Welcome back! We now have in-person worship each Sunday at 10:45 AM.

We are meeting indoors. The sermon will be pre-recorded; everything else is mostly live. We ask that you wear a mask and be careful about how closely you approach others.

For those of you who are not able to attend in person or are not comfortable doing so, Thom's message is available online. Sermons are posted each Sunday by 9 AM. Click here to find our online worship services.

Please wear a face mask or shield. (Masks are available.)
You may sit with your family group, of course, but should remain at least six feet from all others.

Although some in-church activities remain suspended, we are still active. Read below for more details.

Welcome to worship.



Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


This month's series, Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, might be the most timely series I've ever been blessed to teach. Have you ever heard me say how "God is always in the timing"? There's a reason for that... God is ALWAYS is in the timing.

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.


The Van Meter United Methodist Church
is a community
in the service of Christ

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

Email us at: office@vmumc.com

Sunday Worship at 10:45

Services are now at 10:45 AM, our traditional gathering time. We have moved inside the building for the winter. Masks and careful spacing are required.

Pastor Thom's sermons are always available online. Click here for links to his latest sermons. Sunday's video is available by 9AM.

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.

Our Plans for Beggars Night

Instead of our traditional Trunk or Treat, we will be offering our local children safe Halloween fun with Drive-By Treats
on October 31
from 6-8 PM.

We will have bags of goodies, activities, and other fun stuff on the theme of “Jesus Is Nuts about Me” to hand out to the kids still in their parent's car from our decorated carport. Learn more here.

Candy Needed

We are asking for bags of individually wrapped candy, preferably peanut-free, for our Beggars Night. Please bring them to a Sunday service, drop them off at the church office, or put them in the tub outside Kids Care.

Youth Group

Youth in grades 6-12 are invited to join 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. Learn more about our group here.

Limited Church Activities

In-church activities largely remain suspended. However, the church office continues to be staffed. We are posting services and announcements online and we frequently update our FaceBook page.

Church from Home


Drive-By Treats for Beggars' Night






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.

Giving Garden Needs Volunteers

We have made our final delivery to the Adel food pantry, having given away over 900 pounds of produce. We could sure use a hand with end-of-season cleanup. Click here to volunteer in the Giving Garden.

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Giving Garden plants

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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