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.     

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Did you know that CUMC has a vital African ministry?

The Council of Bishops is encouraging intentional engagement by United Methodists worldwide by asking everyone to pause and pray each day for the special-called General Conference from 2:23 through 2:26 a.m. or p.m.

The United Methodist Council of Bishops has joined other faith organizations in asking the U.S. government to end its policy of separating immigrant families. Read the statement here.

Our United Methodist immigration ministry, Justice for our Neighbors (JFON), is working to help our immigrant, refugee, and asylum-seeking neighbors obtain safety, protection, and freedom. If you would like to donate to JFON through UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), please click here. 100% of your gift goes to National JFON.