Serve at Renucci Hospitality House

Come serve a themed dinner the night before Thanksgiving downtown at the Children’s Hospital’s Renucci Hospitality House with St. John’s UCC on Wednesday, November 21.

Volunteers, please arrive at 5:30pm. We serve residents from 6pm - 7pm. We will be providing mixed turkey & stuffing casseroles, and would love to serve your favorite side dishes. Please sign up on the mission board in Fellowship Hall or contact Theresa Bileth at mission@stjohnsuccgr.org with what dish you would like to provide.

Tree of Life Synagogue Vigil

There are two opportunities to honor and remember the eleven people who lost their lives in the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting that took place on Saturday, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. A community vigil is scheduled at the Grand Valley State University Clock Tower on Monday, October 29, 7:15pm - 8:30pm hosted by Hillel of GVSU. The Cook Carillon Clock Tower is located on campus at 10710 N. Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401.

  2. Temple Emanuel’s Friday night service on November 2 at 6:15pm is dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives. The temple is located at 1715 East Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Whether we mourn the loss of this faith community’s beloved people with our physical presence at one of the public services, or in our hearts, we as St. John’s United Church of Christ members and friends will share peace, we will be faith in action, we will stand against violence and bigotry, and we will say their names with respect as we hold them in faithful prayer: Joyce Fienberg (75), Richard Gotfried (65), Rose Mallinger (97), Jerry Rabinowitz (66), Cecil Rosenthal (59), David Rosenthal (54), Bernice Simon (84), Sylvan Simon (86), Daniel Stein (71), Melvin Wax (88), Irving Younger (69).

Grand Rapids Home For Veterans Party!

On Wednesday, September 26 at 2:30pm, you are invited to serve with us at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. We provide four or five parties for vets each year to show our respect and appreciation for those who have served our country.

Please see our project leader for the Veteran Home Parties, Diana DeKorte, if you're interested in volunteering to serve on this 9/26 mission project, or if you would like to donate individually wrapped items like cookies, cheese & crackers, candy, rolls, and other single serving size portions of treats.  We also appreciate fresh fruit donations. Senior veterans love our parties, cakes, ice cream, time, attention, and all of the goodies they receive from St. John's UCC. All are welcome. StJohnsUCCgr.org.

GVSU Campus Life Night

GVSU Campus Life Night: On Tuesday, September 4th, 6-8pm, your Mission Team will be on campus promoting opportunities for students to engage in St. John's open and affirming church life. We will be inviting students to attend our Fall Kickoff, to serve the community at our monthly mobile food pantry, to engage in fun onsite opportunities like our 9/30 Blessing of the Pets service, as well as promoting our United Church AIDS Network (UCAN) program with giveaways and church logo swag. College students make a difference in the community with St. John's UCC! StJohnsUCCgr.org.

The Annual Grand River Cleanup

Faith in action! Small acts make a grand impact. You are invited to participate in the 15th Annual Mayors' Grand River Cleanup to remove trash from our communities and our river! The event is on September 8, 2018 from 9:00am-1:00pm at 6th Street Park in Grand Rapids, MI.

The day will start with a Mayors' welcome and light refreshments before the cleanup and conclude with lunch, a beer garden (must be 21+, ID required) supplied by Founders Brewery, and live music by Dunegrass.

The event is free, but registration is required on the West Michigan Environmental Action website: https://wmeac.org/mayors-grand-river-cleanup/

Families Belong Together!

Saturday, June 30, 11am - 1pm in Rosa Parks Circle, you are invited to join St. John's United Church of Christ and dozens of advocacy groups across the country for the national protest of the Trump administration's inhumane ICE practices that separate children from their families. ICE continues to terrorize people at the border as well as in our Grand Rapids community. This peaceful protest is organized by Equity PAC of Grand Rapids. Your voice and your presence make a difference. Invite your friends to stand with St. John's UCC. Families Belong Together! StJohnsUCCgr.org.

Children's Hospital Renucci Hospitality House

Wednesday, May 16 at 5:30pm you are invited to serve the community with us! St. John's UCC loves to serve themed dinners to out of town families who are temporarily living at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital's Renucci Hospitality House. Far too often, hospital families are stuck eating take-out while in town for medical procedures and surgeries. It is our privilege to offer a delicious free meal, kindness, friendly conversation, and prayer if requested. Our May dinner theme is Mom's Casseroles! Hot or cold!

VOLUNTEERS: You may drop off your prepared/cooked homemade or store bought food offerings (serving size approx. 35 people) downtown at Renucci House between 5pm - 5:30pm, or please stay and Serve With Us from 6pm-7pm. If you are not a cook or a casserole fan, no problem. You may bring chips, desserts, fresh fruits, breads, salads, or a different main dish for the Renucci family kitchen. Beverages are provided.

LOCATION: Head downtown. Take Michigan St. to Bostwick St. past the Children's ER. Turn left on Crescent St. which leads into the parking ramp and the attached Renucci House building at 290 Ransom Ave NE. Push the ramp help button, say you are serving at Renucci, and they will lift the gate for your free parking. The Renucci House kitchen entrance door is on the 1st floor inside the ramp by where you entered (Ransom St. entrance). People behind the desk will assist you to our location further. ALL are welcome to serve with us! StJohnsUCCgr.org.

Walk For Good Food

Walk with St. John's UCC on Sunday, May 6 at 1:30pm in ACCESS of West Michigan's Annual 5K Walk For Good Food, formally known as the Hunger Walk. The reason for the name change is that while feeding people to address hunger is important, the goal of the event is to fund local organizations that are addressing root causes of food insecurity and poverty. The name change more accurately reflects the mission as we seek to cultivate a good food system. Namely, to make healthy (food that provides nourishment and enables people to thrive), fair (food that no one along the production line was exploited during its creation), affordable (food that all people have access to), and green (food that was produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable) food available to all.

Help us support community gardening projects, farmers, local pantries, gleaning programs, food justice, and community initiatives in thisoverall movement toward food sovereignty.

We will gather in the parking lot of Park Church (10 E. Park Pl NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503) located downtown Grand Rapids off Fulton St. (next to Veteran's Memorial Park) for this free family friendly event of music, a three mile walk, and giveaways. All are welcome.

Dégagé Shelter

Serve at Dégagé Shelter with St. John's UCC on Sunday, April 29 at 6pm. Please sign up on the mission board in fellowship hall or call the church office at 616-453-2497. Volunteers must be over the age of 16. Designated volunteers, please arrive at Dégagé at 5:30pm and we will begin serving lasagna dinners to the Heartside Neighborhood at 6pm. We support offering help and hope to the 400-500 people that this wonderful organization serves every day. We show our love by feeding and serving people. It is an honor to serve our neighbors in need.

Dégagé is located at 144 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.