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Announcements November 30, 2017

 This Sunday’s Worship Information

December 3, 2017, at 9:30 am

Homily: “A Service of Lessons and Carols” / Rev. Travis Norvell

Worship Leader: Wayne Urbaniak

Music: Judson Choir, Doug Weatherhead and Van Johnson

Ushers: Craig Wiester, Sandi Knoche, Joel Frederickson

Email Notes from Travis

The first time I heard about Advent was in seminary, I thought it was neat but I had no idea what it was all about. Then during my first pastorate, I had to try and make sense of Advent and how to lead worship during the season. It seemed easy enough just light some candles and sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel and all would be well. But the more I learned about the season, the rituals, the history, the symbolism I realized even more that I had no idea what I was doing during Advent; for the most part, I still don’t. But that is okay because there are ways to help and assuage my ignorance. Those ways are ancient poems and hymns. Just let the rhythm and images of poets and dreamers and prophets and storytellers and artists lead us. So that is just what we are going to do this first Sunday of Advent a service of Advent Lesson and Carols. Carols old and new along with lessons from the prophets (and communion).




This Week at Judson

Dec. 3 / Sun.

9:30 am Worship Sanctuary
10:30 am Fellowship Time Ann Judson Room
11:00 am Advent Workshop Fellowship Hall
Dec. 4  / Mon. 10:30 am MLS Meeting Library
  6:30 pm Women’s Strength Training Providence Room
Dec. 5  / Tue. 9:30 am Staff Meeting Office Area
7:00 pm Spiritual Voyaguers Library
Dec. 6 / Wed. 9:00 am Wed at Currans Currans
10:30 am Vision Cluster Meeting Library
7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
8:30 pm Gospel Five Rehearsal Sanctuary
Dec. 7 / Thurs.   5:30 pm Women’s Strength Training Providence Room
Dec. 9 / Sat. 10:00 am Sydney Rice Memorial Art Group Ann Judson Room
1:00 pm Textile Group Balcom Home
Dec. 10/ Sun. 9:30 am Worship Service Sanctuary
10:30 am Fellowship Time Fellowship Hall
3:30 pm Sing-a-Long/Cookie Sale Sanctuary

Join us for the “Hanging of the Greens” on Saturday, December 2nd, 10 a.m.

The Worship Committee invites you to be a part of preparing our sanctuary for the Advent season. You may end up being a star in the youth’s Christmas Pageant video extravaganza. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and warm fellowship! Questions? Contact Polly Schrom at


THIS SUNDAY, December 3

2nd Hour in Fellowship Hall

Cookies and coffee/cocoa & Advent-themed activities, including…

“I remember Christmas at Judson…”  Interviews

Everyone is encouraged to prepare a short story (just 3-5 sentences) about a favorite memory of Christmas at Judson (or from another time). Evan Zaremba and Dick Isenhart will be filming these stories for inclusion in the multi-media “Judson Christmas Pageant 2017”!

“When I think of Christmas…” Snap Shots

What word or phrase comes to mind for you? All ages are invited to think about this over coffee and cocoa in Fellowship Hall. We’ll be gathering ideas and taking pictures in a creative way to also be included in the Pageant.

Donations for YouthLink

Thanks to your generous support and the community at large, 230 youth experiencing homelessness received Christmas gifts last year through the program, YouthLink. Judson Missions is requesting donations for YOUTHLINK, a non-profit organization in downtown Minneapolis that helps young people between the ages of 16 and 23 change their journeys from homelessness to hopefulness.

Specific items needed for the youth are:

Hoodie sweatshirts, all adult sizes, for men and women.

$10 Gift Cards (especially Target, etc.)

$10 monetary donation marked “for Bus Passes for YouthLink” as they receive 2 passes for the price of 1.

