Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


There will be no in-person worship services at the least through the end of April. We will be posting sermons online.

The news is pretty overwhelming. Take this as a time of rest, a time to make your life a little simpler. Begin with prayer. And, as always, remember that even in these strange times, the best of it is, God is with us.


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in the service of Christ

The Van Meter United Methodist Church
is a friendly small-town church
with lots of activities.
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Sunday Worship

We are so blessed today and always to be in ministry and God's everlasting love together!

April 6: Palm Sunday

Click here for a link to Pastor Thom's Palm Sunday message.

In the midst of these new and different times, Palm Sunday triumphantly ushers us into Holy Week. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the Highest!!

Sunday March 29

Click here for a link to this Sunday's message, "Anxious", from Pastor Thom

I know that this is a new, strange, and anxious time for all of us. Being connected to each of you in spite of not being able to gather together in person brings me much peace, hope, love, and joy!

If you, or you know of someone needing assistance, please do reach out to me so that we might find the best next help. We are apart, but never alone.

Palm Sunday


Limiting Church Activities

All church activities are suspended at least for the remainder of April, possibly longer. The church office is also closed.

Kids Care will remain closed until the end of April. Parents, please check your Bloomz account for updates from director Jess Jaspers.

At-Home Activities

Our Christian Education Director, Stacy Peterson, has put together some activities and resources for you to use with your children while spending more time at home in the next few weeks. Click here for the link.

Kids Care

child reading

"In like a lion, out like a lamb. In like a lamb, out like a lion." This old saying refers to the weather in March, but also fits the church season of Lent.

Jesus' life and ministry were very much like a lion in comparison to the religious leaders of the time. He was a rabbi, but one whose roars struck such fear into the status quo that scheming began on how they could bring silence and return to power.

When the time was perfectly right, Jesus revealed His true purpose and became the thing that would turn the entire system on its head... a lamb. Not just any lamb, but the purest and most adored lamb, the one that is reserved as a sacrifice to God. In like a lion, out like a lamb.

Click here for more of Pastor's Message

Pastor Thom

April 15 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM: Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are now being held via Zoom. They are led by Stacy Peterson and Pastor Thom.


Mission of the Month

During the Lenten season, our Mission focus is on community-wide and church outdoor improvements. Learn more here.

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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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