Sunday Sneak Peek – September 25, 2022

Join us this Sunday, the Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, in-person (Facebook live stream when available), with featured scripture Psalm 146 and Luke 16:19-31.   Message by Pastor Scott will be “You Can’t Take It With You”

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

S4K-color-horiz400“The Rich Man and Lazaraus”

Click here for this week’s full worship guide.

Upcoming Events – Save the Date

  • Wednesdays – Bongards Market – 3pm to 6pm
  • Thursdays – Bible Fellowship on Matthew (Hybrid) – 6pm in Fellowship Hall and ZOOM
  • TODAY – Fellowship following worship in Fellowship Hall
  • Oct. 2 – World Communion Day – 915am
  • Oct. TBD – Faith Formation for Middle Schoolers – Contact  Pastor Scott for details on Confirmation classes)
  • Nov. 6 – All Saints Day – A Special Service of Remembrance – 915am
  • Nov. 20 – His By Grace concert and Pie Social – 915am (Free will offering to benefit the Southwest Carver County food shelf)

Announcements and Messages for the Community

All Saints Day Service.  We are planning a special service of remembrance on Sunday, Nov. 6th.  This will be a Sunday to remember those who have come and gone before us.  Please invite your friends and family to join us.  If you have a special poem, reading, or musical suggestion you’d like considered for the service or want to participate, contact Pastor Scott.

Fruit of the Spirit. This month’s ministry is elder care.  Look for the special  collection basket at the rear of the sanctuary.

Many hands make light work!  We want a variety of skills and leaders, so please consider serving as a Consistory Team Member.  We are in need of 3 members in 2023.  Contact Michelle Bachmann at 952-361-3033 or Pastor Scott for more details.

Steeple maintenance and sanctuary painting.  Please consider a prayerful donation.  Our goal is $20,150.  We’ve received $3,800.  Thank you to those that have already donated.  

Find Food Carver County.  Volunteers are needed to pack produce, sort food items, and distribute food into vehicles in NYA the first Friday of the month.  This program helps with food insecurity and food rescue to reduce waste.  If interested, contact Michelle Bachmann at 952-361-3033 or

Live Streaming Technician:  We want to train others on setting up the equipment and monitoring live-streaming services.  If you are familiar with Facebook and how to post content, this is all the technical skills needed.  Contact Michelle Bachmann if you’re interested.

Share. Grow. Shine! Make sure you write ways you’ve shared your faith or grown your faith this week on a card and place it in the offering plate to be collected and celebrated. Fill our collective lantern and shine St. John’s light!

Looking for a church family?  If you have been led to St. John’s looking to be more than a visitor, we welcome you openly to our family and would love an opportunity to chat.  Contact Pastor Scott at 804-350-0826 or email

The Word To Go:  Find Sunday morning worship services on our YouTube channel, St. John’s UCC-BongardsWorship will also be live-streamed on Facebook, when available.

Bongards Buzz:  Submit items for the newsletter by the 1st of each month to Michelle Bachmann or

For Pastoral Care.  Please contact Pastor Scott at 804-350-0826 or email  


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(Artwork credit: “The Poor Invited to the Feast” by Jesus Mafa, Cameroon, Africa)

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