Griffins Hockey Game

You're invited to the Hockey Game with St. John's UCC on Saturday, March 3 at 7pm! The Grand Rapids Griffins take on the Milwaukee Admirals at the VanAndel Arena (130 Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503) on one of their theme nights. It's Star Wars Night so we're sure to see many costumes and movie characters roaming around the arena.

We have 30 tickets available for $15 each. Sign up to reserve your ticket(s) with us on the bulletin board in fellowship hall or call our church office at (616) 453-2497. Mark your payment "Griffins Game" if you drop it at the office or in the offering plate. Please see our Fellowship Leader, Jen Berg, with any questions regarding this fun church outing. Invite your friends, all are welcome!

Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendar and gather with us for the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 31 at 11am. The egg hunt will be done in age groups so little ones find a bunch. We'll be outside on the lawn weather permitting, or inside if it's raining. Please sign up your family for the egg hunt on our fellowship bulletin board or call our office at (616) 453-2497. All are welcome!

Volunteer Opportunities include donating candy or other items that fit inside plastic eggs, donating stuffed bunnies, filling plastic eggs, and hiding eggs. Please see the project leader of this event, Diana DeKorte, if you are able to volunteer or you have questions. St. John's UCC is located at 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Soup and Sustenance Supper Series

You are invited to St. John's UCC Soup and Sustenance Bible Study Suppers Wednesdays at 6:30pm on February 21, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 21, and March 28. If you would like to sign up to bring a soup, please visit the sign-up sheet on our Fellowship board or call our church office at (616)453-2497.

Please note that we begin Lent with a special Ash Wednesday service on Feb. 14 at 7pm. The remaining Lenten Wednesdays are 6:30pm supper studies at St. John's UCC. All are welcome!

1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Pizza Party!

On Sunday, January 14 after worship center classes, all who participated in the St. John's UCC Youth Christmas Pageant are invited to a special Pizza Party in our church parlor! Special thanks to our Worship Team leader Sue Bradford for organizing the pageant and pizza day. We look forward to more liturgical dramatic arts and reader's theater worship opportunities in 2018. Thank you for sharing your time and talent!

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!


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.