Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


Christmas is such a strange time of year. We put trees up inside our houses and wrap them in several feet of electrical wire and lighting. We battle ice and ladders to give outside trees and any reachable windows and gutters the same treatment. We adorn any flat surface. We nail socks to our walls or fireplace mantels for a stranger to sneak into our homes and fill. They are all beautiful and beloved traditions... but you have to admit that they are just a little weird.

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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:


Winter Weather Advisory

Come Sunday morning, the roads may be covered with ice or snow, the wind howling, and you may ask, "Should I go to church anyway? Will it even be open?"

The answer is: Be safe; do what you think is best ... but yes, our church will always be open for Sunday services.

bare tree and snow

December 4 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM: Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are led by Stacy Peterson and Pastor Thom.

Confirmatioin classes have begun.

December 7 (Saturday)
8-noon: Kids Shopping Day

Kids come to shop for Christmas presents for their family members at garage sale prices. "Elf" aides help kids shop and wrap so the presents stay a surprise. Proceeds go to support local families in need over the holidays. Presented in partnership with the Van Meter Baptist Church.

We are still collecting goods for Kids Shopping Day. Bring your donations to the church. Volunteer to help prepare for the big day. It's a lot of fun, and you can make a real-life difference in our community. Learn more here.

Kids Shopping Day

December 8:
Children's Christmas Program,
Soups and Fellowship

This year's children's program, CAKE, portrays a group of students who have been challenged by their teacher to use one of the characters from the Nativity story to plan an act of kindness for their community.

After the service, enjoy warm soup and the fellowship of friends, neighbors, and the church community.  Your free-will donation will go towards local and nationwide missions projects.

CAKE stands for "Christmas Acts of Kindness Experiment"

December 11 (Wednesday)
5:30 PM Caroling

Meet at the church at 5:30 to join the Parent Discussion Group and friends as we share our joy with local shut-ins and the elderly.

Come caroling with us!

December 11 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM Youth Group meeting

Youth grades 6-12 are encouraged to join together here at the church for a time of thoughtful discussion, fellowship, service, and fun.

December 6 (Friday), we'll first be caroling for Sips & Snacks then heading over to the church to help set up for Kids Shopping Day.

December 7 (Saturday), we will lend a hand at Kids Shopping Day.

Heidi Myers and Hayley Carlson are leading the group this year. Learn more here.

Youth Group meets roughly every other Wednesday.

December 12 (Thursday):
6:30 PM Prayer Shawl Group

Knitters and crocheters: Join us for a time of contemplation, prayer, and fellowship as we create gifts of comfort and support. Learn more here. You may also contact the church office for details.

Shawl Ministry

December 15 (Sunday):
Christmas Cantata

This year's Christmas Cantata, Joy Has Dawned by Lloyd Larson, will be presented by the Van Meter Chancel Choir and Booneville Singers, along with several community members, at our 10:45 morning service. They will perform an encore at Edgewater Retirement Center in West Des Moines at 1:30 PM.

Christmas Cantata:  Joy Has Dawned

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 during the regular Sunday School time.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

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

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