St. John's Youth Christmas Program!

You are invited to our Annual Youth Christmas presentation during worship service on Sunday, December 17 at 10am! Through photos, music, costumes, and readings, our children and grandchildren are excited to share the Christmas story. Sue Bradford is leading this joyous event.

Parents, please mark your calendars for the following costume photographs and rehearsal dates: Please bring all children to the sanctuary for costume photos at 11am on Hanging of the Greens Sunday, 11/26, and on Sunday, 12/3. Final rehearsals will be held at 11am on Sunday 12/3 and 12/10. Help us make this wonderful tradition special!

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St. John's UCC Tree of Warmth

St. John's United Church of Christ's Annual Hat/Mitten Tree: You will find our hat, mitten, glove, scarf, sock donation tree in Fellowship Hall. Store-bought and hand-knitted items for all ages and sizes are welcome and appreciated. We intend to donate items to Cesar Chavez Elementary school, Cook Library Community Center, and upcoming St. John's mission outreach locations. Let's wrap our community with love and warmth this Winter!

Holiday Gift Bags

One of the many ways we let people know we are thinking of them is to deliver homemade holiday gift bags. Please consider donating snack-sized treats, small self-care products (mini mouth wash, tooth brushes, lotions) small craft projects, store-bought or homemade cookies sealed and labeled in snack-sized zip-lock bags, fresh fruit, protein items, juice boxes, pudding/jello cups, cheese & cracker packs, meat sticks, and other individually wrapped thoughtful items. Location: The gift bags are lined up on a round table in the back of fellowship hall. Many bags will be delivered at our next Grand Rapids Home for Veterans mission event on Monday, December 11. Other holiday bags will be delivered on Caregiving visits. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.

 

Hanging of the Greens

Sunday, November 26, 2017! You are invited to join us for this wonderful St. John's UCC tradition as we prepare for Advent. After 10am worship service, we will gather for lunch in Fellowship Hall then deck the halls and sanctuary with trees, garland, wreaths, lights, centerpieces, and more. All ages are welcome!

Lunch: Soups & Salads! Families with last names beginning A-K are asked to bring a crock pot of soup or crackers to share. Families with last names L-Z, please bring a salad or bread to share. Let's make the season bright together!


 

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving service has been celebrated annually since the year 2000. Please join St. John's UCC in attending along with a wide variety of Christian denominations and representatives of Native American, Jewish, Muslim, Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, secular, and inclusive religious communities as we come together to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Prayers, music, sacred writings, reflections and meditation will be woven together with a common theme of gratitude from many traditions. Date: Monday, November 20, 2017. Time: 7pm - 8:30pm. This year's host Location: Trinity Lutheran Church. 2700 Fulton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Thanksgiving Baskets

We are blessed to provide Thanksgiving dinner baskets for several local families in need this season. Please place your non-perishable donations in the labeled boxes in Fellowship Hall, or in the Narthex outside the sanctuary. Mission Opportunities: Donate non-perishables, offer monetary gifts toward turkeys, gather with us to help assemble baskets, and volunteer to help deliver dinner baskets to local families the weekend before Thanksgiving. StJohnsUCCgr.org.

Chili Cook-Off and Bread Auction

Chili Cook-Off! After our 10am worship service on Sunday, October 1st, we will have our annual community chili cook-off. Bring your favorite crock pot of chili, or just bring your appetite for this free event. We have two categories, meat and non-meat. Jennifer Berg is the point person for this project. Please see Jen at church, or sign-up by calling our office with your contact information at 616-453-2497. We can't wait to taste all of the creative recipes. You are always welcome and invited to participate at St. John's UCC.

World Communion Sunday Bread Auction! In addition to our Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, Oct. 1, we will hold our annual Bread Auction. Please bring your favorite homemade or store bought breads. While enjoying our chili lunch, we will auction off the breads to those who are present to raise money for our youth programs. We look forward to your dessert breads, fruit breads, sandwich bread, pita, taboon, and breads of many cultures and traditions. Thank you for your delicious donations and supportive purchases. What a fun Sunday for foodies and friends. You are always invited to gather with St. John's UCC. 

Party For Veterans

Members, non-members, and friends, our next Grand Rapids Home for Veterans volunteer opportunity is Tuesday, September 26 at 1:30pm. You are invited to come spend time with veterans as we share cake, fun, and more in their community room. If you would like to donate supplies, we are collecting prepackaged single-sized servings of cookies, chips, cheese sticks, candy, and snack cakes. We are also in need of fresh fruit (no apples, please). The point person for this project is Diana DeKorte. Please see Diana any Sunday before 10am worship service, during 11am fellowship hour, or call our church office with your contact information at 616-453-2497. You are always invited to serve with St. John's UCC.

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals! Please bring your pets to St. John's UCC on Sunday, September 24 at 10am! We enjoy meeting and blessing this beautiful part of your family each Fall. Please make sure cats are in a crate or kennel bag, dogs are on a leash or harness, and all others (hamster, guinea pig, ferret, fish, snake, rat, turtle, etc) are in safe and comfortable containers. Kids are free to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a blessing as well. Help us make the September 24th worship service and coffee hour fellowship memorable by bringing your beloved pet to St. John's United Church of Christ. 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.