Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


If you haven't noticed this about me yet, I love a reason to celebrate, especially if it is a little ridiculous! We seem to take so much in life seriously and put so much weight on moving ahead that we forget that we were made to celebrate. That's right: You were created for the purpose of celebration!

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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:


February 19 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM Youth Group meeting

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. Learn more here.

Youth Group meets roughly every other Wednesday.

February 20 (Thursday)
6 PM: Small Study Group

Join us at the church every Thursday night at 6 PM for an opportunity to study and discuss the weekly topics of our current sermon series.  Jump in anytime!

Study group meeting

February 25 (Tuesday)
5:30-7:00 PM
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

The whole community is invited to our annual Fat Tuesday celebration. We will have a pancake dinner, games, our traditional pancake-flipping contest, and fellowship. It will be a lot of fun.

Fat Tuesday pancake supper starts at 5:30.

February 26 (Ash Wednesday)

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. In this 40-day period, Christians worldwide prepare our hearts for Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection three days later.

Ashes to Go
6:00-9:00 AM

Stop by and begin the day with the sacred reminder.

7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday Service

A contemporary beginning of the Lenten season and traditions

Ash Wednesday service at 7 PM

Mission of the Month

This February, our Mission focus is supporting key ministries that enable women to know God's love in some of the hardest places and times.

First, we have the special opportunity in Iowa to support Women at the Well UMC.

You are also invited to help in an often-overlooked need of many local shelters and service centers: feminine hygiene products. Learn more here.

Women at the Well UMC logo

Feminine Hygiene products



Winter Weather Advisory

Come Sunday morning, the roads may be covered with ice or snow, the wind howling, and you may ask, "Should I go to church anyway? Will it even be open?"

The answer is: Be safe; do what you think is best ... but yes, our church will always be open for Sunday services.

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.

March 12 (Thursday):
Prayer Shawl Group

Knitters and crocheters: Join us once a month for a time of contemplation, prayer, and fellowship as we create gifts of comfort and support. Learn more here. Contact the church office for meeting details.

bare tree and snow



Exercise Your Faith Group



Shawl Ministry

Our Newsletter is Now Digital

From now on, we will be emailing color PDF copies of our Newsletter rather than sending paper copies by USPS mail.

Mailed paper copies are still available. Call the office at 996-2572 or email to let us know if you prefer the paper Newsletter.

Newsletter by e-mail

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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