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Announcements November 10, 2017

 This Sunday’s Worship Information

 November 10, 2017, at 9:30 am

Homily: “The Shadows Deepen” / Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader: Barbara York

Personal Reflection: Beth Waterhouse
Music: Judson Choir

Ushers: Déadra Moore, Joel Frederickson, Mac Chatfield

Email Notes from Travis

Actually, I was not craving blasts arctic air. Oh well…

While riding my bike in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon en route to a Baptist pastors meeting at FBC St. Paul the following happened:

So I’m riding my bike on 10th St. in St. Paul and I pass a guy on a bike wearing a Marshall University jacket. So I say hello and mention that I am a Marshall grad. The dude responds, “What? Pull over!” So I did and a conversation took off…

We talked about our favorite History professor, Dr. Duke, and his wife who taught English at Marshall and how she told us that she became a terrible speller because she graded such terribly misspelled words over her teaching career and we waxed about the 500th commemoration of the Reformation and why some hymns are better in German and a host of other things (in roughly 7 minutes). Then the light turned green and his phone rang (it was his mother) and we said Godspeed. Okay, big deal. But then get this:

Not only is he from West Virginia, like me
Not only is he a Marshall grad, like me
Not only is he ordained, like me
But he also rides a bike, like me.

The odds of this amalgam of similarities are preposterous.

See you on Sunday. Peace, Travis



This Week at Judson

Nov. 12 / Sun. 9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
11:00 am Second Hour Education Ann Judson Room
12:00 pm Worship Committee Library
Nov. 13  / Mon.   6:30 pm Women’s Strength Training Providence Room
7:30 pm Adult Education Meeting Library
Nov. 14  / Tue. 6:30 pm Girl Scouts Meeting Providence
7:00 pm Finance Meeting Library
Nov. 15 / Wed. 9:00 am Wed at Currans Currans
10:30 am MLS Meeting Library
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Nov. 16 / Thurs.    5:30 pm Women’s Strength Training Providence Room
6:30 pm JPS Board Meeting Ann Judson Room
Nov. 18 / Sat. 10:00 am Sydney Rice Memorial Art Group Ann Judson Room
Nov. 19/ Sun. 9:30 am Worship Service Sanctuary
10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
11:00 am Education Hour
12:00 pm TRUST Youth Group St. John’s Church

Donate to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico

In response to the devastating one-two punch leveled at Puerto Rico first by Hurricane Irma and most recently by Hurricane Maria, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS), in partnership with American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA), will launch a multi-year initiative, “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico.”

“Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” seeks to raise $1 million within the next three to six months through One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) to support rebuilding the homes, churches, and lives of our brothers and sister in Christ. ABHMS has pledged $25,000 to launch this major renewal effort, matching OGHS funds already earmarked for Puerto Rico recovery.

“Within the next three to five years,” Rev. Dr. Jeffery Haggray (ABHMS CEO) said, “we will work with our American Baptist partners to restore all 114 churches and nine missions in the Iglesias Bautistas de Puerto Rico as well as Corporacion Milagros del Amor and Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico.”

To date, we have collected $1,419 dollars.

This Week In Adult Education Hour

We welcome Ms.Claire Curran, communications and outreach manager of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light.Claire and Beth Waterhouse will

be interviewing each other and leading a discussion about “living an undivided life.” This is a goal or a process, of course, and always ongoing, but we each have a few good stories about our attempts.

Please bring a small item from your own life for a little spirit altar, which will be part of the forum event. 


This is all about “integration” and how a person might strive to work for social change while also matching one’s own mission and faith traditions. Come with your own stories about integrating life, work, and justice!

We begin the program promptly at 11.

Fifth Anniversary Roast and Toast Celebration

for Reverend Travis Norvell Sunday, November 19, 11 am. Are you tired of receiving nut goodies and salted nut rolls in the mail to entice you to come to church? Well, show up of your own free will at this roast and toast event for our good pastor, Reverend Travis Norvell. The celebration will include the renowned Judson buffet potluck, all ages humor, and some surprises. Be there or who knows what might show up in your mail?

Fifth Anniversary Roast and Toast Celebration – The Best Potluck Ever!

