Spring Yardwork Days!

Our first church work day is this Saturday, May 11. You are invited to meet Project Leader Todd Krupp at Mr. Burger (2120 Lake Michigan Drive) for breakfast first at 8am, or meet at the church at 8:45am. Please bring your yard gloves, tree trimming shears, shovels, and other garden tools. If you own a chainsaw, please contact our Property Team as we will be removing a couple of large Arbor Vitae trees this weekend.

If you are unable to attend this date, but you’re interested in gardening, please contact property@stjohnsuccgr.org for a list of tasks and ongoing opportunities. Many hands make light work!

Renucci Hospitality House, May 15

On Wed, May 15, 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 Spring Theme is Picnic Foods! Consider sharing your favorites. Please sign up on the mission board or email Theresa Bileth at mission@stjohnsuccgr.org if you are available or interested in more information.

Fajita Sunday, May 5!

It’s Cinco de Mayo Fajita Sunday at St. John’s time! Plan on staying after our 10am worship service for a delicious lunch on Sunday, May 5 at 11am. Salsa made from scratch, toasted tortillas, perfectly marinated and grilled steak, chicken, and veggies, pico de gallo, chips, cheese, etc. Come enjoy an authentic and delicious meal made with love by Tony Garza, Dave Bradford, and volunteers. Bring your friends, ALL are welcome!

Mother's Day Brunch, May 12

Treat your mother, your grandmother, your chosen family mom friends, and yourself to Mother’s Day Brunch at St. John’s UCC on Sunday, May 12 after our 10am service during 11am fellowship hour. Enjoy hot breakfast entrees, pastries, juice, coffee, and tea as we honor all maternal figures. We’re looking for volunteers to sign-up on the fellowship board for this annual event. Please see Jen Berg for details.

Darkness to Light Class, May 19

St. John’s UCC is a safe space. We train our teachers proper boundaries, we instill safe policies, we raise the children with Child Safe Classes as part of Sunday School to empower them with proper boundaries and self-confidence, and we consistently run background checks on all volunteers who work with youth.

Darkness to Light is another Free Adult Class offered at St. John’s. Gather with us in the library during fellowship hour on Sunday, May 19 to learn more ways to prevent sexual abuse in the lives of all youth. Childcare is provided. If you have questions or concerns regarding this presentation, please contact Anne Slater (slater1am@gmail.com) or Tarah Tiedt (tarah@benandtarah.com).

Dégagé Shelter Dinner

On Sunday, April 28, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, St. John’s Mission Team Volunteers will be serving lasagna dinners downtown at Dégagé in the Heartside district. Faith in action opportunity!

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 mission@stjohnsuccgr.org.

Spring Congregational Meeting, April 28

On Sunday, April 28, after our 10am worship service, we will gather in fellowship hall for our Spring Congregational Meeting. You will find the meeting packet with the complete agenda and the annual team reports on our secure members page located on our website (StJohnsUCCgr.org), as well as on our new church phone app for iOS and Android devices. The link to the app is located at the top of our website. Printed copies of the annual meeting packet are also available upon request by emailing or calling the church office at office@StJohnsUCCgr.org or (616) 453-2497.

We’ll see you at the Spring Congregational Meeting on Sunday, April 28 at 11am!

Holy Week Gatherings

Reminder: We have four more opportunities this week. Maundy Thursday Living Last Supper Service is Thursday, April 18 at 7:30pm. Community Easter Egg Hunt and Lunch is Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am. Easter Vigil Service is Holy Saturday, April 20 at 7:00pm. Easter Morning Service is Sunday, April 21 at 10:00am. Nursery is provided. ALL are welcome!

You are invited and welcomed 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.

Experience Easter at St. John's April 21, 10am

Gather with us for a beautiful Worship Service on Sunday, April 21 at 10am. Stay after service for our weekly 11am Fellowship Hour where you'll find a family of friends and a variety of treats, coffee, tea, and juice. Nursery for little ones is provided. You are invited and welcomed 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. Come celebrate Easter with your family of friends St. John’s UCC! He Is Risen!