October 15, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Sahnas Concert TONIGHT at 7 pm
The Community Concerts: Music for Everyone at PVUMC kick off tonight with the Sahnas Quintet. Enjoy songs from their native Greek culture, played on classical Spanish guitars, harp, violin and percussion. Walk-ins welcome, but registration is easy for this concert and all our concerts on Eventbrite. No tickets needed; donations welcome. RSVP 48 hours in advance for childcare: call 602-840-8360, ext 134. Read More
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves. Maybe we’re being picked on. Or problems pile up. We get overwhelmed. We didn’t get our way when it was important to us. A pity party is about to happen. As we’ve talked these past weeks about the prophet Elijah, we’ve learned how he faced difficult opposition. The nation’s leadership, his king and queen, turned their backs on God, followed a pagan fertility cult and encouraged Israel to venture with them to the temples of Baal, the god of rain and abundant crops.

Elijah had some tough work before him. He was courageous, to be sure, but the confrontations he faced put his life in jeopardy. As we’ll hear on Sunday, Elijah reached a point of sheer exhaustion, worn down by the conflict with and threats from King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. In a difficult moment, Elijah is ready to give up, thinking he is the last hope...

Volunteers Needed for Trunk or Treat Community Event, October 27
PVUMC's Trunk or Treat is coming at the end of October on Friday, October 27, 6-8 pm. Sign up now to bring a car, decorate your trunk and donate/hand out candy: email Heather Knies , htorgers@hotmail.com . To sign up to work a 30-minute shift inside the Fellowship Center, helping with the arts and crafts, games and other activities, please email Laura Takeuchi . Look for containers in the sanctuary narthex, in the church office and in other campus locations to donate bags of wrapped candy to hand out to our costumed guests. Share our Facebook event with your family and friends, and join us for a fun, family night.
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.

You may access bulletins, the  Looking Ahead and bimonthly Desert Scroll at pvumc.org 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.

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. Prayer team members meet on Wednesdays to pray and send 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.
Snack and Pack Seeks Donations for UMOM and UMCOR
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 time on November 12 , and in the weeks before, by donating food and supplies to Snack and Pack. Donations of food for UMOM and supplies for UMCOR hygiene relief kits begin October 22 . Read More
Finding Common Ground
Thank you to everyone who attended the first speaker event in the PVUMC Finding Common Ground series. We invite you to a discussion on Thursday, October 19 to dig deeper into some of the concepts shared and takeaways from Dr. Cohen's lecture. No registration required. Just meet us at the Chapel at 6:30 pm. The following week, you're invited to the second event:
Thursday, October 26, 6:30 pm, Chapel
Why and How Do We See Others as “Different”?: The Ubiquity and Anatomy of Prejudice and Exclusion
Lecturer: Dr. Steven Neuberg, ASU, Psychology Department
Prejudices infiltrate all societies, shaping institutions and coloring much of everyday social interaction, often with extremely harmful consequences. Why are prejudices so ubiquitous, so “normal,” and so readily engaged? Come to the next lecture in our speaker series to find out.  Read More

One Community Open for Worship Workshop October 29
RSVP for the lunch and workshop by October 25 . Email the church 
receptionist@pvumc.org or call the church office at 602-840-8360. RSVP 48 hours in advance for childcare: call 602-840-8360, ext 134. Read More

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Preschool Sunday, October 22, 2017
Next week, we celebrate the PVUMC Preschool at the 9:30 am worship service.
Mark your calendar to join us, and invite a friend with little ones to come with you.
Sunday, October 22
Preschool Sunday
Let the Children Come
Luke 18:15-17

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