August 17, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Youth Kickoff Brunch this Sunday
Following the Back-to-School blessings and celebration at the 9:30 am worship service on Sunday, August 20, youth and parents are invited to a kick-off brunch in the Fellowship Center at 10:45 am. Come learn more about our plans for the 2017-2018 program year, and invite a neighbor or friend with teens or preteens to join you!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

August marks the start of the school year for many of our children, youth, and families at PVUMC. If you listen carefully, you can practically hear the nervous energy of students eagerly starting yet another nine months of group projects, homework, and tests. Whether it’s a child entering their first day of kindergarten or a graduate student writing their doctoral thesis, the start of the school year often represents the beginning of something new.

How appropriate, then, that we should focus on going “back to school” this Sunday during worship. If there was one place for us to celebrate the start of a new school year, full of possibilities and hope, it certainly should be the church! After all, isn’t our God one of new beginnings? In the book of Genesis, we are shown a God that begins the process of creation by making something brand new... 

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.

Children's Choir Sign-ups on Sunday, August 20 
Students in 1st-6th grade are invited to sign up for Kids Choir on Sunday, August 20 and start singing as eary as next week, August 27 . The choir will meet right after Sunday School, at 10:45 am in the choir room, A4. If you have little ones, Mini Singers with Shari Paris begins THIS Sunday, August 20 at 10:30 am. Tell your Sunday School teacher if your child is going. Check the website calendar for times and places.Youth choir and bells for 7th-12th graders begin Sunday, August 27 . Email Ashley Snavley for more information or to sign up.
Bible Blast for 3rd and 4th Graders
Third graders, and any 4th graders who missed this event last year, are invited to the Bible Blast on Sunday, August 27 . RSVP for your child to receive a SPLASH Deep Blue Bible , presented at the 9:30 am worship service. After the presentation, parents and children spend some time learning how to use their new Bibles at the Bible Blast. To participate and reserve a gifted Bible for your child, email Rev. Brenda Smith , by August 20

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 later this fall for updates.

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