This week at Polk Street UMC 9.29.19

Important Dates!

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

Saturday, October 5 - Serve at the High Plains Food Bank - 9am

Sunday, October 20 - Children’s Sunday

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

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

Sunday, November 17 - Youth Sunday

Friday, November 22 - Serve Thanksgiving lunch at San Jacinto Elementary - 10am

From Pastor Mark

“God Is Big Enough” is culminating at Polk Street UMC this Sunday as we celebrate World Communion Sunday with millions of Christians all around the world! During this season in the life of the church, we have been praying for ourselves, our families, Polk Street, and The United Methodist Church. It has a joy this month to welcome so many visitors, new members, our District Superintendent Felicia Hopkins, and our Bishop Earl Bledsoe.

This Sunday, Oct. at 8:30 & 10:55, our message will be “God Is Big Enough… for the World” from Colossians 1:15-23, and we will be celebrating Holy Communion.

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

FALL FESTIVAL - Sunday, October 27 - 4 to 6pm

We will have these flyers available at the welcome center for you to take with you. Invite your friends! It’s sure to be a great afternoon for all ages!

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Special note from our Children’s Ministry

Do you have 30 minutes to give on a Sunday? By giving 30 minutes of your time, you would be a part of the Christian growth of a child on Sundays. 

We are in need GREAT need of teachers and helpers.

As a teacher:

All materials are provided and ready for you in your room. The lesson information is emailed to you on the Wednesday before so you have time to look it over. 

As a helper:

You assist the teacher in the room as needed and be the extra adult to help us comply with Safe Sanctuary.

Please contact Merri Padilla to sign up or for questions. or 374-2891

Mission Moments

Volunteer this Saturday at the Food Bank

Polk Street UMC has a long-standing tradition of volunteering at the High Plains Food Bank on the 1st Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. We have, unfortunately, let the ball drop in our service and have gone from over 20 volunteers a month to 3 or 4. Please consider making this a priority as we help feed hungry families in the panhandle. It’s a fun morning, and you will enjoy the fellowship with others serving at the Food Bank. The High Plains Food Bank is located at 9th & Ross St. Please enter the Northeast door by the loading dock. For more information please contact Kevin Deckard 374-2891 or   "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

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San Jacinto Elementary School Volunteers Needed

As we continue our partnership in ministry with San Jacinto Elementary School, volunteer needs have come forth from the staff. 

  • Help with washing their college t-shirts and their No Excuses t-shirts for the students to wear on Fridays. 

  • Put together and staple books to send home with the students. 

  • Ms. Carlisle could use someone with a math background to work with a student on any day of the week from 12:10 to 1:05. 

    If you can help with any of these needs, please contact Kevin Deckard at 374-2891 or Thanks in advance for prayerfully considering helping out. Please note that as with any volunteer position at AISD schools, a background check is required at the school before beginning your service.


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

Wednesday Night Meal

October 9 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Mexican Stack - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, October 7

October 16 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Chicken Strips - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, October 14

October 23 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Spaghetti - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, October 21

October 30 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Mexican Stack - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, October 28

Sunday Worship

This Sunday, October 6, is the final installment of Dr. Mark Welshimer’s sermon series, “God is Big Enough.” We will celebrate World Communion Sunday in both services.

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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

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First Friday Breakfast - 6:45 am October 4 in Wesley Hall - 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.

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Sunday, October 20 - SOUP LUNCHEON. Join us in Great Hall from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for 30 types of soup, cornbread, and cookies. Donations are welcome, and all proceeds go to local missions.


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 Dr. 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 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.


On Sunday, October 6, our children will hear the story of God’s covenant with Noah and learn that we can trust God in The Rainbow Promise. 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.

Kay Porter