Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


Into their dark times, the Prophets speak to God's people with words of hope about the promised coming of a Savior who will be the Light to the nations. With forest fires ravaging California and the death count climbing, with immigrants at the southern border yearning for a home, with mass shootings an almost weekly occurrence, and with divisive national politics ... I plead: Come, Lord Jesus, come!

Then I remember: The world has forever been rising and falling; the wonder of Advent is that we begin to see differently. The Prophets of old said a child would be born to us, and we shall call him Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace (Is.9:6). The child is not about death and division, but life.

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The Van Meter United Methodist Church
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Advent Sundays: 
December 2, 9, 18, 23

Join us as we celebrate Advent in a spirit of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and longing.

Five candles of Advent:  Hope, Peace, Joy, Love, and the Christ Candle

December 8:
Kids Shopping Day
8 AM - Noon

Kids come to shop for Christmas presents for their family members at garage sale prices. “Elf” aides help kids shop and wrap so the presents stay a surprise. Proceeds go to support local families in need over the holidays. Presented in partnership with the Van Meter Baptist Church

Kids Shopping Day is Saturday, December 8th.

December 9: 
Children's Christmas Program
Soups and Fellowship

In a boring little town called Bethlehem,  the local mayor and his staff are working hard to prepare for all the people who are going to be visiting soon. This includes a young couple from Nazareth with a very special baby on the way.  Please join us for this delightful musical retelling of the Christmas story, Miracle at Midnight.

Following the worship service and Children's program, plan to stay for Soups and Fellowship. Your free-will donation will go towards local and nationwide missions projects.

Children's Christmas Program

Soups and Fellowship

December 16: Cantata Sunday

The Chancel Choir and singers from the Booneville UMC will present The Glory of Christmas (Celebrating Christ's Birth) by Lloyd Larson.

This year's cantata is in memory of Myrene England, a long-time member of our church who sang in the choir for many years.

You are invited to gather with the choir at 2:30 PM at Edgewater Retirement Center to enjoy a second performance as we share the warmth of the season.


Chancel Choir and the Booneville UMC singers present "The Glory of Christmas, Celebrating Christ's Birth" by Lloyd Larson December 16th.

December 5, 19 (Wednesdays):
Youth Group - 6:30 PM

Youth grades 7-12 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 with help from Holly Adams and Pastor Linda.

Meetings are generally held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 PM.

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

Every Monday, 2:00 PM:

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

Exercise Your Faith logo

Here are some pictures from this past October's Trunk or Treat. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Trunk or Treat logo

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.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Youth Group meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

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