December 2, 2016
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
In This Issue:

Pastor's Message

Sunday Worship

PVUMC Christmas Concert: Sing Noel
December 4

Mini Singers Concert
December 4, 11 am

Advent Experiences, Classes and Devotions

Christmas Wonderland and The Polar Express

Sunday Concerts 
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church presents its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4 at 6 pm in the sanctuary. Register on Eventbrite or just come.
Serendipities will be open 5-8 pm for Christmas shopping. The Mini Singers have a mini concert and reception scheduled for 11 am Sunday. Mark your calendars to see the Music Makers' perform NEXT Sunday, December 11 at 9:30 am worship, and to see the children's art show in the Fellowship Center.
Pastor's Message

Dear Friends in Faith,

After church last Sunday I was asked if the term “hope” appears very often in the Bible.  It is mentioned over 200 times.  I have always felt that a healthy religion embodies hope, for it is through hope that God can work and move in our world.  Those who trust God will live in hope of what God can do.

 I recently quoted Bible scholar Eugene Peterson who said, hope “is a willingness to let God do it his way and in his time.”  To live this way requires some patience on our part and a willingness to let God work in God’s way, not ours.  It requires us to relinquish our own expectations about how God will work and also our need to control how our future unfolds. ... 

Advent Experiences on Sundays
Last week, the Transformational Living Ministry Team set up a labyrinth outside the sanctuary as the first of its weekly prayerful experiences during Advent. This  Sunday, December 4, your'e invited to light a candle and share a prayer of hope. Look for candles on the patio after the 9:30 am worship service.
Sunday Worship
We welcome you to worship with us at 8, 9:30 or 11:15 am,  Sunday, December 4

Download your worship bulletins and Looking Ahead here:

We invite you to donate a Christmas poinsettia in honor or in memory of a loved one. Plants cost $15/each. Please use the Christmas Poinsettia Order form are in your Looking Ahead and attach a check. Look for the table on the patio to submit your order or get more information. The last day to order flowers is  Sunday, December 11. You may also purchase holiday cards from UMOM on the patio this Sunday on the next 2 Sundays.Give the gift of shelter to those in need.
Advent Blog: Daily Devotions
You're invited to receive devotions every day during December from PVUMC. Visit the 2016 Advent Blog on the website to read the daily stories shared by clergy, staff and members, or subscribe to the blog to receive them every morning in your email inbox. You're also invited to join a small group to discuss our church-wide Advent study -- Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas. Pick up a book for $10 on Sunday and see where you can plug in.

Christmas Wonderland and
The Polar Express - December 9
Wear your pj's and bring your pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or low chairs to comfortably watch the classic holiday movie, The Polar Express, at our Christmas Wonderland event on Friday, December 9, 6-9 pm in the Fellowship Center.

  • Pizza
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Cookies
  • Crafts
  • Fun for the Whole Family! 

Watch the movie trailer and share our Facebook event with famlily and friends.

Christmas Concert: Sing Noel
You're invited to join us for the PVUMC Christmas Concert: Sing Noel at 6 pm, Sunday, December 4.

In the morning, 11-11:30 am, the Mini Singers will have their own concert in the sanctuary, followed by a reception. Friends and family welcome!

RSVP on Eventbrite for Sing Noel

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   Welcoming Survey for Members and Constituents Age 14 and Up 
PVUMC launched a survey on November 21 which invites all members and regular attenders and constituents to provide their views on LGBTQ issues and our church. If you are a member of PVUMC and have not yet filled out the survey, we invite you to check your email for "Welcoming Survey." The email was sent from Constant Contact and The survey has been administered to assure we receive one response per member/consitituent. Please respond by December 9.

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