Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


Have you ever stopped to look at what your routine is and what individual things it contains? Not just glancing at your calendar and listing off tasks, but your day in and day out routines.

Routines contain habits. Habits are things that we repeat often enough that they become part of who we are. Why do the unhealthy habits attach so easily and the healthy ones slip through our fingers?

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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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Call us at: (515) 996-2572

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Coming Up:


September 11 (Wednesday):
Music rehearsals resume

7:00 PM Chancel Choir
7:45 PM Praise Team

Come make a joyful noise to the Lord! New members are welcome in Chancel Choir (weekly rehearsals) and Praise Team (monthly rehearsals). Talk to Mike Cooper if you are interested, or just show up on rehearsal night.

musical symbols
I will sing to the Lord as long as I live.

September 12 (Thursday):
Prayer Shawl Group

Prayer Shawl Group will resume their monthly gathering 6:30 PM September 12. Learn more here. You may also contact the church office for details.

Shawl MInistry

September 18 (Wednesday):
Confirmation Class &
Youth Group - 6:30 PM

This will be our first meeting of the school year. We generally get together every other Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Learn more here.

Youth grades 6-12 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.

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

September 22: Bible Sunday

10:45 AM: Rejoice with us as we present Bibles to our Kindergarteners (Read and Share), third-graders (Deep Blue Bible), and confirmands (Wesley Study Bible) during our Bible Sunday service.

2-4 PM: Open House at the Parsonage

Stop by to celebrate our beginning ministry, take a look at the parsonage you helped rebuild, and allow us to say a small word of thanks for all you have done.

Receive the Word of God
Parsonage Open House

September 29: Third-Grade Bible Class

9:30 AM Third-graders will begin a six-week class in how to use their new Bibles. This class is taught by Stacy Peterson and will he held during the regular Sunday School time.

Explore God's Word

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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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 meets Sundays at 9:30 AM during the regular Sunday School time.

Sept. 15: Parent Discussion Group will resume meeting Sundays at 9:30 AM.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Meetings resume September 18.
These are generally held every other Wednesday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM during the school year. Check the calendar.

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