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Update from the Building Committee 
October 20, 2016

As this is being written, much renovation related activity is evident in and around St. Paul’s.

Volunteers have contributed hundreds of hours to ready our education wing for asbestos abatement, sprinkler system (fire safety) piping work, and transformational remodeling.  They have…

  • Moved shelving units, furniture, and thousands of books out of the library 
  • Moved furniture, supplies, resource materials, etc., from all rooms slated for renovation
  • Removed countless marker boards, bulletin boards, TV’s, clocks, pictures, selected cabinets, and so-on from walls    and placed them in storage
  • Moved key items from the Nursery into Room 117
  • Most items to be stored were moved into rooms that are not being renovated. These items had to be placed carefully, to leave ‘aisles’ so workers will have ready access to ceilings for sprinkler system installation.

You may have noticed that Contractors’ large storage containers are being moved onto the property -- some are currently located near the Annex.

All required UMC approvals have been granted, and Cedar Rapids city-related approvals and permit(s) are being obtained. Design documents have been reviewed, and there are ongoing coordination meetings with and among our architects, general contractor, subcontractors, and engineering firms.

We want to sincerely thank all whose contributions are up to date with their Forward in Faith pledge. If you are able to accelerate your contributions for the balance of your pledge, this will help minimize the amount of money we’ll need to borrow during the construction phase, thereby reducing interest expense.  

If your contributions are not up to date with the Forward in Faith pledge you made, now would be a great time to make that happen. If you have not yet made a pledge to this exciting project, now is the time to do so!

Here we go! Be “flexible”.  We’re moving Forward in Faith!

View revised floor plans.

View parking & accessibility.

Moving Forward in Faith

It’s an exciting time to be at St. Paul’s. We’re moving forward in faith in various ways to prepare for the next century of mission and ministry.

As a community of faith, our church is reimagining our vision for the future. Through small circle conversations and prayer, we're listening and talking about which God-sized possibilities we might claim as priorities and focus for St. Paul's UMC. We'll create this direction in ministry together and we invite you to be a part of it!  

At the same time, we are making significant changes to our church building to help us better serve current and anticipated ministry needs.

South View (3rd Avenue)

North View (2nd Avenue)

Building Renovation Project

Thanks to generous pledges, donations, and St. Paul’s Foundation contribution, the Phase 1 building project approved by the congregation in November 2015 is taking flight in 2016. The $4.6 million project includes these features:  

  • A highly visible, welcoming, and accessible new main entrance facing Second Avenue
  • A welcoming center inside the new entrance with space for gathering and hospitality
  • An open, expanded gathering space outside the sanctuary
  • Relocation of administrative offices, music rooms, and the library for more logical access and to better serve current and anticipated future needs and to integrate the new gathering spaces
  • Renovated parking with covered drop-off at the new main entrance
  • Numerous infrastructure improvements including new electrical service and relocated exterior utility lines
Why Renovate? Building Renovation Floor Plans Facility Transition Plan When Will the Project Be Finished? How Can I Help?

Look! I’m doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? I’m making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness.
- Isaiah 43:19

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


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