February 10, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
In This Issue:

Pastor's Message

Church Directory - Photo Session Sign Up

Youth Auction - Feb 26

Lenten Books $12

Roundtable - Feb 12

Pathways:  Strength

Photo Directory
Be a part of our new church directory and receive a free 8x10. Sign up now online at the website, or sign up after church on the patio this Sunday. Don't miss out on this great opportunity. Photos will be taken Feb 14-18
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Pastor's Message

Dear Friends in Faith,

Have you ever been caught in a bad financial arrangement? One that was hard to get out of? Many years ago, I bought a timeshare when I shouldn’t have. It looked so attractive at the time. We were in a place where we could sort of afford it. We were making more money and so it felt possible to make this purchase. It turned out we bought into the worst timeshare in the world...

Youth Mission Dinner and Auction
Come to the Youth Mission Dinner and Auction Fundraiser on Sunday, February 26. Tickets go on THIS SUNDAY ($40/ticket), and we are still collecting donations from local businesses. Gift cards to local restaurants and resorts; themed baskets; concert or sporting event tickets, or travel packages will help the youth raise funds for their mission trips and youth choir tour. Email Christopher Wurpts at christopher@pvumc.org or text/call him at 712-348-3791, Thank you! 

Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) continues its Defying Gravity worship series this morning at 8, 9:30 and 11:15 am.

Childcare is available in G1 for all services, and children classes are offered at 9:30 am. Click here to see our church calendar page to find rooms and times of all classes and events offered at PVUMC. 

The Ignite (alternative 11:15 am service) has a "children's corner" for supervised play, and Praise Paks are available for children at every service. Click here to see the Looking Ahead bulletin insert, which includes Prayers of Intercession, the weekly church calendar and news about upcoming events. Download your bulletins and Looking Ahead:

11:15 am Ignite (no bulletin)

Lenten Books Available NOW
Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 1. It's the season in the church which ends on Easter, and includes Holy Week. This year, the church-wide Lenten study is called Gifts of the Dark Wood. It's a book by Eric Elnes that explores how God comes to us in our dark times. Stop by the patio outside worship this Sunday to purchase a book for $12 and find out how to join a book study group.  

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Roundtable on Welcoming - Feb 12
On Sunday, February 12, at 12:15 pm, we invite you to join us for a light lunch and a discussion on proposed welcoming statements. If you would like lunch, please email Betty Price by February 10. This will be the last of our Roundtable discussions as we seek to come to a consensus on how to invite those on the margins of our society and the UMC, particularly those in the LGBTQ community. 

Pathways Spring 2017 Semester
The Pathways Spring 2017 offerings include several paths you can take on your spiritual journey of the heart, mind, soul and strength.
International Mission Team Stakeholders - Strength:
PVUMC is sending two mission teams to Latin America this March, and we invite you to become a 2017 Stakeholder to support their mission work in Costa Rica and Guatemala (March 4-13).  The Costa Rica team continues its partnership with the Methodist Orphanage of Costa Rica, Hogar Metodista and the Guatemala team will lead a medical team to provide medical services to people in rural areas. Both teams will hold Vacation Bible Camp programs. A gift of $25 or more helps pay for supplies. Please show your support by February 28 The Guatemala Team is also collecting prescription eyeglasses for the eye clinic. Donate your glasses in the labeled box in the church office.  

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   Salaam-Chai-Paradise Explores Death and Dying in 3 Faiths
  Join Salaam-Chai-Paradise for the next two sessions held at PVUMC on the topic of death and dying. Discover how each faith tradition (Muslim, Jewish and Christian) looks at “Rituals for the Deceased,” and “After Life (?).” Clergy from all three faiths will be represented at each program on February 16 and March 2, 7 pm, Fellowship Center. 
NOTE: Childcare is available with a 48-hour reservation for all our
events and classes on campus. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.