August 11, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Back-to-School Blessing Sunday
Join us next week for our Back-to-School Blessing at the 9:30 am worship service on Sunday, August 20. Children, youth and teachers will be blessed from the pulpit, and we'll celebrate another school year together. Youth and parents are invited to a kick-off brunch in the Fellowship Center at 10:45 am.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

This Sunday, August 13, we continue to explore the times in our lives when we need to “Reboot.” Most painful events are frozen in our memories, particularly when we have suffered a terrible loss. It could be the loss of a loved one, a job, a way of life, or a move that separated us from all we were familiar with. How we resurrect our lives after the shock of the loss is a vital part of our journey in life.

When things don’t work out how we hoped they would, we have to figure out a way to go forward and make meaning out of our lives. The work is painful and requires courage and diligence. Our faith can give us ... 

MOPS Begins New Program Year on August 24: Free Indeed
MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) invites moms with children from birth-age 5 to a group that offers support for new mothers. PVUMC MOPS begins its new program year on Thursday, August 24. They meet twice a month, 9-11 am in H7. The theme this year is "Free Indeed." For a $90 annual fee, you'll enjoy a variety of speakers, moms' nights out and international MOPS membership. Email Jenn Coughlin or Sarah Quinn to learn more.   Read More

Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) has 3 services on Sunday:
8 am traditional and intimate in the chapel;
9:30 am traditional/blended, sanctuary. Sunday School is offered at this time.
11 am in the chapel - Ignite, contemporary

You may access the bulletins,  Looking Ahead and bimonthly Desert Scroll at

Please visit the website  calendar and news blog to read announcements online.

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. Prayer team members meet on Wednesdays to pray and send cards to those being prayed for that week.  Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Prayer request cards are also in the pew pockets.

Youth Kickoff Brunch, Sunday, August 20 at 10:45 am, Fellowship Center
Youth and their families are invited o join us for brunch on Back-to-School Blessing Sunday, August 20, as we kick off a new year of programming. Come to the Fellowship Center at 10:45 am, right after the 9:30 am service, to hear about plans for 2017-18. If you have a neighbor or friend with teens or preteens, invite them to join you.  Read More
Children's Programs include Acolytes, Bible Blast and Choir

Another school year has begun, and we'll celebrate new beginnings on Sunday, August 20. Our 9:30 am worship service includes blessings for students and teachers. A brunch follows for youth and their families. Mark Your Calendar:

  • Acolyte Training/Dedication on Sundays, August 13/August 20
  • RSVP for the Bible Blast for 3rd and 4th graders Sunday, August 27
  • Sign up for Children's Choir on Sunday, August 20
  • Mini Singers begins August 20

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Multifaith Food Drive September 10
On Sunday, September 10, PVUMC has an opportunity to feed the hungry in Arizona in partnership with other places of worship and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA). Bags will be distributed after worship on Sunday, August 27 and September 3 with a list of suggested items to donate. Return your filled bag to PVUMC on Sunday, September 10.

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PSPRC Update on Staffing
PSPRC (Pastor/Staff/Parish Relations Committee) has hired a consultant to review staffing and office issues. During this time, the church will not be hiriing, but please check Employment Opportunities for PVUMC Preschool openings and contact Mindy Sobraske in the Preschool Office, 602.840.8265, to inquire about unfilled positions.

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