The Adult Discussion Group meets each Sunday before the service at 9:30 AM in the overflow area at the back of the sanctuary.

Our children's Sunday School is held at the same time as the Sunday worship service, 10:45 AM.
The children's program is called GLOW (God Lights Our Way).

Our Wednesday night program for youth kindergarten through 6th grade is Kids' JAM. It runs 6:00-7:30 PM.

A staffed nursery is available for the care of young children during the worship service.


Welcome (family walking through church doors)

Pastor Beth

from Rev. Beth...

Rev. Beth Harbaugh,
Pastor VMUMC

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." Jeremiah 29:11
We have been given the ability to use our God-given abilities to discern together what these plans are for the Holy to give us a future with hope. Then, through Christ, we have been given a witness of how to go about it: with love and integrity. That sounds like marching orders to me!

Click here to read Rev. Beth's Monthly Message.

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Ash Wednesday and Lent

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 Easter.

Good Friday, March 29
7:00 PM

We remember the betrayal, trial, and death of Jesus in a Tenebrae service.

Easter Sunday, March 31
6:30 AM Sunrise Service

Rejoice with us at this special early service, and stay after the service for breakfast.
10:45 AM Traditional Service
He is Risen! This service will include communion.
(There will not be an Adult Discussion Group meeting on Easter Sunday.)

"Lent" incense cup with stylized leaf

Good Friday (sketches of cross and a crown of thorns)

Easter (cross draped with burial shroud; lilies)

Scholarship Applications
High school seniors and college students active in the church are encouraged to apply for a scholarship. Learn more here.

June 17-21, Monday-Friday
1:00-3:30 PM
VBS: Vacation Bible School
Children going into TK-5th grade will gather each weekday at the church for fun with a focus of learning more about God at our Vacation Bible School. We'll have crafts, songs, science, story time, outdoor games, and snacks.
Register here; learn more and view pictures from prior years here.
We're looking for volunteers (click here) and donors (click here to go to our wish list on Amazon)

scholarships (sketch of graduation cap)

VBS logo with undersea theme.  "SCUBA, diving into friendship with God"


Youth Fellowship - Bowling
Tuesday, March 26

4:30-7:30 PM
The youth group will have a night of fun, fellowship, bowling, and pizza. Meet at the church; transportation is provided.

Learn more about youth meetings and activites here.

Wednesday evenings
6:00-7:30 PM
Kids' J.A.M. (Jesus and Me)
This is our Wednesday night program for elementary-age students to learn the love of Jesus while having fun.
Drop-ins are welcome.

If you would like to volunteer to lend a hand with J.A.M. (for just one evening or several) call the church office or just sign up at the church.

bowling balls with label "youth bowling"


JAM Jesus and Me (white cross atop paint splatter)

Missions of the Month

Families Forward (Bidwell Riverside)
We're collecting funds and also sacks for groceries from the Bidwell Food Pantry.

Adult volunteers worked at the pantry March 10 alongside the youth group.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel
We are collecting toothpaste for the pantry. Learn more about the food pantry here.

families forward logo

toothpaste in and out of the tube

9:30 AM Adult Discussion Group
meets in the overflow area behind the sanctuary. Drop-ins are welcome. (The group will not meet Easter morning.)

Sign up to be a Worship Helper
You may use this link or just talk to Leslie Herman.

Nursery Available
We offer care for the very young during church services in our staffed nursery.

Adult Discussion Group logo is several crosses united at the base to form a ship's wheel.

Bible, candle, chalice

Nursery (drawing of a rocking horse)

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group meets at the church each Monday from 1:30-2:30 PM. Join us for a time of low-impact exercises (no floor work), encouragement, and sharing health tips.

Bread Ministry
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.

Exercise Your Faith logo (walking group)


bread (three baguettes)

Need Help?
Our church is a member of the Adel Ministerial Association (AMA). The AMA has an emergency fund which is used as a shared resource. Learn more here.

Emergency Funds

UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

The Van Meter Church is part of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.

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