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November 17, 2020
Prepare for Advent 2020
November 29 - December 20

This Advent comes at the end of a long year of turmoil. Many of us are ready to collapse from fatigue and let Christmas come as it may. Many of us have had our Christmas tree up since 8pm on Halloween, searching for extra cheer at the end of a difficult year. No matter where you may fall, you are likely waiting for the world to change! That's really what Advent is all about - leaning into the longing and yearning we have for Christ to come into our world, and to change it for good.

While we are not able to worship physically together, we want to include some things to help us feel more together.

  • VIDEO CHRISTMAS GREETINGS - we're inviting everyone to record a brief video of yourself or your household sending a Christmas Greeting to the congregation! We'd love it if you would also include yourself singing a verse of your favorite Christmas song (secular or sacred) - no frills or accompaniment necessary, OR say a sentence or two about your favorite Christmas tradition, or Christmas memory. These will be shown during online worship throughout Advent & Christmas!

  • VIRTUAL ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING - the Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy will be included with the Advent-in-a-Bag. We'd love to have several individuals or families record one of the Candle Lighting readings and send it to us ahead of that week's worship! These will be used in online worship to guide the congregation in the Advent Candle Lighting for that week.

  • ZOOM FELLOWSHIP ON SUNDAYS - starting Nov. 29, we will host online worship on ZOOM, as well as Facebook Live. We'll post each week's ZOOM link on our Sunday Worship website. You can click the link or call in by phone beginning at 9:15am to have "Coffee & Fellowship Time" with each other before worship begins! Then stay on ZOOM to view or listen to worship together, or switch to Facebook Live if you prefer.

O sing to God a new song, for God has done marvelous things!
+Psalm 98
You recently heard from our Finance Committee that we are trying to fill in the gaps where our giving has not met our ministry needs for 2020, as well as to ask that every member of the Polk City UMC family make your commitment for supporting our mission and vision for 2021.

Now more than ever, your generosity can and will make an enormous difference. In a time of difficulty and despair for so many, we are a community of light and hope. In a time of injustice and struggle, we are a community of love and justice. In a time of silence and isolation, we are and can be a community of song, of new songs and new ways of singing, new ways of being God’s church for God’s world, together for joy. Thanks be to God!
Open the digital pledge card to make your commitment for supporting our congregation in 2021.
Mission Opportunities
Here are some hands-on ways to Love your Neighbor

  • Drop off new or used, indoor or outdoor Christmas Decorations in the red tub outside the church entrance for residents of Polk City Nursing and Rehab
  • Donate $20 Walmart Gift Cards for children receiving support from the Comet Cupboard. You can drop it off at church when you pick up your advent bags, or mail it to church (1421 W. Broadway); or contact Mai Golbuff (515-984-9149) or Linda Pennington (515-480-9610) for pick up. We would like to have all gift cards collected by Dec 12th. 
  • Provide a gift or stocking stuffer for a Polk City Nursing and Rehab Center resident. They want to provide their residents with the best socially distant Christmas ever! Please call the facility at (515) 984-6511 and ask for Leslie if you can help in any way! 
Looking for Help this Winter?
If you or someone you know needs assistance this winter with food, utilities or access to other resources, check the Resource Guide provided by EveryStep Care & Support Services.

Or contact Pastor Melody:

Youth Group - Online

Zoom Youth Group--We're talking thankfulness as a state of mind and playing Family Feud! 6:45pm on ZOOM.

Children's Ministry

NEW! Monthly online Sunday School for all children K-5th Grade! Begins Dec. 6!

Sehgal Foundation
Erin Hammond works for the Sehgal Foundation, and wanted to share this online event to help children in the US learn more about children in India.

Saturday, Nov. 21 | 4:00 - 5:30pm