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Lenten Opportunities

The Way: You Don’t Choose a Life, You Live a Life Lent is a time for reflection and there’s nothing like a pilgrimage to conjure that up. Inspired by passages in the scriptures that talk about the journeys, roads, and pathways of life, we will make our ‘way’ together through this poignant season. Here’s what’s ahead!

  • The Way Back – Ash Wednesday, February 26
  • The Wandering Way – March 1 (encountering life’s temptations)
  • The Way Around – March 8 (claiming our dreams)
  • The High Way – March 15 (hospitality to all)
  • The Way Home – March 22 (yearning for spiritual home of acceptance and belonging)
  • The Free Way – March 29 (new paths and horizons)
  • The Other Way – Palm Sunday, April 5 (the end and the beginning)

Another Photo Invitation During the Advent Season we were blessed by your photos shared in the worship services. We invite everyone again to contribute photos, expressing each week’s theme of “the Way” (see above) to be used during the upcoming season of Lent. We will need to receive your photos by February 26th. Please send them to If you have any questions, please call Norm Bennett at 721-9213. 

Lenten Study 2020-Ash Wednesday, February  26,  2020, marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. There will be opportunities to form small study groups. The study we have selected (The Walk by Adam Hamilton) comes with a leader’s guide and a DVD. Facilitators will determine the time and locations for their small group.

Lent: The Way Worship Series Beginning March 1, you are invited to bring a smooth stone of any size with you to church EACH WEEK in Lent.  These stones will eventually be shared and given away. Learn more at upcoming worship services! 

Easter Prayer Stones, Thursday, March 12 6:30-8:00 pm Join a group from St. Paul’s to make 600 simple prayer stones from clay, which will be given away to worshippers on Easter morning! 

Easter Sun-catchers, Tuesday, March 31 6:30-8:00 pm Create a 4 inch square glass fused piece in celebration of Easter Joy! These will be hung in the Sanctuary on Easter morning and each artist will take their sun-catcher home at the end of May to enjoy in their own home! Class limited to 25 people. Suggested fee, if able: $25

Writing Sessions Offered for Lent Writing sessions during Lent are scheduled for the month of March during the Sunday school hour (10:20-11:20am) in St. Paul’s Library for those interested in writing a short poem or piece of prose for our Lenten Series “The Way.” Ann Struthers will lead the first session on Sunday, March 1 during the Sunday school hour, offering helpful instruction of the creative writing process. This will be followed by a second session (March 8) led by Bruce Nesmith and a third session (March 15) by Gary Lindsay. Participants will have time during each learning session to work on their own writing. To pre-register, contact Norm Bennett at Walk-ins welcome.

Easter Egg Hunt, April 11 St. Paul’s UMC and Collins Community Credit Union will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 11, 2019 3:00-4:00 pm at Redmond Park in Cedar Rapids! All ages welcome!

Upcoming at St. Paul's

MARCH 1 Mission Partner OFFERING: Neighborhood Meals The Neighborhood Meal and Enrichment Program (NMEP) has provided free warm, nutritious meals for the Wellington Heights, Mound View, and Oak Hill and other neighborhood children and their families during the summer months. Noon meals are prepared and served at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with sponsorship and support of six community churches: Christ Episcopal, First Lutheran, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal, St. Paul’s United Methodist, and Westminster Presbyterian. The meal is followed by the SPRINT enrichment program for children.. To view 2019 Mission Partner Offerings visit

Praying with Nature’s Elements; Finding Meaning and Renewal Bring your whole self to a morning of refreshing prayer and sacred stories gathered from Pastor Sherrie’s experiences during her 2019 renewal leave. The earth, the sky, the water all bring meaning and renewal to our worn out selves. Share how the Spirit moved in Pastor Sherrie’s 30 days away, explore creative prayer practices, and take nature’s meaningful messages home with you. St. Paul’s United Methodist Women invite women to their Women’s Day Apart on Saturday, March 7, 2020. 8:30 am Brunch; 9:00 am-12:00 pm Program.  All women are included - invite family and friends!

Nebraska Wesleyan University Concert Band, Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary The Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityConcert Band will present a FREE concert during their tour of the Midwest. The band is a distinguished concert ensemble performing works in a variety of musical styles, from traditional band repertoire to contemporary music. Joanne Kimber is organizing the meal to feed the band on Tuesday evening before the concert. She would like to have a partner to organize, prepare and serve the meal. Contact Joanne or Mark Baumann if you are willing to assist.

Housing Nebraska Wesleyan Students March 10 Several choir members have offered to host groups of students for overnight on Tuesday, March 10.  However, we are still in need of about 5 more families to provide 2-4 fine young college men or women bed and breakfast after their concert at St. Paul’s that evening. Transportation to your home, a late night snack, a comfortable bed (2 can share a queen or king), shower, breakfast, and transportation back to the church on Wednesday morning are the requests. Please contact Barb or Jerry Oakland if you are able to offer this hospitality.  Let us know how many students you could accommodate, if you prefer men or women, and any limitations you might have in your home - pets, stairs, etc.  We understand that the band is coming back to our church because they so enjoyed being here last year.  Thank you all for sharing so graciously. Contact Barb Oakland (

Compass Class Country Breakfast, March 22 Enjoy a hearty breakfast in the Wesley Center, March 22nd, 8:30 am-1:00 pm with proceeds benefitting ELC (Early Childhood Center), Senior High Mission Trips, SPRINT, and the African Nationals Transportation Fund. 
Everyone is welcome! 

Jaye is Coming Back! If you missed Jaye Johnson’s presentation on the One Board Model of church governance and the L3: Loving. Learning, Leading, then you are in luck! We’ve invited him back to present two more times so that more of us can learn about this concept. On Thursday, March 26, he will offer his presentation at 1:30-3:30 pm, and then repeat it at 6:30-8:30 pm. Please let us know if you can attend by contacting our church office. 

Spring Grounds Clean-Up! Can you spare a few hours on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm to clean up the church grounds? If we have enough people, it will be a quick job. There is a sign-up sheet in the church office. Bring your rakes and other tools. We have leaf bags and gloves. Thank you for your service.

All Together Worship March 29, worshiping at 11:00 am all together followed by sharing refreshments afterwards. Thank you for updating your calendars and sharing invitations to these special services! Our 8:15 am Chapel service will also be held (English language only).

Easter Egg Hunt, April 11 St. Paul’s UMC and Collins Community Credit Union will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 11, 2019 3:00-4:00 pm at Redmond Park in Cedar Rapids! All ages welcome!

Let's Go Thrifting! We will have a spring Thrift Mart on Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:00 am-5:00 pm and Wednesday, April 22, 2019, 9:00 am-1:00 pm. Help support this mission project of United Methodist Women and the whole church. It is a win-win project for missions, neighborhood, and our own homes.

Drive-up drop-off is available at the 2nd Avenue entrance.

  • Mondays: March 9, 16, 23, 30, & April 6, 2020 - 8:30-10:30 am
  • Saturdays: March 14, 21, 28, & April 4, 2020 - 8:30-10:30 am
  • Wednesdays: March 25 & April 1, 2020 - 5:30-7:30 pm

For high-value items and collectibles, the church now also has the online SuperStore. So feel free to bring ALL of your donations to St. Paul’s and know that we will make every effort to sell them for their optimal value for missions.

St. Paul’s Early Childhood Programs are Collecting Hy Vee Receipts as part of the Hy Vee Cash 4 kids program. We will be collecting them until March 31st, 2020.  This is a great way to support the wonderful programs offered here at St. Paul’s. Simply drop off your receipts in the church office.

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“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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