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Lent: Reflect & Prepare

Worship Guide: March 26, 9:00 am

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, we replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert. Join us for the journey.

Scholarships Available

One of the blessings of our St. Paul’s UMC Foundation is that many people have given gifts so that we have scholarships to offer church members and others. This year, like last year, we have $18,500 available. The application process is open! Applications should be completed by April 15.

In addition, a variety of scholarships and loans for students attending United Methodist and other accredited colleges and universities are available to our church members. Check this resource:

Books & Bites—a book club where we also eat supper!

Come chat about books and share in a bite to eat this Spring! ANYONE who hasn’t read a good book lately and wants to try is welcome! Copies are available at the St. Paul’s library cart and the CR/Marion/Hiawatha Metro Library system or you can purchase online. This is a Young Adult book so families with readers might also like to try it! Discussion and light supper provided! Contact Nancy AntonJensen if you are interested so we can prepare, 319-360-4144 or ( 

Times and book titles:

Do You Like to Create Crafts?

Holiday Fair Craft Workshops will start Tuesday, April 4. We will meet at the Annex from 9:00-11:30 am. We welcome all to join us.

Easter Egg Hunt

Join us for an amazingly fun time at our outdoor Easter Egg Hunt at Redmond Park! (1545 3rd Ave SE). All are welcome! We will have a blast hunting eggs during a huge ongoing egg hunt. Come have fun at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 8th. This event is sponsored by Collins Community Credit Union (1st Avenue Branch) and St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

Holy Week 2023

Palm Sunday | April 2
9:00* & 11:15 am | 12:30 pm* African Nationals
Join in the palm procession. Feel both the joy and the tension waving through our remembrance of the beginning of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday | April 6
7:00* pm
Holy Meals Remembered. Join us for a simple soup supper served throughout this experiential worship gathering in our Wesley Center, remembering our story. Sit at tables for the entire event!

Good Friday | April 7
7:00* pm
Join us at St. Paul’s UMC in Cedar Rapids for our Good Friday service on April 7th featuring the Lenten Cantata Seven Words of Love by Lloyd A. Pfautsch (1921-2003). This offering will feature scripture and narration telling the story of Christ’s crucifixion and responses sung by our Sanctuary Choir presenting the seven final phrases (words) spoken by Christ as he died. The passionate nature of the story is mirrored in the hauntingly beautiful choral parts and congregational hymns sung together in response to each of the seven words. Share in a somber reflection of the crucifixion in preparation for our glorious Easter Sunday service three days later on April 9th!

Easter | April 9
9:00* & 11:15 am | 12:30 pm* African Nationals
Resurrection Celebration and Joy! Christ is risen! Easter brings hope for all in newness of life! Everyone is welcome.

*In-person and Online Worship

“Call to Prayer and Self-Denial” Event

You do not have to be a member of United Women in Faith to attend this event. St. Paul’s United Women in Faith is sponsoring, “Call to Prayer and Self-Denial” on Thursday afternoon, April 27, 1:30 to 3:30 in Wesley Center. Come for a discussion about racial aspects in our area. You will hear about actions taken by Methodist women through the years. A unique panel of local women, Monique Clark, Engagement Specialist at Taft Middle School; Marisa Estelle, General Manager of Applebee’s on Collins Road; and Gentine Nzoyikorera, Pastor Daniel’s daughter and student leader at Kennedy High, will answer questions about racism in our community. Also, Monique will explain her after-school program and Gentine will tell you about her activities. Join us to support ongoing racial justice work by the United Women in Faith. Bring a friend! Sign up in yor circle or in the church office, 319-363-2058.

St. Paul's Merchandise

Get an early start on your Christmas Shopping with St. Paul’s merchandise! Shop here.

10% of your purchase will directly support the work of UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief).

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


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