In-Person Worship Is Now Available

We have in-person worship each Sunday at 10:45 AM. This is a hybrid service, part pre-recorded and part live, as we grow into worshiping together once more. The sermon is pre-recorded. We ask that you wear a mask and be careful about how closely you approach others.

We will not yet be holding Sunday School, nor will the nursery be available. There is no in-person fellowship time.

Again, 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.

For those of you who are not able to attend in person or are not comfortable doing so, Thom's message will still be available online every Sunday morning by 9AM. We will be offering the same message, music, liturgy, prayer, and worship online as in-person to ensure all feel welcome to be part of this living body of Christ. Click here to find links to our online worship services.

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

We encourage you to join us for online fellowship via Zoom on Sundays at 10 AM and noon
Contact the church office (515) 996-2572, or Pastor Thom (515) 779-5707 for information on how to connect with us.

Welcome to Worship in person and online 
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Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


This is the time of year that gets VERY messy -- if you go out in it. It is possible to stay on paved paths, to watch the new life blossom from a climate-controlled home. That would mean missing many of the miracles this season has to offer.

Ask any child. They are the ones who get the muddiest this time of year. Remember how Jesus said we should come to Him? I think that includes mud and mess.

Click here to read Pastor Thom's Monthly Message.

We are posting sermons and video announcements 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

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Sunday Worship Is Also Online

Pastor Thom's sermons are always available online. Click here for links to his latest sermons. Sunday's video is available by 9AM.
We have online fellowship gatherings Sundays at 10 AM and noon. Contact Thom or the church office for connection info.

March 7: Communion
We will have communion this Sunday at our in-person service. It will also be available via Zoom during fellowship time at 10 and noon. Contact the office or ask Pastor Thom to find out how to connect.


Reaching out to our community and to each other.  (image is of touching hands)


Communion bread and cup

Kids Care Enrollment for Pre-K-Age Children (Fall 2021)

Kids Care offers morning care for pre-schoolers enrolled in afternoon kindergarten. We are accepting applications for fall 2021 enrollment in our program for those children who will be attending the afternoon session of preschool at Van Meter Elementary. Click here for the application.

Kids Care Summer Enrollment

Full time summer enrollment is now closed but we still have some part-time slots. Click here for the enrollment form.

Kids Care Fall Enrollment

Enrollment is now open for after-school care. Click here for the enrollment form.

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March Mission of the Month:
Outdoor Improvements

We're in the planning stages for replacing our play equipment and adding other nice features outside. Learn more here.

February Mission of the Month:
Missions Support
* Bidwell Riverside
* Good Samaritan Food Pantry
* Pastor Jude
Learn more here.
Here's a recent update from Pastor Jude in Haiti.

March 25 (Thursday):
Prayer Shawl Group

Prayer Shawl group is now meeting in person. Masks are required, and we'll be spaced out. Contact the church office for the location. If you want to join us but are not comfortable in-person, we'll have a Zoom option. Learn more here.

Exercise Your Faith

Our exercise group cannot meet in person, but we still support each other in our efforts to take care of ourselves. The church office can put you in touch. Here are some helpful tips from Marilyn. Check our Newsletter and Grapevine for more.

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Prayer Shawl Ministry
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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.

Small Groups

We have Bible study and prayer groups meeting each week. Contact the church office or Pastor Thom if you would like to join or drop in on one of them.

* Sharing, Prayer, & Fellowship
Tuesday and Thursday at noon
study and prayer group

* Dinner and Devotions
Wednesday and Friday
6:00 PM

Grab something to eat or drink and join us for a little prayer, a little conversation about this week's scripture, and a little getting to know each other.

Church from Home



Bible Studies; explore God's word with us.




Youth Group Meeting in Person

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 next meeting is Wednesday, March 3; 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.

Youth Group


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Help in Our Community

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 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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