In the Community

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

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 church and 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 iaalbright@aol.com.

West High Food PantryWest High Food Pantry

Recognizing a need for food and supplies for students at West High School, Coralville UMC established a pantry at the school. The congregation collects food and school supplies, and at Christmas time we collect grocery gift cards to give to the students for their families. Coralville UMC members/friends who are teaching aides at the school transport, stock, package and distribute the food and supplies. 

Winter Clothing Distribution, Consultation of Religious Communities

Coralville UMC is an active participant in the area Winter Clothing Distribution. Each year, more than 350 people come through a designated church in our community to receive winter clothes. This is truly a community event! Volunteers and donations come from Coralville UMC, Community of Christ, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, St. Andrew, Tiffin Grace UMC, Unitarian Universalist Society, Full Circle Faith Community, and the Iowa City School District. The Coralville Recreation Center donates some of their locker room baskets for shoppers to use. Many of our guests get 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 2020.     

What's 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 have missed gathering in our sanctuary for 15 long months, welcome back! To all who are joining us for the first time, welcome! For the safety of our children who cannot yet be vaccinated and for those who are immuno-suppressed, we request that everyone wear a mask. We will have masks available for those who don't have one.

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

Our current worship series focuses on the book of James. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, insisted that Christian faith was more than just a set of beliefs or a feeling. Faith changes our lives and results in faithful action in the world. We encounter the same message in the New Testament letter of James. Through our study we will discover how our faith can come to life in all that we say and do.

Song lyrics for this Sunday can be found here: Songs for Worship September 19

Those of you following the live-stream are encouraged to sing along. Unfortunately, we will not have congregational singing in the sanctuary yet for safety reasons. But we will have beautiful music as always!


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


At Coralville UMC we affirm people of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, gender identities, sexual orientations, physical and mental abilities, and socio-economic status. We believe that prejudice, hatred, or discrimination directed toward any individual or group is contrary to the life and spirit of Jesus Christ.  Therefore, we shall work to eliminate prejudice and discriminatory practices within ourselves and our community, and to show grace, in Jesus’ name.

We stand together in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and with people of color in our congregation, our communities, and around the world. 

You can read the statement released by our Bishop, Laurie Haller, and the Appointive cabinet, here


We are in prayer with our community as we all are affected by the COVID-19 virus. See the church's response to COVID-19 here