November 17, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Change the World Day
Participant Survey
If you were one of the more than 250-300 people who participated in last Sunday's annual Change the World Day event, THANK YOU. Whether you worked on campus or off, we are grateful for your service. We invite you to take this short survey and let us know how to make next year's event even better.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

One of the words that matters in our lives is gratitude, simply saying thanks. We’re drawn this time of year to reflect on the gifts we are thankful for in our lives. It may be around family or health, or some other blessings God has given that have enriched our lives.

I know for some this will not be an easy time or year to express our thanks. And yet, almost one third of the 150 Psalms in the Bible include words of thanksgiving to God. It’s a common sentiment for faithful people. When we are able to thank God, our heart opens up a bit. When we are able to thank God, our faith grows some. When we are able to thank God, we turn our attention away from self and towards our maker. Perhaps we look a bit harder or notice more about what God is doing for us. This can shift us. I like how singer Willie Nelson...


Light a Candle for a Loved One; Memorial Service of Light, November 19
We invite you to join us on Sunday, November 19, 2017 for the annual Memorial Service of Light at 6 pm in the Chapel. The service will be a reflective worship experience with scripture, prayer, music and candlelight — all of which offer us a way to connect with Jesus, and feel his presence when we are grieving. The Memorial Service of Light is a time to remember our loved ones who have died (recently or not). As the holidays approach, the grief we feel may be even more pronounced. There is comfort in knowing we are not alone in our grief, and that God promises hope and light, especially in the darkness. While it's too late to reserve a candle, everyone is welcome to attend this special service and the reception. Read More
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, led by Andria Fennig and Tommy Strawser.

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 hope you'll find
a group to travel with in Journeys 2.0. Read More.

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. On Wednesdays, a small team meets to pray and sends cards to those on the prayer list. Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.
THANK YOU for Changing the World!
Thank you for providing Thanksgiving meals for families experiencing homelessness at UMOM, for donations of food and supplies, for packing hygiene kits for disaster relief through UMCOR, and for all the other ways you served and cared for others on Change the World Day. Special thanks to the volunteers on the CTWD committee who planned, organized and executed the event under the leadership of Dave and Nancy Hepburn. The breakfast burritos were a hit -- thank you, Jon Hearn and kitchen crew -- and thank you to the Fellowship Team and Missions Team for support. Together, we are God's love in action! 
Church-wide Turkey Bowl Sunday
The Annual Turkey Bowl features a Youth vs. Adults Flag Football game and Picnic, but everyone - adults, youth and children - is invited. Join your church family for food, fun and fellowship at Cactus Park, 7202 E Cactus Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, this Sunday, November 19, 12:30-3 pm.

Turn Hunger into Hope December 2
PVUMC participated in its first Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) MobilePack event at the Phoenix Convention Center in 2013. Like Change the World Day, it was an event that brought the whole church together by mobilizing more than 300 volunteers who turned hunger into hope. Since then, we've participated in similar events, registering up to 100 adults, youth and children to help pack meals for hungry children around the globe.

On Saturday, December 2 , from 3-5 pm, you have an opportunity to turn hunger into hope with your own two hands by participating with others from PVUMC at FMSC's Holiday MobilePack event. We have 130 spots, so register today by emailing Jim at jnbateman@aol.com . Donate the day of the event ($50 suggested, but anything will help).

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A Delegates Assembly will be held on Thursday, November 30, 6:30-8:30 pm in the church Fellowship Center to help citizens understand political power in Arizona and how issues in the VIP Human Development Agenda - like job training, public education, immigration and health care - shape our political future. Look for sign ups on the patio.
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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.