September 14, 2017
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Celebration Sunday
Sunday, September 24, you're invited to join us for our "back to church" Sunday, when we'll have ONE church service at 9:30 am in the sanctuary and ONE celebration in the Fellowship Center. Wear your jeans or western wear, and join us for a catered country BBQ. Invite your friends and pay just $10/person or $30/family at the door. See y'all there!
Pastor's Message

  Dear Friend in Faith,

I have found Christians to be giving people. The primary command of Jesus is to share God’s love with the world around us. When we give of ourselves we demonstrate Jesus’ ideal for how the Christian life should be lived. The short but punchy letter of I John says it this way, “How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.” (3: 17-18). How we act and behave makes all the difference. So often the chuch is accused of too much talk and not enough action. It’s easy to aim criticism at the church and accuse us of hypocrisy if our words and our lives do not measure up. All of us have been guilty of this at some time or another.

We are invited to live Jesus’ words about love.... 

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, 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. Early T-shirt pick up is available. Email for details.
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

NEXT WEEK: ONE SERVICE at 9:30 am for Celebration Sunday!

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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 continues its “Common Ground” series to promote 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.” On September 21, join us for a TED Talk by Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on "The Danger of a Single Story." Register now for part 2 in the series: Finding Common Ground speaker events.

Thank You from Pastor Eve
The last few months, and the transition for both my son and I, have been crazier than I could have imagined. Now, here we are, in the middle of September and I think we are finally beginning to feel a little bit settled. William is almost through the first quarter of his junior year and is preparing to get his driver’s license. Our animals seem to like the new house and I am reconnecting with people that I haven’t seen in 10 years. It’s a little surreal, but good...

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