Church Family Campout

Saturday, August 19, we will be camping out as a church family! Set-up at 1 PM, dinner at 5 PM, s'mores, songs, fun, and games all night!

Bring your campers, tents, and grills to the west lot and yard beginning at 1 PM. We will have a corn hole tournament for the adults and several games for the kids. Gather with us at 5 PM as we grill hotdogs (provided) and have a potluck dinner. There will be s'more roasting, songs, and games throughout the night. If you don't want to sleep outside, the church will be open for people to use our Fellowship Hall, Bridge Room, and Parlor. A sign-up sheet for the potluck is posted across from the kitchen on the fellowship board.  

Our morning worship service that weekend (Sunday, Aug. 20 at 10am) will be held outside, weather permitting. See you on the 19th for the Church Family Campout!

Broadway-Themed Sermon Series - Christ in the Cabaret

On Sunday, July 16, St. John's United Church of Christ kicks off a four-week Broadway-themed sermon series, "Christ in the Cabaret," tying a selection of hit musicals to the New Testament. At each 10 AM service, favorite songs from Godspell (July 16), Rent (July 23), Pippen (July 30), and Wicked (Aug. 6) will be presented in a variety of formats, allowing the power of these productions to accentuate the power of the Gospel.

"This series will be a fun and entertaining presentation of the Gospel during the dog days of Summer," said Rev. Dr. Robyn Gray, interim pastor at St. John's UCC. "Musical theater fans won't want to miss these chances to hear God speaking to us through these shows."

Honoring Graduates

Gather with us on Sunday, June 25, as we honor our high school and college graduates during our 10am worship service. Come and celebrate Anthony E. Garza (City High School), Hannah Summers (Innovation Central High School, while also attending Eastern Michigan University), Roxana Drost (Grandville High School), Emma Kritschgau (University of Texas, Engineering Degree), Kaitlyn Hamacher (University of Michigan, Psychology Degree), Elizabeth Shay (University of Rochester New York, Master of Arts Degree in Brain and Cognitive Science), R. Michael Roth (Wayne State School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine Degree).

Congratulations, Graduates! 

Summer VBS

Theme: Cave Quest
Dates: August 7 - 11
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Cost: FREE, please register.

Members and non-members! Invite your children, grandchildren, neighbors, and friends to St. John's UCC for a fun-filled week of Vacation Bible School. Sign-up on our website at http://stjohnsuccgr.org/join-us/vacation-bible-school or call our office at (616) 453-2497. Come enjoy Cave Quest activities, games, songs, daily snacks, and well-supervised fun at St. John's United Church of Christ. All are welcome! 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

2017 Pride Festival

St. John's UCC is a staple at the annual West Michigan Pride Festival. It's tradition! We share our extravagant welcome, our volunteer opportunities, our ongoing support of the Grand Rapids Pride Center, and our fun free giveaways in celebration of our support and love for LGBTQ church family and friends. We value being an inclusive community in Christ! 

Come visit the St. John's UCC Booth at the 29th Annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival on Saturday, June 17, downtown at Calder Plaza. Join us at the Pre-Pride Hand-In-Hand Rally at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, 11:30am - 12:15pm. The Pride March from the park to Calder Plaza at 12:15pm. Our PrideFest Booth and many others 12:30-6pm. PrideFest concerts, entertainment, and vendors until 11pm in Calder Plaza.

You are invited and welcomed to participate in the full life and ministry of St. John's UCC whatever your race, age, sex, marital status, financial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or ability. Gather with us Sundays at 10am. StJohnsUCCgr.org.

 

May 21 Fellowship Luncheon

Bridge Class Gives Back! The St. John's UCC Bridge Class students, along with their dedicated teachers, Michelle Hoffner and Crystal Soentgen, would like to thank the congregation for their support throughout this year of worship center learning by hosting a Fellowship Luncheon. On Sunday, May 21, the Bridge Class will be preparing a lovely homemade meal for all of us. Gather with us for food and fellowship. All are welcome!

Share The Meal: Communion Sundays

On our upcoming Communion Sundays, May 7, June 4, June 25, July 9, August 6, September 10, October 1, and November 5, you are invited to bring non-perishable food items to worship service to "Share The Meal" of Communion with local food banks. As you come forward to receive Communion, please place your items in the food baskets located on the front pews. Let's share the meal with our community in Christ.

Non-perishable donation suggestions: Canned beans, dry beans, peanut butter, nut butters, rolled oats, canned fruit in juice, canned vegetables, low-sodium soups, canned tuna in water, canned chicken, brown rice, quinoa, unsalted nuts, unsalted seeds, shelf stable milk, milk substitutes, whole grain pasta, low-sodium pasta sauce, popcorn kernels (not microwave), canned stews, unsweetened applesauce, whole grain low sugar cold cereals, olive or canola oil, canned tomatoes, dried fruits, honey, chicken, beef, and vegetable broths and stock.