In-Person Worship

Sunday worship: 8:45 and 10:45 AM
We are open for in-person worship. Our 8:45 service is simpler, informal, and shorter.
We do have fellowship time.
We do not currently offer a nursery.
Rehearsals for the children's Christmas play have begun, but it is not too late to join the fun. Children from the community are welcome. Learn more here about the play.

Audio recordings of recent services are available here.
To listen to our latest service, click here.

We strongly encourage everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear a mask until the service starts and again when you are walking about the church. We ask that you practice social distancing while inside our church. Masks are available. A document covering our safety procedures for indoor worship is available here.

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Pastor Beth

from Pastor Beth...


This time of year is illustrative of my theology. While many are concerned about change, I embrace it. What some might find redundant and others have the need to rigidly hold, I see as uniquely priceless and timeless and held forever in the memory and heart of God. Know that the creator has a plan to remember every moment.

Click here to read Pastor Beth's Monthly Message.

Our regular announcements are in The Grapevine, here.

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Early-Bird Service
Sunday, 8:45 AM
We are offering a second, early-morning service at 8:45 in addition to our traditional 10:45 service. We'll keep it simple and explore together what is needed and what we can provide.

Adult Discussion Group
Leslie is leading this class for adults at 9:30 AM each Sunday. We meet in the overflow area.

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, 9:30 AM
It's time! Rehearsals for our Children's Christmas Program have begun. Community children are welcome to participate. There's a part for every child. Click here for details and the form to bring with you.

Mission of the Month:
Women at the Well
Help support a key ministry that enables women to know God's love in some of the hardest places and times. Learn more here.

image of an early bird (in the morning son) and a worm

Adult Discussion Group meets at 9:30 Sunday mornings.

Children's Christmas Program

Women at the Well


Youth Group
Sunday, October 24
6:30-8:00 PM
We are excited to welcome all students in grades 6-12 to participate in our youth group. Join us for a year of fun, faith, and service to our communities as we grow together in Christ's love. Neither church membership nor church attendance is required. Contact the church office for more information.

October 31: Trunk or Treat
6-8 PM

All children in our community are welcome to this fall festival party. Bring the kids to the parking lot from 6-8 PM to fill their bags with treats.
Learn more here.

Want to help? Sign-up sheets are in the church entryway.

Youth Group




Trunk or Treat


School Kit Bags Due Oct 31
Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering school kits, which will be distributed to children in the United States and in support of humanitarian missions elsewhere. Please consider filling a kit or two. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here. All kits should be in not later than the start of the worship service October 31.

Prayer Shawl Group Meets Nov. 4
This group gathers for a time of quiet conversation, prayer, and fellowship while creating gifts of comfort and support. New knitters and crocheters are welcome. The location changes each month; call or email the church office for details.

Kids Care Is Hiring
Our church's Kids Care is looking to hire quality individuals to entertain and monitor school age children for after-school hours. To schedule an interview, please email Jess Jaspers at

We are collecting school supplies for children.

Shawl Ministry 
(image of yarn and knitting needles)

Kids Care is hiring.

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group meets 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.

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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 for a one-time delivery or several.
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.

Adel Food Pantry Support
The Pantry is in need of food, paper goods, 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.


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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.

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