January 26, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Tickets Available for Piano Concert Tonight
PVUMC welcomes Tomer Gewirtzman , a Young Concert Artist pianist, for a concert benefiting the Piano Fund tonight, Friday, January 26 , 7 pm in the Sanctuary. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite. Limited tickets available at the door. Student tickets available with ID for $15 at the door.
P astor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

We all want the good life. Advertisements and our entertainment-oriented world give us one definition of what it means to live the good life: wealth and ease, freedom from financial worry, great vacations, status, fame and recognition. It’s pretty hard to escape these messages since they bombard us constantly. Jesus talks often about the good life too, but he frames it in an entirely different way.

Throughout the gospels, he talks about a life in God, a life lived in God’s Kingdom that has a completely different set of values, which include love and service, surrendering and offering oneself to God. The good life for us concerns the good that God desires, a life fueled by faith. When we live that kind of life, we long to know more of God and God’s will for ourselves. This is life that is God-focused, not self-centered, a life that considers the needs of others, the common good...

Get a Preview and Experience Worship at a Jewish Temple Feb 1 & 3
On Thursday, February 1 , 6:30 pm at Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032, Salaam-Chai-Paradise invites you to a preview of worship at the temple. On Saturday, February 3 , you're invited to experience worship at the 10:30 am service there. RSVP to Miryam Salter, mimsalter75@gmail.com by January 27 . Paradise Valley United Methodist Church hosts the next worship experiences with a preview on February 15 and worship on February 18 .
Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us this Sunday at 8, 9:30 or 11 am (Ignite, our contemporary service in the chapel).

Download your bulletins here:
(No bulletin for Ignite)

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.
Caring Kids Rummage Sale Accepting Donations; Shop March 3-4
Drop off your gently used children’s items, Sunday mornings until February 25 , and come shop the first weekend in March.
We’re accepting:
-- Children’s clothing for infants through 6th graders
-- Toys, games, sports equipment, DVDs, books
See our Facebook event , and share it. All proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 
Bingo Night - February 17, 5-7 pm
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church hosts a family Bingo game night Saturday, February 17, 2018. Bring your family and invite your friends to join you, even if they're not from PVUMC! Childcare is available with a 48-hour advance reservation, or you can have your children with you at this family friendly event with free pizza and beverages and $100 worth of gift card prizes.
Journeys Small Groups at PVUMC
A new semester of Journeys small groups has begun. Pick up your guidebook and plan your journey. A 4-week grief class begins meeting on Wednesdays at 12 noon in H6, February 7 and there's a Habitat for Humanity house build on February 17 as well as an opportunity to pack meals at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse in Mesa that same night. The Learning and Living Ministry Team will be on the patio selling two different Lenten study books , recommended by the clergy for church-wide, small group study. Which Way Lord? by Robert Fuquay ($6) will be the focus during worship and Renovate ($10) focuses on rebuilding your life of faith. Click here to download your guidebook Read more about the Lenten studies.

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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. And, did you hear the news? The church voted to approve Christopher as a candidate to ministry in the United Methodist Church! Send him a note of congratulations, and wish him a happy birthday too on January 27.

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.