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Announcements March 17, 2017


This Sunday’s Worship Information

 March 19, 2017 at 9:30 am

Third Sunday in Lent

Sermon: “Forgiving the Dead” Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader: Barbara York

Music: Wendell Powers and Sam Clague

Ushers: Joel Frederickson, Dave & Jenny Buck

Second Hour Education

The Judson community is invited to participate in a Lenten series about Forgiveness. Mary Hayes Grieco, a respected spiritual teacher who has taught forgiveness workshops for 25 years. She spoke last Sunday will be the guest speaker March 26th She will be available to sign her book on Sunday, March 26.    

March 19th – “Getting Ready to really Forgive – What do I need to let go of?” – led by Lynne Hesse



Email Notes from Travis

You’ve had a week to adjust to DST, a week to restore your circadian rhythms. Tell me, Judson, how come it took me 17 years as a pastor to realize the energy drain that takes place on the Sunday after daylight savings time? Last week was tough, or as some of you would say: uffda. 

Moving on to Sunday. We’re still focusing on forgiveness. This week, forgiving the dead. The scripture lesson is a doozy: Matthew 22:23-33. The lesson is another trap for Jesus by the Sadducees – they are asking a question laden with sexual innuendo with the hopes both embarrass and shame Jesus. Cliffhanger email ending: how does Jesus respond? Will he fall for their trap? Can he once again find a way to pull the rug out from under their feet? Hold on…what do you mean sexual innuendo, in the Good Book?  

Keep praying, keep loving, keep forgiving.

Hope to see you Sunday, Travis



This Week at Judson

Mar. 19 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
  10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
  11:00 am Second Hour Education Ann Judson Room
Mar. 20 / Mon. 6:30 pm Strength Training for Women Providence Room
  6:30 pm JPS Board Meeting Ann Judson Room
Mar. 21 / Tues. 9:30 am Staff Meeting Library
  6:00 pm Girl Scouts Fellowship Hall
  7:00 pm Council Meeting Ann Judson Room
  7:00 pm Spiritual Voyageurs Library
Mar. 22 / Wed. 1:30 pm JPS Dance class Providence
  6:30 pm Taize Service Sanctuary
  7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Mar. 23 / Thurs. 6:00 pm JPS Discovery Night Fellowship Hall
  6:30 pm Race Matters Discussion Ann Judson Room
  6:30 pm Strength Training for Women Providence Room
Mar. 25 / Sat. 9:00 am Soup Group Fellowship Hall Kit.
  10:00 am Art Group Ann Judson Room
  3:00 pm Mpls Trombone Choir Reh. Sanctuary
Mar. 26 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
  10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
  11:00 am Second Hour Education  
  4:00 pm Minneapolis Trombone Choir 44th Annual Concert Sanctuary

Memorial Services

 Misha Divens, sister of Jim Thomas passed away on February 2. On Saturday, March 18, there will be a memorial service at Judson at at 10 am with a reception to follow.

Taize Services  

Candlelight Taize services will be offered every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m., beginning March 8th and concluding April 5th – opportunities for contemplation and quiet prayer.  

Spring Cleaning for Your Heart – A Fresh Look at Forgiveness with Mary Hayes Grieco 

Judson’s Adult Education Committee is inviting the Judson community to participate in a four-week Lenten series about Forgiveness. Mary Hayes Grieco, a respected spiritual teacher who has taught forgiveness workshops for 25 years, will be the guest speaker on March 5th and March 26th, and she will be available to sign her book on both Sundays.   

   March 19th – “Getting Ready to really Forgive – What do I need to let go of?” – led by Lynne Hesse

   March 26th – “Let it Go Now: Move along now, into joy!” – led by Mary Hayes Grieco 

Mary Hayes Grieco is a respected spiritual teacher based in Minneapolis Minnesota. She is the author of The New Kitchen Mystic and Unconditional Forgiveness and the director of The Midwest Institute for Forgiveness Training. She has taught forgiveness workshops for 25 years and her work has taken her around the world. Learn more about Mary and this approach to forgiveness at

Stewardship Campaign Rides Again

What do the US Pony Express and the Judson Stewardship Campaign have in common?  Essentially, a process of riding fast, handing off, and getting somewhere efficiently! We hope to work together, like a Pony Express team of riders, to make this happen.

