"A Generous Life: 28 Days of Devotion"
Discover the powerful Christian principles of gratitude, prayer, and faith. Not only are humans born to be generous, we are born in the image of a loving and generous God. And sometimes we need a reminder.
These 28 devotionals gathered into four weekly themes, inspire the reader to discover the powerful Christian principles of gratitude, prayer, and faith-leading them back to the generous life they were born to live. The daily readings are written by the diverse group of pastors, business and church leaders, speakers, and authors who make up the Horizons Stewardship Team. Read more on St. Paul's UMC Blog.
We Wear, Because We Care
Please Wear a Mask for worship and all indoor activities, as recommended by our IAUMC. Even if all are vaccinated within your small group, we ask that you wear a mask. Thank you.
Mondays | 12:15-1:00 pm
Meet us under the 2nd Avenue canopy and join with others for a short 45 minute leisure walk from 12:15-1:00 pm.
New Worship Schedule Beginning September 26
Wanting to be at worship services with a little more social distancing space? Here are 4 options for us to spread out and be with God and each other!
- On September 26, we will add an 8:15-8:50 am Traditional Worship Service with Communion, in the Chapel. A shortened service with piano or organ music, prayer, scripture, message, and Holy Communion each week is a great way to begin your day.
- Our 9:00-10:00 am Traditional Service with Sanctuary Choir will continue in the Wesley Center until our Sanctuary ceiling is repaired.
- Our third worship service, Worship Café, is offered 11:15 am-12:00 pm, also in the Wesley Center. This service currently offers guitar-led music and comfortable open space.
- Fourth, join our 1:00-2:30 pm African National Worship service and be blessed with the culture and praise!
Come grow with us. We’ll consider everyone’s response to these various types of services and attendance trends as we continue to adapt to these strange times and seek to offer worship opportunities to all.
Our online options will continue at 9:00 am and 1:00 pm each week too!
Pathways to Generosity
September 26 | Born to Be Generous
October 3 | Grounded in Gratitude
October 10 | Revealed Through Prayer
October 17 | Sealed By Faith
SPUMC: Nominate Yourself or Someone You Know!
Our current worship series celebrates our spirituality types among us. We are unique and yet we are one in Christ. The same goes with our gifts and talents. Click here for opportunities to invest yourself into ministry leadership…whether it’s art, finances, worship, youth, and so many more! This invitation is from our Nominations and Lay Leadership Committee. Please submit form to Pastor Sherrie.
St. Paul's Foundation: New Board Members to Be Nominated
Each year at St. Paul’s annual church conference, new members to the St. Paul’s UMC Foundation’s board of directors are elected. If you or someone you know would like to serve a three-year term on the board, please submit your nomination to Matt Preston, board chair, by October 1st.
Have You Considered Lay Ministry?
There are two fall classes beginning on Saturday, September 11th. The first one is the Prayer class held via Zoom and is offered by the School for Lay Ministry. For more information, please contact Lynn Calvert at email@example.com. The second training is offered by the Camp Clear Lake District and will be held at the Laurens United Methodist Church. This training is offering the Basic course and two Advanced Courses. To find out more information and/or to register online for one of these trainings go to the Iowa Annual Conference Events Calendar– Lay Servant/Speaker Training – September 11th, 9;00 am-5:00 pm.
More information about the Lay Ministries is available at https://www.iaumc.org/layministries/#iac If you have questions, please contact the committee chair, Karen Sage by phone 319.483.5171 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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.
Kids & Youth Announcements
Kids & Youth Schedule
Wednesday Nights- Starting September 15th – 6:30pm
- Nursery (Birth- Age 4)
- Kids Programing (PreK-5)
- Youth Group (6-12th Grade)
Kids on Sundays – Starting September 26th
- 8:30 am, Nursery (Birth to Age 4)
- 9:20-10:10 am - Kids Programming (K-5)
- 10:15 am, Music Opportunities for Children (K-5)
Youth (6-12th) Sundays
We believe that teenagers aren’t simply the future of the Church, but are part of the Church here and now. We encourage the students of St. Paul’s to be actively involved by finding a place to serve and by participating in worship during our 9:00 and/or 11:15 services.
Starting September 26th
- 10:15 am, Youth Music Opportunities (6th-12th grade)
- 10:15 am, Middle School and High School Students also have the opportunity to join an intergenerational faith formation class lead by Pastor Jonathan
- 6:30 pm, High School Small Group. Our High School Small Groups (grades 9-12) Is an intentional time of fun and learning. An opportunity to dive into age appropriate topics, go deeper into scripture and practice faith together
Kids - Wednesdays, Starting September 15th
New Series: BLAST OFF If you’re a grown-up and you’ve been following Jesus for a while, you’ve probably figured out a few ways to grow spiritually. The kids you are parenting or leading, on the other hand, aren’t grown-ups, so they might need a little help from you to figure out how, exactly, to grow spiritually. So what should spiritual growth look like for a kid? We like to think about it in terms of four spiritual habits. To help a kid grow spiritually, teach them to spend time with God, spend time with others, use their gifts, and share their story. Come join the fun! Invite friends and neighbors’ to experience God’s love this year. Activities at 6:30 pm. Join the fun! Preschool-12th grade. Question? contact Julie Hanlin (email@example.com).
Youth Group-Starting September 15th, 6:30 pm
New Series: RAD, September/October
When Jesus was on earth, he had a lot to say about love, but not everyone loved him. Instead, Jesus ‘opponents hated him, attacked him, and saw him as extreme-dangerous-revolutionary- a radical. And they had a point! The things Jesus taught about loving God and loving others challenged the status quo and changed the world forever. That is radical. In this 4-week series from the book of James, we will look at four ways Jesus invites us to love according to his revolutionary example. These ideas might seem simple, but when we choose to listen more than we speak, refuse to play favorites, watch our words, and fight for peace, we will see just how radical Jesus’ teachings really are. Question? contact Becca Nims (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kids & Youth Open House
September 19th | 10:20-11 am
Children's Parlor & Youth Room
Our Family Open House is an event for the whole family! Come learn about what we have planned for the fall semester and connect with your church family. We will provide light refreshments as well!