Blessing of the Backpacks!

Students of all ages! Please bring your backpacks to the St. John's UCC church service on Sunday, September 8 at 10am, so that we may bless the bags our students will carry throughout the 2019/20 school year. This blessing at our Fall Kick-off service symbolizes the wider support each student will receive from their church family as they journey through another year of learning. We value caring for each other.

Register now for VBS Week

VBS week is July 29 - Aug 2. This is a reminder to please register now at We’d love to get an accurate count of children so we can properly plan the food, projects, and fun surprises. Please share this VBS invitation sign-up link with your friends and family so they can register their loved ones for a fun-filled week at St. John’s UCC. All are welcome! Register and share!

Hand In Hand, Together We Stand Pep Rally!

Gather with St. John’s United Church of Christ on Saturday, June 15, 11:00AM - 12:00PM at Ah-Nab-Awen Park (299 Pearl Street, the lawn in front of the Gerald R Ford Museum) for the 5th Annual Pre-Pride Festival Kick-Off and Pep Rally hosted by the Grand Rapids Pride Center!

Dave Watt of the non-profit Mr. Friendly, assisted by the group Free Mom Hugs Michigan, will lead us as we cheer and reflect on the importance of PRIDE, COMMUNITY, and ACTION! Plus, special guest speakers!

Bring your flags, signs, spirit, and most importantly, your voices, as we celebrate all we are and join our ceremonial march to the opening gates of PRIDE 2019!

Grand Rapids Pride Festival

Join us Saturday, June 15, 12PM to 10PM in Calder Plaza for the Grand Rapids Pride Festival! Visit our church volunteers in the annual St. John’s UCC Pride Booth, where we’ll be sharing our extravagant welcome, free hugs, and several free gifts with the crowd. Enjoy live entertainment on the main stage by singers, Max, Mya, Sizzy Rocket, and many others, along with artists at the proud to be heard stage, food and drink booths, 150 different vendors, non-profits, giveaways, and our diverse community of supporters. Your $8.00 ticket purchase at the festival entrance helps to fund ten vital community programs offered at the G.R. Pride Center. Thank you for being a proud supporter and sponsor with St. John’s United Church of Christ. Come and be a visible sign of love and acceptance. Your presence is a gift! Please see Theresa Bileth for further details, or RSVP at the Facebook event link:

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 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 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.