Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


While the days are getting much colder and shorter, there is so much to do and enjoy, but November can also be a very low and/or extremely stressful time. Seasonal Depression, family dynamics, experiences of loss, access to proper resources, weather, and social expectations can leave many of us in absolute dread of this time of year.

I openly admit that I can (and often do) fall prey to the weight of those issues in my own life this time of year. While they no longer completely crush me as they once did, I know those feelings all too well and how much strength it sometimes takes just to get through a day.

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The Van Meter United Methodist Church
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with lots of activities.
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Coming Up:


November 20 (Wednesday)
Youth Group

Youth grades 6-12 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. We get together roughly every other Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Learn more here.

Youth Group meets roughly every other Wednesday.

November Mission of the Month

We are collecting goods for Kids Shopping Day, which will be held December 6. 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 4 (Wednesday)
6:30 PM: Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are led by Stacy Peterson and Pastor Thom.

Confirmatioin classes have begun.

Cantata rehearsals
8:15 PM Wednesdays

Cantata rehearsals are 8:15 PM every Wednesday except the day before Thanksgiving, through the end of November. Rehearsals will move to 7:30 PM in December.

The Cantata performance will be Sunday, December 15 at the church (10:45 AM) with an encore that afternoon (1:30 PM) at Edgewater Retirement Center in West Des Moines. We're looking forward to it.

Christmas Cantata:  Joy Has Dawned

Second Thursday of each month:
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

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

Do your heart and body some good. Come to the Exercise Your Faith group's weekly meeting for some exercise and encouragement in a relaxed atmosphere.

We meet in the overflow room Monday afternoons at 2 PM. Everyone is welcome. Learn more here.

Exercise, get support, and learn about better nutrition with us.



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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