January 15, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
In This Issue:

Pastor's Message

Rock N Roll Marathon

Welcoming Survey Results Shared


Community Concert - Jan 20

Bingo Night -  Jan 27
Rock 'N' Roll Marathon
We invite you to worship with us at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 15, at 8, 9:30 or 11:15 am, but please check for possible detours and road closures as we welcome runners from all over the world to Phoenix for the annual Rock N Roll Marathon
Pastor's Message

Dear Friends in Faith,

“Lord, teach us to pray.” It was a request made of Jesus by the disciples, but it is one that many of us can understand. We are told that prayer is key to building a strong faith and a strong relationship with God so, obviously, we want to be sure that we get it just right.

The disciples felt the same way and saw how dedicated Jesus was to an active and rich prayer life, so they asked him to teach them how he did it. Jesus, however, did not give them magic words to say. Instead he taught them to be less concerned about saying the perfect words and focus on the perfect love of the One to whom they prayed...

Welcoming Survey Results
On Wednesday, January 11, we emailed everyone who had received the original invitation to particpate in the PVUMC Welcoming Survey and shared the results. Of the 890 we asked, we received 256 responses. Your valuable input made it clear that the majority of members and constituents at PVUMC are committed to being more welcoming and inclusive to the LGBTQ community. Thank you for being God's love in action.

Family Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) welcomes you to worship at 8, 9:30 or 11:15 am. Childcare is available in G1, and children and youth are invited to worship with their families in lieu of classes at 9:30 am. The Ignite (alternative 11:15 am service) has a "children's corner" for supervised play, and Praise Paks are available for children at every service. The Looking Ahead has a wealth of information about what's happening at PVUMC this week. It includes our Prayers of Intercession, the weekly calendar and announcements about upcoming events. Download your bulletins and Looking Ahead below:

11:15 am Ignite (no bulletin)

This month's worship series is called "The Perfect Prayer." 

Community Concert: January 20
Register on Eventbrite for PVUMC's Community Concert on Friday, January 20 at 7pm featuring some of the best vocalists from the Phoenix Conservatory of Music. The young singers will entertain us with ensemble performances of jazz, blues and pop music, as well as classical solo selections and solo/ ensemble original singer /songwriter works. 

Get Ready for Bingo! January 27
Join us for an evening of fun in the Fellowship Center, 6-8 pm, Friday, January 27, 2017. It's our annual Bingo Night! See our Facebook event, and share it with your social media network. 
  • Free Pizza
  • Gift Card prizes
  • Fun for everyone! 
Pathways Spring 2017 Semester
This Sunday, we roll out our new Pathways 2017 spring semester, which includes several paths you can take on your spiritual journey of the heart, mind, soul and strength. Below are just a few:

The Gathering - TBA
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

Growing Together in Our Walk
Gifts of the Dark Wood - Lenten Study

Yoga for Everyone - Desert Song


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   The Church Office, PVUMC Preschool and Campus will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in Observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday.

The PVUMC Preshool hosts Open Houses Tuesday and Wednesday, January 18-19, for families who are interested in registering their child(ren) for 2017-2018. 
NOTE: Childcare is available with a 48-hour reservation for all our
events and classes on campus. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.