or sentimental because for many it is about life and death. 

We will: 

* gather to prepare our prophetic resistance. 
* pray, worship, lament and repent together for the moment we are facing as a people, state, and country.
* build our collective ability to resist dehumanization, violence, and fear. 
* build our vision for life and abundance in our communities; and we will build our strength and conviction toward the kind of prophetic resistance we will need in the coming years. 
* Then, we will act. We will call on our Governor, legislative and national representatives to resist with us and to declare Sanctuary, safety and healthy communities for all people in Minnesota.

One Acts at Hopkins High School

Sam Clague is in two  of the one acts this winter-“Sovereignty” and “After Midnight.” The shows are scheduled for February 2, 3, 4 at 7 pm in the Hopkins High School Little Theater. After Midnight is also entered in the one act competition.


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. 

GREAT GATHERINGS SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS NEEDED BY FEB 19th!! The sooner the better please! Some fun examples from past have been house concerts, chili dinner, MIA tour and Chinese dinner, music lessons, lattes delivered at church, homemade scones, pizza and chocolate cake, weeding and gardening, poetry sharing with dessert and coffee, dinner of thanksgiving leftovers, use of a cabin, and other creative offerings! See the sample list from last year on the table at church near the big green box. And please think of ways to share your talents or interests, we are glad to help with ideas! Donation descriptions can be sent by email to Ken Rowe at (lowercase L at the end of that) or Kathi at, or you can use the forms near the big green box. Great Gatherings will be great because of YOU!!!!

Update of the Phone Directory

There is a copy of the phone directory on the table in the back of the church. Please check to see that your information is correct and make any changes needed. Please feel free to send any changes to the office at Also check your birthday. Thank you.

Update on Memorial services

On Saturday, February 4th at 11:00 am , we will celebrate the life of Joan Weatherhead. Any memorials in her name should be dedicated to Judson Memorial Baptist Church or the Lymphoma/Leukemia Society.

On Saturday, February 25th at 11:00 am, we will celebrate the life of Sydney Rice. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Sydney’s name to Judson Memorial Baptist Church, or to the charity closest to your heart. Find a video prepared for Sydney’s 95th birthday at Here is a link to Sydney‘s obituary that will appear in Sunday’s paper.

Mission Giving this past Week

$25 Food Shelves

$210 One Great Hour of Sharing

$20 Starfish

$14 Youth Coffee


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


Rise – Feb. 25 – Penumbra Theater

Similar to the workshop we had at Judson

Tickets through Penumbra

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

Models for having conversations about race – we will try this out at February Potluck




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



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