Sunday Sneak Peek – October 30, 2022

Join us this Sunday, the Twenty First Sunday after Pentecost (in-person and Facebook live stream when available).  We’re blessed to have a guest speaker this week while Pastor Scott is on vacation. 

This week’s message is given by Sham Moteelall entitled

“A God and THE God”  

Click here for a short bio about Sham.

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

S4K-color-horiz400“Zacchaeus Goes Out on a Limb”

Upcoming Events – Save the Date

  • Thursdays – Bible Fellowship – 6pm in Fellowship Hall and ZOOM
  • TODAY – Fellowship with Coffee and Cookies following Worship
  • Nov. 1 – Consistory Team Meeting – 6pm via ZOOM
  • Nov. 4 – Find Food Carver County Volunteering – 12pm to 4pm at NYA City Hall parking lot
  • Nov. 6 – All Saints Day with Holy Communion – 915am
  • Nov. 12th – “Footloose” at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater, hosted by Women’s Guild – 1030am
  • Nov. 18th – Faith & Service Review Meeting – 6pm via ZOOM
  • 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. This will be a Sunday to remember those who have come and gone before us.  Please invite your friends and family to join us.  Bring a small memento in honor of a loved one, to be placed on the altar for the service.  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 Hurricane Ian relief.  Look for the special collection basket at the rear of the sanctuary.

Many hands make light work!  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.  The work has been completed! 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 and Camera Operator:  We want to train others on live-streaming and recording services.  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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