Pastor Linda

from Pastor Linda...


As one who struggles to find the right words on a weekly basis, I have long admired Robert Frost as a master of language. Frost's poetry is imbued with intangibles, pointing to elusive things of great worth.

Jonathan Reichert, speaking of Frost, said that is what poets do: They give us metaphors that lead us in a direction. They do not tell us their meaning directly. We have to work it out for ourselves. Sounds a lot like the Bible doesn't it?

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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:


Lent: March 6 - April 18:

Lent is the time of year when we do the hard work of taking an honest look at ourselves and our lives, and we reflect on what might be keeping us from growing deeper in our relationship with God. Perhaps a study group would help you.

Sundays, 9:30 AM, at church:
Adult Discussion group is using the book Simon Peter as a guide. Parent Discussion group also has a Lenten theme.

Mondays, noon, at church: Soup and Bread with Pastor Linda uses the book 40 Days of Doubt

Mondays (mostly) starting March 25th, at the home of Leslie Herman, a study series based on The Circle Maker.

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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. Copies are available at 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 3, 17 (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.

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

Thanks for Pancake Supper Work:

Thanks to everyone who donated supplies or their time and energy to make our Fat Tuesday supper a success. Your freewill monetary donations will support our missions efforts, and the cans of food will go to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel.

Special thanks to Christy Jungman for her organizational expertise. The two weeks when heavy snow forced us to cancel our services were opportunities lost for recruiting help and food, but she pulled it together.

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Pancake supper

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

Did you make New Year’s resolutions? Did they last past January? Try this instead: Make a life-style change from which you will benefit for the rest of your life.

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 and
Parent Discussion Group meet Sundays at 9:30 AM.

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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