Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


Why do so many of us feel so alone? Why are we more likely to look at a piece of glass in our hands than the eyes of the person we are physically standing next to? We send thoughts, prayers, and resources for something that takes place thousands of miles away but miss that our neighbor across the street is facing a major health decision. We answer that email within a few minutes of receiving it but can't describe the person who bagged our groceries while we were doing so. We miss the opportunities to connect with each other because we are so busy trying to stay connected to each other.

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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:


January 29 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM: Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are led by Stacy Peterson and Pastor Thom.


February 5 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM Youth Group meeting

Youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to join together here at the church for a time of thoughtful discussion, fellowship, service, and fun.

Heidi Myers and Hayley Carlson are leading the group this year. Learn more here.

Youth Group meets roughly every other Wednesday.

February 9 (Sunday) 12:30 PM
Pizza with the Pastor

Join Pastor Thom and other church leaders for a time of fellowship, pizza and learning about our faith. Whether you are new here, would like to become a member, have some questions, or just want to learn more, this is your opportunity.

Pizza with the Pastor

Mission of the Month

In January, we are collecting items to Gear Up for Winter. In particular, we are asking for donations of warm socks. Gloves, mittens, hats, hot hands, and that sort of thing are also welcome. Learn more here.

Please donate socks.

Our Newsletter is Going Digital

From now on, we will be emailing color PDF copies of our Newsletter whenever possible rather than sending paper copies by USPS mail. If you prefer to receive a paper copy, you must tell us.

Call the office at 996-2572 or email to let us know if you prefer the paper Newsletter.

Newsletter by e-mail

Winter Weather Advisory

Come Sunday morning, the roads may be covered with ice or snow, the wind howling, and you may ask, "Should I go to church anyway? Will it even be open?"

The answer is: Be safe; do what you think is best ... but yes, our church will always be open for Sunday services.

bare tree and snow

Every Monday, 2:00 PM:
Better Health: Exercise Your Faith

Do your heart and body some good. Come to the Exercise Your Faith group's weekly meeting for some exercise and encouragement in a relaxed atmosphere.

We meet in the overflow room Monday afternoons at 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Learn more here.

Exercise Your Faith Group

Prayer Shawl Group

Knitters and crocheters: Join us once a month for a time of contemplation, prayer, and fellowship as we create gifts of comfort and support. Learn more here. Contact the church office for meeting details.

Shawl Ministry

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:
Adult Discussion Group and Parent Discussion Group meet Sundays at 9:30 AM during the regular Sunday School time.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Meetings are generally held every other Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM during the school year. Check the calendar.

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