Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


My favorite time of the whole year isn't Christmas or even Easter. It's August! I love August so much because it has so many things that remind me of God's love. We all get pretty forgetful about how much God is in our life until something pops up to remind us. I hope August does that for you as well this year, that it reminds you that "The best of it is... God is with us!"

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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.

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

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Coming Up:


September 8: Kickoff Sunday

9:30 AM - We will celebrate the resumption of Sunday School with games, snacks, and crafts. Join the festivities!

10:45 AM - Time for worship. Coop's Troupe will sing for us.

6:00-6:45 PM - Confirmation planning meeting for parents and prospective confirmands.

Sunday School Kickoff

Confirmation planning meeting

Prayer Shawl Group

Prayer Shawl Group will resume their monthly meetings September 12. Learn more here. You may also contact the church office for details.

Shawl MInistry

School Kit Bags

Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering school kits. Please consider filling a kit or two while school supplies are on sale. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here.

school supplies collection

Every Monday, 2:00 PM
Exercise Your Faith Group

The Exercise Your Faith group meets each week for a half hour of light aerobic exercise followed by discussions on living and eating healthy.

Drop in and try us out. Learn more here.

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Thank you so much!

Our thanks to Christian Education Director Stacy Peterson and her stalwart crew of VBS volunteers. VBS was a happy time of learning, fellowship, and fun.

Thanks also to everyone who contributed to the Operation Kid 2 Kid program. Your donations will help 53 women and their babies in Zambia by providing supplemental nutrition and education for the children's first two years.

Vacation Bible School logo

Operation Kid to Kid logo

New Director at Kids Care

Welcome Jess Jaspers, the new director at Kids Care. The Kids Care phone number remains the same:
(515) 996-2117.
Email the director at

Learn about Kids Care here.

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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:
Adult Discussion Group and
Parent Discussion Group have suspended meetings during the summer. Meetings will resume after Kickoff Sunday in the fall.

Sunday Church School:
Sunday School is on break during the summer. We'll see you in church!

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Youth Group is on summer break.
Meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM during the school year. This group does not meet during June, July, or August.

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