Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


I had no plans or even thought of leaving Ankeny. Yet I found myself in conversation with friends calmly and peacefully saying that if God calls us to a new place we would joyfully follow. The very next day I received a call and invitation to meet the SPRC in Van Meter.

We cannot wait to meet all of you. There definitely seems to be a reason so many things, ways, and times have lined up the way that they have. Something that John Wesley said gives me courage, hope, peace, joy, and a reason to do what needs doing in the hurricane of life. He said something like this: "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

Email us at:

Coming Up:


July 21: Sunday Worship

Join us for a thoughtful, joyful Sunday of worship with Pastor Thom.

Everyone is welcome here.

Everyone is welcome here.

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.

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New Director at Kids Care

Jess Jaspers is now the 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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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 donatioins will help 53 women and their babies in Zambia by providing supplemental nutrition and education for the children's first two years.

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Summer Break

The Exercise group is on break for the month of July.

Prayer Shawl Group is taking off both July and August.

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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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