Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


We are entering the Season of Significance. This is the time we celebrate God's great love for us in sending Jesus in human form as a baby in the manger. This baby would live among us and grow into a man who will show us how to live and love one another.

This Christmas, may you know the significance you have because you are a child of God: beloved, cherished, promised eternal life.

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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:


Advent Sundays:
December 3, 10, 17, 24

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 9: Kids Shopping Day
9 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

December 10: Cantata Sunday

The Chancel Choir along with singers from the Booneville UMC will present Sing Joy to All the World. This year's cantata is in memory of our friend Patty Lenius, a long-time member of our church and a dedicated choir member for many years.

Come, experience anew the joy of the compelling story of God becoming human and living with us in a way that changed our world forever!

Christmas Cantata

December 17:
Children's Christmas Program
Soups and Fellowship

Scrooge, the greedy, obsessed Bethlehem Innkeeper, refuses shelter to Mary and Joseph on that first Christmas night in our children's presentation of A Christmas Carol: Scrooge in Bethlehem.

Following the children's Christmas 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

Every Monday:

2:00 PM: Exercise Your Faith group meets 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

December 6 (Wednesday):
6:30 PM Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are held roughly every other Wednesday, but just once in December.

Every Wednesday:

6:00 PM Youth Group Meeting Church youth in grades 7 - 12 are encouraged to join together here at the church for Youth Group. Meetings are usually held every Wednesday.

Music Rehearsals
Chancel Choir
rehearses weekly, usually at 7:30. Praise Team rehearses once a month. Talk to Mike if you are interested in either of these groups.

Confirmation classes are held roughly every other Wednesday evening.

Youth Group meets Wednesday evenings.

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live."

Click here to see pictures from this year's Trunk or Treat.

Trunk or Treat line-up

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:
Sundays at 9:30 AM

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM

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