March 31, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Dueling Divas Concert TONIGHT
Join us tonight for the Dueling Divas: Americana Community Concert, 7 pm in the church sanctuary. No tickets needed, but registration encouraged on Eventbrite. Free-will offering taken at the event in support of the concert series. Download an advance copy of the program. 
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

The gift of temptation usually bring images of resisting evil, in whatever form we imagine it - sometimes in the form of serious sins and transgressions and sometimes in the seemingly benign form of chocolate or pizza. In the Dark Wood, though, temptation comes in the confusing form of “doing good.”

Pastor Eric Elnes says, based on our responses to them, temptations are a way of defining ourselves. He goes on to say that we are more often undone by the good we’re tempted to do rather than the evil. Discerning the good we are called to do and the good we are specifically not called to do is such an important task of discipleship, even Jesus had to deal with it....

Register NOW for Women's Retreat, April 28-30 
The annual Women’s Retreat, “Prayer: Mind, Body, Spirit,” April 28-30, 2017 at Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center in Carefree, AZ, is almost here! It's a time for women to nurture themselves, spend time in nature, discover new strengths and spiritual gifts, meet new friends and enjoy old acquaintances. Register online by Sunday, April 2. Invite a friend or two to join you, and room together for the weekend. Pay online or send us a check. Can't stay overnight? We have commuter options. Say yes to yourself this spring.  

Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) is in the season of Lent. In worship, we're following Gifts of the Dark Wood. Join us for worship at 8, 9:30 or 11 am. We'll celebrate communion at al three services and invite you to bring food donations for UMOM New Day Centers. Read More.

Childcare is available in G1 for all services, and children's classes are offered at 9:30 am. Click here to see our church calendar page to find rooms and times of all PVUMC classes and events. 

Read the  Looking Ahead bulletin insert, which includes Prayers of Intercession, the weekly church calendar and news about upcoming events. Download your bulletins and Looking Ahead:

11 am Ignite (no bulletin)

Lenten Study and Devotions
We are in the season of Lent, and following the book study, Gifts of the Dark Woodin small groups and in worship. We have sold out of books at the church, but you can still purchase a copy via Cokesbury, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. To supplement your study, sign up for Daily Meditations (Center for Action and Contemplation) or The Upper Room. Watch this video from the Labyrinth Society, which is organizing a world-wide labyrinth day on Saturday, May 6. Join us this Sunday to walk the outdoor labyrinth in the amphitheater.  
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PVUMC Career Connecting April 20
PVUMC member Tom Colceri will moderate a panel discussion of seasoned and young professionals on Thursday, April 20 at 5:30 pm in H1. Learn their secret recipes on how to create and foster meaningful relationships which lead to business and personal growth. Gather at 5:30 pm and enjoy refreshments together. The presentation will be 5:30-7 pm.
Caring Kids Rummage Sale Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2
Caring Kids will sell gently used childen's clothing, toys, books, games, sports equipment and room decor this weekend:  Saturday and Sunday, April 1-2 , 9 am-12 noon, in the Fellowship Center. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to Child Crisis Arizona, a local charitable organization that works to create strong and successful families. Please let your family, friends and neighbors know by sharing this event on Facebook or just by word of mouth.

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   Mingus Camp Celebrates 70 Years of Camping Ministry
 Last Sunday, we celebrated Camping Sunday at PVUMC and rolled out an exciting summer of camping for children and youth of all ages at Mingus Mountain Camp and Retreat Center. We also offered Mingus Merchandise on the patio after worship --
T-shirts, mugs and caps branded with the Mingus 70th Anniversary logo --
with proceeds going to support a new Dining Hall. Stop by the patio table again this Sunday following worship to pick up your "merch" and plan on joining us up at Mngus for the 70th Anniversary Family Celebration, July 2-5, 2017. Register today!

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