September 8, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Journeys: Small Groups at PVUMC
Explore. Discover. Connect. PVUMC invites you to travel with others on the pathway to faith this month. This Sunday, September 10, we roll out our Journeys small groups minstry program, with several itineraries to choose from. We want you to find a place to belong on a shared journey of life and faith.
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I think our faith grows in interesting and often unpredictable ways. Sometimes because of a crisis in life, we get pushed to listen more closely to God, to seek spiritual wisdom and guidance. We feel our need to find a source of strength in God we have not previously claimed. Sometimes faith grows serendipitously, when we find ourselves interested or drawn to want more or know more of God.Often our faith grows in fits and starts, not in deliberate ways, but in response to life’s challenges, encounters and our openness to God. I always want to encourage the church to be intentional about faith, but I know that life gets in the way and we have to deal with that.

I like how Colossians puts it, “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust Him, too, for each day’s problems... 

Join Team PVUMC and Walk for Homeless Families and Youth Sept 23
Every year, we gather a team of walkers to participate in the UMOM Walk for Homeless Families and Youth at the Phoenix Zoo. We’re hoping to recruit 50 walkers and raise $2,500 in donations in support of homeless families. Join Team PVUMC, start asking for donations, and we'll see you at the zoo on Saturday, September 23. Rev. Brenda Smith is our captain, and Thrive 34 will end their lock-in at the zoo. Families are encouraged to join our team, and make a day of it at the zoo.
Worship and Fellowship at PVUMC
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) has 3 services on Sunday:
8 am traditional and intimate in the chapel;
9:30 am traditional/blended, sanctuary. Sunday School is offered at this time.
11 am in the chapel - Ignite, contemporary

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Please visit the website  calendar and news blog to read 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 being prayed for that week.  Submit a prayer request using our online request form or call the church office at 602.840.8360.
PVUMC Hosts Syrian Sweets Exchange 5.0 Sunday, October 1
Syrian Sweets Exchange Phoenix has partnered with PVUMC to host Syrian Sweets Exchange 5.0 on Sunday, October 1 . The event provides a chance to meet some of the Syrian refugees our own church has sponsored, and who are selling handcrafted items, as well as meet the bakers who sell homemade sweets to support their families. The event will also feature kid-friendly activities like balloon making, face painting and henna. The donations you give to each baker in exchange for baked goods and handcrafted items go to directly to the refugee women. Read More
Navigating Common Ground
In partnership with Salaam-Chai-Paradise, PVUMC launched “Common Ground” last week. This series promotes cross-cultural awareness and better understanding of our neighbors and of ourselves. Everyone is invited to join us Thursdays at 6:30 pm in H1 this September for “Navigating Common Ground.” Thank you to the 40-plus attendees who came for the kick off. Next week, Keith Sobraske leads a video discussion on "Can a Divided America Heal?" based on a TED Talk with Social Psychologist Jonathan Haidt. Register now for part 2 in the series: Finding Common Ground speaker events.
Multifaith Food Drive September 10
This Sunday, September 10 , PVUMC partners with other places of worship and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona (ISBA) for a multifaith food drive. If you did not get a bag last week with a list of items to bring, read the list on our website and fill your own bag with donations for Sunday's collection. Thank you! Read More

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