Back from the Brink


Rev. Rachel and Joe Scarry traveled to Milwaukee last year to attend the 2019 national convention of the United Church of Christ. Joe, a social justice activist, was one of the presenters of a resolution that the assembly passed, supporting a nuclear disarmament campaign called “Back From the Brink.”    

As we remember the first use of atomic weapons against people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years ago, we hear two readings during worship on August 8. The first is the story of Jesus calling people to help him change the world. The second is a letter from peace workers in Hiroshima (reprinted below) to all of us in the UCC who are supporting the effort to pull “back from the brink” of nuclear war, here and now. Joe is providing the August 8 sermon, entitled, “Hearing the Call, Daring to Hope.”


COVID-19 Madeline Island Emergency Fund

St. John’s United Church of Christ received a significant donation to create a COVID-19 Madeline Island Emergency Fund. The Fund’s purpose is to help full-time island residents bridge a financial gap due to lost/reduced income, extraordinary expenses, or temporary hardship as a result of the impact of COVID-19. The donation was given directly to St. John’s UCC for the purpose of providing immediate assistance to islanders.

Read more for details about the Emergency Fund and how to apply.

COVID-19 Madeline Island Emergency Fund Guidelines

Emergency Fund Application Form (more…)

Worship is Moving to YouTube

St. John’s is moving to a NEW online channel! Our worship services will be on YouTube. Here’s the new link:

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Fellowship Gatherings – You’re Invited

Our Zoom Fellowship Gatherings are grand! We see familiar faces from Madeline Island, Florida, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona, Minnesota. Join the conversation with friends!
Sundays, 11:00 am CDT,