Sunday Sneak Peek – October 24, 2021

Join us this Sunday, the Twenty-Second Sunday of Pentecost in-person or live on Facebook at 915am with

Featured Scripture: Psalm 71 and Pastoral Meditation: “Hope of the Ages – Lessons from Elders”

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


Upcoming Events – Save the Date

  • Oct. 31st – Celebration of Pastor Shuji’s Ministry with a pie social following worship in Fellowship Hall
  • Nov. 1st – Kick off a month of “Gratitude”
  • Nov. 7th – Kids N Cookies following Worship in Fellowship Hall
  • Nov. 14th – Communion with worship at 915am
  • Nov. 14th – Special Meeting following Worship at 10am
  • Nov. 21st – Special music featuring “His By Grace” followed by pie social

Announcements and Messages for the Community

Welcome Rev. Cartwright! Pastor Shuji is on vacation this week.  Rev.  Scott Cartwright, an ordained minister with the Presbyterian Church (USA) will be leading Sunday worship.  He has worked as a healthcare Chaplain since 1991, in Senior Care, acute care hospitals, and in Children’s Hospitals and currently serves as the Senior Consultant for Spiritual Care in the Benedictine Long Term Care system.  Scott and his wife Kathy are the parents of three wonderful adult children and live in Apple Valley, MN.

Sponsor a Poinsettia.  We will supporting Southern Valley Alliance’s by participating in their Poinsettia fundraiser again.  If you’re interested in sponsoring a poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one, to be displayed in our sanctuary throughout the Advent season, a sign-up is in the Narthex.  The cost is $25/plant.  Money and orders must be to Michelle Bachmann by October 27th.

Kids N Cookies.  All are welcome for our all-ages faith program.  It includes scripture readings, fun activities, and of course cookies!  We will meet in the sanctuary for about 15 to 20 minutes and then gather in Fellowship Hall for cookies.  For more ways to get involved, contact Bill or Mary Hudson.  

Special Meeting Notice:  A special meeting is being called by the Consistory Team to discuss church leadership and board openings.  To be held Sunday, Nov. 14th at 10am in the Sanctuary following worship.

Sign Coordinators Wanted:  Want to share your inspiration and witty sayings with the rest of the world?  Be part of our 212 Sign Team.  We have the following months open:  January, February, April, August and October.  Pick one month or several.  Team up and do it with a friend!  Contact Michelle Bachmann if you’re 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

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


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