January 5, 2018
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Name Tag Sunday
On the first Sunday of the month, we invite you to wear a name tag and write the name of a small group you're a part of OR a group you're thinking about joining. Or just your name. No pressure, and only at the 9:30 am service. Look for members of the Learning and Living Ministry Team on the patio this week.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I was recently visiting with some good friends over the holidays. Their child, Jonathan, at barely over one year old, had just learned how to walk. I’d known Jonathan since he was three weeks old, and it was a wondrous thing to watch as this tiny human – once incapable of lifting his head up on his own – scurry around the room, terrifying the pet cats. By simply learning to stand upright and put one foot in front of the other, a whole new world had opened up to him. The entire game had changed. Things would never be the same – for him or his parents.

As an adult, I don’t remember my own first steps. I do, however, remember the times in my life when in one moment, everything changed. The day I made my profession of faith in front of my entire church family. The evening that I got married. The afternoon when we packed up a trailer and moved from Iowa to Arizona. Like a toddler learning to walk,...

Magi Visit Children's Sunday Classes on Epiphany Sunday, January 7
The Magi, three wise men or kings, depending on which version of the story you have heard, visit the Sunday School children in their classes on Epiphany Sunday, January 7. They'll come in their regal attire, bearing gifts and sharing stories about how they followed the star to find Jesus, the newborn king. Be in class by 9:30 am or you may miss them!
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Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship with us this Sunday. Christopher Wurpts, youth ministries director, 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)

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.
Community Concert on January 12: Phoenix Girls Chorus
PVUMC welcomes the Bella and Cantabile Choirs of the Phoenix Girls Chorus - Bella and Cantabile Choirs on Friday, January 12 , at 7 pm for our first Community Concert of the year.

The Phoenix Girls Chorus has a wide musical repertoire including classical, sacred, folk, contemporary choral literature, Broadway pieces and foreign language selections. 
The Bella and Cantabile choirs have taken part in prestigious choral festivals throughout the United States and including Canada, Germany, France, England, Wales, Italy, the Czech Republic, and Austria.

Like all of our concerts in the series, registration is free on Eventbrite. These are all family friendly concerts, but if you want to make it a date night, we do offer free, quality childcare with a 48-hour phone reservation. Call 602-840-8460, ext 134.

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 our 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.

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.

The PVUMC Book Group , which meets on the first non-holiday Monday of the month, is one of the church's longest running small groups. Join the group on Monday, January 8 for a book discussion on the novel, A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Meetings are held in the church library (G2), 12:15-1:15 pm. Come a little earlier to chat. See the book picks through March .


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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.