November 3, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Change the World Day
Almost 175 people have signed up for Change the World Day, when we take church out of the building and into the community, Sunday, November 12, 8 am to 12 noon. Have breakfast on the patio and get energized to be God's love in action at one of a dozen local nonprofits off campus or on campus, sewing tote bags for foster kids, packaging food for the hungry or hygiene kits for victims of disasters. There's so much to do. Sign up your whole family TODAY on SignUp Genius.

Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

We live in a noisy era. Words are hurled at us, often thrown as weapons. You know as well as I do how words can do damage but can also elevate and inspire us. During the month of November, we’re talking about “Words to Live by.” On Sunday, November 5, All Saints Day, we focus on kindness, which can often seem in such short supply. Even a small act of kindness goes a long way, or it might stand out because it seems uncommon. Someone does something unexpectedly caring for us and we can be so pleasantly surprised. Yet kindness is a core element of our faith.

I often say as a benediction (which literally means good words) at the end of our worship, a phrase from the prophet Micah: remember what it is the Lord requires of you: to do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God (Micah 6:8). God wants us...

During the month of November, I invite you to visit our on-site coffee shop, the Paradise Perk , for all your coffee needs. A 16-oz cup of fresh-brewed coffee from the self-serve cart only costs $2 and this Sunday only, we'll have smaller 12 oz cups for $1 so you can taste how wonderful it is. 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. Thank you for your generous support!  

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). To reserve a candle(s) in honor of a loved one, and RSVP for a reception after the service, please email Rev. Andrea Andress at  your name, email, phone number and the name of the person you are remembering with the candle. The names will be printed in the program if received by Sunday, November 12 . Read More
Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship at our traditional 8 or 9:30 am services or the distinctively different 11 am Ignite service.
We celebrate All Saints Sunday.

You may access bulletins, the  Looking Ahead and bimonthly Desert Scroll at or download the bulletins here:

8 am Worship Bulletin
9:30 am Worship Bulletin

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

This Sunday, we'll continue the signups for projects on Change the World Day, You may also visit this form and sign up online . Read more.

We have new Advent study classes beginning this month. See the Looking Ahead for a list of classes, and purchase your Advent book this Sunday. You have three options choose from. 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 along with our weekly calendar and important news items. 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.
Please Donate Food and Supplies for Change the World Day
For the past five years, PVUMC has packed Thanksgiving boxes for families at UMOM, and for the past four, we did this in conjunction with Change the World Day. As November 12 and our next CTWD gets closer, we ask you to be God's love in action by donating your treasure to help fund Change the World Day and your time on November 12. This Sunday, the first Sunday of the month and All Saints Sunday, we ask you to review the lists of needed food and supplies for Snack and Pack and donate what you can .
Finding Common Ground
We have one more speaker event in the PVUMC Finding Common Ground series:

Thursday, November 9, 6:30 pm, Chapel
Join us to hear Stephanie Varnon-Hughes from Claremont Lincoln speak on:
Where Do We Go From Here? “True Grit” and Experiential Strategies for Finding Common Ground

In this capstone lecture, Dr. Varnon-Hughes will help us understand the idea of “resilience” and why it’s an essential ingredient in establishing Common Ground. She will also share examples of tools and techniques you can use immediately in your everyday lives, and in your workplaces, congregations, communities, and families—to help become okay with uncertainty, and allow a posture of openness to deepen our engagement with others, with our own ethical or spiritual traditions, and with humanity.

Community Concert NEXT Friday
Experience We3 in concert in the church sanctuary as part of the Community Concert Series: Music for Everyone at PVUMC Friday, November 10 at 7 pm. We3 is comprised of vocalist Renee Grant Patrick, pianist/keyboardist Nicole Pesce, and violinist Suzanne Lansford. We3 entertains audiences of all ages with styles that include jazz, swing, blues, standards, world music, pop and R&B. Register on Eventbrite for this concert, and all the concerts in the series. No tix needed; donations appreciated at the event.

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PVUMC Preschool Sells Zoolights Holiday Party Tickets
You're invited to come to a PVUMC Family ZooLights Holiday Party organized by the PVUMC Preschool Board. The party, which has been held on a Sunday in years past, will be on a Saturday this year, November 18, 5:30-8 pm at the Phoenix Zoo. Tickets cost $20/person (children under 24 months old are free), and will be available for purchase November 5 following worship or at the Preschool Office during the week. Ticket includes.
  • Admission to our semi-private event before ZooLights opens to the general public 
  • Hot Chocolate and Apple Cider
  • A visit with Santa
  • Holiday Craft
  • Children’s Carousel Ticket

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