This week at Polk Street UMC 9.22.19

Save the Dates!

Wednesday, September 25, PSUMC Kids Mid-Week – Tennis begins!  Learning to serve God and tennis balls! Invite your friends!

Wednesday, October 2 - One-Time Wednesday, Drug Awareness at 6:00 in The Loft

Sunday, October 20 - Children’s Sunday

Sunday, October 27 - Fall Festival - 4 to 6pm

Wednesday, November 13 - One-Time Wednesday, Jacob Kuker and Social Media Today at 6:00 in the Great Hall

Sunday, November 17 - Youth Sunday

From Pastor Mark

“God Is Big Enough” is continuing at Polk Street UMC. Do you have your “God Is Big Enough” bracelet yet? Have you seen them around town? I hope you see one this week, and I also hope you give one away.

Last Sunday, we celebrated Polk Street’s rich heritage of 131 years of sharing the Gospel in Amarillo. Polk Street has been through many victories and struggles, but isn’t it amazing and reassuring that God was Big Enough through it all. Please continue to pray for yourself, our families, and our beloved Polk Street, as we claim the promise that “God Is Big Enough” during the ups and downs in our lives today and in the future. It was a blessing to welcome Shirley Taylor and Levi Springer as new members of our church family.

This Sunday, September 29 at 8:30 and 10:55, our message will be “God Is Big Enough…for The United Methodist Church” from Matthew 28:18-20. I hope to see you this Sunday as we talk about our grace-based heritage as United Methodists, and how we are connected to a much bigger church than just our local church.

God bless you, your family, Polk Street UMC, and The United Methodist Church, because indeed, “God Is Big Enough!”

Levi Springer and Shirley Taylor joined Polk Street UMC last Sunday. Welcome to the Polk Street family!

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Mission Moment


The 2019 “Christmas In October” Sharing Hope Ministry  Bake Sale at the Civic Center is quickly approaching.  

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This is the annual fundraiser towards purchasing Life Recovery Bibles for distribution to women in prisons.

Once again, we are asking for volunteers to bake goodies to be sold at the bake sale!  Polk Street UMC has been faithful in the past several years to provide baked items for this very worthwhile event.  Please sign up on the form located in your Sunday School envelopes and place the form back in the envelope.  If you are not a member of a Sunday School, please come by the church office and sign up at the reception desk.  Thanks for your willingness to serve!


Project Hope is a mission outreach of Polk Street United Methodist Church. It is a mentoring and coaching ministry to help people set and achieve goals and walk them out of the cycle of poverty.  Through our director, Kim Zimmer and our dedicated life coaches, Carol Hicks, Carolyn Meier, Vickie Lee, Polly Higley  and Merle & Vernell Houska, great strides have been made by our first 2 families.  We have now taken a third family and would like to have a fourth, but we need 2 additional coaches.   Here is a recent reflection by one of the family members. “I want to leave a legacy and build a good future.  I want to get my nursing degree for me and my kids so soon I’m going to get back in school to accomplish that goal. I want my kids to have a way different childhood than mine. I want them to see the goals I have set for myself in life and to see me work hard and not ever give up. I want them to see me achieve the goals I have set so when they grow up they know they can achieve any goal they have in life or become anything they want as long as they work hard and never give up.” 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

For more information about how you can participate in Project Hope, please contact Kevin Deckard 374-2891


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Join us this Saturday for a Texas Ramp Project for another deserving Client. We will meet at the west end of the PSUMC Bus Barn @ 9am for organizing, etc. This client is the Mother of one of our members at PSUMC! Please feel free to contact Jim Ziolkowski for further details, 806-654-9629.

Wednesday Night Meal - October 2 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Spaghetti - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, September 30

Sunday Worship

This Sunday, September 29, the 4th installment of Dr. Mark Welshimer’s sermon series, “God is Big Enough.”

