Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


Do you have family stories that are told over-and-over every time relatives gather? Maybe you have a family member who is a great storyteller, and in that person resides the generational history for your clan.

Stories of survival in our families, or from the Bible, help us realize the fragility of life. How easily the generational thread is broken! We would not be here if not for the courage and resilience of others. Moses and his people made many mistakes. They were not perfect, neither are we, but the old, old stories give me hope for the future.

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A community
in the service of Christ

The Van Meter United Methodist Church
is a friendly small-town church
with lots of activities.
We would love to have you
drop in for a visit.

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Call us at: (515) 996-2572

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Coming Up:


October 15:

Infant Baptism

The baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a witness to the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith.

Charge Conference at Grimes UMC
2-4 PM

Those wishing to carpool should meet in the church parking lot at 1:15.

Holy Baptism

Charge Conference in Grimes Sunday the 15th

October 15: Blanket Sunday

Your gift provides blankets to those in distress. In addition to blankets, the program also provides disaster survivors with food, shelter, and safe water, followed by long-term assistance to help them create a better future.

stack of blankets

October 22:
Welcome New Members
Infant Baptism

We will be bringing new members into our congregation and we'll have another baptism. Plan to stay after the service for the celebrations. There will be cake!

Welcome to our New Members

October 16, 23, 30;
November 6, 13, 20 (Mondays):

7-9 PM Bible Study
Leslie Herman will lead a six-week study in her home based on the book Finding I Am by Lysa Terkhurst. You will need a study guide. Contact the church office or Leslie for additional information and to RSVP.

six week Bible study based on the book Finding I Am by Lysa Terkeurst

Every Monday:

2:00 PM: Exercise Your Faith group meets meets each week for a half hour of light aerobic exercise followed by discussions on living and eating healthy. Learn more here.

Exercise Your Faith logo

October 4 and 18 (Wednesdays):
6:30 PM Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are held roughly every other Wednesday.

Every Wednesday:

6:00 PM Youth Group Meeting Church youth in grades 7 - 12 are encouraged to join together here at the church for Youth Group. Meetings are held every Wednesday.

Music Rehearsals
Chancel Choir
rehearses weekly, usually at 7:30. Praise Team rehearses once a month. Talk to Mike if you are interested in either of these groups.

Confirmation classes begin in the fall.

Youth Group meets Wednesday evenings.

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live."

Missions Collection

Please consider filling a school kit for Missions. Because of requirements to get through customs, the list of materials for each school kit is very specific. Learn more here. All school kit materials are due October 21.

school supplies collection

UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

The Van Meter Church is part of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Discussion Groups:
Sundays at 9:30 AM

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM

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