In the Community

Coralville United Methodist Church – part of the Coralville/Iowa City community

 Jesus Christ calls each of us to serve one another. These are words are a part of his teaching: You received without having to pay. Therefore, give without demanding payment. Those who receive you are also receiving me, and those who receive me are receiving the one who sent me (Matthew 10).

Jesus didn’t distinguish between loving God and loving our neighbor – they are one and the same. At Coralville United Methodist Church we encourage all church members to be active in our community, because these too are one and the same. Our members are involved in many ways both through the church and through other local organizations.Here are some of the community activities in which we participate as a church:

Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack is a HACAP-sponsored program that provides local elementary school children with nutritious, kid-friendly foods to help with hunger over the weekends. According to the USDA, 11% of households in the United States regularly do not have sufficient food to thrive.  Studies also show that children perform better in school when they eat three balanced meals a day.  Free and reduced lunches at school help children during the week, but there is a need for food on the weekends.

Coralville UMC supplies backpacks of food for students in need at Kirkwood Elementary School, delivered on Friday morning each week during the school year. Volunteers are needed to help package the food. The total time commitment is approximately 1 hour. All are welcome to participate! Contact Brenda Albright at

Free Lunch Program, Community Foundation of Johnson County

CUMC provides food and helping hands for the Iowa City Free Lunch Program on the first Tuesday of every month.  The Free Lunch Program serves 130 meals per day, 6 days a week to those in need.  (That’s over 41,000 noon meals a year!) On-site volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve meals, and donations of food (or monetary donations) are needed as well. All are welcome to participate! Contact Brenda Albright at

The Free Lunch Program (FLP) is located at 1105 S. Gilbert Court in Iowa City. The dining area is open from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Monday through Saturday.  Lunch is served from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm. All in need are welcome. From the FLP website: Respecting the dignity of the guests has been the cornerstone of FLP’s service. "An open door, a full plate, no questions asked." This guiding principle of unconditional respect and hospitality has been as integral to the program as the hot, nourishing meals.


Winter Clothing Distribution, Consultation of Religious Communities

Coralville UMC is the area host site for Winter Clothing Distribution. In 2015, more than 350 people came through our church to receive winter clothes. This is truly a community event! Volunteers and donations came from Coralville UMC, Community of Christ, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, St. Andrew, Tiffin Grace UMC, Unitarian Universalist Society, Full Circle Faith Community, KCRG and the Iowa City School District. The Coralville Recreation Center donated some of their locker room baskets for shoppers to use. Many of our guests got involved too, helping set up the breakfast items, handing out numbers, and cleaning up in the waiting area. Watch this space for opportunities to participate in Fall 2016.     

What's New

Come worship with us!

Palm Sunday – March 25, 9:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday – March 29, 7:00 p.m. Tenebrae service with Communion

Easter Sunday – April 1:

8:30 a.m. Traditional with Choir Cantata

10:00 a.m. Contemporary with Praise Band

1:00 p.m. African (in Swahili)

The power of Easter comes through the events of the last week of Jesus's life - and we invite you to experience that journey with us at CUMC. To begin, join us on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. for Palm Sunday worship! We will have a palm parade and celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, even as we prepare ourselves to walk with him during Holy Week.

Children, join us on Easter Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (between worship services) for an Easter egg hunt! Bring your egg-hunting skills and a basket to collect your eggs in.

This Lenten season we are reading The Last Week by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan, an in-depth look at the Gospel of Mark’s account of the week leading up to Easter. Sermons in Lent will also follow the readings.

Did you know that CUMC has a vital African ministry?