January 18, 2019
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Rock 'N' Roll Marathon Sunday
The 2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 Mile races are Sunday, January 20, 2019! If you're running, we're praying for you. And if you just want to get to church, we have some information to share. The races are in Tempe and since our congregation comes from all over the Phoenix metro area, we want to be sure you have the information you need to get to church on time and with the least amount of hassle. Road closures are posted online along with maps. If you're cheering on a runner or runners, God bless you, and we'll see you next week!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Think about when you were most happy. Was it in a time of change like starting a new career or a promotion to a new position? Maybe when love and family came together and your heart was full? Maybe your felt great gratitude and joy after coming through a difficult emotional time, or your health was restored, or you survived a tough financial setback. You realized you were just happy to be alive or to be back on level ground. As we talk about the search for happiness, we’ve said it can be a feeling or emotional state we’re seeking, or a great sense of satisfaction.

So many people are looking for happiness these days. Wherever we feel our search is taking us, the search needs to have God at the center of it. When we are seeking what God desires for us, we’re likely to find lasting happiness and the joy that God can give.

I don’t think we can find our happiness alone. Sunday we’ll talk about the search for intentional community, how our joy in life comes from our relationships with each other...

Pick up your NEW Journeys (small groups at PVUMC) Guidebook for the Winter/ Spring 2019 semester THIS Sunday after worship. Explore. Discover. Connect.
Double Your Impact with the PVUMC Matching Gift Challenge
PVUMC has a 2018-2019 faith budget of $194,000 to fill over and above normal giving and we need your help to close the gap. A church member has generously offered to match up to $55,000 of faith budget contributions made during the fiscal year to make this goal more achievable. Please consider making a special gift now.
Sunday Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us at on Sunday, January 20 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, the Desert Scroll newsletter and E-News are available online at our website.

Check our Calendar Online
See the website calendar at pvumc.org/calendar 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 prayer@pvumc.org 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 " prayer@pvumc.org" and our new prayer chain coordinator's email, " ddoran@pvumc.org" to your safe sender and recipient lists. To make sure the E-News gets to you, add " paradisevalleyumc@gmail.com" to your email list of safe recipients.
Support PVUMC Preschool's Book Fair -- Buy Books Online
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool hosts an online book fair with Scholastic Books January 23-February 5, 2019 . The PVUMC Preschool Board encourages church members to shop online this year instead of browse through books after worship on Sunday. Go online to see the interactive book flyer and purchase books for individual students or for the Preschool classrooms. Did you know that PVUMC has a children's section in the church library too? Stop by with your child and borrow a book or two to read at home. Read More
Trotters Wake Community Concert
Mark your calendar to join us for the first PVUMC Community Concert of the new year: Trotters Wake! This seven-piece acoustic Irish band breathes new life into traditional Irish music with their unique blend of vocals and lively mix of new and old Irish songs. Instrumentation includes guitar/mandolin, electric or upright bass, fiddle, banjo, keyboard, bodhran (Irish hand drum), and vocals. From rebel songs to ballads to traditional instrumental tunes and even a few pub tunes, Trotters Wake offers a new look at Celtic music.

As with all the community concerts at the church, there are no tickets or fees. Registration is FREE on Eventbrite. Donations are gratefully accepted at the event on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Campus Closed for MLK Jr Holiday
The church office and campus will be closed Monday, January 21 in observance of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. That's also the day the PVUMC youth will be returning from Mingus Mountain Camp and Retreat Center for "Well Loved," the Youth Winter Retreat. Please keep them in your prayers!

Salaam-Chai-Paradise Trifaith Discussions begin January 24
People of all faiths are invited to Salaam-Chai-Paradise’s three-week discussion series hosted at a different venue each week, Thursday evenings, January 24, January 31 and February 7. It's an opportunity to get to know your Abrahamic siblings better.

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