Practicing Christianity

Christianity is not an abstract ideology or belief system, it is something we do. We grow in faith through practicing faith. When we become members of this body, we commit to offering together our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness. In the United Methodist Church, our spiritual growth is organized around these spiritual practices:

Prayers

We commit to pray daily, allowing God to reshape us in moments of conversation and silence. In prayer we sense God’s guidance for our lives, and find peace and meaning in our lives and in our world. Prayer channels our thoughts and our energy in God. When we do this, we change ourselves and our world.

Presence

We are people who show up! We gather regularly in worship celebrations, in small groups for faith-based conversation and in ministry teams for mutual support in service. Just as a person wouldn’t scatter embers and expect them to remain hot, so we commit to re-gathering in these ways to fan the flames of God’s Spirit in each other.

Gifts

We believe that all of our blessings come from God, and that giving is one of those blessings. Where our commit our resources, we commit our hearts. 1 John 3:17 states it this way: “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?”

St Paul wrote, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 2:7) We encourage all members to prayerfully donate as they are able.

Service

Jesus didn’t distinguish between loving God and loving our neighbor – they are one and the same. Service is the heart of Christian faith and practice. At Coralville United Methodist Church we are committed to serving in our church and in our community.

We encourage all church members to serve in ways that reflect who they are. When we use the spiritual gifts and talents God has given us, we are energized rather than exhausted. We come alive spiritually.

Witness

Witness is a “churchy” word for sharing our lives and our stories with the people we encounter in our daily lives. We don’t mean shouting through a bullhorn on a street corner – unless you feel you must! Rather, we commit ourselves to witness by listening for opportunities, as they unfold naturally, to share parts of our story and how God is and has been active in our lives. Sometimes we use words, and sometimes we are simply present for another person in his or her need.

What's New

On Sunday, December 11, CUMC is once again offering a soup supper in conjunction with Coralville's Annual Aisle of Lights.


Here are some of the ongoing activities available at CUMC.

Kids.Connect is available for all children, preschool-6th grade.  Children begin in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. to worship with their families. They will listen to the weekly Kids.Connect message, and then be dismissed to their classroom around 9:45. Parents will have time for a quick cup of coffee or treat after worship before collecting children from their classroom at 10:45 a.m.

We believe children should be seen AND heard.  We welcome children of all ages in worship on Sunday mornings!

SPLAT! Youth Group meets weekly on Sundays immediately following worship. Join us for a time of learning, serving, sharing, and fun!  All youth, grades 7 – 12, are invited to take part.

Coffee and Conversation, a Grief/Care Giver Support Group meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 10:30 am.

Choirs rehearse weekly every Tuesday evening. Under the direction of Jared Shulse, Bell choir meets at 5:45 pm and Celebration at 7:00 pm.  New voices and/or ringers are always welcome, so feel free to join the choirs as they prepare to “make a joyful noise.”

Brew Crew Fellowship after worship every Sunday in the Community Room.  Come share a hot beverage, a sweet treat, and a story or two with friends, old and new.


Our building is open and all are welcome to attend worship in-person at Coralville UMC! Our worship is on Sunday mornings at 9:30.  To all who are joining us for the first time, welcome!

We will continue streaming live from Facebook on Sunday mornings at 9:30 as well. All are welcome! You can find our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of this website. Or, you can find it here: Facebook CoralvilleUMC

Regarding our mask guidance, in keeping with the City of Coralville and Iowa City Community School District, we will follow the new CDC guidelines at our church. Please take good care of yourselves and be loving and respectful toward one another, understanding that our personal health and personal levels of comfort will differ.

We are reserving the group of pews on the far right of the sanctuary as you are facing the altar for those who choose to be especially cautious about masking. 

 


Now there are three ways for you to make contributions to CUMC!