Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


The time has gone so very fast ... 10 years!

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now, I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart. Philippians 1:3-7a

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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:


June 23:
Welcome New Members
Infant Baptism

Please join us this Sunday as we welcome the Clark family into our membership. Their youngest child will be baptized as well.

Stay after worship to celebrate with us in Fellowship Hall. Get to know the family and help them feel welcome.


Welcome New Members
Holy  Baptism

June 26 (Wednesday)
6:30-8:30 PM:
VBS: Vacation Bible School

Each Wednesday in June, children 3-11 gather at the church for fun with a focus of learning more about God at our Vacation Bible School. Come for just one session or every week. We'll have crafts, songs, science, story time, outdoor games, and snacks. Learn more and register here; see pictures from last year here.

logo for Vacation Bible School:  Roar!  Life is wild, God is good.

June 30: Farewell and Welcome

Pastor Linda will conclude her service as our church's pastor June 30. We will have a farewell ceremony for her and a welcoming one for Pastor Thom.

It will be a music-rich Casual Sunday service with a hope-filled message on "Moving Forward". Following the service, we'll have a little party.

Please join us as we say "Farewell" and "Welcome". There will be cake!

Pastor Linda
Pastor Linda

Pastor Thom
Pastor Thom

New Director at Kids Care

Jess Jaspers is now the director at Kids Care. The Kids Care phone number remains the same (515) 996-2117. Email the director at

Learn about Kids Care here.

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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.

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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 have suspended meetings during the summer. Meetings will resume after Kickoff Sunday in the fall.

Sunday Church School:
Sunday School is on break during the summer. We'll see you in church!

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Youth Group is on summer break.
Meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM during the school year. This group does not meet during June, July, or August.

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