In-Person Worship Suspended Through January 10

Because COVID-19 numbers continue to surge, the severe strain on our health system, and out of love for our neighbor, Bishop Laurie Haller and the Appointive Cabinet have directed clergy and churches to cease in-person worship and church activities through January 10.   Online worship will continue to be available each Sunday by 9 AM. Click here to find links to our online worship services.

Click here to find links to related at-home activities and studies.

We highly encourage you to join us for online fellowship via Zoom on Sundays at 10 AM and noon.  Contact the church office or Thom for information on how to connect with us.

in-person worship services have been suspended.


Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


With all that this year has thrown our way, Thanksgiving should be different than it has been for generations. Let's not just give thanks around a table the way we always have. Let's be in a season of gratitude together for all of the ways that God is showing us to "fear not" these changes.

Click here to read Pastor Thom's Monthly Message.

We are posting sermons and announcements online; click here to find them.

Find supplemental materials here.

Stay connected by visiting our Facebook page. You can click here to reach it.


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in the service of Christ

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Sunday Worship Online

Because of the surge in COVID cases, we have discontinued the in-person part of our worship services until mid-January.

Pastor Thom's sermons are always available online. Click here for links to his latest sermons. Sunday's video is available by 9AM. We have online fellowship gatherings Sundays at 10 and noon.

Reaching out to our community and to each other.

At-Home Activities & Studies

Our Christian Education Director, Stacy Peterson, has put together a collection of activities and resources for home studies which tie in with the subjects of our services. Click here to reach our Home Studies page.

Small Groups

We have Bible study and prayer groups meeting each week. Contact the church office or Pastor Thom if you would like to join or drop in on one of them.

* Tuesday and Thursday at noon
study and prayer group

* Every evening 6:30 PM
Share and pray with Pastor Thom and Katie

Adopt a Family

The church is partnering with Kids Care to bless a family in need this Christmas. Want to help? Learn more here.

Youth Group Meeting

Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome in our youth group. You do not need to be a member of the Van Meter UMC to participate in our meetings, activities, or service projects. Our next online meeting is December 2.

Learn more about our group here.

Church from Home


Bible Studies; explore God's word with us.



Adopt a family for Christmas

Youth Group

Wearing the Mask

Should you wear a mask in public? Our Bishop says YES, wearing a mask is a sign of Christian love and care. Click here to read more.

non-medical mask

Help in Our Community

We have a bread ministry in cooperation with Panera Bread company. We need help picking up packages from Panera and bringing them to the church. Sign up by clicking on this link. Details are here.

If you need assistance, or you know of someone who does, here are some resources. Please do reach out to us so that we might find the best next help. We are apart, but never alone.

Assistance Helpline A Van Meter helpline for grocery, medications, and other assistance has been established. If you live in this area and need help with deliveries of essentials or can help with delivering essentials, please call or text (515) 210-8282.

Adel Food Pantry Support The Pantry is in need of paper goods, case quantities of food items (no single food items at this time please), financial assistance, and volunteers.

Click here to visit the Food Pantry site for financial donation and volunteer information.


serving others

Adel Food Pantry needs donations

Note from Our Treasurer

Thank you for continuing to financially and prayerfully support the staff and ministries of our church.

All gifts are needed and greatly appreciated. Giving can be done via the Bill Pay function offered by your bank or credit union, or by mailing us a check. Checks can be mailed to:

Van Meter UMC
P.O. Box 149
Van Meter, IA 50261



UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

The Van Meter Church is part of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Plan from Iowa Annual Conference

Three simple rules: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.

Click here to read the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan.


Letters from Bishop Laurie

Click here to read "To Mask or Not to Mask", a discussion of common objections to face masks and the case for wearing them.

Click here to read a letter on racism from Bishop Laurie.

Click here to read a statement from Bishop Laurie on protests in Des Moines

Since protests against police brutality and violence triggered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, United Methodist bishops and other denominational and ecumenical leaders have been speaking out. Here is a sample of some of their statements.

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