August 5, 2020
The Weekly Wind
News and Updates from Polk City United Methodist Church
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FROM THE PASTOR'S PEN
As I write this I am beginning a week of vacation. While the first part of the week will be focused on some cleaning and decluttering at home, especially as all three of the kids are getting ready to move out again, we’re planning a family road trip later this week to the northeast corner of Iowa. I’ve heard it’s beautiful there! Waterfall, cliffs, rivers and streams – an area perfect for hiking, canoeing and enjoying nature! It seems that being outdoors and getting back to nature has become one of the safest ways to navigate this viral pandemic, next to wearing face coverings.

As we are rediscovering God’s gift of creation and the beauty of nature, I encourage you to consider other ways God may be calling us out-of-doors… We’ve already discovered the ability to gather at a distance to worship together outdoors. Small groups have met for social and spiritual support outdoors. The youth hosted an outdoor church work night recently and are planning for another outdoor meeting soon (which I hear will include snow cones!). But what else?

Reading through the gospel stories about Jesus this summer reminds me that many times his teaching, his healing, and his miraculous acts also occurred outdoors – or at least outside of the tabernacles and outside of the temple.

Jesus went to where the people were – he went to their towns and villages; he met them at the local watering holes, and on the road, and in the homes of friends as well as strangers.

This may be a time for us as a congregation to begin dreaming of the ways God can empower us to be the church outside – outside the church building, outside of our comfort zones, outside of our social groups and cliques, outside of our preferences for tradition, or the way “we’ve always done things,” and even outside of our long-held perspectives and opinions. How might God use this time of disorientation to reorient us toward new ways of planting and growing the Kingdom?

Because of all that God has done, we now have a new perspective. We used to show regard for people based on worldly standards and interests. No longer. We used to think of Christ the same way. No longer. Therefore, if anyone is united with Christ, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone—and see—a new life has begun! (1 Corinthians 5:16-17)

Blessings,
Pastor Melody      
WORSHIP
JOIN US FOR WORSHIP | SUNDAYS AT 9:30 AM
Join us for Worship – Outdoors or Online – This Sunday at 9:30 AM!

The Rev. Arnette Pint will be our guest preacher while Pastor Melody is on vacation. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and join us for socially-distanced in-person worship. (Masks encouraged.) OR join us for 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. And the gospel writings of Matthew tell us stories about Jesus and his message of the coming 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
This summer, we're sharing a weekly Children's Storytime video from families in our church. We encourage you to share these with the children & grandchildren in your life! Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train children in the way they should go; when they grow old, they won’t depart from it."

This week's story is Jesus Feeds a Big Crowd: A Very Special Day by Dawn Brooks, read by Justin & Emily Young and Parker. If your family would like to share a story, please contact Lauren Wilken: lauren.wilken@polkcityumc.org

You can find more resources for children's ministry, including 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!
Youth Group will have a gathering on Wed Aug 12 from 7-9 in the parking lot. There will be snow cones and games. Don't forget your mask!
We want to recognize Anne Marie Webb for her work as the youth and children's intern for the past year and wish her luck at her new position as the youth director in Fort Dodge! 
MISSION & SERVICE
DES MOINES AREA RELIGIOUS COUNCIL FOOD PANTRY NETWORK

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) provides a monthly supplement for purchasing nutritious food. It is the most efficient and effective way to assist the hungry in times of food insecurity. With more people in need using SNAP, it lessens the use for the food pantry network. That is a positive for DMARC. DMARC is there to provide when SNAP is not enough or they do not qualify for SNAP. SNAP dollars help the economy by spending in local grocery stores. 330,00 Iowans use SNAP and in April SNAP participants nationwide increased by 42,995,224. We know reports will show those numbers will be increasing as time goes on.

HOW TO HELP DMARC WITH THOSE WHO USE SNAP?
We can help DMARC to cover the gap for those with SNAP. Remember that what our money can buy two to six times more at the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network. DMARC can buy 1 box of cereal, 1 jar of peanut butter and 1 can of fruit for $2.50 0R 4 boxes of cereal, 4 jars of peanut butter and 4 cans of fruit for $10. We cannot match this with our money!  

WHERE CAN WE HELP?
Money is the number one donation that DMARC appreciates. Please visit our website for giving options: polkcityumc.org/give. Checks may be written to Polk City United Methodist Church with "DMARC food Pantry" in the memo. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Pennington, penningtonl@q.com. Thank you to all for remembering!!!   

UPCOMING EVENTS
AUGUST COMMITTEE & LEADERSHIP MEETINGS

Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, Aug. 10 – Trustees | 6pm, Patio behind the Wing
Monday, Aug. 10 – Worship Planning Committee | 7pm
Monday, Aug. 17 – SPRC | 6pm
Monday, Aug. 17 – Leader’s Council | 7pm

Contact Us
Christine Perry
Administrative Assistant
Lauren Wilken
Director of Children/Youth Ministry
Melody Webb
Pastor
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