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The Church ALIVE!

This Easter Season, in stories from the book of Acts, we will hear of the Holy Spirit inspiring life in the early church, as the Spirit still inspires new life today.

Worship Guide - May 29, 9:00 am

Learn About Our Neighbors to the North by Going on a Trip June 9

The United Women in Faith are inviting you to join them in their trek to eat a chicken dinner and learn about many services that are provided to the Waterloo community. You can help with a donation of laundry soap and/or paper towels. Learn about struggles as each developed their establishments. Enjoy Haitian artwork on the walls and miniature displays that depict the pandemic in the Center for the Arts. The Cedar River provides a scenic view from inside and outside. Register in a circle or in the office and prepay $15 for the lunch. Drive or ride and congregate near the Annex at 9:15 a. Questions? Genny Yarne: 319-210-6510 or genny2605@gmail.com

Artsfest: Art Exhibit

The Art of Robert & Joan Kocher

  • Opening Exhibit Reception: Sunday, June 12, 10:15-11:15 am
  • St. Paul’s UMC, Art Space Gallery, second floor
  • Exhibit continues through Saturday, August 6
  • Free
  • Learn more: stpaulsumc.org/artsfest/

Artsfest: Concert

Bells, Brass and Pipes

  • Friday, June 24, 7:00 PM
  • St. Paul’s UMC, Sanctuary
  • A concert of music for handbells, brass, percussion and organ including “National Hymn,” “America the Beautiful” and “We the People,” which commemorates the signing of the United States Constitution, with Brad Hart, former Mayor of Cedar Rapids (and member of St. Paul’s UMC) is the narrator.
  • Freewill Offering
  • Learn more: stpaulsumc.org/artsfest/

Artsfest: Art Workshop 1

Scraffito Tile

  • Saturday, June 25, 9:30-10:30 am
  • St. Paul’s UMC Wesley Center, first floor
  • The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio (ICCGS) is coming to St. Paul’s UMC to teach participants to create a decorative tile. We will start with a reflection question, a drawing of your ideas, then you’ll transfer your drawing to a tile. All projects will be created and painted (glazed) at St. Paul’s and then taken back to ICCGS for firing in their kilns.  Projects will be approximately 6” x6” and will be ready three weeks later. The tiles will be brought together into a community art piece exhibited at St. Paul’s throughout the season of Artsfest. After Artsfest ends in early August, you’ll be able to claim your tile and take it home with you! This event is supported in part by the St. Paul’s Foundation Fine Arts Fund. Pre-registration requested by June 19.
  • Cost: $10 per tile created
  • Childcare available
  • Learn more: stpaulsumc.org/artsfest/
  • Register for Scraffito Tile Workshop

Day at the Ball Park

Join us for a Day at the Ball Park, June 26th at 2:05 pm! We have reserved 50 tickets for St. Paul’s in the club level seating. Tickets are discounted at $11 per person (financial help available). Sign up by following the link: Questions? Contact Becca Nims.

Register for Day at the Ball Park

Artsfest: Art Workshop 2

3D Tile

  • Thursday, June 30, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • St. Paul’s UMC Wesley Center, first floor
  • The Iowa Ceramics Center and Glass Studio (ICCGS) is coming to St. Pauls to teach participants to create a decorative tile.  We will start with a reflection question and a drawing of your ideas. You’ll learn various hand building techniques to create and add all the details for your tile, then glaze (paint) with colors to bring it to life. All projects will be created and painted (glazed) at St. Paul’s and then taken back to ICCGS for firing in their kilns.  Projects will be ready three weeks later. The tiles will be brought together into a community art piece exhibited at St. Paul’s throughout the season of Artsfest. After Artsfest ends in early August, you’ll be able to claim your tile and take it home with you. This event is supported in part by the St. Paul’s Foundation Fine Arts Fund. Pre-registration requested by June 19.
  • Cost: $10 per tile created
  • Childcare available
  • Learn more: stpaulsumc.org/artsfest/
  • Register for 3D Tile Workshop

Artsfest: Five Seasons Chamber

Music Concert

Artsfest: Children's Art Camp

  • Monday, July 11-Thursday, July 14, 9:30 am-3:00 pm
  • St. Paul's UMC's Children's Parlor, third floor
  • Exploring hands-on creative ways to celebrate art.
  • Cost: $125 for the week includes meals
  • Click here to Pre-register

