Because of the changing health situation, there will be no in-person gathering to worship at our church this Sunday, August 2, or next Sunday, August 9. Click here to read a special message from Pastor Thom with more details.

Please join us for our on-line worship services. Click here to find our sermon videos and announcements. The video is usually available by Sunday noon.

In-person, outdoor worship services have been temporarily suspended.

Although in-church activities have been suspended, we are still active. Read below for more details.

Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


August in Iowa without the State Fair... that's like... well, August in Iowa without the State Fair! I know in the big picture of things how silly it is to be so heart-broken. Still, I can't help joining into chorus with that inner toddler inside of me screaming "NO FAIR!".

Guess what? That's okay.

Click here to read Pastor Thom's Monthly Message.

We are posting sermons and announcements online; click here to find them.

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


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.

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

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Sunday Worship

Whenever possible, we are gathering for outside worship each Sunday behind the sanctuary, weather and other safety factors permitting. Pastor Thom's sermons are also available online. Click here for links to his latest sermons.

Be the Church

Missions: Ingathering School Kits

Missions is collecting materials for Ingathering school kits. Please consider filling a kit or two while school supplies are on sale. Learn more here, or get a printable copy of the list here.

Upper Room

The Upper Room has resources available (free) to our congregation: The July/August issue of The Upper Room is available by email (as a PDF file); you can join an online morning prayer three times a week; and there is a collection on their website of links to Resources for Spiritual Wellness During COVID-19. Contact the church office,, 996-2572, for details or visit their website.

At-Home Activities & Studies

Our Christian Education Director, Stacy Peterson, has put together a collection of activities and resources for home studies. Click here to reach our Home Studies page.

Limited Church Activities

We have resumed in-person worship outdoors with social distancing. To avoid the heat of the day, we have moved our gathering time to 9AM. Our plan is to resume worship inside the building in September. However, things are rapidly changing, and so could our opening date. Click here to learn more. If you plan to join us for our outdoor service, please check our website Sunday morning to see if anything has changed.

In-church activities remain suspended until at least September. However, the church office continues to be staffed. We are posting services and announcements online and we frequently update our FaceBook page.

Wearing the Mask

Should you wear a mask in public? Our Bishop says YES, wearing a mask is a sign of Christian love and care. Click here to read more.

Giving Garden Needs Volunteers

The Giving Garden is planted and growing, but the weeds are growing too! We need more workers to keep it watered and weeded. If you can lend a hand, here's how:

Click here to volunteer in the Giving Garden.

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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 by clicking on this link. Details are here.

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. We are apart, but never alone.

Assistance Helpline A Van Meter helpline for grocery, medications, and other assistance has been established. If you live in this area and need help with deliveries of essentials or can help with delivering essentials, please call or text (515) 210-8282.

Adel Food Pantry Support The Pantry is in need of paper goods, case quantities of food items (no single food items at this time please), financial assistance and volunteers.

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



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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.


Letters from Bishop Laurie

Click here to read "To Mask or Not to Mask", a discussion of common objections to face masks and the case for wearing them.

Click here to read a letter on racism from Bishop Laurie.

Click here to read a statement from Bishop Laurie on protests in Des Moines

Since protests against police brutality and violence triggered by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, United Methodist bishops and other denominational and ecumenical leaders have been speaking out. Here is a sample of some of their statements.

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