July 22, 2020
The Weekly Wind
News and Updates from Polk City United Methodist Church
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WORSHIP
OUTDOOR SANCTUARY INSTALLATION
Our outdoor greenspace on the north end of the church property is getting a makeover! Thanks to memorial gifts, we are able to install an outdoor worship sanctuary this summer, which will give us plenty of space for social distancing while worshiping outdoors! The work is underway and should be completed by early August!
SUNDAY WORSHIP | 9:30 AM
Join us for Sunday Worship - Outdoors or Online - Sundays at 9:30 AM!

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets, and join us for socially-distanced in-person worship. Masks encouraged.

OR join us for livestreamed online worship.

Such large crowds gathered around Jesus that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The crowd stood on the shore waiting for His teaching. And so Jesus began to teach in parables. – Matthew 13:1-3 
SUMMER STORIES
from the gospel of Matthew
A good story has a way of touching our hearts. From childhood on, we love to hear them! Jesus had a way of telling stories that were able to touch hearts, teach minds and transform lives! This summer, we're turning to Jesus, the greatest storyteller of all time, to tell us stories about the Kingdom of God. 
Join us for this summer worship series | July 19 - August 30
WEEKLY DEVOTIONS
Each week we send out a devotional resource email to help you navigate your journey of faith! Find scripture readings, reflection questions, and a list of prayer concerns.

CHILDREN & YOUTH
CHILDREN'S CONNECTIONS
Lauren Wilken, Director of Children & Youth Ministries, reads a story with Charlotte & Foster as part of our Summer Storytime ministry for children & families !

You can find more resources for children's ministry, including weekly storytime videos and summer worship connection resources on our new Children's Ministry page!

We're also on Facebook !
YOUTH MINISTRY
Youth group is on Instagram! Search for @polkcityyouth to start following. Don’t forget we have a Facebook group too. And we've added a brand new Youth Ministry page on our website. Check it out and stay connected as we start planning for fall ministry!

Contact Lauren Wilken for more information!
MISSION & SERVICE
CHURCH WORK DAY
Thanks to everyone who came out to the all-church Work & Worship Wednesday on July 15th. We painted exterior trim, washed windows, raked leaves and removed sticks and weeds for the new outdoor worship space, cleared the new outdoor small group space, power washed the patio and Noah's ark play set, and cleaned out the shed. 
NP COMET CUPBOARD
Our food pantry ministry will distribute bags of groceries on Saturday, August 1 from 10 AM - Noon.

This month we are collecting: cereal, canned spaghetti-o's, canned fruit, canned chicken and tuna, and drink packs.

Place food donations in the storage bins located outside the church entrance.


The NP Comet mini-food pantry boxes are open 24/7 at Polk City and Sheldahl United Methodist Churches.
Updates from the DMARC Food Pantry
SENATE CONSIDERING SNAP BENEFITS
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) would like us to be aware of changes that may be coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP-food stamps).

DMARC is hoping that the Senate will be making positive decisions in the next federal pandemic relief bill. If SNAP benefits are increased by 15% for the next two years, 330,000 Iowans enrolled can have access to the food they need to thrive, also, increasing the average monthly benefit by $25 per person. Every $1 in SNAP benefits yields $1.54 in economic stimulus to help support local economies.

In the upcoming weeks those in need will see so many finalities. Eviction moratoriums are lifted and the $600 temporary boost to unemployment will end. Food insecurity is increasing with this Pandemic along with struggles to pay bills and afford food. DMARC, along with food pantries and food banks across the nation are preparing for a great increase in use.

If you would like to continue to help our hungry neighbors and assist DMARC in helping them, visit our website for giving options: polkcityumc.org/give


Any questions? please contact Linda Pennington , DMARC Delegate
ST. LUKE'S FREE CLINIC
Open 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 PM
with restrictions
Patients will enter from the second door on the east side of the Church, marked Clinic Entrance. Masks are required. If you do not have one, we will provide one for you. Patients will be screened outside that door and temperatures taken.  

We will not see patients with known COVID-19 exposure, with respiratory symptoms, or that have temperatures of 100.4 or above. Only one patient will be allowed in clinic at a time.  After screening, patients will wait in their vehicles until called.  

If you have questions, you may call Tess Young at 515-238-6425. 
ANNUAL CONFERENCE
The Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church held its legislative session virtually for the first time ever this past Saturday, July 18.

In addition to Iowa clergy, an equal number of lay delegates from local churches make up the voting body. Attendees from our church included Pastor Melody, Mark Haverland (retired clergy), Linda Blazek-Garvin (Polk City UMC lay delegate), Angela Hansen-Abbas (Central District Lay Leader & General Conference lay delegate), and Anne Marie Webb (General Conference lay alternate delegate).

Read Bishop Laurie’s reflection about this year’s annual conference, below, and feel free to reach out to any of our attendees for more information.

SUMMER DEVOTIONALS
This summer is a perfect time to start a new practice of reading a daily devotion. The Upper Room is providing this free PDF download with daily devotions for July and August.
The Upper Room is also offering many more spiritual resources for spiritual wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contact Us
Christine Perry
Administrative Assistant
Lauren Wilken
Director of Children/Youth Ministry
Melody Webb
Pastor
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