July 29, 2020
The Weekly Wind
News and Updates from Polk City United Methodist Church
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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! 


Join us for Worship & Communion – Outdoors or Online – This Sunday 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.

Wherever you plan to worship, we’re inviting everyone to bring your own communion elements to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion this Sunday, August 2 nd ! You’ll want to bring or have on hand some type of fruit juice or water, and some type of bread or crackers – enough for everyone in your household.

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 
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
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.

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 The Marvelous Mustard Seed by Amy-Jill Levine, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Margaux Meganck read by Elisabet Menke, Clara and Elinor. 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 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!
Our food pantry ministry will distribute bags of groceries this Saturday, August 1 st from 10 AM - Noon.

This month’s most needed food items are cereal, canned spaghetti-o's, canned fruit, canned chicken and tuna, and drink packs.

Please place any food donations in the storage bins located outside the church entrance.

To request a bag of groceries for August 1 st , please fill out this Request Form .

The NP Comet mini-food pantry boxes are open 24/7 at Polk City and Sheldahl United Methodist Churches.

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. 
Updates from the DMARC Food Pantry
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry network assisted 12,120 individuals in June of 2020 which is a 14.6% increase over May 2020. From March-May, 10,000 people were added to the Food Assistance program in Polk County. In June, the number of people receiving Food Assistance in Polk County decreased by 7,000. For the months of April-June, the average monthly Food Assistance benefit increased by 51% which explains this decrease. In June, $10.3 million in benefits were issued in Polk County.

Hunger never takes a vacation and you can help. 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.

Any questions? please contact Linda Pennington , DMARC Delegate


Mark Your Calendars!

Monday, Aug. 3 – 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

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