Peoples Church is 150!

Come help us celebrate a very special birthday for Peoples Church!

We’re planning a series of events to commemorate our faith community’s life in Cedar Rapids. 150 years is a long time for a group of diverse people to merge their strengths and impact their city. In that time, we’ve helped grow Theatre Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Ecumenical Center/Helping Hands Ministry, Temple Judah, Cedar Rapids Medical Aid Fund and many more groups. Civil rights activities have also been hallmarks of the ministry of Peoples through the years: marching for voting rights, housing and escorting defendants in the AIM trials, and standing at the forefront of the LGBTQ movement. Today we’re still writing postcards and marching for rights!

At our 150th year, we’re taking time to look back on our joyous past as we prepare to leap into a hopeful future. We invite everyone to come have fun, share stories, and take part in this important milestone.

Saturday, September 14: Open House Kickoff at 1:00 PM

Come learn about our history with Ann Cejka, the Program Coordinator at Ushers Ferry Historic Village, and Ann Harris as Ada Van Vechten. Our guest speakers will begin their presentations at 2:00 PM.

Saturday, September 14: Celebration Dinner at The Flamingo at 5:00 PM

Social Hour with a cash bar begins at 5:00 PM. Dinner begins at 6:00 PM. Tickets available at the door. Click here for event details.

Sunday, September 15: Celebration Worship Service at 11:00 AM

The Rev. Linda Hansen will join Rev. Rebecca to deliver a special sesquicentennial service celebrating our faith community’s life and work.

Sunday, September 15: High Tea with the Van Vechten Guild at 12:00 PM

Stay after the service to experience a refined gathering of treats and beverages.

We’ll also have commemorative merchandise to help us all remember this important milestone, including jewelry and sun catchers made from stained glass from our previous building!

Join us in celebration of our church’s life, history, and future.


Additional note: construction detours! The intersection at Johnson and Jacolyn is closed for repair, which means you might have to take a different route to get to the church building. No problem, though.

The easiest route is to take West Post Road to Gordon Ave and then turn east. You can reach West Post Road from the south via 1st Avenue or 16th Avenue, or from the north via E Avenue.

Click below to see a larger map and plan your route. We look forward to seeing you!