New Disciples of Cedar Rapids

Communion, Open, Christian, Make Disciples, Spirit-led, Intelligent Cedar Rapids, IA
New Disciples of Cedar Rapids
New Disciples of Cedar Rapids
New Disciples of Cedar Rapids

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Services

Address
621 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Phone
319-363-2089

Website

Directions
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Who We Are

We are a new church that was born from the merger of two respected churches in our community. As a new church, we are excited about our future and invite you to be a part of our creative process as we discover who God is calling us to be in this time and place.

Communion is a central part of our weekly worship service. We offer a variety of styles of small groups (Bible study, prayer, service & mission, youth), which we call Disciple Groups. We are a congregation that is open to questions and dialogue. We confess faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord - but truly welcome anyone who is just exploring Christianity - a confession of faith is not required to be considered an active member of our community. We practice baptism by immersion by those able to confess faith for him/herself. We value discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit while valuing both an intelligent and practical faith.

We currently meet in a storefront near the west-side post office, but have purchased 10 acres of land between Menards and Highway 30.

Currently we are in relationship with several families who have come to Iowa as refugees from central Africa and we hope to partner with the African church.

About Us

Vibe
Casual, Creative, Traditional Liturgy, Down to Earth, Spirit-filled, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused

Programs
Community Service, Young Adults, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Adult Education, Seniors Ministry

Music
Traditional Hymns, Passionate Reverent, Contemporary

Denomination
Disciples of Christ

Size
Small

Language
English

Founded
2011

Contact

Address
621 Edgewood Rd NW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Phone
319-363-2089

Website

Directions
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Our Services

What are services like?
Our services are difficult to describe because they change to match the message. Overall though we start with a welcome and a few songs, then we pray and listen to someone share his/her/their musical gifts. We then have a 10 - 15 minute sermon, which is followed by a time of prayer sharing as a congregation - as we share thanksgivings, prayer requests, and pray for each other. Following prayer we have offering. We conclude by sharing the Lord's Supper/Communion. But don't be surprised if you come one Sunday and we are all sitting in the round, or sitting at tables eating breakfast as we worship together. One of the special things about our church is that you have a choice to sit in chairs near the front that are lined up in rows like pews or to sit around tables in the back. In regards to dress - anything goes! We have members who are constrained economically and others who are blessed economically. Members who are retired, college students, nurses, service providers, and the like. People dress in what is most comfortable to them. So on one Sunday you may see one member in worn jeans and another in a suit - and we accept each other as we come.

What is the community like?
Very friendly and kind. One of our distinctive features is that we have several people in their 90s (even one member who is over 100 yrs old). We are an open-minded congregation with members coming from a variety of backgrounds. We really like questions. We are unpretentious and full of love.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You will feel very welcomed. We won't push Christianity at you, as we will be honest about our own faith journeys, the ups and downs, the moments of faith and the moments of doubt. Yet, we do believe in Jesus Christ and our faith runs deep, even if we don't use "Christian language." And if you are interested in exploring Christianity and what it means to become a follower of Jesus Christ, our pastor or one of our members would be happy to meet with you to answer your questions. We also periodically offer a Pastor's Class, which is an introduction to the Christian faith.

Leadership

Stasia Fine

Our young female pastor is full of faith and full of expectations! She loves her congregation and believes in them and what God is doing in their lives! Stasia was called into ministry through a vision at the age of 10. When she was in high school she preached her first sermon and shortly thereafter announced to her church family her intention to go into professional ministry. In 2010, she was ordained with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). A Cedar Rapidian by birth, Stasia graduated from Prairie High School in 2000. After graduation she attended Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she majored in Communications, Bible, and minored in Youth Ministry. While in Minnesota she served "high-risk" youth through Realife Ministries (Stillwater, MN) and worked at her college radio station WVOE. Upon graduation she answered God's call to return to Cedar Rapids to start a Young Life outreach to "high-risk" youth. During that time she worked at Prairie Middle School and even served as interim children's and youth director at Shueyville United Methodist Church. She then moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago's Divinity School and lived in the Disciples House. After a year of study there, she transferred to Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. While in seminary she worked for the Clapham Group (www.claphamgroup.com), serving congressional staff and national church leaders through reading groups and retreats. For a short time after graduating she worked in the bookstore at the Washington National Cathedral and then as Director of Student Ministries at Galilee United Methodist Church in Sterling, Virginia. In spring of 2012, Stasia and her husband Scott moved to Cedar Rapids to pastor New Disciples.

What Members Say

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  • New Disciples is my old-new church home. Two separate local congregations faced declining attendance, a flood, a changing attitude and they have come together with a renewed spirit and sense of purpose. We are deliberately looking at what we do and why we do it, drawing from scripture and prayer. We have a welcoming heart. We have a strong tradition of music. Newcomers can expect to be greeted but not smothered. We will listen to your questions and your concerns about living in Cedar Rapids in the 21st century and how God is playing a role in your life.
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