Welcome back! We now have in-person worship each Sunday
** outdoors (when possible) with social distancing
** 10:45 AM
 (back to our traditional time).

We will be meeting outdoors each Sunday until the weather no longer allows it; then those who choose may move indoors. In any case, we ask that you wear a mask and be careful about how closely you approach others.
Pastor Thom's sermons will be pre-recorded and made available online by 9AM. Click here to find our online worship services.

Bring your own lawn chair for outdoor worship.
Please wear a face mask or shield.
You may sit with your family group, of course, but should remain at least six feet from all others.

Please check this website or our Facebook page for late-breaking changes.

Although most in-church activities remain suspended, we are still active. Read below for more details.

outdoor worship service



Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


This month's series, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, might be the most timely series I've ever been blessed to teach. Have you ever heard me say how "God is always in the timing"? There's a reason for that... God is ALWAYS is in the timing.

Click here to read Pastor Thom's Monthly Message.

We are posting sermons and announcements online; click here to find them.

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


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.

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

Email us at: office@vmumc.com

Sunday Worship at 10:45

Each Sunday we are gathering for outside worship behind the sanctuary, as long as weather allows.
If the weather is poor, those who wish may move inside. Masks and careful spacing are required both indoors and outside.
Services are now at 10:45 AM, our traditional gathering time.

Pastor Thom's sermons are always available online. Click here for links to his latest sermons. Sunday's video is available by 9AM.

Confirmation services will be September 13 and 20.

Be the Church

Missions: Ingathering School Kits

Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering school kits. Our deadline is October 17. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here.

At-Home Activities & Studies

Our Christian Education Director, Stacy Peterson, has put together a collection of activities and resources for home studies. Click here to reach our Home Studies page.

Limited Church Activities

In-church activities largely remain suspended. However, the church office continues to be staffed. We are posting services and announcements online and we frequently update our FaceBook page.

Wearing the Mask

Should you wear a mask in public? Our Bishop says YES, wearing a mask is a sign of Christian love and care. Click here to read more.

Giving Garden Needs Volunteers

We have made our final delivery to the Adel food pantry, having given away over 900 pounds of produce. We could sure use a hand with end-of-season cleanup. Click here to volunteer in the Giving Garden.

school supplies collection

Church from Home

We Are the Church
Stay Connected

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Help in the Giving Garden

Giving Garden plants

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 by clicking on this link. Details are here.

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. We are apart, but never alone.

Assistance Helpline A Van Meter helpline for grocery, medications, and other assistance has been established. If you live in this area and need help with deliveries of essentials or can help with delivering essentials, please call or text (515) 210-8282.

Adel Food Pantry Support The Pantry is in need of paper goods, case quantities of food items (no single food items at this time please), 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




UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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.


Letters from Bishop Laurie

Click here to read "To Mask or Not to Mask", a discussion of common objections to face masks and the case for wearing them.

Click here to read a letter on racism from Bishop Laurie.

Click here to read a statement from Bishop Laurie on protests in Des Moines

Since protests against police brutality and violence triggered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, United Methodist bishops and other denominational and ecumenical leaders have been speaking out. Here is a sample of some of their statements.

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