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. 

Brunch: Music Appreciation Sunday

Sunday, April 23, we will show our appreciation to the dedicated Cancel Choir and Handbell Choir members who share their ministry of music with us by having a Music Appreciation Sunday. You are invited to gather for brunch in Fellowship Hall after service.

St. John's UCC has a long history of fine music making, with a commitment to excellence in worship. Our chancel choir sings twentyfive Sundays each year and rehearses every Thursday, October through May. They work hard learning new music each week, as well as preparing hymns and responses. Our Handbell Choir also rehearses weekly and plays during worship about four times per year. Most of the members of the Handbell Choir also sing in Chancel Choir! We want to recognize their efforts in bringing beautiful music to us each week and enhancing our worship services.

Please join us for brunch in Fellowship Hall after the 10am worship service, Sunday, April 23. If you would like to volunteer in the preparation of the meal, the clean-up, or make a donation to help with expenses, please contact Joel Gary at (616) 304-3749 or music@stjohnsuccgr.org.

Easter Sunday: April 16, 2017

Celebrate Easter with St. John's UCC! Gather with us for a beautiful Worship Service on Sunday, April 16 at 10am. Stay after service for our weekly 11am Fellowship Hour where you'll find a family of friends and a variety of treats, coffee, tea, and juice. Nursery for little ones is provided. 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. Come celebrate Easter! He Is Risen! 

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Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV)

Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV) celebrates our transgender community and their courage in the face of adversity. TDOV was founded in Michigan and is now nationally recognized. On March 31st, along with other churches and local businesses, we will stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in their fight for basic human rights by displaying the trans flag to establish safe spaces throughout the community. You are invited to attend TDOV Stories of Stealth and Activism on Thursday, March 30, 6:30pm at SpeakEZ Lounge. St. John's UCC is an open and affirming faith community. We honor all people in the wholeness of who they are in Christ.