August 26, 2020
The Weekly Wind
News and Updates from Polk City United Methodist Church
Visit us online
Like us on Facebook
Subscribe to our channel
FROM THE PASTOR'S PEN | CHRISTIANS FIRST
In Matthew 16 Jesus has taken the disciples to the district of Caesarea Philippi, the site of pagan temples and stone monuments which stand as an homage to many mythical gods as wells as the empirical political power of Rome, to ask them the pivotal question, “Who do you say that I am?”

Peter rightly answers, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

In other words, Jesus is asking his disciples a similar question that Joshua asked the ancient Israelites before they were finally permitted to cross into the Promised Land: “Choose this day whom you will serve.”

In these days of economic stress and pandemic illness, in these days of political corruption and the ramp-up to a political election, we all have a choice to make about whom we will ultimately choose to believe, choose to worship, and choose to follow and serve. Will we serve the economy, or will we sacrificially serve our fellow human beings? Will we put our ultimate faith in the red side or the blue side and worship political power, or will we put our faith in Jesus Christ, who taught us to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to love and worship God with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength? Will we believe and spread outrageous conspiracy theories out of a sense of fear, or will we pray for God’s discerning Spirit and seek Jesus’ peace that passes understanding?

We were reminded this week that above all the earthly powers that may seek to divide us and vie for our attention and allegiance that Jesus is asking us to be Christians first.

“Who do you say that I am?”

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15)

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!

Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets and join us for socially-distanced in-person worship. (Masks encouraged.) OR join us for online worship at www.facebook.com/polkcityumc.


In case you missed it:
ALL CHURCH DISCIPLESHIP SERIES | “THE WALK”
September 20 – October 25

What does it mean to be deeply committed Christians, growing in faith every day? How do we become fully engaged and flourishing in the Christian life? In this all-church series, we will explore a model for Christian discipleship built around five essential practices that we engage in both collectively and individually in order to more fully follow Jesus: Worship, Study, Serve, Give, and Share.

We’re asking all adults to consider purchasing the accompanying book for the series, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life which you can find at all major booksellers, in digital and print formats. In each chapter, we’ll further explore each of these practices, its New Testament foundation, and what it looks like to pursue this practice daily in our personal life and together in the life of the church. Resources will also be provided for all children and youth to be engaged in this study, as well.

Join us this Fall! Deepen your walk with Christ as we explore the five essential practices of worship, study, serving, giving, and bearing witness to our faith.
INFORMATION NEEDED
POLK CITY UMC CENSUS | HELP US UPDATE OUR RECORDS
We're asking every household to complete a simple church census so that we have an updated and accurate listing of contact information, birthdates and ministry interests. Even if you are not a member, but worship regularly with us, we would like to include your information in our records. The Census ends at midnight on Sunday, September 13.
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Stay tuned!
More communication will be out soon about our kick off for the year. We will be having an in-person youth and parent gathering after Labor Day
MISSION & SERVICE
NP COMET CUPBOARD | TINY FOOD PANTRY MINISTRY
Food bags from the NP Comet Cupboard will be distributed on Saturday, September 5 from 10 am-noon. You can fill a bag for a $35 or you can drop off any of the following food items – look for the plastic bins outside the church entrance, or contact Dixie Bequeaith for items that need refrigeration: ground beef, canned chicken & tuna, tuna helper, mac-n-cheese, grated parmesan, peanut butter, canned fruit & vegetables, cookie mix or bag of cookies.

If you or someone you know would like to request a bag in September, please fill out the form and select the pickup location that is convenient for you.
 
Have you seen the "Rock 'n' Stock the Comet Cupboard" outdoor concert on Saturday, September 19th from 7-10 PM at Tournament Club of Iowa? There will be live music by BECKER with food and drink available for purchase. A free will offering with 100% of the collections will be donated to support the Comet Cupboard.

Please indicate your attendance on the BECKER Facebook Event Page, which helps us prepare with adequate food, beverages, and port-a-potties. Bring your own lawn chairs/blankets. NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES OR FOOD WILL BE PERMITTED. Social distancing guidelines will be encouraged. A great evening of music promised!
DMARC UPDATE 

Numbers are in for the Des Moines Area Religious Council(DMARC) Food Pantry Warehouse for July of this year. 12,204 people were assisted which is up 5.8% more than a year ago and there were 14,568 pantry visits. As I have reported before, for the months of April-July, the average monthly Food Assistance benefit increased by 51% in July and $9.9 million in benefits were issued in Polk County. Our hungry neighbors need assistance.

WE CAN HELP! If you would like to donate, please visit our website polkcityumc.org/give. If you wish to write a check, they may be may be written to Polk City United Methodist Church with "DMARC Food Pantry" in the memo and mailed to the address on that website. DMARC can buy 2 to 6 times more food with our money than we can. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Pennington (DMARC Delegate)  penningtonl@q.com. Thank you for considering to help those in need.


Thank you for all that you do!!
Linda P.
UPCOMING EVENTS
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS

Mark Your Calendars!

  • Sunday, Sept 6 – Bring Your Own Communion Elements | 9:30am
  • Monday, Sept 14 – Worship Committee | 7pm
  • Saturday, Sept 19 – Rock-n-Stock the NP Comet Cupboard with Becker | 7pm (Tournament Club of Iowa)
  • Monday, Sept 21 – SPRC | 6pm; Leader’s Council | 7pm
Contact Us
Christine Perry
Administrative Assistant
Lauren Wilken
Director of Children/Youth Ministry
Melody Webb
Pastor
Sign Up for Ministry Newsletters

Want to receive the Prayerful BreezeYouth Ministry updates, or updates from the United Methodist Women or Men's Group 

Prayer Requests for the Prayerful Breeze:
  
Get something in the church newsletter:
 Send all information to office@polkcityumc.org