This week at Polk Street UMC 11.3.19

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Wednesday, November 6th - Healthy and Easy meals with Nutritionist Leslie David. For PSUMC Kids and their parents. Two sessions at 6:30 or 7:00 in Room 214 in the Children’s Village area.

November 13 & 20 - Bible Study:  “Parables:  Tell Me a Story, Jesus” led by Margie McNeir

Wednesday, November 13 - Jacob Kuker and Social Media Today - 6 to 7:30pm in the Loft

Sunday, November 17 - 12:15 - Wesley Hall. Holy Land Trip Informational Meeting.

Wednesday, November 20 - “Mosaic Glass Art Class: Make a unique Christmas Gift” led by Tiffany Wells - 6 to 7:30 pm at her art studio

Sunday, November 24 - 4-Amarillo Thanksgiving Service at First Baptist Church - Rev. Mark Welshimer is preaching and our choir will participate with a community choir.

Wednesday, November 27 - No Wednesday Night Events - Church closed

Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving - Church office closed

Friday, November 29 - Church office closed

December 4th – Advent Workshop - 6:00-7:30 in the Great Hall

Sunday, December 8 - Sanctuary Choir - Service of Lessons and Carols

Wednesday, December 11 - Adult Christmas Trivia Party in Wesley Hall 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.

Sunday, December 15 - Children’s Christmas Musical

Tuesday, December 24 - Christmas Eve

Wednesday, December 25 - Church Closed

Thursday, December 26 - Church Closed

New Security Measures Effective in the Office Area Beginning November 18

Beginning Monday, November 18, the glass doors entering the office area will be locked during office hours. The Receptionist has a button on the desk to push for gaining entrance to the office area. Should the Receptionist be away from her desk, there will be a telephone on the wall next to the glass door to use to call to gain entrance. This decision was made by the Trustees and the Pastoral Staff to make the office area more secure during the week as have other downtown churches.


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 November we are celebrating the “The Joy of Giving” from 2 Corinthians 9:7, as “God loves a cheerful giver.” 

Last Sunday, we started our stewardship campaign by celebrating the saints with Holy Communion served by our Confirmation Class and our Senior Class of 2020 (at the 10:55 am service); the message “The Joy of Giving… My Time” from Hebrews 12:1-3, and a witness from Autumn Flowers, our Finance Chairperson. Everyone who came received a special present especially made for our “The Joy of Giving” stewardship campaign. If you haven’t received your “red heart” yet, you are invited to pick yours up in the Narthex.

This Sunday, our Amarillo Civil Air Patrol will present the colors for Veteran’s Day Sunday, our Children’s Choir will lead us in worship, the Raker family will give our stewardship witness, and our message will be “The Joy of Giving… My Talents” from Luke 5:1-6.

I hope to see you this Sunday!  God bless you, your family, and Polk Street UMC!

Pastor Mark

Mission and Outreach Opportunities

Sunday, November 10 - 12:15 in Room 205. Costa Rica Mission Trip Informational Meeting. Our Costa Rica mission team is forming for July 11-18, 2020. Charlie Munger is leading the trip and is hosting this meeting. He is also cooking an authentic Costa Rican dish! Please RSVP to Charlie at or call the church office at 806-374-2891.

Wednesday Night Meal

November 13 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

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

November 20 - 5:30 Wesley Hall

Mexican Stack - Reservations due to Carol at 374-2891 by Monday, November 18

Adult Ministries

Please call and register through the church office 806-374-2891

Mid-Week Wednesday Evening Events - In Wesley Hall 6:00-7:00 p.m.

November 6 - What does 2019/2020 mean for Methodists?

November 13, and 20 - Bible Study:  “Parables:  Tell Me a Story, Jesus” led by Margie McNeir

One-Time Wednesday Events

Wednesday, November 13 - “Positive and Negative Uses of Social Media” discussion led by Jacob Kuker 6:00-7:30 p.m. in The Loft.

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Do you know what social media apps are in and out with youth?  Do you know pros and cons associated with any of these apps?  Do you know how to use Facebook?  Do you know about privacy issues surrounding use of social media?  Now is your chance no matter what your age or stage in life to learn and ask questions about the world of social media.

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November 20 - “Mosaic Glass Art Class” led by Tiffany Wells 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in her art studio at her home.  Cost $20.00.  Class limited to 12 people.

Are you trying to think of a special gift for that special someone for Christmas?  Do you have a special place in your home for a beautiful mosaic glass piece of art? Tiffany Wells has the right answer.  She will help you create your special unique piece with various beautiful pieces of glass.  

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Food, Fellowship, and Study

Join us on Friday mornings at 6:45 in Wesley Hall for breakfast and Bible study/discussion. We have donuts, cereal, coffee, tea & juice.

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Wednesday, November 13 - UMW Day Circle will meet in the parlor at 11:30, November 13. Fairy Tom Smith will explain the World Thank Offering. Please bring an item to give to the food bank and a food item to share for a covered dish lunch.  Also, be prepared to share something that has been a blessing to you. We will collect our World Thank Offering during the gathering.

All women are invited to attend and to bring a friend.

Women’s Book Club November and December

Book Club's book-of-the-month is "Eleanor: A Spiritual Biography" by Harold Ivan Smith, the story of Eleanor Roosevelt's personal faith and the spiritual influences that made her so active in social justice issues. Please join us in discussing this story on Saturday, Nov. 23rd, 10:00 a.m. in the Parlor.

The December meeting is Sat. Dec. 21st, and the selection will be "Reader's Choice." Choose any book recommended in the past 5 years.  Happy Reading!


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. The STARS are performing……..

Monday, Nov. 11 - Harrington Assisted Living
Monday, Nov. 18 - The Craig at Windflower
Monday, Dec. 2 - Ussery Roan Texas State Veterans Home
Monday, Dec. 9 - The Continental

All performances are at 9:30. If you have friends or family at any of these facilities, please feel free to join them and enjoy this wonderful choir.

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


***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. Two sessions - 6:30 and 7:00 in Room 214 in the Children’s Village area.

***SAVE THE DATE*** - December 4th – Advent Workshop - 6:00-7:30 in the Great Hall


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!


NEW Sunday School Series: Blessings and Birthrights

  • Children will hear the story of Jacob and Esau and learn that we can share God's love and bless others.

  • Bible Story: Genesis 25:29-34; 27:1-46

  • Bible Verse: "The Lord bless you and keep you." (Numbers 6:24)

  • Anchor Point: God blesses us.

    Through the new Deep Blue rotation model curriculum, children will experience the Bible story in many different ways. As a result, each Bible story and its meaning will stay with them for life!

    Through art, cooking, games, missions, science, spiritual practices, and storytelling, children will learn the story of Jacob and Esau, and that we can share God's love and bless others.

    Children will:

    ·         hear the story of Jacob and Esau.

    ·         explore the story of Jacob and Esau through art experiences.

    ·         discover that Jesus is God’s son and God loves him.

    ·         learn that we are God’s children and God loves us.


Child Development Center in November

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The CDC is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair the week of November 18 – 22. 

Sue Hamilton is our volunteer Storyteller and is here in the mornings to help us get started. We will be open for our church family on Wednesday night, November 20th to shop the book fair until 7:30. Please come see our books. These are perfect for the holidays and stocking stuffers for young children and elementary readers. 

Thank you for your kind support of our CDC.

Kay Porter