February 16, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Which Way Lord?
Rob Fuquay's book, Which Way, Lord? will be the basis of the worship series during Lent. You're invited to join a Journeys small group at PVUMC to watch the DVD and discuss the book together. Watch the video above to get an overview from the author.

Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

How have you known your purpose in life? It’s an important question for any of us. Sometimes that question is large and drives our vocation, our education, our pursuit of love, passion and work that will make our life meaningful.

For people of faith, we also hunger to know and live out God's purposes for us. When we live out God’s purposes, then our life is grounded in God’s will and desires for us, which makes all of life work much better. This pursuit of purpose will occupy our thoughts and worship in the weeks ahead of Lent for us. We’ll look at the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul as he sorts out his own mission and purpose and shares wisdom for all of us.

Paul reoriented his understanding of faith and God's purpose for his life after he met Jesus on the Damascus road. In fact, after his conversion, Paul has to spend time allowing God to transform his worldview. He went from being a chief persecutor of the new Christian Church to proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is not a change of thinking that happen overnight. However, Paul discovered that transformation and change are guided by God and nourished by grace.... 

Watch Session 1 of Renovate
Jacob Armstrong uses the lens of the Book of Nehemiah to explore the idea of spiritual renovation in our alternaive book study, Renovate . In Session 1, Armstrong uses passages from the epistles to introduce us to the metaphor of ourselves as spiritual houses. He suggests that, like fixer-upper houses and DIY gurus Chip and Joanna, we are in need of renovation—not as do-it-yourself projects, but through the graceful action only God can work in our lives.
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Prayer Chapel, Sunday Lenten Experiences and Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to experience Lent every day during the six-week season.
One way is through the practice of prayer. The campus has two rooms designed for this purpose, along with the worship spaces, the chapel and sanctuary. Under the chapel, there's a 24-hour prayer room and in the H Building, there's a meditation room, H6. Feel free to use these rooms for prayer if they are open and not reserved for a meeting.

The Learning and Living Ministry Team also offers several Sunday morning experiences on the patio after worship. Look for the crossroad signs, which echo the theme of Paul’s journeys in the Bible and as they are described in Rob Fuquay’s book, Which Way Lord? Exploring Your Life’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul. The serenity chimes will be available at various locations on campus for mindful meditation on February 18 and 25 Read More about the other experiences on the website, pvumc.org.

The Prayers of Intercession are included in the Looking Ahead. Unless otherwise requested, prayer requests are e-mailed to the 200+ Prayer Team members and shared with pastors and staff. Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.

Worship Bulletins are available for the 8 am and 9:30 am worship services on Sunday.
Ignite at 11 am is an alternative, contemporary and bulletin-free service in the chapel.
From Broadway with Love, Community Concert on February 23, 2018
Some of the Valley’s top musical theater performers sing your favorite love songs from famous Broadway musicals from the Golden Age to today’s modern musicals. Tommy Strawser, assistant music and arts director at PVUMC and local actor, performs along with fellow musical theater performers Miguel Jackson, Alyssa Chiarello, and Kimberly Richard. A three-piece band, including our own worship accompanist and director of contemporary worship arts, Andria Fennig, accompanies the singers.

Like all of our concerts in the series, registration is free on Eventbrite. These are all family friendly concerts, but if you want to make it a date night (it is pretty close to Valentine's Day), we do offer free, quality childcare with a 48-hour phone reservation. Call 602-840-8460, ext 134.

Bingo Night
The Fellowship Ministry Team invites everyone to come to the PVUMC Fellowship Center on Saturday, February 17, 5-7 pm for a night of Bingo. This all-ages event is FREE, and includes pizza, beverages and more than $100 worth of gift card prizes! It’s a great way to spend some time together. Families, young and old, are welcome to come play with us!

The Good Life at PVUMC
For the past three weeks, we've been talking about The Good Life that Jesus offers. We've focused on what makes The Good Life at PVUMC -- the small groups and ministries we participate in and the people we look forward to seeing each week. We're also focused on our hopes and dreams for PVUMC, and how we can make those a reality. This Sunday, February 18 , is our Commitment Sunday. How will you help PVUMC ignite faith, transform lives and create community?

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PLEASE NOTE: The church office and campus are closed Monday, February 19 for Presidents Day. See the 2018 Holiday Schedule .

  Did You Miss the Sermon Last Week? Listen online.
If you missed last week's sermon, you can listen online at LISTEN: Previous Sermons.

Paradise Perk and Serendipities
Our on-site coffee shop, the Paradise Perk, is open Sundays, 9 am-1 pm. A 16-oz cup of fresh-brewed coffee from the self-serve cart only costs $2. The Perk also offers a wide variety of espresso drinks, smoothies, teas, and soda. All proceeds support youth missions and make the life-changing trips we offer affordable for our church families and students. In 2018, the senior high youth go on a mission trip to Houston, to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey. Ask Christopher Wurpts about how you can be a part of it even if you aren't a member of the youth group.

The church gift shop, Serendipities, is also open Sunday mornings, 9-11:30 am, and on Wednesdays, 9 am-12 noon. Purchases support local missions.

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