Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


It is no real secret that October is "Stewardship Month" in churches all over the country, but this isn't just about what is in our wallets. It is about best using all we have been given to do the most good whenever, wherever, however, and with whomever we are called. What if we look beyond our finances?

This year I want us to really pray as individuals how we might do what we are called to do as a body, and to reflect on how gifted we are in all areas of our lives. How can our individual prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness be used by God for us to gather, grow, and go together.

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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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Coming Up:


Third-Grade Bible Class

9:30 AM Third-graders continue their six-week class in how to use their new Bibles. This class is taught by Stacy Peterson and is held during the regular Sunday School time.

Explore God's Word

October 16 (Wednesday):
6:30 PM
Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are led by Stacy Peterson and Pastor Thom.

Confirmatioin classes have begun.

Cantata rehearsals
8:15 PM Wednesdays

This year's Cantata will be Lloyd Larson's Joy Has Dawned. Rehearsals are 8:15 PM every Wednesday except the day before Thanksgiving, through the end of November. December rehearsals will move to 7:30 PM.

The Cantata performance will be Sunday, December 15 at the church (10:45) with a 2:30 encore at Edgewater. We're looking forward to it.

Christmas Cantata:  Joy Has Dawned

October 23 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM:
Youth Group

Tonight we'll meet with the FCA for Fields of Faith. Pastor Thom has details. (This time we will not meet at church.)

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. We get together roughly every other Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Learn more here.

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

October 31 (Thursday)
6-8 PM:
Trunk or Treat

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. Learn more here.

Trunk or Treat

Every Monday, 2:00 PM
Exercise Your Faith Group

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

Drop in and try us out. Learn more here.

Exercise Your Faith logo

School Kit Bags

Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering school kits. Please consider filling a kit or two. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here. All school kits are due by October 26.

school supplies collection

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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