January 12, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Community Concert TONIGHT
Join us as we welcome the Bella and Cantabile Choirs of the Phoenix Girls Chorus TONIGHT, Friday, January 12, at 7pm. The Phoenix Girls Chorus has a wide musical repertoire and the Bella and Cantabile choirs have taken part in prestigious choral festivals throughout the United States and Canada, Germany, France and other countries in Europe. 
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Have you ever tried to make a change in your life, only to find yourself faltering, perhaps stumbling in the new steps you are wanting to make? It’s not at all uncommon. Most of us have the experience of trying to change habits, schedules, or behaviors, where we make progress and then fall back. We take some steps forward, then find ourselves taking a step or two back. We forget how to act or think in news ways. Or our confidence sags. Or we’re simply not sure what to do.

Maybe you have had a new year’s resolution to make some changes in yourself and after only a couple of weeks you’ve discovered the challenge of trying something different. Yet scripture is clear on how God works in transformative ways with us, to help us become new and different, to renew our faith, to change our lives, to help us to live more faithfully.

In our worship series, Transformed, we’re looking at how God transformed the disciple Peter, helping him to change. Peter ...

Saving Amy Presents Stories of Transformation at Saguaros, January 18
Saguaros meets the third Thursday of the month for a program and potluck. This Thursday, January 18 , you're invited to join them at 10:30 am to hear stories of transformation by women who have been assisted by the not-for-profit organization, Saving Amy . Potluck menu: If your last name ends in A-C, please bring a dessert; D-M, main dish, and N-Z, salads. Everyone except guests donate $3 at the door. 
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Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us this Sunday. Rev. Brenda Smith will preach at all three services: 8, 9:30 and 11 am (Ignite, our contemporary service in the chapel).

Download your bulletins here:
(No bulletin for Ignite)

Sunday is the Rock 'N Roll Marathon. Please check for road closures and plan your travel to church accordingly.

Visit the church website  calendar and news blog to read our news and important announcements online.

See the Looking Ahead, our bulletin insert, for upcoming news, the weekly calendar, a prayer list, and 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. Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.
Pancake Breakfast Hosted by Thrive 34 Hopes to Fund New Church Van
Join us for our annual Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, January 21, 2018 , 9-11:30 am in the Fellowship Center. Come after the 8 am service, or before the 9:30 or 11 am [Ignite] worship services to enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, cooked to order by our 3rd and 4th graders, also known as “Thrive 34.” Under the supervision of Debby and Bill Kidwell, the students and their families will be serving breakfast to help purchase a new church van. Suggested donation: $5/person. Read More
Invitation to the New Testament:
A Disciple Study Class in 2018
Sarah Greenspan and Rev. Andrea Andress have joined forces to offer an 8-week, evening Disciple Study Class on the New Testament. Watch the video to find out more or visit our website link below. Classes begin Monday, January 23, and you can sign up online or on the patio. Cost: $20. The class will be videotaped each week so if you have to miss, you can catch up online. Email andrea@pvumc.org

Journeys Small Groups at PVUMC
A new semester of Journeys small groups kicks off on Sunday, January 14, 2018 . There are several new classes offered, including a Disciple New Testament class on Monday evenings, co-taught by Sarah Greenspan and Rev. Andrea Andress. Watch the video above to learn more.

Other new groups include:
  • A Bigger Table book study
  • A Grief Class
  • Hand and Heart Sewing Circle
  • Habitat for Humanity House Build



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Paradise Perk and Serendipities
Our on-site coffee shop, the Paradise Perk, is open nearly every Sunday morning, 9 am-1 pm. A 16-oz cup of fresh-brewed coffee from the self-serve cart only costs $2, and specialty drinks just a bit more. 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 on a mission trip to Houston, to help clean up after Hurricane Harvey. Ask Christopher Wurpts about how you can be a part of it even if you aren't a member of the youth group.

The church gift shop, Serendipities, is also open Sunday mornings, 9-11 am, and on Wednesdays, 9 am-12 noon. Purchases support local missions.

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