Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


Gratitude is the antidote to the negative emotions that drag us down. Ingratitude fosters feelings of anger, selfishness, resentment, ill will, and bitterness, all of which rob us of happiness.

Find one positive thing, or something you can learn from your troubles. One kernel of gratitude will lead to another, until a new grateful perspective arises and the dark night of the soul will open toward the light.

By warding off negative emotions, gratitude gives us courage to face the hard things.

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Coming Up:


April 19: Good Friday
7:00 PM service

We remember the betrayal, trial, and death of Jesus and recognize our own complicity in the crucifixion.

Good Friday

April 21: Easter Sunday

6:30 AM Sunrise service
Early risers at our Sunrise service are invited to stay for breakfast following the service.

9:30 AM Egg hunt
Join the fun as we turn the kids loose to hunt for eggs. This will be during our regular Sunday School Time.

10:45 AM Traditional service
Christ the Lord is risen today. Hallelujah!

Easter Sunday

Gratitude is a key element in being happy and in leading a joyful, satisfied life. Take some time to think about things which have brought you joy, comfort, or a bit more light in your life.

We have printed pocket-sized gratitude journals for use this Lenten season to help us note and reflect upon things for which we are grateful, but these reflections are good to make year round. Copies are available in the foyer and in the church office.

Booklet cover:  Lent:  40 Days of Gratitude

Lenten Food Drive

Van Meter UMC supports the Adel (Good Samaritan) Food Pantry year round, but during Lent we make a special effort to support our friends in need. Learn more here.

We are gathering non-perishable food and cash donatioins for the Adel Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

April 17; May 1, 15 (Wednesdays):
Youth Group - 6:30 PM

Youth grades 7-12 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 with help from Holly Adams and Pastor Linda.

Meetings are generally held the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30 PM.


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Every Monday, 2:00 PM:
Better Health: Exercise Your Faith

Lent is a time of reflection. During Lent, it is traditional to give up something for the season. However, there is an alternative: to pick up something, to start doing something you haven't done before. You could start a healthy habit like exercising.

We can show God's love through us in our actions. Take some time this season to reconnect with God. Our walking class is always here to help. Join us at the church on Mondays at 2PM for some healthful exercising and discussion. Learn more here.

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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.
Soup and Bread Lenten discussion group meets Mondays at noon.

Sunday Church School:
9:30 AM

Sunday Worship Service:
10:45 AM

Youth Group:
Youth Group meetings are held the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.

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