“Preparing for a Race”

Join us this Sunday in-person at 915am (no live stream this week).  

Featured Scripture: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Meditation: “Preparing for a Race”

Our on demand library is available on our YouTube channel: St. John’s UCC-Bongards

S4K-color-horiz400“Let the Games Begin”

Upcoming Events – Save the Date

  • Wednesdays – Bongards Farmers Market – 3pm to 6pm
  • Aug 21st – Womens Guild Trip “Waconia” from 9am to 1pm
  • Aug 22nd – Blessing of the Backpacks during worship at 915am
  • Aug 22 nd – “How to Be a Worship Reader” Class following Worship
  • Sept 1st – Bongards Buzz eNewsletter items due
  • Sept 7th – Consistory Team Meeting at 6pm

Announcements and Messages for the Community

Church Profile Completed and Settled Part-Time Pastor Search has begun.  At the end of July, the Pastoral Search Committee completed the required profile and submitted it to the MN UCC conference.  It has been posted to the national and local UCC job boards.  In August, the committee is meeting with the MN UCC Steward of Search and Call regarding the search process and next steps.    

Womens Guild Trip.  Start your morning with a visit to the Carver County Historical Society followed by make your own chocolates at Laketown Chocolates.  Cost is $17 and limited to vaccinated individuals.  A breakfast or lunch stop to be added.  (Watch for details.)  Sign up on the bulletin.  Contact Karen Otto for more details and/or ride share.

How to Be a Worship Reader.  This participatory one-hour class will provide you with a bit of historical look into the role of readers in worship service, how to become familiar with texts in private, and how to embrace and assume readers’ roles in public. We will read selected texts from the lectern during the session. Contact Pastor Shuji for more details.

Consistory Team Openings:  We’re looking for folks called to lead Fellowship & Mission or Grounds & Maintenance ministries.  Please contact Michelle Bachmann or Pastor Shuji if interested.  


Bongards Farmers Market Volunteers Wanted.  Volunteers are needed to assist with setting-up and/or closing the market alongside our dedicated market team.  Contact Vicki Moteelall at 612-710-0508 if interested.  

Consistory Team Openings:  This is great time to get involved in our revitalization and contribute to shaping St. John’s future.  We’re looking for folks called to lead Fellowship & Mission or Grounds & Maintenance ministries.  Please contact Michelle Bachmann or Pastor Shuji if interested

The Word To Go:  Find Sunday morning worship services, led by Pastor Shuji, on our YouTube channel, St. John’s UCC-Bongards.  Worship will also be live-streamed on Facebook, when available. Also, on our website, look for Sermons4kids which includes scripture lessons and fun activities.

Bongards Buzz:  Submit items for the newsletter by the 1st of each month to Michelle Bachmann at 952-361-3033 or sjuccbongards@gmail.com.

For Pastoral Care:  Please feel free to call, text, or email Pastor Shuji at 612-462-1726 or smoriichi43@gmail.com.


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