Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


In Jesus' time, the Samaritans were an ethnic group despised by the Jews. Samaritans were of mixed heritage, and they worshipped differently. Yet it was the Samaritan who responded to the Jewish man robbed, beaten, and left for dead at the side of the road. The fellow Jews did not give aid to their own, but passed by the injured man on the far side of the road.

I pray for the time when we can see each other as people, and care for each other as fellow human beings. I think that is what Jesus is getting at when he told this story. No matter our personal deologies, we need to put away our differences and help one another in the journey of life. Help often comes as a beneficent surprise.

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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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Coming Up:


February 20,
March 6, 18
Youth Group - 6:30 PM

Youth grades 7-12 are encouraged to join together here at the church for a time of thoughtful discussion, fellowship, service, and fun. Heidi Myers and Hayley Carlson are leading the group this year with help from Holly Adams and Pastor Linda.

Meetings are generally held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 PM.

Youth Group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30  PM.

March 5 (Tuesday)
5:30-7:00 PM:
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper

The whole community is invited to our annual Fat Tuesday celebration. We will have a pancake dinner, our traditional pancake-flipping contest, and fellowship. It's a whole lot of fun.

Eighth annual Fat Tuesday pancake supper

March 6: Ash Wednesday
7:00 PM
Ash Wednesday Service

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. In this 40-day period, Christians worldwide prepare our hearts for Jesus' death on the cross and his resurrection three days later on the day we call Easter.

Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 PM

Every Monday, 2:00 PM:
Better Health: Exercise Your Faith

Are you making New Year’s resolutions? Will they last past January? Instead of making a resolution, so easily broken, make a life-style change that will benefit the rest of your life.

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, Thank You

A hale and hearty thank you to all those who filled our December with such happy memories.

Thanks to the cooks, the singers and musicians, the elves, the actors and readers, the liturgists, the generous donors, and all the other helpers.

We are full of gratitude toward the organizers and directors: Lisa, Suzy, Heidi, Stacy, Christy, Geri, Mike, Mel, Connie, other Connie, and Don.

Particular thanks to our friends at the Booneville UMC and the Van Meter Baptist Church for joining in some of our activites, and to community members who came and shared their Christmas with us.

Children's Christmas ProgramSoups and Fellowship

Kids Shopping Day signChristmas Cantata

Joyous singers




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 meet Sundays at 9:30 AM.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Youth Group meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

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