Five Season Ski Show Meet Up

  • July 14, 2022
  • 6:15 pm pre-show 
  • 7:00 pm show
  • 1979-2099 Ellis Blvd NW, Cedar Rapids,
  • FREE 
  • Look for the St. Paul’s Flag 

Artsfest: Art Workshop 3

The Art of Paper Cutting

  • Saturday, July 16, 9:30-11:30 am
  • St. Paul’s UMC Art Space Classroom, third floor
  • An introduction to the art of paper cutting. Participants will view examples of paper cutting from various cultures, practice using a craft knife with a pre-printed design, and then create their own original design. Cost includes materials: cutting mat, blades, and paper, all to take home and continue your creativity.
  • Cost: $25 per person (limit 10 participants)
  • Registration required by calling church office. Confirmation will be received when fee is paid.

Artsfest: Art in the Park

Interactive Art

  • Sunday, July 31, 12:00-6:00 pm
  • Redmond Park (1545 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids)

Municipal Band Concert Meet Up

  • August 3, 2022, 7:30 pm
  • Noelridge Park , near the playground 
  • 4900 Council St NE, Cedar Rapids
  • FREE 
  • Look for the St. Paul’s Flag 

Musical Theater

You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

  • Friday, August 5, 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 4:00 pm
  • St. Paul’s UMC Sanctuary
  • For over 70 years, readers have been entertained and enlightened by the comic strip “Peanuts.” In this Broadway musical, Charlie Brown and the gang explore the common truths of love and loss, happiness of family and friends, and never feeling completely comfortable in the world.  
  • Cost: Students, Free; Adults, $10

“myStPauls” MEMBER LOGIN: myStPauls is St. Paul’s United Methodist Church’s secure online member portal. Members are able to: view church directories, view their class rosters, email class members, update their personal information and photos in the church database, view church calendars, and view their giving records. The online member portal is not available to the general public. Church members must register for a login to access myStPauls. Contact the church office if you have any questions.

Youth Announcements

Pre-Mission Trip Meetings

Detroit Mission Trip (High School and College) Participants- Join us for three Sunday’s leading up to our July trip for a time of preparation. We will learn together a bit about what to expect from our time in Detroit and also get to know one another more before we hit the road. Please mark your calendars for the following dates.

All Meeting Dates will be at 10:30 am after the 9:00 am service in the youth room (110) 

  • June 19th 
  • June 26th 
  • July 10th 

Questions? Contact Becca (rnims@stpaulsumc.org)

Kids Announcements

Join the Fun this Summer at St. Paul's Summer Camps!

Spark imaginative learning by enrolling in St. Paul’s Summer Camps! We will be exploring multiple themed weeks as we explore topics such as welcome to summer, sports and spirits week, art and more! We will partnering with community organizations to bring on site field trips to enhance the learning experience. See you this summer at St. Paul’s! 

Questions? Contact Julie Hanlin (jhanlin@stpaulsumc.org).

View Summer Camp Flyer

Vacation Bible School 2022

VBS Discovery on Adventure Island invites everyone to explore the ways God's great light shines in the world, and shows them how they can reflect that light in their own lives. From a whimsical lighthouse on an enchanted island, Explorers are guided by a Lighthouse Keeper and Beacon the Puffin on an exciting quest to find five mysterious Infinity Lanterns (Love, Trust, Faith, Joy, Hope) to help light their way. Using map coordinates from their Reference Book (the Bible), children discover clues to finding each Lantern while learning how God's light shines in the lives of familiar biblical characters in Old and New Testament stories.

"Adventure Island," VBS 2022 will be held on Monday, July 11th to Friday, July 15th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at Lovely Lane UMC (2424 42nd St NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402). A meal will be provided beforehand from 5:30pm-6pm for families. 

Please fill out a form for each child that will attend. Sign-Up here.

Peace Camp

Peace Camp will provide a space for completed K-5th grade students to explore their own identities and the identities of other students. In addition, we aim to work with students to understand race, racism, and how together we can recognize and challenge racist practices. Using literacy-based strategies and hands-on activities, kids will be engaged in a number of learning experiences related to promoting anti-racism. Peace Camp will be held August 8-11, 9:30 am-3:00 pm at St. Paul's UMC, Cedar Rapids.

