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Members celebrate 1854 start

Published: Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

COLETA – Coleta United Methodist Church’s 160th anniversary celebration will start with a kickoff at the 9 a.m. Aug. 24 service at the church, 112 N. Main St.

Bishop Sally Dyck of the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church will lead the worship. August and September Sunday services will highlight themes and celebrate “Making Disciples,” “Developing Strong Christians,” “Worshipping God and Where,” and “Love Your Neighbor.”

The church began as part of the United Brethren denomination. Its first log structure was built in 1854 by the congregation, and a new church followed in 1864 at its current site. In the 1960s, the United Brethren joined with the Methodist Church, and the Coleta church became United Methodist. Remodeling and construction projects have enhanced the sanctuary and fellowship capacities, but the original belltower and bell still ring at 9 a.m. Sundays.

Coleta United Methodist Church has a history of helping those in need. Prayer services have been held to lift up each household in Coleta, and the congregation has sent teams to Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, and Mexico to provide medical, educational, and construction assistance. Other help has gone to a family affected by a house fire and the volunteer firefighters, and the cities of Prophetstown and Washington.

A community supper is served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and a 9:30 a.m. coffee nook is weekdays for those who are retired. Elementary school children also can take advantage of a weekly after-school tutoring session from August through May.

The church continues to reach out to other communities.

Volunteers sew and pack supplies for Midwest Distribution Center in Chatham to be used for disaster relief. The church also helps to support area programs – Loaves and Fishes, the FISH Pantry, and Twin Cities PADS Shelter, all in Sterling.

For information, call the church at 815-336-2226.

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