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Advent 2022

Worship Guide for December 4, 9;00 am

Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things from me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from those who fear him from generation to generation. (Luke 1:48b-50)

Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth in the birth of Jesus! This good news transcends time and space.

From Generation to Generation…reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. The work of God is always unfolding in and through us. 

This Advent season, how will we carry it forth? 

Join us in worship and intergenerational small groups, no matter what your age.

From Generation to Generation: An Intergenerational Art Advent

Each Sunday in Advent, we’re offering an Intergenerational Art Experience in our Children’s Parlor and Art Space, 10:15-11:00 am. This is for ALL ages, whether or not you have children of your own at St. Paul’s.

These *activities will relate to the theme in each of our worship services. We encourage the sharing among people of different ages!

Please let us know that you would like to join! Click here to pre-register.

  • December 4: God meets us in our fear. Fear-holding Ornaments
  • December 11: We can choose a better way. Blooming Wire Sculptures
  • December 18: We see God in each other. Imago Dei Luminaries

*Materials subject to change.

Blue Christmas Tree

As the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us, for some, this is not necessarily a time of peace and joy. For many, it is a time of heartache, sadness, and loneliness. 

The Congregational Care Committee understands this and wants to acknowledge this aspect of the holidays by hosting a Blue Christmas Tree. Throughout Advent, you are invited to write a name or a situation for which you are feeling sad or struggling and place it on the tree. As the weeks go on, everyone is invited to stop at the tree, look at the stars and lift a prayer for each. A guide to the possible ways of responding will be alongside the tree.

May God bless us all through the upcoming season and see Jesus in the midst of it all.

Be Healthy. Be Green. Committee invites you to celebrate a "greener" Christmas.

  • Gift Wrap Exchange through December 14, table in the Gathering Space Reusing gift wrap makes the holiday a little greener, and exchanging lets us all swap for something new-to-us instead of buying new. What to bring: wrapping paper, gift bags, ribbons and bows, gift tags, any other gift wrapping items; items that are used but with life left. Freely take what you will use!
  • Gift Wrapping Party - Wednesday, December 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Gathering Space Our gift wrap exchange will conclude with a gift wrapping party! Bring gifts to wrap and use provided items for creative, eco-friendly gift wrapping! We will demonstrate reusable methods like furoshiki style cloth wraps. Stay for a long time, or stop by before or after your other activities! Any questions, email Stephanie Heifner (

Parents Night Out 

December 2, 5:30-9:00 pm

Need to do some holiday shopping or a date night? Let us handle the kids! Read more about this opportunity.

Winter Wonderland

December 10, 3:00-5:00 pm

Join us for our annual Winter Wonderland family event on December 10th from 3:00-5:00 pm at St. Paul’s UMC! Families can join us for many Christmas themed activities such as cookie decorating, story time, ornament making, STEM activities, face painting and more! Interested in volunteering? Contact Julie Hanlin or Becca Nims for more 

Tim Hein Retirement

Our hand bell choirs are such an amazing blessing in our church and community. We’ve been blessed with Tim’s leadership as Director of our Handbell Choirs for the past 8 years. Tim has shared that he plans to retire at the end of 2022. We’ll be celebrating his ministry on December 11!

Christmas Eve Meal

December 24th at St. Paul’s 12:00-2:00 pm

Join us for a time of feasting and fellowship at our annual Christmas Eve Meal. This is the first time in three years that we will be hosting the meal in person! A limited number of meals will also be delivered. Reservations are encouraged, with available times at 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, and 1:30 pm.

If you would like to register to join us in person or have meals delivered to you, please call the church office and let us know (319-363-2058).

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    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403


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