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.
On Sunday, March 19, we welcomed Rev. Dr. Robyn Gray to St. John's UCC. The sermon link is located on our website, facebook page, and email. Pastor Robyn is our Bridge Interim Pastor during our search and call process. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the church office at (616)453-2497.
Lent begins on March 1. Join us for our Ash Wednesday worship service at 7:30 p.m. The worship service will include the imposition of ashes and communion.
On Sunday, December 11, after our 10am worship service, you are invited to take the sounds of the season on the road with us as we sing for local veterans and our shut-ins, members that are unable to physically attend worship services. Gather at St. John's UCC, 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 for this season's caroling locations and carpool. All are welcome. Let's go caroling together!
DECEMBER 2016: Save The Dates!
We are excited to gather as a church family. We are blessed to share our time and talent. We are encouraged to invite our friends. Let's make the season bright together!
St. John's Food Truck: Wednesday, December 7: Volunteers report to the church at 5:15pm. We begin checking in our guests at 5:30pm. We serve free groceries from 6-7pm. You are welcome to come and help with any of our Food Truck tasks: unloading the truck, stacking food on tables in the Narthex, carrying groceries, standing behind a table and serving the line of guests, communicating with guests in the sanctuary as they wait, or cleaning up (wiping tables, vacuuming, etc.) This event happens on the first Wednesday of every month. Members and non-members are welcome to serve with us.
St. John's Caroling Party: Sunday, December 11: After our 10am worship service, you are invited to take the sounds of the season on the road with us as we sing for local veterans and members that can no longer attend services (our shut-ins) at 11am.
Party With A Vet: Tuesday, December 13: Volunteers for this ongoing outreach event are welcome. We will be meeting in the lobby of the Grand Rapids Home For Veterans (Location: 2 North Wing, 3000 Monroe Ave, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505). Help us celebrate veterans and pass out holiday gift bags at 11am. If you would like to donate snack-sized items for the gift bags, they are located on a table in Fellowship Hall.
Young At Heart: Wednesday, December 14: This St. John's group will meet at 11:30am at Diana DeKorte's home for a holiday gathering. Please contact the church office for address information. (616) 453-2497.
Youth Sunday: December 18: St. John's youth will lead our worship service on the 18th. Acolytes, greeters, ushers, singing, and images of them dressed as angels, shepherds, and the Nativity on the sanctuary screens as we hear our youth tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Rehearsals & costume photos, all ages, are on Sunday, Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Contact: Sue Bradford 616-450-7814 after 6pm, or email the church to sign up for a reading part: office@StJohnsUCCgr.org.
Christmas Eve Service: Saturday, December 24: All are welcome to gather in the sanctuary with us at 7pm for our annual St. John's UCC Christmas Eve Service.
Casual Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25: Come as you are for this casual 10am Christmas morning worship service. Bring the kids in pajamas if you wish. All are welcome.
Worship Team: Monday, December 5, 6:30pm
Council Team: Monday, December 12, 6:30pm
Property Team: Wednesday, December 14, 6pm-7:30pm
St. John's Music Rehearsals: Thursday nights: Hand Bells 6:15pm, Choir 7:30pm.
St. John's Girlfriends Group: Tuesday nights at 6:30pm.
Second Saturday Potlucks: Monthly, 5:30pm, at Richard & Christine Johnston's home.
St. John's Giving Tree: Donations may be placed on the tree in Fellowship Hall.
Kids Food Basket: Donations may be placed in the Narthex entry to the sanctuary.
This Sunday, November 20, you are invited to join us for our annual Hanging of the Greens! After 10am worship service, we will gather for lunch in Fellowship Hall, then deck the halls and sanctuary with trees, garland, wreaths, centerpieces, and more! All ages are welcome! Lunch: 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!
Our Giving Tree is on display in Fellowship Hall. Please place your donations of hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and underwear on or under the tree. Let's wrap our community with love and warmth this Winter!
The Poinsettia Sale begins November 20, $6 per plant. You will find an order envelope in your worship service bulletin this Sunday. Orders, payments, and 'in honor/memory of' dedications must be turned in to the church office by Sunday, December 4. Please contact the office at (616)453-2497 or email us at email@example.com with questions.
Monday, November 21, 7:00 p.m. at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave. N.E.
(Corner of Collage and Fulton, Heritage Hill)
Join us for the Grand Rapids Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration which has been celebrated annually since the year 2000. All are welcome to attend"Coming Together, Welcoming All", an Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration. A wide variety of denominations will be woven together with a common theme of gratitude from many traditions.
Join St. John's United Church of Christ to celebrate diversity and inclusion at the 28th Annual Pride Festival in Calder Plaza, 250 Monroe Ave., on Saturday, June 18.
We will kick off the day by gathering downtown at the Hand in Hand event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Visit our St. John's United Church of Christ booth from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Stay and enjoy all of the festival booths, opportunities, and entertainment from noon to midnight. A concert will be hosted by Alex Newell (from TV's GLEE) and singer/songwriter Steve Grand, along with performances by Deborah Cox and others will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until midnight at Calder Plaza.