This week at Polk Street UMC 7.28.19

August Save the Dates!

Sunday, August 4: Reception for DeAnne and Jared Oliver. Noon in the Parlor.

Sunday, August 11: Blessing of the backpacks.

Wednesday, August 21: Polk Street UMC Celebration for Children, Youth, and Adults

Wednesday, August 28: All Mid-Week Activities Begin

From Pastor Mark

On social media, we have all kinds of friends who have either asked us or we have asked to “Friend Me” either casually or intentionally. Some we are really close to, and some that we barely know.

What about in church? What difference does friendship make in church?  Last week we learned how the Gospel of John emphasizes that God came through Jesus to offer friendship as a means of redemption with God. This week, we’ll consider the same verses with a focus on the redeeming value of friendship with each other.

So, this Sunday we will be focusing on “Friend Me?” from John 15:12-15 with Holy Communion being served. We will have a special reception at 12:00 pm in the Parlor to thank DeAnne Oliver as our Youth Director for the last 41/2 years. All are invited to celebrate her ministry and pray for her as she begins a new journey in her life and ministry.

God bless you, your family, and all of our “friends” at Polk Street!

Pastor Mark

United Methodist Men

Wib Newton is our First Friday speaker THIS FRIDAY, August 2. He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and is acting Supervisor for both organizations. Wib is a co-founder/trainer of Restoration Therapy and is an active therapist at the Hideaway Experience marriage intensive.

He is the author of “Great Start”, a premarital training that is being used in the Texas healthy marriage initiative, “Together in Texas”, and the Family Wellness fatherhood curriculum, “Dad’s for Life.” He regularly leads a small group of couples through “Marriage Made Easier.”  Wib is considered one of the most diversely trained and experienced therapists in the Amarillo area specializing in marriage, trauma, and addiction.

Wib grew up in WV and went to WVU on a football scholarship where he played under coach Bobby Bowden.  Wib was a minister for 31 years before focusing solely on his private practice. He and his wife, Janice, have been married since 1976 and have two adult sons.

Mission Moment

High Plains Food Bank


For many years Polk Street United Methodist Church has been involved in sorting and boxing food at the High Plains Food Bank at 9th & Ross St. The Food Bank collects and distributes food to non-profit agencies and faith based organizations throughout the Panhandle to help individuals and families who may not have enough food for their needs.  It’s a fun morning and all ages are welcome to participate. We will meet at 9:00 a.m. this Saturday and on every Saturday of the month at the Food Bank and are usually finished by
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  For more information contact Kevin Deckard 374-2891


St. Augustine said, “To sing is to pray twice.” Also, it’s been noted that singing in a choir can provide the following benefits:

Singing strengthens the immune system. ...Singing is a workout. ...

Singing improves your posture. ...Singing helps with sleep. ...

Singing is a natural anti-depressant. ...Singing lowers stress levels. ...

Singing improves mental alertness. ...Singing can widen your circle of friends.

We invite you to experience all of these along with the fellowship of our Sanctuary choir. Rehearsals begin August 7 at 7pm. There is no audition! For more information, contact George Biffle at

Jump for Joy into Confirmation 2019-2020

Excitement is building for Confirmation Classes beginning Sunday, September 22, 2019!!! Let us know if your 6th grader is going to join us on the next part of their faith journey by calling (806-374-2891) or emailing Rev. Margie McNeir at


Youth Summer Events:

Below are our PSUMC YOUTH 2019 activities for August! Along with having fun, we nurture the spiritual, emotional, and mental growth of your teen. Together we will work towards developing a faithful teenage Christian who will continue his/her walk with the Lord throughout their life.


  • 7th: Bible Study In The Loft from 6:00pm-7:30pm! MS and HS Bible Studies offered. Snacks and drinks are offered!

  • 11th: Nerf War in the Great Hall 6:00pm. Snacks and drinks provided. Please bring own Nerf Supplies.

  • 14th: Back to School “Taste Test” - 6:00 pm in the Loft

  • 18th:  All Youth and parent meeting - 6:00 pm in the Loft

  • 21st: All Church Polk Street Celebration - 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the Great Hall with 30ft Ice Cream Sundae.


Blessing of the Backpacks

Sunday, August 11, we are blessing our backpacks as we ready for the new school year. We will have a special moment in each service to pray for our children and teachers.

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Child Development Center

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CDC celebrates with ED MONTANA on August 9th at 4:00

The end of our summer is here, and our Promotion Day is on August 12th.

We have room for another Three or Four Year Old. If you know of one, please call Mary Clare Munger at 806-374-3198.

Thank you so much for praying for our children and the CDC!

Kay Porter