This spring’s stewardship campaign begins Sunday with the naming of some team captains: Brad Joern, Beth Waterhouse, Sandi Knoche, Catalina Martinez, Mac Chatfield and Craig Wiester. Wayne Urbaniak also serves as a seventh captain from his Arizona location. Each captain will receive a packet of envelopes, pledge cards, and the master list for their team.

As each person or family makes a pledge, they will mail it to the church office, and Eileen tracks them, during the campaign weeks. Then the pledging person chooses another name / family on the team list and somehow makes sure that the envelope gets personally passed along, express style, to that person. This may involve a knock on the door, an occasional cup of coffee, and a warm conversation or two, to keep the packet moving. Every pledger, please help, and let’s not wait for Sundays to move the packet along. Team captains will also monitor progress. Our final goal is an empty envelope and a huge round of thanks on Pledge Sunday which happens to be Palm Sunday, April 9th.

Meanwhile, from Arizona, Wayne Urbaniak stays busy sending a special letter and pledge card to those Judson members who are not so easily included in the teams. Wayne will communicate with the potential pledgers, new folks, givers of record, etc.

Luckily, we are not really riding fast on small ponies, and luckily we are not really delivering the mail from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California. But we are enjoying the connections that might be made in this Pony Express fashion. And, in the long run, we are handing off, one to another, to support a church we love. Have some fun with this!

Think Three Donations on Sunday, March 19

Please bring three (3) items or more for Joyce Food Shelf on or before Sunday, March 19th! ITEMS NEEDED: Dog and cat food (dry and canned), feminine hygiene products (sanitary pads, razors), coffee, and tea. There are baskets for your items in the arcade and at the back of the sanctuary. Monetary donations are 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, MARCH 19TH! 


Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this year’s Great Gatherings a successful Judson community effort! If you still have unpaid items or are unsure about what you ended up with, please see Eileen (with huge thanks to her!).

Help needed for the Minneapolis Trombone Choir Concert

On Sunday, March 26 the Minneapolis Trombone Choir will give their 44th annual concert at Judson. These concerts help to fund the concerts given at Judson in the fall. We are asking if you can help out with donations of cookies and bars for the intermission that day. If you can help out with serving or cleaning up that would be much appreciated. These concerts over the past 4 years have brought in an average of $1,500 a year. Please let Sandi Knoche know if you can bring bars, cookies or help out. Thank you in advance.

Race Matters Discussion – Thursday, March 23, 2017, / 6:30-8:30 pm

We are planning on inviting some of the folks from other churches who attended the Race Workshop to see if they want to do living room conversations. We are forgoing the potluck this month. We will be using the Living Room Conversation process to explore a question TBD. Below the link to Living Room Conversations 

Loaves and Fishes-clean up

Monday, March 27 is Judson’s turn to help out at Loaves and Fishes. We are scheduled for clean-up which starts at 5:30 pm. The site is at St. Stephens School located at 23rd and Clinton. Please let Gretchen Williams know if you can help out. Thank you in advance.

Dinner and a Show

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 8. Dinner and a Show returns with dinner starting at 5 pm in the fellowship hall. Then move upstairs to the sanctuary for the show at 6 pm. More information to follow.

Lenten Practices Calendar

Extra copies of a simple, practical “LENTEN PRACTICES CALENDAR FOR FAMILIES 2017” can be found on the Visitor’s Table near the library. 

New Telephone Directories and a separate Photo directory

The new Telephone directory for 2017 is now available. If you would like a copy sent to you, please let the office know. You can receive a hard copy or it can be sent as a PDF to your email. The new photo directory is also available. Let the office know if you would like a copy.

March is “Meals on Wheels” month

Volunteers are the heart of Meals on Wheels! In March, the TRUST congregations observe Meals on Wheels Month. It’s a time to recognize and thank the volunteers who have delivered nutritious meals and warm smiles to our elderly and disabled neighbors during the past year. More volunteers are always needed. If you can give some time each week or can help as a substitute, please contact TRUST Meals on Wheels at 612-822-6040 or


An Invitation from John Stoesz

You are invited to the LUNAFEST Women’s Film Festival – nine short films by, for and about women. This will take place Wednesday evening, April 26 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis. Information and tickets at Sponsored by the MN Peacebuilding Leadership Institute.


Mission Giving this past Week

$175 Starfish

$31 Youth Coffee Sales

This Sunday is Starfish collections

The first Sunday of every month is designated for collections for the Starfish Ministry. 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


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





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

fax 612-822-8055

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