Our Sunday worship service is at 10:45 AM, with fellowship time following the service.
The Adult Discussion Group is on break and will resume meeting in the fall.
Sunday School is on break and will resume in the fall.

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

Disposable masks and hand sanitizer are available.


Welcome (family walking through church doors)

Pastor Beth

from Rev. Beth...

Rev. Beth Harbaugh,
Pastor VMUMC

When we see the earth turning greener this time of year, we become more aware of how profoundly we are connected to nature. The brightly colored flowers attract us just as they attract healthy pollinators. As we look around and reflect on what we see, it becomes clear that EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED.

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

Our regular announcements are in The Grapevine, here.

Stay connected by visiting our Facebook page. You can click here to reach it.


The Van Meter United Methodist Church
is a community
in the service of Christ

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

Email us at: office@vmumc.com

July 31-August 4
5:30-8:30 PM
VBS: Vacation Bible School

For one week, children 3-11 gather 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 herelearn 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).

May 31 - July 26, Wednesdays
6:00-7:00 PM
Planning for VBS

We are holding weekly meetings to plan, share ideas, and work out details. Drop by one or come to them all; we value your input.

June 25 (Sunday)
5 PM until gone
Booneville UMC Ice Cream Social

Enjoy delicious desserts, including homemade ice cream, at Booneville UMC's annual ice cream social.
31135 High Street in Booneville


VBS logo shows a nebula with the words "Stellar:  Shining Jesus' Light" in an oval.  Around the oval are VBS characters based on a star, the sun, a planet with rings, a moon, and a comet.




VBS Planning Meeting - picture of craft tools such as scissors, colored pencils, paint brushes

ice cream social -- image is of three dishes of happy ice cream

UMC Camping
It is time to sign up for camp!
The Iowa UMC has two wonderful camps and camping opportunities galore, with programs tailored to different ages and abilities, for individuals or families. Learn more about Wesley Woods and Lake Okoboji here. You can download or view a copy of the 2023 camp catalog here.

10:45 AM Sunday Worship

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

Iowa United Methodist Camp and Retreat Centers

Bible, candle, chalice

Mission of the Month
Hope Ministries
We will be collecting donations to make "We Care Kit Essentials for Homeless Men" to be given to clients of Hope Ministries. Learn more here.

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

personal care products:  soap, shampoo, toothpaste & brush, deodorant
laundry detergent

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

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, 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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