On November 19th at 11 a.m. we will be roasting and toasting our good pastor Travis. Let’s overwhelm him with our best potluck ever! Are there true Minnesotan dishes you haven’t had the opportunity to share with Travis yet? Do you have a delectable secret family recipe we need to know about? Do you make melt-in-your-mouth pie crusts? Is your tater tot hot dish to die for? Do you have a family heirloom jello mold you’ve been saving for a special occasion? Bring it on – let’s shine!! Any questions contact Polly Schrom (

  Poinsettia Orders

Help Decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas –

Each year at Christmas, the front of the sanctuary is decorated with dozens of poinsettias, thanks to your generosity. Once again, you have the opportunity to order a poinsettia (or more than one) to be used in the sanctuary for the last Sunday of Advent and Christmas Eve. After the Christmas Eve service, the poinsettias are yours to take home and enjoy the rest of the holiday season and beyond. Please complete the order form and leave in the offering plate along with your payment (or send to the church office). The forms are on the table in the back of the sanctuary or you can click on order and print one. Please print clearly. Thank you. Order Form


Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Everyone’s invited to join us for a fun and festive way to ease into the holiday season. Home of Pat and Shirley Doyle, 4920 Jackson Street NE, Columbia Heights (one block west of 49th & Central Ave. NE). Homemade pumpkin pie, hot apple cider, and snacks to enjoy. Live music by Barbara and Char Engen-Mangskau on Sunday, November 12th. Vendors with hand-knit scarves, hat and mittens, Ancient Indian Spices, grain-free granola, ponchos and shawls, Enchanted Plants skin care products, hand-embroidered dishtowels, fleece blankets, pillows, faery houses/readings by Vonne Jonsson, and nature photocards/matted prints. Feel free to bring friends. The flyer is posted on with more details and you can click this link Flyer open house. Look forward to seeing you there! Shirley Doyle

Textile Group (formerly known as the knitting group)

Hi Everyone. We have set up a meeting for our “formerly known as the knitting group.” Karla suggested textile group and that seems to fit. This group is open to anyone, knitters, quilters, menders, and idle hands… other words, anyone interested in conversation and in getting to know other Judson friends. Our November 11th meeting will be at Judson (in the Ann Judson room) hosted by Marlys Wiens. Her phone number is 612-201-2422 (cell) or 952-835-6915 (home). Her Email is If you need help with transportation please contact Sandy Chatfield at If you’re coming let your host know and if you can’t come this time we hope to see you in the future.


The Season is upon us! You’ll find a purple insert in this Sunday’s bulletin describing several wonderful activities and opportunities available the 1st weekend in December. Please take it home with you and keep it handy. (Extra copies will be available in the back of the church.)

Parents, please note the festive family activity on Saturday morning, Dec. 2.

And everyone wanting to create an Advent Wreath on Sunday, Dec. 3, please note that PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by SUNDAY, NOV 19.


The TRUST Youth Group meets next Sunday, Nov. 19, 12 noon-3 pm at St. Johns. Please read the email sent 11/8 for important details and needs!  (Be sure to contact Beth if you’ve deleted the email 😉


Pick up a THANKSGIVING coloring sheet in the back of church throughout November.

Loaves and Fishes

is a cooperative effort of TRUST congregations to serve meals at St. Stephen’s Church six times a year. 150 volunteers worked through the year for a total of 500 volunteer hours. They serve over 1,000 people a year.

Churches rotate among the three tasks – cooking, serving and cleaning up. It is Judson’s turn to help out on November 27. We are scheduled to help with clean up. Please arrive around 5:30 pm. If you can help, please contact Gretchen Williams. The site is located at 2123 Clinton Avenue South, Minneapolis. Thank you.


     Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at Judson Memorial  Baptist Church,
As part of its Music Series, Judson Memorial Baptist Church will be holding its FIFTH ANNUAL COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CAROL SING-AND-PLAY-ALONG on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. If you like singing holiday carols or playing holiday carols on your musical instrument or listening to holiday carols or eating holiday cookies, the Community Holiday Carol Sing-And-Play-Along is the place for you.  Joining together in community with our common human heart is especially important in these times. Plus, there is no admission fee. It is FREE for everyone.

Deadline for weekly email and bulletin

The deadline for the weekly email and bulletin is Wednesday, end of day. It is helpful for the office to make sure everything is included. The weekly email is done first thing on Thursday morning. The bulletin is also done at the same time. Thank you in advance.

Coffee is Open on Sunday

The Youth Mission Funding Coffee Cafe will be open on Sunday. $2.50 for a cup and $1 refills. Donations go to Youth Mission Interests.

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

$77 Starfish

$152 One Great Hour of Sharing

$100 Thailand – Shapan Orphanage

$117 Youth Coffee Sales

Starfish Information October

Requester’s helped: 8  Total Aid: $4,871.05

Rent and Utilities: $4,371.05

Food, gas, bus: $500

Monthly budget exhausted: October 6, 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.




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).

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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