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Longest Night Service When the season is difficult, when you don’t feel like shouting Merry Christmas, when a more reflective time of gathering with others would be a blessing, come on Friday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 pm. Come alone, Come with family or a friend, Come and simply be. Linger with a cup of cider, if you chose. Linger with hope in Christ.

Christmas Dinner Gift Bags for Youth It is once again time to begin thinking about Christmas! We will be assembling youth Christmas bags on Wed., Dec. 19th and we’re ready to start collecting gifts to put in these bags. We’ll collect items during TGIW and Pathfinders. Please, consider keeping your child in the process so they know what your family is contributing and why this is important. List of items is to be found below:

  • crayons
  • 8 or 24 pack socks candy canes bag of candy
  • colored pencils
  • 12 or 24 pack
  • matching hat &
  • mittens
  • puzzle/coloring book - kids
  • puzzle book - teens
  • play dough small toy jump rope ball
  • small stuffed
  • animal pad of paper notebook storybook

Christmas Eve Day Dinner, Dec. 24 St. Paul’s Christmas Eve Day Dinner is for EVERYONE – those who are struggling, those who are thankful, those who are lonely, and those in need of good food and conversation. St. Paul’s will host a FREE Christmas Eve Day Dinner with all the fixings in the Wesley Center on December 24, 12:00-2:00 pm. Meals are also delivered to shut-ins. After guests are finished with their meal, dessert and games and more fellowship will be offered in the new Gathering Space. Guests are welcome to join us for our Family Worship service at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary. No donations will be asked. Call United Way 739-4211 (211) to make reservation or if homebound to have a meal delivered. 

Christmas Eve Schedule of Events, Dec. 24

  • Noon-2:00 pm | Christmas Eve Dinner
  • 2:30 pm | Family Worship A family-oriented service including an opportunity for children to participate in the story of Jesus’ birth.
  •  8:30 pm | Traditional Worship* A traditional service including the choir and candlelight. 
  • 10:30 pm | Communion Worship* End your evening with a quiet, candlelit service of Communion.

*    Twenty minutes before the 8:30 and 10:30 pm worship services there will be a Christmas Eve musical prelude.

Service Opportunities...

Family Promise St. Paul’s will be hosting our next Family Promise family December 9-16.  We need lots of folks to provide an evening meal, spend a couple of hours in the evening with the family,  or be an overnight host at St. Paul’s. Stop by the Connection Center beginning Sunday, November 18, to find out how you can help provide hospitality for a homeless family. St. Paul’s Family Promise Coordinators, Brad and Kate

Stephen Ministers, wearing the blue badge, during worship service, are glad to talk privately with anyone going through a rough time.

FOCUS Needs a Food Associate Monday-Thursday from 10:30 am-12:30 pm. The duties include meeting food van from Horizons, putting food in bowls, delivering to the classroom, and then returning dishes to the small kitchen to soak. Questions? Contact Cynde Clymer (

“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.

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


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


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