And, monetary donations in any amount marked “YouthLink” on your check or on the offering envelope. Monetary donations will be used to purchase food and personal items needed for the youth. Please bring sweatshirts and gift cards to Judson by SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10TH! There will be a box at the back of the sanctuary for your items. Monetary donations will be collected during “Call to Offering” on Sunday, December 3 and December 10. Please designate “YouthLink” on your check or on the offering envelope. Thank you so much.

Capri Theater – First Thursday of each month – Films and Discussion 

Next Months feature (December 7) is “Moonlight” at 7 pm/$5

The Academy Award’s “Best Motion Picture of the Year” for 2017 chronicles the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami. Discussion leaders are  T. Mychael Rambo, Actor, Professor of Theatre Arts and Dance (University of Minnesota) Harry Waters Jr., Actor, Professor of Theatre and Dance (Macalester College).

Travis Roast and Toast

For those who missed it here is a link to the baseball cards that were presented to Travis at his roast and toast.  Baseball Cards   The full version of the roast is on the website under the sermon tab.


Sunday, December 10, 2017, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., at Judson Memorial  Baptist Church, 4101 Harriet Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55409

What do The Gospel Five, CharBara, Van Johnson, and twin cities’ composer/arranger Don Singley have in common? What fun place has space for instrumentalists (of all ages) and Play A Song of Christmas books for nearly every type of instrument? Where can you sing The Twelve Days of Christmas with colorful posters for each day? Where can you “have a little fun” with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Where can you eat cookies and choose whether to make a free-will donation for them to help homeless youth through YouthLink (see Where can you join together in community with neighbors and friends to sing traditional, modern, secular, sacred, and original holiday carols for free? The answer to all of these questions is – the FIFTH ANNUAL JUDSON COMMUNITY HOLIDAY CAROL SING-AND-PLAY ALONG.

There will be word booklets for the songs (so it will be easier to sing all of the verses). Char and BarbaraEngen-Mangskau (aka “CharBara”) will lead us in singing (and playing) modern, old, secular, sacred, traditional, and new original holiday songs – such as Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, Joy to the World, Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Christmas is Coming, and Home for Christmas. A mystery guest will help us have a little fun with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. There will be some new arrangements of some holiday songs for the instrumentalists. Van Johnson will be there to lead us and teach us about The Rebel Jesus. Plus, the Gospel Five (Judson’s own Gospel quartet) will be there to lead us in a Brahms carol and an African-American spiritual.

There will be several copies of easy instrumental books so that people who play all kinds of instruments can play along on most of the holiday songs. We have books for woodwinds, brass, strings, recorders, harps, guitars, and percussion. Plus, small hand percussion instruments will be provided for those wanting to add their rhythmic colors to the songs.

Cookies have been donated and a “donation jar” will be on the table with the cookies. All (i.e., 100%) of the money placed in the “donation jar” will be given to YouthLink for use in their work with homeless youth. So, bring your instruments for playing, your voices for singing, your ears for listening, your taste-buds for eating cookies, your willingness to have a little fun, and your common human hearts to join us in building a holiday community spirit and supporting YouthLink in its mission to help homeless youth. There is no admission fee. It is FREE for everyone.


Joyce food shelf needs some specific non-food items. They are:
shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sanitary napkins, and razors (razors can be multi-packaged as they open and separate them to give to more individuals).

Please bring these items to Judson any Sunday or any time it is convenient. There are baskets for your items at the back of the sanctuary and in the arcade.

Monetary donations are also very much appreciated. Please designate “Joyce Food Shelf” on your check or on the offering envelope. Special thank you to Jim tenBensel as he delivers the items to them. And, thank you to all for your past and future donations.

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

$40 Starfish

$320 One Great Hour of Sharing

Starfish Information November

Requester’s helped: 12  Total Aid: $4,440.03

Rent and Utilities: $3,740.03

Food, gas, bus: $700

Monthly budget exhausted: November 4, 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. There are informational copies regarding the fund in the back of the sanctuary as well as application forms to fill out. Members: Jerry Larsen-Member at Large, Gretchen Williams-Christian Education, Steve Hirsch-Finance, and Marlys Wiens-Missions.

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

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