This week at Polk Street UMC 8.25.19

Save the Dates!

Wednesday, August 28, All Mid-Week Activities Begin

Monday, September 2, Church closed for Labor Day Holiday

Thursday, September 5, San Jacinto Tail Gate at 5:30 at San Jacinto Elementary

Sunday, September 8, “God is Big Enough” sermon series begins.

From Pastor Mark

Work is work. Whether you work for a living, work in the yard, or work at your faith, we all work somewhere somehow.  Sometimes we either love it or hate it, even in the same moment. What if there was meaning behind how we worked? What if God created us for what we do and are when we work?

This Labor Day Sunday Sept. 1, our discipleship moment will be from the Young Engineer of the Year, Jonathan Hartman, and our message will be “Work It!” from Colossians 3:23-24. Holy Communion will be served.

Mission Moment

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San Jacinto Elementary School Tailgate Party

On Thursday, September 5, from 5:30–6:30 p.m., Polk Street UMC members are helping with a tailgate party at San Jacinto Elementary School. We will have 3 pickups there and will be giving away soft drinks and ice cream to students & their families after they meet their teachers. Other churches will be cooking hot dogs, passing out chips and other refreshments. This is a great way to connect with staff, students and teachers at San Jacinto where we have been in partnership in mission & ministry for over 8 years. You are invited to come out that evening and be a welcoming & grace-filled presence for Christ as we offer His love in a very tangible way. If you have a PSUMC name tag, be sure and wear it! Also wear your favorite college t-shirt if you have one.

The address is 3400 W. 4th Ave. Turn off of 6th St. & north on Carolina. For more information contact Kevin Deckard, 374-2891.

Wesley Community Center Una Gran Cena Banquet

On Thursday, September 26 at 6:00 p.m., Polk Street United Methodist Church is hosting the annual fundraiser banquet for the Wesley Community Center known as “Una Gran Cena.” We have a long history with the Wesley Community Center, and their ministry reaches throughout the city and area. We have a table for those who would like to attend. Dr. Mark & Mrs. Sara Welshimer will be attending, and six additional seats are available. Please contact Kevin Deckard 374-2891 if you are interested.

Wednesday Night Meal - August 28 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Chicken Strips - We are taking reservations and starting a NEW list for standing reservations for 2019-2020. All standing reservations from 2018 have been canceled. Please Call Carol at 374-2891 or email her at by Monday, August 26. Adults are $5 and children are $3.

Wednesday Night Meal - September 4 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Spaghetti - Reservations due to Carol at 3742891 by Tuesday, September 3

New Sermon Series!

Beginning Sunday, September 8, Dr. Mark Welshimer begins his sermon series, “God is Big Enough.” Join him at 8:30 or 10:55 through October 6.

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Adult Ministries

Tuesday Women’s Bible Study

Who would you say started Christianity?  What do you know about the faith of Jesus? Do you know the Jewish roots of Christianity?

Book:  “What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Jewishness of Jesus” By Rabbi Evan Moffic

Led by Rev. Margie McNeir

Where:  Room 205

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Cost of book:  $13.00

Wednesday Night Bible Studies

August 28: “Proverbs and Prayer” led by Dr. Mark Welshimer

September 4: “Proverbs and Prayer” led by Dr. Mark Welshimer

September 11: “Proverbs and Prayer” led by Dr. Mark Welshimer

September 25:”What Must I Do To Follow Jesus?” led by Rev. Kevin Deckard

One Time Wednesdays

  • Wednesday, September 18 - Andy Justus at 6:30 in the Great Hall

  • Wednesday, October 2 - Drug Awareness at 6:30 in the Great Hall

  • Wednesday, November 13 - Jacob Kuker and Social Media Today at 6:30 in the Great Hall

United Methodist Men

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First Friday Speaker - Friday, September 6 - Anthony B. Harris was born in Vancouver, Washington. Having received Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 13, Pastor Harris sought to avoid the call into ministry for the next 10 years. No longer able to avoid the call of God on his life, Pastor Harris began the process of preparing to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ. After 34 years of ministry and 24 years as a senior pastor, God has truly blessed the ministry of Anthony B. Harris. From California, Washington and now Texas, God has used Pastor Harris as His instrument to grow each of the three churches he has pastored in the areas of “Spiritual, numerical and financial” growth.

Along the way Pastor Harris has achieved both a Bachelor of Arts and Master Degree in Biblical studies. Over the years God has blessed Pastor Harris to serve on many boards and ministry from the National, State and local levels. While Pastor Harris has been blessed to serve in many areas of ministry, his greatest passion is that of teaching and training pastor and churches in the area of church health. For the last 12 years Pastor Harris has been blessed to do workshops all over this country on Church Health, Effective Leadership, Mentor training, Church Planting and Financial growth. Recently Pastor Harris received his national certification in fatherhood training and mentorship.

Pastor Harris is married to Tanya Harris and the father of seven children and sixteen grandchildren.

United Methodist Women

September book selection is “Called to the Fire” by Chet Bush. We will review on September 21 at 10 am in the Parlor.

Saturday, September 7, 11:30 am - UMW General Meeting, Fall Luncheon in Wesley Hall. All women are invited to attend. Call Shirley Walker for more information at 681-9533.

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Sunday, September 8, 5:30 pm - Night Circle Meeting in the Parlor. Mike Jones will lead a tour of the church and talk about the history of Polk Street UMC and the building. Call Marilyn Ewing for more information at 418-4045.