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September 8, “for me”
September 15, “for my family”
September 22, “for Polk Street”
September 29, “for The United Methodist Church”
October 6, “for the Whole World”

Adult Ministries


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

Register by calling the church office 374-2891 or email Carol Moreno at

Dates:  September 25, October 2, October 9

Room 205   Time:  6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Followed by……

October 16: “United Methodist History, England,” Dr. Mark Welshimer

October 23: “United Methodist History, America,” Rev. Kevin Deckard

October 30: “Methodism 2019,” Rev. Margie McNeir



6:00 pm in The Loft (2nd floor CLC)

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Do you know what “wax” is? Do you think there is not much of a problem in Amarillo? Do your teens know more about illegal drugs at school than you do?

If you don’t know the answers to these and other questions about the use of illegal drugs in Amarillo and in the schools, plan on coming …..


Wednesday, November 13 - Jacob Kuker and Social Media Today at 6:00 in the Great Hall

Wednesday, November 20 - Mosaic Glass Art Class: Unique Gifts for Christmas

F.A.B. LUNCHEON - October 13

Dr. Mark Welshimer, Grub Meister here. The F.A.B. (Fifty and Beyond) folk are having their luncheon in Wesley Hall on Sunday, Oct.13, 2019 directly after second service.

Come on over for some chow! Youngblood’s Restaurant is bringing chicken fried steak, mashed ‘taters, and other tasty vittles.

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The program is Mr. Jimmy D. Burson, an award-winning country/western singer. Be ready for a roof-raisin’ sing along!

The cost is $11.00 per person. Reservations are due by noon, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2019. Call Carol in the office at 374-2891 or email to


Join us each Friday in Wesley Hall at 6:45 am for food, prayer, and fellowship. We have donuts and coffee or bring your own breakfast!

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First Friday Breakfast - October 4 - Come and hear Charlie Munger’s story. Charlie had a 30+ year career with Texas Parks and Wildlife and has been leading mission work in Costa Rica for 20 years. His mission trips have included many different projects from constructing churches and homes to helping with VBS and medical teams. His teams have included 125 individuals with many of them making multiple trips. Charlie is married to Mary Clare Munger (CDC Director), and they have two adult boys, all of whom have participated in mission trips to Costa Rica. They are members of PSUMC and Charlie sings in the choir.

Breakfast is $5 (or bring your own), and we’ll see you at 6:45 am!

United Methodist Men cook hamburgers for the Wesley Foundation at WTAMU   David Upton, Ridge McNeir, Eric Miller, Rodney Laubhan and J.P. Davis(not-pictured) grilled hamburgers and all the fixings for the Wesley Foundation student ministry at WTAMU. This meal helped draw students to the small group Bible studies being held on Thursday nights. Over 100 students showed up to enjoy the meal and the Bible study on Thursday, September 12th.

United Methodist Men cook hamburgers for the Wesley Foundation at WTAMU

David Upton, Ridge McNeir, Eric Miller, Rodney Laubhan and J.P. Davis(not-pictured) grilled hamburgers and all the fixings for the Wesley Foundation student ministry at WTAMU. This meal helped draw students to the small group Bible studies being held on Thursday nights. Over 100 students showed up to enjoy the meal and the Bible study on Thursday, September 12th.

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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.


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!

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Take a minute to look over the opportunities we offer. It is never too late to join one of our groups. 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.

The Cherub Choir will sing Sunday, Sept. 29. Please contact Holly Johnston at with questions.


We have fun activities while 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.

  • Sunday Mornings - Meet in the Loft in the Christian Life Center at 9:40.

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



On Wednesdays, for the 2019-2020 school year PSUMC Kids are focusing 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 are learning 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. 

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!

Wednesday, Sept. 25 Tennis! Learning to serve God and tennis balls! Invite your friends! During Craft Time, PSUMC Kids will make blankets to be given to the children at the Ronald McDonald House.


September 1 through September 29 - PSUMC Kids are studying Creation.

Click here for photos from our Sunday School lesson last Sunday.

 On Sunday, October 6, we start The Rainbow Promise. Children will hear the story of God’s covenant with Noah and learn that we can trust God. The Bible Story is Genesis 6:13-22; 7;1-16; 8:1-9:17

“God said to Noah, ‘This is the symbol of the covenant that I have set up between me and all creatures on earth.’” (Genesis 9:17)

Anchor Point - We can trust God’s promises.

PSUMC Nursery Sunday School -  September 29: God Made the Animals

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