April 27, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Women's Retreat
The Women's Retreat is this weekend at The Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree. If you would like to join them, email Rev. Andrea Andress about any open spots. Please keep all the women in your prayers, praying they feel renewed and refreshed after this experience.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

It’s no secret we live in a fractious time. I cannot remember experiencing a more divided society than the one in which we presently live. These divisions work their way into our families, our friendships, the workplace, our church life. We sometimes wonder, “How can the church hold together?” In the Gospel of John, Jesus prayed that his followers would be one. Jesus seemed to know this would be a challenge for the emerging church and its subsequent leaders. In fact, throughout the New Testament there are regular appeals to unity. This raises an important question: How can the church be one?

Unity is a fascinating challenge for us. Each time we celebrate the Lord’s Supper we conclude our prayer with these helpful words, “Make us one with Christ, one with each other and one in ministry to all the world....

Moana: Family Movie Night May 12 
Join us on Friday, May 12, 2017 for a Family Movie Night in the outdoor amphitheater. We’ll show Moana.
Bring a blanket or cushion for the stone steps or lawn, or a lawn chair. We’ll have free pizza, popcorn and drinks. The movie starts at 7:30 pm.
This event is sponsored by the Fellowship and Connectional Ministry Team. No tickets needed!

Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) has three worship services on Sunday, at 8, 9:30 (Confirmation) and 11 am. The contemporary 11 am Ignite service is bulletin-free.

All services include the  Looking Ahead, which features our weekly church calendar, prayers and announcements

Childcare is available in G1 for all worship services. 

Sunday school classes meet at 9:30 am for preschool-4th grade. Youth meet in the Youth Lounge for Sunday Morning Live (SML). 

We will also share our Defying Gravity list of pledgers and encourage you to pledge your support to PVUMC today. 

VIP Civic Academy on Criminal Justice: Monday, May 8
The Church and Society Ministry Team hosts VIP – Valley Interfaith Project – for a Civic Academy on criminal justice Monday, May 8 in H1 on the PVUMC church campus.   This Civic Academy on Evidence-Based Criminal Justice: An Educational Review is presented by PVUMC members and ASU Professors of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bill Terrill and Jesenia Pizarro. Read More
Sultan and the Saint Movie - May 7
Join us for a movie premiere of The Sultan and the Saint, Sunday, May 7 at 7 pm
Tickets are free; registration is required: www.SultanSaintPhoenix.Eventbrite.com
Parents please note: The film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for children under 12. Please use your own discretion. Childcare is available with a 48-hr reservation. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.

Graduation Sunday, May 21
If you have a graduating high school senior, we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us at the 9:30 am worship service on May 21, followed by a luncheon. RSVP for the lunch today  let us know  how many will be in your party . Please contact  Christopher Wurpts, youth ministries director, about submitting photos for a senior slideshow. 

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  A Message from Bishop Bob
 Bishop Robert Hoshibata of the Desert Southwest Conference recently shared that an expected ruling later this month by the Judicial Council, the Supreme Court of the UMC, will either find the election of Bishop Karen Oliveto by the Western Jurisdictional Conference valid or not. The bishops of the Western Jurisdiction stand with Bishop Oliveto, and believe that her election, consecration (here at PVUMC) and assignment to lead the Mountain Sky Area is valid. More information will be shared following the announcement of the Council’s ruling. Bishop Bob has asked our congregation to: "...hold Bishop Oliveto in prayer along with the laity and clergy of the Mountain Sky Area, members of the Judicial Council, and all those who will speak their heart before the Judicial Council as it meets on April 25." 

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