Wednesday, September 11, 11:30 am. Day Circle meeting in the Parlor. Bring your own lunch. Dr. Mark Welshimer will present the program on Human Sexuality in The United Methodist Church from the National and Conference levels. Call Lynn White for more information at 359-4014.

Friday & Saturday, September 27 - 28 - NWTX Conference UMW Annual Celebration 2019 at St. Paul UMC in Amarillo. The guest speaker is UMW National President, Shannon Priddy. Call Nancy McCullough for information at 371-7635.

Sunday, October 20 - SOUP LUNCHEON. More information to follow.

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Disciple’s Paintings

Come visit the 3rd floor see the famous Kenneth Wyatt paintings of the Disciples, donated to Polk Street UMC by the Byron Singleton Family.

Dr. Wyatt, from Tulia, is a man dedicated to his calling, evidenced by the tremendous number of hours he spends at the easel. With renewed inspiration from God, family, friends, owners and the awesome examples of great artists in years past, as well as some really fantastic artists of today, he intends to continue "twisting the tubes" and "pushing the paint around" as long as he feels his Heavenly Father has need of his work.

If you want to see more, check out the Kenneth Wyatt Gallery at 7306 SW 34th, Ste. 12 in Amarillo.


At the heart of the Polk Street United Music Ministry is worship. We sing and play instruments to point ourselves and others toward God. Have no fear, we hold no auditions for our choirs. Whether you are a professional musician or just a music lover, you will enjoy it here. Everyone is welcome to make a joyful noise to the Lord!

Take a minute to look over the opportunities we offer. Our prayer is that all who participate will grow in Christ and experience God’s unconditional love.

Sanctuary Choir

Our Sanctuary choir rehearses each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the choir room on the 2nd floor. For more information, contact George Biffle at

Bell Choirs

Hand chimes and hand bells are rung by hand(s) and played in chromatically arranged sets or octaves on foam-covered tables, acting as one instrument, with each ringer responsible for certain notes whenever they appear. Chimes are used with children to teach music and to train them as prospective hand bell ringers; and along with youth and adults’ hand bells’ music on occasion. All ringers read from a score similar to a piano score.If you can read music and count, you can play in the bell choirs. For more information, contact Noel-Paul Laur at

Tower Chimers (K – Grade 5) - Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:00 pm in Room 220. The choir rings at the 10:55 am worship service the same Sundays that the Children’s Choirs perform, October - May.

Wesley Ringers (Grades 6 – 8) - Wednesdays, 5:00 - 5:30 in Room 220

Jubilate Ringers (9th grade and up) - Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Room 220. The choir rings at the 10:55 am worship service once a month, October – May.

Youth Choir

The New Beginnings Youth Choir (6th through the 12th grade) rehearses from 5:00-6:00 PM each Sunday evening. We have lots of fun events lined up for the year, including community outreach opportunities and a DFW tour!

Children Choirs

We have three children’s choirs: Cherub for ages 3 thru Pre-K, Angel for kindergarten thru 2nd grade, and Bethlehem for grades 3rd through 5th. Rehearsals for all of the children’s choirs begin Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-6:30. We welcome back Amy Taylor, who will conduct the Angel Choir; Nakita Harris will conduct the Cherub Choir, and Holly Johnston will conduct the Bethlehem Choir. We have a fun year of music planned and would love to see all of our kids in one of the choirs.

For more information about our Youth and Children’s choir programs, please contact Holly Johnston at .

Confirmation Class 2019-2020

Attention Parents and 6th Grade Youth

Confirmation Parent Meeting:  September 15th 6:00 p.m. Wesley Hall


Time to sign up for wonderful experiences

which will lead to joining Polk Street UMC!!!


Dates of Confirmation:  September 22, 2019 – April 19, 2020

Time:  Sunday Mornings 9:40 – 10:40 a.m.

Call the Church Office to register your 6th grade youth.

Margie McNeir:  806-374-2891


Below are our PSUMC YOUTH 2019 activities. 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.

  • Wednesday evenings beginning August 28 - Rooted -Dinner at 5. Programing begins at 6pm. Worship Band rehearsal; Worship service; game; and lesson

  • Sunday, Sept 1 - No Sunday evening youth due to Labor Day Holiday

  • Sunday, Sept 8 - Normal Sunday evening activities - Youth Choir Rehearsal; supper; game; and lesson

Make a note of these dates…

  • Wednesday, September 18 - Andy Justus at 6:30 in the Great Hall

  • Wednesday, October 2 - Drug Awareness at 6:30 in the Great Hall

  • Wednesday, November 13 - Jacob Kuker and Social Media Today at 6:30 in the Great Hall


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Sunday Morning Programming

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Nursery Needs

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Do you or someone you know have a gift for taking care of the youngest children of Polk Street? The nursery is looking for one new worker to help take care and share God's love to those little ones in attendance on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings. This is a paid position.  Please contact Merri Padilla at or call the church office at 374-2891 for details.

Wednesday Night Programming

On Wednesdays, for the 2019-2020 school year PSUMC Kids will focus on 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. “don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? 20 You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.”

This year we will learn how to honor God with our body by understanding how to take care of it. We want to be great examples to the world and part of that is taking care of the ONE body that God gave us.  On Wednesday evenings we will learn about: Nutrition·         Exercise·         Sleep ·         Stress management

There are a lot of pressures in the world and our goal is for our Polk Street Kids to be strong believers in Christ, both spiritually and physically!  With God, they can do anything!

The first series led by Health Coach and PSUMC member Farrar Mansfield begins tonite on Wednesday, August 28th at 6:30.  Spread the word and bring your friends!

Kay Porter