October 6, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Change the World Day and Snack and Pack
For the past five years, PVUMC has packed Thanksgiving boxes for families at UMOM, and for the past four, we did this in conjunction with our larger annual event: Change the World Day. As November 12 and our next CTWD gets closer, we ask you to be God's love in action by donating your time on November 12, and in the weeks before, by donating food and supplies to Snack and Pack. This year, we plan to pack 225 boxes and make 150 hygiene relief kits for UMCOR. Donations begin October 22.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

Most of us don’t like confrontation. We’d probably choose to avoid it. Elijah did not run from confrontation. A prophet from the 8th century, BCE, Elijah challenged the idolatry committed by his king and the people of his time. He had the courage to stand up to a fertility religion and the priests of Baal (the god who promised rain and crops). In an agrarian society, they were an attractive alternative to the religion of Israel, promising good weather and rain during a time of terrible drought. In some regards it was a life or death proposition, with the promise of abundant crops for the harvest if people would worship this god, Baal.

Elijah stood fast. He was a courageous man and a spectacular contest ultimately took place on Mt. Carmel between Elijah and the priests of Baal. Clearly Elijah’s courage drew on both his trust and confidence in God. It was the kind of courage we need when facing a difficult person or problem. Elijah believed that God would come through. He believed that God would be known and seen.

NOTE: Rev. Doug Norris preaches at 8, 9:30 and 11 am Sunday.
Volunteers Needed for Trunk or Treat Community Event, October 27
PVUMC's Trunk or Treat is coming at the end of October on Friday, October 27, 6-8 pm. Sign up now to bring a car, decorate your trunk and donate/hand out candy: email Heather Knies , htorgers@hotmail.com . To sign up to work a 30-minute shift inside the Fellowship Center, helping with the arts and crafts, games and other activities, please email Laura Takeuchi . Look for containers in the sanctuary narthex, in the church office and in other campus locations to donate bags of wrapped candy to hand out to our costumed guests. Share our Facebook event with your family and friends, and join us for a fun, family night.
Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) invites you to worship at our traditional 8 or 9:30 am services or the distinctively different 11 am Ignite service.

You may access bulletins, the  Looking Ahead and bimonthly Desert Scroll at pvumc.org or download the bulletins here:

8 am Worship Bulletin
9:30 am Worship Bulletin

We welcome Rev. Doug Norris as our guest preacher for all three services.

Please visit the website  calendar and news blog to read alll our announcements online.

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. Prayer team members meet on Wednesdays to pray and send cards to those on the prayer list.
Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.
VIP Civic Academy on Offender Rehabilitation, Tuesday, October 10
The Church and Society Ministry Team hosts VIP – Valley Interfaith Project – for a second Civic Academy on criminal justice this year. Join us on Tuesday, October 10, 6:30-8 pm in H7 on the PVUMC church campus as Jesenia Pizarro, associate professor at ASU’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, presents Offender Rehabilitiation: What We Know..
Finding Common Ground
October 12, 2017
6:30 pm, PVUMC Chapel
Know Thyself: Why and How Do We Believe What We Do?: The Foundations of Our Worldviews and Belief Structures
Lecturer: Dr. Adam Cohen, Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University

How similar or different are the beliefs, morals, and worldviews of members of different faith communities? Do these have to be essentially the same for us to trust one another? Come hear Dr. Adam Cohen, an international award-winning researcher in the psychology of religion, speak about his theories about differing worldviews and how we can still trust each other despite our differences. Read More

Sahnas Quintet Kicks Off Community Concert Series
PVUMC has announced a new year of community concerts, starting on Friday, October 13 with the Sahnas Quintet . Sahnas has been an audience favorite since the PVUMC Community Concert series began. Their repetoire includes songs from their native Greek culture, played on classical Spanish guitars, harp, violin and percussion.Register for this concert and all our concerts on eventbrite, (choose your event dates) at pvumc-concerts.eventbrite.com. No tickets needed; free-will offering at every event. RSVP 48 hours in advance for childcare: call 602-840-8360, ext 134.

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  Did You Miss the Sermon Last Week? Listen online.
If you missed last week's sermon, you can listen online at LISTEN: Previous Sermons.

One Community Presents Workshop on Sunday, October 29, 2017
Please join us in the Fellowship Center, 12:15-2:15 pm, for lunch and an interactive
"Open for Worship" workshop presented by One Community. Learn more about faith and LGBT inclusion as we seek to deepen our commitment to our Vision:
"Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people."
RSVP to receptionist@pvumc.org by October 22 to participate.

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