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In-Person Worship

Sunday worship: 10:45 AM

We are open for in-person worship every Sunday at 10:45 AM. We are now singing hymns together at the end of the service.
We are not yet holding Sunday School, nor will the nursery be available. There is no in-person fellowship time.

Facemasks are required in the church. (Masks are available.)
You may sit with your family group, of course, but should remain at least six feet from all others.
A document covering our procedures for indoor worship is available here.

Welcome to Worship in person and online 
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Online Services and Resources

For those of you who are not able to attend in person or are not comfortable doing so, you can join us via Zoom. The service begins at 10:45 but you can sign on as early as 10:30. Click here to find links to our online worship services.

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

Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


May is always a time of transitions. We begin moving from concerns of overnight frost to keeping an eye on the heat index. The daylight stays a little longer and nighttime grows shorter.

It is a month of rapid change and of rapid growth. This pastor and his family are preparing for a move to Bloomfield, Iowa.

Click here to read Pastor Thom's Monthly Message.

We are posting our services online; click here to find them.Our regular announcements are in The Grapevine, here.

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

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Introducing Pastor Beth

In July, we'll have a new pastor, Rev. Beth Harbaugh. Learn more about Pastor Beth here.

Pastor Beth

Giving Garden
Plan it. Plant it. Care for it. Watch it grow. Produce from our garden goes directly to community programs and individuals in need. We’ll need organizers, funds, and willing hands for this year’s garden. Contact the church office or Lisa Blumhagen if you would like to help.

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group is againn meeting in person at the church each Monday from 1-2 PM. Join us for a time of low-impact exercises, encouragement, and sharing health tips. Here are some helpful tips from Marilyn.

Prayer Shawl Group
Prayer Shawl group is now meeting in person roughly once a month. Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 6, at 6:30 PM. Masks are required, and we'll be spaced out. Contact the church office for the location, which changes monthly. If you want to join us but are not comfortable in-person, we'll have a Zoom option. Learn more here.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry
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Kids Care Enrollment for Pre-K-Age Children (Fall 2021)
Kids Care offers morning care for pre-schoolers enrolled in afternoon preschool at Van Meter Elementary. Click here for the application.

Kids Care enrollment for summer is now closed.

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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.

Church from Home

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 final spring meeting is Wednesday, May 12 at 7 PM; it will be in-person, at the church. Masks are required. Learn more about our group here.

Summer UMC Camps
Experience the joys of camping UMC-style. Registration for Iowa UMC camps is now open. We have two wonderful camps and camping opportunities galore, with programs tailored to different ages and abilities, for individuals or families.

Learn more about Wesley Woods here and the camp at Lake Okoboji here. The 2021 catalog is available online here and at the church.

Our church covers half the cost when our kids attend Iowa Methodist camps, and additional funds are available with camperships for children who have a financial need.

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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.

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.

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


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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 a statement on recent events at the Capitol.

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.

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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