In-Person Worship

Sunday worship: 10:45 AM
We are open for in-person worship.
We do have fellowship time; when weather permits, it will be outside.
We do not currently offer a nursery.
Sunday School rehearsals for the Christmas play will begin October 10.
Audio recordings of recent services are available here.
To listen to our latest service, click here.

We strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask, vaccinated or not, until the service starts and again when you are walking about the church. We ask that you practice social distancing while inside our church. Masks are available. A document covering our safety procedures for indoor worship is available here.

Listen to the Word 
(our most recent recording)

Pastor Beth

from Pastor Beth...


"Start with GOD—the first step in learning is bowing down to GOD; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning."
Proverbs 1:7
The Message

Religion or Science? This time of year, with school starting, there is always something on the TV, in social media, or in print that highlights the tension between religion and science.

Why choose? Is there tension that exists between these two schools of thought and practice? Of course! But it is a creative tension, a qualifying tension, and it calls us to see many of the paradoxes in our existence.

Click here to read Pastor Beth's Monthly Message.

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is a community
in the service of Christ

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Early-Bird Services begin
Sunday, October 3
8:45 AM

We will soon offer a second, early-morning service at 8:45 in addition to our traditional 10:45 service. We'll keep it simple and explore together what is needed and what we can provide.

Children's Christmas Program
Sunday, beginning October 10
9:30 AM

It's time! Rehearsals for our Children's Christmas Program begin October 10. Community children are welcome to participate. Call or email the church office for details.

Youth Group
Sunday, October 10
6:30-8:00 PM

We are excited to welcome all students in grades 6-12 to participate in our youth group. Join us for a year of fun, faith, and service to our communities as we grow together in Christ's love. Neither church membership nor church attendance is required. Contact the church office for more information.

School Kit Bags
Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering school kits, which will be distributed to children in the United States and in support of humanitarian missions elsewhere. Please consider filling a kit or two. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here.

Prayer Shawl Group
Because of the rise in local COVID levels, the Prayer Shawl group will not meet in September.

image of an early bird (in the morning son) and a worm

Children's Christmas Program

Youth Group




We are collecting school supplies for children.

Kids Care Is Hiring
Our church's Kids Care is looking to hire quality individuals to entertain and monitor school age children for after school hours and for the remainder of the summer. To schedule an interview, please email Jess Jaspers at

Kids Care is hiring.

Exercise Your Faith
Our exercise group is again meeting in person at the church each Monday from 1-2 PM. Join us for a time of low-impact exercises, encouragement, and sharing health tips. Here are some helpful tips from Marilyn.

Giving Garden
Plan it. Plant it. Care for it. Watch it grow. Produce from our garden goes directly to community programs and individuals in need. We need organizers, funds, and willing hands for this year’s garden. Contact the church office if you would like to help.

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Gardener with rake and hose

Help in Our Community

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.

If you need assistance, or you know of someone who does, here are some resources. Please do reach out to us so that we might find the best next help.

Adel Food Pantry Support
The Pantry is in need of food, paper goods, financial assistance, and volunteers.

Click here to visit the Food Pantry site for financial donation and volunteer information.


serving others

Adel Food Pantry needs donations



Note from Our Treasurer
Thank you for continuing to financially and prayerfully support the staff and ministries of our church.

All gifts are needed and greatly appreciated. Giving can be done via the Bill Pay function offered by your bank or credit union, or by mailing us a check. Checks can be mailed to:

Van Meter UMC
P.O. Box 149
Van Meter, IA 50261




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


Plan from Iowa Annual Conference

Three simple rules: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.

Click here to read the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan.

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