Ongoing Non-Perishable Food Drive

Please continue to bring non-perishable food items to church on Sundays throughout October and November with the intention of sharing God’s bounty with our community. St. John’s UCC is part of Access of West Michigan’s Holiday Giving Network. We will be assembling Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets with your donated food items for local families in need who signed up for this wonderful gift. You are invited to deliver a basket that has already been assembled based on each household’s specific size and needs. Sign up to deliver a dinner to a local West side family on the mission board in fellowship hall, or by contacting Theresa Bileth at Delivery date is the Sunday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 24. We also welcome you to place non-perishable food donations on the pew in fellowship hall. You make a difference with St. John’s UCC!

Totenfest Service, Nov. 3

We will be observing Totenfest/All Saints on Sunday, November 3 at 10:00am. If you have lost a loved one in the last year and would like to remember and honor them in this Totenfest service, please notify the church by emailing Rev. Dr. Wes Jamison at, or call our church office at 616-453-2497. We invite you to submit a photograph with their name and dates of life, and to light a candle in their memory during the service. Help us honor and celebrate the life of your loved one on November 3 at St. John’s UCC.

New Member Class, Nov. 3

Are you interested in becoming a member of St. John’s? Learn more about St. John’s United Church of Christ history, and we’ll deepen our connection along the way by learning more about each other at the next Membership Class on Sunday, November 3, after 10am worship service. You are welcome in the wholeness of who you are, regardless of religious background or spiritual affiliation. You’re invited to be part of our open and affirming Christ-centered family of friends.

Blessing of the Animals, Oct 27

Blessing of the Animals! Please bring your pets to St. John's UCC on Sunday, October 27 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, turtle, etc) are in safe and comfortable containers. Kids are welcome to bring their favorite stuffed animal for a blessing as well. Help us make the October 27 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.

Renucci Hospitality House, Oct 16

Mission Volunteer Opportunity: Renucci House: On Wednesday, Oct 16, you are invited to either drop off food (serving size 30) at 5:30pm or stay and serve with us from 6-7pm. Out of town families who are temporarily living at Renucci House while their loved one is undergoing treatment at the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital enjoy our themed dinners prepared with love. Our Fall Theme is Casseroles, cold and hot pasta dishes and sides. Consider sharing your favorites. Please sign up on the mission board or email Theresa Bileth at if you are available or interested in more information.

Fall Non-Perishable Food Drive!

Please bring non-perishable food donations to church on Sundays throughout October and November with the intention of sharing God’s bounty with our community. St. John’s United Church of Christ is receiving a list of families from Access of West Michigan’s Holiday Giving Network and the Northwest Pantry. We will be assembling Thanksgiving Baskets filled with your donated non-perishable food items for local families in need and delivering them to local homes on the West side of Grand Rapids on Sunday, November 24.

How can you help? (1) Bring in non-perishable food each week. (2) Donate cash for a turkey and other needed dinner items. (3) Volunteer to deliver one or more of our assembled dinner baskets to a local family on Sunday, November 24. (4) Start a non-perishable food collection in your office or school. (5) Contact Theresa Bileth at

NON-PERISHABLE DONATION Ideas: CANS: Veggies, fruits, tuna, chicken, salmon, and other canned meats, spam, pastas, beans, cranberry sauce, gravy, soups, broths, ravioli, single serving canned meals. BOXES: Rice, stuffing mix, any pasta, macaroni and cheese, variety of styles of dried potatoes, juice boxes, chicken & turkey broth, helper meal starters, cereals, granola bars, cookies, crackers, pudding mix, cake mix, lunchbox style individually wrapped items, rice krispie treats. JARS: Applesauce, spaghetti sauce, fruits, juices, jam/jelly, peanut butter, baby food. PACKAGES: Portioned commercially sealed packs of trail mix, dried fruit snacks, beef jerky, pudding cups, fruit cups, jello cups, bagged rice or beans, peanut butter crackers, pretzels, goldfish, cookies, crackers, chips, oatmeal packets, nuts, gravy and other packets, ramen noodles, variety of packaged Lipton or Knorr rice or pasta one-skillet meal packets, capri sun drinks, drink mix packets.

Chili Cook-Off and Bread Auction Oct 6

Chili Cook-Off! After our 10am worship service on Sunday, October 6, 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. Please sign-up on the fellowship board at church, or by calling our office 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. 6, 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. 

St. John's Mission at Dégagé Shelter

On Sunday, September 29, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, St. John’s Mission Team Volunteers will be serving lasagna dinners downtown at Dégagé in the Heartside district.

Dégagé Shelter offers help and hope to 400 - 500 homeless and disadvantaged individuals in our community every day. We reflect the love of Christ to all who come through the doors which fosters dignity and respect. We arrive at Dégagé at 5:30pm to set up. We serve dinner from 6pm - 7pm. Dégagé is located at 144 Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. If you have questions, please see Theresa Bileth or email

2019 Fall Kickoff, Sunday, Sept. 8!

It's time! Fall into church with friends and family on Sunday, September 8 at 10am as we celebrate Fall at St. John's United Church of Christ! Gather at our 10:00am Worship Service as we share Holy Communion, a meaningful message, beautiful music, and a special Blessing of the Backpacks for students. Witness the excitement of our little ones as they begin a new year of children's programs in our worship center classrooms. Learn about new ways to engage by chatting with team leaders about Fall opportunities. Experience our free community lunch with new friends after service at our 11:00am Pork Roast, Potluck, Pie Baking Contest (categories for fruit, non-fruit, and most unique pie) and several interactive yard games on the lawn for adults and kids. Bring a dish to pass or just bring your appetite. Invite your friends!

Members: Please bring table service for your family and a dish to share if you are able. Last names A-P bring dessert or fruit, Q-Z a side dish or salad.

You are welcomed and invited 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. 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.