For 134 years (1880-2014) Moran has heard God calling to keeps our doors, minds and hearts open to anyone seeking a religious home. Today we feels "God is still calling" us to be "Empowered by the Holy Spirit to Embrace, Inspire and Serve" as we build a new addition for our children, adults and community. Therefor we pray that you will keep the history, tradition and future of Moran UMC strong in to the next millennia. The church welcomes people of all backgrounds ad seeks to honor everyone, wherever they are on their spiritual journey. The doors are always open to anyone who is seeking a religious home. Please consider yourself invited and help keep the history, tradition and future of Moran United Methodist Church going strong into the next millennia.
God’s blessings to you!
-The people of Moran UMC.
1876 Families homestead the prairie.
1879 First school started in abandoned claim shack.
1880 Circuit Rider Milton S. Anderson starts preaching in school.
1889 Moran Wesley Memorial Church organized by W.S. Turner.
1891 First church built on land donated by J.J. Brown and constructed by volunteers.
1898 S.F. Coons becomes pastor. Quarterly conference meetings held at First Methodist, Spokane with Garden Springs, Jamison, and Medical Lake.
1910 Present day building constructed. Church dedicated on September 4.
1942 School destroyed by fire.
1958 Cross window installed and grounds landscaped.
1965 Conn organ purchased as a memorial to Kenneth Lawson and others.
1980 One-Hundredth anniversary.
2012-13 Third addition completed
The beginnings of what was then Moran Methodist Episcopal Church, started as many new churches still do, by meeting in a local family’s home. For several years the small congregation met in the Weger’s home until they were large enough to become a part of a circuit. By 1880 that is just what happened and this congregation became a part of a circuit of churches which, included Rockford to the south and Jamieson to the west. These churches had one minister, a circuit riding minister, (as designed by our denomination’s founder, John Wesley), who rode on horse or buggy great distances and in all kinds of weather to preach the Word of God. It was often difficult and made great demands upon the health of the preacher. Since that first minister, there have been 55 pastors who have served our church. Moran UMC is the oldest church in the greater Spokane area.
The first building was constructed in 1891 and its roof still stands. The original church structure was what is presently the west room, the basement underneath it, the bathroom and the front entryway. The present sanctuary and Heritage room (the east room) was built in 1910 and was covered with brick. The alcove (altar) was originally a baptistery. The south end of the sanctuary had triptych windows in gold, purple and green. They were removed both because the framework was rotting and because the colors made the pastor look sick. The present kitchen, offices and fellowship hall were built in 1989.
A parsonage was located on the site of the present picnic shelter. It was a two-story house and the pastor’s family lived there until 1960. Then it was rented and later sold for demolition. The community helped seed the ground where the parsonage stood in order to turn it into a park. It is presently used for church and community functions. For the past three years, the Moran Prairie Festival has been held on these grounds just as the first Moran Fair was held there many years ago.
Our Beautiful Stained Glass Windows
In 1998, the church began replacing the single pane windows in the sanctuary with the stained glass windows you see today. At the present time, eight of the twelve are complete. Each window is a memorial and is based on a biblical scripture chosen by the family.