The Fix on I-196 Highway Closure

April 1 - August 30, westbound I-196 will be closed downtown over the Grand River with ramp closures in that interchange. Closed ramps are US-131 southbound to eastbound I-196, and US-131 northbound to westbound I-196. Many people will need to take alternate routes to church all Summer. Our city is adding a lane over the Grand River.

All westbound traffic on I-196 will have to exit on Fuller, College, or Ottawa Ave. The Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) recommended detour is to take I-96 West to US-131 South to I-196 beyond the construction. You will then be able to reach our exit at Lake Michigan Drive.

Wednesday Night Supper Series, Discover Your Spiritual Gifts!

What is God calling you to do with your life? Discover your spiritual gifts and the path to a more fulfilling life! Each Wednesday evening during Lent (March 13, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10) at 6:30pm, we will begin with a meaningful prayer and a light supper of soup, salad, and bread, followed by your Spiritual Gifts Class led by Pastor Wes. Childcare is provided. For more information, please contact Pastor Wes Jamison at (540) 392-5632, or email

Please note that ALL are welcome and encouraged to attend the Ash Wednesday Service (Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30pm), Sunday Worship & Fellowship (weekly at 10am), and the new five-week Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts soup supper series, March 13 - April 10 at 6:30pm. Journey through Lent with St. John’s United Church of Christ! 1934 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

New Membership Class March 10. Join St. John's!

Are you interested in joining St. John’s United Church of Christ? You are invited to attend our next Membership Class after 10am worship services on Sundays, March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7. This 45 minute class will meet in the church library at 11am on the listed dates. Childcare is available. Please contact Pastor Wes Jamison at (540) 392-5632 for information.

Griffins Hockey Game

On Friday, March 15 at 7pm you are invited to the Grand Rapids Griffins Hockey Game with St. John's UCC! The Griffins take on the Rockford Ice Hogs at VanAndel Arena (130 Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503). It's 90s Theme Night and $2 beer, $2 hot dog night at this Friday, March 15 game.

We have 20 tickets available for $22 each in section 106, lower bowl seats. Sign up to reserve your ticket(s) on the bulletin board in St. John’s fellowship hall, or contact our Fellowship Leader, Jen Berg, at Invite your friends, all are welcome!

St. John's Christmas Eve Service

On Monday, December 24 at 9pm, you are invited to gather at St. John’s United Church of Christ for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. If you would like to attend but do not want to drive at night, we will have a member come pick you up and drive you home after the service. If you are willing and able to pick up a member or two in your car for the round trip journey, please drop a note into the collection plate during the offering, or email the church at and let Sally know if you are a driver or passenger. We will compile a list and let you know who will be picking you up the week of December 16. Invite your friends and family to Christmas Eve Service at St. John’s UCC!

Hanging of the Greens

Reminder: Sunday, Nov. 25 is Hanging of the Greens! Join us for this wonderful annual tradition after the 10am service. We’ll gather to deck the halls and sanctuary with trees, garland, wreaths, centerpieces, lights and more before we enjoy a wonderful lunch together in fellowship hall. All ages are welcome!

Families with last names beginning with 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. Help us decorate for Advent and Christmas. Let’s make the season bright together!

Help with Thanksgiving Baskets

We are blessed to provide Thanksgiving Baskets for several local families in need this season. How can you help? We have two Sundays left! (1) Please bring in non-perishable food donations to church on Sunday, November 11 and Sunday, November 18. (2) Donate cash for a turkey and other needed items. (3) Volunteer to deliver one of our assembled dinner baskets to a local West side family on Sunday, November 18 after church. (4) Contact Theresa Bileth at for more information.