March 22, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Celebrate with our Refugee Families
You're invited to join refugee families for a picnic potluck after church on Sunday, March 24. Spend the afternoon enjoying food and fun at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Sign up to bring a dish to share or donate to provide tickets to our guests so they can ride the train and carousel.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Where do you see courage? In those who bravely face a difficult illness? Or when a tough decision has to be made? We want our children to have the courage to resist peer pressure, in whatever form it takes when others are trying to push them to do the wrong things. We want our children and ourselves to have the strength and resilience to not succumb to pressure to behave in risky ways or make decisions with terrible consequences. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, in the face of difficult and dangerous decisions, do we protect ourselves rather than risk serving a higher truth or value?

In the Passion story, we repeatedly see the courage of Jesus. He faces difficult moments and challenges to his teaching and authority. In the worst of circumstances, Jesus experiences the betrayal of one disciple, Judas, followed quickly by Peter denying he even knows Jesus. As he is put on trial before the Roman governor, Pilate, we see the contrast of Jesus’ courage and Pilate’s cowardice. Pilate realizes Jesus is not really guilty...

Pledge Your Support to PVUMC
If you have not yet pledged your support to the church for 2019-2020, please make your commitment this Sunday to give your time, talent and treasure to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. We're counting on YOU to be God's love in action. Turn in a pledge card or pledge online . Read why Sandra Caldwell pledges.

Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at on Sunday, March 24 at 8, 9:30 or 11 am.

Download your Looking Ahead for this Sunday and see what's on the schedule for this week. We include news and events as well as Prayers of Intercession so you can pray for others. Bulletins and the Looking Ahead are available online at our website.

Check our Calendar Online
See the website calendar at for all our children's, youth and adult activities, during the week and all year long.

Prayer Requests
 Submit prayer requests using our online request form, email or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Your request will be shared with our 200+ list of prayer warriors on email. If you haven't been receiving prayers, and are already on the prayer team list, please make sure you add "" and our new prayer chain coordinator's email, "" to your safe sender and recipient lists. To make sure the E-News gets to you, add "" to your email list of safe recipients.
Get Your Tickets to the Youth Missions Dinner & Auction NOW
The youth are preparing for their annual Mission Dinner & Auction Sunday, March 31 . Please buy tickets to the dinner online to help expedite the auction check-out process. Themed gift baskets, tickets to sporting events, theater or concert tickets, spa packages, hotel stays, vacation packages, food & wine, tourist experiences, gift certificates, restaurant vouchers, and local services will be auctioned off the night of the dinner. The youth are planning to go to Costa Rica this summer! Read More 
Ticketed Piano Concert - March 30
On Saturday, March 30, the church is hosting a ticketed piano concert featuring Pianist Paul Shaw in support of the PVUMC Piano Fund.

In “Old Meets New,” Shaw will perform works by Beethoven, Schumann, Adderley and Ginastera.

Tickets are $15 for adults; students and seniors pay $10.

Register for tickets on Eventbrite.

Rummage Sale Donations Begin
The annual Caring Kids Rummage Sale is April 6-7, 2019 and the kids will have a sorting day on Sunday. Please donate gently used children's clothing, books, toys, DVDs, sporting equipment, games and room decor in the bins on campus through March 31 . Proceeds from the sale will go toward the purchase of a new church van.

Potluck Celebration for Refugees Sunday, March 24
PVUMC families are invited to join us for a Potluck Picnic Celebration for refugee families sponsored by RAFT (Refugee Assistance and Friendship Teams). Join us
12:30-3:30 pm at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250.

Sign up to let us know you’re coming and what you’re bringing for the potluck. We'll provide hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken, cooked on the grill at the Papago Ramada at the park.

Help us treat our refugee families by bringing side dishes or desserts and buying train and carousel ride tickets. Invite your family, neighbors, and friends as we welcome the stranger at our first PVUMC Serves event!

Be God's Love in Action at Camp
PVUMC has designated SUNDAY, March 24 as Camping Sunday. Learn more about how you can help support scholarships for children and youth, and learn more about our own Vacation Bible Camp program. Be God's love in action by donating to the scholarship fund, volunteering, or sending a child to VBC and Mingus Camp.

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You're Invited to a Mingus Mountain Camp Encounter
Mark your calendar to join us for an evening of Mingus Mountain Camp experiences benefiting the Children and Youth Scholarship Fund on Thursday, April 4, 7-8:30 pm in Kendall Hall at Central United Methodist Church. A Day at Camp Mingus will include a campfire, stories, skits and s'mores! Help us send 100 kids to camp for a week this summer. Donate at the event or hit the donate button at the camp website. You can also donate via the church website at GIVE NOW. Choose "Other" and type "Mingus Mountain Camp Scholarships" in the comments section. If you write a check to PVUMC, include the same memo on your check. Thank you for giving kids a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Camping Sunday at PVUMC is THIS Sunday, March 24!

NOTE: Childcare is availa ble with a 48-hour reservation for all our
events and classes on campus. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.