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St. John's UCC

Welcome to 

St. John's United Church of Christ

17824 Jefferson St, Union, Illinois

Join us for Worship

Sundays at 9:30 am 

In-person and online

Livestream on Facebook

At St. John's United Church of Christ, we know that inspiration opens hearts. An open heart is an open mind and an open mind is one that can practice tolerance, experience gratitude and feel the glory of God.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here!

Garden Blessings!  Each Sunday outside the front door after 10:30 AM until the vegetables are gone! Invite your friends and stop by!
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We welcome you to join us! Our worship service is fairly traditional and includes a sermon, congregational prayer, hymns, and special music. Worship lasts about an hour. You can try us out online at:

We are an Open and Affirming congregation, and we welcome into the full life and ministry of the church persons of every race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, physical ability, and economic status. 🏳‍🌈

  Upcoming Events 

Sunday, July 14th- Punk Rock Blessings
Ephesians 1:3-14

Do Christians and punk rockers have something in common?

Sunday, July 21st- Formula for Forgiveness

Ephesians 2:11-22

Just apologize, make peace and forgive others as Christ has forgiven you.


Church Rummage Sale
              July 12-14th @ St. John UCC
       12 & 13th- 9:00 AM-3 PM, 14th- 10:30-?

Second Tuesday of the Month- Taco Tuesday at Classen's- 11:30 AM-17628 Depot Street, Union IL 60180

Council Meeting- July 16th- 5:30 PM (Note date change)

Bills continue throughout the summer. We hope your giving does as well.

Our Pastor

On March 3rd, 2024, Rev. Steve Welker was called as Pastor. Pastor Steve grew up in central Indiana in a suburb of Indianapolis. He graduated from Plainfield High School (IN) and went to Indiana State University where he received a BS in Elementary Education.

He taught for nine years as a sixth-grade teacher in Seymour, IN.  During that time, he earned a MS in Elementary Education at Indiana University.    As well, he coached boys’ football and basketball and freshmen girIs’ basketball.

In 1987, he entered seminary and served as an associate minister while attending seminary. He was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1991. In those over thirty-three years of ordained ministry, Pastor Steve has served congregations in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Illinois as a settled pastor and a trained intentional interim pastor. He has served eight congregations as an interim minister in Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.

He has standing with the United Church of Christ (Fox Valley Association).

He married to my high school sweetheart, Brenda, and they will we celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary in June. The have two grown daughters who have blessed them with two great sons-in-laws and three awesome grandkids.

Pastor Steve is an avid reader, golfer, and grandpa. As well, he “plays at” the guitar every once and a while.


You are welcome to attend in-person worship, or view our services online. 

In-Person Worship Guidelines

  • Masks are not required, but are available for your use.

  • Please use hand sanitizer when you enter.

  • If you have tested positive in the past week, or do not feel well, please stay home.


Each week we share a bulletin via email, and on our Facebook page.

You may join worship live or view a recording afterwards on the church Facebook page

You do not need to be logged into Facebook to view the video.

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The United Church of Christ has issued an appeal to support immediate needs for families and communities affected by Hurricanes Fiona and Ian.

Emergency response personnel are active. Relief agencies are meeting immediate needs where they can gain access to communities hard hit by the storm. United Church of Christ partners through National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster who focus on relief are implementing their plans. Global Ministries Area Executive for Latin America Angel Luis Rivera is in touch with bilateral partners. Conference leaders and Conference Disaster Coordinators are making contact, assessing needs, and communicating with the Global H.O.P.E. team so that help can be channeled, now and for the long term. 

Your generous financial support will be used by our partners in the areas of greatest need, for relief and long-term recovery. If you prefer, you may mail a check payable to the United Church of Christ, PO BOX 71957 Cleveland, OH 44194. Please be sure to note “Hurricanes 2022 Fund” in the memo section.

Thank you for your support.


Connect for news and updates:

News - United Church of Christ

Disaster Ministries - United Church of Christ



Learn about what's happening
in the Illinois Conference:

Conference E Newsletter

and around our denomination:

UCC News Digest


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No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here.

"For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them."

~Matthew 18:20

                                            Heifer Project

Heifer International is a global nonprofit working to eradicate poverty                               and hunger through sustainable, values-based holistic community development. 


A team of us worked construction at a Habitat for Humanity Work Site in Marengo on Saturday, Nov. 26. Thank you to Denny, Danny, Destini, Lillian, Doug, T.C., and Dave for participating!

Slideshow is below!



St. John's UCC
17824 Jefferson St
PO Box 401
Union, IL 60180-0401


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