December 8, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Christmas Concert Sunday at 6 pm
Enjoy Christmas music performed by PVUMC's children, youth and adult choirs, with handbells and instrumental music. The Chancel Choir performs the Randol Alan Bass “Gloria.” The concert also features The Warehouse Brass.A dessert reception follows in the Fellowship Center. Childcare is available with a 48-hour advance reservation by calling 602.840.8360, ext 134. Register TODAY.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Christmas plans can be exciting and sometimes have to change rapidly. When my kids were all teenagers, I often felt that the best way to handle the holidays was to always have a Plan B and stay flexible. This Sunday, as we talk about “Coming Home” for Christmas, we look again at how God wants to make a home in each of us this Christmas. God wants to implant the gift of hope in us. When this happens, we can live and share a faithful hope in God’s work that spills out into the world around us.

This Sunday we’ll also talk about Joseph and how he handles the news of Mary’s pregnancy, his disappointment that makes him want to divorce her. God helps Joseph to move past his initial heartache, thinking that Mary has been unfaithful. Joseph hears God’s invitation to participate in this unfolding story of salvation...




Christmas Gifts for Congolese Refugee Family
We recently welcomed a Congolese family of eight to the United States and would like to help them have a merry Christmas. Our church is co-sponsoring the family through RAFT and Lutheran Social Services. The children are age 1-18. A RAFT Core Team is in place, but if you would like to serve with them, please contact Keith Sobraske . RAFT helps ignite faith, transform lives and create community by bringing God's love into action.

Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship at 8 am, 9:30 am or 11 am this Sunday. The first two services are more traditional, while the later service - Ignite - is a distinctive alternative.

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

See the Looking Ahead, our bulletin insert, for news, the weekly calendar, a prayer list, and more. Purchase your Advent book this Sunday, and take a look at the class offerings, including three offered in members' homes. We launched our Advent blog with daily devotions in December, and invite you to subscribe to receive them via email or read them online. Read More.

Invitations to Christmas Eve Worship
We'll distribute postcards on Sunday for you to give to a neighbor or friend as an invitation to one of our five Christmas Eve services at 9:30 am, 3 pm or the Candlelight services at 5, 7 and 9 pm. Register on Eventbrite for the service you plan to attend and invite your friends to join you via social media. We also have events for Christmas Eve, Winter Wonderland and the Christmas Concert, so please share with your networks. Sharing is caring, and a personal invitation is always best, even if it's on Facebook!

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. Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.
Advent Devotions Available Online - Stories about Christmas Traditions
Subscribe to the Advent Blog via email or read it online on our website under the "news" tab. Have a story to share? We still have a few days to fill. Stories should be 200-500 words and include a title, your byline, a short prayer and a scripture. Include an image if you have one to share. The theme is Coming Home. Email paradisevalleyumc@gmail.com.

Open Table Grows at PVUMC
The Open Table began at PVUMC and has grown to support young adults like Michael, pictured in the middle of Rev. Brenda Smith and her daughter, Rachel. Michael is a graduate of the program and learned how to navigate life under the guidance of Open Table members who mentored him. A few weeks ago, we sent out a call to the congregation about another young man, Illario, who needed others to join his Open Table and commit to his support during the next year. Thankfully, you responded, and his table is ready to launch along with at least four others. God answers prayer and our members respond to the call for help — every time. Thanks be to God!
Winter Wonderland December 15
PVUMC invites you and your family to a Winter Wonderland and Family Movie celebration on Friday, December 15 , 6:30-9 pm in the Fellowship Center.

Wear your pjs, drink hot cocoa, and snuggle down into your blankets and pillows to enjoy Elf, the Christmas Movie featuring Will Farrell.

We'll have free pizza and popcorn, visits with Santa and Christmas crafts at 6:30 pm.

Bring your camera to capture the moments you share together.


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Support Youth Missions at the Paradise Perk Sundays, 9 am-1 pm
Visit our on-site coffee shop, the Paradise Perk, for all your coffee needs every Sunday. A 16-oz cup of fresh-brewed coffee from the self-serve cart only costs $2. The Perk also offers a wide variety of espresso drinks, smoothies, teas, and soda. All proceeds support youth missions and make the life-changing trips we offer affordable for our church families and students. In 2018, the senior high youth go to Houston on a mission trip. Read More.

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