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WANTED: Used Crayons We are collecting used crayons on Sunday, January 13-Tuesday, January 15. Please bring them to the Church Office or Connection Centers. 

Contributions Needed St. Paul’s member, Evariste Gitiba’s family would be blessed beyond measure with any contributions toward his funeral and burial costs. Gifts received by Tues., January 15, may be made payable to SPUMC, marked for Evariste Gitiba. Services are planned for Jan. 19.

Be Healthy. Be Green. Task Force invites you to a Mending Party!, January 19 Taking care of the stuff we have, instead of throwing it away and buying more new stuff, is one way to help the planet and our wallets. I’m sure all of us have some potential mending projects tucked into our drawers and closets. Mending parties are a growing trend. Let’s get together with some basic supplies and sew on that button, mend that hole, share valuable skills and knowledge, and enjoy fellowship together as we chat over coffee and give new life to our stuff! Saturday, January 19, 10:00 am -12:00 pm in the Annex. Bring your expertise to share or projects to work, and materials if you have them. Basic needles, thread, buttons, other notions and sewing machines will be available. Any questions, contact Stephanie Heifner or Barb Oakland.

General Conference Information Session, January 20 In case you’ve missed learning about this UMC General Conference (February 23-26, 2019) pertaining to ordination of LGBTQ individuals and UM clergy officiating same sex weddings, Pastor Sherrie and Pastor Jonathan will lead an overview session in the Sanctuary, January 20, from 10:20-11:20 am. We’ll share:
    •    Historical Overview leading to this Conference
    •    Key Understandings on Various Perspectives 

Cookies Needed for MLK Jr. Celebration We need at least 15 people to donate 2 dozen cookies each for the Martin Luther King Jr. event held on Monday evening, January 21, 2019. We also need help for set up, serving, and cleaning after the reception. Bring desserts into parlor on Sunday, January 20. Questions contact Lu Wherry or call 319-929-0132.

JANUARY 20 Mission Partner: Human Relations Day strengthens United Methodist outreach to communities in the United States and Puerto Rico, encouraging social justice and work with at-risk youth.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration, January 21 Join us at 5:30 pm at St. Paul’s, for a community meal. At 6:30 pm, St. Paul’s will host our annual celebration with music from area choirs, keynote speaker Dr. Evelyn Carter will address the failures of colorblindness, and the annual “Dr. Percy and Lileah Harris ‘Who Is My Neighbor’ Award” will be awarded to an individual recognized for diligently working for justice in Linn County. See for more information. 

Getting a Grip on YOUR MONEY! Life is not about money — but how you deal with money has a huge impact on your quality of life, your family’s life, and the life of your community. When you have sound information and strong skills, you can make your money work for you and for your future.

Register now for a series of three sessions focused on financial basics for families – how to budget, what about credit, and managing expenses. Classes are at St. Paul’s UMC from 6:00 – 7:30 pm on Wednesday evenings, January 30 and Feb. 6, 13, and 20 (allows for a snow day!). Registration cost is $30; scholarships are available for those who need. For families involved in St. Paul’s ministries, cash back coupons will be available for those who successfully complete the course.

Families may participate in the TGIW meal at 5:15, with the cost covered by the Foundation. Children and youth may participate in child care or other activities while parents attend classes. Our instructor is Susan E. Taylor, who is a Family Finances Specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

“Getting a Grip on YOUR MONEY!” is sponsored by St. Paul’s Foundation, St. Paul’s Stewardship Ministry Team, and the directors of SPRINT, ELC, FOCUS, and Pathfinders, with additional financial support from a generous neighbor.

St. Paul’s ELC Valentines Day Fundraiser! Send your special someone a valentine treat! Choose from a Valentine balloon, a box of chocolates, a special stuffed animal, or all three! One item $5; Two items $10; Three items $13. Orders due January 31 and order pick up will be the week of February 11, 2019. Order forms will be located in the main office or contact, Julie Hanlin ( for more details.

“Big Game” Party - February 3 Join Youth WORD Ministries for the 3rd Annual “Big Game” Party from 5:00 pm - end of game in the St. Paul’s Youth Wing (Rooms 101-110) Bring a food item to share. The youth ministry will provide drinks.  Invite friends to come cheer with you or play games and chat! Questions? Contact Becca Nims, Youth Ministry Director,

Tanager Place Traveling Art Exhibit on Display through February 4 Everyone is invited to view the Tanager Place Traveling Art Exhibit now on display through Feb. 4 in the Upper Room and Art Space. This exhibit showcases the art that kids make in their journeys through art therapy and helps to dispel the stigma about mental health. This interactive process helps children struggling with complicated emotions communicate through artistic expression. 

Women’s Day Apart The United Methodist Women of St. Paul’s invite all women to our “Women’s Day Apart.” Rev. Cindi McKee will present “Soul Weaving - Enjoying the Journey.”  Try some weaving, experience our labyrinth, enjoy some pampering, and grow in relationship with God and one another.  All women are included, so invite your family and friends. Saturday, February 9, in the Wesley Center. Gathering/coffee 8:30 am. Program 9:00 am-2:00 pm (includes lunch). $10 per person. Sign up and make payment at circle meetings or in the church office. Child care available upon request. 

Service Opportunities...

Are you a good listener? As the first phase in the Wellington Heights Investment Strategy, Sending to Serve will train and equip a group of volunteers to have listening conversations with targeted organizations and individuals living, working and serving in our neighborhood. If you’d like to learn more, please contact Clint Twedt-Ball ( or any Sending to Serve member. Our goal is to recruit and train at least ten listeners in early 2019.

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

We are Seeking Volunteers who would enjoy helping to watch small children Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:45 am at St. Paul’s, while their parents or grandparents receive English and citizenship tutoring. You can choose how often you volunteer. This is a very rewarding ministry! Please contact Stephanie Heifner at

“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


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