July 14, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
VBC Thank You
This past week, PVUMC welcomed 135 children for Vacation Bible Camp. Hero Central was filled with action every day as the children learned how to discover their srength in God through music, games, stories, science, crafts and more. Thank you to our 40-plus volunteers, and to Rev. Brenda Smith for her leadership. This Sunday is the last day to contribute to our missions project.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Jesus had a heart for the poor. The crowds that came to hear him were predominantly poor and, in many cases, destitute. There really was no middle class in Jesus’ time, not in the sense we think of it today. There was a small group of landowners and a wealthy, aristocratic class. The vast majority were peasants, scraping together a living off of the land.

As is true today, those who have little are usually treated as outsiders. When Jesus preached in the beatitudes, “Blessed are the poor” it was a shock, both in the sense that it’s hard to find a blessing in poverty and it was a rare moment for the poor to have anyone bless them. Yet Jesus spoke openly of God’s love for those who have the least and our responsibility towards them...

Join Us for Better Together Sunday, July 30
Once every year, we get together to talk about what keeps us up at night. By sharing our troubles and concerns, we can offer each other support and maybe even come up with some solutions so we get a better night's sleep. On this special Sunday, we'll divide up into small groups so we can talk informally about the question, "What keeps you up at night?" The Church and Society Ministry Team hosts this event, and volunteers are needed to help moderate the groups. If you're interested in getting involved, contact Dave Ryan or Dan Sagramoso Read More

Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) has 3 services on Sunday. Dowload bulletins for 8 and 9:30:

11 am Ignite worship is bulletin-free. All services include the  Looking Ahead. This month, we feature a printed calendar for our "Six Weeks of Summer" Looking Ahead. Visit the website  calendar and news blog to read announcements online.

During July, we continue to lift up prayers for each other but we do not print the Prayers of Intercession in the Looking Ahead. 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 being prayed for that week.  Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360. Prayer request cards are also in the pew pockets.

Prayer for the Senior High Youth Group on a Mission to San Francisco
The Senior High Mission Team left for San Francisco earlier today for their week-long mission trip to the San Francisco/Oakland area with Praying Pelican Missions. This is the same group that the junior high was partnered with in Tucson. If you purchased a "Prayer Deck" of playing cards in support of youth missions, we encourage you to pray for each of the participants pictured in the 52-card "Prayer Deck."  
Who Are the Poor in AZ?
Dave Hepburn, who works with UMOM New Day Centers, shares the following statistics about poverty in Arizona:
  • Arizona ranks 3rd in poverty nationwide.
  • Poverty begets poverty; it’s generational. Breaking the cycle requires education. 
  • Of the 7 million +/- people living in AZ, more than  one million receive monthly food stamps.
  • When school begins this August, an estimated 30,000 children living in AZ will be homeless.
Food Drives Out Hunger
You're invited to help the hungry in Arizona by donating food on the first Sunday of the month to UMOM on August 6 and September 3 (Holiday weekend and Family Sunday) and again on Sunday, September 10 for a special interfaith 9/11 Food Drive sponsored by ISBA.  

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  Did You Miss the Sermon Last Week? Listen online.
It's July, and vacation time for many. If you missed last week's sermon, you can listen online at our LISTEN: Previous Sermons page on the website.
Christopher Wurpts, youth ministries director, gave the message this last week.

Interested in a career at PVUMC or at the PVUMC Preschool?

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