April 13, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
TONIGHT at 7 pm: Maundy Thursday
Worship with us at 7 pm in the chapel for Maundy Thursday, and have communion as we remember Jesus' Last Supper with his disciples. The service includes a message by Rev. Eve Williams and a drama by Jan Elsea, Kathleen Hallum and Bill Quigg about how Jesus prayed in the Garden, Gethsemane. On Good Friday, come to our 7 pm Tenebrae service in the santuary, with the choir singing  Fauré’s Requiem. 
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Easter is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Without Easter and the resurrection, Jesus would have been known as a great teacher, or a leader of his time, or a prophet, speaking for God, but not embodying God in such powerful way. Some of have said Easter is the greatest sign that God is with us. The resurrection offers us the kind of hope that transcends our human troubles and ultimately, even death itself.

I know there are always some of us who have difficulty with the idea of resurrection. It requires the greatest stretch of our theological imagination to conceive of how it is possible and what it means for us. Ultimately, there is no proof of the resurrection. No one was around when it actually happened. All we have are the witnesses in the gospels who tell us of their experience with the risen Christ, encounters that...





Register by April 14 for
Women's Retreat, April 28-30 

The annual Women’s Retreat, “Prayer: Mind, Body, Spirit,” April 28-30, 2017 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ, is almost here! It's a time for women to nurture themselves, spend time in nature, discover new strengths and spiritual gifts, meet new friends and enjoy old acquaintances. Register online by April 14. Invite a friend or two to join you, and room together for the weekend. Pay online or send us a check. Can't stay overnight? We have commuter options. Say yes to yourself this spring.  


Holy Week/Easter at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) offers four Easter services as well as a Maundy Thursday and a Good Friday service. Click on each service heading to download the bulletin. Childcare is available in G1 for all worship services except sunrise. Read More

Gifts of the Dark Wood: The Gift of Misfits
Scripture: Matthew 26:20-35
7 pm in the chapel
Rev. Eve Williams

Good Friday, April 14 Tenebrae Service and Fauré Requiem
7 pm in the sanctuary
Scripture taken from Matthew 26 and 27 (The Passion of Christ) - Chancel Choir sings with orchestral accompaniment

Jesus is Always Ahead of Us
Scripture: Matthew 28:1-10
8 am, 9:30 am (Sunday school)
and 11 am, all in the sanctuary
Dave Summers, Senior Pastor

Outdoor Amphitheater-Ignite Band/
Youth Choir/Communion/Daisy Cross
The Impossible Made Real
Christopher Wurpts, Youth Director


Hans Olson and Chuck Hall: Blues Concert April 21, 7 pm, Perk Patio
The Friday after Easter, we have our last community concert of the season! Register on Eventbrite to attend this Blues Concert on the Patio with Hans Olson and Chuck Hall. The Perk will be open selling hot or cold coffee, tea and smoothies. Snacks available too! All food/beverage purchases benefit Youth Missions and Ministries, and the free-will offering at the event goes to our concert series for next year.   Read More
PVUMC Career Connecting April 20
Join young professionals for a panel discussion on Thursday, April 20, 5:30-7 pm in H1. Learn from a panel of four seasoned professionals who will share their secret recipes to create and foster relationships for business and personal growth.  Registration encouraged but not required. Childcare available with a 48-hour advance reservation.   Read More
Easter Carnival Saturday, April 15 
PVUMC Children's Ministries hosts its annual Easter Carnival for children and their families this Saturday, 9:30-11 am. We've invited 5,000 of our closest neighbors, and invite you to come too! Games, photo booth, petting zoo, model trains, a bounce house and egg hunts for all ages. If you're on Facebook, please share our event posted on the church page: Event on Facebook Read More

Please note: the church campus will be closed Monday, April 17, 2017.
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   Caring Kids clothing distributed to Refugee Families
 Clothing from the Caring Kids Rummage Sale not only raised funds for a local charity: Child Crisis Arizona, it also will help refugee families. Linda Brock, Pam Poley, Jean Updike and others from the Refugee Assistance and Friendship Teams (RAFT) plan to  bring the 12 bags of children's clothing and toys to the 12 Palms Apartments in Phoenix, where a RAFT family from the Congo, and about 11 other Congolese families, live.  Almost all of the Congolese families have children, and there is a huge need for the items  donated to RAFT.. You are all God's love in action!

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