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Coalville United Methodist serving for nearly 165 years

NANCY BAKER FAUL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDCoalville United Methodist Church is at 12298 Shorecrest Road in Woolmarket.
NANCY BAKER FAUL/SPECIAL TO THE SUN HERALDCoalville United Methodist Church is at 12298 Shorecrest Road in Woolmarket.

Since its beginnings in 1852, Coalville United Methodist Church in Woolmarket has sought to serve the community and bring people closer to God.

Church members built their first church building in 1869 for about $100.

Today's much larger church building stands as a beacon of faith and hope in an area that is still growing and welcoming new residents almost daily.

The Rev. Len McRaney serves as the church's senior pastor.

"The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a social Gospel and community service is explicitly tied to God. Followers of God have a mission to serve," McRaney said. "At Coalville United Methodist, we strive to walk the walk as we put Jesus' teachings into practice. Our mission field is right in our own backyard."

Donations of food, clothing, toys and gift cards are always welcome because the church members are involved in many different outreach programs where these items are always needed.

The Women of Worth group just had an event where they gathered donated items and funding to the Women's Resource Center.

The church is also a Backpack Blessings coordinator that serves about 100 needy children at Woolmarket, North Woolmarket, Orange Grove, Crossroads and Bel Aire Elementary schools.

The church's motto is, "If you want to be wanted, we want you. If you need to be needed, we need you."

"Got a difficult past? Are you unaccepted by society?" McRaney said. "Do you want Jesus in your life but think you are too far gone? Here at Coalville, you are wanted and loved."

Coalville United Methodist Church offers a potluck lunch every second Sunday of each month immediately following the 11 a.m. worship service.

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