In-Person Worship

Sunday worship: 10:45 AM
We are open for in-person worship.
Nursery, fellowship time, and Sunday School will resume in September.

We would appreciate your wearing a mask if you are not fully vaccinated (masks are available), and ask that everyone practice social distancing while inside. A document covering our procedures for indoor worship is available here.

We're Open
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Pastor Beth

from Pastor Beth...


Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness
Genesis 1:26

When we think of ourselves as made in God's image, our thoughts often turn to what we look like. How old? What gender? But that is not the only way to see this scripture. Maybe we need to be asking different questions. Maybe 'image' or 'likeness' is not just about a visual picture, but rather says more about God's nature and our God-given gifts.

Click here to read Pastor Beth's Monthly Message.

Our regular announcements are in The Grapevine, here.

Stay connected by visiting our Facebook page. You can click here to reach it.


The Van Meter United Methodist Church
is a community
in the service of Christ

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

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Setting Missional Priorities
Saturday, August 7

Rev. Beth will be leading a discussion
about the missional priorities Come be a part of this. Learn more here.

setting Godly goals

Kids Care Is Hiring
Our church's Kids Care is looking to hire quality individuals to entertain and monitor school age children for after school hours and for the remainder of the summer. To schedule an interview, please email Jess Jaspers at

Kids Care is hiring.

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group is again meeting in person at the church each Monday from 1-2 PM. Join us for a time of low-impact exercises, encouragement, and sharing health tips. Here are some helpful tips from Marilyn.

Giving Garden
Plan it. Plant it. Care for it. Watch it grow. Produce from our garden goes directly to community programs and individuals in need. We need organizers, funds, and willing hands for this year’s garden. Contact the church office if you would like to help.

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Gardener with rake and hose

Kids Care Enrollment for Pre-K-Age Children (Fall 2021)
Kids Care offers morning care for pre-schoolers enrolled in afternoon preschool at Van Meter Elementary. Click here for the application.

Enrollment for summer and all other school-year care is now closed.

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Summer UMC Camps
Experience the joys of camping UMC-style. We have two wonderful camps and camping opportunities galore, with programs tailored to different ages and abilities, for individuals or families.

Learn more about Wesley Woods here and the camp at Lake Okoboji here. The 2021 catalog is available online here and at the church.

Our church covers half the cost when our kids attend Iowa Methodist camps, and additional funds are available with camperships for children who have a financial need.

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Help in Our Community

We have a bread ministry in cooperation with Panera Bread company. We need help picking up packages from Panera and bringing them to the church. Sign up for a one-time delivery or several.
Sign up by clicking on this link.

If you need assistance, or you know of someone who does, here are some resources. Please do reach out to us so that we might find the best next help.

Adel Food Pantry Support
The Pantry is in need of food, paper goods, financial assistance, and volunteers.

Click here to visit the Food Pantry site for financial donation and volunteer information.


serving others

Adel Food Pantry needs donations

Note from Our Treasurer
Thank you for continuing to financially and prayerfully support the staff and ministries of our church.

All gifts are needed and greatly appreciated. Giving can be done via the Bill Pay function offered by your bank or credit union, or by mailing us a check. Checks can be mailed to:

Van Meter UMC
P.O. Box 149
Van Meter, IA 50261


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


Plan from Iowa Annual Conference

Three simple rules: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.

Click here to read the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan.

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