In-Person Worship

Sunday worship: 8:45 and 10:45 AM
We are open for in-person worship. Our 8:45 service is simpler, informal, and shorter.
We do have fellowship time.
We do not currently offer a nursery, but plan to in January.
Sunday School classes for children begin January 9 at 9:30 AM.
Adult Discussion Group meets Sundays at 9:30 AM.

Audio recordings of recent services are available here.
To listen to our latest service, click here.

We strongly encourage everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask until the service starts and again when you are walking about the church. We ask that you practice social distancing while inside our church. Masks are available. A document covering our safety procedures for indoor worship is available here.

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Pastor Beth

from Pastor Beth...


We stand at the cusp of Advent, waiting for the bounty which God will reveal in the birth of Christ. We experience Thanksgiving as a time to pause, to lift up our thanks to God. As we move through our Holy Days, it is time to reflect and remember that God sent Jesus not just for us as Christians who understand the stories and revelation of Christ, but for the whole world!

Click here to read Pastor Beth's Monthly Message.

Our regular announcements are in The Grapevine, here.

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Kids Shopping Day
Saturday, December 4
9 AM to 1 PM

Bring your kids to Kids Shopping Day this Saturday. Kids shop for Christmas presents for family members at garage sale prices. All proceeds support local families in need over the holidays.

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, December 12
10:45 AM and 6:00 PM
Our children and youth present two performances of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever". The first is part of our 10:45 worship service and will be followed by Soups and Fellowship. In the evening at 6:00 PM, we will have another performance, followed by desserts.

Sunday, December 12
Soups and Fellowship
Following the 10:45 children's program, plan to stay for hearty soups and Christmas fellowship. Your free-will donation will go towards local and nationwide missions projects.

Sunday, December 19, 10:45 AM
Christmas Cantata

Singers from Booneville UMC, our church, and the community combine their voices to present "The Road to Bethlehem".

Candlelight Christmas Eve Services
Our traditional Christmas Eve services of candles, scriptures, and song will be held at 4 and 7 PM. Children will help prepare the manger for Jesus as we celebrate.

Sunday School
Sunday School classes will resume January 9. Classes will meet at 9:30 AM.

Kids Shopping Day

Children's Christmas Program



Christmas Cantata

Candlelight worship services on Christmas Eve

Sunday School

Nursery Help Wanted
We are seeking a reliable adult to supervise our nursery during the 10:45 church service on Sunday mornings.
This is a paid position and a background check will be required. Please reach out to the church office if you are interested.

Mission of the Month:
Donations this month will go towards supporting Red Bird Mission and the Red Bird Christian School in rural Eastern Kentucky. Learn more in our Newsletter (page 10).

December 7 (Tuesday), 6:30 PM
Prayer Shawl Ministry

In December, the prayer shawl group will be meeting on Tuesday, not our usual day, at the home of Elizabeth Alexander. New shawl makers are welcome to join us as we create these gifts of comfort and support.

nursery (image of rocking horse)

Red Bird Mission
Building on a legacy of faith

Prayer Shawl Ministry


Two Services
Sunday, 8:45 AM, 10:45 AM
We are offering a shorter, simpler, early-morning service at 8:45 in addition to our traditional 10:45 service.
There will be no 8:45 service December 12, 19, or 26.

Adult Discussion Group
Leslie is leading this class for adults at 9:30 AM each Sunday. We meet in the overflow area.

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. To schedule an interview, please email Jess Jaspers at

image of an early bird (in the morning son) and a worm

Adult Discussion Group meets at 9:30 Sunday mornings.

Kids Care is hiring.

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group meets 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.

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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.

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.



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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