by Joyce Andrus
Kuna was originally a stage stop on the silver route between Silver City and Idaho City. Later the railroad came through and Kuna was “on the line”. In 1908 the local settlers decided they wanted to start a church for the spiritual health of the community. They started the Kuna ME (Methodist Episcopal, as it was called in that day). In 1914 land was purchased and the church building was started. That structure was completed by 1916 and is still a part of the current building. The bell in the bell tower was procured by the Rev. Ross. It was advertised in Ontario, Oregon and the only cost was the transport. So, Rev Ross hitched up his wagon and went to get it and it was installed in the bell tower. That bell still rings out for the 11:00am Worship service every Sunday! The original building didn’t have a steeple – that was added in the mid 1970’s when a major project added a chancel area on the south side of the sanctuary and an office and classroom two story structure on the north side. Kuna Methodist Episcopal Church changed its name in 1968 when the Methodist Church combined with two other church denominations who had similar theological specifics. The new name became “The United Methodist Church.”
Kuna UMC has been at the center of life in Kuna all these years… graduation ceremonies, school and community plays, city meetings, scouts, and many other activities have been hosted in this building. Currently, besides church activities, our building hosts many activities from
AA meetings and the Kuna Food Bank to Boy and Girl Scouts,
4-H and various local music teacher’s recitals.