May 5, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Thank You Teachers and Volunteers
Sunday, we say thank you to our teachers and volunteers — who are God’s love in action. We extend our gratitude for all the ways you serve, from teaching, filling pew pockets, painting, stuffing bulletins, and so much more — at the church and in the community. We are the body of Christ, and we couldn’t fulfill our mission to ignite faith, transform lives or create community without you and your talents. Thank you!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

This Sunday, as we gather at the Lord’s Table, we will consecrate the bread and the cup as we prepare for communion. The bread will come from grain that was grown, tended, harvested, prepared and baked to become one loaf. The cup will contain the juice of many grapes, gathered together, pressed and squeezed into the unfermented juice that represents the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are similar.

We come, each of us, bearing the distinctive imprint of God within us, our own unique mix of DNA, life’s experience, talents, abilities and spiritual gifts. Our perspectives may vary, our backgrounds are diverse, but we will pray over the bread and cup saying to God, "by your Spirit, make us one with Christ, one with each other, one in ministry to all the world."

Moana: Family Movie Night May 12 
Join us on Friday, May 12, 2017 for a Family Movie Night in the outdoor amphitheater. We’ll show Moana.
Bring a blanket or cushion for the stone steps or lawn, or a lawn chair. We’ll have free pizza, popcorn and drinks. The movie starts at 7:30 pm.
This event is sponsored by the Fellowship and Connectional Ministry Team. No tickets needed!

Worship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) celebrates communion at all three worship services on this first Sunday of the month. The contemporary 11 am Ignite service is bulletin-free.

Dowload the bulletins for 8 and 9:30:

All services include the  Looking Ahead, which features our weekly church calendar, prayers and announcements

Childcare is available in G1 for all worship services and Sunday school classes meet at 9:30 am for preschool-4th grade.
Youth meet in the Youth Lounge for Sunday Morning Live (SML). 

Last week, we shared our Defying Gravity list of pledgers. If you are on this list, we thank you for your pledge. If you have not yet committed to pledge to PVUMC in 2017-2018, please take a moment to pray about how you can ensure our ongoing ministry and mission.  Pledge online here

VIP Civic Academy on Criminal Justice: Monday, May 8
The Church and Society Ministry Team hosts VIP – Valley Interfaith Project – for a Civic Academy on criminal justice Monday, May 8 in H1 on the PVUMC church campus.   This Civic Academy on Evidence-Based Criminal Justice: An Educational Review is presented by PVUMC members and ASU Professors of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Bill Terrill and Jesenia Pizarro. Read More
Sultan and the Saint Movie - May 7
Join us for a movie premiere of The Sultan and the Saint, Sunday, May 7 at 7 pm
Tickets are free; registration is required:
Parents please note: The film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for children under 12. Please use your own discretion. Childcare is available with a 48-hr reservation. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134.

Graduation Sunday, May 21
If you have a graduating high school senior, we invite you to celebrate this milestone with us at the 9:30 am worship service on May 21, followed by a luncheon. RSVP for the lunch today  let us know  how many will be in your party . Please contact  Christopher Wurpts, youth ministries director, about submitting photos for a senior slideshow. 

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   Judicial Council Finds Bishop Oliveto in Good Standing
The Religion News Service reported that "the 6-3 decision announced [last] Friday [April 28] found that while the consecration of an openly gay bishop violates church law, Oliveto’s consecration is not in question. She remains a bishop ‘in good standing’ until an administrative or judicial process is finished." Read More*
Read Bishop Robert Hoshibata's message on the decision.

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