Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


Several of you asked for a copy of the parable I told in church recently. It is a parable about the church, a warning for the church not to become a stiff sentinel standing on legalisms and forgetting grace.

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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.

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

Email us at:

Coming Up:


Help with Trunk or Treat

Volunteers: We need food servers, donut-hole makers, check-in people, and of course people with trunks full of treats.

Goodies: Beverage and food donations are also needed.

Sign up sheets are in the church entryway. If you plan to provide a trunk with treats, please pre-register with Stacy Peterson.

Trunk full of treats

Wednesday, October 17:
6:30 PM - Youth Group

Youth grades 7-12 are encouraged to join together here at the church for a time of thoughtful discussion, fellowship, service, and fun. Heidi Myers and Hayley Carlson will be leading the group this year with help from Holly Adams and Pastor Linda.

Meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 PM.

Youth Group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30  PM.

Sunday, October 28:
Blessing of School Kit Bags

School kits will be blessed during our worship service October 28th, so they need to be turned in not later than Saturday, October 27th. The collection box is just inside the church entryway.

If you have not done so, please consider filling a kit or two. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here.

Missions committee is collecting school supplies for children in the US.

October 31: Trunk or Treat
6-8 PM

All children in our community are welcome to this fall festival party. Bring the kids to the parking lot from 6-8 PM to fill their bags with treats.

Sign-up sheets are in the church entryway for those who want to help.

Trunk or Treat

Every Monday, 2:00 PM:

Exercise Your Faith group meets each week for a half hour of light aerobic exercise followed by discussions on living and eating healthy. Learn more here.

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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.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Youth Group meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

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