August 25, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Bible Blast
Do you remember receiving your first Bible? We’re excited to present Bibles to our 3rd and 4th graders at the 9:30 am worship service, and launch them on their journey of exploration at the Bible Blast immediately after the presentation. Congratulations to all our Bible recipients.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I always appreciate how the Bible speaks to the large issues in our lives. When we have been through tumultuous times, both personally, or as a society, I’m grateful for the kind of words we’ll read this Sunday in church:

Be at peace among yourselves. “And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (I Thessalonians 5: 13-18).

I would always want to live this way and be sure my relationships with my family, friends and church would embody this kind of wisdom. Have you felt upset this week? Has life come crashing down on you in some way? Are you wondering where God is working in your life or in our world? Aspire to do good. Pray often. Give thanks, even in hard ... 

Register for Financial Peace University - 1st Class Sept 12
Imagine if you didn't have money fights.
Imagine if you didn't have car payments.
Imagine if your kids never knew debt.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University helps you learn God's ways of handling money, and leaves you on the road to being debt-free. Jenn and JP Coughlin teach this class beginning September 12 . Come to the first class for free to learn more. Read More and Register

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 bulletins, the  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 Invited to Join Music Makers on Wednesdays After School 
Students in 1st-6th grade are invited to join PVUMC's Music Makers program on Wednesday afternoons, beginning this week, Wednesday, August 30. Students learn music, sing and ring in this fun afterschool group, who also perform in worship from time to time. Unfortunately, the Sunday morning Kids Choir has been postponed until the new year. The search continues for a new director. Email Ashley Snavley with questions.
Navigating Common Ground
In partnership with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, PVUMC is launching “Common Ground,” a series promoting cross-cultural awareness and better understanding of our neighbors and of ourselves. Everyone is invited to join us Thursdays at 6:30 pm in H1 this September to begin “Navigating Common Ground.” The videos and discussions, led by Keith Sobraske and Stu Selthun, begin with a video by Author and Activist Brian McLaren on Thursday, September 7
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 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.