This week at Polk Street UMC 10.13.19

Important Dates!

Sunday, October 20 - Children’s Sunday - 8:30 and 10:55 am
Soup Luncheon - noon

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

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

Friday, November 1 - Note the new date to serve Thanksgiving lunch at San Jacinto Elementary - 10am to 2pm

Sunday, November 24 - 4Amarillo Thanksgiving Service at First Baptist Church

Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving

Sunday, December 1 - First Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 8 - Sanctuary Choir Christmas Cantata

Sunday, December 15 - Children’s Christmas Musical

Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve


Did you know that Polk Street UMC has our own YouTube channel? You can listen to that great anthem the Sanctuary choir sang a few weeks ago or hear that sermon you may have missed. You can also share what your church is doing with friends and family. Click on for sermons, testimonials, and music. You won’t be disappointed!

From Pastor Mark

This Sunday is Children’s Sunday. We will be celebrating our Children’s Ministry in both services with our children ushering, leading us in worship, recognizing our children’s volunteer team, and a video. We are also presenting Bibles to our first graders, again in both services.

Our scripture is Luke 2:41-52, and my sermon title is "Child’s Play." I hope you will be here this Sunday as we give thanks for this wonderful ministry. May God continue to keep you and bless you, both now and forevermore!

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Sunday afternoon, October 27, will find our north parking lot full of games, bounce houses, a petting zoo, snow cones and more. Inside Great Hall, our choirs are singing and our United Methodist Men are cooking hot dogs!


We need candy to hand out to those attending. We are asking for donations of candy for the Fall Festival. If you can buy bags of candy, and bring it to church or by the church office no later than Sunday morning, October 27, it will be appreciated. All of the booth games will be giving candy as prizes.

Additionally, we are having a costume contest for infants through 5th grade. Fabulous prizes!!

Think of five people you can invite to join you at this great outreach event. There are flyers at the welcome center for you to share with friends and neighbors.

We hope to see you on the 27th!

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 and Outreach Opportunities

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We will have another Texas Ramp project for another deserving client 10/19/19! We will meet at the Polk Street Methodist Bus Barn's West entrance at 9am for loading/organizing. We will be fortunate to lead a volunteer group from WTAMU! Thanks for your support!


Helpers Needed for San Jacinto Elementary School Thanksgiving Meal.

On Friday, November 1st, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, PSUMC volunteers will help serve a Thanksgiving meal prepared by the school cafeteria to students and their families. This is a great opportunity to connect the love of Christ with those gathering for the meal that day. We need about 14 – 16 volunteers to cover the four hours of serving. You may volunteer for any part or all of the time. Some of the duties include preparing food trays, helping carry trays, washing serving pans and serving drinks. Please contact Kevin Deckard; 374-2891 if you would like to volunteer. Thanks for being the hands and feet of Christ in the world as we continue to reach out to our adopted school.


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!


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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 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

November 6 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Chicken Strips - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, November 4

November 13 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Chicken Strips - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, November 11

Adult Ministries

Mid-Week Wednesday Evening Event

In Wesley Hall 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Now is your chance to learn about United Methodists…who we are and how we came to be.  Call the church office 806-374-2891 or email

October 16: Do you know…“Who Was That Renegade Among Us?”  Led by Dr. Mark Welshimer

October 23: Do you know…“The Methodists Are Coming to America?” Led by Rev. Kevin Deckard

October 30: Do you know…“What 2019/2020 Means for Methodists?”  Rev. Margie McNeir


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

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Food, Fellowship, and Study

Join us Friday morning at 6:45 in Wesley Hall for breakfast and Bible study/discussion. We have donuts, cereal, coffee, tea & juice, or bring your own!

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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.

Saturday, October 26 - Review of the book, “The Same Sky,” by Amanda Ward. Join us at 10 am. in the Parlor.


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.

Singing STARS Choir

This group of adults rehearses on Monday mornings at 9:30 in the choir room. They also perform around the city at senior living centers and nursing homes. Check out their coming concerts:

Monday, October 21 at 10 am - Autumn Leaves on Hillside just west of Coulter
Monday, October 28 at 10am - Hillside Heights on Soncy, south of Hillside Christian Church

If you have friends or family in either of these locations, make sure they know to go hear one of the finest choirs in the city!

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, October 23: Tennis and making trail mix for Christmas in October to benefit Sharing Hope Ministries

***SAVE THE DATE*** November 6 - Nutritionist, Leslie David will talk to kids and parents about healthy simple choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner for busy families


On Sunday, October 20, 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