August 8-11, REGISTER HERE: Peace Camp

The goals of the camp are to:

  • Foster healthy racial identities in youth
  • Build a historical understanding of race and racism
  • Equip families with tools and resources that extend anti-racist practices in the home and community
Acts of Service

Habitat for Humanities Faith Build Coming Soon

Our church is partnering with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity and other churches to build a new house for a family this summer. SPUMC is assigned the dates of June 3 and 10 and July 9 for this. You can sign up for half a day or all three days. No particular skills are needed except a desire to help. To register for the June dates used the link below. Contact Brad Colton or Pastor Jonathan for more information. 

Sign-up Here.

Neighborhood Meals is back!

Neighborhood Meal and Enrichment Program begins Monday, June 6th and we need lots of volunteers! Free meals are served to anyone who is hungry Monday-Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm. Neighborhood Meals begins the Monday after school is out each summer and ends the Friday before school begins in the fall. There are many programs that provide meals to children during the summer, but NMEP provides meals to families, or singles too. Meals are served in St. Paul’s Wesley Center. Five churches support this ministry and each helps provide volunteers throughout the summer. St. Paul’s is responsible for volunteers the week of June 6-10. If you would like to help, stop at the signup table in the Connection Center on Sunday mornings or go online at neighborhoodmeals.org. Questions? Call 319-362-5285.

Our new Kitchen Manager this year is Becky Gregorich. During the school year, Becky manages the kitchen at Excelsior Middle School.  

Matthew 25's 7th Annual Transform Week

Make a big impact right here in Cedar Rapids!
June 20-24, 2022

Register to volunteer for Matthew 25's 7th Annual Transform Week by May 25 to ensure you receive a Transform 2022 t-shirt! Registrants after May 25 will only be able to receive t-shirts while supplies last, and sizes cannot be guaranteed. 

Thanks to amazing volunteers like you during our annual Transform Week, we are able to continue our commitment to quality affordable housing and strong neighborhood building. We hope to make this the most impactful year yet!

Questions about Transform Week?

Sign up to volunteer.

Videographer and Facebook LIVE Trainees Needed

In order to continue providing the technology support we’re blessed with, we are in need of two people to learn how to operate our video equipment and serve as a videographer as part of a rotating team. 

Also, we are praying for two people to join our Facebook LIVE tech team. Training is available for this role too.

With much gratitude for those who offer to serve, and with prayers for those among us who can join as worship tech servants!

Please contact Pastor Sherrie (silg@stpaulsumc.org).

Interested in Serving at St. Paul's as a Volunteer


Your willingness to consider sharing your time and talents to support our maintenance team would be most appreciated. Will schedule to accommodate volunteer’s availability.

Important opportunities to serve remain:

  1. Periodic trips to the CR landfill with recyclables (metal, old paint, fluorescent bulbs, and many other “things”. Volunteer(s) would need access to a truck. Church will cover any disposal fees.
  2. Weekly lawn trimming using a “weed whacker”. A team of 2 or 3 with their own trimmers can perform this in a couple of hours and put the finishing touches on our lawn mowing efforts.
  3. Weekly lawn mowing of selected areas with self-propelled walk behind church mower. One or two volunteers sharing this effort to address the areas which can’t be safely reached by the riding mower. 
  4. Periodic blowing off sidewalks, playground area and carport area using church cordless leave blower. A couple of hours once a week.
  5. A one-time edging of lawn along sidewalks and curbs (no church edger available). This is a significant task for a team of 2 to 3 volunteers, but what a difference it will make!
  6. A backup to Kathy & Brad for weekly pick up of yard litter.
  7. A backup to Duane for lawn mowing


If you feel God is nudging you to learn more about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Dave Mather at 319-350-6832 or stop by the church for a visit. Thank you.

    St. Paul's United Methodist Church
    1340 3rd Ave SE
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

    319.363.2058

    Office Hours:
    Monday-Thursday | 8:00 am-5:00 pm
    Friday | 8:00 am -12:00 pm 

     

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