The Adult Discussion Group meets each Sunday before the service at 9:30 AM in the overflow area at the back of the sanctuary. Our Director of Children's Ministries will be available to engage young people (ages pre-K - grade 6) in their own discussion so that their parents may be free to participate.

GLOW, (God Lights Our Way), our children's program, begins at 10:45, the same time as the worship service.

Our Wednesday night program for youth pre-K through 6th grade is Kids' JAM. It runs 6:00-7:30 PM.

A staffed nursery is available for the care of young children during the worship service.


Welcome (family walking through church doors)

Pastor Beth

from Rev. Beth...

Rev. Beth Harbaugh,
Pastor VMUMC

Of all the waters that rise to flood in the world, the most dangerous is "de' Nile". We routinely ignore clear warnings of trouble ahead. Our Holy One has given us the tools to wisely and humbly live our lives, preparing for the benefit of everyone's future, not just our own. Yet we push the envelope, living for just us instead of them, and for now instead of taking preventative and practical, hope-giving measures for the future.

Click here to read Rev. Beth's Monthly Message.

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October 8
Bible Week

Kindergarteners, third-graders, and confirmation students will be receiving their own age-appropriate Bibles during the Sunday service or Wednesday J.A.M.

Sundays at 10:45 AM
(God Lights Our Way)
Sunday programing for children pre-K through grade 6

Wednesday evenings
6:00-7:30 PM

Kids' J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)
This is our Wednesday night program for elementary-age students to learn the love of Jesus while having fun.
Sign your student up here.
If you would like to volunteer to lend a hand with J.A.M. (for just one evening or several) sign up here.

October 29: Trunk or Treat at our
Fall Festival

This is lots of dress-up fun for the whole community. We'll have candy -- also donuts, popcorn, cider, and two bounce houses! Learn more here. Volunteers, sign up to bring food & drinks here, or to give away candy from your decorated trunk here. Helpers can sign up at the church.

Children's Christmas Program
All community children pre-K and older are welcome to participate in our children's Christmas program. Contact the church office or Courtney if you are interested. Rehearsals will begin soon. The play will be presented December 10 at 6 PM.

Bible handed from pastor to child

God Lights Our Way GLOW -- letters against a swirled array of glowing tubes of  color

JAM Jesus and Me (white cross atop paint splatter)

Trunk or Treat

Children's Christmas Program -- drawing of nativity

Missions of the Month

Student Kits
Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering student kits. The kits will go to underprivileged children in the US. Learn more here.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel
We are collecting toilet paper for the pantry. Learn more about the food pantry here.

Women at the Well
In October, designated missions offerings will go to supporting the food program at Hope Ministries. Learn more here.

school supplies collection
box of facial tissue

Hope Ministries logo:  "Hope Ministries: Giving hope. Changing lives."

9:30 AM Adult Discussion Group
meets in the overflow area behind the sanctuary.

10:45 AM Sunday Worship

Children's time (pre-K through grade 6) is our new GLOW program (God Lights Our Way).

Sign up to be a Worship Helper
You may use this link or just talk to Leslie Herman.

Nursery Available
We offer care for the very young during church services in our staffed nursery.

Adult Discussion Group logo is several crosses united to form a ship's wheel
God Lights Our Way GLOW -- letters against a swirled array of glowing tubes of  color
Bible, candle, chalice
Nursery (drawing of a rocking horse)

October 15: Charge Conference
This year, the annual charge conference meeting will be held at
Granger Emmanuel UMC
on Sunday, October 15,
at 1 PM.
All members are invited to attend as we approve ministry goals for 2024. If you would like more information, please contact the church office.

Charge Conference (outline of a church and of a blue clipboard)

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group meets at the church each Monday from 1:30-2:30 PM. Join us for a time of low-impact exercises, encouragement, and sharing health tips.

Bread Ministry
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.

Exercise Your Faith logo (walking group)

bread (three baguettes)


Need Help?
Our church is a member of the Adel Ministerial Association (AMA). The AMA has an emergency fund which is used as a shared resource. Learn more here.

Emergency Funds



UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

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